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SYST 495: SENIOR CAPSTONE DESIGN - SPRING 2014



Design of an Underwater Mine Detection System
IEEE SIEDS Conference Best Paper in Decision Analysis Track
Students: Siamak Khaledi, Hari Mann, James Perkovich, Samar Zayed
Sponsor: Raytheon (George Blaha)
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation


  • Underwater Mine Detection Team 04252014

    Design of a Flight Planning System to Reduce Persistent Contrail Formation to Reduce Greenhouse Effects
    Students: Harris Tanveer, David Gauntlett, Jhonnattan Diaz, Po-Cheng Yeh
    Sponsor: Metron Aviation (Dr. Terry Thompson)
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation

  • Design of a Single Pilot Cockpit for Airline Operations
    Students: Jonathan Graham, Chris Hopkins, Andrew Loeber, and Soham Trivedi
    Sponsor: Mitre-CAASD (Andrew Lacher)
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation

  • Design of a Dam Sediment Management System to Aid Water Quality Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay
    IEEE SIEDS Conference Best Paper in Environmental Systems Track
    Students: Rayhan Ain, Kevin Cazenas, Sheri Gravette, and Said Masoud
    Sponsor: Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper (Michael Helfrich), West and Rhode Riverkeeper (Jeff Holland), and George Donohue.
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation

  • Dam Sediment Management Team 04182014

    Campus Motor Fleet Analysis for the FAA Technical Center to Meet Executive Order 13514
    IEEE SIEDS Conference Best Paper in Modeling Track
    Students: Shane Armstrong, Caleb Benn, Alicia Kubokawa, Kelly Prim
    Sponsor: Federal Aviation Administration (Paula Lewis, Karen Kirk, Laura Sullivan)
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation


  • CyberSecurity Team 04182014

    Design of a Cyber Security Framework for ADS-B Based Surveillance Systems
    Students: Sahar Amin, Tyler Clark, Rennix Offutt, Kate Serenko
    Sponsor: GMU C4I Center (Paulo Costa), Integrity Application Inc. (Michael Scher), GMU CSSI (Massimiliano Albanese, Duminda Wijesekera)
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation

  • CyberSecurity Team 04182014

    Design of a Quadcopter for Winning the Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition
    Students: Jordan Bramble, Harold Merida, Ibtsam Khan
    Sponsor: Bo Pollet (Aurora Flight Sciences)
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation

  • Design to Improve the Freshman Admissions Process
    Students: Mary Barthelson, Issam Boumlic, Ummer Shamma
    Sponsor: STEMlete
  • IEEE Paper
  • Final Report
  • Poster
  • Video
  • Final Presentation
  • SYLLABUS

    Jan, 2014

    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:  Planetary Hall 120
    Lab Location: Engineering Building, Room 2211
    Class Day: Monday and Wednesdays 9am - 10:15am
    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 01/20 No Class (Martin Luther King)
    01/22 Lecture: A Skeptics Guide to Computer Models
    Lecture: Limits to Growth
    Lecture: SYST 490 Project Review
    Activity: Shark Tank/6 Minute Pitch (Joulies Pitch at 2:00)
    Homework Due Mon 01/27 (Individual Assignments)
    Project Summary - Results Homework
    A Skeptics Guide to Computer Models Homework
    2
    01/27 Lecture: A Skeptics Guide to Computer Models
    Quiz: Skeptics Guide
    Quiz: Limits to Growth
    Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    01/29 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
    3 02/03 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    02/05 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
    4 02/10 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results Time Sheets Due Time Sheet
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due Weekly Accomplishment Summary
    02/12 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
    5 02/17 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    02/19 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results

    6 02/24 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    02/26 Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
    7 3/3
    Project Briefing - Simulation/Analysis, Design of Experimnent, Results
    Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    3/5 Mid-term Exam (Limits to Growth, Systems Thinking, Projects, 360 Degree Evaluation) IEEE Paper Version 2 Due
    8 3/10 Spring Break
    3/12 Spring Break
    9 3/17 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture) Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    3/19 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
    10 3/24 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    3/26 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation
    11 3/31 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    4/02 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation
    12 4/07 Project Briefing - Dry Run Final Presentation Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    4/09 Customer Meetings and Dry Run by Appointment (No Class)
    13 4/14 Customer Meetings and Dry Run by Appointment (No Class) Time Sheets Due
    Weekly Accomplishment Summary Due
    4/16

    Fri 4/18
    Customer Meetings and Dry Run by Appointment (No Class)
    14 4/21 Customer Meeting/Research (No lecture)
    4/23 Written Final Exam
    Topics: SED&TA Process, Describe Class Projects, Systems Thinking Problems, Fundamental Engineering Principles (used in class projects)
    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
    15 Fri 4/25/ SIEDS Conference - Charlottsville, VA (On campus of UVA)


    Mon 4/28
    Wed 4/30
    No class
    Senior Banquet (Georges in JC, Noon)

    16 Thurs 5/1 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Cadet Capstone Conference (On Campus of U.S. Military Academy, Westpoint, NY) Bus leaves Noon on Wed 4/30. Bus returns by 2pm on Friday 5/2
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    * Dates all tentative, subject to change without notice.

    Important Dates & Links:
    1. SIEDS Conference April 25, 2014
    2. SIEDS Extebded Abstracts due Feb 10 (*Abstract must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal), March 3 Notification, March 31 Completed Manuscript (*Paper must be approved by Instructor prior to submittal)
    3. 2014 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 (2/10)
    5. Briefings (paper copy due in class prior to briefing)
    6. Final Presentation (4/23)
    7. Final Report (4/23)
    8. Final Conference Paper (4/23)
    9. Final Poster (4/23)
    10. Final YouTube Video (4/23)
    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)
    COMMAND & CONTROL (Eric Schlosser)

    EXAMPLE PROPJECTS FROM 2012/2013

    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