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Senior student projects to be on display during Engineering Expo III

May 4, 2017 - By Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering is hosting its third annual senior design expo on May 12, featuring projects from more than 200 students from all departments in the school.

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Engineering Expo III will be held 2-5 p.m. on the first floor of Centennial Engineering Center. Free food will be served, and free parking is available for participants in the P lot on the northwest corner of Central and University.

Students, parents, faculty, staff, prospective students, and corporate sponsors are invited to attend.

Jamie Gomez, a lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is organizing the event. Although all students in the school are requested to complete a capstone project their senior year, she sees this event as more than a requirement.

“We are very pleased to be holding Engineering Expo for the third year in a row,” she said. “The event offers benefits for both students and participants. Students can strengthen their skills in presentation, networking, and in explaining their research to different types of people, including potential employers. The Expo also provides employers a perfect opportunity to meet graduating students who may be a match for positions in their companies.”

This year, in addition to the students’ displays and demos, Engineering Expo III will feature a poster session and an elevator pitch. A brief awards ceremony will be held at the end of the event.

Jaynes Corp., an Albuquerque-based contractor, will be a sponsor for the event. Those interested in becoming a sponsor or donating to the event can contact Kara Clem, senior director of development for the School of Engineering, at or (505) 277-2051.

The following is a partial list of student projects that will be featured at the Expo:

• Production of Non-alcoholic American Pale via Reverse Osmosis
• Conversion of Biomass Resource to Useful Forms of Energy and Other
• Alternative Technology for Sour Water Stripping
• Desalination of Brackish Water
• Large Scale Algae Production
• Disinfection of Irrigation Water in the Mesilla Valley for the Prevention of
• Foodborne Illnesses and Crop Decay
• Development of atomic level models of ion implantation of semiconductor material
• Biopharmaceutical Production Facility for Humanized Monoclonal Antibodies as a • Treatment for VEGF Overexpression
• Supercritical CO2 extraction of Isoflavones from Soybeans
Jaynes• Passive Solar Distillation of Acid Rock Drainage
• Economic Recovery of Edible Protein from Cheese Whey by Ultrafiltration
• Smart Surgical Instruments
• Automated Water Disinfection System
• 3-D Metal Detector-Based Visualization System for Nasogastric Feeding
• LED Illuminator for Diabetes Studies
• Solar Splash 2: Maximum Power Point Tracking Charge Controller
• High Functionality Mobile Apps for STEM
• Variable Resistor Logic Unit (VRLU)/Finite State Machine (FSM)
• Modeling effects of ion implantation in semiconductors
• Portable System for Residual Lung Volume Submersion Measurements
• Modeling Metamaterials
• Modeling of Electrodynamic Shakers
• Augmented Reality
• Vibration Therapy Machine
• Data Acquisition (DAQ) System for Transducer-Equipped Toy
• Integrated Spectrum Intelligent IoT Gateways
• Automated Microheater for Glass Microspheres
• Fast risetime pulse generating circuits for laser applications
• 3D-printed microstructured optical fiber preforms
• Power electronics for solar-powered desalination
• Multispectral Imaging System
• Portable Neutron Knife (PNK) for Cancer Treatment
• RTG Power System for Antarctic Automatic Weather Stations (RTG-PAAWS)
• PWR Design with an Accident Tolerant Fuel System