Senior design team poses with the DMAX robot project
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Senior Design Day

What is Senior Design Day?

Student teams conduct major open-ended research and design projects. Elements of the design process including establishment of objectives, synthesis, analysis, and evaluation are integral parts of the capstone. Real-world constraints such as economical and societal factors, marketability, ergonomics, safety, aesthetics, and ethics are also an integral part of the capstone.

Teams typically consist of two or three students. The projects are usually defined based on one or several of the following factors:

  • Students' interest area
  • Students' employer interest area
  • ENT faculty research interest 

The projects need to be approved by the instructor of the course (senior design advisor). Each concentration at ENT Department will have at least one senior design instructor (advisor). Students are also encouraged to work with other ENT or non-ENT faculty, called mentors, for further technical advice.

The Senior Design Course (ENT 497) starts in Fall semester and continues in the following Spring semester (ENT 498). Through these two semesters students submit progress reports and present their work several times. The final presentation takes place about two weeks before the end of Spring semester. Prior to taking ENT 497, students must have taken and passed at least four junior or senior level ENT courses. Its is highly recommended that students start thinking about and planning for their projects months in advance.

Our Senior Design final presentations, demonstrations and competition usually takes place in late April.

Please select the link below to view the Senior Design Projects of the past years.




See the poster of projects (PDF).

Whirlpool Automated Exit Gantry

Andrew Hawes, Brennan Hornyak, Michaela Zack, Richard Shaffer
Advisor: Mert Bal
Student engineers designed and built an automated Exit Gantry system for Whirlpool Corporation in Clyde, Ohio. The new gantry system, installed on the Alpha Line (Line 5) of the Whirlpool plant, replace a previous outdated system that was incapable of running at a higher production rate.

Harris Products Group - Annealing Furnace Optimization for Silver Alloy Brazing Wire

Shelby Knostman, Danielle LeFevers
Advisor and Mentor: Gary Drigel
Student engineers measured, observed, analyzed and recommended the necessary operating temperature parameters of a batch furnace to properly anneal and prevent oxidation of high silver alloy brazing wire. This will ensure customers consistent and quality products.

Hephaestus 3D Printer

Nathan Bradison, Victor Meszaros, Weston Burch
Advisor: Rob Speckert, Mentor: Jim Davis (Zane State College)
Student engineers built a 3D Printer for use in demonstrations and courses on Zane State College campus. The new printer has an improved build platform and higher processing speed compared to an existing 3D printer at Zane State College.

3D Printer - Designing for Additive Manufacturability*

Kevin Canter, Isaac Crout
Advisor and Mentor: Gary Drigel
Student engineers evaluated the capabilities of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printed parts for strength, geometry and dimensional accuracy for potential use in consumer products. The evaluation was done using a Stratasys CubePro™ Trio FDM printer.
SunCoke Energy - Redesign of Coal Unload Underpass Sump System
James Geurin, Kyle Bosse
Advisor and Mentor: Gary Drigel

Student engineers redesigned and recommended modifications to a sump system to be simple, cost effective, and efficient in diverting ground water run off based on a 10 year flood plan. The redesign will increase the reliability of the system and decrease the amount of cost on unplanned maintenance.

Medical Air Curtain Simulator

Jacob Schraub, Brian Stebbins, Steven Vasquez
Advisor: Gary Drigel & Mentor: Mazyar Amin
Student engineers designed, manufactured, and tested a versatile air curtain simulator planned for use by patients in hospital beds. The purpose of the simulator system is to create a preventive barrier that will protect the patient from outside contaminants and minimize the spread of air borne pathogens from the patients.

Emergency Vehicle Detection for Civilian Vehicles*

Mike Titus, Mike Mount, John Muskopf
Advisor: Gary Drigel, Mentor: Mert Bal
Student engineers designed, manufactured and tested a prototype device to detect the presence of emergency vehicles within range of a test vehicle based on the presence of emergency sirens. This system reacts and alerts the driver by flashing a signal on a touch screen as well as turning off the vehicle’s radio when an emergency vehicle approaches.

Remotely Controlled Collapsible Frame Vertical Lift Gate

Andrew Batdorf, Jarl Sebastian, Matthew Watson
Advisor and Mentor: Gary Drigel
Student engineers designed, analyzed, manufactured and tested a collapsible frame residential access gate. Design requirements included: mechanical operation, collapsible frame, remote control, security and pleasing the aesthetics.

