Seniors within Olivet’s engineering program have reached a major milestone in their academic careers. In this final phase of your Olivet education, you will participate in a Senior Engineering Capstone Project. Not only is this a key requirement at part of an ABET accredited program, but also it is a critical experience designed to help your future professional success.The Engineering Department works hard each year to select a diverse set of opportunities. As part of the assignment process, we present the Capstone Project options within the Senior Design Project I class in the fall and ask for each student to identify their top interest areas.
2013-2014 Senior Capstone Projects
team is designing a new operational program for a 5-axis plasma cutting system
utilized by Peddinghaus in their production operations to correct a flaw in the
current system's design that requires manual intervention by an operator to
complete the operation. The students working on this project are investigating
the mechanical components that are involved in the torch positioning, as well
as the CNC code that controls the positioning of the torch. They are further
determining what is causing the torch to be out of position, and designing a
solution that will eliminate the torch being out of position.
team is designing a remote-controlled robotic mechanism to efficiently cut
scrap rebar from the Nucor Steel operation in Bourbonnais that have not passed
a stringent quality inspection. The robotic system will pin, then cut the scrap
segments into 4-foot sections so that they can be recycled within the manufacturing
process (ie. sent back to the melt stage).
outcome of this project will potentially provide operational efficiency to the
Nucor operations in terms of reprocessing cycle time. Nucor operates
approximately 200 facilities worldwide, including its wholly-owned subsidiary
of Harris Steel. Together with its subsidiary, Nucor has produced more than 19.8
million tons of steel that has gone into thousands of applications, making Nucor
the largest manufacturer of steel products in North America.
in Billerica, Massachusetts, EMD Millipore has some 10,000 employees in 67
countries motivated by the potential of science for life through a portfolio of
more than 40,000 products. Comprised of three business units—Bioscience, Lab
Solutions, and Process Solutions— EMD Millipore is a top-tier supplier to the
life science industry, and serves as a strategic partner for scientists,
engineers, and researchers.
Millipore project team will be re-designing a three-chiller manufacturing system
into a higher-efficiency two-chiller manufacturing solution for Millipore’s
Kankakee manufacturing facility. The design objectives
include the requirements to improve energy consumption, reduce overall maintenance
costs, and enhance product quality.
project team is working with Honda engineers in the design and development of a
new state-of-the-art door impact system. The purpose of this system will be to
automatically sense when an opening door is approaching an object and to
dynamically initiate a stopping mechanism to prevent impact.
outcome of this project will have the potential to greatly reduce door chips
and dents and will provide added safety to those outside of a vehicle who may
not be noticed by the occupant when the door is being opened.
The system will provide much needed mobility to individuals
with severe disabilities in developing countries, as the trike is a semi-all
terrain platform designed for developing nations. His Wheels International
(HWI) began in May 2005. HWI is a not-for-profit cycling organization with a
mission to provide pedal-powered transportation through global partnerships as a
tool for expanding Christ’s Kingdom.
project team is designing a new centrifugal nozzles geometry that can
accommodate changes in sweetener composition (Merisant packs the sweetener
"Equal" at a rate of nearly 4,000 units per minute) and maintain
maximum design production rates. The team will need to consider changes in
density, viscosity, and flow dynamics of over 12 different sweetener
team is designing a new geothermal system to provide CSL with the potential for
enhanced energy efficiency within its manufacturing operations. The team is not
only assessing the addition of a geothermal system, but is also conducting a
robust energy utilization analysis of CSL’s facility. CSL Behring is a global
leader in the plasma protein biotherapeutics industry. Its operations include
researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing biotherapies that are
used to treat serious and rare conditions. Users of its therapies rely on them
for their quality of life and, in many cases, for life itself.
project team is designing a new additive manufacturing component using the
Manufacturing process that integrates embedded sensor and advanced heat
transfer capability. The team will design this part in collaboration with
Fabrisonic in Columbus, OH, a process that will culminate in a physical
aluminum part being fabricated and tested. The purpose of the part is to demonstrate
the embedding capability of the process for use by companies such as Boeing and