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Student Design Projects Description

Each department offers a student design projects course. Projects can be sponsored by a variety of sources, both corporate or academic, and are executed by an individual student or team of students. Projects in the recent past include: Bioengineering--A two-semester design course provides an opportunity for students to synthesize and extend the skills and knowledge acquired during undergraduate education in design (or redesign) of a medical product or equivalent. Students are exposed to key facets of medical product design and develop an understanding of the unique regulatory and reimbursement requirements. Educational objectives include (1) an introduction to state-of-the-art design tools such as computer aided engineering (SolidWorks 2014), finite element analysis and computational fluid mechanics (SolidWorks Simulation and Flow Simulation), and data interfacing and control (LabVIEW); (2) Developing ability to synthesize and apply engineering and scientific principles to solution of real-world problems; (3) an introduction to unique requirements medical product design process; (4) assessment/prediction component and product reliability; (5) construction of experimental plans using statistical design of experiments (DOX) methodologies (DesignEase); (6) Developing your ability to effectively communicate in the product design process - both orally and in writing; (7) developing an appreciation of relevant business model discovery and accounting, finance (e.g., the time value of money), and marketing principles. Use of the Osterwalder business model canvas to evaluate product-market fit; and (8) An introduction to the fabrication and mass-production techniques used in the medical product industry. BIOENG 1160 (Senior Design 1): Student teams are formed and design projects chosen to align with the strengths and interests of the team. Client-mentors serve as advisors to the student teams. The first semester culminates with student presentation of a initial product prototype at the Swanson Design Expo and a preliminary risk-based design history file for their candidate product containing all essential documents. Verification and validation documents and accompanying test protocols guide student teams during testing and iterative refinement in the second semester. The design history file establishes the criteria by which success of the team's project efforts will be evaluated in the second semester. BIOENG 1161 (Senior Design 2): Student teams continue execution of their design projects under client-mentor supervision with a focus on verification and validation activities during the second semester. The second semester culminates with each student team giving an oral or poster presentation at one or more design competitions and conferences with special emphasis on whether their project work achieves the goals established in in each team's design history file. Final team evaluation is based on the thoroughness of the completed project and final design history file submission (evaluated, within reason, consisting with FDA’s Quality System Inspection Technique). Chemical--We offer two types of design projects: a senior level chemical engineering plant design project and a junior level chemical engineering product design project. Plant Design: The design, simulation, pinch analysis and economic analysis of a styrene plant. Using the AspenPlus process simulator, heat exchanger design software, process evaluator, and the Aveva 3-D plant design software, a complete chemical plant is designed. Health and safety issues are also examined. Fundamental aspects of product design are also incorporated. Product Design: Customer problems are identified through the use of ethnography and customer survey techniques. Students then brainstorm ideas and narrow down to a potential solution. Students are then required to create specifications for the chemical product prototype, describing how they verified it meets customer needs and prepare a business plan that documents how this proposed solution could be translated into practice. At the end of the course, student groups must prepare a business pitch on their intended project. Civil and Environmental--An infrastructure design project for a native village in Panama associated with its water supply systems; design of a master plan for the infrastructure development of a summer camp on thirty wooded acres in Collier Township, design of a quarter mile long underpass for Bigelow Boulevard between