Senior Design Expo 2018

A Note from Professor Ismail Orabi, Senior Design Project Coordinator

The Design Expo is an opportunity for our students to showcase the results from their senior design course. Student teams work to create a specific design solution for a “customer’s” real and unique need. Design and design education are, by their nature, experiential and collaborative, and our design team sponsors are our key collaborators. As a result of this collaboration, students bring energy and new ideas to meet the design need.

The design projects enable our students to put into practice what they have learned to prepare them for the workforce.

Welcome to the seventh Senior Design Expo conducted by the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven. Senior design projects provide a culminating experience for undergraduate students in the College. These projects play an important role in preparing our students to work in their respective professions. Students work over two semesters in teams, sometimes on interdisciplinary projects with members from different disciplines, to arrive at solutions to complex problems. More and more companies sponsor projects and pose problems that are of relevance and interest to them. In such projects, students work closely with industry advisors in evaluating design options, selecting the optimal solution, and building or designing the final prototype or process.

The Senior Design Expo showcases projects in all disciplines. Students present their designs through posters and oral presentations to a broad audience consisting of fellow students, faculty, industry representatives, and parents.

Since fall 2012, senior design projects in all disciplines within the College have been centrally coordinated to allow multi-disciplinary projects, adopt best practices, and deliver common concepts such as project management, environmental impact analysis, economic analysis, real-world design constraints, and technical communication.

We continue to seek broader industry sponsorship of projects across all disciplines. Companies can learn about the benefits of sponsoring projects by attending the Senior Design Expo and talking to students and faculty about how projects are developed and completed. Faculty would be happy to engage in discussions with potential sponsors.

The Senior Design Expo also serves as a platform to showcase the engineering program to the broader University community. The College of Engineering has played an important role in the University’s history and development from its inception in 1920. Our alumni work in many of the major companies in Connecticut, and it is always a pleasure to recognize the strength and contributions of the students, faculty, and alumni of the College of Engineering.

I hope that you enjoy the Senior Design Expo as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating seniors. We look forward to your continued participation.


signatureRonald S. Harichandran, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE
Dean, Tagliatela College of Engineering


The Design Expo is the culmination of the hard work of the 124 senior design students. We thank them for their hard work and perseverance and wish them success in their new engineering careers. We also acknowledge the faculty members who served as mentors for our students. We wish to acknowledge Dean Harichandran of the Tagliatela College of Engineering for his inspiration and commitment to the Design Expo.

Ismail Orabi headshot Finally, we acknowledge the University of New Haven. Its mission of experiential and collaborative learning is the foundation of this endeavor.

Ismail Orabi, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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Ismail Orabi, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

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We thank our industry sponsors who served as customers for our students as well as supporting their prototyping expenses. As customers, they gave valuable time and insights that uniquely benefited our students with an experiential design education in a real-world setting, which greatly complements the team mentoring by our faculty colleagues. Their generous commitment to our students brought their design education to life.

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