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Integration of Two Unique Senior Design Projects to Engineering Technology

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Engineering Technology Capstone Projects

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Reg Pecen Sam Houston State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Reg Pecen is currently a Quanta Endowed Professor of the Department of Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Pecen was formerly a professor and program chairs of Electrical Engineering Technology and Graduate (MS and Doctoral) Programs in the Department of Technology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Dr. Pecen served as 2nd President and Professor at North American University in Houston, TX from July 2012 through December 2016. He also served as a Chair of Energy Conservation and Conversion Division at American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Pecen holds a B.S in EE and an M.S. in Controls and Computer Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in EE from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He served as a graduate assistant and faculty at UW, and South Dakota State University. He served on UNI Energy and Environment Council, College Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and more than 50 publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Dr. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Dr. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. Dr. Pecen established solar electric boat R & D center at UNI where dozens of students were given opportunities to design solar powered boats. UNI solar electric boat team with Dr. Pecen’s supervision won two times a third place overall in World Championship on solar electric boating, an international competition promoting clean transportation technologies in US waters. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among 8 other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Dr. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing ten or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005.

He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Dr. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Dr. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He served as a Chair-Elect on ASEE ECC Division in 2011. He also served as a program chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Dr. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society in recognition of valuable contributions to the Solar Splash as 2011 and 2012 Event Coordinator. Dr. Pecen was formerly a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also represented UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Dr. Pecen taught Building Operator Certificate (BOC) classes for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri as well as the SPEER in Texas and Oklahoma to promote energy efficiency in industrial and commercial environments.

Dr. Pecen was recognized by State of Iowa Senate on June 22, 2012 for his excellent service and contribution to state of Iowa for development of clean and renewable energy and promoting diversity and international education since 1998.

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Ulan Dakeev Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Ulan Dakeev is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Sam Houston State University. His areas of research include Virtual & Augmented Reality, renewable energy (wind energy), quality in higher education, motivation, and engagement of students.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
and education.

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William Tanner Ursell Sam Houston State University

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Shelby Amber Spradley

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This paper presents two unique senior design projects that have been completed in a B.S. in Engineering Technology program. The first project’s objective was to design and build a ladder activity board (LAB) to experimentally measure and diagnose special-needs children’s learning skills. The LAB is developed to make physical therapist offices more time conscious and productive. The LAB has a dimension of 24 X18 inches and it is expected to keep the attention of children at their physical therapy diagnostics. The board is installed on a ladder system allowing it to be adjusted for each patient’s height. The activities that are installed on the board are expected to help children to learn their basic shapes, colors, and voices of different objects and animals that are built by basic mechanical and electrical circuits.

The LAB can be considered as an easy alternative for child development needs. The purpose is to have access to multiple exercises all in one product. The LAB is a product that will be used in a physical therapy office and could be purchased for the child to perform their physical therapy at home. In the times of COVID-19, this product will help families that cannot go into their physical therapist’s office. The final product is made from plywood with plastic features printed in 3D printers in the engineering technology department. The electrical components stimulating animal sounds and LED lights are installed on the panel in the back of the board. The functional block diagram, 3D-design of the overall LAB system, the flow chart that how the LAB operates, and the related Gantt chart of the project will be reported in the full paper. The LAB will be helping physical therapists to save time in the process of diagnosing and keeping track of a child’s progress. The board will also help the child learn cognitive skills such as recognizing colors, shapes and animals and entertain them while progressing in their physical therapy and special education settings.

The second unique senior design project reported in this paper is design and production of a temporary to semi-permanent solution for a replacement leg for a general canine. The need has been demonstrated by a pet dog who has lost a leg. The goal of this senior project is to design and build a prosthetic that can be used as an artificial leg for the animal. If the animal is still growing this project will help to design and build a product that can be either scaled, adjusted for a better fit, or different sizes as the dog develops. The other main goal of the project is to use easily accessible materials other than the 3D-filament that is not available to the general public. To achieve this goal, students only used the materials that can be found in big box stores such as Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, etc. Students working on this project were very excited about enabling a pet to become fully ambulatory. The main goal of this second project is to design a 3D-printed dog leg replacement that will help the animal have a much better future. The testing of replacement leg to provide stable movement and walk will be reported in the paper. It is expected that this project will serve as a reference work for many canine owners to be able to help their own pets by using easy design and 3D-manufacturing techniques rather than time consuming and expensive traditional leg replacement methods.

Pecen, R., & Dakeev, U., & Yildiz, F., & Ursell, W. T., & Spradley, S. A. (2021, July), Integration of Two Unique Senior Design Projects to Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--37369

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