More than 700 undergraduates participate in Texas A&M Engineering Project Showcase


Aggie engineering innovation was the theme of the day at the third annual Texas A&M Engineering Project Showcase, hosted by the Dwight Look College of Engineering. Students gathered May 1 in Reed Arena to demonstrate and display their projects, which highlighted how engineers can create solutions to solve real-world problems.

More than 160 engineering teams participated with posters and prototypes representing the work of more than 700 undergraduate engineering students. The student participants presented work from Senior Capstone Design courses, AggiE_Challenge projects, technical electives, undergraduate research projects, Startup Aggieland companies, freshman design teams and others. 

The event brought more than 140 industry representatives from 70 companies to campus. The Showcase provided them with the opportunity to meet with faculty to discuss possible collaborations for future industry-sponsored student projects.

The Showcase event has become a signature event for the Dwight Look College of Engineering and has grown every year, both in attracting more student participants and more industry representatives. The event captures both the innovativeness of Texas A&M engineering students and the wide range of problems for which they have developed technical solutions.

An awards ceremony at the end of the Showcase recognized the top teams, with more than $11,000 in prizes made possible by gold sponsor ConocoPhillips and silver sponsors Emerson, Spectra Energy and Texas Instruments. 

The Overall Showcase Winner Award ($2,000) was the “Thermoformable Shin Guard” team. The biomedical engineering capstone team included Ala Tobeh, Deidre Jacqueline Higareda, Nicole Hayes, Robert William Reese, Scott Bixler and William Reyna. 

There were five Capstone Winning Teams and each was awarded $1,000.  The winners were:

“Autonomous Acoustophoretic Oil-in-Water Sensor System”

An Electrical Engineering Capstone Team

Team members: Cameron Shaw, Jacob Hannusch and Dale Julson

Award sponsored by ConocoPhilips 

“Pressure Relief Valve”

A Mechanical Engineering Capstone Team

Team members: Hieu Ha, Seth Loveall, Matthew Barth, Ryan Rugg and Kevin Le Award sponsored by ConocoPhilips

“Rapid Manufacturing of a Transtibial Prosthesis”

A Biomedical Engineering Capstone Team

Team members: Jessica Reinhard, Zach Stone, Rachael Muschalek, Samantha Schott and Clayton Smith

Award sponsored by Texas Instruments

“Production of INVENT3D(TM) Desktop Additive Manufacturing Units”

An Industrial and Systems Engineering Capstone Team

Team members:  Kyle Steven Adams, Sterling Behrens, John Nettles, Ryan Portwood and Jaime Rivas

Award sponsored by Emerson

“Assistive Calf”

An Electrical Engineering Capstone Team

Team members: Carlo Bocatto, Karly O’Connor and Michael Cantu

Award sponsored by Spectra Energy

In addition, three $1,000 awards were given to the top three teams in the multidisciplinary/vertically integrated/research category.  The winners were:

“On-demand Manufacturing of Rapidly Deployable Superabsorbents for Oil Spill Cleanup”

An AggiE_Challenge Team

Team members: Raquel Belnap, Neshme Colmenero, Danielle Cope, Andres Mena, Adriano Pangelinan, Courtney Ann Prestwood, Jiacheng Sheng and Duanduan Han

“Acoustic Shield”

A Startup Aggieland Company

Team members: Luke Neese, Liang Ge and Virginia Neese

“Self-Heating Exothermic Warmer for Biologics”

A Biomedical Student Design Team: Nicholas Abuid, Rahul Dhuka, Colin Dodson, Shannon Waters, Paige Adair and Cassandra Lutz

The event was sponsored by the Look College, ConocoPhillips, Spectra Energy, Texas Instruments and Emerson.

For more information about the event, visit For project sponsorship information, please contact Magda Lagoudas, executive director, industry and nonprofit partnerships.