ENGS 21 Projects, Fall 2007
Dartmouth College Engineering Foundation (DCEF) is looking for proposals for innovative devices that will lead to improvements in one of two fields:
- energy efficiency and conservation
- improvement in the quality of life of children
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.
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 December 3 and 4, 2007
- The Bedwetter's Friends - Absorbent brief with moisture sensing alarm to modify child behavior and ensure easy clean-up.
- Can Busters - Can vacuum transport for Greek houses to ensure cans are recycled
- The Efficient Window Patrol - Inexpensive, insulated, automatic shade to eliminate heat loss through windows.
- Automatic Deployed Flotation Belt - Device that senses surfer submersion and deploys to prevent drowning.
- Bicycle Helmet Safety - Device that ensures bicycle helmet use before bicycle can be ridden.
- Power Supply Energy Savers - A power supply that eliminates energy loss when it is not in use.
- The Strong Swimmers - A drown-proof device for infants and toddlers for use in the bathtub.
- Cool Runnings - A retrofitted, automated, fridge door closing device with alarm.
- Cycling Minds - A device to reinforce proper front brake usage and prevent over-the-handlebars flipping.
- The Group of 3 - Ratcheting system for use in child seat installation.
- The School Bus Incident - Creating modular textbooks to eliminate the weight of backpacks.
- Team Rumble Mat - A vibrating mat that is more effective in waking college students than alarm clocks.
- Professor John Collier
- Lauren Cecere
- Tim Monahan
- Laura Weyl
- Andrew Herchek
- Anders Wood
- Zoe Acher
- Margaret Martei
- Jessica Kahn
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
- Holly Wilkinson, director Career Services
- Doug Van Citters, research engineer