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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 bayoumi@sc.edu or call 803-777-1845.

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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.

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Lubbock Re-power 

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students worked with a small, independent power company to determine the most cost-efficient option in regard to outdated, noncompetitive turbines at its Lubbock, Texas cogeneration facility.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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Teeth-brushing Apparatus 

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.