Senior Design Projects
​​2013 Showcase 
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
    Future S.T.E.P’s main goal is to harvest energy from pedestrian footsteps walking in and out of the engineering building on the CMU campus. A floor mat will be developed that will generate electricity when people walk across it. Piezoelectric devices will be placed in the floor and the energy generated from foot traffic will be used to produce an electronic display showing the amount of energy than can be generated solely from human footsteps.

  • 2:30-2:50 PM, Fatigue Testing Apparatus
    Chad Blohm, Dustin Brooks, Myles Brown, Xiaoming Li, Alexander Vallender
    Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joseph Langenderfer
    Development of a fatigue-testing apparatus which will allow for testing of steel specimens during high cycle failure. The apparatus will be used for senior level CMU mechanical engineering laboratories to effectively collect data for comparison to linear stress-life theory.

  • 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
    While a Global Positioning System (GPS) is a widely accepted solution for outdoor navigation, its accuracy is very limited when operating indoors. This challenge can be answered through the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Utilizing an RFID system, a mobile robot, and an array of sensors, this project presents an indoor location and navigation solution with an accuracy of approximately 10 cm.

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