Students design an additional heat exchanger to add to an existing one at North Carolina State University's Dairy Plant to enable an increase in production of dairy products. Students will then be asked to finish an Excel template to answer various "what if" questions that could occur on the job.
Students examine how environmental engineers use matrices and regression modeling to manage the cost of waste disposal at their manufacturing facility. Students will also look at forecasts for future waste production to examine expenditures associated with disposal, as well as impact on environmental certifications.
Students act as civil engineers for SEPI, a division of TranSystems, which plans, designs and oversees construction to enhance transportation networks, and work to determine the level of service on a stretch of highway in Raleigh. Students also will predict future population and the level of service of the roadway based on the predicted population.
Students explore how adhering to building codes while keeping construction costs within a client's budget impacts the overall building process. Students will need to find the area of irregular shapes, apply a formula to determine anticipated speed, static pressure and power required for the adjusted airflow of a fan system, and use the Pythagorean theorem.
Students interpret and apply building codes to determine the number of exits needed for a commercial space and the minimum distance between exits. Students will need to convert units, find the area of irregular shapes, apply a formula to determine occupant load and use the Pythagorean theorem.
Students determine if an existing drainage system is sufficient to handle the extra rainwater runoff from a 5-acre construction site to prevent an adjacent road from flooding. After determining the existing system is not big enough and by how much is it short, students determine an engineered ditch that will handle the excess water runoff from the construction site.
Tree coverage on a site is often defined as the total basal area of the trees on that site. This basal figure is related to the size and number of trees. Students will use gathered measurement data to classify a site as understocked, overstocked or fully stocked with timber based on industry standards.
Students act as research associates for RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition, and use the mean and standard deviation to determine the best method of delivery of a drug into the human body.
Students will locate the fourth corner monument to confirm the property lines surrounding a home so that the homeowners know where to build a fence. Students then determine if there is any overlap between properties that occurred during the creation of the neighborhood.
Students examine how curves in roads are designed and how speed limits are set based on the amount of curvature and banking that exists in the design.Students will also look at redesigning an existing road for safe travel at a high speed.