Jordan Mazaira, Mechanical Engineering
Article Published On:01-07-2014
Six recent T&M graduates came out on top at this semester’s Capstone Design Expo, a Georgia Tech competition for engineering students. Participating in teams sponsored by General Motors, The Home Depot, and Coca-Cola Refreshments, the students spent five months creating innovative solutions to company-defined problems.
Mechanical Engineering major Jordan Mazaira participated on the “All Torqued Up” team to design a lug nut placer to increase assembly line efficiency and consistency. General Motors gave the directive to create a device that weighs less than 20 pounds and places all lug nuts in under 30 seconds. Because of his T&M experience, Mazaira knew his team had to go to the plant to fully understand the problem. As a result of the visit, the team learned that a successful solution would address the device’s user interface and quality control.
Mazaira also knew the importance of including an economic analysis into the engineering solution. General Motors had a $10,000 machine to do the job, but wanted a better solution. The team was able to design a product for $4,000. In addition to significantly cutting costs, their solution is ergonomic and includes a quality control light to guarantee even placement that won’t strip threads. “All Torqued Up” won the grand prize at the Fall 2013 Capstone Design Expo by placing first out of 130 teams.
On The Home Depot team, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) major Melanie Ostis worked to improve the labor allocation and process flow at the paint desk. The team was the overall ISyE capstone winner and took home the People’s Choice prize. This capstone project was the second time Ostis worked with the company, which is also a T&M corporate affiliate. Last summer she interned with the Quality Assurance Department where she evaluated the feasibility of a new Point-of-Sale system design and identified a 6.3 second savings in 92% of transactions.
ISyE majors Sahil Ramakrishnan, Natalie Souther, and Max Tanski optimized inventory levels at three Coca-Cola bottling plants. Their team was also an ISyE finalist and placed among the top three teams in the competition.