ENGS 21 Projects, Fall 2008
Dartmouth College Engineering Foundation (DCEF) is looking for proposals for innovative devices that will lead to improvements in improved efficiency.
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 this area 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 1 and 2, 2008
- Skater Solutions - Device to aid in balance correction for inexperienced skaters.
- Team Green Clean - Device to make hand dish-washing more efficient.
- Accident Prone - Eliminating potential electrocution in field stick welding.
- Growing Bike - Designing a bicycle that will "grow" as a child grows.
- Team Alaska - An injury wrap that can either heat or cool.
- Dangerous Diver - Designing a dive board that reduces collision with diver.
- Germaphobes - Self-sanitizing keyboard.
- Swimming for the Blind - A device for blind swimmers that will minimize obstacle collisions.
- Car Refrigerator - Solar powered fridge to keep perishables cold in a hot car.
- Improving Beep Baseball - Reinforcing beep ball for blind baseball players.
- The Multi-Nationals - A low-cost, efficient snow removal mechanism.
- Space Laundry - Speeding up the drying time in conventional dryers.
- Parking Squad Heroes - Using RFID to pay for parking meters.
- Pipette Group - Addressing the issue of compromising reagents when using multichannel pipettes.
- Winter Wheelchair - Solution to maintain chair mobility in winter months.
- Professor John Collier
DCEF Review Board
- John Collier, professor and course director
- Peter Robbie, associate professor and senior lecturer
- Kevin Baron, machine shop manager and instructor
- John Currier, research engineer
- Douglas Fraser, research engineer
- Francis Kennedy, professor
- Jennifer Huot, M.S. candidate
- Victor Surprenant, research engineer emeritus