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Senior Designs

Senior designs are also called capstone projects, which are

  • Intensive and comprehensive,
  • Require teamwork,
  • Involve real-world problems, usually supplied by companies and entrepreneurs,
  • Follow the Systems Engineering principles and processes,
  • Require integration and application of IE knowledge and tools, and
  • Involve interactions with users, clients, and other stakeholders with effective written and oral communication.

The projects span two semesters:

First Semester (IE 404): Beginning with the development of a project plan, whereby students define end-user needs, client needs, requirements and constraints, and performance measures. Proceeding through concept design.

Second Semester (IE 422): Conducting preliminary design and detailed design  (system- and component-level), testing, evaluating, and validating the design, and delivering designs to clients.

Each team ultimately produces a working prototype or system design that is tested and refined to meet the project objectives. The project could be for any system but should be comprehensive. The design should follow the Systems Engineering principles and procedures.

2015 Spring/Fall Projects

Kanban System for a Nursing Unit

ETCHSponsored by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Team Members: Michael Jordon, Benjamin Mckerley, and Nicholas Yoder

Project Statement: Design and implement a kanban system in a nursing unit to control patient non-chargeable supplies. Reduce time to inventory, order, and  stock. Adjust inventory levels to meet patient demands and minimize inventory holding cost.

ETCH Inventory

Absorption Cycle Heat Exchanges Assembly System

smti-logoSponsored by Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc.

Team Members: Brandon Hotsinpiller, Tyler Lepore, Austin Love, and Henry McCall

Project Statement: Develop an automated method of assembly for the heat exchanger core, an automated method of pushing the core into the outer shell, and an automated method of applying braze alloy to the assembled core/shell along with estimated assembly time required.

Heat Exchange

Rotor Cell Expansion

GESponsored by GE Energy Management

Team Members: Katie Bareswilt, Cai Chen, Evan Fields, Sloane Gouffon, and Paige Ramsey

Project Statement: Develop a system to combine switch base assembly and rotor assembly cells for use to supply the switch assembly lines with on-time material and meet assembly schedules.

GE Assembly

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