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Biomedical engineering juniors present projects to industry

January 10th, 2017

2017_news_BE_presentations2Jan. 10, 2017 — Biomedical engineering students had an opportunity to network with industry professionals when MSOE hosted the annual December seminar of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Milwaukee Section.

IEEE is the world’ largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Milwaukee Section serves southeast Wisconsin and is run by volunteers of industry and academia. The December seminar was held in conjunction with MSOE’s annual Junior Biomedical Engineering Feasibility presentations, an event that showcases the status of current design projects by the biomedical engineering class of 2018.

“The Milwaukee Section holds events throughout the year to promote technical and professional growth and networking,” said Dr. Jeffrey LaMack, director of the biomedical engineering program. “The December seminar was created in 2012 with the specific purpose of combining it with our student presentations for a larger joint event.”

This year, 10 student teams made the case for the feasibility of their proposed capstone design projects, which ranged from head impact monitors for soccer plays to open source software framework for medical device applications.

2017_news_BE_presentations1IEEE members were invited to attend the student presentations and students were invited to attend the IEEE dinner that followed. A highlight of the event was an address by Dr. John G. Webster who is widely regarded as one of the founders of biomedical engineering; textbooks written by Webster are used in MSOE’s biomedical engineering curriculum.

“The IEEE event allows for people in a very diverse industry to get together and share ideas for the betterment of the IEEE community as a whole,” said Thomas Reid ’18, a junior biomedical engineering student. “It is a great environment for learning and sharing experiences.”

Reid was among the 40-plus students presenting at the 2016 event, which took place Dec. 14.

Most MSOE students don’t start thinking about their senior project, much less making a public presentation, until the senior year. In the biomedical engineering program it’s a little different.

“The capstone design sequence begins earlier for BME students because of the considerations involved in medical design,” said LaMack. “FDA regulations, market analysis, and user needs based on conversations with clinicians and patients are all part of their process.”

The presentations not only give students an opportunity to practice the communication skills the industry values, but they also serve as a  starting point for business plan proposal competitions students may enter. “Winnings from such competitions have funded several of our projects over the years,” LaMack said.

Being able to discuss their presentations with industry professionals throughout the evening is an invaluable opportunity for students. “It was helpful to have experienced engineers give us suggestions about what might work and what definitely will not,” said senior Rose Buchmann ’17, who presented with her team in 2015. “They saved us a lot of trouble by avoiding problems that were obvious to more experienced engineers. They also had the knowledge to explain the reasoning behind their ideas and opinions, which helped us learn what variables to consider when discussing design.”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Class of 2016 shows their designs for the future

May 23rd, 2016

May 23, 2016 — Friday, May 27 is Senior Project Day at MSOE and more than 80 projects will be on display at the Walter Schroeder Library, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave; Werwath Mall, between the Library and Allen-Bradley Hall of Science; Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway; and Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway.

Throughout their senior year, MSOE students collaborate with classmates on a final project related to their degree program. It’s an opportunity for them to take everything they’ve learned in their time at MSOE and put it to use in a real-life application. The projects are often sponsored by companies looking to solve a problem, and others are driven by a student’s interests.

  • School of Nursing – 10 a.m. to Noon – Student Life and Campus Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Walter Schroeder Library and Werwath Mall
  • Physics and Chemistry Department – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Student Life and Campus Center, second floor
  • Mechanical Engineering Department – Noon to 3 p.m. – Todd Wehr Auditorium

A complete list of projects can be downloaded here.

