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Interactive Bottle Recycler: A “Green” Senior Design Project Case StudyAbstractAs sustainability and being “green” becomes more and more main stream by the end of the firstdecade of the 21st century, universities are also incorporating more sustainability into theircurriculum. The purpose of this paper is to present an innovative “green” senior design projectcase study in which engineering students were asked to design an arcade style interactive bottlerecycler at the University of X.University X has a very comprehensive engineering senior design program managed by a collegecommittee and an Industry Solutions Lab (ISL) director. At the beginning of each semester,students are presented with various project options provided by companies, grants and nationalcompetitions. Each project description is carefully crafted through interactions with the projectsponsor, which are then reviewed by the senior design committee to tag the project with therequired engineering skills from different degree programs. A project assignment is made tooptimize success (skills matching) and to fulfill students’ preferences. Interdisciplinary projectteams can vary in size depending on the scope but typically averages about 4-5 people andmentored by a faculty advisor. The projects last for two consecutive semesters where thestudents do conceptual design during the first semester and build prototypes during the secondsemester. The final deliverable is a poster presentation at the Senior Design Expo with theirprototypes.This paper discusses a recycling project that was initiated by the SIFE (Students In FreeEnterprise), a student organization in 2011, to create a fun and interactive recycling system forthe university community. The project received sponsorship from the CGI (Charlotte GreenInitiative) after winning the CGI Challenge (a green initiative proposal competition). Twointerdisciplinary teams of engineering students from systems, mechanical, electrical andcomputer engineering were assembled to tackle this project during the 2011-12 academic year.Each team was led by systems engineering students, who acted as the principle engineer and theproject manager, and mentored, by a systems engineering and an engineering managementprofessor. After evaluating various design alternatives, both teams came up with very innovativebottle recycler designs. Both teams were selected as finalists (top 9 out of 50 projects) in the BestSenior Design Project Competition. In this paper, we will present the educational approach howthese projects were conducted and assessed, and discuss the findings.
Ozelkan, E. C., & Schmidt, P. L., & Hatley, D., & Boutin-Pasterz, K. A. (2013, June), Interactive Bottle Recycler: A “Green” Senior Design Project Case Study Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19806
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