Computer Science and Engineering Exposition

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The 2016 Engineering & Computer Science Exposition, hosted by the student-run Engineering and Computer Science Joint Council, was the largest and most ambitious yet.  The expo ran noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in the University Union Ballroom, and on the third floor of the Union, with workshops outdoors on Serna Plaza.

The expo featured the best and brightest extracurricular projects of students and student clubs from the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  Many were preparing for intense collegiate competitions over the next few months.  “I want to showcase what we do in the college, to show everyone the possibilities that occur outside of the classroom,” says council president Peter Avalos, a senior majoring in computer engineering.

The event was free and open to the public.  Parking was free on the three lower levels of Parking Structure II.  Interactive campus map:

Events and Activities:

  • The Hornet Racing Team introduced its small Formula-style race car, which was being built in anticipation of this summer’s Formula SAE collegiate competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • The students who are designing and building Sac State’s entry in the SMUD Tiny House Competition, to be held in October in Sacramento, shared details on their innovative 400-square-foot solar cabin.
  • The team headed to April’s micro-mouse regional competition in Hawaii demonstrated how their tiny robot “mice” learn to solve a complex maze.
  • Among the senior projects on display were a composite lamination press, a robotic arm, and the catamaran that four students are building to compete in SMUD’s Northern California Solar Regatta, coming up in May.
  • The Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competition teams showed off a model concrete canoe and a steel bridge in advance of their American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Pacific Student Conference and Competition.
  • The Competitive Robotics club staged a Robot Rumble, an exciting full-scale battle of small, handmade robots facing off in a big glass “cage.”
  • The Water Treatment Challenge team was on hand to demonstrate the filtration and treatment of wastewater.
  • Computer science students demonstrated computer graphics and games, mobile software applications, circuits design, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence programming.
  • Among the scheduled workshops, which delighted kids in particular, were “elephant toothpaste,” cars and airplanes propelled by rubber bands, and USB-powered fans.  They were also able to see a full-size working trebuchet, a medieval catapult used to propel heavy objects.
  • In addition, Sacramento Police Department bomb squad officers were on hand to demonstrate Ozbot, the battery-powered robot that assesses high-risk situations and defuses bombs.

The expo was funded by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Associated Students Inc., and Intel.
Join us next year!