International Design Engineering Technical Conferences
& Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

Quebec City Convention Center, Quebec City, Canada

August 26-29, 2018


Program - Student Competitions & Activities


NSF/ASME Student Design Essay Competition 2018
Challenges In The Design Of Complex Systems

Organizers: Janet K. Allen, Farrokh Mistree, University of Oklahoma


Undergraduate Students

Adaptive Products through Artificial Intelligence
Jonathan Bessette
University at Buffalo

Viva in Vitro: Replacing Farmed Meat with Lab Grown Meat on Supermarket
McKenzie Clark
Florida Institute of Technology

The High-Tech Global Design and Manufacturing Enterprise of 2035
Jacob Hunter
Brigham Young University

Additive Manufacturing in Space
Adam Madison
Florida Institute of Technology

Graduate Students

Holonic Manufacturing Systems for Agile Manufacturing
Ismayuzri Bin Isha,Mark Moffett
Florida Institute of Technology

Data-Driven Energy Development in the Year 2035
Samuel Dunbar
North Carolina State University

Facilitating Mass Customization by Designing the Customer Order Decoupling Point Using the Formulation Exploration Method
Lin Guo
The University of Oklahoma

The Future of High-Tech Global Manufacturing and Design
Donovan A. Ross,
Oregon State

Human-Robot Symbiosis in Manufacturing and Design
Darshan Yadav
Florida Institute of Technology

About the NSF/ASME Student Design Essay Competition

To encourage students to think about the future of engineering design and the intellectual foundations which are essential for the development of the field, NSF and ASME sponsor a student design essay competition. Winners are invited to attend the 2018 ASME Design Technical Conference (IDETC) in Quebec, Canada and will receive reimbursement for expenses up to a maximum of $1,500.

The Competition – Story

You are a consultant working for a high tech, global manufacturing enterprise. That company wants to position itself to be a leading major high-tech global design and manufacturing enterprise in the year 2035. As a consultant, you want the company to succeed so you will need to:

Define the characteristics of a successful high-tech global design and manufacturing company in the year 2035.

  • Identify the research challenges it will face.
  • Identify the mode of operation of the company.
  • Determine what partnerships it will need to form.
  • Identify what technology will be necessary to support its employees in being globally competitive.

We are particularly interested in research issues that those in academia will need to address over the intervening years to enhance the competitiveness of this company. We are interested especially in the scientific foundations for understanding the product realization process which are suitable for a global manufacturing enterprise.

Judging Criteria

Students are judged on scholarship, the depth and sophistication of their arguments, logical presentation of material, correct English usage, and relevance to problems facing the US industrial/academic community. There are separate categories for graduate and undergraduate students.

Awards and Responsibilities

A travel grant to cover actual expenses (up to a maximum of $1,500 for each paper) will be made to the winners of this competition. The reimbursement will take place after the conference upon the receipt of an invoice that includes receipts to substantiate expenditures. A winner must be physically present at the conference and present his/her findings at a poster session in order to receive the award. The cost of the poster boards is not covered by the organizers; we encourage academic departments to underwrite this expense.

Every person given a travel grant will receive a certificate to record his/her accomplishment. These certificates are awarded at the Design Education Division Honors and Awards Luncheon/Banquet.

Submission Format and Dates

Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a university anywhere in the world is eligible although the focus is on students enrolled in universities in the United States.

Essays should be a maximum of 10 pages long.

Multiple authors are limited to two people. The travel grant is shared between the co-authors. A student may receive no more than 2 awards over the years.

There are separate categories for submissions by undergraduates and graduate students.

The research paper may be the outcome of a course for which the student receives academic credit.

CIE Graduate Student Poster Session

Monday August 27
Time: 4:00pm – 5:40pm
Location: Room 306 B, Level 3
Organizer: Chiradeep Sen, Florida Institute of Technology

Poster Title

Student name


Implant Fatigue Life Prediction for Post-Surgery Scoliosis Subjects

Jazmin Cruz

Texas Tech University

Physics‐based Semantic Reasoning for Function Modeling

Xiaoyang Mao

Florida Institute of Technology

Deep Neural Network (DNN) Solvers for High-dimensional Elliptic Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (SPDE)

Sharmila Karumuri

Purdue University

Psychological Safety in Engineering Design Teams

Katie Heininger

Pennsylvania State University

Integrated multidisciplinary methodology for design of patientinspired invention

Paige Czarnecki

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Telepathic Faucet Design for Water Conservation

William Jou

Stanford University

Design of Multi-Robot Systems with Evolving Constraints –Cooperative 3D Printing System Design

Laxmi Prasad Poudel

University of Arkansas

Integrating Co-Robots and Machine Learning in Engineering Lab Environments to Provide Personalized Feedback

Christian E. Lopez

Pennsylvania State University

Secure Co-Design: Confidentiality Preservation in Engineering Collaborations

Siva Chaitanya Chaduvula

Purdue University

Team Communication Research

Sharath Kumar Ramachandran

Pennsylvania State University

Examining the Effect of Student Motivation on Academic Performance in Design Courses

Elisabeth Kames

Florida Institute of Technology

System Integration Optimization using Game Theory

David Thiess

Florida Institute of Technology

About the CIE Graduate Student Poster

Each year, CIE Division invites its graduate students to prepare posters representing their research efforts, and to present this work in this session. This session serves as a forum for these students to introduce their research to the community and to receive feedback on their early efforts from the CIE community. To assist in this endeavor, CIE has sponsored 12 travel stipends for students to attend the conference and present their research. CIE hopes that these students will return in subsequent years to present their results in the form of research papers.

