At this year’s Engineering Week, the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) went all out. More than 20 organizations held college-wide engineering events, including Rube Goldberg competitions and multi-cultural formals. They played host to industry luminary Microsoft, which presented design and building competitions. In the coup de grâce, they attempted to break the world record for the longest high-five chain in conjunction with UCF CECS’ Limbitless Solutions team, which makes 3D printed prostheses for children. All of this was organized by the UCF ASEE Student Chapter.
Water has been in the news a lot lately, from California’s historic megadrought, to this month’s five-year anniversary of the Macondo Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Not all of it is grim, however. Boyan Slat, a 20-year-old Dutch engineering student, has designed a passive filtration system for the ocean’s garbage patches which, he says, can clear hundreds of millions of pounds of plastic from the ocean over the next 10 years while minimally impacting the wildlife population.
Three students at UC San Diego have taken inspiration from a struggle that most college students face: loud dorm rooms and group houses that seem designed to distract them from their studies.
The future of making things will be dramatically different than today’s, driven by disruption in the way we live, work, communicate, and produce and consume products. Already, products are coming to market in new ways – and that trend is accelerating.
This month, the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (ILead) at the University of Toronto concluded a six-month engineering contest simply called The Game. The Game is a mysterious competition with the goal of “changing the world,” though its missions are not revealed until after the contestants are chosen and their teams are formed. Over the competition’s long course, student contestants receive mentorship and leadership training while developing a large-scale social project that they hope will create positive change.