Spring Valley Tree Farm – The Design of a Christmas Tree Loading Apparatus*

Steve Hanekamp, Sam Francis, Matt Mongin
Advisor and Mentor: Gary Drigel
Student engineers designed, manufactured, and tested a prototype device to move fresh cut and baled pine trees from check out to the customer’s car. Design requirements included the ability to lift trees from ground level to the top a vehicle without damaging the vehicle and to be manned by one person.

Remote Controlled Lawn Mover*

William Gardner, Justin McFall, Julio Chavez
Advisor: Gary Drigel, Mentor Mert Bal
Student engineers designed, constructed and tested a prototype remote controlled lawn mower for residential use. A gasoline powered push lawn mower is converted to start, stop, drive and mow via remote control. Key goals were safety, reliability and protection of the consumer from injury and liability.

Sani-Lift Garbage Can Lift System

Doyle Bush, Benjamin Lartey
Advisor and Mentor: Gary Drigel
Student engineers designed, manufactured, and tested a prototype residential lift system to facilitate the disposal of waste into tall commercial refuse containers and dumpsters that require lifting higher than forty inches.

Quanex IG - Poly Inline Splice Automation

Chris Untied and Nick Dry
Advisor: Rob Speckert
Students developed an automated Poly Inline Splicer system for Quanex IG Systems in Cambridge Ohio. The system splices two webs of strapping together with increased strength and speed resulting in considerable savings to the company.

Garden Monitor*

Charles Maguire, Jacob Groezinger, Melvin Harris, Mitch Philpott
Advisor: Mert Bal
Garden Monitor is a network of wireless devices targeted to a large-scale commercial application that can monitor acres of vegetation. A network of wireless-sensor probes measure soil humidity and temperature from plants. The system allows users to monitor growing conditions of their plants through a cloud-based software interface.

Wireless Machine Monitoring Network

Joe Stoll and Matt French
Advisor: Mert Bal
This project consists of a wireless network of sensors that collect and analyze status information from multiple manufacturing machines. The information collected from machines are uploaded to a cloud-based software system for real-time display. The system is intended for analysis of machine utilization in large manufacturing plants.

Foot Pressure Monitoring System*

Ed Haynes, Eric Schmidt, Scott Reynolds, Terry Hugus
Advisor: Mert Bal
Students designed and built a sensor that can be inserted into a shoe in order to monitor pressure points of the foot. The sensor uses a smart phone app via Bluetooth to generate a graphical representation of the foot pressure distribution. The system is intended for various applications of ergonomics studies and sports training.

Energy Mapping System*

Bradley Geer, Brittany Rodriguez, Matthew Fronk
Advisor: Rob Speckert
Student engineers designed and developed a system that produces a graphical representation of energy moving through a system in real time. The system can interface with any computer through a USB connection for real-time visual representation and data-logging.

Bolt Torque Strength Tester

Joe Imbrock and John Nichols
Advisor: Rob Speckert
Student engineers developed a bolt torque tester that will improve ABC’s quality control process of testing the breaking torque (or ultimate torque) of various fasteners. There is a transducer mounted on a torque wrench that transmits the data and torsional deflection to a Visual Basic program. This information can be reviewed to determine whether the fasteners were formed properly and suitable for sale.

Automated Lab Equipment for Fluid Mechanics*

Jason Francis, Larry Bingham
Advisor: Rob Speckert
Student engineers designed an automated laboratory system that calculates flow rate and pressure drop through tubing connected to a gravity fed water system. The system uses a Visual Studio application that allows Miami University students to use experimental data from lab and verify hand calculations.

Distance Lab Package for Fluid Dynamics*

Jason Male, Tyler Thomas, and Taylor Arnett
Advisor: Rob Speckert, Mentors: Mazyar Amin and Mert Bal
Student engineers designed and built portable fluid mechanics laboratory equipment to be used for the distance education program. Students also generated written laboratory assignments and instructions that demonstrate the principals of fluid mechanics in an understandable way using cost effective components.

