Project proposal due date: March 8, 2002

Students will be expected to complete a project relating to the material covered in this course. Each student should identify and subsequently solve (likely with the aid of a computational code) a "moderately-sized" problem of "real-world" engineering relevance. A brief report should accompany your findings, and should include the following:

- A concise statement of your optimization problem, written in "standard form". Some things to consider: What problem are you solving? Why are you solving this problem? Why did you choose the solution technique that you did?
- A concise summary of the solution to your problem. Supply any charts, tables, and figures that will enhance the understanding of your problem and its solution, and any difficulties you may have had in arriving there.
- A printout of your computer code (small fonts/duplex).
- Overall report length is to be no more than 15 pages. Neatness and organization are a must. I would recommend following a "standard" writing format (i.e. Cover page, Table of Contents, Background, Results, Discussion, Summary, Conclusions, References).
- Each student should plan to make a presentation of his/her findings to the entire class. Each presentation should be approximately 10 minutes in length. Presentations will be held during the scheduled final exam period for MAE 552. All students of this class are required to attend the project presentations.
- Each student should discuss his/her idea with the instructors in advance. A written proposal (100-200 words in length) must be submitted and approved by no later than the specified deadline.
- Expected effort for this project is in the 25-30 hour range. "Effort" includes, but is not limited to: researching and identifying the problem, writing the computer code, "solving" the problem, writing the report, and preparing the slides and presentation.
- Groups should be made up of a 3-4 students

Tuesday, May 7th, 2002 - 3:30 - 6:30 PM

Room 206 Furnas

Final presentation will be worth 30% of the final project grade.

Recommended Time Breakdown: Total Time**11** minutes

2-minutes for setup.

8-minutes for presentation broken down as follows

2-3 minutes for problem description.

3 minutes for discussion of results.

3 minutes for interpretation / concluding statement.

3-minutes for questions.

Do's

HAND IN YOUR PROJECT WRITUP AT THE TIME OF YOUR PRESENTATION.

There will be a 10pt deduction for each day late beginning at 6:30 on Tuesday May 7th.

Provide details of novel aspects of your approach. Focus on your specific contributions. What did you do that is special, different, novel.

Practice and time yourself because you will be cut off and it will be costly.

Come early for pre-loading. We will be in the room approximately 20 minutes early. If you preload and it thus takes you less than 2 min. to do your setup, then you may have that time for your presentation. However, we will begin PROMPTLY at 3:30 so don't show up 2 minutes early and expect to get a chance to preload.

Have your stuff on a zip disk in case you don't get a chance to preload. Floppy disks are slow.

Don'ts

Provide general background on class materials.

Try to have everyone speak, this is not necessary.

Flash 35 equations up during the problem description. Use your judgment as to whether or not equations will enhance your description of your problem. Consider the likelihood that anyone will comprehend the equations that you show.

Presentation Point Breakdown:

15% - For being on time and completing within time limits + participation + intangibles.

20% - For proper and sufficient introduction and problem description.

30% - For presentation/discussion of results.

35% - Interpretation and conclusions.

Room 206 Furnas

Final presentation will be worth 30% of the final project grade.

Recommended Time Breakdown: Total Time

2-minutes for setup.

8-minutes for presentation broken down as follows

2-3 minutes for problem description.

3 minutes for discussion of results.

3 minutes for interpretation / concluding statement.

3-minutes for questions.

Do's

HAND IN YOUR PROJECT WRITUP AT THE TIME OF YOUR PRESENTATION.

There will be a 10pt deduction for each day late beginning at 6:30 on Tuesday May 7th.

Provide details of novel aspects of your approach. Focus on your specific contributions. What did you do that is special, different, novel.

Practice and time yourself because you will be cut off and it will be costly.

Come early for pre-loading. We will be in the room approximately 20 minutes early. If you preload and it thus takes you less than 2 min. to do your setup, then you may have that time for your presentation. However, we will begin PROMPTLY at 3:30 so don't show up 2 minutes early and expect to get a chance to preload.

Have your stuff on a zip disk in case you don't get a chance to preload. Floppy disks are slow.

Don'ts

Provide general background on class materials.

Try to have everyone speak, this is not necessary.

Flash 35 equations up during the problem description. Use your judgment as to whether or not equations will enhance your description of your problem. Consider the likelihood that anyone will comprehend the equations that you show.

Presentation Point Breakdown:

15% - For being on time and completing within time limits + participation + intangibles.

20% - For proper and sufficient introduction and problem description.

30% - For presentation/discussion of results.

35% - Interpretation and conclusions.