Fall Engineering Design Celebration

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 | 2 pm – 8 pm

The University of Delaware boasts one of the premier engineering design education programs in the country. The 2021 Fall Engineering Design Celebration is a half-day hybrid conference that showcases and celebrates our engineering students’ many accomplishments this semester. This year’s celebration features teams of students in the following design categories:

Interdisciplinary Senior Engineering Design

Mechanical Engineering Junior Design

E3 High School Design Competition

Autonomous Robots Competition


Technical Presentations: Senior Design – 2-6:30 pm

Technical Presentations: Junior Design – 2-4 pm

Technical Presentations: High School Design – 2:30-6 pm

Technical Presentations: Robotics – 2-3:30 pm

Senior Design Project Gallery – 2-7 pm

Awards Ceremony – 7-8 pm

Technical Presentations

Student teams will deliver in-person technical presentations at Clayton Hall. See Design Category below for detailed presentation schedule and room locations, and click here for map of Clayton Hall conference rooms. Presentations are restricted to participating students, faculty, evaluators, and invited guests; and all attendees must comply with University COVID guidelines for on-campus events.


Senior Design Presentations

Interdisciplinary Senior Engineering Design is the capstone design course in the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Programs. The showcase features final technical presentations and a perpetual project gallery for all 52 of our student teams. See schedule below for team presentation times and room locations.

Please be aware that some presentations marked with an asterisk are restricted access for intellectual property purposes. Only UD faculty, students, and the sponsoring entity may attend. All other presentations are open to all event attendees.

Click on the Team number below to view more details.

