Senior Design Competition

As the capstone of Penn's practice-integrated mechanical engineering curriculum, the two-semester senior design sequence challenges students to bring theory, skills, general knowledge, and inventive energy to bear on substantial engineering problems. There is no "typical" project and the variety is always surprising: some projects lead to marketable products; some explore a theoretical principle; some are just for fun.  But taken together, they reflect the breadth and diversity of mechanical engineering.

Our 2016 Winners:

Justin Chang, Foster Collins, Aedhan Loomis, Andrew McGrath, and Mike Meigs, winners of the Francis G. Tatnall Prize Winner for an outstanding project showing ingenuity, proficiency and usefulness.  
SCUBAssist is a semi-autonomous underwater vehicle that aims to be the ultimate recreational SCUBA diving assistant. The vehicle is capable of both scouting dive sites over tethered control and semi-autonomously following and recording video of a SCUBA diver during a dive. Finalist in the 2016 Intel Cornell Cup.
Golam Kibria, John Kim, Christian Wang and Tighe Costa, winners of the William K. Gemill Memorial Prize for outstanding creativity.
HAMR is a low-cost holonomic robot platform based on a unique drive mechanism that is simpler and more robust on uneven terrain than conventional omnidirectional systems, such as powered casters and omniwheels. By providing maneuverability for other robotic systems like manipulators or robot-human interfaces, HAMR can enable research and lower the cost barrier for consumer robotics. Finalist in the 2016 Intel Cornell Cup.
William Cheng, Sasha Klebnikov, Christina Springer, Chevonaé Walcott, winners of the Couloucoundis Prize for the best senior design presentation.
Team Oceanus has developed an autonomous system to provide for the fresh water demands of families in remote locations by directly integrating a Wave Energy Convertor (WEC) with a reverse osmosis desalination system. Our solution is a novel, compact system that uses springs to mechanically capture and modulate the rapidly varying pressure of ocean waves. Without such control, the lifetime of reverse osmosis membranes would be greatly reduce.
Jessica Hasson, Carder House, Sarah Lawson, Mihiri Rajapaksa, winners of the Judges Choice Award for excellence based on the discretion of the judges.
Team MoviFlex developed not only a low cost and energy-efficient, but also engaging stationary bike to address the rehabilitation needs of children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy in low resource communities. The estimated manufacturing cost of the MoviFlex bike is $500-1000, almost an order of magnitude cheaper than existing solutions.