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SYST 495: SENIOR CAPSTONE DESIGN - SPRING 2013



Design to Improve the Productivity and Execution of NOAA Gravity Surveys

A Decision Support Tool for Building Leasing Strategies to Achieve the Executive Order Mandate for Federal Government Green Buildings First Place Award in the Decision Analysis Track at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference at the U.S. Military Academy, May 2, 2013

Green Building 1st Place at USMA

Design of a Small Scale Biodiesel Production System First Place Award in the Health Care and Environment Track at the IEEE SIEDS Conference, Charlottsville, Va. April, 26, 2103

Sports Analytics at USMA Sports Analytics at USMA

Corporate Responsibility for the U.S. Air Navigation Service Provider: A Decision Support Tool to Reduce CO2 Emissions from En-route Flights First Place Award in the Modeling and Simulation Track at the General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference at the U.S. Military Academy, May 2, 2013

CR ANSPS at USMA Award Ceremony

Runway Operational Quality Assurance

ROQA Briefing at USMA

Sports Analytics: Designing a Volleyball Game Analysis Decision-Support Tool Using Big Data

Sports Analytics at USMA

Design of Sense-and-Avoid Standards for RQ-7B Shadow Under Loss-Link

Campus Parking & Transportation System

SYLLABUS

Jan, 2013

Second semester of a two semester capstone course in Systems Engineering program. Students apply knowledge they have gained to a complex real-world problem in a group project. During the first semester, students perform concept definition and requirements analysis. A Project Plan for carrying out the project is developed, culminating in a proposal presented to faculty at end of semester. During the second semester, the students complete a trade-off/ sensitivity analysis using a simulation and make recommendations to their sponsor

Course Objectives:

  • Provide students the opportunity to apply and synthesize knowledge and skills they have gained in the SEOR program to real-world problems
  • Prepare students for the professional environment.

Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing the course, students will be have demonstrated:

  • Project Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Problem Identification and Definition
  • Requirements Elicitation, Requirements Definition
  • Value Hierarchy/Utility Theory
  • Simulation
  • Modeling
  • Design of Experiments
  • Data Analysis
  • Testing, Verification and Validation
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Building
  • Communication
  • Technical Report and Proposal Writing
  • Poster Preparation
  • Conference Paper Preparation
  • Time Cards and Weekly Accomplishment Summaries
  • Professionalism under adversity

Instructor:  Dr. Lance Sherry 
Contact Info: lsherry@gmu.edu,  703-993-1711
Class Location:  Nguyen Engineering Building 2608(Lab: Engineering Building, Room 2211)
Class Day: Monday and Wednesdays Noon - 1:15pm
Office Hours:  Wednesdays 1:15-3:00pm or by appointment

Textbook: Limits to Growth: 30 Year Update (Meadows, randers, Meadows) ISBN-13: 1-931498-51-2

Week Date Course Plan and Handouts Homework
1 01/21

01/23 Lecture: Faculty Scores for SYST 490
Lecture: SYST 490 Project Review
Activity: Shark Tank/6 Minute Pitch (Joulies Pitch at 2:00)
Lecture: Limits to Growth

2
01/28 Lecture: A Skeptics Guide to Computer Models Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
01/30 Lecture: A Skeptics Guide to Computer Models

3 02/04 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/06 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
4 02/11 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results Time Sheets Due Time Sheet
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due Weekly Accomplishment Summary
02/13 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
5 02/18 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/20 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results

6 02/25 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
02/27 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
7 3/4
Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
3/6 Mid-term Exam (Limits to Growth, Systems Thinking, Projects, 360 Degree Evaluation) IEEE Paper Version 2 Due
8 3/11 Spring Break
3/13 Spring Break
9 3/18 Rescheduled: Mid-term Exam (Limits to Growth, Skeptics Guide, Systems Thinking, Projects, 360 Degree Evaluation) Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
3/20 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
10 3/25 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "Green Buildings" Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
3/27 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "Bio-Diesel"
11 4/1 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "Corporate Responsibility/ANSP" Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
4/3 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "ROQA"
12 4/8 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "Volleyball" Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
4/10 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "Grav Survey"
13 4/15 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "Campus Shuttle" Time Sheets Due
Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
4/17

