ENGS 21 Projects, Fall 2006

Problem Statement

Dartmouth College Engineering Foundation (DCEF) is looking for proposals for innovative devices that will lead to improvements in one of two fields:

  • energy efficiency
  • conservations in sports and recreation

The DCEF has a broad perspective and will consider proposals in a wide variety of areas; therefore, the field in its broadest context should be considered.

Team Process

Each team defined a problem in one of the two areas and determined the magnitude of the problem. Using Thayer School's signature problem-solving cycle, the team

  • defined a set of specifications to be met
  • generated a set of alternative approaches
  • used a problem-solving matrix to select the best approach to a solution

Teams further used the problem-solving cycle to refine the solution and to determine the best materials for building a prototype.

During the 10-week term, each team:

  • developed and tested a prototype device
  • developed a venture proposal
  • presented the prototype and proposal to a professional review board

Final reviews were held on November 28 and 29, 2006.

Phillip Jackson Award

The Phillip Jackson Award, established in honor of Phillip R. Jackson, former member of the Thayer School board of overseers, is given to the group with the most outstanding overall performance.

The Fall 2006 winners of the Jackson Award were Abraham Clayman, Daniel Harburg, Sanderson Hull, Michal Jablonski, and Alex Lippai who developed the Night Runner, a belt-mounted lighting device designed for running at night. Student TA for the group was Debbie Sperling.

Honorable mention went to Robert Courtney, David Drennan, Chris Klabes, Christa Miller-Shelley, and Alix Toothman for their Nordic Exchange, a machine to help develop double pole strength in cross-country ski racers. Brian Hendrickson was their student TA.

Other Projects

  • Busy Bakers, a countertop unit for making baked goods
  • 2Pac, a voice activated treadmill
  • Break the Ruler, a device that consolidates a wide range of Allen keys into a single, adjustable Allen key
  • The Ball Players, a device that will use a net to catch a thrown ball, report velocity and location, and return the ball to the pitcher
  • The Determinators, a system that detects and reports when a hockey puck has completely crossed the line
  • Manual Transmission Problem, a visual device to make it easier for people to learn gear shifting from neutral to first gear
  • Megajack, an easy-to-use, reliable, portable car lifting device
  • Project GRIM, a glove that uses wireless technology and sensors to allow a user to control an iPod
  • Puck Stoppers, a hockey net attachment that allows for quick and convenient puck collection after team practices
  • Refrignators, a project to increase energy efficiency in a standard household refrigerator
  • Sweeter Totter, a device that makes a see-saw safer by protecting riders from crashing into the ground with excessive force
  • Victory Vaulters, a product that provides stability for a single user at setting the cross bar onto standards in pole vaulting

Course Instructor

  • Professor John Collier

Course Student TAs

  • Lauren Cecere '06
  • Ryan Conger '05
  • Abby Davidson '05 Th'06
  • Brian Hendrickson '06
  • Sally Smith '05
  • Debbie Sperling '06
  • Erica Wygonik '99

DCEF Review Board

  • Kevin Baron, machine shop manager and instructor
  • John Collier, professor and course director
  • John Currier, research engineer
  • Doug Fraser, research engineer
  • Kimberly Lyford, research associate
  • Peter Robbie, associate professor and lecturer
  • Robert Russell, research engineer
  • Doug Van Citters, research engineer