Every graduating senior is required to complete ME/EGM 391 and 392, Senior Projects I and II.
This is a capstone course designed to synthesize all skills and knowledge students have learned as Wilkes mechanical engineering students and to demonstrate their capabilities to a general audience. Students work as members of a team to design and develop selected projects in the field of mechanical engineering under the direction of a faculty mentor.
The project team parallels that found in industry. Students accept roles according to their skills and specialties and contribute to make the team and project successful as a whole. Students are involved with their projects from concept to completion. Teams manage all aspects of the project, such as formulating the idea, transferring the design to paper, accounting for design constraints, adhering to standards and specifications, selecting materials, procuring products, considering economic factors, building the prototype, and presenting their results. Some projects have been so innovative and marketable that students have turned their ideas into successful businesses.
Spring 2022 Senior Projects Presentations
8 - 9 a.m. | Breakfast
9 a.m. | Electrical Engineering Introduction
9:05 - 9:30 a.m. | Digital Neural Network
Redesign and demonstrate a selected preexisting DNN on high perfomance computers to reduce its architecture size while maintaining its performance.
9:30 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. | GeSn IR Photodetector
Design, fabricate and test a GeSn based photodetector compatible with current CMOS processes.
9:55 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Break
10:05 - 10:30 a.m. | Wireless Deep Body Implant Charger
Create a wireless charger to supply power to the implanted pacemaker.
10:30 - 10:55 a.m. | Wilkes Affordable Additive Massive Manufacturing
Create a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer with a large volume for protyping economical, large scale, rapid investment casting molds.
10:55 - 11:15 a.m. | Heavy Impact Training System
Boxing training dummy that has different sensors embedded to track the force, strain, etc. and provide real time training feedback.
11:15 - 11:35 a.m. | Water Current Energy Generation
Design an adjustable and portable system to produce electricity from water current.
11:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Lunch
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. | Rainwater Power Generation
Through the use of rainwater carried within spouts in Bangladesh, power generation will be possible through turbines to power batteries and small electronic devices.
12:50 - 1:10 p.m. | Autonomous Tundra Shield
Computer automated plant covering system to control light levels during the summer months of Alaska.
1:10 - 1:30 p.m. | Self-Sufficient Atmospheric Water Harvester
Maximize the amount of water that can be removed from the air in places where water is not readily available.
1:30 - 1:50 p.m. | Autonomous Algae Bioreactor
Design and construct a machine that captures carbon throught the use of algae autonomously.
1:50 - 1:55 p.m. | Quick break
1:55 - 2:15 p.m. | Construction Aid Traffic Systems
The goal of this project is to design, build and test an automated traffic control device to make construction environments safer.
2:15 - 2:35 p.m. | Pneumatic Stair Climbing Hand Truck
An affordable, easy-to-use lift for a single person to safely lift heavy objects up stairs
2:35 - 2:55 p.m. | Snowmobot
The project involves an inexpensive method of clearing snow using a semi-autonomous robot capable of moving within a boundary.
2:55 - 3 p.m. | Quick break
3 - 3:20 p.m. | Hindsight
Attachable blindspot monitoring system for use during outdoor activities that increases the awareness of users and safety of these activities for those with impaired hearing.
3:20 - 3:40 p.m. | Activankle
Active Ankle Prosthetic is a lower limb prosthetic that will be fitted with an active ankle joint.