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Texas A&M University - 2016

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Student Design Projects Description

Electronic Systems Engineering Technology (ESET): Most of the courses in ESET are project-based and include a substantial design component, especially in the junior and senior year. Many of these projects are developed with the assistance of industry partners to ensure a real-world aspect. The curriculum then culminates in the ESET Capstone Design sequence which is a two-semester learning experience where student teams, operating as small startup companies, design and implement embedded microcontroller-based hardware/software systems, including wired and wireless communications, network-based remote access and control, and graphical man-machine interfaces. In the first semester, students form teams, identify a customer/sponsor and faculty advisor, develop a problem statement, and then apply fundamental project management tools to fully plan/cost the project. In addition, the teams create a preliminary hardware/software design for the fully functional prototype they will be developing. Both the project plan and preliminary design are provided as formal written documentation. During the second semester, the Capstone teams develop/implement and document the embedded system prototype. The teams must also fully test the prototype to ensure it meets all functional and performance requirements. The project is then delivered to the customer and other stake holders in a formal demonstration and presentation. Recent project sponsors include small and large companies such as Texas Instruments, Schneider Electric and Paragon Innovations, as well as public sector entities such as NASA. Several Capstone prototypes are being or have been commercialized by the private sector.

Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET): Significant design project activity occurs throughout the curriculum of the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology program. The senior capstone design course focuses on industry-sponsored “real world” problems. Throughout the execution of the project, students interact routinely with industry representatives to ensure timely and accurate results. Written and oral presentations are made to the sponsoring company during project execution and at project completion. Sample projects titles include: propulsion test diffuser design, portable hydraulic press, electric motor remote air gap adjuster, portable crane for shops, retractable brake calipers, battery energy management system, circuit board manufacturing, automation of powder coating furnace, humidity control of blow molding, automated billet stop for steel mill, safety rig device for pressure vessel manufacturer, automated tally system for drill pipe processing line, design for acetic acid generator housing