Our project tracks align closely with KGCOE’s research themes: communications, energy, healthcare, transportation, and nano-science and microsystems, where sponsors have the opportunity to engage undergraduate students as well as faculty and graduate students in a range of activities.
The Automated Systems and Controls track encompasses a broad range of projects that span across all of the engineering disciplines. Projects in this group are typically electromechanical systems that involve sensing, monitoring, and controlling a component or system. These projects could include, for example, test fixtures, measurement systems, or control systems. Examples of recent past projects in this area:
The Biomedical Systems and Assistive Technology track includes medical-related devices such as medical equipment, medical lab technology, or rehabilitation aids; as well as access technology and assistive devices, such as workplace accommodations, and aids for the activities of daily living. Some recent past projects in this area include:
The Manufacturing and Material Processing track includes projects related processing materials, typically in a manufacturing environment. These projects are most often industry sponsored and result in improvements to some portion of a manufacturing process. A recent example is a system designed to automate the process of oiling and bagging fuel nozzle assemblies for Advanced Atomization Technologies/GE Aerospace
Sustainable Systems projects are focused on the development of technology related to energy harvesting, sanitation, agriculture, housing, and access to clean water. Many of these projects have a focus on technology for developing nations, but others are designed to meet local needs, and still others are related to faculty research and development in the field. Some current examples of projects in this track are:
RIT and Rochester have a unique history in the fields of imaging and printing technology, which provides many interesting opportunities for student projects. Here are some recent projects:
Projects in our Process Innovation track typically involve industrial sponsors who seek to improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of a particular element of their work environment. This may include changing aspects of a manufacturing line, changing a facility layout, creating a new workflow process, or creating a piece of hardware or software to enable a process improvement. Some recent projects include:
Projects in our Vehicle and Transportation track are related to the development of transportation technology:
Each year some of these projects come from our student competition teams: Formula SAE, Formula-Electric, SAE-Aero, SAE-Baja, and the Electric Vehicle Team (eMotoRacing Varsity Challenge).Still others are related to sponsored faculty research in vehicle systems.