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Grand Finale

Written by Emily Downing, '16, and Mike Thee
May 20, 2013

Looking for concrete examples of how SU students are making a difference in the "real world" even before they graduate? Then you'll want to check out Projects Day on Friday, June 7 (1-5 p.m., Sullivan Hall).

This year, Projects Day will feature creative solutions to a number of problems close to home and far away. Such as indoor air pollution, which takes the lives of 1.9 million people in developing countries annually. Or serious seismic vulnerabilities that have been identified at the Seattle City Light Bothell Substation Control Building. Or an unsafe outdoor play area at the King Street Cooperative Preschool.

These are just a few of the nearly 30 challenges our students have been hard at work addressing over the past year. 

"It is very rewarding to see the results that the students have done," says Ernie Lou, corporate relations manager for the Project Center. "The quality of the work that the seniors put in is very impressive."

The Project Center works with companies throughout the Puget Sound region to secure real-world science, technology and business projects for students to tackle in their senior year.

Student teams from the College of Science and Engineering and the Albers School of Business and Economics work with faculty advisers and representatives from the sponsoring business or organization to tackle projects in areas of civil and environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and computer  engineering, computer science and software engineering, sustainability, international and new ventures.

Included on the long list of companies and other entities with which SU has partnered are Microsoft, Boeing, PACCAR, Kenworth, the City of Seattle, King County, REI, Honeywell and Philips. The partnering companies often extend internship and job opportunities to the graduating seniors based on their work through the Project Center. 

Lou, left, has been with the university since December. Previously, the Seattle native spent a decade at Microsoft and worked for the nonprofit Childhaven, where he was manager of events and corporate sponsorships. He says, "SU has been a good blend of my corporate background along with my non-profit work."

Learn more about the Project Center and Projects Day at