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Congressional Committee Resources On Space Policy During The 115th Congress (2017-2018): Providing Context And Insight Into Us Government Space Policy, Bert Chapman May 2020

Congressional Committee Resources On Space Policy During The 115th Congress (2017-2018): Providing Context And Insight Into Us Government Space Policy, Bert Chapman

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Article 1 of the US Constitution assigns the US Congress numerous responsibilities. These include creating new laws, revising existing laws, funding government programs, and conducting oversight of these programs' performance. Oversight of US Government agency space policy programs is executed by various congressional space policy committees including the House and Senate Science Committees, Armed Services, and Appropriations Committees. These committees conduct many public hearings on space policy, which invite expert witnesses to testify on US space policy programs and feature debate on the strengths and weaknesses of these programs. Documentation produced by these committees is widely available to the public ...


Sidewalk Lighting, Connor Nee, Kelsey Strand, Patrick Soreng Apr 2020

Sidewalk Lighting, Connor Nee, Kelsey Strand, Patrick Soreng

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The city of Watseka desires to improve thier downtown area where most shops and businesses are located. One of the ways they intend to do this is by implementing solar powered pedestrian walkway lighting along the major downtown walkways, the goal of this is to attract more businesses to the town. This will also increase revenue for the town, create a more welcoming atmosphere, and provide more jobs for the residents of Watseka.


A97 Electrostatic Precipitator (Esp) Waste Elimination, Brian Acosta, Alyssa Young, Austin Straw Apr 2020

A97 Electrostatic Precipitator (Esp) Waste Elimination, Brian Acosta, Alyssa Young, Austin Straw

Scholar Week 2016 - present

This project focuses on the development of a waste elimination system. the Kankakee BASF site produces a waste known as acid ester waste through their air pollution system in area 97; this waste is highly corrosive and is causing damage to their process sewer. A waste elimination system had to be developed in order to remove the acid ester was from the process sewer without compromising the operation of the BASF Kankakee site.



Olivet Robotics, Caroline Orndorff, Allann Davidson, Jared Haworth, Nicholas Mills Apr 2020

Olivet Robotics, Caroline Orndorff, Allann Davidson, Jared Haworth, Nicholas Mills

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The VEX Robotics Competition is a challenging event series for elementary to university students. Each year, VEX creates thought provoking games with goals that must be accomplished via robotics. The question ONU Robotics Team must answer is “how can one create the most effective strategies in order to win?” during the 2019-2020 Tower Takeover Game. The ONU Robotics Senior Design Team (ORSeT) will work to answer this question with principles from Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. ORSeT will use this opportunity to not only create a winning robot, but also to challenge team members’ creative abilities and engineering ...


Fish Farming Aerator, Kylie Johnson, Therese Rosalez, Jordan Hendricker, Ryan Froidcoeur Apr 2020

Fish Farming Aerator, Kylie Johnson, Therese Rosalez, Jordan Hendricker, Ryan Froidcoeur

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Designing, building and installing a functional and efficient aerator prototype suitable for small pond intensive aquaculture use in El Faro, Guatemala. The project’s purpose is to provide a solution for farming tilapia. A successful project outcome will help impoverished families to raise tilapia for food and income The team will install the aeration system on-site in El Faro, Guatemala.


Nucor Steel Storage Rack Design, Mac Hanson, Hannah Cataldo, Jason Ziganto, Robert Wozek Apr 2020

Nucor Steel Storage Rack Design, Mac Hanson, Hannah Cataldo, Jason Ziganto, Robert Wozek

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The goal of this design project was to build effective steel storage racks for Nucor Steel Kankakee. The important criteria that the design team needed to meet was that the rack was adjustable, could fit all of the manufactured products that Nucor makes, and could fit various lengths of product. Nucor needs a new rack system because their current process makes the shipping process very inefficient.


