The Stevens Engineering curriculum is unique in its structure and what it offers to the student. It provides students with experiential learning every semester in the form of the Stevens Design Spine. Because we believe that design is what differentiates engineering from other technical disciplines, we believe it is critical that design play a central role in the learning process. Through the Design Spine, each semester students get the opportunity to apply what they are learning in their more traditional engineering courses within the context of engineering design. This ensures that they are able to understand and appreciate the relevance of what they are learning and how it is applied to solve real world problems on a continuous basis.
In addition to reinforcing the foundational knowledge gained in the classroom, the robust background provided by the Design Spine encourages and develops creativity and innovation in the Stevens engineer. By their senior year students have already put their studies into practice while learning the unique languages of teammates across various disciplines and solving engineering problems of increasing complexity and significance. Because of the Design Spine, Senior Design at Stevens is not senior design in a traditional sense—it is a capstone activity where students are given an opportunity to tackle a significant and challenging real-world problem while applying the knowledge that they have gained through their undergraduate studies. When they commence their Senior Design projects, they choose substantive work that results in a product that benefits society. By the time they graduate, they are prepared to confidently address real-world engineering challenges. For example, a team designed a solar-powered, energy-efficient home to address the issue of affordable and sustainable urban housing as part of the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Additional previous projects can be viewed below.
Senior Design Projects
Special Forces Advanced Combat Submarine
Team Members: Mike Cianfaglione, Nick Nichols, Greg Charriez
Advisors: Raju Datla, Len Imas
The objective of this project is to design a new class of submarine, specifically intended to deliver and extract special operations teams in high risk areas. This new design will be smaller in size than the current United States fast attack submarines. The purpose of designing this smaller class of submarines is to provide a more suitable platform to carry out such missions.
High Performance Sailing Catamaran Design
Team Members: Andrew Ricks, Gerard Tonachel, Roy Byrd, Kevin McMahon
Advisors: Len Imas, Eirik Hole, Raju Datla
The objective of this project is to design a high performance sailing cruising catamaran that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and space at the expense of performance. The design cost of the proposed concept will be lower than that of the current options on the market. The proposed 55 foot design will come in 3 configurations; performance cruiser, racer cruiser, and racer. This will be the primary design in a series of high performance catamarans being developed, which will also include 50 and 60 foot models.
Jet Assisted Hydrofoil
Team Member: Jeff Samalot
Advisors: Len Imas, Raju Datla
Since the 1950’s a process called boundary layer modification has been used to increase the lift/drag ratio of, and control flow separation over lifting surfaces. This technique can be used in both air and water, and has many practical applications. One method of control is flow injection through a faired slit to introduce high energy fluid into the boundary layer; by speeding up the flow nearest to the foil, the range of pre-stall AoA’s the foil can operate at, is extended. The goal of this project is to optimize a hydrofoil with boundary layer control for use on a foil-assisted marine hull. The majority of the analysis effort will be carried out with CFD modeling. Time-permitting, tank tests may also be performed to validate the results obtained via CFD.
Ferry for the Third World: Providing a Safer Ferry for Developing Nations
Team Members: Carl Nagle and Harlysson Maia
Advisors: Raju Datla and Michael Delorme
In the developing world, the Marine Transportation Industry has remained a steady staple for the shipment of both goods and people around the world. In the modern world millions of commuters a day use various fast ferry services to get to work in a faster. The design and operational procedures followed by these outfits provide an efficient and safe way to travel. Accidents in the modern ferry fleet are rare, so rare that when an accident does occur it usually makes the headline news.
The same cannot be said for ferry based marine transport in the undeveloped world. In remote regions ferry accidents are common place and usually result in a large number of fatalities among the populace. Ferry accidents are conservatively estimated to be the cause of roughly 1000 deaths per year. Given the advances in building techniques, designs, and the safety records demonstrated in modern natures, this level of fatal risk is unacceptable. One reason for the high number of deaths in these remote regions is they lack the most basic resource to provide safe water travel, a safe ferry. Many of the regions ferries are secondhand. Older vessels bought from first world nations at a cheap rate. The likelihood of an accident will only increase as the ship ages. Another regional safety issue comes from loading arrangements. Mass transport is generally overloaded with people on top of or hanging from trains and vessels. Ships that aren’t loaded properly will not behave in a stable manner at sea, and are a greater risk of operating accidents. The likelihood of stopping this issue with an enforcement approach seems impossible. The primary goal of the project is to cut down on the amount of ferry fatalities through the creation of a new ferry design. The ferry will have a magnitude of different parameters, both natural and manmade, to consider in the design spiral. An auxiliary goal of the project will be to potentially house, transport, and deliver a disaster relief package as specified by counterparts at the University of Alabama. With the upwelling of recent natural disasters, the need for a quick, efficient relief system has developed. This package will include the means and direction to reestablish a sense of normalcy to a devastated region as quickly as possible. The secondary goal of the project will be keeping costs to a minimum. The targeted region is not an affluent one; a design beyond their means would serve them little purpose.
Read more past Senior Design Projects