What are cadets doing...

USAFA cadets in the Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Management majors have the opportunity to apply the broad set of skills they learn throughout their undergraduate studies by teaming up with engineering teams in various disciplines in a culminating Capstone Project. Here is a look at a few of our most recent research areas.
Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft Design - Cadets team up with aeronautical engineering majors to design, build, and fly aircraft as either full-scale or subscale concept demonstrators for real DoD and Industry Customers.
    F-15 Take-off
  • Aircraft Engine Design - Cadets team up with aeronautical engineering majors to conceptualize and provide a preliminary design of a jet engine.
    Final products include a CAD drawing, final report, and briefing to Honeywell engineers in Phoeniz, AZ.
Astronautical Engineering
  • Small Satellite Development - Cadets design, manufacture, test and launch satellites that carry DoD space experiments. 
    There are currently two satellites in production due to be launched over the next two years.
    Conceptual satellite rendering
  • Rocket Design -  Rocket Design - Cadets design, manufacture, test and launch a rocket. Previous launch were designed to launch off the cost of California and reach an altitude of 100 km.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Projects change annually depending upon involvement of DoD, USAF and DF agencies and departments. Many projects involve "embedded" microcomputers which control associated mechanical elements to meet system specifications.
    Examples include robotic vehicles which operate autonomously to achieve a group goal. Other projects are primarily electronic in nature. An example is a system which processes electronic representations of speech to aid in voice identification. Since project teams may be small, SEs may be involved in more than one project.
Engineering Mechanics
  • Projects change annually depending upon involvement of DoD, USAF and DF agencies and departments. Previous projects have included:
  • Mini-Baja Vehicle - Emphasis placed on the design process, complete analysis, and technical communication in the creative development of a mini-baja racecar. Successful project completion may result in a field trip to a competition, normally held in the spring semester.
    Mini-Baja Vehicle
    Formula One Race Car
  • Formula One Race Car - Emphasis placed on the design process, complete analysis, and technical communication in the creative development of a formula one race car. Successful project completion may result in a field trip to a competition, normally held in the spring semester.
  • Heavy-Lift Cargo Plane - Emphasis placed on the design process, complete analysis, and technical communication in the creative development of a heavy lift remote control airplane.

    Successful project completion may result in a field trip to a competition, normally held in the spring semester.
    Human-Powered Bicycle
  • Human-Powered Vehicle - Emphasis placed on the design process, complete analysis, and technical communication in the creative development of a human powered bicycle. Successful project completion may result in a field trip to a competition, normally held in the spring semester.
  • Mini-UAVs - This involves the redesign of small unmanned aerial vehicles to better meet the needs of the troops fighting the war on terror.
 
Software Engineering
  • USAFA Cloud-enabled Applications for Cadets
  • 1-Touch Signout
  • PickMeUp & Request-A-Ride
  • Routine Order/Mitch's Menu
  • In-building Navigation
  • USAF Cloud-enabled Mobile Apps
  • Recall Roster
  • Tour USAFA
  • Form 781
  • Warfighter's Edge Applications
 
Civil Engineering
  • In the first semester, cadet groups play the role of construction contractors as they prepare detailed plans for the construction of a real local project using its contract drawings and specifications. Project products include Project Description, Material Quantity Takeoff, Construction Production and Activity Duration, Cost Estimate, Schedule, and Final Report.
  • In the second semester, cadet groups play the role of owners as they simulate managing the design and construction of a real local project using its contract drawings and specifications. Project tasks include Identify Owner's Need, Scope Definition and Programming, Early Estimates, Parametric Estimates, Request for Proposals, Evaluate Proposals, Evaluate Partial Design, Evaluate Cost Estimate, Evaluate Schedule, Preconstruction Conference, Evaluate Submittals, and Negotiate Change Orders.
Operations Research
    Many different project every year are available. These projects all have real clients. 
 
  • Work Crew Planning and Scheduling for Colorado Springs Parks, Rec, and Open Space
  • Analysis of Joint Combat Effectiveness for Joint Staff
  • Transportation Planning for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Entry Point Traffic Flow Study for USAFA Security Forces
  • Summer Scheduling Decision Support for USAFA Summer Programs
  • Mail Distribution System Re-Design for Colorado Springs Police Department
  • Computer Model of Bone and Tissue Harvesting Production Process for AlloSource
  • Optimizing Combat Air Patrol for Northern Command

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