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The University of Alabama - 2016

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Student Design Projects Description

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS: Over the years, students have designed Navy Seal Assault Aircraft, small remotely controlled aircraft, single-stage-to-orbit vehicles, and Navy Common Support Aircraft. AE 451, Structural Design and Testing covers experimental techniques as well as detailed design of typical aerospace structural components. One of the design projects includes fabrication and failure testing. In AE 413, Aerodynamics III, students have designed and had constructed a Mach 4.0 Wind Tunnel nozzle and in AE 313, Aerodynamics, students designed a double wedge air foil to help determine the Mach number in an existing wind tunnel.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: In the senior design courses, students are given an objective, and they must write a detailed paper which includes summary, discussion, process, diagrams, analysis, and all calculations. In the Summer Unit Operations Laboratory, students work in teams to design experiments, build or checkout equipment, collect data, analyze results, and report on outcomes.

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: Student design projects are required in the following courses: Structural Engineering-design, build, and test a (drinking) straw bridge, a spruce truss, and a balsa wood bridge using RISA 2D and EXCEL; Senior Design Project-competing in groups with each other, carry a project from inception to some final project requested by engineering companies; Water Resources Engineering-design facilities to transport potable water and wastewater; Reinforced Concrete Structures-computer analysis of concrete beams and slabs of concrete; and Environmental Engineering Special Problems-design and build a unit process for water or wastewater treatment, and storm water treatment options.

COMPUTER SCIENCE: CS 415 is the capstone software engineering course within the discipline. It provides students with a real-world project each Fall. The course works regularly with a number of industries in the region to provide a meaningful project for the students to analyze, design, and implement. The course has regular interaction with industry.

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: ECE 494 Capstone Design requires advanced knowledge and laboratory experience in one electrical engineering specialization; concludes design experience in the programs; and covers design methodology, proposals, documentation, review, and validation; ethics and professionalism; oral presentations and written reports. Each student is required to work within a team to design and demonstrate a significant, timely, and relevant device or concept.

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING: All industrial engineering seniors complete three projects in the IE Design Clinic. During the first semester, students complete two individual projects. The third is a semester-long team project, for which the client pays a nominal fee. All projects are performed for clients in local industry, service or government institutions. Students must define the problem, generate design alternatives, evaluate those alternatives, and make a recommendation to the client. Typical topics include inventory control, facility or office layout, statistical quality control, material handling systems design, productivity improvement, and information system development. Final written reports and oral briefings are required.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: Capstone Design I Project is for first semester senior students and are competitive in that multiple teams are given the same project description. Capstone Design II Project is for second semester senior students and are sponsored by engineering companies and typically require the student teams to design a component and have a prototype built and evaluated for the customer. Student teams serve as consultants to the companies and work with company engineers in solving their particular task.