Santa Clara University


Students Shine in Senior Design Conference


How many times have you been frustrated searching for misplaced keys or eyeglasses? Engineering students Okechukwu “Okey” Mbanugo and Timothy Monzures presented a solution to this challenge at the 38th Annual Senior Design Conference in May. The conference, which drew more than 100 engineering alumni back to campus, featured presentations on senior capstone projects covering everything from a solar installation project to an ocular medical detection device.

Students worked all year researching their projects and perfecting their presentations. Okey and Tim investigated short-range, blue wireless communication for item location, tracking and distance measurement and other applications. For their presentation, they created and demonstrated a prototype, provided a business model, and fielded questions from alumni judges.

Okey, a forward on the Bronco basketball team for the last four years, hopes to continue his athletic career professionally after graduation, but counts on his engineering education to pay off when he joins the work force. “It’s definitely been an experience,” he said. “I learned a lot about technology through working on this project and it was really interesting.” Tim, majoring in both computer and electrical engineering, is participating in the combined B.S./M.S. five-year program, and has interned at Apple Computer for the last year and a half. “Working on this project for the last year has taught me to shoot high. We set our goals high. We didn’t expect to hit them all, but we kept on going and learned a lot in the process.”