Industry & Alumni

2017/2018 Industrial & Systems Engineering Industry-Sponsored Student Capstone Projects

Boeing

Tie Rod Structure Design Project

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Tie Rod Structure Design Project
Students:
Nick Christoforou, mechanical engineering
Jake Owin Ell, industrial & systems engineering
Jessy Ha, mechanical engineering
Madelyn Lew, mechanical engineering
Rungpatch Nethnapat, industrial & systems engineering
Gregory Peterson, industrial & systems engineering
Jasdip Singh, mechanical engineering
Minh-Thu Tran, mechanical engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Ashis Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Corie Cobb, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
About the Project:

The team worked to explore new design options for tie-rods that can be used in the majority of Boeing airplane locations and reduce the cost of the airplane. They conducted a design analysis of their new concepts and used 3D printing to prototype and test their designs. They also completed a business case that compares the total production cost of their recommended design versus the existing baseline Boeing designs.

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Crowley Maritime

Tug Boat Dispatch Support Tool

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Tug Boat Dispatch Support Tool
Students:
Elizabeth Georg, industrial & systems engineering
Logan Jungkuntz, industrial & systems engineering
Kathleen Karlson, industrial & systems engineering
Maxwell Laroche, industrial & systems engineering
John Macmillan, industrial & systems engineering
Molly O‘Brien, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

Crowley Maritime uses centralized dispatchers to facilitate tug boat work in the Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco/Oakland and Puget Sound harbors. The role of these dispatchers is to coordinate matches between tugs and incoming vessels and to resolve scheduling conflicts that occur when multiple vessels arrive and require more tugs than are available at that time. In these cases, dispatchers have the ability to hire competitors’ tugs in order to complete the job on thier behalf. This is known as subbing out work. This project focused on resolving these scheduling conflicts in the most efficient way possible by developing a tool to assist in the decision making capabilities of the dispatchers, using their decision making guidelines.

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Genie

Genie Roundabout Production Line Footprint Optimization

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Genie Roundabout Production Line Footprint Optimization
Students:
David Imanuel, industrial & systems engineering
Matthew Lin, industrial & systems engineering
Gavin McPherson, industrial & systems engineering
Dennis Muljadi, industrial & systems engineering
Connor Wong, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

Genie is constantly working towards improving its facilities by optimizing material flow and consolidating floor space. Currently, building 6 is in the process of moving its assembly lines within the building to improve material flow and optimize floorspace. GR (Genie Runabout) production line was recently moved to its interim location to help facilitate other line moves. To align with the final future state of the production facility, the GR line will need to move again with a reduced footprint. The student team was tasked with analyzing the current state of the GR production line (assembly and weld) and subsequently identifying areas of improvement, including method, machine, manpower or material (4M) related. The team developed a future state layout with the reduced footprint (target reduction ~40%) and validated the changes through simulations.

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Hexcel

Ergonomic Risk Reduction for Hand Layup of Composites

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Ergonomic Risk Reduction for Hand Layup of Composites
Students:
Parker Cole, industrial & systems engineering
Roman Fomin,industrial & systems engineering
Trenton Lam, industrial & systems engineering
Adrian Steeler Magallanes, industrial & systems engineering
David Setiawan Tjahjadi, mechanical engineering
Marverick Tjeng, mechanical engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Pete Johnson, Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Adjunct Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

While automation of composite laminates is increasing across the aerospace industry, there remains a large sector of composite parts that require hand lamination of prepreg materials. This may be due to complexity of the part, low build rates, or continued build of legacy work. The force and dexterity required to sweep fabric into defined tool features takes its toll on the human body, often causing wrist, elbow, and shoulder discomfort. The student team set out to develop the next step in sweeping technology, with a goal to reduce or eliminate ergonomic exposures while not impeding the ability to manually sweep materials into place. Students developed concepts for sweep designs to alleviate high risk activities, tested and analyzed sweep design concepts, and determined how to accurately detect muscle strain based on the required work.

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MOD Pizza

Labor and Deployment Model

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Labor and Deployment Model
Students:
Brendan Bristow, industrial & systems engineering
Jeffrey Roetcisoender, industrial & systems engineering
Soravit Rojanasaksothorn, industrial & systems engineering
Prabhjot Singh, industrial & systems engineering
Griffin Thurlby, industrial & systems engineering
Ryan Tsuji, industrial & systems engineering
Kritten Vibhagool, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

MOD Pizza is one of the fastest growing chain restaurants with over 250 locations in the US and United Kingdom and over 5000 employees. With growth, they have had to develop more sophisticated programs and processes that are scalable to business needs, with a goal to have the right people in the right place at the right time to deliver the MOD experience to all customers. The student team worked to develop a validated working labor and deployment model that MOD Pizza can implement into labor scheduling software, to be used at all MOD Pizza locations and all store formats.

