Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner:Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP)
UML students in the Mechanical Engineering Capstone course were given the challenge to automate a manual canal lock for the Lowell Historical national Park (LNHP). The Pawtucket canal lock gate system was previously operated manually for tour boats. UML Students were very enthused by the project, and took multiple trips to the Pawtucket Canal gate to make field measurement, as well as attend many meeting with Ted Davis, national park facilities director, and others from the national park service. In addition, students attended weekly meeting with the professor in his UML office. This project dealt with the automating of the canal gate and delivering a functioning prototype. The LNHP will be able to launch the gate automation and the new design will allow them to service the public more safely and efficiently.