The Mechanical Engineering Department is the largest department at Cal Poly with more than 1,250 undergraduates and is ranked as the second-best undergraduate focused mechanical engineering program in the country by U.S. News and World Reports.

The curriculum shares a common philosophy that real engineering work requires not only a solid understanding of theory but also hands-on experiences and skills to finish the job. With state-of-the-art laboratories, student clubs and organizations, and machine shops, the program effectively combines theory and practical application to prepare students for careers in a wide variety of industries and graduate school.

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Senior Projects from 2016

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Efficiency Testing of an Electronic Speed Controller, Grace Cowell, Matthew Hudson, and Marcus Pereira

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Flow Meter Test Rig, Cory Davis, Emily Guss, and Michael Swartz

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Low-Cost Prosthetic Transfemoral Socket, Emelie Deans, Joshua Ledgerwood, Leah Moore, Shaina Jung, and Kristen Temnyk

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BBQ Grill Temperature Uniformity Study, Monty Dodge Jr and Samuel Melo

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Biofuel Gasification for Residential Heating, Bryan Duke, Courtney McIntosh, and Jeron Hogan

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Adaptive Stand Up Paddleboard, Stephen Eldridge, Claire Francis, Curtis Hodgson, Haley Rentfro, and Spencer Shotts

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Final Design Report: Grasp Data Acquisition Project Axon VR, Michael Erberich, Jack Schultz, and Tyler Yeaman

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Automated Pintail Machine, Stephen Etheredge, Andrew Evans, and Michael Fernicola

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Compliant Air Skates, An Experiment, Samuel Feldtkeller, Cody Anderson, Kevin Daily, and Eliana Stefani

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Magnetic Bearing for Bently Nevada RK4 Rotor Kits, Sean Fowler and Garrett Olson

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Sm3artBottle, Jesus Garcia, Ross Heyman, and Robert Yu

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Modification of Offset Hip Impactor, Anton Gebert, Michael Rumery, and Mark Sidor

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Electric Vehicle Torque Vectoring and Rear Steering Control System, Garrett Heinen, Vincent Lee, Michael Parker, and Michael Saggese

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Compression Molded Composite Component, Greg Hermansen, Larsson Johnson, Joanne Medrano, and Kyle Hammell

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Wind Tunnel Wheel Balance, Brady Hiob, Ryan Hamamura, and Samuel Fleet

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Non-Destructive Testing of Carbon Fiber Crank Arms, Timothy Hoekstra, Grant Pocklington, and Johnathan Simeroth

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Putter Measurement System, Bryan A.L. Hofferd, Yuzo Makitani, Jacob Phillips, and Eric Stubben

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Non-puncturing, No Slip THV Leaflet Gripper, Brooks Kelly, Eric Nagaoka, and Johnny Phane

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Improvement of Mounting Techniques for Accelerated Wear Testing of Artificial Heart Valves, Kyle Koon, Clay Bougher, and Lawrence Yang

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Prosthetic Socket Cooling System, Benjamin K. Kraw, Kathy Ha, Derek Piastrelli, and Cuong Lai

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Fluid Analysis in Solar Heat Pipes, Ben Krumholz, Michael Agavo, and William Dundon

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Low Cost Metal Chip Separator, Alek Linquist, Kale McKinney, and Ryan Jones

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Metals Additive Manufacturing Powder Aging Characterization, Thomas Russell Lovejoy, Nicholas Karl Muetterties, and David Takeo Otsu

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Cal Poly Microgrid - Solar Panel Mounts, Dylan Mayer, Christian Odegard, Gregory Pellegrino, and Connor McKay

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High­Impact Textile Joining for UAV Landing Application: Tensile Testing of Textiles, Patrick Michniuk, Matthew Ferretti, and Jennifer Ford