The Caster Ladle Lancing System, Andrew Pearson, Alexander Frank, Zachariah Bishop Apr 2020

The Caster Ladle Lancing System, Andrew Pearson, Alexander Frank, Zachariah Bishop

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The Shielded Movable Oxygen Lance Turret is a cart that is easily maneuverable, that allows an operator to safely lance in a steel casting situation with the protection of a shield and an apparatus to aim and burn away debris.The relatively small design and wheels allows the device to be stored and accessed when needed. This was constructed with industrial materials to withstand a harsh working environment of the caster area where molten steel can be between 2700°F and 3000°F. The Turret has a body made of galvanized iron, and shield infused with polycarbonate as it is ...


Sae Baja Suspension Optimization, Jarrod Lesage, Jonah Trank, Tyler Fisher Apr 2020

Sae Baja Suspension Optimization, Jarrod Lesage, Jonah Trank, Tyler Fisher

Scholar Week 2016 - present

For our senior design project, we were all assigned to the Baja Suspension Team. This year our goal, as given to us by our sponsor Dr. Bob Allen, is to optimize the current suspension that is already on our vehicle. This includes the tire psi, shock psi, brake testing, camber, and toe. It is also our job as a team to oversee the Baja Team as a whole and besides the drivetrain, to make sure the whole car is ready for competition in May. This includes following the 2020 Baja SAE rulebook.


Sae Baja Drivetrain, Troy Von Gillern, Kaitlyn Elmer, Nathan Tabor Apr 2020

Sae Baja Drivetrain, Troy Von Gillern, Kaitlyn Elmer, Nathan Tabor

Scholar Week 2016 - present

A project to optimize the drivetrain on the ONU SAE Baja Team vehicle.


Floodplain Analysis, Kyle Michael, Bryce Vollrath, Aaron Steele Apr 2020

Floodplain Analysis, Kyle Michael, Bryce Vollrath, Aaron Steele

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The village of Watseka, Illinois has experienced several 100-year floods over a short period of time and needs a solution to solve its flooding problem. The goal of the project is to come up with multiple solutions that could reduce flooding. All designs were intended to ensure that the wastewater treatment plant stays operational during flood conditions. To do so, analysis of the wastewater treatment plant was completed. Then, designs that focused on reducing river flood stages were analyzed. By preventing the river from reaching and cresting at it’s flood stage, the town’s risk of flooding is greatly ...


Angle-Iron Feed Measuring Device, Jason Robertson, Alex Welling, Jacob Burns Apr 2020

Angle-Iron Feed Measuring Device, Jason Robertson, Alex Welling, Jacob Burns

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Steel and iron are the building blocks with which we construct our world. From buildings to machines to transportation the use of these materials can be found in all aspects of life. In their crude form they do not have much use, so manufacturers standardize various shapes and sizes to create usable resources. These include bars, rods, beams, sheet, and angle iron. The team made up of three engineering students Jake Burns, Jason Robertson, and Alex Welling is working with a company called Peddinghaus. Peddinghaus produces equipment and machines to process steel and iron in their standard forms, such as ...


Autonomous Scanning Of Plasma Bottles, Angela Budach, Bryce Marcordes, David Burnett, Ethan Goetzinger, Jonathan Kanaga Apr 2020

Autonomous Scanning Of Plasma Bottles, Angela Budach, Bryce Marcordes, David Burnett, Ethan Goetzinger, Jonathan Kanaga

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The Senior Design CSL Behring Plasma Bottle Automation Design team is attempting to automate the process of plasma bottle scanning and loading plasma bottles into water channels. Currently, this process is performed manually though trained, hired technicians. This leads to the potential of human error, reduces the overall efficiency of the process, and requires the attention of several operators. The goal is to minimize operator interactions, reducing cost and errors while increasing efficiency. We are proposing a design solution that automatically handles the scanning and loading processes. An operator is required to unload the plasma bottles into the system, but ...


Itw Deltar Model Factory, Bri Hollowell, Tyler Rogers, Jake Klingelsmith Apr 2020

Itw Deltar Model Factory, Bri Hollowell, Tyler Rogers, Jake Klingelsmith

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The project given to the design team was a request from ITW Deltar to improve their packaging system for some production machines in cell C. The primary goal of the project is to optimize the safety and workflow of the packaging systems in cell C. The safety of the packaging system will be determined using the REBA risk assessment number. The workflow improvement is determined through analysis of the packaging time and the walking distances of the workers.

