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Student Design Projects Description

Biomedical Engineering
Senior Design/Research I - BME 07: Critical thinking approaches in design/research. Planning, initiation, and evaluation of design/research projects, goals, and process. Students will be required to report on the status and progress of their design/research, and to formally and critically evaluate their projects.

Senior Design/Research II - BME 08: Continuation of the design and research activities planned, initiated, and evaluated in BME 07. Students will be required to submit regular progress reports and a final written report, and make a course-end presentation. All BME first majors participate in design and research activities from the sophomore year culminating in a senior capstone project. Design and research projects are incorporated in the learning process and student advancement is fostered by research mentorship teams.

Special Topics BME 93, 94, 193, 194: A comprehensive design or research project undertaken individually or as a team under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

Design of Medical Instrumentation - BME 100: Design principles of micro- processor based medical instrumentation and signal analysis. Topics include bioelectrical potentials, characteristics of biological signals, transducers, A/D converters, analog and digital filters, patient isolation, microprocessor design. Paper design of a biomedical instrument required.


Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Design - CEE 81: Involves integrated design and project management methods used in conceiving, developing, and managing one-of-a-kind civil and environmental engineering projects. This capstone design experience includes pre-site investigation and site planning, detail drawings, bid documents, planning, and scheduling as well as contract and procurement activities. The final group design project consists of a comprehensive written report and visual presentation using computer applications such as computer-aided design and electronic spreadsheets.


Chemical and Biological Engineering
Product & Process Design - CHBE 60: This is a capstone design course covering the principles of design and economic evaluation through the preliminary design of a commercial project related to a product or a process. Working in groups on assigned or selected portions of the overall project, students are required to make integrated use of a wide variety of fundamentals and principles gained from previous courses. Computational laboratories are supplemented by lectures. Use of design software, systems engineering and synthetic biology, stem cell engineering and bioprocessing.


Computer Science
This one year experience (via COMP 97: Senior Capstone Project I in the fall and COMP98: Senior Capstone Project II in the spring) covers the modern practices, methods, and theory of building large-scale, complex, quality, and secure software in teams. Students practice and apply the methods in their senior capstone project. Students choose their own software product to build in the fall semester. The constraints of the project include: (1) it must be possible to complete in two terms, (2) it must be completed in a team of no more than 4 people, (3) it must solve a problem that others have, (4) it must have a specific client or target user base in mind, and (5) it must involve querying the user base or client about requirements and success of the product. Possible project ideas include (1) creating a product for a new business, (2) creating an open-source product for non-profit use, and (3) solving a known research problem for a professor with software. Requirements analysis including determination of stakeholder and customers, and design of the senior capstone project is completed by the end of the fall semester. Implementation and testing of the project is done in the spring semester.
Recent example projects include: a set of applications for autonomous drone flight with GPS capability and onboard camera; a geographic determinism application to model population changes based on historical data; an iPhone application that uses machine learning and computer vision to solve jigsaw puzzles using the phone’s camera; an electronic device and iPhone application to alert a bar patron that their drink has been tampered with; and a program to automatically analyze speaking technique to help high-functioning autistic people improve their interviewing skills


Electrical and Computer Engineering
Senior Design Projects - EE 97 and EE 98: Includes UAV Navigation System, Visually Programmable Audio Effect Processor, Wireless EXG for Sensing and Actuation, Environment Process Sensing, 3D SAR on a UAV, Solar Insolation Calibration Device, Smart Objects/Table, Smartphone RFID Reader and Writer: Improving Healthcare in UN Refugee Camps, 3D Measurement in iOS Environments, Interfacing with Vocaloid for Live Performance, Networked Soil Monitoring Sensors, Wireless Encryption for Remote Access System, Object Detection Device for the visually impaired, Drink Tampering Detection Device, UAV SAR, Automated Cough Counting System Predictive Modeling for Resource and Volunteer Management, Real-Time Acoustic Piano to MIDI, Autonomous Bridge Inspection UAV, and Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring. Students will be producing a proof-of-concept to validate and verify feasibility of their approach. A designed and tested working prototype is required by mid-April to demonstrate their accomplishment and learning. The Senior ECE students are following a formal design process: idea " define a problem, identify the requirements and understand the compelling reasons to solve it; concept " investigate approaches to determine which is the best to achieve the desired functionality and final result; planning " formulate a plan by understanding the risks and durations of the tasks involved to complete the project; design " identify the technical specifications; development " build, test, debug and rework to produce a proof-of-concept and working prototype; acceptance " demonstrate to the project sponsor the design solves the problem and produces the desired result with the critical functionality. Learning and traversing the design process teaches the students problem definition, integrates their technical knowledge, and give them confidence in their skills and abilities. Additionally, the ECE seniors write a technical report during the first semester, then adapt it for a tech note the second semester. The tech note is published in the web-based ECE Senior Project Handbook aimed at a general audience. These assignments, along with technical presentations, develop articulation and expression skills, a vital part of engineering.

Junior Design Project - EE31: Junior level team project with ECE faculty direction and guidance. Introduction of the engineering method: concept, design, test, planning, and analysis. Integration of theoretical concepts from circuit theory, digital and analog electronics, signal processing, and engineering design practices to deliver a working prototype. Use of microcontroller and peripherals, analog to digital converters, digital signal-processors, memory, and computer aided design tools. Students are expected to provide schedules, schematics, and specifications; build prototypes; present their projects orally; and deliver a working system.


Mechanical Engineering
A central feature of professional engineering education is the ability to synthesize analytical, technical, and non-technical concepts for the solution of practical design problems. Engineering design education and experiences are included in the BSME curriculum in three ways. First, core courses included applications, open-ended problem solving and small group projects. Second, all BSME candidates are required to take ME 01-Mechanical Engineering Design and Fabrication and ME 42-Machine Design which covers design methodology as applied to mechanical engineering systems as well as manual and computer-aided design and manufacturing concepts. The course contains project work in which students must define problems, develop alternative solutions, and consider design issues such as safety, manufacturability, and economics as the projects are developed. Third, all seniors are required to participate in a capstone design experience in ME 43-Senior Design Project.

ME43 is a project course focused on the design of a component, device, or system that will solve a problem. The design project is executed in teams and is client-based, with sponsorship from industry, ME Department faculty, or faculty researchers from other Tufts Schools and campuses. The goal of ME43 is to apply engineering science principles and to utilize design theory and practice including open-ended projects, manufacturing and fabrication, specification and selection, testing, and evaluation and imposition of constraints. The primary focus of these experiences is the execution of a project. Group projects include clearly identifiable individual contributions.