Telepresence Robot*

Brian Baldridge and Jason Mailloux
Advisor: Mert Bal
Students designed and built a web-controllable, mobile robot that features live audio and video streaming to allow complete interaction and communication between remote users. The robot is intended to be used for university promotion, public relations projects and distance education.

Northwest State Bridge Crusher*

Students: Chris Sherman, Devin Dye, Matt Fedderke
Advisor: Rob Speckert
Student Engineers designed a fully automated Popsicle bridge crusher that will allow the user to orchestrate Popsicle Bridge competitions while maintaining hands-free operation and generating accurate and consistent results.

*: Armin J. Fleck Scholarship Recipient


See the 2014 projects (PDF).


See the 2013 projects (PDF).


See the 2012 projects (PDF).


See the 2011 projects (PDF).


See the 2010 poster (PDF).


See the 2009 projects (PDF).


Basic Utility Vehicle - School Bus

Andrew Ellison, Matthew Farley, Daniel Kay
This team is designing and constructing a utility vehicle that can be used as a school bus in countries with lack of adequate transportation. This year’s design targets African and Latin American countries with warm climates. The group finished 3rd in the National BUV Design Competition in April 2008, organized by the Institute for Affordable Transportation.

Fabrication of Fatigue Delamination Test Rig

Daryl Stamper, Jason Wyrick
This group is enhancing a test setup for composite delamination completed by a previous senior design group. The students will identify and correct problems with mounting and fixtures and run experiments to find the fatigue life of laminated composites.

Automated Saline Dispenser for Fish Tank

Jonathan Corrado, Jason Williamson, Brian Wallen
This team is designing a fish tank with a saline (salt) dispenser controlled by a microprocessor. This project is particularly challenging
since high humidity tends to coagulate salt.

Comparative Analysis of Underwater Detention Systems

Greg Gibbs and Ron Moore
This project compares three hydrologic programs that allow the user to obtain modeled detention systems. This study is being funded by Contech Stormwater Solution.

CV Cage Visual Inspection System

Pat Armontrout, Larry Wright, Anthony Brubaker
This project uses a camera and software for part inspection on a 300 ton punch press that is used to punch windows in
CV bearing cages. This project is funded by the Timken Company

Residential Elevator

Dan Hellenbrand, Brendan Kuhl, Kerry Willet
This group is undertaking the design and fabrication of a residential elevator. The elevator has to meet the requirements of a person with disabilities. The students will design a completely new elevator by identifying the features and
problems of a residential elevator
and incorporate the enhancements for easy use by a person with disability.

Electric Vehicle

Jacob Biederman and Greg Gosser
Students are converting an internal combustion engine on a pick up truck to electric power obtained from DC
generators. The generators
will reside in a trailer mounted on back of the truck.

Strain Gage Instrumentation Trainer

Mike Carino and Bobby Woods
This team is designing a bridge/signal conditioning strain gage unit. Among other things, this unit will allow students in
an instrumentation course to study heat effects of current through a strain gage.

PLC Washer Separator Conveyor Design

James Schwieterman, Greg Feathers, Tony Fischer
Students are designing a washer separating assembly conveyor controlled by a PLC and robot. All automation and fixtures are being designed by the students.

PIC Controlled F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Trainer

Joe Graham and Jeremy Roberts

This team is using their Miami University experience to design a robot trainer for Lakota high school students to use in preparation for the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics competition.


Testing Facility for Fatigue Delamination

James Frank, Jeremy Hay, Shaun Reeb, and Jeff Speed
The main objective of this project is to fabricate an experimental setup for testing delamination under fatigue loading on unidirectional carbon-epoxy composite laminates. Experiments are conducted under varying mixed-mode conditions. In this project, a special variable mix mode test-rig has been fabricated to use with an existing vibration shaker system for fatigue-type loading of composites.

Process Control Trainer

Eli Wallace and Andrew Kissel
The Process Control Trainer project is designed to assist students in learning PID control using Ziegler-Nichols tuning. The process data will be collected and sent to distance students in real-time via the Internet. With the data collected, the students are able to display the accompanying charts and graphs of the process as well as calculate all variables needed for PID control.

