Introduction to ME 470Senior Design Project Course Coordinator: Prof. Mike Philpott 3007 MEL, ph: 244-3184, email@example.com Project Coordinator: Dr. Emad Jassim 2115 MEL, Ph: 377-8249, firstname.lastname@example.org TAs: Oksen Baris (email@example.com) + 2 more TBD (1 per presentation session) Faculty Advisors: MechSE Faculty: TBD – 1 per project MechSE Admin: Bob Coverdill 1125 MEL, ph: 333-4109, firstname.lastname@example.org Robin Dennis 154 MEB, ph: 333-0366, email@example.com David Kees 1127 MEL, ph: 265-6405,firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator Roles • Course Coordinator (Mike Philpott) • Overall course planning and management • ME470 Lectures: 9-10am Tuesdays in 269 Everitt • Secondary project advising, all projects, specifically CAD modeling/animations, prototyping, design for manufacture, and cost analysis (for volume production). • Project Coordinator (Emad Jassim) • Negotiated and setup the projects • Primary interface with project sponsors • Manages expectations (point man for any issues/concerns) • Faculty advisor for 2 projects • Secondary support for HVAC related projects
Overview • Course Objectives • Faculty Activities and Milestones • Team and Project Selection • NDA and IP Agreements • Grading • Project Budget • Class Resources
Course Objectives • Integrate knowledge from previous coursework by working on a semester-long team design project • Develop, evaluate, and recommend alternative solutions to a real design problem through creative processes and inductive reasoning • Satisfy realistic constraints: • economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, social, political, health and safety • Improve oral and written technical communication skills • Become familiar with technical literature and relevant engineering decision-support resources
Faculty Activities and Milestones • Faculty are the main advisors of the senior design projects • Meet with the students - 1 hour per week typical • Project Proposal report & presentation: 8-10am Sept 16th & 18th • Graded by faculty advisor & TA, plus other advisors (typ. 3) • Report sent to the company (may be presented also) • Mid Term Status report and presentation: 8-10am Oct 21 & Oct 23 • Graded by faculty advisor & TA, plus other advisors (typ. 3) • Report sent to company (may be presented also) • Final Report and presentation:Dec 11th 7:30am –1pm with Lunch • Graded by faculty advisor, TA, other advisors, & industry sponsor • Companies, faculty advisors, & all other MechSE faculty invited • TAs provide logistics support, grade reports, help submit grades & comments, preview presentations and reports. See detailed schedule on class website
Team & Project Selection • Student teams of 3-4 students • Students can select one teammate: others by computer program to give balanced team GPAs (already done) • Student teams may select 3 projects and rate with 1-2-3 preference (use website and select by noon Wednesday Jan 16th) • Project descriptions (see handout) • Faculty please select 5 projects and email preferences (project numbers, ordered 1-5 pref.) to email@example.com by Wednesday noon, Jan 16th.
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) & Intellectual Property (IP) • NDAs: • As a professional you should always consider client information confidential. • You may be asked by the sponsor to sign an NDA • IP agreements: • University has waived its student ownership interests • Company may ask students to explicitly transfer IP ownership to them
Grading – Details (primarily faculty) • Presentations: (30%) • Individual grades are assigned • Graded by all faculty present (5 typically) and TA • Grade is average from all those present • Technical content and delivery • Reports: (30%) • Group grade assigned • Graded by the faculty advisor and TA • Technical content, clarity, grammar, spelling etc. • Teamwork and Individual Contribution grade: (15%) • Individual grade assigned by faculty advisor at end of project • Assessment of relative contribution, initiative and effort • Ability to work constructively within a team. • Based on semester interactions and aided by Peer Evaluations
Grading – Details (primarily TAs) • Project Progress Reviews: (10%) • Individual grade: project progress and logbook compliance. • Project plan and Logbooks • Two reviews 1/3 and 2/3 way through semester • Project Website grade: (5%) • Initial grade at week 12 • Final grade at project end: based on content and quality • Single group grade • Project Sponsor grade: (5%) • asked to give feedback on the performance of the group, • Will assign one group project grade. • Sponsoring company will typically attend the final presentation. • Lecture attendance grade: (5%) • Exposure to important class content without homework assignments. • A signup sheet passed around shortly after start of of each lecture.
Project Budget • Each team/project limited to $1000 budget • Travel • Materials and supplies • Equipment, etc. • For hardware intensive projects, additional budget may be allocated to the project on a case by case basis. • $4000 company donations used to defray course expenses including faculty/TA/staff time, travel, materials, equipment, etc. • Internal projects not providing a $4000 donation are asked to contribute to expenses beyond $500
Class Resources • Lab Resources –2009MEL Design studio, 2302 & 2304 MEL workshops, and 114 MEB larger workshop • Tools and Machine Shop Services • Purchasing • Communications • Travel • Computers and Video • Library See ‘Resources’ link on class website