IPRO Current Listings for Fall 2014

IPRO 000
IPRO OFFERING NEWS FOR FALL 2014
IPRO 397-100
Interprofessional by Design: Focus on Digital Service Design (For students taking their first IPRO course.)
IPRO 397-200
Interprofessional by Design: Focus on Product Design (For students taking their first IPRO course.
IPRO 397-300
Interprofessional by Design: The Classic IPRO 2.0 Option (For students taking their first IPRO course.)
IPRO 397-400
Interprofessional by Design: The Classic IPRO 2.0 Option (For students taking their first IPRO course.
IPRO 497-01
Community Engagement Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value for community engagement through collaborative innovation.)
IPRO 497-02
Urban Agriculture Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value for the urban agriculture movement through collaborative innovation.)
IPRO 497-03
STEM Education Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by advancing Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education through collaborative innovation.)
IPRO 497-04
Entrepreneurship & New Ventures Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by developing new venture concepts through user-centered design methods and collaborative innovation.)
IPRO 497-05
Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by reframing urban system issues through the application of user-centered design methods and collaborative innovation.)
IPRO 497-06
NEW! Made in USA: Developing Concepts to Revitalize Making in America through Insights from Global Manufacturing Trends (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by reframing global manufacturing issues through user-centered design methods and collaborative innovation.)
IPRO 497-301
NEW! Exploring Opportunities for Healthcare Infrastructure Innovation in Developing Countries: Focus on MEDLIFE Peru
IPRO 497-302
CANCELLED Application of Low-Cost Embedded Processing and Open Source Radio Frequency Technology to Electronic Surveillance
IPRO 497-303
NEW! Sustainable Urban Planning Using Combined Heat and Power
IPRO 497-305
NEW! Developing an Antimatter Gravity Interferometer
IPRO 497-307
Intermodal Container Facility Innovations for the Chicago Area
IPRO 497-313
Refuelable Electric Vehicle
IPRO 497-319
NEW! Designing Embedded Systems for More Efficient Wood Burning
IPRO 497-320
NEW! Terraforming Urban Soils & Use of Appropriate Food Process Technologies
IPRO 497-338
Developing Insights that Support Energy Efficiency Improvement Strategies for Varied Built Environments
IPRO 497-346
Sky's the Limit: Retracing the Technological Evolution of Aviation and its Impact on Architecture
IPRO 497-351
PathPass: Opening Doors for People with Disabilities
IPRO 497-356
Techno-Business User-Application Trends Analysis of US Motor & Transformer Electricity Consumption
IPRO 497-359
The Simularium: Exploring Opportunities for an Immersive Environment with 3D Visualization at IIT
IPRO 497-363
IIT Pride: Improving Student & University Community Engagement
IPRO 497-371
Creating a Reliable Sports Players' Statistical Performance Evaluation Methodology

000: IPRO OFFERING NEWS FOR FALL 2014

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IPRO sections are officially listed by the registrar under the subject "Interprofessional Project" in the MyIIT portal for registration.

We are offering the following IPRO options for fall 2014:

(1) Four IPRO 397-xxx section as one of the options for students taking their first IPRO course. Students taking their first IPRO course can also freely choose from among the other IPRO 497 section options as well.

(2) Six themed cluster sections are being offered for fall 2014. Themed Cluster IPRO 497-xx sections are organized for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme. IPRO 497-02 and IPRO 497-06 are being added as new IPRO sections in June 2014.

(3) Traditional IPRO 497-3xx sections with 10 to 12 students each. There are on the order of 15 traditional IPRO sections for fall 2014. There are several new IPRO 497-3xx sections being added in June 2014.

IPRO sections are set up with capacity limits and limits on the number of students from the majors that are expected to be most attracted to a specific IPRO project. As a result, it may appear that there are seats available in the registration system; however, some of those seats may be reserved for specific majors in order to best manage the multidsciplinary composition of the team.

If you are unable to register because the section is at capacity or there is any other seat availability restriction by major, you are urged to consider other IPRO sections that interest you. You may also add yourself to the wait list for a closed IPRO section. Students who are waitlisted will be reviewed by the IPRO Program staff and instructor if there is an opportunity to add students to a given IPRO section.

Questions about choosing an IPRO project and IPRO registration can be directed to Tom Jacobius (jacobius@iit.edu) or Rima Kuprys (rkuprys@iit.edu).return to top

397-100: Interprofessional by Design: Focus on Digital Service Design (For students taking their first IPRO course.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Thursdays from 1:50 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Jeremy Alexis (ID) (alexis@id.iit.edu), Martin Schray (ID), Hanna Korel (ID) and Nik Rokop (SSB)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

“Interprofessional by Design” is an option for students taking their first IPRO project course as IPRO 397-100 (with the theme of digital service design), IPRO 397-200 (with the theme of product design), IPRO 397-300 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option) or IPRO 397-400 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option). Each section meets once each week in the Idea Shop in Suite 050 of the Technology Business Center at 3440 South Dearborn, adjacent to IIT Tower.

IPRO 397-100 GENERAL OVERVIEW. Students from a variety of disciplines are introduced to the interprofessional project concept and its underlying body of knowledge by:
  1. becoming part of a hands-on, multidisciplinary small team experience within a robust workshop environment -- applying user-centered design methods guided by an interprofessional instructor team
  2. initiating and advancing project ideas through a collaborative innovation process -- exploring problem spaces that lead to insights, brainstorming, prototyping and storyboarding the user experience;
  3. developing an understanding of the context of workplace project possibilities that can create value – at the convergence of the user (desirability), technology (feasibility) and business (viability);
  4. potentially conceiving ideas and becoming the founders of a follow-on IPRO 497 team that takes its work into the next semester; and
  5. becoming familiar with a range of prototyping modes from sketching to mockups with readily available materials to using 3D and other prototyping equipment in the Idea Shop.
IPRO 397-100 HAS A SPECIAL FOCUS ON DIGITAL SERVICE DESIGN. This course fulfills the IPRO course learning objectives through teaching a user-centered, methods driven process for designing digital services. Students will work in small, interdisciplinary teams to conceive and design a simple digital service.

A service is an intangible product we experience in time through multiple touch-points and channels. According to the US department of commerce services account for 80 percent of the US GDP. However, most services are not that special or distinctive. How was the service the last time you flew? This class will focus on improving service experiences through digital technology. An example of a digital service (since we are talking about flying) is the seat selector application that allows you to pick your seats when you book a flight online. Previous to this digital service you would need to accept whatever seat was assigned to you or call and wait for an agent to help you change your seat. This digital service allows you to change your seat at the time of booking.

Digital services are delivered through a combination of apps, websites, texts, and social media. Shazam, Amazon.com, Citibank mobile banking, and Hulu are examples of digital services. We expect that your team will conceive, design conceptually, and test a simple digital service (more like an app on your phone than Amazon.com). The final deliverables of the class are a prototype that demonstrates the benefits of the concept and preliminary business model for the idea.

We believe that good services will:
  1. Solve for a real user need and address a real market (should be attractive to an existing company, venture fund, or NGO);
  2. Use existing, accessible data;
  3. Are intuitive for the user, i.e., you do not need to read a long manual to understand how to use it;
  4. Solve a discreet problem (confirming I have an appointment with my doctor) not a high level problem (helps me with all aspects of my health); and
  5. Do not require a major advance in coding or computer science in order to be viable.
Digital service design naturally leverages the skills of students majoring in such fields as computer science, information technology and management, professional and technical communication, psychology and business, but the class will be interesting and relevant to all disciplines. Students interested in design, entrepreneurship, prototyping, and web and app development are encouraged to sign up.

Interprofessional by Design is only open to students taking their first IPRO course. There are four section options: IPRO 397-100 (Thursday afternoon section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm), IPRO 397-200 (Friday section from 10:00 to 12:40), IPRO 397-300 (Tuesday evening section from 6:25 to 9:05 pm) and IPRO 397-400 (Wednesday afternoons from 1:50 to 4:30 pm). Questions may be addressed to Jeremy Alexis (alexis@id.iit.edu), IPRO Program Director or Rima Kuprys, IPRO Program Coordinator (rkuprys@iit.edu).return to top

397-200: Interprofessional by Design: Focus on Product Design (For students taking their first IPRO course.

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Meeting Days/Time:

Fridays from 10:00 to 12:40 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Jeremy Alexis (ID) (alexis@id.iit.edu), Jim Braband (SSB), Michael Garvin (ARM), Seth TeBeest (ID) and Scott Turnovitz (ID)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

“Interprofessional by Design” is an option for students taking their first IPRO project course as IPRO 397-100 (with a focus on digital service design), IPRO 397-200 (with a focus on product design), IPRO 397-300 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option) and IPRO 397-400 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option). Each section meets once each week in the Idea Shop in Suite 050 of the Technology Business Center at 3440 South Dearborn, adjacent to IIT Tower.

IPRO 397-200: GENERAL OVERVIEW. Students are introduced to the interprofessional project concept and its underlying body of knowledge by:
  1. becoming part of a hands-on, multidisciplinary small team experience -- applying user-centered design methods guided by an interprofessional instructor team
  2. initiating and advancing project ideas through a collaborative innovation process -- exploring problem spaces that lead to insights, brainstorming, prototyping and storyboarding the user experience;
  3. developing an understanding of the context of workplace project possibilities that can create value – at the convergence of the user (desirability), technology (feasibility) and business (viability);
  4. potentially conceiving ideas and becoming the founders of a follow-on IPRO 497 team that takes its work into the next semester; and
  5. becoming familiar with a range of prototyping modes from sketching to mockups with readily available materials to using 3D and other prototyping equipment in the Idea Shop.
IPRO 397-200 HAS A SPECIAL FOCUS ON PRODUCT DESIGN. This course fulfills the IPRO course learning objectives through teaching a user-centered, methods driven process for designing and developing products. Students will work in small, inter-disciplinary teams to conceive and design a simple product. The final deliverables of the class are a prototype that demonstrates the benefits of the concept and preliminary business model for the idea.

