05/15/2007 Archived Entry: "CAER Student Wins Award in UK Department"
Daniel Bortz, an undergraduate mechanical engineering student, who does research at CAER, has won the Capstone Design Award. In the mechanical engineering 411/412 Capstone Design course, students work in teams of four or five each to carry out a comprehensive design effort encompassing two semeters. The faculty coordinator reviews the suggested projects for appropriateness, and serves as the initial liaison with the sponsor. The student teams prepare the overall project plan, including detailed task lists and a schedule, followed by periodic progress reports during the semester. The students are expected to use engineering design and development tools and methods in completing their project, and to build on the coursework completed earlier in their studies. A central location for team meetings, experimentation, and prototyping is provided in the new Ralph G. Anderson Building. At the end of the semester, each team submits a final report and provides a final presentation.
Daniel's project was suggested by Harley Davidson. They constucted a stand capable of running a 96 cubic inch Harley Davidson motorcycle engine that was donated to the university. The purpose of this stand is to later be able to conduct vibration analysis on a newly designed external component of the engine.
Based upon their final presentation, the Cummins Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Award was given to the first place team selected by a Cummins representative in conjunction with a group of faculty for design creativity and overall team achievement. There were 19 teams in the running for this award.
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