2016_news_senior_designHigh Fidelity Neonatal Training Manikin
Biomedical engineering students created a neonatal manikin for the MSOE School of Nursing. The manikin helps nursing students hear different types of vital sounds, including regular and irregular heart and breathing sounds. The sounds are controlled wirelessly via an Android-based phone application. Location: Library, first floor

Microalgae to Biodiesel: Design of a Production Facility
The rapid depletion of the world’s oil sources has pressured society to find alternative sources of energy. Four biomolecular seniors designed a sustainable, high-throughput biodiesel production facility using phototrophic microalgae as the main energy source. Microalgae can be used to create oil which can then be converted into biodiesel. This method promises carbon sequestration and high oil yield at the fraction of the land requirement of current biodiesel sources. Location: Campus Center, second floor

Health Tracker
Health Tracker is a project centralized in providing enhanced patient care. The project takes an Android application and combines it with a custom wearable sensor to capture healthcare information knee Range of Motion (ROM) measurements. The goal is to reduce the number of clinical visits and to improve the quality of those visits. The application integrates with leading health tracker services like Fitbit and Jawbone while also guiding patients through exercises while at home. Location: Library, first floor

Tabal Chocolate Cracking and Winnowing Machine
Tabal Chocolate is the only organic, fair trade certified chocolate company in the Midwest. Demand has steadily increased over the last few years and the lack of affordable, small to medium scale winnowing machines on the market has caused them to use inefficient homemade machines. The purpose of the project is to design and create a new, faster, cleaner and more efficient machine to crack and winnow roasted cocoa beans. The team increased the hopper capacity which the beans are then fed from into a redesigned cracking process. A vibrating sieve and vacuum hoses are used to separate the shells from the cocoa nibs. Location: Campus Center, Todd Wehr Auditorium

Novel 3D Printing Method
This senior design team has created a 3D printer that is capable of automatically changing between different materials within a single build. The main goal was to design a printer that would not require manual input when changing materials. The second objective was to outfit the printer with three heads; one for hard thermoplastic, a second for elastomer, and a third for electrically conductive solder. The machine will allow the manufacturing community to provide new, innovative product solutions to meet customer needs. Location: Campus Center, Todd Wehr Auditorium

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Architectural engineering and construction management students showcase senior projects

May 19th, 2016

2016_news_CAECM_senior_designMay 19, 2016 — Students from the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department will present their senior design projects on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway. The project teams are composed of students from the architectural engineering (with design specialties in structural, mechanical and electrical) and construction management programs. The one-year project starts with programming and includes the design concept through development, working drawings and construction management. The six projects utilize the design-build method which involve clients, a faculty advising team and professional mentors from the industry.

Section 1 is comprised of Team A and Team B whose project is a 17-story high rise mixed use office building located on Boylston Street in downtown Boston. The architectural design of the building was provided to the teams. The LEED Platinum building, located above the Massachusetts Turnpike, consists of two underground levels of parking, three floors of retail space and 14 office floors. This project is part of the 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Student Design Competition and will complete the Prudential Center Complex. The competition called for individual submittals in structural, mechanical, electrical, construction management and innovation categories. Students were given the goals of sustainability, resiliency and integration. The actual $275 million building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in June 2016. The teams submitted their proposals to AEI in February which resulted in Team A being a runner-up in the construction category.

Section 2, Teams D and E, is MSOE’s new proposed Science Building located on the parking lots behind the library and existing Science Building. The client wish list for this project involves separate floors for each department, offices for the mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering faculty, high-tech classrooms, a new SG-100 lab, a new Johnson Controls lab, two new Harley-Davidson labs, study areas and additional labs. With a $35 million to $45 million budget, the teams are expected to have a design that will achieve a LEED Silver certification. Students had to consider how the site connects to Kilbourn Avenue and State Street, and any possible future parking.

Section 3, Teams G and H, is another new proposed MSOE building. The site for MSOE’s proposed new Campus Center is the currently Broadway Parking Lot. The client wish list for the project includes a theater, food court, game room, study areas, bookstore, convenience store, green roof, student organization offices, Student Life offices, TRIO offices, a large event area, and an Olympic-sized pool with a diving area. A potential plan is to have a residence hall attached to the building as well. Teams are expected to present a design that achieves LEED Silver certification with a $40 million to $50 million budget. MSOE wants the building to have a high-tech feel like Google headquarters or something similar. It is intended for this building to be a showpiece for the campus.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Mechanical engineering seniors win at ASME competitions

April 29th, 2016

2016_news_asme_teamApril 29, 2016 — MSOE’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design team took second place at the 2016 Student Design Competition held at Minnesota State University, Mankato, April 22-24, 2016. With this win they will be progressing on to compete at the ASME national competition.

