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University of Rhode Island Engineering Capstone Project - May 2011

Here is the team from URI Capstone Engineerng program in which seniors synthesize diverse knowledge to research, analyze, prototype and test a concept with real applications. They learned about total engineering design – the technical, logistic, and financial aspects, as well as cooperation and negotiation.  Leaders from both URI and RWU stepped up to divide the work and coordinate tasks among the members of the teams. 
 
I was the sponsor and mentor – I provided a notional design plus the System Requirements Document (SRD).  Incidentally, my original allocation of tasks turned out to be completely the opposite of what the university students decided.  Basically, URI took the structural system and RWU took the power and water systems.
 
Bryce Monahan explaining the structural aspects to a fellow URI student during the Engineering Capstone Exhibition at Kirk Hall, Kingston, Rhode Island. May 2011.
Bryce Monahan explaining the structural aspects to a fellow URI student during the Engineering Capstone Exhibition at Kirk Hall, Kingston, Rhode Island. May 2011.
 
The URI HOME Team poster for the Engineering Capstone program exhibit..
The URI HOME Team poster for the Engineering Capstone program exhibit..
 
Here is the URI team holding their ‘Certificates of Exemplary Engineering’ and a $50 Best Buy gift certificate for completing the course.  They were are mechanical engineering majors: Bryce Monahan, Keldin Nunez, Justin Spiridone, and Alden Andrade. They took the notional design concept and in one academic year turned it into a valid and viable ‘proof of concept’ that you could combine the basic necessities of human life and comfort into a self-sustaining structure – way beyond what most people think as ‘emergency shelter’.
 
Bryce Monahan, Keldin Nunez, Justin Spiridone, and Alden Andrade receiving their "Explemlary Engineering" Awards
Bryce Monahan, Keldin Nunez, Justin Spiridone, and Alden Andrade receiving their "Explemlary Engineering" Awards at Kirk Hall, University of Rhode Island, 2011.