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  • [June 5, 2013]

    COE students shine in the Design Night 2013

  • The 2013 Capstone Design project presentations were held in the evening of June 3rd at the PKU Science Teaching Building. The event, known as Design Night showcases the year-long, industry-sourced design projects carried out by seniors of the College of Engineering under the supervision of Professor Han Pingchou. Each student team is required to give a 30-min oral presentation of their design to a panel of adjudicators comprising one company representative and two PKU faculty. In addition to the oral presentations, students are required to provide a poster presentation of their work and to submit a final design report.

    In this year’s program, twelve engineering student teams from three top universities; PKU, National University of Singapore (NUS) and University of Toronto (UT) worked together on selected projects to bring in international and cross-cultural ideas into their designs. At the Design Night event, they delivered a full report of their work to the audience by first introducing the problem definition, followed by their design solution and a presentation of their deliverable which could be a physical product or software.

    “This year’s sponsors included Siemens China, Schlumberger China, Boeing China, Kinergy Singapore and Bombardier Canada. They have provided a diverse range of capstone design projects for the students to work on and this has greatly help to develop and elevate a student’s design skills, hands-on experience and cooperation capabilities,” said Professor Han Pingchou, assistant dean of COE and director of the program.

    The Smart Shopping Solution team, which composed of 17 students from all three universities, is the largest team. They work on providing a solution in the form of a mobile application and a smart shopping cart in order to improve the shopping experience of Chinese hyper-supermarket shoppers. They have built a real prototype which included the shopping cart as well as an electricity generating device.

    “The project enlarged my vision. As the project goes we often face new problems that we have never encountered before, for instance coding in Java. We try to learn new knowledge fast, in other circumstances we try to seek help from others, even from other departments,” said Xiaoguai Li, member of the Smart Shopping Solution team, “We also listen to the feedback from others. One feedback says that mobile application may consume too much electricity and will easily run out of power. Therefore we add the electricity generating and charging device.”

    In another project “Vent Dehumidification System for Aircraft Cabins” sponsored by Bombardier Canada, COE students Nan Luo and Gedi Zhou, along with their UT teammates designed a vent dehumidification system for Bombardier aircraft cabin. They produced a corresponding model and it worked very well. It can run low noise and reduce the ambient humidity effectively. Their project have won third prize of the UT Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Capstone Design awards in April and was selected for the Ontario Design competition in Canada.

    Other projects included “Automatic Pattern Recognition of Blood Cells”, “Shale Gas Production Theory and Case Analysis”, and “Stack-Type Electrostatic Actuator” from Siemens China; “Research on Filtration and Cleanup Process in Formation Testing”, “Fluid Dynamics of Karst Reservoirs”, “Cave Modeling and Fractal Simulation, and “Sonification of Well-Log Data” from Schlumberger China, “Effective Debris Removal during Buffing” from Kinergy Singapore, “Indoor Locator System” and “The Future Business Value for Social Media Marketing”, both from Boeing China.

    Program details can be downloaded here.

    About Capstone Design

    Put into practice in 2008, Capstone Design is an innovative project design course at COE which targets undergraduate students in their senior year. The course is six credits and forms the undergraduate thesis for each student. Students who take the course must demonstrate an ability to integrate engineering knowledge gained from the undergraduate curriculum and provide a practical solution to an industry-specified engineering problem.

    Students are organized into teams of two to four and each team is supervised by a faculty advisor (FA) arranged by the course instructor. Further, the team is required to regularly communicate its work progress with an industry advisor (IA) appointed by the company.

    At the end of the course, each student is required to generate deliverables as specified in the agreement signed between the company and COE. The deliverables may include a product, model, prototype, software, or design. Before the course comes to an end, students will submit a final report and participate in an oral defense.