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Senior Projects

  • As a senior, you will choose from a wide range of Capstone Projects to set you up for success in your future career.
  • 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   

     Peddinghaus  Peddinghaus Corporation 
    Faculty Lead: Joe Makarewicz
    Location: Bradley, Ill.
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical, Electrical
     

     This 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.

     Nucor Steel 
     
    Nucor Steel 
    Faculty Lead: Joe Makarewicz
    Location: Bourbonnais, Ill.
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical, Electrical, Computer
     

    This 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).

    The 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.

      Merck  Millipore/Merck  
    Faculty Lead: Joe Schroeder
    Location: Kankakee, Ill.
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical and Electrical 
     

    Headquartered 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.

    The 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.

     Honda  Honda 
    Faculty Lead: Mario Sanders
    Location: Marysville, Ohio and Olivet Campus
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical, Electrical and Computer
     

    This 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.

    The 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.

     His Wheels   His Wheels International 
    Faculty Lead: Mario Sanders
    Location: Wheaton, Ill. and Olivet Campus
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical, Electrical and Computer
     

       

    This team is designing and demonstrating an EEG-integrated system that will allow someone who is paralyzed from the neck down to operate a motorized three wheel "trike" using only brain impulses that are read and processed by a microcontroller. 

    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.

     Merisant  Merisant 
    Faculty Lead: Bob Allen
    Location: Manteno, Ill.
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical and Electrical
     

    This 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 compositions.

     CSL   CSL Behring 
    Faculty Lead: Joe Schroeder
    Location: Bradley, Ill.
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical and Geological
     

    This 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.

     Fabrisonic   Fabrisonic 
    Faculty Lead: Joe Makarewicz
    Location: Columbus, Ohio and Olivet Campus
    Concentration Focus: Mechanical and Electrical
     

    This project team is designing a new additive manufacturing component using the Ultrasonic Additive 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 General Electric.