Industry Day Brings Local Companies, Innovative Ideas to Engineering Students

Industry Day 2017

On September 12, 2017, USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering hosted “Industry Day,” bringing over 100 engineering students together with local companies and entrepreneurs to showcase compelling ideas for senior design students as they prepare to start their senior capstone projects.

Industry representatives from companies such as Cubic Transportation Systems and SDGE/Sempra presented projects to entice teams of four to five senior engineering students to jump on-board for the year.

For example, Cubic Transportation System proposed a project where students would conduct a feasibility study for solar powered subway payment stations in dense urban areas. Vildosola Racing, owned and managed by USD alumnus Gustavo Vildosola, Jr. ’06 and his family, proposed a project where students would try to improve driveability, traction and tire wear on the company’s “trophy trucks,” which compete in various races in Baja California.

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering has developed an Industry Partnership Program, where companies sponsor senior design projects each year. Participating companies include Booz Allen Hamilton, Clarity Design, Cubic Transportation Systems, General Atomics, Primo Wind, SDGE/Sempra, Solar Turbines, ThermoFisher Scientific, and Vildosola Racing.

In addition to the industry-sponsored projects, seven student teams presented project opportunities in the Engineering and Entrepreneurship track. This program was launched a year ago, thanks to the support of philanthropist David A. Cohn. Last year, three senior design projects were mentored as potential start-up ventures. External mentors provide guidance and expertise to move these projects forward. This year, the school is doubling the number of entrepreneurship projects and has hired an entrepreneur-in-residence to guide the teams.

All project teams will develop their concept designs during fall semester and will demonstrate a 2-D prototype at the Engineering and Computing Expo on December 8. During the spring semester, in collaboration with sponsors and mentors, the teams refine their conceptual designs and ultimately produce a final fabrication of a 3-D prototype, which is spotlighted in the spring Engineering and Computing Showcase on May 11.


Elisa Lurkis
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