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Project Success

Nearly two hundred capstone projects have been successfully completed over the life of the program. Some have become marketable products and several more are in various stages of determining their marketability.

Several recent projects have received national and international recognition including multiple first and second place awards in government and industry sponsored competitions. Some recent examples include:

  • 1st Place NASA Rocket Launch Competition 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012
  • 1st place in the 2012 AFRL Design competition
  • 1st and 2nd place in the 2013 AFRL Design competition

Projects in Capstone I for Spring 2010 included a Marsian CO2 Condenser, a wheelchair to car trunk loader, improving speed in a human powered vehicle, a calibrated heat flux generator, a wheelchair to under car creeper, redesign of an articulating arm, a fuselage for a human powered airplane, a wind powered vehicle-land yacht, and the designing and testing of the MAE Lunar Lander project.

Capstone design projects change from year to year, often depending upon student interest, industry partners, and available funding. The following list shows sample projects from previous semesters.

Spring 2016 - Mobilift

An electric patient lift system designed to transfer an individual from a chair or bed to another location. The system is a combination of an existing, commercially available hydraulic patient lift coupled with a custom motorized base. The machine can support a maximum of 300 pounds and can be maneuvered manually or with the motorized wheels using a handheld remote.

Mobilift team standing around the device.

'Deja Blue' three-wheeled human powered vehicle

Spring 2016 - Deja Blue

A custom designed three-wheeled cycle, placed third in overall rankings for the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) that took place in April 22-24, 2016 in San Jose, CA.HPVC events are organized around the world through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME says the purpose of the event is to create future leaders in alternative transportation engineering.

Fall 2015 - Tandemonium

A a side-by-side quadricycle built to provide safe and enjoyable riding experiences for persons with disabilities. Icon Health & Fitness provided funding, expert mentoring, and manufacturing support. The main goals of the bike design are: safety, accessibility, durability and portability. Safety aspects included turning radius, braking distance and visibility. The bike needed to be easily accessible for all body types, strong enough to ensure durability, and lightweight enough for easy transport.

Tandemonium team around sid-by-side quadricycle