Finals week announcements for section B00

posted Jun 9, 2012, 11:30 AM by Jerry Tustaniwskyj   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:29 PM by Ved Vakharia ]

As I have mentioned to you before, I will start reading the reports today but will allow you to make changes up until the poster session. I will accept the changes for grading purposes if you provide me a list of the changes  you made to the report so I do not have to reread them.

Please bring 2 hardcopies of your final report to the poster session, one for me and one for your sponsor.

You should have already received a notice stating that the deadline for poster has been extended to Monday evening.

Please look at the advice Dr. Delson gave section A00:
"Many of the frontpage of you webpages need to be more engaging and descriptive. These pages will serve as links on your resume (and I will grade them). The viewer will look quickly at the frontpage and not click further in unless they are engaged.  My recommendations are:
     - Put a brief overview of the project at the beginning.  
     - Use photos and CAD with concise descriptions under the images or close by their side.
      - Put your best material on the  frontpage such as movies and animations of the final project, even if they are repeated elsewhere in the webpage.
      - Make sure that all files are uploaded properly to the webpage including: PowerPoints, CAD files, source code for Arduinos, budgets, etc."

Please complete the CAPE form including the additional 5 questions included on it. You should have received an e-mail notification with instructions.

Each team needs to select one representative photo and upload it and the project information to the 156B Project page. This is where we will post the award winners. You will need:

PASSWORD: Graduation123

Peer Review (active now)
    - Anyone submitting a peer review 900 or lower MUST include explaining comments in the feedback or instruction box

    - Clean up lab space. All lab spaces need to be cleaned up before sign off sheet will be signed.
    - Have lab checkoff list signed off by Isaiah Freerksen or Tom Chalfant at noon. See:

Poster Day Logistics
    - Invite sponsor and let me know if they are coming
    - Setup hardware and posters in Design Studio and rm 311 starting at 10am
    - Chris Cassidy will be assigning poster areas - contact him if you have special hardware needs.
    - Have at least one team member by poster between 11:30am-2:30pm for judging and visitors.

Please make sure you take care of all the items mentioned here and on the checklist online. You have worked hard this quarter and have accomplished quite a bit. Please pay attention to the details to make a successful finish.

The ASME judges have confirmed and will be judging the projects and giving awards. Please try to  make your presentations to them  and other visitors very professional.

Thank you and good luck!

J. Tustaniwskyj

Section A00 final deadline extensions.

posted Jun 6, 2012, 2:10 PM by Mike Morris   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:30 PM by Ved Vakharia ]

Teams 1-11,  

Due to the later poster presentations (Friday this quarter versus Wednesday most quarters) this lends the opportunity to grant all of you an extension on the deadlines.  These extensions are as follows.

Website: Final updated version by Tuesday 6/12/12 at midnight
Report: Final printed copy due Wednesday 6/13/12 at 9am
Poster: Final copy due Friday 6/8/12 at midnight on your website, but you can update it until Monday at midnight.  I will begin printing them on Tuesday so changes after that point will be left out. 

Sorry for the late notice on this matter, I hope that you have not stressed too much to meat these deadlines.

 ~Mike Morris

A00 Week 10 Team Meetings

posted Jun 5, 2012, 10:30 AM by Mike Morris   [ updated Jun 5, 2012, 10:30 AM by Nate Delson ]

Hello teams 1-11,

This week there is nothing on the schedule about team meetings, but in order to give you feedback on your posters and websites, it is necessary to schedule short meetings with each of you.  Please see the below schedule for the scheduled times and please let me know if you cannot make that time for whatever reason.  I am using mostly normal class time on Thursday, however you may have used this time to schedule your sponsor meeting, so we will need to find something that works for all parties involved.

Wednesday 6/6/12

Available time slots from 1pm-2pm, 3-4pm, 5-6pm if you cannot make the Thursday time

Thursday 6/7/12 **All teams should be in their workspace with their webpage up for me to look at and I will bring your poster with editing**

12:00pm-12:10pm --> Team 1
12:10pm-12:20pm --> Team 2
12:20pm-12:30pm --> Team 3
12:30pm-12:40pm --> Team 6
12:40pm-12:50pm --> Team 9
12:50pm-01:00pm --> Team 10
01:00pm-01:10pm --> Team 11
01:10pm-01:20pm --> Team 4
01:20pm-01:30pm --> Team 5
01:30pm-01:40pm --> Team 8
01:40pm-01:50pm --> Team 7

Please email me with any conflicts or questions

 ~Mike Morris

Clarifying the Abstract Versus Exec Summary

posted Jun 3, 2012, 3:10 PM by Mike Morris   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:28 PM by Ved Vakharia ]


I want to emphasize the difference between the abstract and executive summary for you as you start to fine tune your final report edit.

Abstract should be short and succinct.  You should strive for the 200 word max because of what it is designed to do which is just give the crucial information and the relevant numbers. If you are making your abstract too long then you are not utilizing the full benefits of the exec. summary.  The exec. summary should be a 2-3 page standalone document (which is just embedded into your report) that has one or two good annotated CAD photos and gives a good thorough summary of your report.  The abstract should only be words, no pictures, and with the maximum of 200 words it should only include those things that are important enough to fit inside the 200 word limit.  This is not a hard cap but a guideline so that your content is summarized in a way that reflects the brevity that the abstract should entail.  

I hope this clarifies some issues for you.  These two items are very critical in creating a report that fits the needs for all different types of people taking a look at the report, and should guide readers and engage and encourage them to read more of your report because of what they read in the abstract and then the executive summary. 

