COES to host student Design and Research Conference
The Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science (COES) will host its second annual Design and Research Conference on Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5. The two-day event will be held throughout the Integrated Engineering and Science Building (IESB) and is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public. Attendees will be able to interact with hundreds of students during the conference and learn about their work and – more broadly – about engineering and science education at Louisiana Tech.
The Design and Research Conference will kick off at 4:30 p.m. on May 4 with the First-Year Projects Showcase. Between 4:30 and 5:30, attendees will have the chance to talk to first-year students and learn about the prototypes they built, including how they came up with the projects and what methods they used to get to their end design. At the end of the evening, judges will present awards to the top teams.
The senior portion of the conference will begin at 12:30 on May 5. Following a short welcome, COES seniors will present prototypes and research and explain how their projects will advance processes in their fields or address shortcomings of products currently on the market. After each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
“I’m proud of the work that our students do and pleased to invite the Louisiana Tech and Ruston communities to our second annual COES Design and Research Conference,” said Dr. Hisham Hegab, COES Dean. “Last year’s conference was a success, partly because of the hard work that our students and faculty put into it and partly because of the hundreds of members of the community who invested their time to come to campus and support our students. I hope that many of you will do so this year and see firsthand the real-world solutions that our students have developed.”
“Our students produce amazing work from the time they step on campus until they graduate,” added Dr. Heath Tims, COES Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. “This conference is a great way for them to showcase their skills and technical know-how while allowing our College to showcase the type of work and impact that the College of Engineering and Science and Louisiana Tech have on the future.”
Following the conference, the College will induct its newest members into the Order of the Engineer.