Success On Display

Hundreds turn out to interact with students and industry sponsors during annual Projects Day.

Seattle University’s Project Center held its 37th annual Projects Day on Friday, May 31, highlighting more than three dozen student-led projects that applied classroom learning to real-life scenarios. About 800 people attended the event to experience the collaborations between students, faculty advisors and sponsor organizations including T-Mobile, Amazon, Snohomish County, Seattle City Light, F5, Sound Transit and others.

“Projects Day showcases our students’ innovative solutions to real-world industry challenges through experiential learning opportunities made possible by our invaluable sponsors,” says Rachael Brown, director of the Project Center. 

Projects Day with a lot of people

All graduating seniors in Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering partner with a sponsor and work in teams to solve a real-world problem. (Masters of Science students in Software Engineering and Data Science also complete two-quarter-long projects.) 

“Let’s face it, you are graduating from Seattle University, you have already shown a lot of potential,” Patrick Dean, of PACCAR, told the participants. “But this takes it to another level.”

students talk to guests at projects day

Some of this year’s projects involved a bridge replacement in Snohomish County, while another utilized artificial intelligence to expand access to web applications for underserved communities, helping immigrants access social services.

“These students make us proud every day,” said Amit Shukla, PhD, dean of Seattle University’s College of Science and Engineering.

Check out these stories on The Newsroom for a look at six of the projects featured at Projects Day.

Innovative Solutions, Real-World Impact

Sponsoring Real-World Outcomes

Written by Mike Allende

Tuesday, June 4, 2024