F.I.R.S.T. Robotics

Susan Pandin, A.J. Lipps, and Anthony Williamson
This group used their Miami University experience to help mentor Lakota East High School students build and compete with a robot for the FIRST Robotics competition at the regional and national level. The Miami students have been involved in all aspects of the project, including design and fund raising. This year's team was named First Robotics team
1038, the Thunder Hawks. The robot game for 2007 was called Rack 'n Roll. The field consisted of a 10 foot rack made of swinging pipes and chains. The object of the game is to hang as many inner-tubes as possible on the swinging pipes to score the most points. The robot stands five feet tall and weighs approximately 100 lbs.

Interfacing a Process Control Trainer to the Web

Derrick Tucker and Nathan Webb
This team is modifying existing laboratory equipment used to familiarize students with fluid process control. The focus is to interface a fluid process trainer to the Internet using a data acquisition card, TCP/IP, and Labview. Distance sites will be able to monitor process variables and manipulate parameters to achieve PI control of the process.

Remote Adjustable Variable Orifice Plate

Joe Powers and Vernon Smith
An aero-derivative turbine engine at General Electric requires several manually controlled variable orifice plates to assist in the control of the air pressure exerted on the thrust mount bearings in the engine. The adjustment of these orifice plates is necessary to extend bearing life and is performed by shutting down the engine and manually adjusting the orifice plates to the desired opening. This team has designed a new remotely adjustable variable orifice plate. Some of the features include control by a linear actuator with a digital readout, a new orifice opening with adjustment capability in one thousandths of an inch, and thermo-electric panels. The adjustment readout is interfaced to a Labview program.


Tom Houtz and Dwayne Platt
This team designed and built a material tester for Mar-Test Corporation. The unit will be used by the sales team to demonstrate Mar-Test's material testing capabilities. Considerations in the design include load cell interfacing to LabView and proper material selection for demonstration purposes.


Tool Changer

Students: Lee Carey, Anthony Williamson
Design of a tool changer for a small cnc routing machine.

Bar Stool Racer

Students: Brian Miller, Greg Allgaier, D.J. Schenk
Design of a bar stool racer. This includes wheels, steering, and a gasoline powered motor designed into, yes, a bar stool.

Nozzle Grinding Cell

Students: Dustin Musselman, Brandon Wagner
Design of a nozzle grinding cell for grinding jet engine parts. It includes design of a laminated tool fixture, assisting in design of the machines and designing the PLC logic to control the machines

Clutch Test Stand

Students: Justin Baker, Dan Davis, Robert Schneider
Design of a clutch test stand for testing clutches as they are manufactured. This includes the overall structure, operator interface, and PLC control of the test stand.

Interfacing Process Control Trainer to the Web

Students: Derrick Tucker, Nathan Webb
Students are rewiring the trainer to interface to a data acquisition card. They are interfacing the trainer through Labview so the trainer can be controlled and monitored via a TCP/IP interface.

Tool Nipper Station with Vision Camera

Students: John Gengler, Tim Painter, Craig Otto
Students are designing an automatic nipper to cutslag off a part. They are interfacing this with a vision system to determine alignment of the part.

Design of a Snow Remover Blade for Ford Trucks

Students: Jeremiah Chmielowiec, Todd Oswalt, Brian White
Students are using Finite Elements to design a snow remover blade.

High Pressure Cleaning Station

Students: Mihai Bradacs, Joel White
Students are designing a spray wash system to remove bird dung from hospital carts that are stored outdoors.

Test Bridge for Statics Course

Students: Kim Barr, Graham Grayson
Students are designing a bridge for use in Engineering Technology labs to verify bridge truss equations.

Water Tank Design for Caron Corp

Students: Derrick Ice, Don Schwendeman, Matt Dill
Students are instrumenting and re-designing a water tank.

First Robotics

Students: Don Becker, Paula Doliboa, Chris Haussler, Zach Shelton
BendArch Engineering is a Senior Design Team comprised of the students listed. They are partnered with Lakota East Robotics for their robotics competition this year. They are using their Miami University experience in helping to mentor thirty-three high school students, who are in sophomore through senior status, build and compete with a championship robot in the First Robotics competition at both the Regional and National level.

