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The Senior Design Showcase is the hallmark of every senior experience. It’s the culmination of four years of hard work, and the last stop on the journey toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

But this year, the engineering buildings weren’t filled with tables of presentations and excited students. Because of the campus closure, the College of Engineering and Computer Science turned the showcase into a virtual event. All teams, including those from MAE, recorded videos of their presentations that were viewed by Showcase leaders and industry sponsors.

Just as the college adapted the showcase to the current climate, MAE has made some adjustments to its programs as well:

Advanced Technologies for Hypersonic Propulsive, Energetic and Reusable Platforms (HYPER) REU

This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates launched in summer 2019, and welcomed a group of participants from across the nation. The application process for 2020 closed in late March; however, the program, which was expected to welcome the next group of students in late May, has now been postponed until 2021.

Biodesign Program in Rehabilitation Engineering

The Summer Clinical Immersion Experience is a key part of the BPRE program, which was also implemented in 2019. Since students must shadow clinicians at local health facilities, something that can’t effectively be completed remotely, this part of the program has been postponed until fall 2020.

More updates on campus closure impacts will be shared in the coming weeks.