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SLICE Project Examples "A"

Air Conditioning System Analysis for the Engineering Building

Course: 22.341 - Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer
Instructor: Hongwei Sun
Partner: UMass Lowell Campus Facility Management Team

Within the context of this partnership, teams of students collaborated to evaluate heat transfer conditions in several UML building locations, and analyzed ways to optimize existing thermal systems. They were able to identify existing problems within the engineering system, analyze thermal performance and developed a potential solution.

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Analysis and Design of Heating Systems for UMass Lowell Buildings

Course: 22.341 - Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Hongwei Sun
Partner: University of Massachusetts Lowell Facilities: Ball Hall Mechanical Room, Ball Hall Boiler Room, and UML Engineering Building Window System

Students in this course partnered with Mark Lukitsch, UMass Lowell Facilities Manager, to investigate real industrial problems such as analysis and design of heating systems for university buildings. Within the context of this partnership, teams of students collaborated to evaluate heat transfer conditions in several UMass Lowell building locations, and analyzed ways to optimize existing thermal systems.

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Analysis and Testing of Solar Panels

Course: 25.108 - Introduction to Engineering II (Mechanical Engineering)
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner:Greater Lowell Technical High School (GLTHS)

First year engineering students developed presentations for GLTHS students to demonstrate benefits of solar energy, and to introduce the highs school students to the engineering discipline and use of engineering analysis and calculations to predict outcomes.

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Animal Enrichment Project

Course: 25.107 - Introduction to Engineering I
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: David Kazmer
Partner: Zoo New England - Franklin Park Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo requested assistance in the development of animal enrichment devices/activities that will improve the life of the lions and tigers that live there.

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Animal Guard for High Voltage Transformers

Course: 26.218 – Introduction to Design
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Steve Orroth and Nick Schott
Partner:National Grid

UMass Lowell Students in the Plastics Engineering Introduction to Design course designed a plastic guard to prevent squirrels and wasps from shorting out electric energy transfer. It also prevents the squirrels from dying and prevents power failures to many of National Grid's customers.

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Assistive Technology Capstone Project Proposal

Course: 16.399 Capstone I
Semester: Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009
Instructor: Donn Clark, Alan Rux, Senait Haileselassie
Partners: Lowell High School, Daley Middle School, and others.

For the Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone I course, teams of approximately five students developed a business plan to design and develop a product which would be useful to some segment of the disadvantaged community. In doing research for the product, students interacted with care providers, individuals who may be an end user of their developed products, and associated agencies that might make use of final products. The collective ideas were in many cases used to generate proposals for student Capstone II Projects.

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Assistive Technology Project Implementation

Course: 16.499 Capstone II
Semester: Fall 2004, Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009
Instructor: Donn Clark, Jay Fu, Alan Rux, and Senait Haileselassie, Chuck Maffeo
Partners: Lowell High School, Daley Middle School, and others.

For the Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone II course, approximately 50 projects were delivered to care providers, individuals and care providing agencies, impacting approximately 130 individuals touched by our students and projects during the past academic year. All projects are classified as Assistive Technology, that is the application of technology to enhance the quality of life for disadvantaged persons.

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Design and Manufacture Assistive Technology Devices

Course: 22.201 - Design Lab I, 22.202 Design Lab II
Semester: Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
Instructor: Robert Parkin and Byungki Kim
Partner: Individuals with Disabilities

Students each identified a relative, or a friend, or communicated with the Assistive Technology Program (ATP) to locate a client with a disability. Then each identified individual with a disability partnered with a student to specifically identify a challenge related to each individual’s respective everyday activities. Students then designed and tailored devices to assist each client or individual. Individuals and their families and or caretakers reviewed design solutions and provided feedback on student designs and solutions.

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Designs to Help Friends with Disabilities

Course: 22.201 - Design Lab I
Instructor: Robert Parking
Partner: Various

Students each identified a relative, or a friend, or communicated with the Assistive Technology Program (ATP) to locate a client with a disability. Examples of student projects included: developing specially designed bed rails for a mentally and physically challenged person, designing an artificial leg for a client, developing a special PC communication board for a friend, and specialized designs for a student’s grandmother.

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Bed Rail Design/Rolling Walker Design/Design for Disabled Persons

Course: 22.202 - Design Lab II
Instructor: Professor Robert Parkin and Assistant Professor Byungki Kim
Partner: Hogan Regional Hospital

The students in the Microprocessor I course were given design challenges to improve assistive equipment for disabled persons. The project provided the community and disabled persons with design reports for improvements of existing bed rails, rolling walker designs and assistive tools.

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Researches in Electrospinning, Carbon Fibers, Biomedical Textiles, and Textiles in Fire Fighting for ATHM

Course: 22.296 - Mechanical Behavior of Materials
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Emmanuelle Reynaud
Partner: American Textile History Museum (ATHM)

Four topics of the highest priority were selected by the ATHM, including electrospinning, carbon fibers, biomedical textiles, and textiles in fire fighting.

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Air Conditioning System Analysis for the Engineering Building

Course: 22.341 - Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer
Instructor: Hongwei Sun
Partner: UMass Lowell Campus Facility Management Team

Within the context of this partnership, teams of students collaborated to evaluate heat transfer conditions in several UMass Lowell building locations, and analyzed ways to optimize existing thermal systems. They were able to identify existing problems within the engineering system, analyze thermal performance and developed a potential solution.

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