Our 7th annual showcase of Senior Design Projects in engineering took place on Friday, April 26 from 1:00-4:00 PM in room 116 of the Engineering and Technology Building and included the following presentations:
- 1:00-1:20 PM, Morbark Engine Mounts
Benjamin Brinch, Peter Cantin, James McCarty, Ryan Welsman
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brian DeJong
Morbark, a leading manufacturer of tree care equipment, is hoping to standardize their engine mounting apparatus. Their current system incorporates many unique parts resulting in a large inventory. This project aims to create a universal platform that will reduce inventory costs and simplify engine mounting across similar models. When incorporated, the new design will still enable customization while simplifying the manufacturing process.
- 1:30-1:50 PM, Standardized Operating Cab
Timothy Dillon, Robert Ling, Blake Spitz, Zachary Sponseller, Steve Wilson, Zilai Zhao
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mohamad Qatu
Industrial tree care machinery can be expensive and time consuming to build. In an effort to reduce processing costs, Morbark, Inc., has requested a standardized operator cab for use in their existing assemblies. The goal of this project was to consolidate 5 different cab designs into a universal design while improving operator comfort, sight lines, and ergonomics. This prototype cab will have the ability to mount onto most existing pieces of machinery at the company’s manufacturing facility.
- 2:00-2:20 PM, Future S.T.E.P.
Robert Balma, Boyu Dang, Christopher Libera, Justin Scaparo
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tolga Kaya
- 2:30-2:50 PM, Fatigue Testing Apparatus
Chad Blohm, Dustin Brooks, Myles Brown, Xiaoming Li, Alexander Vallender
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joseph Langenderfer
- 3:00-3:20 PM, Electronic Monitoring Systems (EMS)
Ryan Brew, Shu Feng, Garrett Mancillas, Waylin Wing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Qin Hu
An electronic monitoring system is developed for use in all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Various sensors are used to collect information from discrete components on the ATV. Information collected will be displayed on a liquid crystal display (LCD). Speed, rotations per minute (RPM), battery level, fuel level, and tire pressure will be monitored. This system would make ATVs more fuel efficient, safer, and more economical. Currently there are no products on the market that integrate all of these functions into one comprehensive installation.
- 3:30-3:50 PM, RFID Positioning Robot
Steven Fenton, Jiao Liang, Brian Olszewski, Brian Tworek
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kumar Yelamarthi