Students & industry partner = Capstone projects
About 157 students participated in the Capstone Project teams. They worked on a wide variety of projects, and presented the final project posters to industry partners, IE faculty and grad students last week.
Topics included studying the feasibility of and designing a work station for a hydroponic plant growth center; creating an optimal pharmacy layout with improved product flow; developing an ergonomic cleaning tool for a rotary vacuum dryer; evaluating, analyzing and giving recommendations on yield loss reduction within food manufacturing; implementing a scanning system; improving dishroom and customer service efficiency in catering and dining court providers; and creating a total plant requirements planning program.
Over 250 people attended the poster exhibition in Grissom's Wang Student Excellence Center. Earlier, each team presented their findings to company representatives. IE faculty and graduate students voted on the four best projects, and these teams won a cash prize for their work.
Twenty-two different companies attended, including the Montgomery County Health Department, FCA, ConAgra Foods, Endress+Hauser, Evonik Corporation, Purdue Dining Courts, IU Health, the Veterans Administration Hospital, Premier Auto Detailing, Marion Manufacturing, Newgistics, Janus Developmental Services, Phoenix Closures, Aurora Parts & Accessories, and several airline and retail grocery companies.
After an initial presentation to IE faculty and grad students in January 2017, the student teams worked all semester on the projects. The January poster session objective gave the students an opportunity to present their projects, get expert opinions from faculty members and graduate students, and find faculty with expertise or interest in the problem to mentor them throughout the semester. The April exhibition showcased the teams' findings.
"This senior class is exceptional and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them throughout their years here in IE," said IE Industry Relations Director Dave Kotterman. "I wish them all the best as they graduate, and based on their project results and their impactful work ethic, I know they all have the potential to be highly successful."
IE 431 TAs (l to r): Mojib Saied, Siyu Liu, & Ben Rachunok with Dave Kotterman
(l) Megan Nowak of Team VA Hospital Pharmacy presenting
(r) Student explains poster to Emily Martin, Endress+Hauser's team lead for Industrial Engineering
Industry Relations Director Kotterman introduces guests & teams
Writer/Photographer: DeEtte Starr, firstname.lastname@example.org