Senior Capstone Design Experience
Capstone Senior Design Experience
The undergraduate curriculum for each engineering program at UAB culminates with a one-year capstone design sequence. For example, the sequence in Biomedical Engineering (BME 498 Product Development and BME 499 Capstone Design), directed by co-investigator Eberhardt, begins with students shadowing clinicians and therapists to determine clinical needs and ideate potential solutions.
With regard to new RERC activities, engineering undergraduates will rotate through the RecTech labs located at Lakeshore Foundation to assist with various projects targeted in this round of funding including: adapting active video game controllers, information and telecommunication technology, exercise devices with a built-in computer system, video technology, and e-health and m-health applications. Engineering design constraints for each area of RecTech’s R&D will be formulated, and student teams will be assembled around specific R&D questions. Engineering design tools will be reviewed, including computer aided drawing (CAD) and materials selection using CES software, and finite element analysis for stress analysis and design optimization. Brainstorming and evaluation of design alternatives will culminate in the development of a formal Design Proposal, which must gain signature approval from the target client.
The students will also investigate development issues for the exercise/recreation product industry, with consideration of intellectual property, patents, business plans and economic analysis. They will justify materials selection and purchasing, and ultimately construct, test and deliver a working prototype. The Final Capstone Design Presentation will be
attended by the clients, UAB faculty and students, and members of the UAB Research Foundation.
A project designed as part of the BME Capstone Design Course was awarded the Student da Vinci Award last week at the 2014 da Vinci Special Awards Gala at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan. The winning team included BME students Ryan Densmore, Daniel McFalls, Shelby May, and Stephen Mehi. Their project, the Toyrota, is a powered mobility device currently in use at the Bell Center in Homewood. Developed in 2001 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards program aims to recognize current achievements and spur future innovations to benefit all people challenged with physical limitations.