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Hundreds of UA engineering students debut projects

Published: May. 3, 2016 at 7:22 PM MST|Updated: May. 3, 2016 at 7:32 PM MST
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(Source: University of Arizona)
(Source: University of Arizona)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Some of the people likely to be making our lives better, or easier, or safer showed off their projects on Tuesday.

It was the 14th Engineering Design Day for 500 University of Arizona engineering students.

The seniors have spent all year on several projects they hope someday will improve our quality of life.

One team is working to miniaturize a portable automatic external defibrillator (AED), a device that is used to save a heart attack patient's life.

You might have seen the portable A-E-D's in public buildings around town. Someday, thanks to these students you might have one in your home.

"Since 85 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen at the patient's home, we want to get the defibrillator out to people in a more affordable and more miniature size so they're less intimidating for them to use at home," said team member Andrew Porter.

A private company sponsored the design team and will take the students' idea and continue working to miniaturize the AED for home use.

Students who debut their ideas at Design Day have the opportunity to win cash prizes.

Professionals in the engineering field judge the contest.

More importantly, for the students, the corporate sponsors and the judges also are looking at the students as possible future employees.

To see more student ideas, click here.

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