 ~Mike Morris

Graded Draft 2 reports section A00

posted Jun 3, 2012, 11:48 AM by Mike Morris   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:29 PM by Ved Vakharia ]

Hello teams 1-11,

Your reports which were critiqued by another team have been available for you to pickup in EBU2-311.  find them on top of the desk as you walk in. 

Best of luck finishing off these projects!

 ~Mike Morris 

B00 Meeting Times and Location - Monday 06/04/2012

posted May 31, 2012, 11:13 PM by Yoshio Tsuruta   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:27 PM by Ved Vakharia ]

Hello Everyone,

We will be holding short meetings at your workstations next week, discussing your final product as well as going over the rough draft of your poster which I will print for you.  However, please be ready for us give or take 20 minutes or so (10 mins meetings are hard to time keep). 

The meeting schedule will be as follows:

Team 19 - 2:30 PM - Across the Design Studio
Team 22 - 2:40 PM - Across the Design Studio
Team 14 - 2:50 PM - Machine Shop
Team 12 - 3:00 PM - Machine Shop
Team 15 - 3:10 PM - Machine Shop
Team 16 - 3:20 PM - Machine Shop
Team 17 - 3:30 PM - Machine Shop
Team 19 - 3:40 PM - Machine Shop
Team 20 - 3:50 PM - Machine Shop
Team 21 - 4:00 PM - Machine Shop
Team 13 - 4:10 PM - Steve's Office
Team 18 - 4:20 PM - Steve's Office

Again, we will do our best to be on time, but we may be a bit early or late, so please be prepared at your stations slightly early.

- Yoshio

B00 team meeting times on Wednesday May 30th

posted May 29, 2012, 4:15 PM by Jerry Tustaniwskyj   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:27 PM by Ved Vakharia ]

All meetings will be held in EBU2 room 174  (the conference room at the end of the hall in the MAE advising office side). Make sure your progress report is posted tonight. The times are as follows:

10:30am – 11:00am: team 12

11:00am – 11:30am: team 16

2:00pm – 2:25pm: team 14

2:25pm – 2:50pm: team 19

2:50pm – 3:15pm: team 17

3:15pm – 3:40pm: team 20

3:40pm – 4:05pm: team 21

4:05pm – 4:30pm: team 22

4:30pm – 5:00pm: team 18

5:00pm – 5:30pm: team 13

5:30pm – 6:00pm: team 15

announcements for section B00

posted May 23, 2012, 3:14 PM by Jerry Tustaniwskyj   [ updated May 23, 2012, 3:49 PM by Nate Delson ]

Report exchange (team on left gives team on right their report to review):


12 --> 17

13 --> 18

14 --> 19

15 --> 20

16 --> 21

17 --> 22

18 --> 12

19 --> 13

20 --> 14

21 --> 15

22 --> 16


·     Each member of reviewing team must review entire report.

·     Each member should use different color ink/pencil when marking comments.

·     Please provide as much constructive criticism as possible.

·     Make arrangement to exchange reports no later than Friday afternoon.

·     Return commented reports to Yoshio (TA) by Tuesday 5/29 by 4PM at Design Studio.

·     Make sure you upload your most recent version on the web.


Address any issues identified in peer review.


No team meetings on Monday 5/28.


Meetings should be rescheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday.


Make sure you schedule your review at the sponsor on 10th week.


Look at check list on the web for end of quarter requirements. Due by Thursday 6/14 noon.


Draft poster due at end of 9th week.


Short meetings on Monday June 4th (10th week) at team workstation. Please tell Yoshio where we can meet you.


Poster session Friday 6/15 11:30-2:30.

2nd Draft guidelines and instructions

posted May 22, 2012, 11:03 AM by Mike Morris   [ updated May 22, 2012, 11:03 AM by Nate Delson ]

Hello section A00 (and B00).
Due this upcoming Friday (5/25/12) at midnight is your 2nd draft of the report.  In brief the guidelines are that you should have as much done on it as is possible at this point in your project, and that means that the only thigns you can NOT do are things relating to the final design.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY!  Yet even for these sections you should have some idea of what your final design will entail so you should be able to still put in some information relating to these sections and only leave blanks where you absolutely cannot write anything meaningful because you have not made those decisions yet.  In doing this work it will make for much better feedback from the other teams and give you a better final week when you will have to work on finalizing your project and working on the poster. 
The format for which you will be graded will be based on the other teams editing and commenting on your report.  You will get credit for grading the other teams report and this should be done by following the guidelines for report 2 rough draft.  In short, you each should grade in a different color pen (or one use pencil but that isn't preferred) and read the entirety of the report.
-Teams should post their draft on their webpage by the due date
-I will then distribute the reports (electronically) to various teams for them to grade
-When you receive another teams report you will use your class printing account to print a hard copy (ONLY ONE PER TEAM)
-Grade the report
-Turn in the graded copy no later than 12pm on Tuesday May 29th to a box I will have in EBU2-311
-I will hand them back on Thursday and Friday whenever I can see your team.
Any questions please let me know!
Good luck on presentations this week!
~Mike Morris

B00 Rough Draft

posted May 12, 2012, 11:14 AM by Yoshio Tsuruta   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 9:27 PM by Ved Vakharia ]

Hello teams 12-22,

Your reports are actively being returned.  As a reminder, I will be available on Saturday from 1PM~2PM at the Design Studio for pickup as stated in the e-mail.

Please remember that we expect a revised version of your reports that reflect our comments to be uploaded on your websites by this coming Friday, May 18th.  We do not necessarily expect new sections, but we do expect it to be revised for grammar, annotated CAD, etc. as well as other comments placed on your report.

Also, please take a look at Mike's post from earlier, a lot of the same issues were prevalent in our section's reports as well.  In addition, be sure to add more engineering analysis as justification in your report.

- Yoshio

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