Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 26 June 2014 – After 4 years, I cannot believe my time at Ohio University is coming to a close after one more semester. After finishing my senior design project and submitting a report and video to the SourceAmerica/AbilityOne College Design Challenge, our senior design team (Team Flower Power) found out we were finalists. Our entire team was given the opportunity to fly to DC from June 16th – June 19th for recognition of the award.
Unfortunately only 2 of my 4 teammates could make it. Marissa Singley, Nick Reed and I had the opportunity to see the sites and sounds of DC. One of the best places we visited was the Air and Space museum. My favorite exhibit was the Wright Flyer which was on display.
Going out to Washington DC also gave our team the opportunity to meet the other finalists. One team was a group of undergrad electrical engineering and computer science students from Weber State and the other was a team of 3 graduate students from Oregon State University.
One of the most exiting and touching parts of the weekend was doing a simple team builder. We were placed in teams of 3 from different schools and given a bag of parts and a set of instructions. By the end, each team had a prosthetic hand to be given to a victim of a land mind accident in another country. It was a moving team builder where we all worked together to make a difference. Here is a link for more detail on the team builder: Sunrise – A helping hand for landmine victims.
At the end of the week, at a congressional reception, it was announced by Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers that Ohio University had won Best Overall Design in the AbilityOne College Design Competition. It is a great honor to have worked with such a great team, and bring recognition to Ohio University. I do not think that the 3 schools honored at the reception were the only winners. The true winners were the non-profit organizations and those with disabilities who were helped through this design competition.
A writeup on the competition, Ohio University, and the Senior Design Team can be seen at the Athens Messenger web site.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 19 April 2014 – Senior Design is coming to a close. We recently delivered our prototype. It was a success. The ATCO employees and staff loved it. We were so happy to see the final product finished and working. The plates were cleaned with ease and ready to be painted and made into a passion flower! Seeing the positive reaction of our friend with disabilities to all of our hard work made it completely worth it.
Watch our prototype in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyTWlYW12Fc
Actually, it made the entire 4 year mechanical engineering journey worth it. Senior design proved that we can overcome controversy and troubleshoot with the team provided. It took all the skills that I have learned and applied them to a real life situation. It taught me patience and confidence in myself and my engineering skills. I learned about all aspects of engineering, including design, research, and manufacturing. I have had so much fun this past year! This class has made me look forward to my engineering career.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 17 April 2014 – Every year senior students in the Russ College are required to complete a senior capstone project as part of their course requirements. The senior capstone project allows students to use the skills they have learned throughout their career and apply them to a real world situation. Normally the group is overseen by an adviser, but the team is responsible for coming up with their own ideas and possible ways to analyze and fix the problem. In most majors and in my case, teams are formed and then an outside client is determined. The client then gives the team the problem and the project begins.
I’m a senior in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Industrial Engineers try to make processes and systems more efficient, which in the end, saves money for the company. This year my team was selected to help out Ohio University’s Environmental Health and Safety Department. The team was assigned to study the variability behind exterior handicapped actuators as well as card swipes that will replace most exterior keys that all students use.
To give an idea of how long these projects last, Industrial and Systems Engineering projects begin in November and end right before spring finals in May. First we met with our client and he assigned us our project. Then we defined the problem and set out to accomplish our task. Next we collected our data, which consisted of measuring heights and positions of actuators and card swipes around campus. After that, we conducted an experiment to determine the optimal height and position of the actuator and card swipe. After analyzing the data, we made suggestions and a proposed plan to our client.
I summarized this entire project in a few sentences within this blog; however, this project took many months of hard work and team cooperation. I was able to apply my engineering knowledge and skills that I learned during my four years as an engineering student to a real life project.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 9 April 2014 – As the year comes to a close, it was a sight to see our Department Chair, Dr. Kremer, sliding into home off a hit into left field. With the faculty out of their element today and on the field, the Mechanical Engineering professors and some students had an exciting game of Wiffle ball outside of the Convocation Center. Outside of the research, papers and assignments, the professors and students enjoyed an exciting Second Annual Mechanical Engineering Student Advisory Board Student/Faculty Wiffle Ball Game.
Through all of the bumps and bruises, it was great to see us all “out of our element” and strengthening the bond outside of the classroom. This isn’t the first thing the faculty has done with the Mechanical Engineering students but it will be a highlight for me. I don’t know of a campus where you can have this kind of interaction with professors. It was quite a thrill.
Today was also a great day for our Senior Design team. We delivered our project to ATCO for a test run with the clients. It was excellent to see the smiles it brought to the advisors’ faces and how excited the clients were to use it. This new metal cleaning machine will replace removing ink by hand, pressure washing, and will now allow those with disabilities to be part of the cleaning. All while improving the cleaning process and allowing ATCO to clean year-round. All the hard work and energy was worth it to see one of the clients, Eathan, light up and excited to use our new machine.
Senior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 24 February 2014 – With spring semester in full swing, our senior design group has been hard at work with our project. Our project was inspired by the increased use of hydraulic fracturing to obtain natural gas and fossil fuels in the Appalachian region of the United States. Opponents of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” believe that the process can and will lead to the contamination of groundwater.
My team was assigned with the task of designing a Remote Water Quality Monitoring Device (RWQMD). The purpose of the device is to be placed in a remote ground water well near a fracking site where it will measure a number of water quality metrics including pH, temperature and conductivity of the source. The constraints of the system are that it must generate its own self-sustaining power, collect water quality measurements and transmit that data to an offsite location. To achieve this, my team is developing a solar powered unit controlled by a central micro-controller. The device will take measurements using three connected sensors and will transmit the data using a GSM cellular communications network.
So far we have acquired our sensors, central controller unit and communications module and are currently in the software development and bench-testing phase of the project. Following spring break, we will begin working on our power system and will start assembling the device in its final packaging. The included photos show the current bench model and CAD drawings of what the final device will look like.