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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.

2018/2019 Projects

TN Lab Supply

10521 Research Drive, Suite 104, Knoxville, TN 37932

The project’s primary focus will be in the development of the manufacturing process, machinery and process documentation for this new factory startup. The focus will be within the four walls of the factory, starting with receipt of raw materials, processing, final packing, and finished goods storage.
Chulin Chen,

ISE Graduate Student

Innovate Mfg.

10340 Goldenfern Lane, Knoxville, TN 37931

The project’s primary focus will be in the development of value stream analysis to pinpoint specific opportunities, and then develop/lead a cross-functional team in a continuous improvement blitz. This will include reviewing and improving the existing scheduling systems, new product introduction, and identifying/reducing the 7 wastes associated with lean production.
Will Love

Continuous Improvement Manager, Clayton Supply

1765 Genesis Rd

Crossville, TN

CH – Analyze and redesign window line to increase capacity from 1,800 units/day to 2,000 units per day, while maintaining same workforce.