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MOD Pizza

Reach-in versus Walk-in Refrigeration Assessment

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Reach-in versus Walk-in Refrigeration Assessment
Students:
Mikeala Bourree, industrial & systems engineering
Kelly Hoang, industrial & systems engineering
Alexander Mario, industrial & systems engineering
Christine Na, industrial & systems engineering
Lance Phillips, industrial & systems engineering
Josh Quachindustrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

MOD Pizza is one of the fastest growing chain restaurants with over 250 locations in the US and United Kingdom and over 5000 employees. With growth, they have had to develop more sophisticated programs and processes that are scalable to business needs. Much of the current store designs are driven by the placement of walk-in refrigerator/freezer units, which due to size, limits ability to design the optimal store. The student team worked to deliver a recommendation for refrigerated storage and capacity needs for MOD Pizza locations, and considered the type of equipment needed and delivery frequency of product. The project resulted in a validated business case and recommendation for moving from walk-in refrigeration/freezers to reach-in refrigeration/freezers for all future store locations. The team also developed a tool to determine the number of refrigeration units needed depending on store size and frequency of food deliveries.

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TE Connectivity

Automation Manufacturing Technology Harrisburg Scheduling System

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Automation Manufacturing Technology Harrisburg Scheduling System
Students:
Dillon Gibbs, industrial & systems engineering
Reid Gilbertson, industrial & systems engineering
Randy Hemion, industrial & systems engineering
Junil Kim, industrial & systems engineering
Jessica Kuskanto Putri, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

The TE Connectivity Automation Manufacturing Technology Group located in Harrisburg, PA requires a scheduling system to be developed for its engineering, shop and contract manufacturing resources. The current system is outdated and given the Group’s projected growth it is critical that a new system be established. The current system utilizes spreadsheets and legacy databases to schedule and track materials, costs and resources. The student team set out to understand the business needs of the group and the current methods, and design a feasible, user-friendly scheduling system to be developed and implemented. This system has the ability to schedule materials and organizational resources, track costs, and provide high level and detailed reporting.

 
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TE Connectivity

Idea Propagation Across Industry

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Idea Propagation Across Industry
Students:
Michael Kozlowski, industrial & systems engineering
RP McCoy, industrial & systems engineering
West O’Brien, industrial & systems engineering
Brandon Pittaway, industrial & systems engineering
Jared Smith, industrial & systems engineering
John Stewart, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

TE Connectivity is an electronics and sensors manufacturer that spans across 12 different industries. The student team set out to ideate, design, and implement a system for TE Connectivity to share operational best practices throughout all 90+ plant locations. The system was required to capture data on various plant needs and strengths using a survey-type format, contain a searchable database for accessibility and sharing, and recommended specific practices based on each plant’s data and automatically send an email with this digest of information.

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UW Medical Center Ambulatory Care

Clinic Resource Optimization

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Clinic Resource Optimization
Students:
Nicholas Anderson, industrial & systems engineering
Kyle Briggs, industrial & systems engineering
Chanel Ngo, industrial & systems engineering
Denny Nguyen, industrial & systems engineering
Anushka Wadhawan, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

Healthcare is a complex and ever evolving industry. One could argue healthcare has one of if not the most opportunity in terms of standardization, reducing variation and optimizing of resources. UW Medical Center is interested in optimization of the complex processes, systems, or organizations found with the operations of the clinic enterprise. The student team set out to look at the three main resources, space, physicians and staff, and identify how best to optimize these variables to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, person-hours, machine time, energy and other resources that do not generate value. They developed a tool to improve the quality and productivity of these finite resources ultimately leading to a better experience for patients, staff and physicians, better use of resources and the most financially viable scenario going forward.

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UW Housing and Food Services

Operationalizing Mobile Ordering

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Operationalizing Mobile Ordering
Students:
Lauren Feldmann, industrial & systems engineering
Dustin Wang, industrial & systems engineering
Randy Wenan, industrial & systems engineering
Shenghua Wu, industrial & systems engineering
Min Yu,industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

UW Dining is introducing mobile ordering via a third party and must operationalize it to coordinate ordering and receiving products in several on-campus venues. The current generation of students have embraced mobile technology as a viable option for purchasing meal and snack options at home and at work. The student team set out to optimize the third party platform to improve throughput, increase sales and check averages, increase guest satisfaction, reduce lines, and adjust point of sale work.

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UW Housing and Food Services

Transportation and Logistics Fleet

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Transportation and Logistics Fleet
Students:
Megan Hoo, industrial & systems engineering
Ben King, industrial & systems engineering
Stephen Lam, industrial & systems engineering
Yifu Liao, industrial & systems engineering
Sean de Zhen Ng, industrial & systems engineering
Faculty Adviser:
Patty Buchanan, Full Time Lecturer, Industrial & Systems Engineering
About the Project:

Bay Laurel Catering, with annual sales volume of $4.0 million, provides off-premise catering services to the campus and beyond (limited), and acts as a central production hub for grab and go products for campus cafés. The department is moving to a new home base with additional capacity in July. As the business is primarily off-premise, transportation is required to be coordinated to about 95% of the events supported. The student team analyzed the current transportations logistics and fleet and modeled scenarios which included a 10% annual growth. The recommendations included type of vehicles necessary and optimal (given volume, type/size of event, geography, and safety) and how these vehicles can the dispatched and coordinated to account for catering, delivery of commissary items, and movement of staff.

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