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April 2010

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering presents Senior Design Expo 2010, an annual public event where teams of engineering students share their innovative research and design prototypes with the greater Richmond community.

The event will be on Friday, April 30th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the rotunda and adjacent rooms at the Science Museum of Virginia located at 2500 West Broad Street. The event is free and open to the public.

The Senior Design Program has been part of the School of Engineering curriculum since 1999 and is a requirement for graduation. The capstone program teaches leadership skills in a collaborative environment and provides students the opportunity to develop projects that may lead to product innovation for the benefit of society.

On average, 35 student teams participate in the Senior Design program and the Expo has become a signature event for the School and for Virginia Commonwealth University. Projects featured in the 2010 Expo are as diverse as they are innovative, ranging from designing a low-cost sustainable model home to building a control room nuclear reactor simulator; from developing a human tracking robot to building the next-generation roller coaster vehicle. Project listing can be found at

The Senior Design Expo also helps to raise awareness of engineering, science, and technology to middle and high school students living in the greater Richmond community. Over 150 middle and high school students are expected to attend the Expo to discuss projects with student team members and learn more about studying engineering in a university or college setting.

The Senior Design Expo is made possible due in large part to the wonderful generosity from local corporations and organizations, including the Science Museum of Virginia, Engineers Plus, Dominion Resources, James River Air Conditioning, Hoover & Strong, Clark Nexsen, M &E Contractors, Tridium, and Teleflex. ##

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