Projects in this class will be student driven: it will be up to you and your team to identify a need and then develop a product that addresses that need. The final deliverable will be a prototype of your concept that demonstrates the benefits of your solution. You will also be responsible for developing a preliminary business plan for the concept. We will provide the guidance and tools for identifying and developing your product, but we have found that these projects are more successful when they are based on student interest.

We believe that good products will:
  1. Solve for a real user need / address a real market (should be attractive to an existing company, venture fund, or NGO);
  2. Have ten parts or less (this is about the level of complexity that your team will be able to prototype);
  3. Can fit through a door (this is a good way to keep the scale of the product small); and
  4. Can be prototyped with the resources and funds available to you (each team will have a $500 budget for your prototype, so you likely cannot use exotic materials).
Product design naturally leverages the skills of engineers (e.g., aerospace, biomedical, electrical, mechanical) and architects, but the class will be interesting and relevant to all disciplines. Students who are interested in design, entrepreneurship, prototyping, and product development (obviously) are encouraged to sign up.

IPRO 397-xxx is only open to students taking their first IPRO course. There are four section options: IPRO 397-100 (Thursday afternoon section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm), IPRO 397-200 (Friday section from 10:00 to 12:40), IPRO 397-300 (Tuesday evening section from 6:25 to 9:05 pm) and IPRO 397-400 (Wednesday afternoon section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm). Questions may be addressed to Jeremy Alexis (alexis@id.iit.edu), IPRO Program Director or Rima Kuprys, IPRO Program Coordinator (rkuprys@iit.edu).return to top

397-300: Interprofessional by Design: The Classic IPRO 2.0 Option (For students taking their first IPRO course.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays from 6:25 to 9:05 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Jeremy Alexis (ID) (alexis@id.iit.edu), Jessica Barnes (ID), Hans Mickelson (ID) and Nik Rokop (SSB)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

“Interprofessional by Design” is an option for students taking their first IPRO project course as IPRO 397-100 (with a focus on digital service design), IPRO 397-200 (with a focus on product design), IPRO 397-300 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option) or IPRO 397-400 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option). Each section meets once each week in the Idea Shop in Suite 050 of the Technology Business Center at 3440 South Dearborn, adjacent to IIT Tower.

Interprofessional by Design introduces students to the interprofessional project concept and its underlying body of knowledge by:
  1. becoming part of a hands-on, multidisciplinary small team experience -- applying user-centered design methods guided by an interprofessional instructor team
  2. initiating and advancing project ideas through a collaborative innovation process -- exploring problem spaces that lead to insights, brainstorming, prototyping and storyboarding the user experience;
  3. developing an understanding of the context of workplace project possibilities that can create value – at the convergence of the user (desirability), technology (feasibility) and business (viability);
  4. potentially conceiving ideas and becoming the founders of a follow-on IPRO 497 team that takes its work into the next semester; and
  5. becoming familiar with a range of prototyping modes from sketching to mockups with readily available materials to using 3D and other prototyping equipment in the Idea Shop.
IPRO projects conceived by students that became regular IPRO team projects include: Renovation of the Ramova Theatre, MORE Life, Simply Park, Language Link, Aging in Place, LegoArt, Enabling Blind Sailors to Sail Independently, Bridging the Generations via Digital+Physical Gaming, and IIT Pride: Developing Strategies for Student Engagement at Athletic Events.

Students taking the IPRO 397 course have also had the opportunity to work with various community partners on topics that innovate STEM education. This has included Shedd Aquarium (teaching modules related to ecological separation), Erikson Institute (K-3 math education), Chicago Conservation Corps at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (sustainability projects for Chicago Public Schools and other organizations), and Adler Planetarium (brainstorming payload ideas for the Far Horizons balloon launch).

IPRO 397-xxx is only open to students taking their first IPRO course. There are four section options: IPRO 397-100 (Thursday afternoon section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm), IPRO 397-200 (Friday section from 10:00 to 12:40), IPRO 397-300 (Tuesday evening section from 6:25 to 9:05 pm) and IPRO 397-400 (Wednesday section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm. Questions may be addressed to Jeremy Alexis (alexis@id.iit.edu), IPRO Program Director or Rima Kuprys, IPRO Program Coordinator (rkuprys@iit.edu).return to top

397-400: Interprofessional by Design: The Classic IPRO 2.0 Option (For students taking their first IPRO course.

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Meeting Days/Time:

Wednesdays from 1:50 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Jeremy Alexis (ID) (alexis@id.iit.edu), Promila Dhar (BME) and other instructors

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

“Interprofessional by Design” is an option for students taking their first IPRO project course as IPRO 397-100 (with a focus on digital service design), IPRO 397-200 (with a focus on product design), IPRO 397-300 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option) or IPRO 397-400 (the IPRO 2.0 classic option). Each section meets once each week in the Idea Shop in Suite 050 of the Technology Business Center at 3440 South Dearborn, adjacent to IIT Tower.

Interprofessional by Design introduces students to the interprofessional project concept and its underlying body of knowledge by:
  1. becoming part of a hands-on, multidisciplinary small team experience -- applying user-centered design methods guided by an interprofessional instructor team
  2. initiating and advancing project ideas through a collaborative innovation process -- exploring problem spaces that lead to insights, brainstorming, prototyping and storyboarding the user experience;
  3. developing an understanding of the context of workplace project possibilities that can create value – at the convergence of the user (desirability), technology (feasibility) and business (viability);
  4. potentially conceiving ideas and becoming the founders of a follow-on IPRO 497 team that takes its work into the next semester; and
  5. becoming familiar with a range of prototyping modes from sketching to mockups with readily available materials to using 3D and other prototyping equipment in the Idea Shop.
IPRO projects conceived by students that became regular IPRO team projects include: Renovation of the Ramova Theatre, MORE Life, Simply Park, Language Link, Aging in Place, LegoArt, Enabling Blind Sailors to Sail Independently, Bridging the Generations via Digital+Physical Gaming, and IIT Pride: Developing Strategies for Student Engagement at Athletic Events.

Students taking the IPRO 397 course have also had the opportunity to work with various community partners on topics that innovate STEM education. This has included Shedd Aquarium (teaching modules related to ecological separation), Erikson Institute (K-3 math education), Chicago Conservation Corps at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (sustainability projects for Chicago Public Schools and other organizations), and Adler Planetarium (brainstorming payload ideas for the Far Horizons balloon launch).

IPRO 397-xxx is only open to students taking their first IPRO course. There are three section options: IPRO 397-100 (Thursday afternoon section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm), IPRO 397-200 (Friday section from 10:00 to 12:40), IPRO 397-300 (Tuesday evening section from 6:25 to 9:05 pm) and IPRO 397-400 (Wednesday afternoon section from 1:50 to 4:30 pm). Questions may be addressed to Jeremy Alexis (alexis@id.iit.edu), IPRO Program Director or Rima Kuprys, IPRO Program Coordinator (rkuprys@iit.edu).return to top

497-01: Community Engagement Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value for community engagement through collaborative innovation.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:15 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Joseph Clair (ARCH) (joseph@josephclair.com) and Steve Beck (CAEE) (sbeck.creo@gmail.com) in collaboration with William Briggs (CAEE) (wbriggs@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

The Community Engagement Cluster may include the following or other new topics that will have traditional IPRO teams on the order of five to ten students from multiple disciplines organized to address them. The following descriptions are from spring 2014 and will be updated to more accurately reflect the purpose of the fall 2014 IPRO teams as well as any new team topics within the cluster:

IPRO 497-01A COMMUNITY ENERGY ON AN URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD SCALE. Urban communities spend significant capital purchasing energy and resources from outside their boundaries, and then send the waste products downstream to other communities. Concurrently, many communities struggle with economic development, trying to keep scarce retail alive. Coupled with a loss of community among residents, this cycle creates instability that further threatens the long-term prospects for the area. One path to reverse this cycle is to focus community resources on local, community energy/water/material systems. When neighbors have to share energy systems that they cooperatively maintain – preferably through local businesses, they shift economic resources from a community drain to a community strength. If this can be solved on the neighborhood level for an urban community, the repercussions are tremendous. The goal of this IPRO project team within the Community Innovation Cluster is to review the infrastructure and flows of energy and water in a typical Chicago neighborhood, and develop a plan to implement community energy programs that decrease the amount of financial resources that leave the community while developing ideas for community businesses that will support the community energy initiative. This will be accomplished by (a) documenting the current infrastructure and model current use patterns, (b) identifying the long-term and short-term financial impact of the current patterns of use, and (c) reviewing and cataloging the energy supply/efficiency tools that could be applied to any community, noting cost, efficacy, scale, and benefit. The team can advance previous work or develop new work based upon their desire for impact.

IPRO 497-01B COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (BRONZEVILLE). Neighborhoods need to continually rethink their approach to economic development and community development, taking into account many factors that influence the interaction between and among government, businesses and residents. This continuing IPRO project will leverage all of the insight and tools used in the previous semesters, as well as current tools used by other entities in the neighborhood, and apply them to solve community-scale problems in the Bronzeville community. Working with local leaders, the Special Services Agency, IIT Office of Community Affairs, businesses, and residents the team will lead a workshop to gain information from community leaders on Bronzeville's opportunities, identify a current issue in the community that needs addressing, and develop then execute a plan to solve the problem. To accomplish this goal, the team will engage in the following types of activities and tasks: (a) community visits to engage in conversations with members; (b) contact all units of government active in the community for input and data; (c) synthesize information from the community and local government; (d) use, or where necessary, develop tools to analyze data; (e) create multiple solution paths and present them to the community for feedback; and (e) where time permits, implement the solution based upon the feedback from the community. This team can build on the work of previous teams or start anew, and it is expected that it will also create a strong legacy for continuing such work in future semesters.

