Mechanical and nuclear engineering students showcase capstone design projects

05/07/2015

Mechanical and nuclear engineering students presented their capstone design projects in two showcase events. The showcases are the culmination of a semester-long effort by student teams to solve real-world problems posed by industry sponsors.  

Mechanical Engineering Awards

Mechanical engineering students participated in the Engineering Capstone Design Showcase at the Bryce Jordan Center on May 4. A total of 127 projects were on display at the showcase, which included first-year students through seniors across multiple engineering disciplines. The nine winning projects listed below had mechanical engineering students as part of the team.

First Place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Awards
  • "Universal Z-Wave Switch Actuator" for ADT by Andrew Augusty, Neil Kruse, Tyler Kurkiewicz, Qitong Liu, Christopher Siedt, Tengxiang Wang and Derek Williams, advised by Gary Neal, instructor in mechanical engineering, and Fucai Li of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  • "Boeing UAS Cargo Mission" for Boeing by James Dryden, Rudy Haluza, Lerdlarp Jaturapol, William Saake, Adam Shrager and Marcus C. Thaw, advised by Wallace Catanach, instructor in engineering design.
  • "Development of a medical device that allows atraumatic access to the colon" for TPC Design by Sarah Cosgrove, Adam Gordon, Kaylyn Hannon, Zhongyun He, Sa Liu and Junyan Shi, advised by Maggie Slattery, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and director of the biomedical engineering undergraduate program.

Second Place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Awards
  • "Automotive Massage Seat" for Ford Motor Co. by Ryan Barbaccia, Patrick Buckley, Andrew Farley, Kienan Ross-Robertson and Collin Smith, advised by Qian Wang, professor of mechanical engineering.
  • "Check Valve Outlet Design" for Marathon Petroleum Company by Ty Evans, Nicholas Joseph, Kain Place and Marc Rogato, advised by Qian Wang, professor of mechanical engineering.

Third Place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Awards
  • "Additive Manufacturing for Liquid Cooled Frames" for Lockheed Martin by James Herring, Michael Kloecker, Andrew Murray, Matthew Reading and Ryan Thatcher, advised by Paris vonLockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering
  • "Roof Mounted Aero Device With Actuator Positioning" for Volvo by William Archer, Yirn Ding, Max Engvall, Robert Ford, Joshua Franierwski and Axel Svensson, advised by Jason Moore, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Mikael Enelund of Chalmers University of Technology.

Third place Best Poster Award went to "Coaxial Cable Pull Test Station" for Philips Ultrasound by Pratik Desai, Johnson Dong, Charles Helbling, Johnathan Rearick and Brandi Ritenour, advised by Gary Neal, instructor in mechanical engineering.

The BP People's Choice Award went to "EcoMarathon Car" for Shell by Benjamin Echterling, Peter Pappe Pelgron, Daniel Peterson, Hannah Seeger and Benjamin Visnesky. The winning team is determined by votes from the audience and participants of the showcase.

Nuclear Engineering Awards

Nuclear engineering students presented their projects to the nuclear advisory board members, faculty, and students on April 30. Fourteen teams participated in the nuclear engineering showcase; four teams received awards.

Best Project was awarded to “Alpha Natural Draft Cooling Tower Icing” by Ryan Litchert, Chase Mengle, and Christine Yeager. Exelon sponsored the project, and the students’ adviser was Jack Brenizer, J. “Lee” Everett Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering.

Second place for best project was awarded to “Thermal-Hydraulic Design Analysis of the Combinatorial Test Facility” by Grant Carson, Keith Means, and Jeremy Zinser. NRC sponsored the project, and the students’ adviser was Seungjin Kim, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

Third place for best project was awarded to “AP1000 First Loading Core Design” by Jessica Gee, Ann Hopkins, and Bill Milne. Westinghouse sponsored the project, and the students’ adviser was Maria Avramova, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, and Kostadin Ivanov, Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering.

Best poster was awarded to “Effect of Orientation on the Thermal Performance of Spent Fuel Canisters” by Adbullah Al Kindi, Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, and Saeed Obaid Alnuaimi. Areva sponsored the project, and the students’ adviser was Seungjin Kim, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.
 

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