The Austin College Engineering Design Showcase 2020 will be held virtually and asynchronously December 4-7 through online conference software Symposium by ForagerOne. View the showcase presentations at any time December 4-7. Attendees will need to sign up with their austincollege.edu email address at the Symposium site.
Engineering physics students in the “Statics and Engineering Design” course have created new products including:
- The Comfy Clip: Wear a COVID mask in ear-relieving comfort
- The Kanga Coin Holder: Access coins in cars with ease
- The Next-Level Measuring Cup: Measure the perfect scoop every time
- The Straw Cup: Revolutionize the way people drink
Engineering physics students brainstormed over 25 ideas for products that could make a difference in 2020. Students then selected the top four ideas, performed market research, designed the products using computer-aided design (CAD) software, and printed prototypes using the Morris Product Lab 3-D printers. In the Engineering Design Showcase, students will demonstrate their prototypes and describe the critical design features of their products.
The course is taught by David Baker, professor of physics and The Donald MacGregor Chair in Natural Science. He said the products highlighted are early prototypes, and feedback is an important part of the engineering design process. He asked that attendees comment on product features liked and on aspects that could be improved.
Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 50 percent of students identifying as persons of color. The residential student body of approximately 1,300 students and more than 100 expert faculty members allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. Related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Austin College cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. The College, founded in 1849, is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.