Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering,, (612) 626-7959

Preston Smith, University News Service,, (612) 625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS (05/02/2011) — Clothing with embedded solar cells that can charge electronics, a long-distance sensor for the Woodbury Police Department’s K9 unit, and a prototype of a wheelchair that can easily switch between standing and sitting positions are just a few of the innovations undergraduate engineering students will present at this spring’s University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Spring Senior Design Show on Tuesday, May 3, 2-4:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

The event features more than 50 problem-solving innovations and cutting-edge research projects designed by seniors from the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Visitors will see the students work and talk with them about their design and research process.

The students are part of the Senior Design class, a four-credit, semester-long course for students in their senior year, with the main objective of providing students with a real-world, team-based design experience through which they develop an appreciation of design methodology and team dynamics, along with re