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CS Senior Design Project

Lydia Shiffler

Lydia Shiffler,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 24 April 2020

For Computer Science, you are enrolled in a senior design class your senior year. You are put into a group of four students and are tasked with completing a yearlong project.

My group wanted to come up with a way for students to know if a study room was available or not in real time. We decided to put two thermal sensors in a study room and create a web and mobile application. Students would be able to to go on and pick any building and then they would see which rooms were available.

This was a very cool project for me because not only did it give me hands on experience with hardware and software, but it was an idea that I have thought about throughout my four years here. I wanted to give the students a convenient way to find places to study/focus in a quiet environment.

With the university classes changing to online and everyone in the group going their separate ways, it was difficult to stay on track and finish this project. We worked through Microsoft teams and luckily someone had the sensors so we could keep working.

We ended up completing this project and although we are not able to physically install them in study rooms, we have hopes that our professor will continue this project and help to have sensors in all the study rooms.

This project was a great way to take all my skills throughout my four years at this university and put them all together to create something great. I am looking forward to taking my group project skills to the real world when I start my job at Microsoft this upcoming September.

Helping to Combat Recidivism in Columbus

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 10 April 2020

As a senior in ISE, we must complete a senior capstone project to apply the skills we’ve been learning over the past 4 years to a real life scenario. We have a semester to work with a company to complete an ISE-related problem they have at their company.

My group is working with MCS T.O.U.C.H. in Columbus. They work with former inmates to help them more easily transition back into life outside of prison. Their program helps clients find jobs as well as provides mentoring sessions to help with emotional issues they may be going through.

My project focuses on taking the data they have about their clients, such as race, age, gender, employment status, etc., to find a way to predict their likelihood of returning to jail. It is not what I thought I would be doing for my project when I entered into ISE, but it has been an eye-opening project. It has been interesting finding trends with simple things to see how it impacts someone’s decisions in life after prison.

Some pieces of information we found made sense, such as job loss leading to a higher risk. Other factors, such as zip code, were not expected. Considering the area codes that had high levels of recidivism were marked as relatively crime free areas, it was an interesting trend the group found within the data.

My group also had the chance to sit in on a peer-to-peer mentoring session to better understand the program. It was uplifting to see participants trying to lift each other up and push each other to be better people.

I have loved getting to use my skills to truly Create For Good. This program we are creating will be used to allow for the company to personalize their program and prevent recidivism in Franklin County, where the company focuses their efforts. Overall this was an incredible project to get to work on and I am glad I had a chance to work with a company that wanted to give back to others and help them succeed.

Getting Ready to Work at Boeing

Hope Bowden

Hope Bowden,
Senior, Industrial & Systems Engineering

Athens, OH 13 March 2020

Spring semester marks my final semester at Ohio University as a full-time student. This has been a long and crazy adventure, but I could not be more thankful for my time at Ohio. When I first entered the Industrial and Systems program, I believed that I would be on a manufacturing floor for the rest of my life. I quickly learned that is far from the truth. ISEs are found in a wide variety of industries including banking, healthcare, transportation, and of course manufacturing.

I found myself working with real world problems that I never expected to be working on. My favorite project has been my senior design project. My team is working with a company in Columbus, OH that works with former inmates to help them thrive in society after prison.

My project focuses on predicting the likelihood of participants going back to prison. This data would be used to provide specialized classes for those at a higher risk of returning to prison in hopes of preventing their return. It has been amazing to use the skills I learned throughout the past 4 years to create for good. I have enjoyed knowing that my project will help people in the community live a better life.

After graduation I will be moving to Seattle, WA to work for The Boeing Company. I will be at their largest facility working as an entry level industrial engineer. I entered engineering hoping that I would end up in the aerospace industry, and I worked hard to accomplish that goal. These past 4 years have been an unbelievable journey and I am so thankful for Ohio University for helping make my dreams a reality.

ETM Capstone Course

Adam Kirby

Adam Kirby,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 22 November 2019

As the semester comes closer to an end, we are hitting the stage where it seems as though there are more projects and assignments due than there are days left. As a senior I am fully aware of this phenomenon; however, it does not make its arrival any better.