IPRO 497-03C OPEN SOURCE CONSTRUCTION. A number of developing communities face a myriad of harsh realities including joblessness, health and safety risks, and sub-standard housing. In many cases an assisted "First Step" in the right direction will help to alleviate some of these afflictions within the given community. We want to be able to provide this "First Step." During this phase of our project - Open Source Construction - we plan to achieve this by creating a guide that will teach the knowledge and skills required to generate a prolific, safe and sustainable construction and improvement method for building within these developing communities. Furthermore, this guide will include instructions in pictures, as well as multiple languages, so that people from different cultures and backgrounds will be able to understand and use the materials in a seamless fashion. The goals of this team is to put forth a business plan, deliver micro-workshops, maintain and extend on-line presence and expand content. The team will accomplish this by: (a) evaluating the guide to assure that it is successfully producing safe, sustainable housing in developing communities; (b) raising funds for research and guide evaluation and expansion; (c) choosing additional locations to launch the guide; (d) conducting first-hand guide evaluation at the specific locations; (e) expanding and installing an effective leadership structure; (f) conducting beta testing, revision and roll-out; and (g) expanding relationships with collaborating groups such as WorldServe, Engineers Without Borders and RISE International.

IPRO 497-01D SOCIAL INNOVATION WORKSHOP FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. Social Innovation is the act of developing new ideas -- whether concepts, products or services -- that positively serve to impact pressing global needs. These are issues that cut across the boundaries of the state, the market and the household. As a result, the classic tools of government policy on the one hand, and market solutions on the other, have proven inadequate. As such, over the last 40 years, this gap has prompted the growth of new social ventures, and in particular those that impact the developing world. These ventures, whether grown from a single idea or as a result of long-term service initiatives now span across both public and private markets. They remain distinct in that their production is driven by social values as a primary imperative rather than private financial appropriation. The goal of this project is to establish an on-going Social Innovation Workshop IPRO platform that can leverage our multidisciplinary talent and creativity to impact some of the world’s most difficult problems: increasing access to energy, increasing transport efficiencies, improving agricultural techniques, providing appropriate and sustainable solutions for clean water, safer housing, waste management and chronic disease. Members of the IPRO team will gain experience in hypotheses development, product development, business & market planning, field context development, program implementation, performance management & impact evaluation. This experience will prove invaluable as the student enters the dynamics of an economy that has profound implications for the future of public services as well as for the daily life of citizens.

IPRO 497-01E THE PRINCETON PARK COLLABORATIVE. The Princeton Park Collaborative serves to identify and address the needs of the nearby Princeton Park neighborhood at 95th and the Dan Ryan. As part of the larger Roseland community, Princeton Park is named for a 1944 development that replaced farm land with a park surrounded by houses. Critical relationships have been established, with various neighborhood organizations that allow unfettered contact with real stakeholders (community leaders, residents, and business owners). Teams are tasked with meeting these stakeholders, identifying their needs, responding to those needs, and presenting the team’s results to them. Princeton Park is a five-block by seven-block Chicago neighborhood that remains extremely walk-friendly and borders the 95th street stop of the CTA Red Line. The CTA stop allows the bulk of the neighborhood to be considered transit-oriented which provides unique development opportunities that other neighborhoods do not. Another unique amenity is a pedestrian bridge connecting school children to their elementary school east of the Dan Ryan. Previous projects undertaken through IPRO teams under the concept of a Princeton Park Collaborative have included the adaptive reuse of a previous church into a community center and the design of a 70-unit assisted senior living facility. The community center board is currently using the information provided by the IPRO teams in their search for funding. The work of the teams has included the development of needed programs; code and zoning analysis; construction and operating budgets; as well as schematic architectural and systems design. Through the work of IPRO teams, the Princeton Park Collaborative is destined to leave a long-lasting impact on this community interested in maintaining its identity and providing for its residents.

The IPRO themed cluster is offered for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. We will accommodate from 20 to 30 students in a multi-IPRO themed cluster. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme.

For fall 2014, there are six themed clusters of multiple IPRO team project topics in Community Engagement, Urban Agriculture, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems, and Made in USA. The individual team topics within a themed cluster are created in collaboration with community partners and other organizations, and may be updated by the time the semester begins.
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497-02: Urban Agriculture Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value for the urban agriculture movement through collaborative innovation.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Rodger Cooley (ARCH) (jrojet@yahoo.com) with Erika Allen (Growing Power)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Physics, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

The health and well being of individuals, communities and environments in the United States are challenged and compromised by the dominant industrial food system. Obesity, diabetes and other diet related diseases, waste of organic nutrients, massive water pollution, and excessive green houses gasses are linked to how food is produced, harvested, distributed, processed, marketed, prepared and consumed. The vast majority of fresh produce travels over 1200 miles to get to Chicago. Produce is harvested early before it is at peak ripeness, processed at multiple steps and retailed 7-10 days after picking. This leads to a loss of nutritional value and taste all along the chain before it consumed. Because of the standardization of fruit and vegetable production, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization calculated 75% of crop diversity has been lost since 1900. A loss of diversity and genetics never researched for qualities such as disease and pest resistance, drought tolerance, and nutritional benefits. There are many other urban and market trends and motivating factors that have stimulated the urban agriculture movement.

Since its inception in the Spring of 2012 as IPRO 314, UFarmIIT has been adding elements and partners to address the problems of the dominant food system using the opportunities provided by urban agriculture. UFarmIIT is now a student farm, community garden and student organization. UFarmIIT is providing IIT for urban agriculture and is providing hands on learning opportunities for students.

Similar projects at other universities have started at this basic level and grew over time to become robust programs providing diverse educational opportunities and career pathways for students; incorporating many departments through research, curriculum, and projects; generating revenue through sales, grants and donations; providing access to healthy produce for local communities; and positive attention and differentiation for the universities.

Access to safe healthy fresh food remains an issue in Bronzeville and the immediate areas surrounding IIT. The IIT campus and Bronzeville have underutilized land and wasted green spaces. Student interest continues to grow in urban agriculture and in many of the related issues such as addressing storm water, growing trees for the campus and community, supplying native habitat, improving nutrition and creating living laboratories, are all opportunities for an urban agriculture program to explore.

Since 2012, the IPRO has partnered with IIT Facilities to reuse wood chips from fallen trees on campus, provide water to the site, develop a site for bees, and secure a space for future aquaponics systems; the ARCH First Year studio to design, build and install innovative “living” fence panels; the UFarmIIT student group to provides space for alumni, students, staff and faculty for personal garden plots; the St. James Church’s Food Pantry to provide multiple deliveries of surplus produce; the Biology Department Labs for space to grow mushrooms. Other partnerships and activities in development include building out and launching an aquaponics system on campus; furthering work on an remote sensor system to wirelessly monitor conditions on the farm; working with IFSH to help develop safe handling guidelines for fresh produce and value added products; launching a tree nursery with Facilities; providing space for learning projects for the Boeing Scholars program; and assisting local elementary, middle and high schools with their own gardening programs.

For Fall 2014, Urban Agriculture Cluster will focus on three projects: (1) Detailing the plan for an Urban Agriculture Program at IIT to provide opportunities for students, staff and faculty to use expanding urban agriculture on IIT's campus and the larger neighborhood; (2) Continuing work on remote sensor system to track and monitor then provide real-time notifications of the growing conditions on the farm as well as at the new aquaponics facility; and (3) Continuing progress on developing aquaponics system and space in Tech Park Central Room BB25.

The Urban Agriculture Cluster will organize in three discrete but collaborative teams to focus on different aspects of the urban agriculture program plan:

1. IIT Urban Agriculture Vision Team: This team will integrate previous research and outreach to describe, illustrate and explain the program involving physical elements (UFarmIIT, 30th St/State St, Bee hives, Aquaponics, Composting), curriculum development (Minor, Certificate, Internships), and the Bronzeville community (IIT Community Relations, local organizations, schools and gardens). The team will create an easily understood and compelling set of communication materials, and will gather feedback from stakeholders associated with the urban agriculture plan.

2. Technology Team: This team will advance the work of previous teams that support aquaponics, embedded onsite sensors for remote monitoring, analyses of alternative energy power needs/opportunities, etc.

3. Aquaponics Team: Using learning from the system built and research from the Summer 2014 semester, this team will advance toward building and installing a system in the newly acquired space in Tech Central BB25. Students will collaborate with the remote sensor team.

The IPRO themed cluster is offered for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. We will accommodate from 15 to 30 students in a multi-IPRO themed cluster. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme.

For fall 2014, there are six themed clusters of multiple IPRO team project topics in Community Engagement, Urban Agriculture, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems, and Made in USA. The individual team topics within a themed cluster are created in collaboration with community partners and other organizations, and may be updated by the time the semester begins.
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497-03: STEM Education Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by advancing Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education through collaborative innovation.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays from 1:50 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

Motorola Solutions Foundation

Faculty:

Daniel Gandara (PSYC) (d.a.gandara@gmail.com), Susan Camasta (SAT) (camasus@hawk.iit.edu) and Michelle Jackson (PSYC)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

The STEM Education Cluster may include the following continuing topics that will have traditional IPRO teams on the order of 10 students from multiple disciplines organized to address them and/or there may be new topics that are incorporated in the STEM cluster:
  1. IPRO 497-03A Developing Teaching Modules for Journey World (Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana)
  2. IPRO 497-03B Developing Teaching Modules on Ecological Separation (Shedd Aquarium)
  3. IPRO 497-03C Developing K-3 Teaching Modules on Human-Made World (Erikson Institute)
  4. IPRO 497-03D Creating and Prototyping Concepts for a Meteor Strike Exhibit (Adler Planetarium)


The IPRO themed cluster is offered for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. We will accommodate from 15 to 30 students in a multi-IPRO themed cluster. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme.

