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Engineering Student Projects ExpoESPEX 2022

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ABOUT ESPEX

For the past two semesters, a group of undergraduate students at Old Dominion University have been working on helmet sensors that detect and alert coaches when an athlete has taken a hit indicative of a concussion. Another group of students at the graduate level used the gene-editing technique CRISPR and high-resolution microscopy to study Vinculin, a protein essential for embryonic development.

Those research projects and dozens more will be presented during ESPEX, the Batten College of Engineering and Technology's student project expo, April 26 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The in-person event will be held at the Ted Constant Center's Chartway Arena and the Big Blue Room.

This year, for the first time, cash awards will be made to student teams for their projects displayed at ESPEX. Gifts from Stihl, Inc. and ODU alumni William G. Sykes, a patent attorney, have made these awards possible.

The Engineering Student Projects Expo was established in 2018 as a way to showcase the Batten College of Engineering and Technology's innovative student research.

"We are looking forwarding to seeing the presentations from our talented undergraduate and graduate and students," said Khan Iftekharuddin, interim dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. "These student projects represent the myriad of research possibilities that we offer at the College of Engineering."

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, download the ESPEX flyer.

For a link to all of the projects, click here: https://adobe.ly/3rMH3Vq



ESPEX 2022 Student Cash Awards

This year, for the first time, cash awards will be made to student teams for their reserach projects displayed at ESPEX. Gifts from Stihl, Inc. and ODU alumni William G. Sykes, a patent attorney, have made these awards possible.

In order to qualify for the cash awards, at least one member of the project team must be present during the ESPEX event April 26, 2022.

All members on winning teams will receive individual medallions to be worn with their graduation regalia to signify their achievement.

All award competition criteria are listed below:

$2500 - The 2022 William G. Sykes Innovator & Entrepreneur Award

This award will be conferred to one project exhibiting outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Each department chair will nominate one project from their department for consideration for judging.
  • The sponsor will visit each student project on the arena floor before the event begins to select the winning team.
  • The cash award of $2,500 will be split evenly between all participating team members.
  • At least one team member must be present at the ESPEX event to be considered for this prize.

$1000 - STIHL Inc.’s Choice Award

All undergraduate student teams are eligible for consideration. Projects will be judged by Stihl, Inc. engineers and executives.

  • Student teams will be considered for their overall presentation, professionalism, ability to communicate their individual roles in the overall project and possible commercial uses for their project.
  • The cash award of $1,000 will be split evenly between all participating team members.
  • At least one team member must be present during the ESPEX event.

$1000 - Undergraduate Student Design Project Award

This award will be judged by Dr. Rafael Landaeta, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Students, and select faculty of his choosing.

  • All undergraduate student teams are eligible for consideration.
  • Student teams will be considered for their overall presentation, professionalism, ability to communicate their individual roles in the overall project and possible commercial uses for their project.
  • The cash award of $1,000 will be split evenly between all participating team members.
  • At least one team member must be present during the ESPEX event.

$500 - Dean’s Graduate Research Award

This award will be judged by Interim Dean, Dr. Khan Iftekharuddin and select faculty of his choosing.

  • All graduate students or graduate research teams are eligible for consideration.
  • Graduate students will be considered for their overall presentation, professionalism, ability to communicate their theory, research method and results and their implications for further developments in their field of study.
  • The cash award of $500 will be split evenly between all participating team members.
  • At least one team member must be present during the ESPEX event.

$500 - Graduate Research Project Award

This award will be judged by Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Tony Dean and select faculty of his choosing.

  • All graduate students or research teams are eligible for consideration.
  • Graduate students will be considered for their overall presentation, professionalism, ability to communicate their theory, research method and results and their implications for further developments in their field of study.
  • The cash award of $500 will be split evenly between all participating team members.
  • At least one team member must be present during the ESPEX event.

$500 - Department Chairs’ Award for Undergraduate Sr. Design Project

This $500 award will be judged by department chairs with undergraduate programs including Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Aerospace, Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering and Engineering Technology.

  • All undergraduate student project teams are eligible for consideration.
  • Students will be considered for their overall presentation, professionalism, ability to communicate their theory, research method and results and their design projects implications for further developments in their field of study.
  • The cash award of $500 will be split evenly between all participating team members.
  • At least one team member must be present during the ESPEX event.


$50 Gift Cards/Vouchers - Peoples’ Choice Award

This winning team will be based on ballots collected from guests during the ESPEX event. The student project earning the greatest number of ballots for their project will be announced at the ESPEX event.

  • All undergraduate student teams are eligible for consideration.
  • At least one student team member must be present during the ESPEX event.
  • $50 Gift Cards/Vouchers to the University Bookstore will be awarded to each member of the winning team.