CET students assist businesses through capstone projects

Teams of Western Carolina University senior engineering and engineering technology students lent their expertise to businesses and other organizations across Western North Carolina during the spring semester as they completed capstone projects through which they designed and prototyped a product, device, process or system for those organizations.

The students’ projects were showcased late in the spring semester during the College of Engineering and Technology’s annual Capstone Symposium. More than 30 industry-sponsored student projects were on display.

The engineering projects featured at the annual symposium are the hallmark of the college’s project-based learning approach to engineering education and provide students with opportunities to support the economic development of the region, said Jeffrey Ray, dean of the college.

This year’s capstone projects are listed, including the business or organizational sponsor and the WCU students who worked on each project:

Plasticard Locktech International, Asheville – Punch tool count system to assist the manufacturer of specialty plastic cards in knowing when punch tools are due for service; Algfary Suliman, Ahmed Alghamdi and Moua Lor.

Plasticard Locktech International, Asheville – Mechanical assist system to help operators in swapping out punch tools; Khaled Albedeiwi, Brad Shipman, Jeremy Smith and Christopher Vuncannon.

Eaton Corp., Asheville – Dynamic braking system for medium voltage drives; Cassidy Greene, Travis Henson and Daniel Riddle.

BorgWarner Turbo Systems, Asheville – Continue development of a “hybrid trailer” that can be used to turn an ordinary vehicle into a hybrid vehicle; Bennett Street, Don Bice, Mohammed Alsuwayyid and Avery Hyde.

Edmonds Consulting Corp., Franklin – Portable engine test stand that can be used to support development of a small high-speed jet engine; David Hiscock, Tori Dunlow, Zachary Henderson, Keaton Foster and Riley Seyffert.

Medical Tool and Technology, Gainesville, Florida – Continue development of technology to help wheelchair-bound individuals better navigate in cluttered environments; Cody Canales, Tariq Busayli and Bryan Sammons.

WCU Corporation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Asheville – Development of cervical collar designed to meet the needs of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome patients; Chisom Okolie, Johnny Lee and Richard Mastromatteo.

Selase Asamoa-Tutu, Michigan – Development of bathtub hair shredder; Austin Williams, Jared Johnson, Rachel Shinskie and Zachary Church.

Stuart Locklear, Pembroke – Development of concept for pill-dispending cartridges according to client’s requirements; Bryson Shannon and Deion Woods.

Army Research Office, Raleigh – Continue development of integrated collar for military working dogs; Jackson Carson, Lauren Stokes, Tyler Wilcox and Emma Castanho.

Naval Special Warfare Command, Virginia Beach, Virginia – Design material solution that allows boats to be safely launched with slings without a weight reduction penalty; Wesley Mull, Johnathan Wallen and Austin Roberts.

U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg – Development of thin under-door flashlight to illuminate a darkened room for a camera scope; Mary Garrett, Gloria Mariscal, Bradley Greene and Ronald Nichols.

WCU College of Business, Cullowhee – Development of theory and modeling for an induction charging roadway for electric vehicles; Paris McElveen, Joshua Turnbull, Mubarak Alasimi and Robert Dula.

Optical Cable Corp., Swannanoa – Quantify the impact of debris on high-speed digital system performance; Jastin Telles, Kevin Puett and Pavel Vasilyev.

Optical Cable Corp., Swannanoa – Continue development of a field-programmable gate array; Reed Carver, James Teelucksingh and Daniel Wallace.

Southwestern NC Resource Conservation & Development Council, Robbinsville – Begin development of a hydro-power system at a trout farm; Brandon Jordan, Ethan Swaim, Lane Martin and Mikel Morgan.

Joint Project with Engineering School at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico – Develop consulting and training to optimize product development in companies around Monterrey; Oluwatobi Odedere, James Shannon and Darien Hewett.

Snap-On Tools, Murphy – Development of automated or semi-automated system to assist in inserting vanes during tool assembly; Mahdi Al Numays, Tanner Brookshire, Terail Clonts and Bradley Hurlburt.

Paul Yanik, WCU College of Engineering and Technology, Cullowhee – Development of an overhead assistive robot with gesture-based control; Wesley Dixon and Nicholas Neal.

Eco-Panels, Mocksville – Test the strength of different types of corner construction for the manufacturer of architectural panels; Deric Huffman, Alexander Remsburg, Xengkeng Yang and Ian Curtis.

Meritor Inc., Fletcher – Development of new lapping parameters that impact gear set quality and production; Charles Devine, Jordan Hardwick, Christopher Parent and Nicholas Watson.

BorgWarner Thermal Systems, Fletcher – Review of a BorgWarner assembly line or process that exhibits quality, scrap and/or throughput issues and drive improvements through an organized Kaizen event; Jonathan Bratton, James Campbell and Dustin Starnes.

Duotech Services, Franklin – Carry out a series of projects involving printed circuit boards; David Nestler.

Yanjun Yan, WCU College of Engineering and Technology, Cullowhee – Use a Kilobot “swarm” to accomplish tasks that mimic practical scenarios; William Honeycutt, Jason LaQuerre and Brandon Letchworth.

For more information about the projects, contact the College of Engineering and Technology at 828-227-2159.