For fall 2014, there are six themed clusters of multiple IPRO team project topics in Community Engagement, Urban Agriculture, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems, and Made in USA. The individual team topics within a themed cluster are created in collaboration with community partners and other organizations, and may be updated by the time the semester begins.
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497-04: Entrepreneurship & New Ventures Innovation (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by developing new venture concepts through user-centered design methods and collaborative innovation.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Fridays from 10:00 to 12:40 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Zach Paradis (ID), Nik Rokop (SSB), Doug Wills (ID) and other faculty to be determined

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

Specifically related to the Entrepreneurship & New Ventures Cluster, IIT students currently have a variety of individual entry points across the university for exploring their ideas, obtaining support and even forming a team to further develop their concepts. There are four critical elements that can inspire collaborative innovation and new venture development in a multidisciplinary team setting to create value: (1) Provide students with much more concentrated and sustained advising and critique from faculty and graduate student teams with complementary expertise in business, design, technology and law; (2) Inspire and encourage new venture concepts in dynamic, multi-team workshop environments that cultivate interaction, serendipitous connections, breakthrough thinking, and a touch of competitive spirit; (3) Facilitate multidisciplinary interaction in a collaborative space with resources that enable progression through phases of design thinking as well as multiple levels of prototyping refinement, from foam board and duct tape to 3D modeling and printing; (4) Promote the user-centered design thinking process as a powerful toolkit for stimulating innovation and guiding inquiry through progressive and iterative phases.

This themed IPRO cluster will be organized in small, agile multidisciplinary teams. An important foundation for this cluster is the application of user-centered design methods, with an overarching balance of attention to user desirability, technical feasibility and business viability. Teams that are formed will be guided through the innovation process that begins with problem/opportunity definition and research, emphasizes ethnographic research, identifies driving insights, inspires brainstorming and promotes iterative prototyping with user feedback.

Students who participate in this themed cluster will be relentless and tenacious in properly framing possibilities, methodical and self-disciplined in developing valid and reliable data and insights, and creative and opportunistic in recognizing and capitalizing on driving insights.

The IPRO themed cluster is offered for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. We will accommodate from 15 to 30 students in a multi-IPRO themed cluster. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme.

For fall 2014, there are six themed clusters of multiple IPRO team project topics in Community Engagement, Urban Agriculture, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems, and Made in USA. The individual team topics within a themed cluster are created in collaboration with community partners and other organizations, and may be updated by the time the semester begins.
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497-05: Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by reframing urban system issues through the application of user-centered design methods and collaborative innovation.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1:50 to 3:05 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Limia Shunia (ID) (mail@limiashunia.com) and Roberto Cammino (MMAE) (cammino@iit.edu) in collaboration with Bonnie Haferkamp (BME), Fouad Teymour (ChBE), Jamshid Mohammadi (CAEE), Paul Anderson (CAEE) and Eric Brey (BME)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

The Urban Solutions Cluster organizes teams that examine urban systems. It is anticipated that this cluster will lead to multiple themed clusters focused to Armour College of Engineering themes, namely, water, health, energy, security which have relevance to a variety of IIT disciplines. Cities function because of (or in spite of) urban systems, which can be loosely defined as any collection of independent parts that work together to make cities work better (or not). Examples of such systems include those that provide energy, communications, education, healthcare, water supply, solid waste management, recreation, and transportation. Above and beyond conventional repair, urban systems need redesign to move forward toward the intelligent, integrated systems that will make future cities work.

Students in this multi-team IPRO cluster will examine the challenges posed by urban systems, propose creative solutions to those challenges, and then form innovation teams focused on the research and development of prototype solutions. We anticipate there will be at least four independent teams created within the cluster focused to individual projects that they wish to pursue.

In addition to increasing awareness and understanding of urban problems and using innovative multidisciplinary approaches to address these problems, students in this IPRO section will learn and develop skills related to team dynamics, project management, economic analysis, and life-cycle assessment --- all in the context of applying discipline-specific fundamental knowledge and problem solving methods.

The IPRO themed cluster is offered for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. We will accommodate from 15 to 30 students in a multi-IPRO themed cluster. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme.

For fall 2014, there are six themed clusters of multiple IPRO team project topics in Community Engagement, Urban Agriculture, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems, and Made in USA. The individual team topics within a themed cluster are created in collaboration with community partners and other organizations, and may be updated by the time the semester begins.
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497-06: NEW! Made in USA: Developing Concepts to Revitalize Making in America through Insights from Global Manufacturing Trends (A multi-IPRO themed cluster that creates value by reframing global manufacturing issues through user-centered design methods and collaborative innovation.)

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 12:40 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Limia Shunia (Institute of Design) mail@limiashunia.com) and Phil Lewis (INTM) (lewisp262@aol.com) in consultation with Blake Davis (INTM) (davisbl@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Information Technology & Management, Journalism, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

Starting in the 1970’s, American companies started setting up manufacturing facilities “off-shore” in countries like China. This took advantage of inexpensive shipping and lower wages in developing countries. It appeared for a while that almost all manufacturing in the United States would eventually end up in these countries.

Today, a growing number of American companies are reversing course and bringing manufacturing back to the United States in a trend known as "reshoring." Companies that once set up or contracted for manufacturing facilities off-shore are discovering that there are hidden costs in moving production a long way from home and from their major market location. One crucial change that has taken place over the past decade or so is that wages in low-cost countries have soared. Pay and benefits for the average Chinese factory worker rose by 10 percent a year between 2000 and 2005 and increased to 19 percent a year between 2005 and 2010. This rise in foreign worker wages occurred as American worker hourly rates fell and, along with the long shipping delivery times, has made producing overseas less attractive. At the same time, the cost of shipping has increased significantly as global energy prices have gone up, while domestic energy prices have remained low. And then there is the growing corporate concern about the carbon footprint of shipping goods over great distances that consumes natural resources and affects environmental quality. These trends have significantly leveled the playing field associated with where goods are made.

Manufacturing has the largest multiplying effect in the US economy by comparison to all other sectors, creating eight additional jobs per one manufacturing job. And the jobs created by manufacturing are good, highly paid, skilled jobs. It is no surprise then that manufacturing off-shore has caused negative impacts to our economy. Companies are beginning to reconsider their manufacturing locations and how that influences the bottom line, product quality and corporate social responsibility. The closer proximity of US locations offers the benefits of (a) optimized processes between designers and producers, (b) speedier product launches, (c) improved cycle times and lead times and (d) better customer service. In the longer term, re-shoring will be boosted by the use of advanced manufacturing techniques and cheap energy production technology in North America that promise to alter the economics of production.

The next era of manufacturing will create highly skilled workers who, employing advanced technologies, will be more productive. Stronger manufacturing stabilizes the economy, creates new wealth and spurs innovation. Making America more productive also creates more in-direct jobs to support these innovative manufacturers. This IPRO will look at these new manufacturing trends and determine how they will affect five industries in the Chicago area over the next 20 years.

This Made in USA Cluster offers students the opportunity to investigate contemporary manufacturing trends that impact our future. Teams of four to six students will create a customized plan for a manufacturing company in the Chicago area that is considering re-shoring some of their manufacturing facilities. The plan will be developed in conjunction with the company.

Over the first four weeks of the semester, students will learn and apply methods to construct an “Era” Analysis of Manufacturing over the past 100 years. They will determine how manufacturing facilities were sited and how this system of locating manufacturing facilities has been changing over the years. They will analyze why these decisions were made and the underlying economic rationale behind them.

Over the second four weeks of the semester, students will organize in teams of four-to-six students. Each team will investigate how these large manufacturing location trends have manifested themselves in specific industry groups. Each team will work with the IPRO instructor team to identify local manufacturers within these industry groups and contact them about collaborating on this project.

Over the remainder of the semester, the IPRO teams in this cluster will organize uniquely-designed projects in collaboration with manufacturers within their chosen industry group to identify factors that would promote re-shoring. Each team will develop insights about the potential for re-shoring, the barriers and motivations for re-shoring, and the timeline for large-scale re-shoring within its industry study group, and what types of incentives can spur future progress toward having more products made in USA.

It is anticipated that the work of this initial Fall 2014 Made in USA cluster of teams will lay the foundation for future investigations in collaboration with companies and other organizations with interest and potential for their products to be made in USA.

The IPRO themed cluster is offered for students to choose a broad theme but leave their options open regarding a specific team topic under the theme. We will accommodate from 15 to 30 students in a multi-IPRO themed cluster. These themed clusters are set up for registration much like an architecture studio, wherein a broad theme is identified, with choices of various specific team topics under the theme.

For fall 2014, there are six themed clusters of multiple IPRO team project topics in Community Engagement, Urban Agriculture, STEM Education, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, Innovative Solutions to Urban Problems, and Made in USA. The individual team topics within a themed cluster are created in collaboration with community partners and other organizations, and may be updated by the time the semester begins.
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497-301: NEW! Exploring Opportunities for Healthcare Infrastructure Innovation in Developing Countries: Focus on MEDLIFE Peru

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Meeting Days/Time:

Thursdays from 6:25 to 9:05 pm

Sponsor:

In collaboration with MEDLIFE, Armour College of Engineering and College of Science

Faculty:

Hanna Korel (ID) (hanna.korel@gmail.com) and Omar Khalil (ChBE) (okhalil@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Information Technology & Management, Journalism, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Physics, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

Please note that enrollment in this IPRO section being offered for the first time in Fall 2014 has been initiated by the MEDLIFE student chapter and only a limited number of additional seats on this IPRO team will be made available, with a total section size on the order of 20 students. There are also restrictions on the number of BME majors in order to assure that the overall team is balanced with students from a variety of majors who can contribute to the project. It is anticipated that this IPRO section will continue over multiple semesters and may constitute a new multi-IPRO themed cluster, so there will be future opportunities for students to participate.

In the latter part of May 2014, IIT students participated in a MEDLIFE "medical brigade" experience in Lima, Peru. During the medical brigade, participants worked alongside local healthcare professionals to provide free medical services and educational events regarding hygiene. The different areas of exposure included dentistry, pediatrics, pharmacology, gynecology, nursing, and internal medicine. One of the most popular hygiene events is tooth brushing – teaching children how to brush their teeth for better oral health. The brigade attendees participated in mobile clinics and a developmental project that exposed them to current problems that the rural communities face daily in the surrounding areas of Lima, Peru.

