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Undergraduate Engineering Machine Design Projects

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Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference



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April 9, 2021

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April 9, 2021

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Robert Michael P.E. Gannon University

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Robert J. Michael, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Department at Gannon University, obtained his B.S.M.E. degree from Akron University where he graduated summa cum laude, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He joined the faculty at Gannon University in the Fall of 2013 as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering department. Prior to his employment at Gannon, Dr. Michael spent several years in industry where he worked as an industrial product designer and aerospace product designer for LORD Corporation and as general manager for National Tool and Equipment.
• Courses taught include finite element analysis, material science, statics, strength of materials, materials lab, machine design, product design, production design, plastic design and FE analysis, manufacturing and engineering graphics.
• Research interests include design and optimization of elastomer components, elastomeric fatigue properties, hyperelastic modeling of elastomers, failure analysis of elastomeric components, seismic analysis of storage racks, experimental testing and characterization of materials and general machine design.
• Engineering Consultant provide consulting services to local industry. Services include: elastomeric product design and analysis, machine design, finite element analysis, solid modeling, vibration analysis and diagnostic testing.
Dr. Michael holds several patents and has several patents pending primarily in the area of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) type isolation products. He has published extensively in this area as well. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Michael P Sirak PE Wabtec Corporation

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Michael Sirak attended Gannon University, majoring in mechanical engineering. Michael graduated summa cum laude in 1988 with a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree.

Michael began his professional career at GE Motors, in 1988, as a product design engineer, specializing in the design and application of direct current motors and generators used in open pit mining equipment, such as shovels and draglines. During this period he attended the GE Advanced Engineering Courses, and obtained a master of science degree from Case Western Reserve University, majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Michael then transferred to GE Transportation in 1992. While at GE Transportation, Michael has managed and was principal engineer for several engineering teams involved with locomotive, off highway vehicle, wind drive train, and energy storage systems. GE Transportation was purchased by Wabtec Corporation in 2019, and currently Michael is a principal engineer for the locomotive modernization team. Michael is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt, and is a US Patent holder.

Michael is also active in the Erie section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is an adjunct faculty member of Gannon University, teaching courses in mechanical engineering.

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David Gee Gannon University

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Faculty Advisor, ASME Student Chapter

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This paper reports on engineering design projects involving undergraduate engineering students. The paper focuses on a set of design projects assigned to an undergraduate, junior-level mechanical engineering machine design course and will also provide a brief summary of design projects assigned over the past 20+ years. The projects are varied and include many different types: gear drives, optimization, and designs of various frames, and also projects where students design a custom machine of their choosing allowing for a great deal of creativity. The typical project defines a set of Design Functions and Design Requirements. Students work in teams of 3 throughout the semester. Each team must produce a detailed set of engineering drawings as well as a final design report. Various software tools are used, and the final design is presented orally in class. The design project is extremely valuable in teaching the importance of project organization and timing, as well as tolerancing, manufacturing techniques, fits, and producing detailed engineering drawings. Finally, the design projects support ABET Student Outcomes 5 (Ability to function effectively on a team) and 7 (Ability to acquire new knowledge). These outcomes are assessed via an in-class survey, and results are reported here.

Michael, R., & Sirak, M. P., & Gee, D. (2021, April), Undergraduate Engineering Machine Design Projects Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual . 10.18260/1-2--36327

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