Design reviews of students’ capstone projects are an opportunity for program faculty members to provide students with formal feedback on their design projects. The format of these reviews is based on actual Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements – providing students valuable insight into industry practice. Each student team provides faculty members with a progress and briefing document. Next is a brief presentation to the faculty, followed by about 30 minutes of discussion. Faculty members express concerns and make suggestions. Every year, students report that these reviews are of great value in achieving their goal of producing a working prototype device by the end of their senior year.
Particularly interesting projects this year include a machine for testing police TASER devices and a device that can be embedded in a baseball to record its position and motion as it is thrown. The goal of this embedded device is to provide an inexpensive way to evaluate a user’s pitching technique.