Motoman Standard Design for a Torch Tip Changing Box

Students: Adam Tarter, Dan Goforth, Matthew Foister, Jason Collins
This design needed to encompass all of the standard new NX100 ArcWorld product lines offered by the company. Reach study analyses had to be performed for all systems, AutoCAD drawings, BOM's (Bill of Materials), cost effective solutions for saleability, and two alternate designs. One design was a simple torch tip change function, and the other incorporated more of an automatic tip change function with minor operator interaction. We will have video documentation reflecting the actual functionality as part of our final presentation.


2005 1ST PLACE - Basic Utility Vehicle

Students: Jim Bachman, Sean Reed, Vince Breidenbach
This team is entering a competition to build a basic utility vehicle for use in third world countries. The vehicle is aimed at improving lives in developing countries by facilitating the spread of simple vehicles that can be assembled almost anywhere, by almost anyone. This project is built under the guidelines of The Institute of Affordable Transportation. The team will complete on April 30, 2005 in Indianapolis against other major U.S. universities

Paper Machine

Students: Dan Thyen, Rich Baker
The project is to correct the speed readout for the coating head rollers on a paper coating machine. An error correction curve was developed experimentally and then applied to speed signal to adjust for the sensor errors.

Automatic Car Lifting Mechanism

Students: Daniel Black, David Graf, and Joshua Moreland
The team is designing all phases (structural, activation, safety, cost, etc.) of an automatic passenger car lifting mechanism that may be employed when any tire on the car goes flat. The design takes into account varying surface roughness and unevenness and there will be some investigation into an inside sensor system that warns the driver of impending "flatness" and identifies the tire location.

First Robotics

Students: Jimmy M. Nichols, Matthew E. Brown, Craig A. Mathews
First Robotics with Lakota East High School offers our students a unique opportunity to mentor young potential engineers. This project involves designing a robot to perform a specific task and earn points in head-to-head competition against other robots. In addition, students assist with facilities preparation and fund raising.

HVAC Trainer

Students: Gary Bosse, Josh Huff, John Wilson
This team is modifying an HVAC trainer for use in a thermodynamics course. The modifications will allow for more flexible and accurate labs. Students will be able to monitor temperature and pressure variance across an evaporator coil. This will allow the Coefficient of Performance (COP) to be measured accurately. The system is web based, allowing the controls and data to be used for distance learning.

Fuzzy Logic Controlled Motor

Students: Mindy Nicely, Telicia McCants
This team is designing the electronics and writing the code to create a hands-on lab experiment for teaching fuzzy logic concepts. Students will write input and output membership functions and rules using a fuzzy logic interface. The behavior of the motor will then be observed as the input and output membership functions are modified.

Dayton Technologies Pick Cycle Automation Application

Students: Michael W. Harrison, Bryan Waye
The main objective of this project is to use engineering design and analysis to reduce packaging labor by developing automation equipment and fixtures. The project is intended to determine the process parameters and equipment design improvements that would give the greatest labor savings over the project life cycle.

Manufacturing Automation Cell

Students: Steve Hart, Alan Belchear, Adam Watters
This team is designing a grant funded manufacturing automation cell at Rhodes State Community College. This group worked with the college to determine what technologies needed to be taught in the cell, and designed a working model that will be used by the college.

Process Trainer

Students: Clarence Breitenbach, Aaron Roberts, Andy Rearden
This team is designing a series of fluid based lab experiments for Miami University. They are also interfacing three process trainers to the web for use in distance education. These labs will reinforce classroom lectures on topics in fluid mechanics.

Pacific Industries Valve Stem Transfer

Students: Neil Gardner, Joe Rudischum, Greg Selzer
This group is working with Pacific Industries on a redesign and cost analysis for a manufacturing application to transport process valve stems moving from a lathe to a wash station.

Viscosity Measurement System

Students: Randy Schilling, Darius Banks
This team is designing a trainer to measure the viscosity of most fluids. They are also interfacing the unit to a
PC using Labview.

Backhoe Design

Students: Mike Blaisdell, Tim Brahimaj, Adam Kemery
This group is designing a backhoe for use in farm applications. They designed the part using hand calculation and verified the results using Working Model. The backhoe was then built and tested.

Magnode Mobile Caustic Etch Tank

Students: Mark Miller, Dura Peffly, and Mike Weeks
The main task of this project is to modify the design of a caustic etch tank that checks aluminum grain structure. The existing procedure does not have good accuracy or repeatability, and is labor-intensive. The redesign of the tanks will solve these problems.