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College of Engineering and Computer Science Project Showcase

A grant from the Tennessee Department of Education to improve assistive technology for toddlers and young children is supporting nine projects in the College of Engineering and Computer Science Project Showcase on Monday, April 24, from 5-6:30 p.m. The public is invited to the event. Technology Designed to Benefit (TDB) project is sponsoring the student poster showcase.

UTC engineering is teaming with Signal Centers on the assistive technology projects supported by the grant.

“Freshman are working on projects such as single and multi-mode switches, switch mounts, communication device mounts, and mobility devices to either help disabled youngsters to communicate with their peers or care givers or to exercise and improve their general well-being,” said Cecelia M. Wigal, Ph.D., P.E., UC Foundation Associate Professor, NSF Scholars Program Director in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Students at Signal Centers and Siskin Children’s Institute directly benefit from these projects. “

Project Showcase will also display other design projects. Wigal says those projects support faculty needs or industry needs. Freshman projects range from a stained glass window support to a beam structure demonstration tool for a mechanics of materials course. An exceptional senior project showcases the first UTC miniBaja vehicle, which will be taken to a competitive event.

“All projects provide our Engineering students opportunities to work with a known customer to define device objectives and constraints, to determine device functions, to develop alternatives, to decide between alternatives, and to create a working device or prototype of the device for testing and use,” said Wigal.

For more information about the event, please contact Cecelia Wigal at 425-4015.

April 21, 2006

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