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BE Showcase Banquet Dinner - April 26, 2018, 6:45 pm. Registration closes April 13, 2018, 5 pm.

A Showcase of the Program and Students
April 26, 2018

Presented by
Faculty and Students in the Biosystems Engineering Program
College of Engineering & College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University


Program - A.W. Farrall Hall, 524 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824  Google Map Directions

Room 114 Farrall Hall (Industry Advisory Board, Industry Evaluators, and Project Sponsors Only)

11:45 am - 12:45 pm       Luncheon
12:45 pm - 1:05 pm         Program Evaluation Instructions
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm           Individual Senior Design Team Evaluations
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm           Break
2:00 am - 2:45 am           Individual Senior Design Team Evaluations

Photo from BE Showcase Senior Design Presentations 2017

Photo from BE Showcase Senior Design Presentations 2017

Auditorium - Room 116 Farrall Hall (Open to all – no registration required)

3:00 pm - 3:50 pm (10 minutes each) Senior Design Team Presentations 

  • 3:00 pm - Spiral - Poultry Sheet Meat Processing Equipment Line Optimization
  • 3:10 pm - The Process Professionals - Nutritional Analysis Sample Preparation Optimization
  • 3:20 pm - Milkin’ It - Milk Plant Data Management Implementation ->
  • 3:30 pm - L’Oven It - Oven Operation Analysis and Optimization
  • 3:40 pm - Team OO - Phosphorus Removal from Wastewater

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm            Break

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm (10 minutes each) Senior Design Team Presentations 

2nd Floor Hallway Farrall Hall (Open to all – no registration required)

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm            Reception/Student-Industry Interaction and BE 230 Poster Presentation

Marriott at University Place – 300 M. A. C. Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823   (Advance Registration required - Registration closes April 13)  Google Map Directions  

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm            BE Banquet Dinner (Senior Design Student Acknowledgments, 2018/19 BE Scholarship Awards, BAE Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Awards)

2018 Senior Design Projects and Teams

Oven Optimization
Team Name – Tony’s Kronies

Photo of Team 1 logo

Photo of Team 1 Tony’s Kronies

(L to R) Monika Michalik, Andrew Kovach, Eduardo Maya-Luevano, & Matthew Paxhia

Sponsor – Kellogg (project under NDA)
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Chris Saffron

In facilities that utilize ovens, the ability to maintain a consistent production environment is difficult due to seasonal atmospheric fluctuations.  Our task was to define the relationship between environmental conditions and finished food quality based on direct gas-fired (DGF) oven profile fluctuations, and to develop a control plan for adjusting oven operation based on atmosphere changes in a facility.

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Nutritional Analysis Sample Preparation Optimization
Team Name – The Process Professionals

 Photo of Team 2 logo

Photo of Team 2 The Process Professionals

(L to R ) Nate Garpiel, Paige Leppanen, Serenity Skillman, & Emma Heckelsmiller

Sponsor – Covance (project under NDA)
Faculty Advisors – Dr. Ilce Medina Meza & Dr. Dan Guyer

The Process Professionals developed standardized sample homogenization protocols and corresponding process maps for a wide variety of food products. The goal of these recommendations was to increase sample throughput and reduce sample rework.

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Milk Plant Data Management Implementation
Team Name – Milkin’ It

Photo of Team 3 Milkin’ It

(L to R) Brock Roelofs, Eric Lausch, Ryan Scott, & Melissa Schneider

Sponsor – Meijer (project under NDA)
Faculty Advisors – Dr. Yan (Susie) Liu & Dr. Kirk Dolan

Team Milkin’ It has worked with the recently acquired Meijer Purple Cow production facility.  The facility, located in Holland, MI, produces a range of milk products for all Meijer stores.  The focus of the project includes the conversion of all data collection processes to digital recording methods as well as the analysis of production and quality data to identify areas of opportunity and implement quality management practices.

