Mechanical Engineering (ME)

In Mechanical Engineering capstone design, the student learns the mechanical design process through team based design activities. Project teams design, analyze, build, and test a working machine in a semester long project. Formal design reviews and engineering reports are used to document results. This is an applied course that teaches the student how to use engineering principles in the design of mechanical components and mechanical systems.

Additional Message from the instructors:
As we all know, the semester was unfortunately cut short due to the pandemic. Although many of the students were in difficult circumstances, outside their normal support networks, we would like to say how impressed were are with their resilience and ability to adjust to make this an “all-digital” project. Great work was done in the last weeks of the semester. The projects below represent many, many hours of work and are impressive no matter the form. Enjoy.

Contact Information:

Christopher Muir – Professor
christopher.muir@rochester.edu
585-276-7171

Laura Slane – Assistant Professor
lslane@ur.rochester.edu
585-276-6872


ME Design Projects

Prosthesis for A New Syria
In Syria, there are thousands of refugees that have upper limb amputations that don’t have access to function prosthetics. Prosthesis for New Syria was founded by Omar Soufan and Ibrahim …
Medieval Chess Set
The Rossell Hope Robbins Library is underutilized by many students on campus due to the lack of awareness of the library and its resources. To promote awareness for the library, …
Illuminating Mat for Visually Impaired Students
Students at the Mary Cariola Center with visual impairments are attracted to light in rooms, often pulling their attention away from the teachers/lesson to look upwards at the ceiling lights. …
Autonomous Radiation Detection
After a nuclear accident, radiation levels must be determined in order to ensure the safety of those involved in cleaning up radioactive material. The goal of this project is to …
Eurypterid
Hutchison Hall is home to the Biology department. However, there's a lack of understanding regarding all research undertaken by the department. Hanging physical models can bring exposure to the department …
Space Based Mirror Design and Optimization
A mounted secondary mirror of space telescope is designed to optimize wavefront error, mass, and dynamic response for launch survival and on-orbit performance. Additionally, the mirror's behavior during launch, deployment, …
Natural Gas Mixer Redesign
A renewed focus on environmental concerns means that fuel efficiency and emissions of engines are of significant importance. A current design for a mixing nozzle exists, but the fuel residence …
NFL Helmet Challenge
Helmets in the NFL are not effective enough to safeguard the health of the players. Players sustain concussions which can not only bench them, but leave life-long brain damage from …
Ball Machine for the Pittsford Community Library
The Children's section at the Pittsford Community Library has three main spaces for play. While the two-spaces, located on the main level, are well defined and engaging for children with …
Robotic Steering
The project aims to design a steering system for robots used in various ECE courses. The robotic system has issues with lifetime, maneuverability, and mobility. The new model was designed …
Bike Trailer
With much of the world adopting a heightened focus on environmental stewardship, an increasing number of people have turned to the bicycle for transportation. However, current bikes often lack versatile …
Interactive Bicycle Display for Rochester Museum and Science Center
The Rochester Museum & Science Center asked for help designing an interactive exhibit to honor Georgena Terry. The team designed a stationary bicycle where the saddle and the handlebars move …
Mechanical Engineering Department Tow Tank
A tow tank is a basin where models can be dragged across its surface to conduct fluid dynamic analysis. Rochester currently lacks tow tank capabilities for undergraduates, with the nearest …
Chirped Pulse Amplification Display
The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester is in need of a portable and educational display that showcases the mission and capabilities of the facility. The …
Drive By Wire
The project goal was to create methods to control the brakes, steering angle, and accelerator position of a Baja SAE off-road vehicle in a manner that allows the remote driving …
Thermal Energy Storage -MicroEra Capstone Project
MicroEra is a heat energy storage company that has had reduced efficiency in their storage tanks due to phase separation of phase change materials. Our project aims to improve the …
Shoe Testing Device
Shoes wear differently with time, environment, and use. Shoe owners want to know how long their shoes are going to last. Shoe manufacturers need to have machines that can test …
Simulated EKG for Nursing Students
This design attempts to mimic a real EKG machine. Nursing students at Nazareth College do not have access to an EKG machine but are expected to be familiar with its …
The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge
The Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) is a competition that is part of the annual American Society of Mechanical Engineer's (ASME) E-fest. This competition requires that teams from various universities …