Fri 4/20
Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation "UAS"

Faculty Presentations

14 4/22 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Submit one hard-copy and an electronic copy of each:
1 - Final Report
2 - Final Report Slides
3 - Final Conference Paper
4 - Final Poster
5 - 10 Minute YouTube Video
4/24 Written Final Exam
Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects)

15 Fri 4/26/ SIEDS Conference - Charlottsville, VA (On campus of UVA)


Mon 4/30
Wed 5/1
No class
Senior Banquet (location tbd)

16 Thurs 5/2 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference (On Campus of U.S. Military Academy, Westpoint, NY) Bus leaves Noon on Wed 5/1. Bus returns by 2pm on Friday 5/3
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* Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

Important Dates & Links:
  1. SIEDS Conference April 26, 2013
  2. SIEDS Extebded Abstracts due Feb 11 (*Abstract must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal), March 4 Notification, April 1 Completed Manuscript (*Paper must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
  3. 2013 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference
  4. General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference Registration before April 6 (*Papers must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
Deliverables:
  1. Individual Time Cards (hard copy due Monday before class)
  2. Individual Accomplishment Summary (hard copy due Monday before class) [Accomplishments, Issues, Plans for Next Week]
  3. 360 degree team evaluations
  4. SIEDS Conference Extended Abstract (2/11)
  5. Briefings (paper copy due in class prior to briefing)
  6. Final Presentation (4/24)
  7. Final Report (4/24)
  8. Final Conference Paper (4/24)
  9. Final Poster (4/24)
  10. Final YouTube Video (4/24)
Content of Briefings and Reports
  • Project Briefing #1: Context, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Proposed Solutions, Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Project Plan/Budget
  • Project Briefing #2: Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Sensitivity Analysis
  • Dry Run: Context, Stakeholder Analysis, Problem Statement, Proposed Solution, Method Analysis/Simulation, Design of Experiment, Results, Sensitivity Analysis Project Plan/Budget

Template

Senior Design Poster Template
IEEE Conference Paper Senior Design Template

Grades:
  • Quizzes 10%
  • Mid-term Exam 10%
  • Final Exam 10%
  • Deliverables (8) 60%
  • Professionalism 10%
Deliverables handed in late by the next class will be penalized 50%. Deliverables handed in after that will receive 0%. No exceptions.

Grading Scale:
  • A    93%    Exceptional in all respects
  • A-    90%    Excellent, shows clear understanding of concepts and application of ideas
  • B+    88%    Very good, shows basic understanding of concepts and application of ideas
  • B    83%    Good, shows acceptable understanding, baseline for undergraduate work
  • B-    80%    Adequate, shows acceptable understanding, but with deficiencies
  • C+    78%    Weak, but minimally meets requirements
  • C    70%    Very weak, but minimally meets requirements
  • D    60%    Misses several requirements, but not to the point of being considered failing
All grades are final
Academic Honesty:
Honor Code strictly enforced.
Suspected violations will be reported


System Engineers need experience in a wide-range of subjects. One way to get experience is live a long time and work on many projects. A short-cut is to READ. Here are a list of books recommended for System Engineers that include topics we will discuss in class.
THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE (Tracy Kidder)
ANGLE OF ATTACK: Harrison Storms and the Race to the Moon (Mike Gray)
OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS (Malcolm Gladwell)
THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Malcolm Gladwell)
WHAT THE DOG SAW (Malcolm Gladwell)
CHAOS (James Gleick)
THE DESIGN OF EVERYDAY THINGS (Don Norman)
LIVING WITH COMPLEXITY (Don Norman)
AUGUSTINES LAWS (Norm Augustine)
TERMINAL CHAOS (George Donohue)
THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO (Atul Gawande)
BETTER: A SURGEONS NOTES ON PERFORMANCE (Atul Gawande)