The design team identified the functional requirements and design constraints that need to be met. These functional requirements include the packaging system ...


Olivet Nazarene University Telescope Vibration, Jake Butterfield, Kamil Michorczyk, Nathan Eckerle Apr 2020

Olivet Nazarene University Telescope Vibration, Jake Butterfield, Kamil Michorczyk, Nathan Eckerle

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Our project entails the use of vibration analysis to come up with a solution to the vibrational issues the ONU Telescope on top of Reed Hall of Science is currently experiencing. In its current state, the telescope produces images that are shaky and unclear; thus, rendering it useless for its intended research purposes. This shaky image is a result of excessive vibrations on and around the telescope. Within this project we diagnosed the source of the vibrations, brainstormed different design possibilities, chose the best one that is most feasible and meets the client’s needs, and proposed a detailed final ...


Reconstitution Efficiency On Elution Process, Brandon Winter, Landon Beachy, Samantha Stejskal, Zachary Rice Apr 2020

Reconstitution Efficiency On Elution Process, Brandon Winter, Landon Beachy, Samantha Stejskal, Zachary Rice

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Our group is presenting on the Reconstitution Efficiency on Elution Process for MilliporeSigma. The process that we are working with is the mixing of BAAP (Bovine Albumin Acetone Powder) into reverse osmosis water. This process is the first step of many in the making of medical test kits, of which include HIV/AID, strep throat, and pregnancy tests. Our initial task was to reduce the mixing time by 50%, however after further exploration of the problem, a more stable and consistent process turned into our primary goal and a significant reduction in time became a secondary goal. Initially, we were ...


Olivet Nazarene University Ward Field Parking Garage, Eric Everley, Micah Rodriguez, Joel Hasselbring, Robert W. Rienow Apr 2020

Olivet Nazarene University Ward Field Parking Garage, Eric Everley, Micah Rodriguez, Joel Hasselbring, Robert W. Rienow

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Over past years, Olivet Nazarene University has grown a tremendous amount. Including the construction of new buildings and the increasing population of faculty and students, this growth has created a need for more parking space. In this past semester our team has been working to design a solution to this issue. We have decided to design a three-story parking garage spanning the entire parking lot east of Centennial Chapel. This parking garage will include approximately 800 additional parking spaces and will include a commuter lounge and locker rooms for the Olivet Nazarene football team. The additional parking spaces will provide ...


Process Water Recycling, Adrian Barron, Josiah Snider, Kyle Serpe Apr 2020

Process Water Recycling, Adrian Barron, Josiah Snider, Kyle Serpe

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The Millipore Sigma-Kankakee Site uses high volumes of water for many operations. One operation utilizes approximately 3600 L of water per batch every couple days and more than 3.8MM liters of water per year. The water is utilized as a component of the buffer washes used in the extraction process for cholesterol that involves various other components such as silica and ions such as sodium, sulfur, and phosphate. The washes that go through the process involve these components and large amounts of water that are then drained out of the facility. This volume is roughly 7% of the site ...


Cellular Layout Adjustment And Standardization, Ben Irwin, Andres Navarro, Scott Burnell, Joe Medina, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Cellular Layout Adjustment And Standardization, Ben Irwin, Andres Navarro, Scott Burnell, Joe Medina, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Improve Layout, Material/Process Flow, and Throughput of G.M. Sidestep (Running Board) Assembly Cells.

DeeZee Manufacturing is a medium-sized truck accessory and fabrication company located in central Iowa. Established in 1977, DeeZee is committed to building durable, functional, and stylish products with the consumer in mind. The company is always promoting a cleaner tomorrow by using eco-friendly manufacturing processes and lean practices to reduce emissions and energy use. DeeZee is contracted by most of the large car manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, and Toyota to produce parts for their vehicles. DeeZee has a significant presence in Iowa ...


Smithfield Facility Aging, John Schnack, Brady Lundquist Apr 2020

Smithfield Facility Aging, John Schnack, Brady Lundquist

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

● Establishing structural objective tests and recommendations for hog production facilities.

● The risks are to the livestock, growers, and Smithfield for potential collapses of hog facilities in NW Iowa.

