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Creating a Motion-Sensing Alarm Clock

Adam Robertson

Adam Robertson,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 24 February 2016

With Spring Break ahead and midterms behind, it’s now time to relax and finish up some of this semester’s projects. This semester I am taking a class called Mechatronics. This class is by far one of the most interesting and fun classes I have taken in college.

Each student must use an Arduino microcontroller to make some sort of device that completes a task. Since I have been hitting the snooze button in the morning too much recently, I decided to make a motion sensor alarm clock that will not stop buzzing until I walk out of my room.

After project proposals have been completed, we are paired up with a student from the ETM Department who is enrolled in a different class. Their role is to fabricate parts needed for the design using a 3-D printer.

For my alarm clock I will need a housing that is large enough to fit my circuit, microcontroller, and battery pack. I will also need it to have an opening so my motion sensor is able to detect whether or not I am walking out of my room.

In the class, there are a lot of different things that people are designing. Other projects include remote control cars, automatic pet feeders, and even a pneumatic Nerf gun!

I am really looking forward to see everyone’s project when they are completed. This is going to be a challenging and exciting project that will top off my senior year perfectly.

Leadership Biography

Esteban Rodriguez

Esteban Rodriguez,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 15 December 2015

This past semester I took a very special class that is offered only to a select group of engineering students: the Robe Leadership Institute. It was based on developing our leadership skills and also to get to know some of our most successful alumni. We had speakers once or twice a week and we would learn from their experiences of being leaders in the professional world.

On top of that, we had projects such as writing a leadership biography of our favorite leader. For this particular project I decided to write about Juan Manuel Santos, the current President of my country, Colombia.

This project consisted of doing in-depth research on this leader and it was broken down into 3 different parts. The first part included an introduction of the project and the leader, and also a historical overview of all the events that were important in our leader’s life.

The second part was dedicated to our leader’s leadership style and special traits that helped him become successful. This part was very important in order to understand the methodology of this person.

Finally, the third part was a connection between us and the leader–how we could apply his traits and styles to our particular situations.

This project required a lot of time, but I learned a lot from it since it made me understand the most important person in my country to a great extent. In addition, I could comprehend some of the most relevant historical events that make our country what it is today. Finally, I would say that this class has been the one that has prepared me the most for the professional world.

Production Tooling Project

Chris Delwiche

Chris Delwiche,
Senior, Engineering Technology and Management

Athens, OH 10 December 2015

As the semester comes to a close, I’ve spent my final weeks studying for exams as well as finishing up final projects. One of the classes I took this semester was ETM 3510, Production Tooling. In this class we learned how to design and build a jig or a fixture. These devices help to ensure repeatability of a process and that each part run is created the same.

This class helps us to better understand how a large batch of items can be manufactured with little to no variation, and is also crucial for our senior capstone. We start by thinking of a possible design and then making it in CAD. Any revisions are reflected in the technical drawing prints. We use these prints to create our fixtures to our predetermined specifications.

For the last couple of projects, we were assigned to produce a physical fixture along with all of the technical drawings, parts, and documentation. These are the types of projects I really enjoy doing since we’re able to apply the methods learned in lecture into an actual product.

Fixture without part loaded:


Fixture with part and hole cut:


Construction Estimating

Robert Parker

Robert Parker,
Junior, Civil Engineering

Athens, OH 29 November 2015

The air is becoming cooler and crisper and the days are much shorter. I cannot believe that we are done with November and moving in to the last month of the year. The semester is coming to a close and the project deadlines are approaching. There is nothing more that terrifies me than project deadlines and finals. Even though I am terrified to think of what is in the near future, I am still ready to tackle them head-on. I have found that I work and learn best when I am under a little pressure.

One of my favorite classes of the semester is CE 4160, Construction Estimating & Equipment. In this class, I have been working on roadway construction projects all semester. In this class we are divided up into groups and we are given a set of plan drawings to which we need to make an estimate of how much the project will cost to build. I like this class the most because it is most applicable to what I want to do once I graduate.

Another benefit of this class is that is directly related to one of the organizations that I’m in. The Civil Engineering Estimating Team does exactly what my class is teaching me. We get a set of plan drawings and we need to bid the project during a competition.

I find that I tend to like classes more that I can directly relate to outside of the class room. I am what they call a “hands on” kind of person.

Interactive Computer Graphics

Wilson Taylor

Wilson Taylor,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 24 November 2015

As the semester is winding down our final projects are beginning to ramp up. One class this is especially true for is my Interactive Computer Graphics course.

