MME Senior Design Projects

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MME Senior Design Mission Statement : Developing design and manufacturing solutions for industrial businesses while providing a powerful real-world educational experience to Miami Engineering students.

Business Benefits

  • Multiple project teams of 3-5 senior-level engineers working 10 hours per week for 9 months to develop an optimized, customer-focused, manufacturing or design solution for your company (no wages or benefits required).
  • All projects at a minimum are required to produce a working drawing package, manufacturing plan, and functional prototype.
  • Each business will have access to attend the Senior Design Expo and exposure to Miami Engineering students for potential hiring purposes.

Project Quality Assurance

To ensure the quality of the project outcomes,

  • Each project team of engineers has an MME faculty advisor who will be directing and mentoring the students in the project activities.
  • Each project team is required to submit and pass 8 Gate Reviews to ensure project objectives are being met thoroughly and effectively.
  • An NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) can and will be signed by businesses to ensure protection of all development activities and proprietary information.

Next Steps

  • Review the Miami University MME Senior Design Business Partnership Plan
  • Submit the Miami University MME Senior Design Project Proposal Application (Applications must be submitted by August 15th to be eligible for the Fall Semester project launch or January 15th to be eligible for Spring Semester Projects).

We will be in contact with you as soon as possible to inform you if your Project Proposal has been accepted and approved.  Note that this is a competitive market and not all Project Proposals will be accepted. If your project is not accepted, it will be added to our waiting list for future consideration.

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2017-2018 Senior Design Award Winners

  • Best Overall Project :   GUITAR2 Project by Joseph Cadle, Tyler Harsch, Chunhui Wang, and Baiyang Chen.
    • Project Goal:  Create a new process for manufacturing guitar fretboards that increases efficiency, decreases costs and maintains safety for the operator for Waits, LLC.
    • Project Accomplishments: Redesigned the manufacturing process which resulted in improved quality and reduced process time from 2.5 hours down to 5 minutes, which equals approximately $21,000 in labor savings and another $21,000 in parts savings per year.
  • Best Humanitarian Project :  LOKTA Project by Kiara Avendano, Collin Benson, Timothy Gesel, Blake Nicholas, and Tomasz Niedzwiecki.
    • Project Goal:  To optimize the Lokta Paper drying process for rural Nepal villages for increased throughput and quality.
    • Project Accomplishments: Using common materials in Nepal villages, the team designed a heating plate system which reduced the dry time by half (doubled the throughput) while maintaining paper quality.
  • Best Manufacturing Project :  KOFENYA Project by Rachel Cabosky, Nick Grombala, and Ryan Mason.
    • Project Goal:  To optimize Kofenya customer service and production by identifying process inefficiencies and improving via engineering techniques.
    • Project Accomplishments: Increased hourly production rate from 45 to 59 drinks resulting in a 31% increase in daily revenue, and the average customer wait time reduced from 79 to 60 seconds (24% reduction).
  • Best Innovative Design Project :  EPIPEN Project by Andrew Garcia, Morgan Humphreys, Joshua Peak, and Gretchen Thomas.
    • Project Goal:  To improve the portability of an EpiPen by reducing the overall size volume by 20%.
    • Project Accomplishments:  By using multiple iterations of 3D Printing and stress analysis, the team was able to reduce the overall size volume by 35% and while maintaining product quality.