Fresno State student finalists participating in the Victor E. Bulldog III Design Challenge will present their four stage designs for the University’s live mascot from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Smittcamp Alumni House in the Whitten Room.

Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering challenged students to design a stage for Victor E.’s appearances. The winning design will get a chance to build the stage with Dr. The Nguyen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and will take home $1,000. The stage will also be showcased at Fresno State’s Vintage Days, April 20-22, and at the Lyles College Projects Day on May 8.

“This is what engineering is about — designing and developing products to make living better, and in this case creating a product for Victor E. and his fans to interact in comfort,” said Dr. Ram Nunna, dean of the Lyles College.

The stage will allow Victor E. to sit, lie down and be elevated comfortably, making it easier for photo opportunities with people standing by his side, especially the elderly. The design of the stage must be lightweight, portable, 2-feet by 3-feet wide and 30 inches tall and must hold up to 80 pounds. The stage must also be compatible for vehicle storage.

“There is never just one way to design something,” Nunna said. “It’s about ensuring that it was built to do what it’s meant to do and that it’s a reliable, safe and cost-effective solution.”

At 1:10 p.m. students will begin their 10-minute presentations that will be followed up by a five-minute question and answer session with Victor E. supporters and partners who have a vested interest in his health and safety.

The student finalists competing for the winning design are: Presentation 1: Thomas Bayhi, Johnny Armanino, Garry Gong, Arnold Park, Rogelio Romero Presentation 2: Bhavesh Jeevanlal Presentation 3: Rudraraju Sreekanth Varma Presentation 4: Pasan Kalanajith

“We are thrilled to have Fresno State students involved with this project for Victor E.,” said Jacqui Glasener, executive director of the Fresno State Alumni Association. “The innovative designs they have supplied are a testament to the quality of education received here at the University.”

The winner of the challenge will be announced after the judging on Friday.

For more information, contact Rebecca Wass, communications specialist, at 559.385.1336 or

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