Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
The paper describes the shift in emphasis in the University’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program, as well as details of the capstone course which had been used for the assessment of the program. This change attempts to provide a balance between extensive technical detail and the design and development process. This balance illustrated by the creation of an Auto-Fetch Dog System by one student. The capstone uses the Vee Model to describe the systems engineering process and develop weekly deliverables to helping students practice systems engineering. A detailed description of weekly deliverables and rubric for the Critical Design Review are described elsewhere1. Two perspectives of the Vee-Model are described to provide a holistic perspective of system-level thinking2-4.
This 11-week capstone project involves dog ownership having a number of benefits. Those who own dogs benefit from improved health, improved mood, and lower stress, just to name a few examples. Of course, owning a dog comes with quite a bit of responsibility, and can be frustrating at times, especially if a dog is poorly behaved. Bad behavior can sometimes lead owners to give up on their dogs, and perhaps leave them at a shelter. If an animal shelter can’t find a new home for a dog quickly, they will often have to euthanize the dog.
The paper summarizes the capstone project with the following items to help remedy dog behavior issues: (1) problem statement and need, (2) system requirements, (3) product description, (4) users, (5) environment, (6) Auto-Fetch system providing a subsystem overview, including the launching mechanism, electro-mechanical System, sensor suite, user interface, ant logic circuit (7) launcher calculations (8) design tradeoffs of the launch method, electric motors and sensors (9) cost estimate, and (10) system operation. The paper provides samples of selected student deliverables for this project.
Santiago, J. M., & Guo, J. (2018, June), Design and Development of an Auto-fetch Dog System Using a System Engineering Approach in an Electrical Engineering Master’s Capstone Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30258
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