Mechanical engineering seniors Clark Anderson, Sven Kirschtowski, Bilal Nyazi, Devin Runner, Arthur Siebel, Ou Yang and electrical engineering major Pascal Dettmann, designed and built a small machine that processes and launches three projectiles, each made of a standard A4 size piece of paper. The goal is to achieve the farthest distance and complete the task in less than five minutes. The team’s machine accomplished this by rolling up the paper inside a steel tube, crushing it into a dense cylinder using a ball screw that applied over 1,000 pounds of force, and throwing it using a slingshot style mechanism. Professor Mohammad Mahinfalah, Ph.D. is the team’s advisor. The project also served as the team’s senior design project, and will be on display May 27 during MSOE’s annual senior project day on campus.

The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME Student Members to present their solutions to a range of design problems – from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement.

The Student Design Competition showcases the extraordinary talents of mechanical engineering students while encouraging them to develop innovative ideas towards an improved quality of life for all. Each year, several teams compete at the regional Student Professional Development Conferences in select locations worldwide. Winners then proceed to finals at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE). Cash prizes and awards are presented to winners at both regional competitions and the finals.

Justin Clough and Megan Kroll, both mechanical engineering seniors, participated in the ASME Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. They each delivered a 15-minute presentation on a subject addressing a technical, economic or environmental aspect of engineering. A major portion of the total score is based on the judges’ evaluation of the student’s relative capability to communicate orally, including evidence of a talent to respond effectively during a five-minute question and answer period. Clough was awarded second place and the award for “Best Technical Content.” Kroll received fifth place.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Wesley Johnson, NASA cryogenic engineer, to speak at MSOE

March 31st, 2016

2016_news_NASA_logoMarch 31, 2016 — Learn about cryogenic fluid management at NASA during a special presentation by Wesley Johnson, a NASA cryogenic engineer from the Glenn Research Center. Johnson will discuss why NASA uses and needs cryogenics; its current work with and challenges of cryogenics; what cryogenic fluid management is and why gravity is important; and how it plays into NASA’s big exploration goals.

The free event takes place in MSOE’s Todd Wehr Conference Center, 1047 N. Broadway, on Thursday, April 14 with a social and refreshments at 5 p.m. and Johnson’s presentation at 6 p.m. followed by questions. Complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Lot, across from the Todd Wehr Conference Center. Please RSVP online. If you have questions, please email MechEngDept@msoe.edu or call (414) 277-7375.

Johnson is visiting MSOE through the university’s partnership with NASA for student senior design projects. He is advising a team of mechanical engineering seniors who are researching and developing methods to reduce the rate of boil-off of fuel in a rocket’s second stage booster (known as Centaur). The booster is fueled by liquid hydrogen oxidized with liquid oxygen. In order to extend the operational lifespan of NASA’s Centaur upper stage, the team has investigated possibilities including explosively removing unneeded sections of the structure, and using frozen water to divert the heat loads from reaching the fuel tank.

The presentation is sponsored by MSOE and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with support from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC).

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Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Class of 2015 shows their designs for the future

May 11th, 2015

Senior Design 2014_181.jpgFriday, May 22 is Senior Project Day at MSOE and more than 80 projects will be on display at the Walter Schroeder Library, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave; Werwath Mall, between the Library and Allen-Bradley Hall of Science; Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway; and Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway.

Throughout their senior year, MSOE students collaborate with classmates on a final project related to their degree program. It’s an opportunity for them to take everything they’ve learned in their time at MSOE and put it to use in a real-life application. The projects are often sponsored by companies looking to solve a problem, and others are driven by a student’s interests.

School of Nursing – 10 a.m. to Noon – Campus Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Walter Schroeder Library and Werwath Mall
Physics and Chemistry Department – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Campus Center, second floor
Mechanical Engineering Department – Noon to 3 p.m. – Todd Wehr Auditorium

A complete list of projects can be downloaded here.