Student participants will apply human-centered design methods to observe people, activities and things around them in the Peruvian communities during their visit experience. Their observations and insights will be recorded in a methodical way in order to create a rich record of their experience that becomes the research basis for the fall IPRO team project.

In parallel with the MEDLIFE medical brigade trip to Lima, this IPRO section is being organized for fall 2014. It will be comprised of some students who participated in the medical brigade trip as well as others who wish to participate with them as members of the IPRO team. Students from all IIT colleges are welcome to join this IPRO project team, although the size of the team may be limited. However, this IPRO team may form the core of a multi-IPRO team cluster going forward, which we will gauge by the level of interest in joining this project and the scope of areas for exploration as described below and which could span the themes of the Armour College of Engineering, namely, health, water, energy and security, in serving the needs of developing country communities.

The fall 2014 IPRO team will develop a deep understanding of the research that was created by the IIT MEDLIFE medical brigade as well as conduct appropriate secondary research based on the experience of others. This will lead to identifying insights based on the research that can lead to brainstorming and prototyping concepts that are innovative and can create lasting value for people living in the communities that were visited and other communities worldwide. If the concepts prove viable, Terry Mulligan, Director of the Tanzanian MEDLIFE National site, has agreed to assist in the implementation of the solution(s) in the areas that MEDLIFE serves.

Supporting the above process, the process of research and development will take into account the social implications any device, system or service model will have on the surrounding communities. It is envisioned that subgroups within the IPRO team will have the freedom to generate a device to advance the technological aspect of the failing healthcare infrastructure or a system that will have a greater impact on the social dynamics of the community. Constant communication between subgroups and MEDLIFE representatives will ensure that design specifications are considerate of the target community. The end-goal is to produce one or more working prototypes of an appropriate solution that will benefit the communities, in a cost-effective and maintainable fashion in the context of the themes of health, water, energy and security. Members of the IPRO team will be encouraged to apply for the opportunity to attend a follow-up trip to implement the solution if it proves feasible to do so. See http://medlif0.wix.com/medlife. return to top

497-302: CANCELLED Application of Low-Cost Embedded Processing and Open Source Radio Frequency Technology to Electronic Surveillance

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 11:25 to 12:40 pm

Sponsor:

Spectrum Warfare Systems Department, Naval Warfare Systems Command, Crane, Indiana

Faculty:

Chi Zhou (ECE) (zhou@iit.edu) in collaboration with Ken Zdunek (ECE), Yang Xu (ECE) and Boris Pervan (MMAE)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Technology & Management, Mechanical Engineering, Physics

Description:

This IPRO section is cancelled as of August 5. It may be offered in a later semester.

The Spectrum Warfare Systems Department of Naval Systems Warfare Command (NSWC) Crane is one of several providers of engineering services ranging from research and development to systems engineering and sustainment of electronic warfare Systems for the United Stated Navy and Department of Defense. As part of our charter for electronic warfare, we are interested in the implications of technology for both military and civil applications. One particular technology area of interest relates to the application of low cost embedded processing and open source radio frequency technologies to problems of electronic surveillance.

A recent survey of the open source ecosystem is showing migration of software-defined radio technologies coupled with low cost of entry electronics components and design tools which place the ability to create effective RF tools which were previously out of reach of the casual users. Just as low cost 3-D printers have had a disruptive effect on manufacturing, the arrival of low cost electronic components when combined with open source integrated development environments has strong potential to have disruptive effects on the spectrum and use of the spectrum.

NSWC Crane proposes a three semester project under the IPRO program that seeks to define and develop a software defined radio capability that leverages existing electronic, computing and radio technology to demonstrate the ability to conduct multilateration of selected radio signals, including ADS-B. Multilateration has been proposed as a key component of the transition of air traffic control’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B).

Multilateration has been around for many years and was first introduced as a navigational aid in the LORAN and OMEGA global navigation systems. Both of these systems belong to a family of hyperbolic navigation systems which measure the time difference of arrival (TDOA) of a signal from three or more receiver sites. A master station eliminates the need for a common clock.

Several approaches to construct ADS-B receivers using low cost electronics components have been proposed or have been developed. One example is the radar cape development for the beaglebone (ref:http://circuitco.com/support/index.php?title=Radarcape).Other potential solutions may be created from various Altera and Xilinx university development boards such as the ZEDBOARD, DE0-nano when combined with open source RF-projects such as myriad-rf and blade-rf. GNU-Radio and USRP SDRs also demonstrate ADS-B signal reception and display.

The end deliverable of the proposed three-semester project will be a demonstration of low-cost multilateration of ADS-B signals. The project team will develop or modify open- source RF boards and platforms to receive, process and display the positions of ADS-B receivers from the airspace surrounding IIT. Full implementation of the ADS-B specification is not required. Success is defined as being able to accurately and consistently display position information determined by multilateration and compare it to the aircraft’sreported position via ADS-B beacon. To be consistent with the 16 week semester timeline as well as to introduce a formal systems engineering / product engineering review process, the project may be phased as follows:

First Semester: Problem Definition and Preliminary Design. Students will capture project goals, concepts of operation and use cases to determine functional requirements of an ADS-Bmultilateral demonstration. The students will participate in trade studies that consider cost and performance to come up with a concept design for the multilateration demonstration. The deliverables for the first phase of this effort is a partitioned concept design, anenumerated budget, an integrated schedule (such as in ms project or open source equivalent), product performance specifications, and requirements managed in a systems engineering requirements management tool such as IBM DOORs or equivalent. The culminating eventwould be a design review equivalent to a preliminary design review (PDR). Use of open source environments and tools such as GITHUB and the Eclipse IDE are encouraged.

Second Semester: Detailed Design. Students will begin detailed design of the project based on the PDR design. During this phase actual software and firmware coding will commence, hardware design (as applicable) will begin and testing concepts will be developed to verify performance specification requirements. Engineering proof of concepts may be procured or produced to demonstrate soundness of technical approach. The culminating event of this phase would be a design review equivalent to a critical design review (CDR) where thedetailed design is described and approved for production.

Third Semester: Product Integration and Demonstration. Students will procure or fabricate the final engineering demonstration hardware and integrate all functional items into a working package. Students will conduct testing of the article to verify that the requirements have been met. The conclusion of this effort will be a demonstration of ADS-B multilateration, delivery of the technical data package for the project, a technical report of thedemonstration and at least one working copy of the hardware, firmware and software.

Other considerations: As this is a multi-disciplinary project, the team can also include any scope necessary to demonstrate legal or policy considerations of the project, include business case for low rate production of the product or describe the issue of ADS-B within a much larger framework of international air traffic control policy. The bulk of the effort is very engineering heavy and would bring together the efforts of software, hardware and firmware designers. The ultimate goal is to introduce students to a realistic problem, challenge a team to apply engineering rigor and give it the freedom to innovate solutions to multilateration.return to top

497-303: NEW! Sustainable Urban Planning Using Combined Heat and Power

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

Sargent & Lundy LLC

Faculty:

Don Chmielewski (ChBE) (chmielewski@iit.edu) and Don Tijunelis (INTM) (tijunelis@sbcglobal.net) in consultation with Blake Davis (INTM) (davisbl@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Business, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Journalism, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

A hypothetical new development is to be planned for reclaimed industrial space in the urban South Side of Chicago. This community will house approximately 100,000 residents as well as some light industry and general administration. A major component of any new development is the availability of water, power, and land.

This IPRO project will focus on the power demand and supply for a new urban development, focusing on investigating the most viable approach. However, rather than just purchasing all electrical power from the current grid, other options will be explored to supply stable electricity to all the consumers. Consistent and dependable power supply to a community is vital. Although new residents may be willing to reduce power consumption at night, power supply to hospitals and industries such as data centers must be maintained through all hours of the day; thus requiring stable supply of energy at all times.

To determine how much electrical generation will need to be sourced, three questions will have to be answered first: (1) How much power will a community this size demand?; (2) How does the community's power demand vary across the day, seasons and year?; and (3) Will it be more cost-effective for the community to buy energy from the grid and supplement this with generation during peak demand or generate its own power and sell energy back to the grid?

To answer the last question, the team will investigate different power sources and determine which would be more economical in the long run: (a) buying energy from the existing grid and supplementing energy demand with combustion turbines to meet peak demand; or (b) building base loaded generation with a stable power supply while being able to sell energy back to the grid.

Both options require development of new generation within the community grounds; therefore, spatial and environmental constraints must be considered. Regional opportunities for power sources include renewable sources such as biomass and central solar power or fossil fuel such as natural gas or coal. To optimize space and energy consumption, the team will learn and apply the principles of contemporary urban planning, and develop one or more urban planning concepts that can best serve the needs of this community.

This project will require students of multiple disciplines to work together to determine the best path forward. Sargent & Lundy tasks the IPRO team with addressing the following items in order to help select the best option for the new development:
  1. Determine the hourly electricity consumption required to power this community;
  2. Verify the availability, stability, and cost of power supply in the Chicago area;
  3. Explore peaking and base loaded generating options;
  4. Determine the cost, environmental, and spatial impacts of each generating option;
  5. Complete a 20-year cost analysis for options (a) and (b) discussed above; and
  6. Create an urban plan optimizing location of residential, industrial, public works, and power facilities.
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497-305: NEW! Developing an Antimatter Gravity Interferometer

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

In collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory

Faculty:

Dan Kaplan (PHYS) (kaplan@iit.edu) in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Physics

Description:

Does antimatter fall up?

You may have heard about antimatter as the fuel for the Starship Enterprise, or as the weapon of mass destruction in Angels and Demons. Here's your chance to learn about real antimatter and help advance the state of real-world antimatter research -- right here at IIT!

The science-fictional idea of anti-gravity is now being taken seriously by a number of researchers around the world. They propose that matter and antimatter should repel each other gravitationally. Thus in the gravitational field of earth, antimatter should fall UP! The IPRO team will develop a state-of-the-art sub-nanometer interferometer to measure the gravitational acceleration of antimatter and determine whether this stunning prediction is in fact correct.