This semester I am in my first of two semesters of ETM Capstone. For those that do not know, Capstone in ETM is a two semester class where you are placed in a group and tasked with bringing a product to “market”. This means we are responsible for every process such as, designing, inventory control systems, safety procedures, work instructions, quality standards and so on.

This might sound like a bad thing or a daunting task, instead, it is enjoyable. This class lets you bring everything you have learned into an actual tangible object. It lets you feel confident that you are able to succeed in what real world job situations could be, it lets you regain confidence in skills you may have thought you’ve lost, and it will hone your communication and time management skills when it comes to group work.

Lastly, it gets you ready to stop thinking about college and instead think about all of your future aspirations. I can only imagine the sense of accomplishment I will feel when I can hold our product in my hand and know that I am ready for the next step.

CS Senior Design: Study Room Availability

Lydia Shiffler

Lydia Shiffler,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 14 November 2019

It’s crazy how fast my time at OU flew by, but it’s finally my senior year. This year comes with many lasts, but also a lot of new and exciting things. One thing that is extremely new is partaking in a senior design project.

In our Computer Science senior design, we get together in groups of 4 and work together to design a piece of software. Professors from all majors come to us with ideas in hopes that one group will pick their idea and implement it. Once we pick a project, we have the rest of the year to make sure it is completed.

For my project, we will be checking study room availability. In the study rooms, we are going to put thermal sensors that we programmed to detect if someone is present in a room. There are so many rooms throughout the university that students can go in and have a quiet place to work, but you never know if they are occupied until you walk up to them to check. Our project takes away the guessing game and gives students mobile and desktop applications that they can go on to see the availability of every study room at the university.

This was a very cool project for Computer Science majors because not only do we have to create a user interface and a database, and work with a server, but we also get to work with hardware. We don’t have much experience with hardware, so it was a really great challenge.

So far, the project is going extremely well and it has been a blast working with friends to try to implement something that students will actually use in the future. Throughout my years here, students have always talked about wanting something like this so they don’t have to keep walking around the building to find a quiet place to study. Hopefully by the time new students come here next year, this will be fully implemented in all the study rooms across campus!

ETM Senior Capstone

Andrew Noll

Andrew Noll,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 12 February 2019

As I start my senior year this spring, I also start the first semester of my senior capstone project. In engineering technology and management, our project is to create a usable product made up of a minimum of 12 parts, and at least one moving part. We have to make the design, CAD models, project documentation, and finances of the product this semester.

Next semester we will create tooling and actually perform a mock production run in which we must fully fabricate and assemble 21 of these products in under 6 hours. Our product is a video game console station. This station will fit a PS4 or XBOX as well as two controllers, a headset and up to 12 of the user’s favorite games.

Each team member must take on a real title such as production manager, engineering manager, quality manager, etc. I chose to take on the role of project manager so I am responsible for the project documentation, maintaining the timeline and managing the overall progress of the project. I am very interested in being a project manager when I enter the industry because I possess the qualities that make up a good manager such as people skills, organization, time management and I am passionate and focused on the projects I take on.

I hope this senior project will help me grow in those ways and give me valuable talking points and real experience with project management, so that I can become a valuable manager at whatever company I end up with.

Computer Science Senior Design

Wesley Book

Wesley Book,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 4 December 2018

As a computer science major, you will spend the last two semesters in a class titled Software Development I and II. In this class, you will get real hands on experience working with a client and designing and developing an application.

For my project, we selected a client based here in Athens. The client wanted a web-based application that could be used as a linking tool to connect professors and grad students with students in the local school district. This application was especially useful for me because of the technologies that we chose to use.

The technologies that we decided on are hot topics in the computer science industry. This application was more of a chat feature, where students could post the projects they were currently working on, and be linked with a expert in the field their project is associated with. Then, the student could ask questions, and gain valuable knowledge from the expert.

Of course this class is a load of fun to me, but has also gave me more hands-on experience, and has shown me exactly how the real-world will function. From working in a team, to contacting a real client, to the design, development, testing, and deployment phases, I really enjoyed this pair of classes.