O’Hara Street and Forbes Avenue to provide a seamless campus between the Student Union and the Cathedral of Learning, and development of a comprehensive integrated construction management plan for construction of a resort hotel at Conneaut Lake. Computer/Electrical--Writing Kinematics in Healthy Young Adults; CliqueDoc; Correlating Cognition, Cerebrovascular Velocity and Gait; OCR File Management; Wireless Image Transmission; Maximum Power Point Tracking in Solar Cells; Balance-Testing Unit; Smartphone-Based Biopotential Measurement Circuit Design and Evaluation; GPGPU Computing on Android; Computer Vision Navigation; Texas Hold 'em Manager; Optimizing Efficiency of Solid State Heating for Pathogen Incubation; GULA Cookbook iPad Application; Hallway Navigation Helmet; Wireless Seatbelt; Device to Assist the Blind in Indoor Environments; Emulsion Polymer Makedown System; A Real-Time Wearable Physiological Monitor.Wireless Monitoring of Eaton PXR High Voltage Circuit Breaker Trip Unit; Functional Control of Electrical Muscle Stimulation Array; Modeling Long Time Constant Polymer Dipole Return Voltage for Duquesne Light; Evolutionary Algorithm for Boolean Logic Minimization; Optical Interface for Eaton Consumer Circuit Breaker; Hidden Data Channel for MP3 Files; Safety Discharge Circuit for Eaton High Voltage Capacitor; Mobile App for Caloric Estimation from Pictures; Distributed Power Line Phase Angle Comparison; Company - University " Student Advising APP; Wireless Remote Building Entry Control System for Eaton; GPU Optimized 3D Geometric Modeling Kernels; Scoring Controller for Competitive Fencing. Industrial--L&S Machine Shop Data (L&S Machine Company); Capacity Planning and Production Scheduling Tool (Acuity Finishing); Da Vinci's Clock (Freshman Engineering Program); ProMinent: Pumped for Improvement (ProMinent Fluid Control, Inc.); Forecasting Vaccine Administration #FillTheFridge (Children's Community Pediatrics); Maximizing Operational Efficiency: MEPPI Gas Circuit Breaker Production Department (Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.); Gringos in Tingo (Engineers Without Borders); Electrifying Standardization (Universal Electric Corporation); CUE Scheduling System Development & Implementation (Casting Urethane Enterprises); Optimization of Heavy Press Department (IGS Industries) Pitt PANthers take on All Clad (no pan intended) (All-Clad Manufacturers, LLC.); Maximizing Production Through PLC Technology and Innovation (Rolf Glass); Goodwill SWPA Responsible Recycling (Goodwill SWPA); Order Processing (Kennametal); GPCFB Repack Center Improvement (Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank); Is Capacity More Important than Innovation? (FedEx Ground); Distribution Modeling and Strategic Planning (Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank); Data Analysis and Database Utilization (L&S Machine Company); Call Center Improvement (United Way Pennsylvania); Improving MRI Patient Flow and Scheduling (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh); Analytical Solutions to Support Joy Global's Kanban Initiative (Joy Global); Analyzing the Front End Copay Collection Process (Children's Community Pediatrics); Evaluation and Improvement of Returns Process (Levin Furniture). Mechanical--Automated Mechanical Operator for Testing Operations; Design of a Fixture and Mobile Platform for Tibial Loading; Nuclear Safeguards By Design " Spent Fuel Dry Storage Casks; A Third Generation Bio-Mechanical Culture System for Tissue Engineered Corneas; Development of a Nozzle Design in Support of a High-Pressure Gas Propulsion System; The Panama Project " Design of a Chlorination System; Development of an Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing System; An Actuated Test Apparatus for Testing of Nerves in the Human Hand for Load and Laxity; Development of a Defensive Striking Force Meter; Foldie " The Laundry Folding Robot; Designing a Front Operation Mechanism for an Eaton Switch Box; Development of a Nozzle Design in Support of a High-Pressure Gas Propulsion System; CUBEFuse Adapter for Eaton Safety Switches; Nonproliferation: Combating Nuclear Material Trafficking; Switch Base Assembly Automation; Magneto-Mechanical Test Device; Telemetric Measurements of Acceleration in a Rotating Bioreactor; Fatigue Analysis and Design Improvement of Spring Hanger for Medium Voltage Circuit Breaker; Sheared Edge Ductility Testing of Advance High Strength Steels for the Automotive Industry; Brake Rotor Test Rig in Support FSAE Car; Prototype Development of a Leonardo da Vinci Clock.