With this years ISE Senior Design coming to an end, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of our outstanding projects for the year.

Project Summary

As a result of tighter budgets and increasing energy costs, Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) seeks to become more energy efficient through energy and water conservation procedures. After developing a preliminary baseline, the team suggested a combination of behavioral recommendations and a utility bill tracking tool, which takes each school’s differing demographics and circumstances into account. These energy conservation efforts combined with consistent implementation will be effective in reducing costs. 

Project Summary

With the Virginia Tech student population predicted to increase by around 5000 students over the next 5 years, Blacksburg Transit is in need of a solution that makes routes more efficient while minimizing costs and maintaining high levels of service. Utilizing geospatial mapping software coupled with linear programming, our group applied optimization methods to generate a solution for the current transportation infrastructure while ensuring that the solution can be recreated as the bus system changes in the future.

Project Summary

Northrop Grumman Corporation is an American global aerospace and defense technology company, and is the fifth largest defense contractor in the world. They are partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration in developing the NextGen air traffic control system: The Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) program. The project focus was to develop prediction models for runway assignments and taxi times to improve overall model accuracy and reduce associated costs. Machine learning and decision tree analysis were used to develop the runway model. Multi-factor regression was used to model taxi times, which were inserted into a client simulation to obtain expected queue length. Model findings included: 94% runway assignment accuracy; 21% and 27% standard error reduction for time and queue length respectively.

Project Summary

The current material flow system of Textron System’s air vehicle production line is unstructured resulting in unnecessary material handling steps, poorly utilized space, and excess assembly time. To rectify these issues a solution was developed to optimize flow by redesigning the air vehicle layout to remove wasted movement. Additionally, the material delivery system was redesigned as a 2-Bin Kanban system using gravity flow racks and Akrobins with inlays to separate material. ­ 

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ISE Senior Design Program
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Matt Earnest, Director
Center for High Performance Manufacturing
Email: mearnest@vt.edu