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MSE Senior Design Projects - Spring 2014

MSE Senior Design Projects Students pursuing a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering must complete an extensive design project in the Spring Semester of their senior year as part of MSE 489 Materials Design. Groups of 3-4 students work together to complete design projects that fulfill a number of requirements. It is expected that students will deliver professional presentations and reports in which they demonstrate the following:

• An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. (This mirrors Student Outcome (c) as defined by ABET.)
• Mastery of the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, incorporation of appropriate engineering standards, and adherence to multiple realistic constraints. (This mirrors the requirements of a culminating, major design experience as defined by ABET.)
• Application and integration of knowledge from each of the four elements of the field [structure, properties, processing, and performance] to solve materials selection and design problems. (This mirrors the requirements of Program Criteria For Materials Science and Engineering Programs as defined by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ABET.)

The Senior Design Oversight Committee ensures that each project presented to seniors will allow them to fully demonstrate these outcomes. At the end of each Spring semester, this committee will also assess the degree to which these outcomes were demonstrated.

MSE seniors are working on the following projects in the Spring 2014 semester:


» Transparent Ceramics: Design, Fabrication and Characterization Dr. Kurt Sickafus

» Lightweight materials for spacecraft structure Dr. T.G.Nieh

» Design and Define the Proper Heat Treating Parameters for 6000 Aluminum Alloys Using Fluidized Bed Thermal Heat Transfer Furnace Technology Dr. Carl Lundin

» Design of a Portable Photovoltaic System for Usage in Remote Areas of Developing Countries Chris Wetteland

» Material and Process Design of Chitosan Packaging Materials Dr. Kevin Kit


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