Nina Lassonnier is working with Robert Jewett and Brian Booth on their senior design project. They are designing an automated rod cutter for Physics Enterpises (click to see previous post about PE). Nina is designing the conveyer, a part of the handling system, which will transport the rod to be cut.
When asked what she has learned from this project, Nina said, “So far, I have learned how to correspond with different companies to obtain quotes and order materials or systems. I’ve also learned to find the balance between cost, ideal mechanism, and clients specifications. One crucial skill that has to be mastered for this project is time management, without it, it is impossible to get anything done. Finally, designing and building this system helps me improve my technical hands-on skills, my CAD skills, as well as my simulation skills.”
The next step in their project is to send their designs to a manufacturing company to be built. The company will use Nina, Robert, and Brian’s CAD (computer-aided design) drawings to manufacture their finished product. Then it will be sent back to them to assemble the finished product to give to Physics Enterprises.
About working with Physics Enterprises, Nina said, “Partnering with PE has given us the opportunity to complete this project from idea to final product. Without their sponsorship, we wouldn’t have been able to do a project of this magnitude.”
The Engineering & Computer Science department also sponsored a portion of the project. Regarding the support of the department, Nina mentioned, “This project brought us a ‘real world experience’. It allowed us to see a project from the beginning to the end. The guidance from the faculty, professional support of PE, and improved teamwork and design skills have been an invaluable part of my senior experience.”