P18711: MSD Team Assignment Process Improvement


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Beth's Favorite Team

Twice a year for the Spring and Fall Semesters, Multidisciplinary Senior Design Projects are assigned to engineering students based on a variety of factors. The current process to create project assignments is manually completed by faculty and staff over multiple weeks. Information regarding students' disciplines, preferences, and class section is collected through a survey and results are referenced against available projects to create teams.

This process has been used for creating team assignments for multiple years. As enrollment for Senior Design has been increasing, challenges faced for creating optimal team assignments have also increased. Tracking fluctuating projects, new student additions, and class section limits in multiple locations introduces chances of error in the system.

The goal of this project is to improve the process for creating team assignments to increase efficiency and limit errors while maintaining the current level of effectiveness. To accomplish this, the current student survey will be reevaluated and streamlined for better collection of results, the logic in dividing students to projects will be captured, and project selection criteria will be prioritized.

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Project Name
Team Assignment Process Improvement
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Faculty Guide
John Kaemmerlen, jxkpdm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Elizabeth DeBartolo, eademe@rit.edu
Multidisciplinary Senior Design

Team Members

Madeline | Joe | Lissa

Madeline | Joe | Lissa

Member Role Contact
Madeline Galvin Project Manager mxg9678@rit.edu
Joe Yeiter Industrial Engineer jny3488@g.rit.edu
Ann Brautigam Industrial Engineer amb9322@rit.edu


Work Breakdown: By Phase


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

MSD II Gate Review

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Documentation Design Review Presentations Assignment Documentation Presentation & Dissemination

Engineering Requirements


Risk Management


Assignment Constraints

House of Quality

Use Cases

Black Box Diagram

Morph Chart

Problem Identification

Problem Definition

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Systems Design

Build and Test Prep

Customer Handoff

Fall 2017 Assignments

Lightning Talk Slide

Technical Paper



The team would like to thank our customer, Dr. Beth DeBartolo, and the rest of the MSD Office for working with us closely throughout the past year to develop this system. We would also like to thank Dr. Katie McConky and Dr. Ruben Proano for their continued support in designing the algorithm and the optimization program. Finally, thank you John Kaemmerlen for guiding us through the design process.