Einstein's General Relativity, the accepted theory of gravity, predicts no difference whatsoever between the gravitational behaviors of matter and antimatter. While well-established experimentally, General Relativity has never been tested with antimatter. If antimatter is found to fall up in the gravitational field of the Earth -- or even if it falls down, but at a different rate from matter -- it will fundamentally change our view not only of gravity but of the nature and evolution of the Universe.

The measurement will require a source of neutral antimatter atoms and a precision device to measure their motion under gravity. The approach is to use muonium -- a hydrogen-like atom composed of an antimuon bound to an electron. (Although the electron is matter, since the antimuon is 200 times heavier than the electron, muonium should act gravitationally like antimatter.) Muonium sources exist at a number of particle accelerator laboratories around the world. Since muonium decays on average in 2.2 microseconds, the measurement is difficult and requires extreme mechanical precision.

The IPRO team will develop a precision interferometer fabricated out of single-crystal silicon and employing state-of-the-art nano-scale silicon gratings to be made at Argonne National Laboratory using nanofabrication techniques. The team will design and model the mechanical structure of the silicon-crystal interferometer, design (and may ultimately build and characterize) the gratings (and, if necessary, figure out how to improve them), and carry out design and Monte Carlo simulation studies of the experiment. Techniques to be used include finite-element analysis and modeling (FEA and FEM), e-beam and optical lithography, reactive-ion (RIE) and wet etching, precision metrology, and electron and ion-beam microscopy (SEM and FIB/SEM).

This IPRO project is being initiated in the fall 2014 semester, with the possibility of continuing in spring 2015. If successful, this project offers publication potential and the possibility of creating STEM education modules for various age groups. The project experience will involve training and using fundamental skills in physics, mechanical engineering, and materials science. The project will benefit through the collaboration of students from many fields of study who can apply their knowledge, skills and creativity. This includes various fields associated with physics, engineering, computer science and applied math. Exposure to the research and development capabilities and expertise available at Argonne offers students an exciting added-value learning opportunity!return to top

497-307: Intermodal Container Facility Innovations for the Chicago Area

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10:00 to 11:15 am

Sponsor:

Mi-Jack, Inc.

Faculty:

Laurence Rohter (CAEE) (rohter@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Information Technology & Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science

Description:

Intermodal Freight is the transfer of Containers and Trailers from Rail to Truck and from Truck to Rail. Chicago is the most important railroad center in North America. More lines of track radiate in more directions from Chicago than from any other city, with six of the seven major railroads have important operations in the Chicago region. As a result of this volume of rail activity, intermodal is one of the largest economic engines in the Chicago Area. There are new situations affecting this Transportation Hub: (a) Reshoring (more and more domestic containers shuttling goods around the U.S);Box Car Curtailments (moving goods previously shipped by box car to containers, double stacked, and trailers on flat cars); Panama Canal Expansion nearly on-line, but late and over-budget; and Chinese Company purchase of franchise for a Nicaragua cross-Isthmus canal; (b) Better Thermal Controls of Shipments; (c) Tighter Management Tools; and (d) Alternative uses of containers, such as Emergency Housing.

The objectives of this IPRO project will focus on four inter-related areas: (1) Logistics Revisions to examine the course of expected/envisioned changes in World-wide, National and Regional supply chains; (2) Continuation of thermal model development specific to the environment of transport containers, not too dissimilar to small buildings; (3) Application of the most powerful modeling tools available for event type simulations and 3D visualizations; and (4) Building on the opportunity to use the C5 Container (Compassonate Containers for Critical Communities and Catastrophes).

The IPRO team will undertake several tasks in parallel:

Thorough review of the situational picture relative to anticipating changes in Intermodal technologies and demand.

Thorough review of the effects of the 2013 Washington IL and earlier Joplin MO tornados to determine desired content and extensiveness of C5 containers. Expectation is to produce a publishable paper.

Develop an implementation strategy in co-operation with the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation for designing and manufacturing C5 containers, and co-ordinate an awareness campaign.

Enhance work and models previously developed for enroute thermal prediction and packaging with additional testing and protocol development.

Incorporate several new leading edge tools to provide better intermodal yard planning and operations: (a) Arena simulation software by Rockwell Automation helps to demonstrate, predict, and measure system strategies for effective, efficient and optimized performance; and (b) Unity 3D is a universal tool for architectural visualizations, interactive media installations, and video game development. return to top

497-313: Refuelable Electric Vehicle

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Meeting Days/Time:

Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Francisco Ruiz (MMAE) (ruiz@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication

Description:

Electric cars are very clean and efficient, but suffer from lack of range and long recharging time. People would use electric cars a lot more if it were possible to recharge a car in less than ten minutes, and do so repeatedly without fear of wrecking the battery. Our approach is to install a "refuelable" zinc-air battery in a vehicle, and demonstrate the concept in a record-breaking long distance road trip.

This project has been going on for a number of semesters. Progress has been slow, but steady, until this spring, with an unusually energetic team making significant strides. For Fall 2014, the main objectives are: (1) Design and build the appropriate components for a zinc-oxide storage system; (2) Write a patent application for the same; (3) Build a full-scale cell to power the vehicle, provided the Spring-14 design works as intended; and (4) Start a massive fundraising campaign to support the upcoming road demonstration.

The team will be organized in sub-teams of four or five people, with each team tasked with part of the project. Weekly meetings will coordinate the effort between teams, while other weekly meetings will concentrate on the tasks for each individual team. The Fall 2014 teams are likely to focus on each of the four objectives described above. This project is quite mature, but there is still opportunity for innovation via new ideas as the main concepts are implemented in practice. return to top

497-319: NEW! Designing Embedded Systems for More Efficient Wood Burning

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 1:50 to 3:05 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Blake Davis (INTM) (davisbl@iit.edu) in consultation with Jeremy Hajek (ITM)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Architectural Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Science

Description:

Wood was the dominant fuel for heating in the U.S. until 1885, when it was supplanted by coal. Two-and-a-half-million Americans still use wood as their primary heating source, and the number is growing. Unlike fossil fuels, wood heat is a carbon neutral heating source, as long as you plant enough new trees to replace the ones you have burned. However, there are two environmental problems with wood as a heat source; wood stoves are inefficient and they produce smoke with lots of particulates in it. These two problems are connected as inefficient stoves also produce lots of smoke. Wood heating is currently done in inefficient stores. The last major efficiency improvement in wood heating was the Franklin stove, in the late 1700’s.

However, a new period of innovation is occurring in wood stove design. Engineered wood pellets are making major inroads into European heating markets. In European countries with a lot of wood resources, residential wood heating makes up as much as 70% of all residential heating. In November, 2013, a Wood Stove Decathlon was held on the Mall in Washington, D.C.. This was modeled on the Solar Decathlon, and was a showcase for innovative wood stoves. The winners were a mixture of traditional high-heating-capacity masonry stoves, and modern, controlled-combustion stoves.

The objective of this IPRO is to research the potential for installing imbedded systems in existing stoves to monitor and control the combustion of the stove. This would be similar to what happens in a fuel injected car. The pressure, temperature, oxygen content of the exhaust and other factors are monitored and, through feedback loops, are used to create the optimal combustion conditions in the engine. The IPRO will be designing and building a system to optimize combustion in a wood stove. This system will include sensors to monitor the combustion in the stove, a computer to acquire and analyze the data, an algorithm to determine what to do under any load conditions, and fans and catalytic converters to adjust the firing conditions in the wood stove.

The approach the IPRO will take will be to analyze existing embedded systems in HVAC equipment, and also in systems installed in other types of fuel burning, such as automotive and aircraft systems. The IPRO will examine the types of variables inherent in the system, such as the moisture content of the wood, and determine what types of processes can be performed in the system to compensate for these variables (fan speed, heat recirculation, catalytic conversion). An algorithm will be developed to control these secondary processes once the system inputs are known. This process will then be followed up with research on what types of sensors are needed and where they should be located within the system for maximum effectiveness. The efficiency improvements in the system will be documented. return to top

497-320: NEW! Terraforming Urban Soils & Use of Appropriate Food Process Technologies

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Meeting Days/Time:

Thursdays from 6:25 to 9:05 pm

Sponsor:

In collaboration with the Bionutrient Food Association, Bronzeville Urban Development, Blacks in Green and other organizations

Faculty:

Blake Davis (INTM) (davisbl@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering,, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Industrial Technology & Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Psychology

Description:

Six previous IPRO project teams have undertaken research on developing agriculture on vacant lots in Chicago. This work has included research on soil testing, debris removal and recycling, soil amendment and suitable crops for producing food, fuel and fiber. Most of the vacant lots have previously been occupied by residential or commercial buildings. At some point, these buildings were demolished and the lot became vacant. Often the building was knocked down into the basement, and the debris was covered by a thin layer of subsoil from some other construction site. Usually the site still contains much of the concrete from the foundations of the previous buildings. Subsequently, trash was often dumped on the site, cars were parked on the lots, and the subsoil was compacted so that many of the vacant lots cannot even grow weeds at the present time. There are 70,000 vacant lots owned by the City of Chicago, and at least twice as many privately owned lots. These lots bring down the neighborhoods in which they are located. The work of these IPRO teams has focused on how to make these vacant lots into community assets. There are two topic areas that will be explored by this fall IPRO team:

TERRAFORMING URBAN SOILS. The objective of this topic is to develop a procedure for creating soil on vacant lots. Soil is more than just ground up rock. It is alive with minerals and microorganisms. These microorganisms, and plants growing in the soil, require oxygen and water and minerals. Most of these requirements are missing in urban soils. The subsoil is mostly clay with no organic matter. Once it is compacted, oxygen and water can no longer get into the soil. The makes it almost impossible to grow anything, even weeds, in these urban soils.

This component of the IPRO project will develop a protocol for testing and amending the soil. Team members will research and identify the tests that can determine what amendments are needed. The amendments are needed to provide the optimal soil nutrients and the type of soil preparation to accommodate these amendments. These materials will be selected to improve the soil fertility and yields. These soil amendments are supporting both the microorganisms in the soil, as well as the nutrient needs of the plants growing in the soil.

