Chris Brassel, Josh Glaab, Rachel Hollatz, and Cher Wang, who are members of our 2019-2020 Devils Backbone senior design team, has had their project selected as a top 3 finalist for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Capstone Senior Design Competition! Chris Brassel will present virtually, on behalf of his team, at the IISE Annual Conference on November 1st, where an overall winner will be selected.

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.

The team was advised by Weijun Xie.