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Preparing for the Showcase

The Tickle College of Engineering Senior Design Showcase is an event celebrating the creative work of our seniors. The projects provide a myriad of challenges that must be overcome to develop solutions effectively balancing the desired system performance with available time and financial resources.

The showcase will provide you with a venue to engage audiences of varying levels of technical literacy and life experiences. You are encouraged to invite your friends and family to the event—after all, they’ve likely been hearing you talk about your experiences for many months now. You can also expect to see project sponsors, potential employers, peers, and underclassmen at the event.

The content on this page is intended to provide guidance in what to prepare and what is expected of you, as well as where to be, and when to be there.

Event Dress Code

Students are expected to wear appropriate business professional attire. Sponsor-provided logo polo or button-down shirt/blouse is acceptable as well.

Preparation Timeline

  • One Month Out
    • Start designing your poster. You may use your course-specific template or access TCE-branded templates available here
    • Start designing how you will convey the story of your project
    • Determine what and how you will demonstrate your prototype system, software, simulation or experiment
    • List what equipment and supporting items you will need
    • Make sure your client/sponsor/advisor knows about the event and will attend
  • T-Minus Two Weeks
    • Review poster draft with your teammates, client and advisor
    • Get your suit dry cleaned
    • Script your poster and demonstration delivery
    • Get your plan together for gathering the needed support equipment
    • Get your plan together for picking up, dropping off, setting up, knocking down, and returning borrowed support equipment
  • T-Minus One Week
    • Final spell check of the poster
    • Order your poster print through your department (preference is to have posters mounted on foamboard; however, check with your instructor)
    • Practice your poster and demonstration delivery (all team members!)
    • Pick up your cleaned suit
  • T-Minus Three Days
    • Pick up your poster and make one final check
    • Rehearse the demonstration and poster presentation
    • Verify equipment will be ready for pick up
  • T-Minus Two Days
    • Gather all equipment and items needed for your poster and demonstration–extension cords for power needs should be 20 ft

Day-before Timeline

  • Main setup: Wednesday, April 24, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
    • Enter through Gate D of Thompson-Boling Arena
    • Check in at the Information Desk
    • Pick up name tags for your group
    • Locate your table—poster stations are grouped by department
    • Set up your poster (easel will be provided) and arrange your materials at your station
  • What to bring to setup
    • Poster mounted on foamboard (note: if your department provides blank foamboard, then you may binder-clip your printed poster)
    • Prototype system/software, experimental setup, and/or simulation
    • Any computers and displays needed to demonstrate/explain the project
  • Security
    • Venue will be locked overnight

Day-of Timeline

  • Late setup: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    • Enter through Gate D of Thompson-Boling Arena
    • Check in at the Information Desk
    • Pick up name tags for your group
    • Locate your table—poster stations are grouped by department
    • Set up your poster (easel will be provided) and arrange your materials at your station
  • What to bring to setup
    • Poster mounted on foamboard
    • Prototype system/software, experimental setup, and/or simulation
    • Any computers and displays needed to demonstrate/explain the project
  • Main Event: 1–3:30 p.m.
    • Engage visitors in your project
    • Use your poster to walk through the story of the project and your results
    • Demonstrate your prototype system, software or simulation
    • If possible, allow visitors to try it out themselves
    • Insure that your poster always has at least 2 team members present and rotate so that you can visit other posters
  • Awards ceremony and closing remarks: 3:30–4 p.m.
    • Some departments will be providing awards for project teams
    • One or more stage areas will be identified for this purpose
    • The department heads and/or the dean will have a few concluding remarks
  • Knock down: 4–5 p.m.
    • Remove all materials from your table top
    • Fold up your table cover and place on table top
    • Collapse your easel and place on the table top
    • Your team is responsible for returning any technology or support materials borrowed from your department (computer monitors, cables, power supplies, etc.)
    • Return name badge holders to the Information Desk (Gate D)
    • Return your posters to your departmental senior design space
    • Throw away any trash
  • Night of the showcase
    • Celebrate!

We are now accepting applications for Interdisciplinary Senior Design.

Rising senior business and engineering students are encouaged to apply.