P19318: Thermochemical Conversion of Food Waste

Planning & Execution

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Behind every successful project is strong project planning and comprehensive documentation. Our team will strive to follow our project plan and communicate effectively.

Please feel free to look around our Project Management directory. This is where we will store information related to planning and execution of our project.

Intellectual Property Considerations

Our team has decided to leave all intellectual property with the sponsor or in the public domain. Less than ~10% will need to be kept confidential.

Team Setup

Brandon Pak
Role: Project Manager
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Role Description: Plans the scope of the project, ensures team members are adhering to established processes, performs "checks" on project plan and team members
Skills:Project management, R and Minitab(statistical computing software), Statistical Quality Control, Root cause analysis
Alex Corvino
Role: Facilitator
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Role Description: Insures the interpersonal aspects of the team, ensures meetings and running efficiently, escalates conflicts to the guide
Skills: Matlab/Simulink, data analysis and collection, Microsoft Office, 3D modeling software such as Creo
Brent Sorensen
Role: Communications
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Role Description: Main liaison between team and guide/customer/design review attendees
Skills: Strong in 3D Modeling Software - most experienced in Creo, strong with data analysis and collection, comfortable with machining - mills and lathes, comfortable with hand held power tools and soldering, experience with Matlab and Simulink, worked for Biomass Controls in the past
Liam Smith
Role: Lead Engineer
Major: Electrical Engineering and Computational Mathematics
Role Description: Makes sure interfaces are properly managed, primarily responsible for coordinating systems integration
Skills: MATLAB, Simulink, Java, C, Python, math analysis and modeling, EE theory, soldering/wiring, microcontrollers
Shahzain Haq
Role: Purchasing
Major: Electrical Engineer
Role Description: Maintains the BOM and handles any purchases made by the team
Skills: MATLAB, VHDL, Critical thinking, Mathematics and Physics skills, circuit analysis, Electrical theory and machinery, Control machinery.

Project Roles

Member Subsystem Team Responsibilities
Brandon Pak Project Management Risk Response Matrix, Team Organization
Alex Corvino ME System Integration Feasibility of System Integration Components
Brent Sorensen ME System Integration and ME Data Acquisition Designing Integration Fixtures and Data Acquisition
Liam Smith EE Data Acquisition Prototyping, Component Selection
Shahzain Haq EE Data Acquisition and Purchasing Test Plan Organization, Documentation Reviewer

Document Owners

Document Owners

Document Owners

Link to the Document Owner list can be found here

Team Values and Norms



Each team member will be prompt and arrive at the team meetings on time. If an unexpected conflict comes up, the absent team member will notify at least one team-mate prior to the expected absence. An absent team-member should confirm that a team-mate has received their message (in person, voice mail, email, etc).


Each team member will complete their tasks thoroughly and completely, so that the work does not have to be re-done by a peer on the team. If a member does not know how to complete a task, feels overwhelmed, or needs assistance then the member notifies peers, and seeks assistance either from a peer, the faculty guide, a faculty consultant, or another person.


Each team member completes their work accurately and in a way that can be easily checked for accuracy by peers and the faculty guide. All work is fully documented and easy to follow.

Professional and Ethical:

Each team member gives credit where credit is due. All work completed includes citations to appropriate literature, or sources of assistance. If a team member has gotten assistance from a publication or individual, then that assistance or guidance is fully documented in the reports prepared. Each team member is honest and trustworthy in their dealings with their peers.

Demonstrates the core RIT values of SPIRIT http://www.rit.edu/overview/vision.html



Will be determined/scheduled at the end of the previous meeting or over the group chat. If something unexpected happens, message the group before the meeting time.

Unfinished Work:

If unable to finish task or do not know how to do a task, let team know as soon as possible to get help or for someone to take over the task. Lack of communication can cause the whole team to suffer.

During Meetings:

Team members are engaged in activity/task. Will call out people who are not focused. With a long list of deadlines and tasks, we don’t have time to waste.


Document everything. Copy the logbook work into the corresponding Google Doc. This will help when we need to create final deliverables.

Editing Docs:

Create comments on doc, have at least one other team members review work. If you have an large edit to make, discuss before making any changes. Large edit includes changes to content, or contradictory views.

Project Plans & Schedules

I. Project Definition Section of Gantt Chart

I. Project Definition Section of Gantt Chart

II. Systems Level Design Section of Gantt Chart

II. Systems Level Design Section of Gantt Chart

III. Preliminary Detailed Design Section of Gantt Chart

III. Preliminary Detailed Design Section of Gantt Chart

IV. Detailed Design Section of Gantt Chart

IV. Detailed Design Section of Gantt Chart

Risk Assessment and Growth Curves

Risk Curve

Risk Curve

Meeting Minutes, Notes, & Actions

Peer Reviews

Peer reviews will be held after every design review. Team members will fill out how they think themselves and other teammates performed overall, one strength each team member brought throughout each phase, and one delta area that the team member can work on to improve the team dynamics.


Project Reviews

Preparation, notes and actions, etc. Refer to Gate Reviews page, as well.

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