● We assess our solution to be applicable to a large portion of the hog production industry to quickly and objectively measure truss deterioration and provide detailed monetary and structural guidance to growers.


Testing Poultry Dust Mitigation Practices, Grant Honken, Benjamin Baumgard Apr 2020

Testing Poultry Dust Mitigation Practices, Grant Honken, Benjamin Baumgard

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

 Cage-free chicken farms are prone to significant amounts of dust in the air due to the disturbance of the litter (bedding) on the ground. We needed to develop a physical test system and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that is able to capture and record dust samples. So the client is able to test different litter management practices, vegetable oil, for example, to minimize the amount of dust airborne in cage-free chicken farms.

 The ideal amount of litter management treatment is unknown. This must be solved to help lower the amount of dust that is airborne in cage-free chicken farms. A ...


Fleenor Manufacturing: Spiral Magnetic Filter, Alexander Stockmaster, Jacob Miles, Clayton Waldschmidt, Brian L. Steward, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Fleenor Manufacturing: Spiral Magnetic Filter, Alexander Stockmaster, Jacob Miles, Clayton Waldschmidt, Brian L. Steward, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

o Fleenor Mfg. is a small family-owned company based in Pella, Iowa. They look for unique problems to solve in the agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, and utility vehicle markets. Fleenor Mfg. It manufactures a wide variety of filters and hydraulic components. Their customers range from individuals to large scale companies such as John Deere.

o Our client has a patent-pending design for a spiral magnetic filter to filter out contaminants from various types of fluid. Fleenor Manufacturing needed data to prove the effectiveness of the filter.

o Fleenor Mfg. Needed data to be able to prove to companies interested in ...


Ames Laboratory, Jack Hendricks, James Burke, Caden Woollen, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Ames Laboratory, Jack Hendricks, James Burke, Caden Woollen, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Ames Laboratory is a National Laboratory operated by Iowa State University on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. They are dedicated to creating materials, inspiring minds to solve problems and addressing global challenges. Sarah Morris-Benavides, Matthew Besser and Roger Rink contacted Iowa State University’s ABE Department to find dedicated students to help them with their problems surrounding their gloveboxes, furnaces, and arc melter. The problem that Ames Laboratory faces is safely cleaning and removing hazardous, often pyrophoric, waste materials from the machines. The purpose of this project is to purchase/fabricate equipment and/or create a procedure ...


Row Unit Test Stand, Jason Vaske, Tristan Louvan, Brandon Zumbach, Andrew Anstoetter, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Row Unit Test Stand, Jason Vaske, Tristan Louvan, Brandon Zumbach, Andrew Anstoetter, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

o Service Motor Company is an official Case IH dealer based in Dale, Wisconsin, that sells new and used Case IH equipment and specializes in servicing the equipment as well.

o Since Service Motor Company is marketing products to customers, they want an easy and new way to demonstrate the new 2000 series planter row-unit.

o Service Motor wants a show stand to place at dealerships for customers to see how this row-unit works, and to be able to easily roll around the dealership with the row unit on.

o Other dealerships have different types of show stands to show ...


Hydroswing Door Automation, Nick Niemeyer, Adam Degaetano, Tyler J. Carney, Creed Tucker, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Hydroswing Door Automation, Nick Niemeyer, Adam Degaetano, Tyler J. Carney, Creed Tucker, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The Hydroswing door for large equipment access to the south end of the Harvest Storage and Transportation building requires manual operation through the entirety of the open/close cycle. The operation of the door has risks concerning the safety of people and equipment. The door must have a safety device in place to make sure there is no equipment or personal in the way while closing.

o The client is an entity of Iowa State University located on the ISU BioCentury Research Farm.

o Manually operating the door creates wasted time because it requires a person to stand by the ...


Souvenir For The Abe Department, Ray Stark, Lucas Ferrian, Joe Miller, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Souvenir For The Abe Department, Ray Stark, Lucas Ferrian, Joe Miller, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The ABE department at Iowa State University frequently hosts both international and domestic visitors. The challenge we were given was to design three ABE-specific brand souvenirs to give the visitors. The souvenirs should impress the visitors and be clear, attractive, useful, and memorable. These souvenirs are to be crafted out of metal, wood, or plastic and include the skills of all members involved. External help was used for the artistic aspects of the design via personal contacts in the design department. The project was completed over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year. The main stakeholders helped to determine the ...


