March/April 2002
Volume Two - Issue Two


Art Westerberg (ICES, Chem E) and Eswaran Subrahmanian (ICES) teach this course with assistance from Cristina Amon (ICES Director, Mech E), David Archer (Mech E), Ender Finol (ICES), James Garrett (CEE), Jeff Hansen (ICES), Annette Jacobson (ICES, Chem E), Dan Stancil (ECE), and John Wesner (ICES, Mech E).

Industry, government and university representatives propose real-world engineering projects for the class. They identify the problems and goals and also provide engineering constraints specific to their organization. Then, interdisciplinary teams of students working with faculty, industry and government sponsors define and carry out product design projects. Air Products, Inc., Bombardier Transportation Systems, Cutler-Hammer, Dupont, Medrad, Turner Construction and Siemens-Westinghouse Power Corporation are currently sponsoring course projects. The Medrad project and a joint Carnegie Mellon-UPMC project are being sponsored for engineering students who need to fulfill requirements for the dual Biomedical and Health Engineering major.

Because of the strong industry interaction, students must consider many issues for the product or process they are designing including product legitimacy, technical feasibility, the cost of production, utility and marketability. Students are expected to address these issues collaboratively, as course project teams are comprised of students from all departments within the College of Engineering and colleges across Carnegie Mellon. As such, students apply their unique talents and education to address one or more of these design issues.

Students conduct research to determine the current market status and embark on engineering designs to produce a proof of concept, software or prototypes depending on the complexity of the project and expectations of the project sponsor. The work culminates with final presentations that are scheduled for Tuesday, April 30. The entire ICES community and all interested parties are invited to hear about the exciting progress made by our faculty, students and industry sponsors on these course projects. For more information, please contact Professor Art Westerberg at

Course Project
Air Products, Inc.
Household hydrogen plan
Bombardier Transportation Systems
Novel guide way sensor system
Remote circuit systems repair/maintenance
Polymer sponge
Medrad, Inc.
Wireless MRI syringe control
Optimal fuel cell geometry
Turner Construction
Construction site information systems
Carnegie Mellon/UPMC
Novel aortic aneurysm stents

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Call for Proposals: Dowd Engineering Seed Fund for Graduate Student Fellowship

PITA's Engineering Design Projects Course: Bridging Education with Industry

ICES Community Meeting: Ice Cream Included

Online Phone Directories Now Available

CASOS Summer Institute

ICES Intranet

Cristina Amon named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Phil Koopman receives tenure in ECE Department

Asim Smailagic appointed Associate Editor of new IEEE journal

Sarah Petricca, BHE Graduate Student

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ICES Calendar

PITA Symposium Harrisburg, PA, March 25

AIS Open House on April 4

Annual Spring Happy Hour ~ Salsa Style: Club Havana, Shadyside, Wed. April 24

ICES Seminars

Volunteers Needed for Expanding Outreach Activities


30-Day Travel Expense Reimbursement Policy

Rich Hoff: Prism Magazine

Kacey Marra: TEQ Magazine

Cristina Amon, PITA Symposium: Pittsburgh Business Times

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