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Student Presentation Topics included in Room A: 

Conversion of a 2008 Z06 Corvette to Run on E85 Fuel – Corvette

Jared Swain, Lewis Wellman and Marissa Shaffer
Student engineers converted a 2008 Z06 Corvette to run on E85 fuel and determine the effects of ethanol blended fuels on the vehicle performance and the environment. Highway driving and dynamometer testing was used to measure parameters such as horsepower, torque, fuel mileage and carbon emissions.

Reclaimed Water Irrigation System- Mane Inc.

Ben Timpe, Chuck Denny and Shawn Anderson
Student engineers designed, built, and tested a rainwater collection system capable of dispersing collected water through either a sprinkler system or a garden hose. The low cost system features automated controls to aid in its use.

Power Transmission Components Lifecycle Testing Device – Honeywell Intelligrated Products

Austin Oakley and Ben Glazier
Student engineers designed, built and proof tested a device to test timing belts, sprockets, and other power transmission components used in conveyer systems. This device will be used to evaluate and compare suppliers of these components.

Drop Weight Impact Tester (TUP) for Plastic Drainage Pipe – ADS

Corey Jackson and Nick Mathis
Student engineers developed, modified and built a more efficient and safer device to operate a plastic pipe impact tester at Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS). The device can now be operated remotely which is now more repeatable, accurate and much safer to operate. This design is now being used to retrofit TUP testers at other ADS manufacturing facilities.

Aerodynamics and Fluid-Structure Interactions in a Wind Tunnel – Miami University

Andrew Shaffer, Clayton Costello and Danny Kuhn
Student engineers designed, built, and tested a fixture to be used in the wind tunnel in the Aerodynamics and Fluid-Structure Interactions research laboratory at Miami University Middletown Campus. This fixture will be used to investigate fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems.

Mold Loading and Unloading Device Manufacturing Thermoplastic Corrugated Pipe - ADS

Aaron Watkins, Ricardo Ugas and Ryan Bernhardt
Student engineers have designed, modeled and analyzed a device to aid in top and bottom mold changeovers for 12", 15", 18', 24", and 30" corrugated pipe. Currently the changeover is manually controlled by a using a pneumatic brake and drive system. The new device was designed to make the mold changeover procedure safer and more ergonomic.

Hydraulic Power Pack for FlexArm Tapping Unit

Andrew Stechschulte, Hayden Pottkotter and Tyler Heitmeyer (Rhodes State College)
Student engineers have redesigned and produced a prototype hydraulic power pack that powers a FlexArm tapping unit sold by Midwest Specialties. The redesign allows the power pack to be built in a modular fashion for two different model tapping units, improve on the current power pack layout, and give FlexArm the information necessary to outsource piece by piece.

Powder/Purge Separator

Blake Downer, Kyle Dew and Travis Harra (Washington State Community College)
Student engineers have designed a machine that will effectively separate a gaylord box of recycled plastics before grinding them down. Our process will separate the large plastic purges from the powder and small plastic pellets also contained in the box. This separation process is necessary for production to eliminate the airborne dust situation caused in the grinding process.

Composite Hot Tub Prototype - RL Industries

Dylan Orsborne, Eric Lucas and Shawn Hawkins
Student engineers designed, fabricated and tested a composite portable hot tub prototype. The hot tub was designed to be portable and fit in the back of a pick-up. By using composite materials, the student engineers were able to build a lightweight and fully operational hot tub.

Shopping Cart Retrieval System

Ethan Shearer and KayLynn Harrington
Student engineers designed and modeled a semi-automatic shopping cart return system. This system was designed to take carts from input stations, similar to conventional cart corrals and return them to a central location. A major issue in retail is labor costs. With rising wages, many corporations are seeking ways to cut labor and maximize efficiency of its workers.

3-Axis Pick and Place Robot

James Haley and Kyle Moon
The objective of this project is to design and build a programmable 3-axis gantry system with a touch screen HMI to pick up on object and move it to a new location specified by the user. The Pick and Place robot is intended to be used in engineering technology curriculum for teaching programming and machine control systems.

Student Presentation Topics included in Room B:

Torsion Tester – Miami University

Brain Ward, Henri Mel and Ethan Celuch
Student engineers have redesigned and fabricated a torsion testing frame for Element Materials Technology featuring an adjustable platform for varying lengths of specimens. The new design will offer an inexpensive solution to a more safe, efficient, and quality oriented frame for material testing and product qualification.

3D Printer Filament Extruder – Miami University*

Aaron Duerk, Greg Corthell and Jack Chambers
Student engineers have modified, designed, and built a plastic extruder based on the open source Precious Plastics movement. It is expected that this project will reduce the cost of 3D printing at the university by over 90%.

