Mechanical and nuclear engineering students showcase capstone design projects
Mechanical and nuclear engineering students presented their capstone design projects in a showcase event at the Bryce Jordan Center on April 28. The showcase is the culmination of a semester-long effort by student teams to solve real-world problems posed by industry sponsors. Projects included first-year students through seniors across multiple engineering disciplines.
Mechanical Engineering Awards
First place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Awards went to:
“Design of a Bullet IP Camera Housing” for Tyco Security Products by Eric Dunker, Aaron McCandless, Ronald Ryder and Dakota Singleton at Penn State and Yuzheng Pan and Xuchen Wang of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, advised by Gary Neal, instructor in mechanical engineering; and
“Multi-Metal Selective Laser Melting - Material Recovery” for X Material Processing Co. by Rick Diagostino, Alexander Kozeniauskas (nuclear engineering), Nicholas Perese, Hunter Rauch (materials science and engineering), and Jonathan Reed, advised by Eric Keller, instructor in mechanical engineering.
A second place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Award went to “Modular Residential Wheelchair Ramp System” for Penn State’s Department of Architecture by Sean Fitzpatrick, Crosby Owens, James Schweikert, Jarret Sheeder, and Ryan Tracy, advised by Jason Moore, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. Also, Michael Rush was a member of another team that took a second place award, “Low Cost Rockshaft Position Control,” a project sponsored by John Deere.
Third place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Awards were given to:
“Small Engine Dynamometer” for Penn State’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering by Abdulrhman Alhazmi, Rashed Alshehhi, Narin Chuawongse, Cameron Gibbel, Joseph Meiklejohn, and Scott Novak, advised by Gary Neal, instructor in mechanical engineering;
“Shell Eco-marathon Urban Concept” for Shell by Robert Hayes, Nicholas Kirkland, Shane Odonnell, Wesley Schwarz, Andrea Sinkpon, and Christopher Varghese, advised by Gary Neal; and
“Faster Robotic Assembly” for TE Connectivity by Amirul Azim Ali, Garrett Cappello, Coleman Hostetler, Justin Koscianski, and Eros Linarez, advised by Tak Sing Wong, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
First place for the poster contest went to the “Faster Robotic Assembly” team who was sponsored by TE Connectivity.
Two teams tied for second place in the poster contest: “Renewable Energy - Team 1” for Mark Miyamoto by Michael Chowansky, Cory Jordan, Jonathan Kobrynich (energy engineering), Adam Libonati (energy engineering), William Sungula (energy engineering), and Brian Wickens (energy engineering), advised by Semih Eser, professor of energy and geo-environmental engineering; and “Cyrogenic Cold End Check Valves” for Solutionwerks by Tyler Barnhart, Martin Dawson, Brandon Hoffert, Gary Mahoski, and Van Rude, advised by Eric Keller.
The BP People’s Choice Award went to “Driving Simulator for Intelligent Vehicle Evaluations” for Volvo Group by Christopher Cinti, Nicholas Parsons, and Matias Rojas of Penn State and Erika Danielsson, Julia Eugensson, and Victoria Johansson at Chalmers University of Technology, advised by Jason Moore. The winning team is determined by votes from the audience and participants of the showcase.
Nuclear Engineering Awards
Four nuclear engineering teams received awards.
Best Project was awarded to “Boundary Waters Unit 1 Cycle 28 Reload Core Design” by Van Remsen Rude, Adrian Leandro, Joshua Bowman, and Zachary Biddle. Westinghouse sponsored the project and Adam Miller was the students' mentor.
Second place for best project was awarded to “Replacement for Feedwater Heater Level Transmitters” by Cordell Delzer, Rahul Ghosh, Jacob Hirschhorn, and Jason Weary. Talen Energy sponsored the project and Terry Mackay and Richard Pistolas were the students' mentors.
Third place for best project was awarded to “Design and Implementation of Control Console Replacement” by Alexander Emerich, Jacob Krizmanich, Joel Strandburg, and Matt Toporcer. The Penn State Radiation Science and Engineering Center sponsored the project and James Turso was the students' mentor.
Best poster was awarded to “AP1000 First Core Design” by Lukas Porczynski, Ethan Kruder, Evan Simpson, and Erik Ruce. Westinghouse sponsored the project and Dan Vincent was the students' mentor.