Team # Project Name Sponsor Room # Time
101 Biomechanical Surrogate for Heart Septum Abbott Room 101A 5:45 – 6:15
102 Automated Screw Torquing Device Agilent Technologies Room 101B 3:45 – 4:15
103 Wearable dialysis shunt/AV fistula care simulator Avkin Room 101A 5:15 – 5:45
104 Wearable Tracheostomy Care Simulator for Medical Education Avkin Auditorium 128 4:45 – 5:15
105 Automation of meat stick packaging operation CHL Systems Room 101B 2:00 – 2:30
106* Rigidity of harvester reel tine with embedded permanent magnet CNH Room 121 4:30 – 5:00
107 Conveyor guide for elastomer bricks Datwyler Room 101B 2:30 – 3:00
108 Carbon fiber Class III utility trailer DowAksa Room 119 3:30 – 4:00
109 On-demand personal soda machine Keurig Dr Pepper Room 119 4:45 – 5:15
110 Modular steering system for adaptive bicycles MDavis / Preston’s March Room 119 2:45 – 3:15
111 Certa-Lok® Field Grooving Tool NAPCO Pipe & Fittings Room 101B 4:30 – 5:00
112 Optimization of aircraft engine cowling Andrew Meyer (Engineer, Northrop Grumman) Auditorium 128 2:00 – 2:30
113 Universal design for star wheel feeder Norwalt Design Room 101B 5:45 – 6:15
114 Battery cartridge for eVTOL aircraft Piasecki Aircraft Corporation Auditorium 128 4:00 – 4:30
115 Optimizing warehouse workflow Procter & Gamble Auditorium 128 2:30 – 3:00
116 Automated assembly of Encompass Integrated Shim pins assemblies Qfix Room 101B 5:15 – 5:45
117 Cuvette Assembly Automation Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Room 101B 3:00 – 3:30
118 Microfluidic Technology Test Bed, Phase III Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Room 120 5:00 – 5:30
119 Powered Quick Grip Clamp Stanley Black & Decker Room 121 5:30 – 6:00
120 Dual Hard Floor Cleaning Solution Stanley Black & Decker Room 120 4:15 – 4:45
121 Macro-Volume Variable Path Liquid Sampling Mechanism Thermo Fisher Scientific Room 120 2:30 – 3:00
122 Blank Holder Design for Variable Deep Drawing of Stretchable ‘TuFF’ Composites for Aerospace Structures UD Center for Composite Materials Room 119 2:00 – 2:30
123 Scalable Spillway Design for Highly Aligned Discontinuous Fiber ‘TuFF’ Composites for Aerospace Structures UD Center for Composite Materials Room 119 4:00 – 4:30
124 Actuated wave paddle system for educational wave flume UD Civil Engineering: Puleo Lab Room 120 5:45 – 6:15
125 Outdoor water table for early childhood hands-on education UD Mechanical Engineering & Early Learning Center Auditorium 128 3:15 – 3:45
126 Adaptation of mechanical testing devices for field-based studies of plant biomechanics UD Plant & Soil Sciences: Sparks Lab Room 120 3:00 – 3:30
127 Crop scanning camera system for vertical indoor farming research UD Plant & Soil Sciences: Meng Lab Room 120 2:00 – 2:30
128 Smart Manikin for Garment Design Under Armour Auditorium 128 5:15 – 5:45
129 N95 Mask Filtration Test Equipment W.L.Gore Room 119 5:15 – 5:45
130 Hall Effect Measurement System for CVD Diamonds Applied Diamond Inc Room 120 3:45 – 4:15
131* Leak test tool for fuel cell columns Bloom Energy Room 121 4:00 – 4:30
201 Design of an adaptable dilator for use after anoplasty in infants University of Cape Town: Sivarasu Lab Auditorium 125 3:45 – 4:14
202 Design of a High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPO) bag for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) University of Cape Town: Sivarasu Lab Auditorium 125 2:30 – 3:00
203 Design of a peripheral nerve stimulator for use during colorectal surgery University of Cape Town: Sivarasu Lab Auditorium 125 5:15 – 5:45
204 Design of a new clothing fastener for individuals with disabilities UD Innovation Health & Design Lab Auditorium 125 4:30 – 5:00
205 Design of a sensor and alert system for pressure sore detection in individuals wearing casts UD Innovation Health & Design Lab Auditorium 125 5:45 – 6:15
206 Optimization of a motorized upper extremity exoskeleton for individuals with muscular dystrophy UD Innovation Health & Design Lab Room 101A 2:00 – 2:30
207 Optimization of an orthopedic boot design for individuals with achilles tendon rupture UD Innovation Health & Design Lab Room 101A 2:45 – 3:15
208* Improvements to Cross-Cut Valve Assembly Stability for Interventional Medical Device Terumo Medical Corporation Room 123 5:30 – 6:00
209 Optimization of a portable retractable stethoscope design ECHO Stethoscope LLC Auditorium 125 3:00 – 3:30
210 Detection and visualization of gait events in individuals wearking an ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) Elasthetics LLC Auditorium 125 2:00 – 2:30
211 Improving quality and functionality of upper extremity prosthesis for children MORE Foundation Room 101A 3:30 – 4:00
212 Design of a minimally invasive retractor for Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (LLIF) surgery to prevent tissue creep Globus Medical Inc. Room 101A 4:00 – 4:30
213* Modification of a wheelchair with dynamic tilt developed for pressure ulcer prevention Christiana Care Occupational Therapy Room 123 4:00 – 4:30
214 Motorization of adapted tricycle for individuals with cerebral palsy Bayada Pediatric Homecare Room 101A 4:45 – 5:15
215* Optimization of in-vivo wireless strain measurement system for a spinal implant in a pig model UPenn New Bolton Center Room 123 4:30 – 5:00
216* Optimization of an extruder for 3D printing core-shell polymers used in rehabilitative devices UD Materials Science: Mackay Lab Room 121 5:00 – 5:30
217 A multi-axial test frame for in-vitro testing of differential biomechanics in scoliosis UD Biomedical Engineering: Elliott Lab Auditorium 128 5:45 – 6:15
300 UD Aero SAE – Fuselage UD Department of Mechanical Engineering – ASAE Pencader 103 4:30 – 5:00
301 UD Aero SAE – Wings UD Department of Mechanical Engineering – ASAE Pencader 103 4:00 – 4:30
302 UD Aero SAE – Controls UD Department of Mechanical Engineering – ASAE Pencader 103 5:00 – 5:30
400 UD Formula SAE UD Department of Mechanical Engineering – FSAE Pencader 117 4:00 – 6:00

Junior Design Presentations

Machine Design is a core junior year mechanical engineering design course featuring a real-world manufacturing and automation challenge from two local industry sponsors, Norwalt Design and Omega Design. The showcase features end-of-semester technical presentations for 14 separate student teams at the midpoint of their two-semester project, which involves the design, manufacture, and validation of an autonomous bottle fill station.

