Purdue Calumet senior engineering students seek employer projects

2012-08-16T12:54:00Z Purdue Calumet senior engineering students seek employer projectsContributed by Wes Lukoshus | Purdue University Calumet Vice Chancellor of University Relations nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | In preparation for industrial employment, Purdue University Calumet senior engineering students are seeking employer projects to tackle during the upcoming academic year.

As enrollees in two-semester, capstone sequence courses that simulate a real world, engineering environment, the students form teams of two to four members to manage and complete and/or solve an employer project. The students receive guidance from academic and/or industrial advisors.

Comprising the student teams are majors of mechanical, electrical, civil and computer engineering.

As part of Purdue Calumet’s experiential learning initiative, capstone courses provide senior students opportunities to apply their classroom, laboratory and textbook knowledge participating in the type of hands-on activities they are apt to face after graduation as engineers.

In addition to students gaining experience of partaking in a real world project, participating companies/corporations benefit from the work of ambitious, eager-to-please students.

Desired employer projects would require design and engineering decisions and must be suitable for a team of students who will devote approximately one day a week for nine months. Students are able to address an employer project from September through the following April. A Purdue Calumet faculty mentor will meet weekly with the students.

Each participating company/corporation also must be willing to provide a representative to interact with its student team on an as-needed basis. This person also is expected to be available by email, attend occasional meetings, and take part in the design review and final presentations.

During the upcoming fall semester, each project is defined with an initial study executed. During the spring semester, students focus on completing their project, including any necessary building and testing. Each project concludes with the presentation of team oral and written reports.

Examples of recently completed projects by Purdue Calumet student engineers are the Design and Building of a Moonbuggy; Analysis of a Diesel Engine Manifold 1; Formula SAE Brake Design; Industrial Reactive Power Control; Automation of Water Pumps; and Real-Time Data Monitoring for Transformers.

Company representatives desiring more information about this student-faculty-employer partnership with Purdue Calumet are invited to contact Professor of Electrical Engineering Edward Pierson 219/989-2467 or pierson@purduecal.edu.

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