The posters addresses current research in the Computers and Information in Engineering community, either through development of new software, application and evaluation of software, or empirical studies of engineering software.

MSNDC Student Paper Competition

Monday August 27
Time: 2:00pm – 3:40pm
Location: Room 206 B, Level 2
Organizers: James Chagdes, Miami University, Mohammad Poursina, University of Arizona

Nonlinear Response of an Indextensible, Cantilevered Beam Subjected to a Nonconservative Follower Force
Kevin McHugh, Earl Dowell, Duke University

Follower Forces in Pre-Stressed Fixed-Fixed rods to Minic Oscillatory Beating of Active Filaments
Soheil Fatehiboroujeni, Arvind Gopinath, Sachin Goyal, University of California Merced

Studying the Effect of Freeplay on Nose Landing Gear Shimmy Using a Fully Nonlinear Model
Mohsen Rahmani, Kamran Behdinan, University of Toronto

Energy Transfer in a Linear Turbulence Model
Bendeguz Dezso Bak, and Tamas Kamar-Nagy, Budapest University ofTechnology and Economics

Resolving the Unique Invariant Slip-Direction in Rigid Three-Dimensional Multi-Point Impacts at Stick-Slip Transition
Abhishek Chatterjee, Alan Bowling, University of Texas At Arlington

Harmonically Excited Delay Equation for Machine Tool Vibrations
Janos Lelkes, Tamas Kalmar-Nagy, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

About the MSNDC Student Paper Competition

The MSNDC Best Student Paper Award recognizes a student who has authored and presented a paper included in the MSNDC proceedings that demonstrates originality, relevance, and importance; is high quality, organized, and clear; and offers a high degree of technical content.


Only one paper per lead author may be considered for the Student Paper competition. Student advisers can appear as authors on no more than two competition papers. A paper is eligible for the competition provided its author at the time of submission is a student and the oral presenter of the paper. The paper can have no more than three authors, and none of the authors can be a member of the TC‐MSND Student Paper Competition committee.

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts intended to be considered for the MSNDC Best Student Paper Award shall be submitted to the regular MSNDC technical symposia listed through the IDETC webpage and must be expressly declared as intended for the competition by the authors at the time of submission. As per the published publication schedule, abstracts and full‐length draft papers for initial review must be submitted using the online submission system by the IDETC.

Evaluation process

If a manuscript is selected as a finalist for the MSNDC Best Student Paper Award, in addition to the technical symposium presentation, the presenting author will give an oral presentation of the paper's content in a special MSNDC Student Paper Competition session on the first day of the MSNDC conference.

MSNDC Student Paper Competition Chairs
James R. Chagdes, Miami University,
Mohammad‐Ali Poursina, The University of Arizona,

2018 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Student Design Competition

Monday, August 27
Time: 9:00am – 10:40am
2:00pm – 3:40pm
Location: Room 303 AB, Level 3
Organizer: Vishesh Vikas, The University of Alabama

Graduate Participants

Project title

Name(s) of participants


Novel Pin Array Universal Grippers for Self-adaptation and Dense-contact Grasping

An Mo, Jingwei Su, Chao Luo and Hong Fu

Tsinghua University

Retractable Anti-Buckling Support Tube for Medical Robotics

Brandon Sargent and Nathan Brown

Brigham Young University

Deployable mechanisms with multiple- mode constructed using symmetric spatial triads

Jieyu Wang

Heriot-Watt University

Origami-Based Deployable Ballistic Barrier

Alex Avila and Kenny Seymour

Brigham Young University

A Self-Deployable Self-Stiffening and Retractable Space Structure (SDSR) Mechanism

Nathan Pehrson and Sam Smith

Brigham Young University

Undergraduate Participants

Project title

Name(s) of participants


DSCL Hand: A Novel Linear Parallel and Self-adaptive Underactuated Robot Hand

Xiaofeng Guo, Yunwei Xiang, Hu Yan

Tsinghua University

A Novel Worm-inspired Wall Climbing Robot with Sucker-microspine Composite Structure

Wenhao Yang, Chengle Yang, Ruijie Zhang

Tsinghua University

VGT ROBOT: A Novel Obstacle-avoiding Pipeline Robot with Variable Geometry Truss

Wenxiang Zhao, Guojie Hua, Juewei He, Xiongbin,

Tsinghua University

About the ASME Student Mechanism & Robot Design Competition

For details about this annual competition visit the ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition website.