Students to showcase engineering skills at symposium

Western Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology Capstone Symposium will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 28, at WCU’s Center of Applied Technology.

Teams of senior engineering and engineering technology students are required to complete a sponsored capstone project through which they design and prototype a product, device, process or system for regional business and industry.

The Capstone Symposium is the culminating experience for the students. More than 30 industry-sponsored student projects will be on display.

Pat Gardner, director of WCU’s Rapid Center, said the projects “represent a special partnership with industry and education for cooperative and experiential learning focused on real-world applied projects.”

A few of the regional North Carolina manufacturers sponsoring projects include Snap-on Tools of Murphy, Borg Warner Turbo Systems of Asheville, GE Aviation of Asheville, Optical Cable Corp. of Swannanoa, PLI Cards of Asheville, U.S. Army Special Operations of Fort Bragg and Meritor of Fletcher.

“The engineering projects displayed are the hallmark of our project-based learning approach to engineering education and provide our students tremendous opportunities to support the economic development of the Western North Carolina region” said Jeffrey Ray, dean of WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology.

The Capstone Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, call the College of Engineering and Technology at 828-227-2159.