The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is based at Floyd Hall. Photo via wmich.edu
A university in the region is hosting a daylong conference where senior engineering and design students will present 96 capstone projects.
Western Michigan University will host the 64th Conference on Senior Engineering and Design, featuring the work of 290 seniors.
The bi-annual event is scheduled for April 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences' Floyd Hall on WMU's Parkview Campus in Kalamazoo, at 4601 Campus Dr.
The conference involves students from a variety of disciplines: chemical and paper engineering; civil and construction engineering; computer science; electrical and computer engineering; engineering design, manufacturing and management systems; industrial and entrepreneurial engineering and engineering management; and mechanical and aerospace engineering.
The projects tackle real-world problems facing local businesses and industries. Many of the projects are sponsored by southwest Michigan companies.
One group of students, presenting at 1 p.m., designed 2D and 3D models for a new obstacle course for runners at the annual Kalamazoo Mud Run charity event.
Another group, presenting at 1:30 p.m., designed a new nature-themed, ability-inclusive playground and gazebo for the YWCA's Children's Center.
The event is free and open to the public.