CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Graduating students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, showcased their capstone class final prototype projects with live demonstrations and presentations on Monday, May 11, in the University Center. The class was taught by Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Technology.
“It feels really good that we are finally done,” said Andrew Schippers, a senior Mechanical Engineering student, whose group developed a water filtration prototype for rural Africa. “Though, technically, we are not done because we still need to work on enhancing the efficiency of our prototype to bring the best product we can to Africa.”
Schippers, along with Bryan Hunt, and Cody Collins, two other Mechanical Engineer seniors, traveled to Hanga, Tanzania, last September to develop their prototype. Together, along with two other group members, Kelsea Foster and Jesse Attaway, they created the low-cost filtration system with the expectations of making clean drinking water readily available to the people of Africa.
“We all feel really good that we were able raise awareness for some of the issues that these people deal with,” said Schippers.
A total of 46 students studying mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, and electrical engineering technology presented capstone projects. The follow is a list of all nine capstone prototype project titles:
“These kinds of public presentations of the senior students’ capstone design projects allow our students to showcase their knowledge and skills in engineering and technology,” said Mehrubeoglu. “They also highlight the work of our graduating seniors through real-world engineering solutions that they have conceptualized, designed, built and tested with a working prototype as their final deliverable.”
The presentations were part of the Industry Advisory Council meeting, as well as students’ final course grade requirement. Engineers and engineering managers from local businesses were also in attendance to take part in the judging of the group projects. The audience also challenged the students during the question and answer session after each presentation.
“We are very proud of our seniors and their accomplishments,” said Mehrubeoglu. “Our graduating seniors have established strong ties with the industry through their senior projects. The projects showcase the quality of their work, so the industry seeks to hire them. These projects are a testimony of the quality of the programs in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.”