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ISE Senior Design: O’ Bleness Surgical Equipment

Steve Burns

Steve Burns,
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.

Mechanical Engineering Senior Design: BREW AN GO

Sanusi Shehu

Sanusi Shehu,
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!