Home Automation

Chintan Patel and Samuel Humbert (Cincinnati State Technical and Community College)
Student engineers have designed and built a fully functional model home which harnesses large scale home automation capabilities within a small scale demonstration. The system has been designed to provide an example that could serve as a potential business opportunity in modern home automation.

Whirlpool Poly Film Scoring

Kyle Rhoad and Lauryn Vermillion (Rhodes State College)
Student engineers have designed a process to score the poly film on a dishwasher front panel using a robot. This will improve the manufacturing process in the areas of ergonomics, quality and cycle time.

Instructional Robot Arm

Eric Harper, Evan Tate and Gary Campbell
Student engineers have designed, manufactured, and tested an enclosure for a school purchased robot to aid in educational exercises for the department of engineering technology. The assembly is mobile and allows the use of interchangeable modules for the robot to interact with. The goal is to provide students with the means to learn basic and intermediate robot programming.

Industrial Internet-of-Things for Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Ben Schott, Josh Lentz and Skyler Hill (Zane State College)
Student engineers designed and developed a machine monitoring and troubleshooting Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) based network, employing LoRaWAN radios and embedded microcontrollers. The individual devices, or “motes”, monitor temperature, humidity, and vibration at different points in a manufacturing process to aid in troubleshooting issues.

Electric Go-Kart Conversion

Ethan Mckee and Phil Cohen (Zane State College)
Student engineers designed and built an electric go-kart from start to finish by converting a gas-powered go kart to a battery operated, electric vehicle. The completed, fully functional electric go-kart utilizes an electric motor and an electronic controller.

Conveyor Belt System for PLC Education

Brandon Carrier, Deshaun Williams and Nathan Davis (Columbus State Community College)
The student engineers built a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-based conveyor belt system to be used in the PLC training laboratories at the Columbus State Community College. The designed conveyor belt system will be used to teach students PLC programming in industrial environments.

Drone Collision Avoidance System

Corey Thimmes, Dustin Flint and Kevin Theuer (Columbus State Community College)
The student engineers built a drone that will have safety features that can be customized by the user. The drone will possess a LIDAR sensor for collision avoidance, a live video stream via Raspberry Pi 3, GPS, and wireless telemetry to also be controlled by a ground station laptop.

Distributed Wireless Control System Integration for Motoman SV3 Robot Work Cell

Alpha Diaby, Kyle Turner, Rostand Wamba
The objective of this project is to upgrade an existing robot arm work cell unit with a Yaskawa Motoman SV3 manipulator and multiple individual wireless microcontrollers,operatingautonomously. The completed system displays the potential for modular, distributed and autonomous control systems for industrial applications.

Water Level Control System for a Steam Cooker Appliance

Eric Dean (Edison State Community College)
Student engineer worked with ITW/Hobart in Troy, Ohio to upgrade a steam cooker appliance which will better accommodate customers. The appliance was redesigned both electrically and mechanically to automatically fill with water, shut off at the appropriate level, and include safety measures for overfill.

Student Presentation Topics included in Room B:

Automated Bottling System Upgrade

Cody Hess, Richard Kazda, William Lane
The goal of this project is to revamp the existing automated bottling system, used in course ENT 402 - Industrial Automation Lab course at the Miami Hamilton Campus. The scope of the revamp is to install an electrical system that could be found in modern day industry environment and redesign the stations along the conveyor to have a more efficient flow.

Autonomous Robotic Personal Assistant

Erik Miller and Obieda Abulubad (North Central State College)
Student engineers developed an autonomous robotic assistant for use in cargo storage and delivery with the capability to be accessed remotely for telepresence functionality over virtual network computing. The robotic system, controlled by a Raspberry Pi, uses a web-camera to track a target with the help of computer vision.

Self-Adjusting Shock Absorber for a Sprint Car

Andrew Bargo, Kyle Peters, and Trevor Pryor (North Central State College)
The goal of this project is to complete a functioning automatic adjusting shock system on the left rear side of a sprint car. This automatic adjusting shock system will maintain the stiffness of the shock by monitoring the temperature of the shock and making shock adjustments when necessary.

Caster Durability Test Machine – Sauder Manufacturing

Hunter Clingaman and Jacob Carpenter (Northwest State Community College)
The students designed a machine for testing specific institutional furniture components against fatigue stresses and wear caused by moving the furnishings back and forth. The Caster Durability Test Machine will be designed and implemented for the benefit of the sponsoring organization of the project: Sauder Manufacturing Company.

Robotic Coyote Decoy

Jerrod Abel and Michael Hurd (Columbus State Community College)
Student engineers designed and developed the Robotic Coyote Decoy (RCD), which implements several non-lethal techniques to deliver a sense of fear into the geese and prompting it to leave the location. The RCD looking like a coyote makes loud noises, wags his tail and bright lights is intended as a nuisance wildlife management program for a variety of locations, including Airports, Parks and Parking lots.

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