Throughout the semester we have been exposed to various concepts surrounding computer graphics. We have been given various small-scale projects that focus on learning one or two distinct ideas and implementing them. The final project for the course is to come up with my own interactive, graphical program that would showcase what we have learned throughout the semester.

At first, this seemed daunting to me because I had to come up with the idea myself. However, after spending some time trying to come up with a project idea I quickly found myself far more interested in the assignment as the idea would be my own and I’d have more investment in the final product.

The project I decided upon implementing was an explorable, open room environment with various objects decorating the walls. As a player, you would explore the room and flip the objects over by clicking on them. On the back of each of the objects would be a number or shape that would be matched with another object in the same room. The project allowed me to create an engaging game while challenging me to expand upon the concepts I learned throughout the semester.

Admittedly, I found the project difficult and even frustrating at times but I learned a great deal and ended up creating a fun game.

Project in Industrial Computer Simulation

Melinda Nelson

Melinda Nelson,
Senior, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 19 November 2015

The semester is quickly winding down, and for a lot of courses, that means projects are quickly coming due as well. Some classes and projects are definitely more enjoyable than others, but one class that has pleasantly surprised me is ISE 4130, Industrial Computer Simulation.

As ISE’s we study processes and how people and parts interact with them in different situations. The great thing about this is that it is super interactive. The downside to studying processes is that you cannot always be on location somewhere watching and recording what’s going on. This is where simulation comes in.

Simulation is a tool that can be used to model processes of all kinds on the computer. It can model anything from construction sites to package delivery centers to hospitals. The usefulness of simulation does not just exist in the fact that we are able to model processes and events on the computer; the real key is that we can predict outcomes based on changing events like unexpected order arrivals, patient emergencies and changes in demand.

There are several simulation software packages that model things with different capabilities. In my class we use Arena and Simio. Arena is a 2-D simulator while Simio has 3-D animation and 360 degree viewing capabilities. It’s cool how customizable it can be. Below is the animation of a transporter simulation I modeled; as you can see, you can have a lot of fun with the animations!

Transporter Simulation

Most models we have simulated thus far have introduced us to modeling operators, manufacturers, parts and different types of services like restaurants and banks. Most recently, we learned how to model transporters (operators or vehicles that actually carry parts or products).

Our final project for the class is in Simio and for that assignment we are modeling a real-life assembly process of an automobile headlight manufacturer and experimenting with operator job assignments. Though it can be challenging at times, I said before that simulation surprised me; the surprise is that I really enjoy it a lot!

Project for Business in Aviation

Drago Cvijetinovic

Drago Cvijetinovic,
Senior, Aviation

Athens, OH 5 November 2015

With only about four weeks left in the semester, everyone on campus seems to be in the heart of all their classes–including myself, of course, particularly in my Business in Aviation class! For several weeks we have been analyzing the impact that aviation has on our economy and the driving business behind it. The class has been divided into small groups to expand on a more specific and personal basis in the realm of aviation.

Specifically, in my group’s project, we’ve been given the scenario of opening up a charter operation out of our airport here at Ohio University. For those of you new to aviation, a charter operation would be an on-demand service, which allow passengers to schedule their own personal flights. This is unlike a typical domestic airline, which has regular routes set to a particular schedule (that’s why you can book a flight well in advance).

The project is open ended and involves considering the countless possibilities and directions that a new business venture might take. This may seem a bit overwhelming, but the beauty of it all lies in the endless possibilities of creativity and a little bit of imagination.

Of course every project will have its obstacles–here are some that our team decided to tackle:

  • determining the need
  • selecting our destinations
  • selecting our aircraft (new or used)
  • deciding where we plan on storing our assets
  • determining the types of maintenance we’re able to perform or have to outsource.

Once we’ve collected all the pertinent information, then we will need to break down every cost associated with our operation. The project has become more analytical than I anticipated at the beginning, which is a good thing, because the whole objective of the class is to expose us to the real world scenarios that charter and airlines both face today.

Enough about the “technical stuff”, let’s talk about something more fun: HallOUween! So despite the great abyss of homework, there is always time for a little bit of fun and relaxation and Halloween weekend couldn’t be a better time. This year, the weather was beautiful – well above average for a late October’s day in Ohio – and quite inviting for the annual block party at O.U!

OU Campus

I dusted off the old dinosaur costume and headed out into the night with my fellow friends and classmates to celebrate our last Halloween together as Ohio University college undergraduates.

Cat and Dinosaur

Academically and socially, Ohio University has shaped me into a better student and pilot.