During the 2005-06 academic year, a KGCOE senior design team developed a series of traveling engineering activity kits (TEAK) designed to teach 10-14 year-olds about energy and the environment. The kits are portable and have been used in area classrooms for 1-4 hour blocks of time. The kits have been well-received, and the team created a website to post their documents and some basic engineering information.The purpose of this project is to add an interactive website to the TEAK portfolio to allow K-12 students to learn more about engineering's impact on their lives through energy and the environment on their own. The envisioned final product would be entertaining as well as educational, and may include features like interesting audio/video clips, games and puzzles, or an "ask-an-engineer" question form and database of prior questions.
Simplified Wrapper and Interface Generator (SWIG)
JP Morgan uses a variety of programming languages, scripting languages, and user interfaces. Their models are usually implemented in higher-level languages and are often prototyped in Microsoft Excel. Their core pricing analytics, however, are written in C/C++. Linking these C/C++ libraries to Excel can be a tricky and time-consuming process when performed manually. An open-source tool called SWIG (Simplified Wrapper and Interface Generator) which is an interface compiler that connects programs written in C/C++ with other languages will be used to solve the problem. The projectÃÃÃ¥_s goal is to create a SWIG extension for Excel as one does not currently exist. There is also an additional requirement to create an object repository that is accessible by Excel.
In the past, one difficulty in developing open source projects in academia was the selection of licenses for software projects by developers; further, industry has often not bothered with academic software projects due to the uncertainty of the software licensing information. In addition to the typical functionality of an open source repository, The Exchange will pioneer a decision making process to help developers choose an open source license for their projects and a similar process for consumers to determine which project licenses will fit their needs.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Online Directory
The STEP (Society for Total Emergency Programs) Council of the Genesee Regions, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that produces a yearly Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Directory and maintains a website based database system, where EMS organizations can maintain and update their current information. This system also provides searching capabilities and allows editors to download data and have the information printed into a hardcopy. During the past two years RIT students were working on the database to provide an efficient released version. Our team is going to be continuing this progress by fixing problem issues currently in this system, along with optimizing search capabilities, reorganizing the registration process to accommodate an easier entry of data and more intelligent handling of the registration, providing a more automated generation of PDFÃ¥_s for printing, and generally addressing usability issues
The patient registry will capture demographic and basic clinical information from individuals with FA worldwide through an interactive website. . The registry will store the information collected and FARA will be able to query the database for researchers and pharmaceutical companies who need candidates for clinical trials. A patients' basic contact information and personal health information (PHI) will be housed by the registry so it must be secure according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Access to patients interested in and eligible for clinical trials will substantially aide in the reduction of clinical research resources, specifically time and cost. Implementation of this solution will bring researchers and individuals with FA one step closer to a treatment.
The National Soaring Museum (NSM) in Elmira, NY sponsored a multi-disciplinary senior design project at RIT through the College of Engineering to construct a flight simulator for a Schweizer 1-26 glider. This simulator will be based around a 3-degree of freedom motion platform provided by The National Soaring Museum and is intended for use as an exhibit in the museum. During the initial design phase of this project a number of desired features were identified which would require extensive software design and development. The original project schedule and team size did not allow for the inclusion of such a software project. As a result, the College of Engineering requisitioned a Software Engineering Senior Design team to work in conjunction with them to complete the project. The task that the team was primarily requisitioned for was to produce a visual display simulating the view from within the cockpit of a Schweizer glider. The National Soaring Museum would like the view from the glider to be as accurate and close to the real world as possible. This includes adding landscape that is representative of the NSM airport as well as adding a tow plane that will take the glider up into the air and release the glider.
Health Insurance Claims Processing
The Senior Project Team will provide a final architectural recommendation to Excellus outlining their research findings accompanied by rationale supporting their decisions. The recommendation of the Team will be used to drive future service development at Excellus.
Online Peer Evaluation
The RIT Online Learning department wants an online peer evaluation system to enhance collaborative learning. Ideally, this system would be used as part of an early intervention system to ward off potential problems within teams. Currently, peer evaluation is supported by the use of online surveys provided by the RIT Clipboard system. Unfortunately, the system is tailored more for widespread deployment of a single survey, rather than focused, customized questionnaires. The Clipboard system is difficult to set up for this sort of task, and also lacks appropriate reporting functionality. As a result, Clipboard is used infrequently, usually only once per quarter, for summative rather than formative assessment. Our team will deliver a standalone online evaluation system supporting peer assessment and providing effective feedback without burdening faculty and students. Not all requirements are finalized at this point and changes will be accommodated as the project progresses. The system will be built with the intention of integration into myCourses or as a standalone system. The final product will be treated as a piece of commercial quality software, including detailed documentation and good coding practices.