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Oven Operation Analysis and Optimization
Team Name – L’Oven It

Photo of Team 4 logo
Photo of Team 4 L’Oven It

(L to R) Anthony Tomaski, Aleks Popovic, Morgan Harris, & Eric Klein

Sponsor – Bimbo Bakeries, USA (project under NDA)
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Sanghyup Jeong

Team “L’Oven It” worked with Bimbo Bakeries, USA, located in Beaverton, Oregon – a major producer of premium breads, buns and specialty rolls in the Pacific Northwest. From March to September, Bimbo Bakeries-Beaverton doubles their bun production output to match increased product demand. The oven Bimbo Bakeries-Beaverton currently uses to produce these buns does not deliver optimal baking performance due to the oven age, design, and outdated standard maintenance and operating procedures. To help Bimbo Bakeries-Beaverton, the team developed a set of standard procedures for both preventative and corrective maintenance practices. The team also created silicone bun models to act as mock product while profiling the oven’s internal temperature eliminating product loss relating to this procedure. 

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Poultry Sheet Meat Processing Equipment Line Optimization
Team Name – Spiral

Photo of Team 5 logo
Photo of Team 5 Spiral

(L to R) Steve Hogan, Meaghan Rea, Nicole Rigdon, & Jordan Sica

Sponsor – JBT FoodTech (project under NDA)
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Brad Marks, PE

Sheet meat processing is a specific poultry product application, for a frozen, ready-to-eat product. Sheet meat processing involves several equipment systems that result in product yield loss at each step, allowing for opportunities throughout the process to increase the overall product yield. The team designed an optimal sheet meat processing line using existing equipment from JBT FoodTech that will maximize the total yield of poultry and result in economic gain.

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Manufacturing Plant Energy Audit and Optimization
Team Name – Energy Pharmers

Photo of Team 6 logo
Photo of Team 6 Energy Pharmers

(L to R) Nick Servadio, Emily Willis, Kara Dean, & Alexandra Whitman

Sponsor – Perrigo (project under NDA)
Faculty Advisor – Mr. Aluel Go and Dr. Truman Surbrook

Perrigo Holland wants to contribute to the corporate goal of reducing energy consumption by 15% by the year 2020. The Energy Pharmers performed an energy audit to evaluate the facility’s energy profile and recommended energy conservation measures that will offset the impact of the new addition on overall energy consumption.

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Red Swamp Crayfish Control in Michigan
Team Name – Crayfish Will

Photo of Team 7 logo
Photo of Team 7 Crayfish Will

(L to R) Alexis Kontorousis, Xin Tang, Bolun Li, & Elizabeth Ausmus

Sponsor – MDNR
Faculty Advisors – Dr. Wei Liao, PE

Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, are an invasive species in Michigan and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has found invasive P. clarkii, in ponds and lakes of southern Michigan. The crayfish are a cause of concern for the environment and are a threat to the surrounding infrastructure due to their burrowing methods. The team was tasked to design and implement a technically and economically feasible solution to control the invasive species, Red Swamp Crayfish, from a retention pond in Novi, MI, to prevent further environmental and economic degradation. 

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Phosphorus Removal from Wastewater
Team Name – Team OO

Photo of Team 8 logo
Photo of Team 8 Team OO

(L to R) Emily Banach, Anna Nelson, Jessica Carleton, & Joshua Shah

Sponsor –  MDOT
Faculty Advisors – Dr. Steve Safferman, PE

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) expects the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to implement future surface wastewater discharge limits on phosphorus at the Dewitt Rest Area 831. Team OO designed and optimized two system options to reduce phosphorus to satisfy the anticipated limit: a subsurface mound and the electrochemical Waterloo Biofilter. The subsurface mound design focuses on removing the surface discharge component, while the electrochemical precipitation coagulates phosphorus for later filtration.

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Germination Chamber Design and Optimization
Team Name – Stem Meets STEM

Photo of Team 9 logo
Photo of Team 9 Stem Meets STEM

(L to R) William Vanmaele, Courtney Vanderhoof, Linda Lay, Caitlin Knedgen, & Alex Darrow

Sponsor – MSU Student Organic Farm
Faculty Advisor – Dr. Ajit Srivastava, PE

Stem Meets STEM designed and optimized a low-tech, automated germination chamber to minimize labor requirements. A germination chamber facilitates the efficient germination of seedlings for transplant production, allowing staff to have more uniform and consistent seedlings available for planting year-round. 

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