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Seattle University - 2016

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Student Design Projects Description

For over 28 years, the Seattle University Project Center has offered engineering, computer science and software engineering students the opportunity to work on team projects sponsored by local companies and organizations. Taking advantage of the strategic location of the campus, the Project Center, working with the Albers School of Business and Economics, has established challenging design projects as an excellent way for students to learn real-world leadership, communication and design skills during their senior year while working on projects for industries in the area. The experience also allows sponsoring organizations to observe design team students as prospective recruits while engaging them on the completion of an engineering project. Sponsors have included Alstom, the Boeing Company, the City of Seattle, PACCAR/Kenworth, Philips Medical Systems, and Microsoft, to name a few. Previous projects include: 1) Design of a microgrid system for a 3 kW wind and solar farm, which will be used as a charging station for a rural community in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. The project’s ultimate goal is to provide community members access to electricity, which will in turn help to improve the developmental outlook of the community 2) Demonstrate leadership in sustainable practices by designing an anaerobic digester for the campus’ post-consumer, compostable waste. The implementation of an anaerobic digestion system has the potential of generating energy from waste while reducing the current carbon emissions and expenses associated with disposal. 3) Develop solutions that show potential to increase passenger safety for aircraft dividers that are rigid and not designed to absorb impact. Newly designed partition will absorb at least 100% more energy when compared to the existing partition. The team designed and built a test device that was used to gather quantifiable data for each possible candidate material.4) Design the equipment required to transform used bottles into roofing tiles. This equipment must be manually operated, easy to maintain, and capable of processing at least 5 bottles per minute. The team developed a small-scale assembly line with three individual processes. This new assembly line can be manufactured for less than $1,500 and easily used in a private home. For more information, visit