Systems Engineering Seminar: Skiing in June
June 8, 2017

For athletes in certain sports, access to real, practical training can very much depend on the season. Take beach volleyball, for example. Or alpine racing. For the first, you'll need summer. For the second, typically winter is best.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Can You Automate My Tomatoes?
February 17, 2017

We can all agree that growing our own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money and maintain a healthy diet. So why isn't gardening more popular?

Systems Engineering Seminar: Improving Safety in High-Speed Rail
November 16, 2016

On September 12, 2008, a Metrolink commuter train and a freight train collided in Los Angeles, California, killing twenty-five people and injuring many more. A month later, President George W. Bush singed into law the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Creating a Better System to Monitor Satellites
July 11, 2016

Satellites placed in geostationary Earth orbits are necessary for everything from financial transactions to weather forecasting.

As a quick definition, GEOs are the orbits that hover above the equator. They move in sync with the Earth's rotation. So when an object (i.e., a man-made satellite) is placed into a GEO, it appears motionless to those of us here on the ground.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Protecting Soldiers Who Investigate Blast Sites
June 10, 2016

Incidents involving roadside and under-road improvised explosive devices remain a serious threat. As the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown, IED blasts often result in horrific injuries, fatalities, and damages to military vehicles.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Detecting Warranty Fraud
April 7, 2016

Warranty fraud has become a big problem in recent years, and when fraudulent claims go undetected, there are negative effects for both companies and consumers (i.e., billions of dollars are lost and warranty prices go up).

Systems Engineering Seminar: Real-Time Tumor Tracking
March 7, 2016

How can engineers improve cancer treatment? Recent graduate Erich Walker has a big idea: let's use systems engineering principles to help make external beam radiation therapy more effective.

External beam radiation therapy, or EBRT, is a common type of cancer therapy that directs a beam of radiation from outside the body at the cancerous tissues inside the body.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Detecting Illegal Radio Frequency Transmissions
February 1, 2016

Two government agencies recently identified a serious problem: there is virtually no cost-effective and reliable system available right now that can detect illegal radio frequency transmissions.

As part of his Systems Engineering master's project, current student Robert Mascoe decided to address this problem head on by applying common systems engineering principles (i.e., Need, Requirements, Functions, System Model, and Solution).

Systems Engineering Seminar: Device Will Help Doctors Treat Asthma and Allergies
January 7, 2016

As it happens with many medical conditions, doctors often have to rely on their patients’ memories to help them come up with the best treatments.

In the case of asthma and allergies, an allergist might ask his/her patient questions about weekly inhaler use, typical symptoms, the locations and situations where the inhaler was needed, and specific activities that might have triggered the symptoms.

It then falls to the patient to accurately recall the answers.

Systems Engineering Seminar: Improving the Safety of Taxis in India
November 10, 2015

The taxicab industry in India is booming. Due to advancements in technology, the availability of low-cost Android smart phones, and growing high-speed Internet access, it's become a rapidly growing intra-city business throughout the country.

Because the growth has been so sudden, however, Indian taxicab systems are notoriously unreliable and unavailable. Unfortunately, in recent years, there have also been reports of crimes either committed by passengers or the drivers themselves.

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