College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Mechanical engineering students show off work at design expo

As one student put tape in his mouth to secure string to his model aircraft, another group sent smoke rings wafting through the air at the Mechanical Engineering Design Expo on Tuesday.

More than 50 engineering class projects, including a bicycle-powered cell phone charger, a solar-powered medical cooler and a bubble car, were on display in a packed Howe Hall to show off the work of five mechanical engineering design classes.

“We poured our blood and tears into this project all semester long, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase our work,” said Chloe Dedic, a senior member of one of the teams that helped design the Bubble Car.

More than 200 students got the opportunity to explain what they designed and why to ISU faculty and peers during the expo. This helps to prepare students for their careers when they will be asked to pitch their designs and ideas to the decision makers of a company.

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