Vote for your favorite Team Project in the Junior Design People’s Choice Award.


Special thanks to our local industry sponsors, Norwalt Design and Omega Design:

Also, thank you to all of our industry evaluators and student team advisors: Adam Bitar, Melody Cerro, Kevin Cresswell, Austin Crouse, Anthony Dorazio, William Dunfee, Ian Engelberg, Nick Filzen, Edward Gargiulo, Richard Griste, Keith Harman, Ross Hutter, Kevin Perdue, Jeff Rickets, Justin Rigg, Matt Seitel, Mike Seitel, Glenn Siegele, Christopher Sockel, and Ryan Tocker.

High School Design Presentations

Student teams from local high schools compete in an open-ended design competition as part of University of Delaware’s Engineering Education Ecosystem (E3) Program. The showcase features technical presentations from 12 semi-finalist teams from four area high schools, including Brandywine High School, Concord High School, Padua Academy, and Newark High School.


Robotics Presentations

Senior year and graduate students in an advanced robotics and controls class display their final course projects. The showcase features live demonstrations and a robotics competition.

Pencader 103 2:00 – 3:30

Video of the Robotics Presentations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckq6fkE4RpM

Awards Ceremony

Please join us for a live webinar session to celebrate our students’ achievements starting at 7:00 pm. This event is open to the public, and students, alumni, friends and family are all welcome. You can participate in the event by nominating teams for the People’s Choice Award.

Senior Design Project Gallery

Browse the Project Gallery below to find out more about our senior design teams, their sponsors, and to watch brief video overviews of their project outcomes.


We sincerely thank this year’s senior design sponsors for their support of this program.


Agilent Technologies

Andrew Meyer (Engineer, Northrop Grumman)

Applied Diamond Inc


Bayada Pediatric Homecare

Bloom Energy

CHL Systems

Christiana Care Occupational Therapy

CNH Industrial



ECHO Stethoscope LLC

Elasthetics LLC

Globus Medical

Keurig Dr Pepper

MDavis / Preston’s March

MORE Foundation

NAPCO Pipe & Fittings

Norwalt Design

Piasecki Aircraft Corporation

Procter & Gamble


Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Stanley Black & Decker

Terumo Medical Corporation

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Under Armour


University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • Sivarasu Lab

University of Pennsylvania

  • New Bolton Center

University of Delaware

  • Center for Composite Materials
  • Early Learning Center
  • Innovation Health & Design Lab
  • Dept. Biomedical Engineering: Elliott Laboratory
  • Dept. Civil Engineering: Puleo Laboratory
  • Dept. Material Sciences: Mackay Laboratory
  • Dept. Plant & Soil Sciences: Meng Laboratory
  • Dept. Plant & Soil Sciences: Sparks Laboratory

Faculty Advisors

Jenni Buckley, PhD

David Burris, PhD

Joe Feser, PhD

Jim Glancey, PhD, PE

Dyer Harris, PhD

Julie Karand, PhD

Michael Keefe, PhD

Ashutosh Khandha, PhD

David McKee, PhD

Ajay Prasad, PhD

Sarah Rooney, PhD

Steve Timmins, PhD

Tyler Van Buren, PhD

Adam Wickenheiser, PhD

Thank You


Many thanks are in order to the staff members who help our students with technical and logistical issues throughout the course of the semester.

The Design Studio & Student Machine Shop Staff: Whitney Sample, Scott Nelson, and Jeff Ricketts, Also the TAs in the Design Studio and Machine Shop

Administrative Support: Elaine Nelson, Amy Adams, Ann Connor, Allie Andrews, Missy Arenz, Michele Schwander, Cynthia Papettas, Melanie Smith, Nancy England, Amanda Ramsaran, Vicky Tosh-Morelli, and Kristin Schmidt.

We sincerely thank this year’s guest evaluators for their support of this program.