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UVA Hosts Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium
April 26, 2006

Twenty of the top U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate students will showcase their fourth-year (senior) theses in the Rotunda as part of the 19th annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium on Wednesday, May 3. The students, who will present their projects in individual and team competitions before approximately 100 fellow students, faculty, family members and interested high school students throughout the day, were selected from 44 team and individual entries for their projects’ significance, technical quality and quality of written report.

At the event, students will be given 10 to 15 minutes to present their thesis projects, which in the past have ranged from roller coaster designs to theoretical fluid dynamics studies to dehydrating toilets for use in Third World nations, and an additional five minutes to answer questions. Beginning at 5 p.m., the students will give project demonstrations throughout the Garden Room at the Colonnade Hotel. One student, Elizabeth Horahan, will exhibit an exoskeletal breathing device for children with respiratory problems; she will display a “rib” she has built and demonstrate how it will “breathe” with her device.

Projects will be judged by a panel of leaders in various industries: Terry Leslie, president of Micron Technology; John DeMaso, president of Sperry Marine; Sydney Dorsey, member of the U.Va. Board of Visitors; and Allison Gravis, project engineer at Lockheed Martin. The top three individual presenters and the top team will each be awarded a cash stipend from the U.Va. Engineering Foundation.

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