The IPRO will be terraforming urban soils, which is the process of deliberately modifying the environmental factors in the soil to make it habitable for life. By feeding the soil, the food grown on it is made more nutritious and more resistant to disease and pests.

The terraforming of vacant lots is both a scientific and economic problem. Not only must the amendments be the correct ones, but they must also be affordable. Therefore, many materials must be considered to determine which ones will be both cheap and potent. This means setting up a system to continuously test the soils to see how much of the necessary nutrients are available to the plants. It also requires designing an app to make recommendations on which soil amendments are needed and in what quantities.

This IPRO will be working with the Bionutrient Food Association in Massachusetts to determining which materials work, and locating sources for them. They will be determining which soil tests are required for amendment, and what follow up testing is required to establish whether the amendments are available to the plants growing on the amended soil. The students will be designing the app to match the soil needs with available sources of inexpensive amendments. They will also be researching the best ways to incorporate the amendments into the soils. This research will then be systematized into a protocol to terraform soil in any location in the country.

FOOD, FUEL & FIBER PROCESSING FOR PRODUCTS FROM URBAN AGRICULTURE. The objective of this IPRO is to research small scale food, fiber, oil and wood processing technologies and identify potential high-value markets for these products.

Underdeveloped and developing countries grow food on much smaller parcels than we do in the U.S., and have smaller volumes of products to process. Therefore, they have developed smaller scale processing equipment. Additionally, international NGO’s like the Intermediate Technology Development Group are also working on developing smaller scales processing equipment when it doesn’t currently exist. The IPRO will research appropriately scaled equipment for the types of agricultural products growing and being proposed for the vacant lots being managed by our not-for-profit community partners. Students will determine how this equipment can be obtained and financed. They will also look for high-value products that can be developed from the crops that can be grown on vacant lots and will determine the best way to sell the value-added products. return to top

497-338: Developing Insights that Support Energy Efficiency Improvement Strategies for Varied Built Environments

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays from 6:25 to 9:05 pm

Sponsor:

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA)

Faculty:

Dan Tomal (INTM) (drtomal@aol.com)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Journalism, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

There are many economically disadvantaged communities with non-profit buildings that are old and energy inefficient, with poorly environmentally-designed buildings that could benefit from energy efficiency upgrading. However, due to lack of financial resources and their old age, and often architectural design, it is difficult to find cost-effective solutions to improve them.

Thus, a technical and socially-complex problem is to identify the root causes of the energy inefficiencies in collaboration with stakeholders (building owners, building management, and sponsor), given the often myriad array of building constraints (e.g., historic sites that can't be altered, city codes, building structure design, operations of the building itself).

The objective of this IPRO project is to conduct an energy audit of a not-for-profit, financially depressed building, working with the the stakeholders, building operations management, ECA and NECA national competition criteria to 1) identify energy inefficiencies and 2) propose financially creative, environmentally conscious, and viable energy solutions to the energy inefficiencies where there currently exist no clear financially-viable solutions.

The approach requires the collaboration of students from engineering, architecture, design, industrial technology, computer science and engineering, and other disciplines to undertake rigorous action research methodology (solving a technical problem) by conducting in-depth energy and cost-benefit analysis of the building through research, conducting Thermal Readings of the facility, investigating Smart Technologies(s) in addressing the problem of improving green and energy efficiency that offer a reasonable ROI.. Financial considerations will be a major part of a viable solution.

The IPRO team will also benefit from consultation from the IIT Smart Grid Program Office, with Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour at the Center for Electricity Innovation, as well as the electrical contracting industry. For example, Mr. Frank Gurtz, Gurtz Electric, is currently the president of the student committee of ECA working with the current IPRO team.return to top

497-346: Sky's the Limit: Retracing the Technological Evolution of Aviation and its Impact on Architecture

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 11:25 am to 12:40 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

John Manaves (ARCH) (jmanaves@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics

Description:

With over a quarter of a million people flying in the air between ground and space at any given moment, this IPRO continuing project will challenge this mode of temporary existence, researching and developing aerial architecture.

The IPRO team will retrace the technological evolution of aviation and the impact on the designed world rethinking current technologies within architecture and design. In 1891 Alexander Graham Bell began to experiment with the idea of creating heavier than air structures. In this new world the Wright Brother’s winged aviation model of flight is trumped by Alexander Graham Bell’s visions. The emphasis of an elevated ground is explored. A new aerial fiction is produced by hybridizing techniques found in modern aviation with the past. Within this context emerging technologies will be developed and explored. In an attempt to challenge the city, a temporary inhabitable flying platform will be designed and prototyped. The plan is to design a platform that can fly above the tallest towers in the world rethinking the basic principle of the city skyline, the skyscraper.

The project will progress through three phases:

Phase 01 Precedents & Types -- Encompasses research, analysis and documentation of iconic works of architecture that are categorized as aerial projects to better understand historical precedents and how they relate to course interests. A comprehensive categorization and documentation will be created.

Phase 02 Up-Skilling (Overlapping Phase 01) -- Emerging technologies within the field of architecture will be explored and learned. The hacking and reuse of these technologies will assist in the development of phase 03. Software and hardware will be explored, including advanced fabrication techniques.

Phase 03 Aerial Vision & Prototyping -- Prototypes of new proposed structures will be developed using various IIT resources. A team will be developed to explore and test both physical and digital models. return to top

497-351: PathPass: Opening Doors for People with Disabilities

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:15 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Kevin Meade (MMAE) (meade@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology & Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology

Description:

Injured students and others must deal with the difficulties of getting around between classes -- going through and opening doors. Automatic buttons do not solve all of the issues of entering or leaving a building independently.

What if the door opened for them? PathPass is a sensor mechanism that an injured or disabled person can use to open doors automatically and avoid issues related to reaching and pushing the button and having a door close prematurely. It works by attaching the device to your crutches or wheelchair. A companion device is installed in a door so that it will respond and open as you approach it.

The purpose of this IPRO project is to further research, prototype, test and develop viable solutions. This will involve understanding the elements of a balanced breakthrough methodology, namely, considering technical feasibility, user desirability and business viability.Objective

The idea of PathPass is to create a device that opens doors wirelessly for temporarily injured or handicapped individuals. PathPass is an improved version of the standard handicapped door opener. While a common way of traveling for incapacitated persons is to push a button to open the door at the main entrance of a building, doors are everywhere in buildings: offices, bathrooms and classrooms. If you or a companion has ever been injured, you are familiar with the difficulties this presents. To implement this device on a commercial or residential type door would make traveling itself easier to deal with at such a difficult time for the user and possibly a caretaker.

The goals of this project are to identify at least three feasible, economically viable approaches to implementing the PathPass concept and to construct one working prototype by the end of the semester. We anticipate this project will likely extend to a second semester to bring the solution to the point where it can be produced commercially.

As part of our IPRO team, we have enlisted two outside consultants who have extensive expertise and practical experience interacting with people with disabilities; Ms. Mardy Chizek, RN, FNP, MBA, Chizek Consulting, Inc., Charism® Eldercare Services and Ms. Sandy Bernabe, Nursing Aid. Ms. Chizek has worked on an IPRO before with Professor Meade. Both Ms. Chizek and Ms. Bernabe have extensive experience caring for patients with disabilities and dealing with the type of issues mentioned in this proposal.

We also have on our team Ms. Laura Castaneda, who is a recent IIT graduate in Materials Science and Engineering and co-instructor for IPRO 351. Ms. Castaneda worked as a co-instructor with Professor Meade on IPRO 350 in the fall 2013 semester, which won two Dean’s Choice Awards. Ms. Castaneda has experience in the design of prosthetics and orthotics and in project management, both of which have many parallels with this project.

Another possible extension being contemplated is that this project could be the first in a series in rehabilitation and engineering related projects that could be adapted for STEM programs. We may be able to build upon the experiences of IPRO 350 ProSolutions “Prosthetic Solutions for the Working World” and IPRO 351 PathPass: “Opening Doors for People with Disabilities”, to construct viable STEM projects for high school students and beginning college students.

Several possible solutions to this problem and enhancements will be investigated. For example: (a) Using an RFID scanner, a trigger with a button mounted on a cane or a wheelchair could open and close the door and could be connected wirelessly through using a technology such as Bluetooth; (b) Voice activated options to open and close the door might be implemented on smart phones; (c) Consider the interactions of different approaches to the problem such as the effects working with a caretaker; and (d) Consider adding other features to the device such as being able to detect the location of the nearest handicapped accessible entrance, handicapped accessible washroom, etc.

We will rely on a traditional team structure, at least initially. This will include a project manager, and leaders of three subgroups representing three different approaches to solving the problem. The subgroups will be as diverse as possible in terms of majors. Also, we will have team members responsible for basic functions of the team such as: (i) taking meeting minutes, (ii) making and distributing meeting agendas, (iii) IPRO Day Coordinator and (iv) IPRO 351 Blog Moderator. The IPRO 351 Blog will give the students a means to keep track of their experiences in the course. Weekly blog posts will be required, conform to a specified structure, and graded.

In a project like this one, involvement of persons with disabilities and their caretakers is especially important. Ms. Chizek and Ms. Bernabe have daily experience with persons with disabilities as their caretakers and they can be a source of patients. For example, to involve patients in interviews, we can have the IPRO team get IRB qualified through online NIH resources http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php?l=3 (this was done in IPRO 350). This will also give the team an awareness of the many ethical issues that come up in projects such as this one.

On Tuesdays, the team will have updates on subgroup progress and announcement of any homework assignments. We will occasionally have visits from our collaborators and stakeholders as well as short lectures on issues about rehabilitation technology by Professor Meade. During the other part of class, subgroup work will be conducted possibly in other venues such as the Idea Shop.

The following outline is subject to review and revision by the IPRO team.

