Capstone Design Projects
Capstone projects span various engineering disciplines and unite students' coursework,
other fields of study and personal interests into a yearlong exploratory program with
an industry sponsor. Capstone Design projects have involved electrical systems, app
development, solar, mechanical equipment development and more.
During the project, students receive first-hand instruction from a professor with
industrial experience in managing complex engineering projects, and they are supported
by an industry proponent with experience in engineering and computing.
For more information about the Capstone Design Experience or to become an industry
sponsor, please contact Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, Associate Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-777-1845.
Grid Electrode Project
Biomedical students partnered with Rhythmlink to create a subdural grid electrode
prototype. Subdural grid electrodes are frequently used to aid in the neurophysiological
assessment of patients with seizure disorders. At the time, Rhythmlink did not manufacture
or sell a grid electrode, but was interested in entering this market. This gave our
students the opportunity to provide Rhythmlink with low-cost research and a working
prototype, along with a manufacturing cost analysis. Rhythmlink was able to use this
information to decide if they would like to move forward with the product and compete
in the existing market.
Chemical engineering students worked with a small, independent power company to determine
the most cost-efficient option in regard to outdated, noncompetitive turbines at its
Lubbock, Texas cogeneration facility. Students were tasked with evaluating each option
and providing a recommendation to either liquidate the assets or retrofit (upgrade)
the turbines. If the turbines were to be upgraded, a solution needed to be found to
ensure there would be no damage from environmental conditions, as had been experienced
in the past. The analysis will help the company remain competitive in a market that
has changed dramatically since the facility’s opening in 1999.
Raise the Rocket at the State Fairgrounds
During the summer Capstone Design course, civil and environmental engineering students
partnered with Thermal Engineering Corp on a rocket enhancement project. The student
team designed a steel pedestal to support the newly elevated State Fair rocket, as
well as concrete foundations to support the pedestal. The fair’s enhanced landmark
rocket has been elevated by 12 feet to a height of 78 feet, making it visible from
a mile away and a skyline icon for the Columbia community.
ADA Access App
Sponsored by AbleSC, a Center for Independent Living, ADA Access is an Android app
created by computer science and engineering students for storing and displaying architectural
standards set in place by the Americans with Disabilities Act. These standards include
specifications — such as door widths, ramp angles and lengths — for handicap-accessible
construction of residence halls, social service centers, medical care facilities and
other structures. ADA Access, which was designed and created entirely by our students,
provides an easy and efficient way to access ADA standards when in the field or when
a stationary and/or written source is not available.
Scooter Recharging Stations
Capstone Design students from our electrical engineering program have partnered with
Zapp Ride Share, the three-wheel electric rented scooters, to make green greener.
Students are developing solar electric battery recharging stations for the iconic
green scooters, and for excess power generated, an inverter will transmit that power
to the electric grid.
Enabletech, a nonprofit dedicated to using technology to improve the independence
of people with disabilities, presented a mechanical engineering team with an interesting
and meaningful challenge. The team of students was asked to create a teeth-brushing
apparatus for a 16-year-old man born without arms who is unable to use prosthetics.
The device is a movable arm that holds an electric toothbrush and sticks to a shower
wall with suction cups. Working in conjunction with an automatic toothpaste dispenser
(not created by the team), the apparatus allows the young man to brush his teeth in
the shower while standing.