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2020 Engineering Capstone Symposium

A Welcome from the Dean

Thank you for visiting WCU’s School of Engineering + Technology Virtual Capstone Project Symposium for the Academic Year 2019-20.

Typically, we host a Capstone Luncheon and Poster Session for our external partners, giving everyone an opportunity to meet with the individual capstone teams and view the work they have accomplished. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host a physical symposium this year. The WCU Engineering Capstone projects run for two semesters, beginning in the fall semester and ending in the spring semester. The program partners students from our Engineering and Engineering Technology, Engineering (Mechanical concentration), Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. Teams dedicate two semesters to solve challenging, open-ended engineering problems posed by our industry sponsors.   

This year, a record 98 students, partnered on 24 projects. Due to the unexpected closure of all UNC system campuses and move to online learning modalities, students were unable to return to campus after March 16th. This unexpected shift prevented teams from completing fabrication and testing on many projects.  Consequently, each team proposed a modified set of deliverables for their sponsor’s review and approval. The modified objectives and deliverables, many of which relied on simulation and analysis, are reflected in the posters. Listed below are links to the Capstone Project posters. 

We have also included a link for a Call for Capstone Projects for 2020-21. After reviewing the posters, if you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss a potential project for the upcoming year, please contact Dr. Patrick Gardner or at 828-227-2435. We hope you enjoy the wide variety of projects and the great work our engineering students have accomplished.

Kindest regards,

A signature from the dean of the college of engineering and technology, Jeff Ray

 

Jeffrey L. Ray, Ph.D., F.ASEE
Dean and Professor
College of Engineering and Technology
Western Carolina University


2020 Capstone Projects 

Explore the projects

In each panel you'll find a link to capstone project poster presentation for further exploration. Discover the hard work of our students below...

Advanced Superabrasives Abrasive Wheel Polisher

Aegis Bridgeless Power Factor Correction

BorgWarner Turbo Impeller Frequency Study

Crane Resistoflex Pipe Liner Process Improvement

Cultivated Cocktails Distillery Bottling System

Door Manufacturer Layup Table

Door Manufacturer One Way Gate Installation System

GE Aviation Airflow Testing for CMC Components

GE Aviation Boron Nitride Coating for CMC Components

Industry 9 Bike Hub Drag Test

Mountaintop Endowment Flow Visualization Methods

Nantahala Outdoor Center River Raft Tracking

NAVAIR Crew Position Tracking System

NRC Thermal Management for Stirling Power Conversion System

NRC Load Following for Hybrid Power Plants

OMG EdgeSystems Coping Saddle Process Improvement

OMG EdgeSystems Shearing Machine Process Improvement

Optical Cable Corporation Bit Error Rate Tester

Philip Stack MD Endoscopic Positioning System

Smith Systems INC Wireless Speed Sensor for Rail

SonicAire Fully Automated Dust Control Fans

Stanadyne Lubricant Process Improvement

WCU CET SAE Mini Baja Gearbox Upgrade

Professor Yan Kilobot Shape Formation

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Advanced Superabrasives Aegis Power Systems  Borg Warner Turbo
Crane Resistoflex Cultivated Cocktails Fleet Readiness Center
GE Aviation Industry Nine Nantahala Outdoor Center
NRC OMG Edge Systems Optical Cable Corp
Smith Systems Inc Sonic Aire Stanadyne

Dr. Philip Stack, MD

Dr. Yanjun Yan, WCU College of Engineering and Technology

WCU Mountaintop Endowment

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