middle school students learn about the NASA Robotic Mining Team project in 2017

Techxpo: A Decade of Discovery

Today Montana Technological University is hosting our 10th annual Techxpo event. Techxpo is an annual, campus-wide event aimed at highlighting the many exciting research and design projects developed by Montana Technological University’s students.  Any student from any degree who is involved with a research project can participate.

2013 Techxpo project "Solar Water Distillation"
2013 Techxpo project
"Solar Water Distillation"

Techxpo is a great opportunity for Montana Tech’s students to display their tremendous accomplishments and talents while tackling solutions to real world challenges.  You can see a selection of past Techxpo projects here.

Each year a panel of industry professionals judge the students’ projects, and the top undergraduate research project in each degree area is awarded a cash prize.

For graduate projects, one winner is selected representing each of the following areas depending on participation: Ph.D. projects, Environmental Engineering, Ecological Restoration, Health Care Informatics, Industrial Hygiene, Project Engineering and Management, Mining Engineering & Geosciences, and Electrical Engineering & General Engineering.

Hutchins senior design project, A Versatile Solution for Off-Grid Drinking Water Treatment, along with team members Zach Maassen, Dustin Kaste, CJ Kissell and Joseph Rowe
Hutchins senior design project
"A Versatile Solution for Off-Grid
Drinking Water Treatment" along with
team members Zach Maassen, Dustin Kaste,
C.J. Kissell and Joseph Rowe.

In addition to the undergraduate and graduate awards, a cash prize is given to the Best in Show project.

Dr. David Hutchins, a researcher with the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, has participated in Techxpo, as both a student and mentor.

Hutchins shared, ”I really can’t overstate how important senior design and Techxpo were to my trajectory.

Getting a taste of hands-on research in my undergraduate time inspired a deep dive and years of meaningful work in the laboratory.

The mentoring I received then continues to this day, even as I am mentoring a new generation of curious engineers. I hope they are also inspired to continue experimenting and learning throughout their careers.“

This year’s Techxpo event is taking place online and features close to 60 projects and nearly 160 student participants. This event offers a first-hand look at the incredible research and design work being conducted by many of our students.

2018 Techxpo Project "Baja SAE Collegiate Design Competition"
2018 Techxpo Project
"Baja SAE Collegiate Design Competition"

We want to extend the invitation to you to see the projects first hand and celebrate the new generation of determined doers at Montana Technological University.

All projects are accompanied by an abstract, a poster, and a short video presentation.

Please take a moment to discover the incredible work being conducted by our Montana Technological University and Highlands College students. We hope you find something that piques your curiosity and teaches you something new.

We are always on the lookout for stories to share with our Oredigger community, if you know of a person or story to be featured please email spanisko@mtech.edu.

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