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Design, Simulation, and Fabrication of an Intelligent Ground Vehicle as a Part of the Capstone Project

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Potpourri

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Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

23

Page Numbers

25.405.1 - 25.405.23

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https://peer.asee.org/21163

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Nicholas Charles Cappello York College of Pennsylvania

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Nicholas Charles Cappello received his B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering in Aug. 2011 from York College of Pennsylvania and is pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University with the expectation to become involved in research. He is especially interested in thermodynamics and fluids because of their application in renewable energies but also holds interest in biomechanical systems because of their high efficiency and adaptability.

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Takeshi Jonathan Ei York College of Pennsylvania

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Following six years of Naval service, Takeshi Jonathan Ei commenced undergraduate studies at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Penn. He then transferred to York College of Pennsylvania and graduated with a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering in June 2011. Ei has interests in marine systems and power generation technologies and plans to pursue a postgraduate degree and a career in the field of commercial or military shipbuilding.

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Edward Miller Jr. York College of Pennsylvania

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Edward Miller received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in Aug. 2011 from York College of Pennsylvania. Miller is interested in power systems and renewable energy technologies. He plans to pursue a postgraduate degree, as well as becoming a certified Professional Engineer while working for an electrical engineering consulting firm in Pennsylvania.

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Dan Bosse Weldon Solutions

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Dan Bosse graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in mechanical engineering in the summer of 2011. He now works at Weldon Solutions in York, Penn., designing automation systems and precision grinders. The capstone design project was one of the highlights of his time at York College. Given the opportunity, he would gladly work on another robotics project.

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Berne S. Edwards Graham Packaging Company

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Berne Edwards received his B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from York College of Pennsylvania in 2011 and works as a Project Management Engineer at Graham Packaging Company under the Global Technology Group. Also, Edwards plans to complete a postgraduate degree in business administration, which will help further develop his managerial skills. Edwards’s interests include electro-mechanical and control systems because it allows him to know how systems work and what drives each of their functions.

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Kala Meah York College of Pennsylvania

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Kala Meah received a B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1998, a M.Sc. degree from South Dakota State University in 2003, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wyoming in 2007, all in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for several power companies in Bangladesh. Currently, Meah is an Assistant Professor in the electrical and computer engineering program, Department of Physical Sciences, York College of Pennsylvania, York, Penn., USA. His research interest includes electrical power, HVDC transmission, renewable energy, energy conversion, and engineering education.

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Stephen N. Kuchnicki York College of Pennsylvania

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Stephen N. Kuchnicki is an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at York College of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rutgers University, specializing in computational modeling of dynamic deformations in solids. His areas of technical expertise include solid mechanics, crystal plasticity, vibration, and fluid-structure interaction. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2001.

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Gregory M. Link York College of Pennsylvania

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Gregory Link received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006 for work relating to temperature-aware architectures. Since then, he has worked as an Assistant Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the York College of Pennsylvania, where his interests include embedded systems design, reliable firmware development, and engineering education.

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Wayne Blanding York College of Pennsylvania

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Wayne Blanding received his B.S. degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, ocean engineer degree from the MIT/Woods Hole Joint program in ocean engineering, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut. From 1982 to 2002, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. He is currently an Assistant Professor of electrical engineering at York College of Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He was Publications Chair for the 2009 and 2011 International Conferences on Information Fusion, and is in the Publications Committee for the IEEE Aerospace Conference (2008-present). His research interests include target tracking, detection and estimation.

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Scott F. Kiefer York College of Pennsylvania

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Scott Kiefer has spent the past 11 years teaching mechanical engineering at four institutions. As an exemplary teaching specialist in mechanical engineering at Michigan State University, Kiefer received the Withrow Award for Teaching Excellence, given to one faculty member in the College in Engineering for outstanding instructional performance. Kiefer specializes in machine design, vibrations and controls, and mechatronics. He started his career at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, in the traditional role of teaching and administering a modest research program. At Trine University, a small private school in Angola, Ind., Kiefer taught 10 different courses from introductory freshman courses to senior design, while serving as advisor to many undergraduate research projects. He recently moved to York College of Pennsylvania where he will be able to concentrate on undergraduate education in mechanical engineering.

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Design, Simulation, and Fabrication of an Intelligent Ground Vehicle as a Part of the Capstone ProjectAbstract: A team of undergraduate engineering students from ………….. constructed an autonomousground vehicle for the capstone design courses required by their engineering curricula. The team’svehicle was entered in the 19th annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at OaklandUniversity in Rochester, Michigan, where it achieved a top ten overall standing among 55contestants and earned an award for vehicle design. This paper provides an overview of thecapstone design experience of the project’s structure and motion sub-team, which was responsiblefor the design and implementation of the vehicle’s mechanical, electromechanical, and electricaldistribution systems. In particular, design, simulation, and fabrication of the vehicle are presented.This paper also discusses the organization, planning and resource acquisition challenges faced bythis interdisciplinary team. The chosen design is modeled in SimulinkTM software; the results arevalidated by comparing the simulated response to competition and pre-event testing of the as-fabricated vehicle. Project outcomes are presented and assessed with respect to ………………’scapstone design expectations and program outcomes, as well as compliance with technicalspecifications established within the IGVC rules and by the team.

Cappello, N. C., & Ei, T. J., & Miller, E., & Bosse, D., & Edwards, B. S., & Meah, K., & Kuchnicki, S. N., & Link, G. M., & Blanding, W., & Kiefer, S. F. (2012, June), Design, Simulation, and Fabrication of an Intelligent Ground Vehicle as a Part of the Capstone Project Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21163

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