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.
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.
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 15 November 2018 –
For my mechanical engineering senior capstone project, our team is looking at ways to commercially pop amaranth seeds! This “pseudocereal” pops like popcorn but is much smaller in size. Amaranth is grown around the Athens region and throughout South America. The reasons why amaranth is exciting is because it has high nutritional content and a resistance to drought.
We are following the engineering design process throughout the project. Our team has met with a customer and developed a list of specifications the popper needs to meet.
Next, we have created “rapid prototypes” of design ideas. After many successful (and unsuccessful) tests, the team has now moved onto an advanced prototype. This prototype is a tall metal tube with a hot air stream blowing through it. Seeds are dropped into the tube, heated, popped, and then pushed out the top of the system by the air. We then collect the popped amaranth to weigh (and taste!).
Before determining the final project design, the team is testing all variables to determine the optimal pop settings. Variables include air temperature, air flow rate, amaranth input rate, and tube length.
Before winter break, the team is going to present a detailed design report and budget to the engineering faculty and our customer. Next semester will be spent manufacturing, testing, and delivering the product!
Senior, Mechanical Engineering
Athens, OH 2 November 2018 –
This year, I am taking the Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design course, which is more commonly referred to as Senior Design. It is the finale of the mechanical engineering curriculum.
The class is centered around a project that is supposed to mimic a real-world engineering project. This means it goes through all stages of project development, including proposal, feasibility analysis, prototype design, and multiple design/budget reviews. This process culminates in Demo Day, where the final products are presented to the clients and professors.
I am a part of a five-person team tasked with developing a uninhabited aerial system (UAS) capable of taking temperature and pressure measurements in a pre-tornadic storm. This project is sponsored by Dr. Jana Houser, a meteorology professor at Ohio University.
The overarching goal is to further understand the development of tornadoes by studying the composition of the rear flank downdraft, a region within storms that have the potential to turn into tornadoes. If successful, this will help improve early warning systems.
From gaining a working meteorological knowledge to reading through countless FAA
regulations, this project has not been without challenge. However, this is not a complaint—this class is designed to be a fundamental part of the process of becoming a real engineer. I have high hopes that this lofty goal will become a reality. On top of this, I have had a great deal of fun working with my team through the first quarter of this project.
Senior, Civil Engineering
Athens, OH 24 September 2018 –
Week 5 of my “official” senior year of college. So close, yet so far away where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel that is graduation, but there are still plenty of things that need to be done.
After spending yet another summer at home where there is full-time access to the beach, I can say it’s definitely a bittersweet feeling coming back to Athens. Nevertheless, it’s finally starting to feel like fall and this year will be the last time I get to spend on campus, so I am ready to make it count.
This semester, I am completing my senior design project, which I am already seeing is every bit of the time commitment that everyone before me has said it is. With that taking up so much time, it has been a little more difficult to stay focused and make sure every class gets appropriate attention, but so far I have been managing, even with the awful case of “senioritis” I have got going on. My goal is to keep in mind the fact that putting in these 15 weeks (plus 15 more after that) worth of hard work will pay off in the end.
The other big thing I have started to put focus towards is applying to full-time jobs. I believe my past few summers of interning have led me in the path of land development, so that has made it a little easier to focus my search for full-time employment. I can tell you that this process is almost like adding another 4 credit hour class, so I am doing all that I can to get ahead of the game and apply early.