Student presenters were standing proudly by a large poster that detailed the mitotic process in flatworms, when a sudden roar accompanied the appearance of a seemingly self-propelled four-wheeled vehicle. Its owners, Gye Hyun Baek ’13 and Madalina Persu ’13, apologetically followed close behind, revealing that its source of power was in fact a handheld laser pointer. The first Design Fair at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) displayed the wealth of ideas that have emerged at SEAS throughout this past academic year. The May 1 fair in the Maxwell Dworkin building featured final projects from at least a dozen courses in engineering, applied mathematics, and computer science. Students in ES 50, “Introduction to Electrical Engineering,” and ES 51, “Computer-Aided Machine Design,” designed and built more than 30 diverse projects, including many small vehicles that roamed the display tables and floors, a hovering quadrotor helicopter, a playable infrared harp, a device that helps...
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