TruckMuncher
Food trucks are all the rage right now, and it’s never been easier to find one nearby thanks to TruckMuncher, an app designed by software engineering majors. TruckMuncher locates the nearest trucks and also lets users find their favorite trucks and view their menus. Location: Werwath Mall

Car Seat Alert System
Prevent childhood heatstroke and possibly death by using this car seat alert system designed by electrical engineering technology majors. Using three sensors, if there is a child in the vehicle, a buzzer will alert the driver when the ignition is turned off so that the child is not left behind. Next, a signal is sent to make the key fob vibrate, and if within 30 seconds, the sensors still detect a child in the seat, the vehicle’s horn will sound. Location: Library

Electric Wind Chime
Let the wind determine your music choices. Electrical engineering students developed a magnetic mechanism that simulates the operation of a wind chime. A microprocessor senses wind speed and plays a song to the rhythm of the wind. Users load songs into the device and can relax while their favorite songs play with the pleasant sounds of a wind chime. Location: Library

Striped Hat Brigade
A team of computer engineering and software engineering students teamed up to design a virtual presence device. An iPad mounted on a robot chassis allows someone with an iPad or iPhone to communicate via a video feed with people in different location—something that could be useful in a hostage or disaster situation. Location: Library

SAE Formula Hybrid Vehicle
See the car that took fourth place in the world and first in the United States! MSOE’s team of electrical and mechanical engineering majors designed, built and competed their high-performance hybrid vehicle at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Location: Campus Center, outdoors

Legionnaires Detection Kit
In 2010, Legionnaires disease affected the Milwaukee area and was traced back to a decorative water fountain in a local hospital. While tests exist to detect Legionella, they are costly, time-consuming and sometimes unable to differentiate between pathogenic and non-pathogenic forms of the bacteria. Biomolecular engineering majors developed an inexpensive, multi-phase kit capable of rapidly detecting the bacteria while adhering to industry regulations and standards. Location: Campus Center, second floor

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Class of 2014 shows their designs for the future

May 23rd, 2014

Friday, May 23 is Senior Project Day at MSOE and more than 80 projects will be on display at the Walter Schroeder Library, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave; Werwath Mall, between the Library and Allen-Bradley Hall of Science; Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway; and Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway.

Throughout their senior year, MSOE students collaborate with classmates on a final project related to their degree program. It’s an opportunity for them to take everything they’ve learned in their time at MSOE and put it to use in a real-life application. The projects are often sponsored by companies looking to solve a problem, and others are driven by a student’s interests.

  • School of Nursing – 10 a.m. to Noon – Student Life and Campus Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department – 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Walter Schroeder Library and Werwath Mall
  • Physics and Chemistry Department – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Student Life and Campus Center, second floor
  • Mechanical Engineering Department – Noon to 3 p.m. – Todd Wehr Auditorium

 

A complete list of projects can be downloaded here (PDF).

Here is a short list of examples:

Formula Hybrid Race Car
Unique features of this hybrid one-seater car include an electronic throttle system and a power combining transmission. Vehicles like this traditionally couple an electric motor and gasoline engine to the wheels via a chain and sprocket system, which averages 83% efficiency, and is 92% efficient at best. MSOE’s vehicle, with the geared transmission and no chains, sees 98-99% efficiency. Students designed and built this vehicle for the SAE Formula Hybrid Competition. Location: Todd Wehr Auditorium

Ag-Rover
his autonomous ground rover represents the future of agriculture. The Ag-Rover receives commands wirelessly and traverses farmland terrain with full autonomy. It looks like your average Toro Workman MDE, until it starts driving all on its own!  It is part of a robotic system including drones and quadcopters currently being co-developed with Santa Clara University in California. The Ag-Rover will enable large-scale commercial farms to collect data and accurately monitor and micromanage their crops. Location: Todd Wehr Auditorium

Adaptive Camouflage
Military vehicles and equipment are painted with camouflage – which is great until they move into a different terrain. Adaptive Camouflage is a device that captures scenes of the environment and processes the image to determine a pattern for the vehicle that best fits the terrain type. Location: Walter Schroeder Library

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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