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USD Engineering and Computing Showcase Features Innovators and Future Entrepreneurs

A remote vehicle to save swimmers from drowning, a device to allow doctors to spend more time with patients, and a device to monitor trash collection and increase recycling are a few of the projects at the 2017 Engineering and Computing Showcase presented by the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

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The Showcase takes place Friday, May 12 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in USD’s Loma Hall and Annex.

Thirty-nine senior design projects, including those from a new entrepreneurial program in the school, will be featured at the event.

“We want to have an entrepreneurial mindset in the Shiley-Marcos School that encourages students to innovate, create and ultimately make a difference in meeting society’s greatest challenges and opportunities,” said Dean Chell Roberts.

Drownings are the fifth-leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Search and Rescue Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle allows for a speedier and cost-effective rescue to save lives.

Other innovative projects include “The POD,” a small portable device that reduces the amount of time doctors need to view and record data, giving them more time to spend with patients, and the “Trash Tracker,” a device attached to garbage trucks to monitor and improve the amount of trash that can be recycled.

Industry partners and supporters for the 2017 Showcase include: ThermoFisher Scientific, General Atomics, Vildosola Racing, BD/CareFusion, CUBIC, L3 Communications, Clarity Design, San Diego Gas and Electric,  Advanced Circuits, Kick Force, FedEx, SoulrCart, Terrible Herbst, Coca-Cola, Western Rentals, Dispatching Solutions, Union Pacific, and David Cohn – USD Entrepreneurship.  

The USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is ranked 13th in the country by U.S. News & World Report for engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.