Projects by engineering, science students have real-world impacts

May 13, 2014 | Engineering and Science

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The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University recently held its annual Senior Projects Conference featuring presentations by 260 seniors, majoring in a variety of engineering and science disciplines, with a focus on economic impacts that could benefit communities across the state.

The conference has become an annual highlight for the College of Engineering and Science and is attended by program advisory boards as well as faculty, students, parents and friends.  The students’ year-long project experiences are designed to prepare them to enter the professional ranks with confidence in their ability to guide a real-world project through to successful completion.

“The Senior Projects Conference provides an excellent opportunity for our seniors to demonstrate what they have learned by integrating many of the topics they have studied into a senior capstone project or senior research thesis,” said Dr. Hisham Hegab, dean of the College of Engineering and Science.  “This experience prepares our students with the ability and professional skills to tackle real-world projects in industry from their first day of employment.  Additionally, many of these senior projects have substantial, tangible economic benefits to the companies and organizations that sponsor them.”

Many of the projects support the work of regional industry partners including those sponsored by American Electric Power (AEP), Haynes International, GE, Libbey Glass, Procter and Gamble, Aeropres, Plymouth Tube, Georgia Pacific, Graphic Packaging, Cellxion, Cameron, Weyerhauser, Frymaster, Con Agra-Lamb Wesson, Intralox, A.J. Weller, Bar-J Ranch, and Radiance Technologies.

In addition to supporting corporate partners, the students also worked with several governmental and health services organizations including the City of Shreveport, University Health Hospital in Shreveport, LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, the Louisiana Transportation Research Council, and our Louisiana Tech’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering Science and Technology.

“I am always impressed by the complexity of the projects and the professional quality of the student presentations,” noted Dr. Jenna Carpenter, associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science.  “The students and senior projects faculty have worked very hard all year and it shows.” Written by Catherine Fraser –