Consultation Session with Dr. Amuso
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Interviewers: C. Walsh, I. Frank, S.
Russell, M. Benedict
Consultant: Dr. V. Amuso, Department Head EEEE
Date: 25 October 2007
Location: RIT, Building 9, Dr. Amuso's Office
This interview with Dr. Vincent Amuso was conducted during the first consultation session after the Concept Level Project Presentation. Dr. Vincent Amuso is the department head for Electrical Engineering and one of the professors teaching Design Project Management.
Interviewee Role in Project: Dr. Vincent Amuso is one of the customers for the LED teams (sponsoring the project) and a technical consultant (available anytime as long as some work has been done to discuss). He is too busy to take on a team as a team guide.
Questions for Consultation Session
Pertaining to Class
- How are we being evaluated?
- We raise this question only because we have now gone 8 weeks and not seen any sort of graded assessment with which to determine our progress or standing in the class.
- Additionally many of the questions that have been asked of us by Dr. Hensel during the presentations would be answered if we were either presenting on our own or if our EDGE sites were being monitored as we have done much of the work in question on our own for each project as they will be different.
- How are we doing?
- Are we behind where we should be?
- We have received numerous comments that as a group we are behind because we have more people to do the same amount or work, but it is more the case that what we have are projects with a small degree of commonality, but we actually have 6 different projects.
Pertaining to Project
- What would be the best way to store energy collected through the power "harvesting" device?
- What type of batteries would give a lot of storage, be environmentally friendly, and last a long time?
- How long can we reasonably expect such a system to last?
- How can we increase the longevity of such a system?
- How can we best keep the size of the unit down (about hand-held size)?
- In addition to solar collectors and hand generators, what other choices would you suggest we look into?
- Do you foresee us having any pit-falls with the
generating/harvesting component of the project?
- How would you suggest that we avoid these problems?
- How do you think that we did when evaluating the
risks involved with the project?
- Do you have any risks which we may have neglected?
- Do we need to identify a TA for the project?
- What is the best way to determine needs for the customer is we cannot meet with the customer - as in the case of people in developing nations?
- How would you recommend going about the
grading/assessment portion of the PRP?
- Is what we already have good?
- Too strict (expects too much)?
- Too lenient (expects too little)?
- Is what we already have good?
- Specifications have proven to be a sticking point - especially as many of them are quite subjecting, do you have any pointers for these?
Q: What are we doing about grades?
A: As long as you do everything that you are supposed to, then you have A's. That's what I hear. You need a PRP, presentations, and all of the homework completed.
Q: Is there any feedback that you can
A: No, you are doing some of the best of what I have seen. You are doing the things that you need to do well. You guys are searching for people to discuss problems.
Q: How far into the design do we need to
A: Make it so that there is a lot of information to make the design easier. Maybe look up some possible technology to use, but just determine whether it is feasible or not. Let the designer do that majority of the work. Write the specs as many as you can do easily. We don't want the team to have all the specs done and then just design to those specs.
Q: What about concerning
A: Have you done LED lighting application products and low lighting. Look at a bunch of different ways that it has been done and the feasibility of the product. Don't reinvent the wheel. If anything is good, then it is out there.
Q: What kind of commonality would
A: You have an input that you want and you don't care if it is off the shelf or someone is giving it to you. That's good, but you should be designing it so that I can take either. If you are considering in your design, that design, then you have to talk to him. What you do, you need communication between the groups.
Q: How do we present our ideas that they
A: I would say that we are going to look at the design and those specs that are needed. Then, it does not matter where you get it, just as long as you are communicating between the teams. When you are putting together the first three week scheduling, make an hour for all of the leads get together to discuss what they are working on. Put that in the plan.
Q: Some of the projects will have
storage. Is there a battery source that would last in the
A: Hensel asks what the amp-hour life of the battery and how does it perform under extreme conditions. They can put up 200mA/hour. You need to know all of the conditions that it would be under. You need to pick a storage device that will last a specific amount of time. It may not be given to you, but you need to determine it. What kind of battery technology is it? Is it rechargeable and how long will it hold that charge? These are all things that someone will have to do. Gather the stuff that you know as your expertise and then go talk to someone else about things that you do not know.
Q: What should you do to get the
A: To me, the hand generator makes sense. It would need to be rugged and waterproof as well as heatproof. Use a windup radio to benchmark.
Q: How far do we go to prove that the
project is not feasible?
A: You have the requirements. The question is if there is any LED technology that does that and if there isn't is the technology available to create it. Look to see when the technology would catch up.
Q: If the tech is available, but the
cost is not cost effective should we pursue?
A: You would be in research and development at that point. You could continue and have one of the first products on the market and when the technology around begins to catch up, it will eventually become cost effective.
Q: What about our grading scheme, is it
too lenient or to strict or ok?
A: Why are you guys developing a grading scheme? There is a whole panel of senior design professors that determine the grade, so I don't know what you would need to develop a grading scheme for. There are some professors that need to receive a finished product to receive an A and no product receives an F. It is tough to put a scale overall. Some teams may not need to do a lot to produce a product other may need to do a lot. There is supposed to be this process to develop if the project is properly scoped. The scrutiny process is supposed to adjust that.
Q: Do the Senior Design students know
there team before week one?
A: Yea, they know Monday of week one what team that they are on. All of the potential PRPs are split up after the screening process and professors who know the students put the specified number of students on a team. You don't have to worry about that.
Q: What about our 2-minute
A: That will be given to DPM students and some professors who come to the presentations who will decide who is on what team. It should be geared toward Senior Design students. It is pretty much a puff piece on your project.
Q: Is someone overseeing the EDGE
A: I personally am not because I find it hard to maneuver around. We need to do something about it. We need to revamp the site.
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