Teams from Loras College took both first and second prize for their projects at the national Digilent Design Contest in Indianapolis this spring.
Loras Computer Science seniors, Nick Burek ('12) from Peoria, Illinois, Jake Regan ('12) of Decorah, Iowa and Tom Griebel ('12) from Bellevue, Iowa, placed first with their project, GP-LaB: Graphics Processing-Like a Boss. They created a device that can be used to display widgets on a standard computer monitor. The device is designed to be connected to a small microprocessor such as those used to control home appliances to allow display of dials, progress bars, and text. For more information about this team's project, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW1r0AVbxTo .
Loras Engineering majors Dolina Maharjan ('14) from Dubuque and Shaun Hamilton ('15) from Evansville, Wis., placed second with their Path Finder Robot able to traverse a simple maze.
The contest started in February when students submitted proposals for projects to Digilent, an electrical engineering products company based in Pullman, Washington. Digilent provided the electronic components for the students to use in their projects. The teams of students then presented their projects at the competition in Indianapolis.
A total of eleven teams (six from Loras) competed at the national contest. Projects were scored by a panel of engineering faculty and professionals on the technical complexity and core concept of the project, the written report and presentation, and the marketability of the idea. Cash prizes were given for first, second and third places.
This is the second year that Loras College engineering students placed at the top in the Digilent Design contest.