2020 ISE Senior Design Symposium Award Winners

2020 Senior Design Symposium

Congratulations to the 2020 ISE Senior Design Symposium Winners.

This award recognizes the use of ISE tools to solve the project problem. The winner demonstrated a deeper knowledge of ISE tools and have effectively used them to impact their clients.

The 2020 winner of the Application of ISE Tools goes to Team 5 - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Members: Chris Brassel, Josh Glaab, Rachel Hollatz, Cher Wang
Faculity Advisor: Dr. Weijun Xie
Company Contact: David Ryan

Team 5 - Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Application of ISE Tools Winner
The 2020 ISE Senior Design Application of ISE Tools Award goes to Team 5 Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Pictured left to right Cher Wang, Chris Brassel, Josh Glaab, and Rachel Hollatz.

Project Abstract
Devils Backbone is a Virginia craft brewery that, since its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch, has been confronted with increasing demand that the packaging department is struggling to keep up with. The packaging manager would like to follow an optimal production schedule based on the methodology described in the​ Product Wheel Handbook​. The team created both a product wheel and a tool that automate the optimization of production schedules. The product wheel and the tool share a goal of reducing the bottleneck in the packaging phase of Devils Backbone’s production process.

 

This award recognizes a team that has significantly contributed to the sponsoring organization with their proposed solution. The team has a solution whose impact is above expectations.

The 2020 winner of the Performance Impact  goes to Team 40 - Republic Finance

Members: Kaitlyn Commes, Eric Forderkonz, George Abdel Messih, Nate Smith
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jaime Camelio
Company Contact: Michael Simpson

Team 40 Republic Finance Award Winners of Performance Impact
The 2020 ISE Senior Design Performance Impact Award goes to Team 40 Republic Finance. Pictured left to right Kaitlyn Commes, Nate Smith, Eric Forderkonz, and George Abdel Messih.

Project Abstract
Republic Finance challenged the team to understand their business model and recent credit strategy shifts, improve loan acquisition metrics, reforecast their portfolio, and to derive branch loan production expectations. Python was utilized to perform analytics on the business data and develop machine learning models to enhance monthly call list sales ranks. The team then developed a new method of forecasting, leveraging time series forecasting and machine learning powered discrete simulation to develop a causal based forecast at the branch level. The team expects our project to drive generate new revenue from increased renewals and minimize cost by optimizing branch efficiency.

This award recognizes a team in which their proposed solutions is innovative and not using standard ISE tools. This team has not only selected an innovative solution but also produced a significant impact on their client.

The 2020 winner of the Innovation & Creativity Award goes to Team 3 Collins Aerospace.

Members: Kevyn De Zavala, Sarah Hack, Dylan Miller, Gordon Quach
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrea L’Afflitto
Company Contact: Carl Trimble 

Team 3 Collins Aerospace Award Winners of Innovation & Creativity
The 2020 ISE Senior Design Innovation & Creativity Award goes to Team 3 Collins Aerospace. Pictured left to right Gordon Quach, Dylan Miller, Kevyn De Zavala, and Sarah Hack.

Project Abstract
Collins Aerospace, a global aerospace and defense manufacturer, has made it a priority to improve their automated manufacturing capabilities. The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering & Technology (AME&T) team in Rockford, Illinois requested a proof-of-concept for the automation of a helicoil assembly process for their IDG generator product. The automation of this assembly process poses significant time and cost savings, quality improvements, and ergonomic benefits. The team proposed an innovative solution that comprised of part presentation, customized end effector, and a mistake- proofing assessment for the AME&T team.

This award recognizes  a team whose proposed solutions related to digital transformations of processes.  The winner has not only selected an innovative solution but also produced a significant impact for their clients.

The 2020 winner of the Digital Transformation Award goes to Team 10 ITS.

Members: Deirdre Cahill, Matt Garlington, Olivia Reed, Pranay Shah
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Konstantinos Triantis 
Company Contact: Brad Curtis

Team 10 ITS Award Winners of Digital Transformation Award
The 2020 ISE Senior Design Digital Transformation Award goes to Team 10 ITS. Pictured left to right Pranay Shah, Deirdre Cahill, Olivia Reed, (Company Contact) Brad Curtis, and Matt Garlington.

Project Abstract
The team worked with Integrated Textile Solutions (ITS), a textile manufacturing company, to determine sources of waste in their cutting department and provide recommendations to reduce production costs and increase process efficiencies. Previously, ITS did not collect and analyze waste data, preventing ITS from identifying causes of recuts, late orders, and lost material. To solve this problem, the team developed a waste measurement system that tracks data surrounding material as it flows through the shop floor. This system also provides a data analytics dashboard that helps identify root causes of unnecessary costs and material underutilization.