The University of New Mexico School of Engineering hosts its inaugural Senior Design Expo on May 8 from 2-5 p.m. on the first floor of Centennial Engineering Center. Projects from more than 200 students in the school will be featured.

Students, parents, faculty, staff, prospective students, and corporate sponsors are invited to attend. RSVPs to the event are requested and can be submitted here.

Free food will be served, and free parking is available for participants in the B lot on the northwest corner of Central and University. For directions, see map.

Rich Compeau, a visiting lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is organizing the event. He said that all students in the school are requested to complete a capstone project their senior year, as part of both the requirements in the school, as well as for the school’s ABET accreditation.

Although individual departments within the school have held such expos, this is the first time all six departments in the school are holding a unified expo, Compeau said. The departments in the school are chemical and biological engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering.

Compeau said there are several goals to the event. One is to give students experience at presenting their research to peers and others. Another is to invite corporate partners to learn about the research taking place in the school and the students who may be interested in internships or careers. Also, parents and prospective students can get a glimpse of the types of projects that engineering students are involved with.

Students will present their projects in groups of three or four students, Compeau said, with a mix of posters and hands-on projects.

This is the inaugural event, but Compeau said that the plan is to make this an annual event in the spring and increase the number of participants, especially corporate partners.