MechE Undergraduate Design Portfolio Contest

The annual Undergraduate Design Portfolio Contest is open to all undergraduates in the College of Engineering. The goal of the contest is to promote design and to showcase the importance of design skills in engineering. Additionally and perhaps even most importantly, the goal of the contest is to encourage students to create a design portfolio, as it can be a powerful tool in obtaining an internship or job in industry. Material in portfolios should be anything that displays creative engineering work and skills. This could be from classwork, personal projects, internships, etc.

Winners are selected in the following categories and are awarded prizes in the amount of: Best Overall ($500), Best Senior ($500), Best Junior ($400), Best Sophomore ($250), Best Freshman ($100).

Congratulations to our 2020 Winners!



Best Overall – Aaron Hwang
Best Senior – Matthew Averill
Best Junior – Aaron Hwang
Best Sophomore – Gayatri Sundar Rajan 
Best Freshman – no entries



Best Overall – Justin Fiaschetti
Best Senior – Brandon A. Sookraj
Best Junior – Theron Tarigo
Best Sophomore – Justin Fiaschetti
Best Freshman – Trevor Melsheimer



Best Overall – Austin Briggs
Best LEAP Phase 1 – Kristof Fogarasi
Best Senior – Daniel Poe
Best Junior – Lucas Watson
Best Sophomore – Aily Watson
Best Freshman – Austin Briggs


Evi Shiakolas

Best Overall Winner 2017 – Evi Shiakolas

Best Senior – Evi Shiakolas
Best Junior – Daniel Poe
Best Sophomore – Lucas Watson
Best Freshman – Aily Walker


David Miller Portfolio Screenshot

Best Overall Winner 2016: David Miller

Best LEAP Phase 1 – Alex Chang
Best Senior – David Miller
Best Junior – Zachary Lasiuk
Best Sophomore – Ashlyn Aiello – Portfolio
Best Freshman – Nikunj Khetan – Portfolio


Best LEAP Phase 1 – Rami Hamzey
Best Senior – Armor Harris
Best Junior – Mehmet Akbulut
Best Sophomore – Joseph Beaupre
Best Freshman – Douglas Lescarbeau
Best Overall – Armor Harris


Engineering Portfolio Workshop

In order to encourage student participation in the contest, one or two  Portfolio Workshops are held annually.  At this workshop, students will be shown past winners’ portfolios in order to generate ideas on how to construct a design portfolio. Questions will be answered on how best to display work.  Here is an comprehensive Portfolio Guide. For sample portfolios you can visit previous winners (above) or click to view the samples below.

Design Portfolio Sample 1 – Antonio Owen
Design Portfolio Sample 2- Brian Nam