2016 Mechatronics Senior Capstone Project



all the seniors are required to do a senior capstone project and what kind of project they do and who they work with is very much up to them so about a year ago you know a group of us have all been friends for many years the program years tall enough that we all take classes together so who's been friends for a long time we got together decided we wanted to do something with machine vision and we wanted to develop a product we wanted to use real manufacturing processes and just wanted it to be a little more ambitious than what we've seen come out of the university in the past and it just evolved in that way it just it very much was an evolution of ideas just sort of experimenting finding how it worked and wanted to work with we started out with the idea that we wanted to have an autonomous vehicle and we really got in touch with some sponsors and texture on specialized vehicles really came through for us and gave us the funding we needed to build like a platform Argo ATV in Ontario Canada said that they would loan us an electric vehicle platform that we could use to develop a control system for it and that piece right there is is pretty much how we dialed in our application they asked us to build something that would help them navigate banana fields in Martinique and so that's been our goal really so senior design projects are a big deal for engineers because this is a chance to create something that incorporates everything that we've learned throughout our university career and for us we knew this was a big deal we also knew this was a big chance for us to really do something exciting I think what is what has gotten us a lot of attention is the fact that we've pushed the boundaries of what we've already learned here and taking the initiative to teach ourselves new things I gotta say the thing that set us apart was just the people that we have working on the project and their their vision and their their you know their desire to go further than just what someone says is acceptable and just it just happens to be that when you do something you like it's something you're excited about that it just it's it you end up doing something really awesome something that was important to us is to enjoy this we're not we don't know where we're gonna be in here to you know we've been friends for so long but we're all gonna take different jobs and you're separate ways and really just kind of wanted to savor it I guess I think the one thing that I've learned that's made the most impact on me is to have confidence have the same confidence going into something where you don't know the path your take you don't know the you don't know the solutions to the problems you're going to encounter but going through that with the confidence as if you would know those answers it's just as important as knowing those answers and I think that's made the most impact on me throughout this project a lot can be done by a small team having fun working hard and being passionate about their work you

2 Comments

  1. Still Winning said:

    Shout out to Colby Sexton for making this happen. Thanks!!

    May 23, 2019
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  2. Guerin Williams said:

    Great job man!

    May 23, 2019
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