Originally published May 23, 2012

MSOE’s Class of 2012 will be on hand to explain their Senior Projects, Designs and Proposals on Friday, May 25 at the Walter Schroeder Library, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave.; Werwath Mall, between the Library and Allen-Bradley Hall of Science; Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway; and Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway.

Collaboration and team work are key components to an MSOE education, whether a student is an engineering major or pursuing a degree in the School of Business or School of Nursing.

Throughout the senior year, students work on a Senior Project. These are an opportunity for students to take everything they’ve learned in their time at MSOE and put it to use in a real-life application. Often, it’s a real-world project for a company or business that’s looking to solve a problem, while other projects are driven purely by a student’s interests and ideas from the classroom.

It all comes to fruition right before graduation at Senior Project Day—the culmination of all that they’ve learned and accomplished in this always interesting, sometimes frustrating and ultimately satisfying experience.

More than 80 senior projects will be on display. Here is a short list of examples:

SAE Baja Vehicle: One of the largest team projects this year, mechanical engineering students worked together to re-design and manufacture an off-road recreational vehicle that meets standards for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja competition. The vehicle can traverse all types of terrain including mud pits, hill climbs, jumps and obstacle-filled trails. Location: Student Life and Campus Center

ASME Human Powered Vehicle:  The primary focus of this design was on the vehicle frame aerodynamics, ergonomics, drive-train, steering and stability. It features a Trek, hands-free recumbent bicycle. The vehicle was designed to compete in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Location: Student Life and Campus Center

Portable Postural Sway Monitor:  This device will monitor how much a patient sways while standing still. The data from the device will help clinicians who treat patients who suffer from instability and in the diagnosis of several neuromuscular conditions. Location: Walter Schroeder Library

ABBSS Detector (Automated Baseball Ball, Strike and Swing Detector):  The ABBSS Detector uses an array of sensors to create a virtual grid that can determine whether a pitch is a ball or strike, which eliminates the inconsistency of umpires’ calls during a game. Location: Werwath Mall

MSOE is an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, health-related engineering, computer, business and nursing fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; and extremely high placement rates and the highest starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.