(541a) Client-Sponsored and Team-Defined Senior Capstone Projects
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:30pm to 12:52pm
This year, the Department expanded the capstone project offerings to include a Team-Defined project. These student-proposed design projects are comparable in scope to client-sponsored projects and can be extensions of student summer internships. Team-Defined projects also present a great opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial idea of interest to members of the team. In the case of an entrepreneurial idea, there is an added requirement of a more detailed pro forma for the proposed business. Team-defined project examples include: 1) Provide a preliminary process design for a commercial plant for 1) kombucha production, 2) apple cider vinegar production, and 3) orange juice concentrate production. Student teams are required to perform hands-on experimental trials in the Unit Operations laboratory to test specific design hypotheses, and also simulate the commercial scale plant in ASPEN.
In this presentation, several projects will be highlighted to demonstrate achievement of course objectives, which are: presenting technical material to an audience at an appropriate level of difficulty and approach; working in teams to effectively and ethically overcome engineering problems and technical challenges; demonstrating project management, organization, and documentation skills for the effective operation of an engineering development team; performing an economically sensitive process or product design project to demonstrate an understanding of cost, profit, regulation, and market issues; and preparing an exhaustive engineering technical report that relates a project in such a manner as to satisfy the goals of clarity and completeness in detail and presentation.
In our experience, client-sponsored and team-defined projects have been well received by students looking for a practical application of their education in their final capstone experience, and present an acceptable alternative to paper-based design.