May 11, 2007

Engineering students roll out final projects

Devices and machines designed to make life safer, easier or more fun will be presented to faculty, friends and families when seniors in Sacramento State’s mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology departments put their creations through their final paces.

The projects will be demonstrated and graded during two sessions for the students’ final, two-semester senior project sequence.

Students in the ME 190 class will present their projects from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, in the Lobby Suite of the University Union.

ME 191 and MET 191 students will do the same from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, May 18, in the Hinde Auditorium.

The presentations are free and open to the public.

Each project is a group effort, designed and built by three to four students, with a total of about 40 students taking part.

Past projects have included a radio-controlled submarine, a curb-climbing wheelchair lift, and a transportable pizza oven.

Professors Joseph Harralson, Timothy Marbach, Kenneth Sprott and Fred Sutter are overseeing the presentations, which are being graded.

Members of the departments’ Industrial Advisory Committee also will review the projects.

Students start by identifying a need, do a complete design of a project to meet that need, then design the device, fabricate the parts, and assemble them.

There is often an off-campus customer already waiting for the device. At other times the students raise funds from grants or donations.

For more information, contact the mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology departments at (916) 278-6624 or visit

For media assistance, call the Sacramento State Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.