Stage 1: Preparations and Research. We will look into the current state of the art in door-opening world to gain insight into what technologies we can utilize for PathPass. In the end, we want to select a specific type of door and a specific environment to develop a working prototype for testing. This involves consideration of (a) Current door-opening technologies; (b) Types of doors; (c) Categories of companies/institutions whose doors would implement this technology; and (d) Exploration of Bluetooth technologies that we hope to use (and other potential options for replacement technologies). We will research the users we are marketing to, in order to gain insight into their needs and struggles. This way, we can work to develop PathPass into a product that would help in circumstances real people actually experience.

Stage 2: Building a Prototype. PathPass is the actual device the user would interact with, for example, attached to a crutch or wheelchair, or push button. This device will be developed, as well as the complementary device/technology to upgrade the given door to a PathPass capable/enabled door. Activities include (a) CADD a design for a specified doorway; (b) Construct the mechanical portion with respect to the doorway; and (c) Apply the electrical features to the design (Bluetooth module).

Stage 3: Testing, Prototyping, and Redesign. Once we have a working prototype of the door and device, we want to get real opinions from people who would make use of this product. Unbiased people can give us insight into details we didn’t pay attention to, problems we didn’t anticipate, etc. Activities include: (a) Address the issues of the design based on testing; (b) Simplify and make changes to upgrade; (c) Repeat to make efficient upgrade; and (d) Update user benefit description.

Stage 4: Results and Expansion Discussion. In the end, we should be convinced and be able to convince others why PathPass is a worthwhile product, i.e., why people need it and what makes it special. Finally, we want to explore a world where Path Pass is implemented. At this point, we will explore further topics like nurse/caretaker involvement. Activities include: (a) Finalize user definition and benefits description; (b) Finalize PathPass product description; and (c) Develop a platform to market the product.return to top

497-356: Techno-Business User-Application Trends Analysis of US Motor & Transformer Electricity Consumption

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Meeting Days/Time:

Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:40 pm

Sponsor:

Tempel Steel

Faculty:

Phil Lewis (INTM) (lewisp262@aol.com) and Hanna Korel (ID) (hanna.korel@gmail.com) in consultation with Ian Brown (ECE) (ibrown1@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Industrial Technology & Management, Journalism, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

Did you know that upwards of 60 percent of the electricity generated in the US has been attributed to motors? Even a one percent improvement in average motor efficiency would save a huge amount of electricity and reduce the need for new power generating stations. (Source: A.D.Little circa 1975)

Since the mid-1970's no study has been completed to model electricity consumption in motors and transformers in the US. However, in the early 2000's the US Department of Energy (DOE) introduced energy regulations that progressively enforce improved energy efficiency in a selected range of distribution transformers. At the same time, the National Electric Motor Association (NEMA) has developed guidelines for a progressive improvement in energy efficiency for a range of industrial-sized motors. Similar initiatives have begun in Europe and other regions of the globe.

In spite of these steps by government agencies and industry associations, there remain problems and challenges that affect dramatic shifts to more efficient motors and transformers, which in turn affects energy consumption. This is in part due to the fact that while everyone believes that improvements in energy efficiency are worthwhile, no one has quantified the benefits nor undertaken a cost/benefit analysis. The NEMA guidelines are not enforceable so motor manufacturers do not have a major incentive for improvement. There is also a gap in knowledge on how to improve motor efficiencies in the most cost-effective way possible. Finally, there is no coherent body of information that combines motor engineering principles, consumption statistics, and effects of energy efficiency improvements into a model that can offer insights and lead to recommendations that can be used by DOE and others to shape and influence public policy and energy strategy.

Given this background and opportunity, Tempel (http://www.tempel.com) is interested in working with an IPRO team over multiple semesters to establish the coherent body of information described above.

The objective of the 2nd semester project will be to advance the work of the first spring 2014 semester of the project. The spring team provided a progress report to the Sponsor in early March detailing the research accomplished and plan for the balance of the spring 2014 semester. Semester 1 results will provide Semester 2 (this proposed project) with specific market targets to continue motor efficiency investigation. The plan is to formulate a plan of action in semester 2 to involve Tempel Steel, the Electric Motor Industry and impacted parties to drive motor efficiency via policy, regulation, design, incentives, etc..

The approach of the IPRO team for the fall 2014 semester will be similar to the spring 2014 semester. The team will launch from the first semester results and advance the subject of motor efficiency. The team will complete research, share findings with team members and explore solutions. The goal is to formulate an action plan with specific actions and goals that if implemented could move the electric motor industry to improved efficiency.

The above IPRO purpose can be aided by conducting broad secondary research, as well as surveying major motor and transformer manufacturers and other sources of information. This study could involve investigation of appropriate algorithms and models for depicting and understanding electricity consumption due to motors and transformers and the drivers of technological change that affect future enabling technologies, products, applications, markets and competition. This work could establish a baseline of motor and transformer energy consumption that could be monitored over time to determine progress made toward fully realizing potential energy savings through improved motor and transformer efficiencies. This work could also help to inform public policy strategies combinations of regulations and incentives that stimulate innovation in motor and transformer efficiency improvements. Finally, there may be opportunities for such motor and transformer efficiency and consumption patterns at various levels and in various industries to inform the research, design and planning process for lamination manufacture. A great example is the long term market penetration expected for hybrid and electric vehicles and their demand for motors as well as demand for power, whether via conventional sources or renewables.

This IPRO team will have the benefit of a balanced instructor team in learning and applying market research and survey methods as well as methods associated with user-centered design that help to capture trend information, identify insights and conceptualize opportunities. IIT faculty expertise in power conversion technologies, power electronics and electric machines is also an important resource for the IPRO team in understanding motor and transformer technologies and trends.return to top

497-359: The Simularium: Exploring Opportunities for an Immersive Environment with 3D Visualization at IIT

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Meeting Days/Time:

Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:25 to 7:40 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Mark McKinney (ARCH) (mmkinn5@iit.edu)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Technology & Management, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biochemistry & Biophysics, Physics, Political Science, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:



Currently only the largest of building industry companies can afford and benefit from leading edge technology. The broader building industry has a great deal to gain in cost / schedule / quality management by the advancements in digital technology. This IPRO will develop a visualization, communication and management system called a Simularium that will be in the financial reach a broader building industry audience.

We are at the foreground of the digital frontier and the background of making it affordable and finding effective applications for the building industry. This frontier offers opportunities of simplicity and efficiency as well as changing the way we currently build buildings. Our objective is to create a 'poor man's' digital cave -- a Simularium that can offer inter- and intra- office visualization, communication and management benefits to architects, engineers, contractors, sub-contractors as well as clients.

The IPRO team will research the historical technology, applications and cost of digital caves and the associated realm virtual / augmented reality. Parallel to this, the team will document the role, function, benefits and cost of this technology. The team will filter this information through a design process toward creating a working prototype and a cost benefit analysis by the end of the semester. This IPRO project will be influenced by: Oblong Mezzanine, Sixth Sense Technology, Chrisie, Blue Marble 3D, UIC Cave2, BIM, and other contemporary developments and offerings.

Ideally, the IPRO team will be comprised of students representing the following types of majors: electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, architecture, psychology, information technology, and business. All students interested in this topic are welcome to join the team.return to top

497-363: IIT Pride: Improving Student & University Community Engagement

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Meeting Days/Time:

Mondays from 8:35 to 11:15 am

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Steve Hammond (ID) (stevehammond1@mac.com)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome

Description:

Spirit and pride define the soul of an educational institution. Developing pride requires cultural and climate shifts for the institution's community and commitment from a wide range of constituencies. This IPRO project will explore the complex nature of school pride in all aspects of college life. This IPRO’s history began in athletics and has expanded to other opportunities in the college community. The team will draw on work done by prior IPROs for inspiration and will work on problem definitions and solutions of their own choosing. This self-directed aspect is an important element of the project. After developing their own perspective on the challenge, students will work as a team to develop and implement projects to develop pride in the community.

The first objective will be for the team to define (or redefine) the challenge using techniques from design, creative problem solving and non-directive coaching. Through repetitive use of both generative and evaluative tools, the team will then work to develop products and services that would be useful in building pride in IIT. The student team will learn about innovation processes and will use them to develop its deliverables. A key objective is learning what works, what doesn't and why. Based on progress by prior teams, the scope of the project will likely expand beyond athletics and the on-campus population to include commuters, faculty, alumni and others.Approach

The team will use a combination of tools used by designers, creative problem solvers and leadership coaches. Each student will be required to manage the agenda and execution of a class session. The students will choose the sub-challenges they wish to pursue and will have opportunities to take on different roles during the project. Teamwork and the dynamics of team formation and learning are an important part of the process. return to top

497-371: Creating a Reliable Sports Players' Statistical Performance Evaluation Methodology

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Meeting Days/Time:

Mondays/Wednesdays from 1:50 to 3:05 pm

Sponsor:

Faculty:

Dan Tomal (INTM) (drtomal@aol.com)

Appropriate Disciplines:

A variety of disciplines are welcome, Applied Mathematics, Business, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Design, Journalism, Professional & Technical Communication, Psychology

Description:

There have been discrepancies in rating baseball players’ performance using the statistical IRA (Individual Ratio Analysis) which has not always been accurate, has biases, and has been detrimental to players’ careers and the team. Sports franchises could benefit from a better way of determining sports players’ performance that is a more accurate reflection of players’ performance and worth to the team.

The objective of this IPRO project is to explore statistical and non-statistical methods of evaluating sports players’ performance that offer more reliable and accurate evaluation of players’ performance and worth to a team. The objective is also to include a performance rating system that takes into account the player’s performance and the team’s performance with a solid statistical basis.

This IPRO project is proposed to span two semesters, summer and fall 2014, requiring collaboration from many fields of study -- engineering, computer science, business, architecture, etc. The IPRO team will take an open-ended approach to addressing the problem statement. The analysis, brainstorming alternatives, statistical analysis, algorithms, prototyping, business model development and planning for this project require a wide range of student backgrounds and interests that can creatively identify and validate potential commercial applications and markets. return to top