Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 24 September 2013 –
This year I am in the mechanical Engineering Senior Design Class. There are 4 other people on my team and we are working with ATCO/Passion Works. This is a local company that employs individuals with disabilities to create works of art. One of their main projects is the Passion Flowers. There are many different sizes of these flowers and are very popular in the Athens area. The goal for my senior design group is to invent a system to clean ink off of the metal sheets from the local newspapers. These metal sheets are painted and then constructed into the flower formation you see here.
Right now we are developing a design for this system. The process has been rather extensive and yet, so much fun! We have done tests and really got to get our hands dirty with these sheets. I have learned so much from this experience about how much really goes into the design process. Not only do we get to design this system, but we also get to manufacture and implement it. We can really make a difference for this company and that is truly heartwarming. This is a yearlong project and we get to see it from beginning to end. This class can really give you a feel for industry.
While we go through this process, I have gotten to know my classmates really well. The opportunity to work with those whose minds work differently is a challenge and a learning experience. It is eye opening to how creative some of my friends are and can be. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with these people and to do something great for the community!
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 18 April 2013 – Our senior design project was in coordination with Kroger Corporation, which is one of the nation’s largest grocery chains, at their store right here in Athens. We are focused on the front-end operations, which deal with the checkout process. We as a team are in charge of making this process more efficient. Making things better is the heart and soul of Industrial & Systems Engineering.
We spent countless hours in the local Kroger grocery store collecting valuable data. This data provided the foundation for our project, where we applied Six Sigma methods. Six Sigma is a tool used by Industrial & System Engineers used to reduce variance and promote efficiency. It can be used in tandem with Lean Manufacturing which reduces waste within a given process. These efficiency tools helped us find areas of improvement within the front end of Kroger. When we find these areas of possible improvement, it is then onto improving the process. This is where the real fun begins. With our suggestions there are millions of dollars at stake to be saved.
These projects create a great opportunity for students like me to get out into the real world and work for real corporations. This is something I plan on putting on my resume and remaining proud of the work I have accomplished with the rest of my team. Senior design is a great way to end my journey here at Ohio University as an undergraduate student. I will use the lessons I’ve learned for the rest of my life.
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Athens, OH 7 March 2013 – As a senior in the industrial and systems engineering program, I am currently involved in our program’s senior design class. The senior project involves the class splitting into groups of 3 or 4 people, and taking on a project for a real world company. My groups project is with the local hospital in Athens, O’Bleness Memorial Hospital. These real world projects are a great way to close out the years spent in school and prepare you for a career upon graduation.
The project my team has involves the movement of surgical equipment through the operating rooms at the hospital. We are investigating the reasons that items may be missing from an operating room when a surgery is set to begin. The overall goal of the project is to create a more efficient flow of items from inventory to individual operating rooms, ensuring that no surgical items are missing.
I am really enjoying this opportunity to work on this project. The senior capstone course really helps to bring together all the tools and concepts I have learned, and gives a better understanding on when to use these tools. Working on real world projects such as this gives a much bigger picture than regular textbook problems. There is not one single way to solve the problems you come across, and you need to reason to even determine what the best way to solve the problem is.
I am very grateful that ISE requires capstone courses such as these. It is another great learning tool at our exposure and is a wonderful way to bring a collegiate career to a close.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 6 December 2012 – In Ohio University, all Mechanical Engineering seniors are required to take a yearlong senior design class before graduation. We are required to work together in teams and select an engineering project that will have a positive impact in the lives of people, as the theme of the class is Designing to Make a Difference. The projects have ranged from designing a more robust wheel chair to assist people with disabilities, to developing a gravity fed water filtration system that can efficiently deliver clean water in Haiti.
BREW AN’ GO is the name of my senior design team. It stands for Batch Reclamation and Evacuation of Waste for Animal Nutrition and Green Operations.Our client, Jackie O’s, is in the process of expanding their brewery to a new location. During the new brewing process, they will have hundreds of pounds of wet grain that will be sent to farmers to feed livestock. Our goal is to create a system to unload the spent grain from a brewery tank into a transportation vehicle parked outside of the new brewery location.
For a while, we worked closely with our client to brainstorm feasible design concepts for our project. We came up with many feasible concepts such as using single/multiple conveyors, using a combination of an auger & a conveyor, using a customized wheelbarrow and an auger, and many more. In the end, we decided to use and bin on roller and a bin lifter as shown in the plan below. Our decision came down to the cheapest, simplest and safest system that will do the job.
In the future, we will be designing and constructing an effective working prototype using some cool machines here at Ohio University, and I cannot wait!
Senior, Electrical Engineering
Athens, OH 31 October 2012 – Every senior engineering student must complete a capstone project and for electrical engineering we get to choose which project we want to work on. I chose the Robotic Bobcat and am working on a team of four undergrad students and two graduate students. One of the interesting things about my project is that it is a continuing project, so this is the third or fourth year for this specific project.
Robots are being greatly researched by the military so they can be sent into dangerous areas and spare human lives. The end goal for the robotic bobcat is to create an autonomous quadruped robot with ‘intelligence’. This ‘intelligence’ would come from integrated external sensors. For example, one of the graduate students’ assignments is to integrate video processing so the bobcat will be able to avoid upcoming obstacles when walking. This way it would not need to be controlled but would be completely autonomous.
Senior design is a great way to get engineering students to start thinking about planning a project from start to finish. It is also a way to get students used to planning software that they will surely use in jobs after college. We also have to research possible products we will need for project. I look forward to seeing how much we can accomplish by the end of the year!