Abe/Tsm 363 Dynamometer, Michael Schulte, Kyle Plach, Christian Van Sloun, Dylan Wood, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Abe/Tsm 363 Dynamometer, Michael Schulte, Kyle Plach, Christian Van Sloun, Dylan Wood, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The current dynamometer, a machine that measures electric motor outputs, used in ABE/TSM 363 lab has been used for many years and should be improved in several key areas, including safety, appearance, and function capabilities. The goal of this project is to develop a manufacture-ready electric motor dynamometer based on a prototype system. This system will be replicated and utilized in ABE/TSM 363 lecture and lab for demonstrations and student testing.

o The ABE Dynamometer project is led by Timothy Shepherd, an Associate Teaching Professor at Iowa State University. He will directly be using the final product to ...


Orbis Agv, Brett Burbank, Matt Thompson, Jacob Askam, Zach Woloszyk, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Orbis Agv, Brett Burbank, Matt Thompson, Jacob Askam, Zach Woloszyk, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

ORBIS Corporation is a plastics manufacturer located in Monticello, Iowa. They have constructed a new 100,000 sq. ft warehouse and distribution center connected to the main plant. ORBIS wants to conduct an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) study to understand the benefit versus the cost of implementing this technology instead of using their current personnel on forklifts. The AGVs would travel from the stretch wrapper to the double-depth warehouse racking. Another task is to retrieve materials from storage and place it in the proper truck staging area.

This newer technology is being looked at by many companies as an option ...


Abe Farm Paint, Tylor Kosary, Eric Millers, Samuel Gray, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Abe Farm Paint, Tylor Kosary, Eric Millers, Samuel Gray, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

Business Case Statement – The BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) is requesting paint booth modification

o BioCentury Research Farm is an affiliate of Iowa State University and operates with the mission to support agricultural sciences and research in local regions. The Farm assembles parts for agricultural equipment.

o The current paint booth has an exhaust fan that is manually controlled. The fan is operated with an appropriate cycle of about 85% of the time. However, the other 15% of the time, the fan is either not used, turned off too soon, or left on too long.

o The issue has continued to ...


Design And Testing Of A Cleaning And Disinfection System For Isu Livestock Farms, Noelle Hinrichs, Taeh Horbas, Matt Devine, Brett C. Ramirez, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Design And Testing Of A Cleaning And Disinfection System For Isu Livestock Farms, Noelle Hinrichs, Taeh Horbas, Matt Devine, Brett C. Ramirez, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

  • During a Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) outbreak, it is critical that people, equipment, and vehicles do not inadvertently move the disease-causing agent between premises (i.e., locations where animals are housed or otherwise handled).
  • To prevent this potential transmission, a cleaning and disinfection (C&D) station must be established at the clean/dirty line on infected premises, and everything going on or off the premises pass through it.
  • Without this critical precaution, more viruses may remain in the environment and cause potential infection of other premises and herds; thus, making FAD containment a challenge.


Feed Batch Mixer Box For Isu Beef Nutrition Farm, Luke Sweeney, Brennon Ryan, Mark Thompson, Luke Sinclair, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel Apr 2020

Feed Batch Mixer Box For Isu Beef Nutrition Farm, Luke Sweeney, Brennon Ryan, Mark Thompson, Luke Sinclair, Michael Anderson, Jacek A. Koziel

TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects

The Iowa State Beef Nutrition Farm’s mission is to provide facilities and support for research aimed at optimizing nutrition and management of beef cattle in Iowa. Facilities include a modern open-front, 60-pen feedlot, a 7-pen feedlot with an electronic feed intake management system, and a 16-pen open-front feedlot. All pen sizes are adequate for up to six animals. There are 120 acres of improved pasture available for grazing research and several small open lots with fence line feed bunks. A modern, indoor animal handling facility, feed mill and indoor and outdoor feed storage structures are on hand.

Our client ...