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ME250 students and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Connector Gallery to compete with students' team-made robots at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo.The culmination of years of hard work and creativity by engineering undergraduate students from all disciplines was on display Dec. 6 as more than 85 students projects were highlighted at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo. The Expo, held each term, is an opportunity for students to exhibit their achievements in creative design and innovation - and explain all the hours of hard work and late-night sessions to their friends.

The Expo, sponsored this year by Harris Corporation and organized by the Multidisciplinary Design Program, showcases the achievement of students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems. A sampling of this term's projects includes:

  • A human-powered washing machine: A product for underprivileged people in developing countries to be used for laundry washing while minimizing the resource consumption.
  • "Safe Spot" Blind Spot Detector: An aftermarket blind spot detection system intended to reduce the number of blind spot related vehicle collisions and to increase driver safety.
  • Gunshot detection system: The system will detect and localize a gunshot, then relay the information about the gunshot to a central base station.
  • Pet GPS Containment System: A pet tracking device that takes a¬†containment area as input from the user and notifies the user when the pet leaves the specified area.
  • Robot Line Painter: A robot capable of automatically painting anything - from the lines on a sports field to the parking spaces of an entire parking lot. It takes a vectorized implementation of the intended design to paint and uses laser triangulation and simultaneous localization algorithms to pinpoint it's exact position.

> See the full list of this term's projects

Students, staff, and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Center and Pierpont Commons for the annual Design Expo on North Campus.

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Students, staff, and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Center and Pierpont Commons for the annual Design Expo on North Campus in Ann Arbor, MI on December 6 , 2012. The Michigan Engineering Design Expo showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

ME250 students and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Connector Gallery to compete with students' team-made robots on North Campus.

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ME250 students and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Connector Gallery to compete with students' team-made robots on North Campus. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

The Michigan Engineering Design Expo showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems.

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The Michigan Engineering Design Expo showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

Students try out the Baja SAE Gear Reduction project at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo.

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Students try out the Baja SAE Gear Reduction project at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

An extensive circuit board was part of one of the many projects at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo, which showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping.

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An extensive circuit board was part of one of the many projects at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo, which showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

Students, staff, and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Center and Pierpont Commons for the annual Design Expo on North Campus in Ann Arbor, MI on December 6 , 2012.

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Students, staff, and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Center and Pierpont Commons for the annual Design Expo on North Campus in Ann Arbor, MI on December 6 , 2012. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

Students test out one of the 85 design projects at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo. The expo showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems.

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Students test out one of the 85 design projects at the Michigan Engineering Design Expo. The expo showcases the achievement of our students in engineering design and prototyping, and demonstrates applications of their studies that solve real-life problems. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

ME250 students and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Connector Gallery to compete with students' team-made robots on North Campus during the annual Design Expo.

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ME250 students and faculty gather in the Duderstadt Connector Gallery to compete with students' team-made robots on North Campus during the annual Design Expo. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of nearly 70,000 spans the globe.

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