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    • Major Shaming in Undergraduate Students

      Dunn, Cara
      Undergraduate college students face stigmas when selecting a college major. These stigmas stem from stereotypes about each major which leads to shaming, a cycle that is identified and discussed in this research. Smith's (2007) Stigma Theory and Meisenbach’s (2010) Stigma Management Communication were used to examine what the stigmas surrounding certain college majors are and how these ideologies impact students. This research specifically focused on the stigma communication cycle of stereotyping, spreading stigmas, and shaming. Undergraduate students in an introductory communication course were asked to complete a Qualtrics survey and focus group where they explained their college decisions and how they have encountered major stigmas. Research was analyzed using thematic analysis and a qualitative examination of findings followed. Future research regarding this thesis should identify additional resources for educators to overcome the stigma cycle in university culture.
    • Run for Your Life: An Autoethnography

      Tharp, Kyle
      This thesis is an autoethnographic analysis of congestive heart failure and recovery. Everyone gets sick, and sickness becomes a central part of the ill person’s identity. Illness is a fundamental part of being human. Advancements in medical techniques and technology allow more and more people, people who would have otherwise been dead or unable to function, to enjoy living in the world of the healthy, even if their health may be fleeting or fragile (Frank, 1995). Congestive heart failure and severe cardiomyopathy are such illnesses and are a perfect ground for a narrative approach to medicine due to their fluctuation between periods of clinical stability and exacerbation (Volpe & Testa, 2019). Arthur Frank (1995) establishes the narrative genre of automythology as a medical journey and highlights the importance of storytelling in medicine, develops the idea of the body as a text - and that of the sick body as a story to be told in order to heal - and that the story of the sick is worth telling. Medicine is organized and communicated through storytelling events (Hunter, 1991) and through medical narrative, humans can come to better understand themselves, their illness, each other, and the world around them (Cousins, 1979). Volpe and Testa (2019) state that storytelling is a pivotal tool for healing in many cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and cardiomyopathy (2019). Through trials and tribulations, death and eventual rebirth, a transformation can occur that provides a new approach to living. Through an automythology composed of journals, lived experiences, stories, and analysis applied to the structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, I utilize the healing power of narrative. Through the reclamation of my identity as a runner, I come to better understand my own condition and journey while assisting others on theirs.
    • Better Meetings by Design

      Hostetler, Marna
      All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and a lack of progress toward organizational goals. As meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects, how can they be more efficient? This session attempts to answer that question by providing a structure for improving morale and enhancing communication, leading to better results. It will also cover the concept of having different types of meetings for different goals. Too often, organizations use a “catch-all” approach to meetings, leaving no one satisfied and slowing progress toward agreed-upon goals. The ideas in this session were tested in an actual library, and the steps taken, feedback, and lessons learned are discussed. This organizational meeting restructure was based on the book "Death by Meeting" by Patrick Lencioni.
    • Better by Design: Making Meetings More Productive

      Hostetler, Marna
      All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and lack of progress on organizational goals. But meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects. Since meetings are a necessity, how can we make them better? I am the library director at a regional comprehensive public university, and I recently completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources. One of the management courses I took covered the topic of meetings, including reading the book Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…about Solving the Most Painful Problems in Business by Patrick Lencioni. Given the importance of meetings – and their well-known challenges—the knowledge gained in this course inspired me to reconfigure my library’s meeting structure.
    • Design and Implementation of an Automatic Let-Down System for an Archery Draw Board

      Harris, Ross
      The objective of this project was to design, test, and implement an improved archery draw board system. An archery draw board is a device that allows the user to draw and analyze characteristics of a compound bow. The bow is placed in the device and a winch mechanism is used to draw the bow string for analysis of bow parameters such as cam alignment, cam timing, and draw weight. Analysis of these parameters can allow the user to tune the performance of the bow. A new feature, the Automatic Let-Down System, was designed, tested, and implemented to achieve this goal. The design objectives for the Automatic Let-Down System were to improve the ease of use, speed, and safety of the draw board. The system allows the bow string to safely come to rest from full draw at a reduced speed without manipulation by the user. This improves upon current draw board designs that require the user to manually turn the handle of the winch to return the bow to a state of rest. The device was successfully designed, implemented, and tested with the design objectives in mind.
    • Vision Guided Robotic Work Cell

      Cullison, Jesse; Chandler, Blake
      Vision Guided Work Cell which utilizes a vision system, and Kawasaki Robot
    • Rapid Prototyping with Robotic Milling

      Ramsey, Jacob; Sherman, Kaylee
    • Power Regeneration for BLDC Bicycle Motor

      Lopez Moreno, Luis Miguel; Fleming, Evan
      The purpose of this project was to design and build an electric bike conversion system capable of self-charging. The inspiration for this project originated with the idea of further empowering those in Third World countries who are not able to afford expensive means of transportation. Bikes are the most affordable personal transportation and using the power regeneration system with an e-bike conversion system will allow the user to use the system as a whole without the need to connect to an electric grid for recharging of the e-bike’s batteries. We achieved this by using the e-bike’s brushless DC motor in connection with a rectifier, boost converter, and a recharging integrated circuit to monitor and control the output of the energy created from utilizing the motor as a generator.
    • Designing a Fixed-Wing 3D Printed Aircraft

      Knackmuhs, Joel; Mayer, Landon; Rouch, Glen; Whitehead, Isaac
      A 3D Printed Aircraft Competition hosted at the University of Texas Arlington challenges students to design an aircraft while employing the advantages and considering the constraints of 3D printing. This allows students to explore the capabilities of 3D printing in prototyping and fabrication uses as an alternative or supplement manufacturing method. This report presents a review of research in the field of aircraft design, an analysis of conceptual designs, and features the designs for a 3D printed fixed-wing aircraft. The objective of the project discussed in this report is to design and construct a 3D printed fixed-wing aircraft to compete in the 6th annual 3D Printed Aircraft Competition hosted at the University of Texas Arlington. With the goal of designing an aircraft for maximum flight time, numerous design tradeoffs were considered. Similar designs from engineering teams that competed in past competitions were reviewed and learned from. The aircraft design was largely constrained by the capabilities of 3D printing and by the competition requirements. After designing the aircraft, a working prototype that met the requirements of the competition was constructed. The aircraft was operated in test flights, and each design was improved upon for the next iteration.
    • Photoelastic Effect Demonstration Device

      Carpenter, Blaine; Rexing, Brant
      The purpose of this project was to design and build an affordable device to demonstrate to engineering students stress patterns in loaded samples of different geometries using the photoelastic effect. These devices use light and polarization filters to demonstrate the photoelastic effect in transparent materials and show their stress patterns. This project aims to improve upon existing designs of similar devices and create a functional device that professors can use to educate students with a visual real-life example. This paper focuses on the research done, design considerations, final decisions, and what was learned. Also, this paper discusses conceptual ideas for designs. First, research was done for the team to get a better understanding of similar devices. After this, research had to be done to better understand the fundamentals of optics relevant to this project. Then, once there was a better understanding of the problem and a better engineering background, some conceptual designs and one final design project for the device was designed. With our education we were able to design a device that meets the requirements and will function as intended. We were also able to provide more detailed information about what photoelasticity is and how polariscopes work. Also, we were able to simulate stresses on the device and ensure that the device will not fail under the intended amount of load. The team looked at each design and decided upon a final design to build for the final project. The team chose 10 unique geometries for the Lexan samples that will be tested in the polariscope, most of these geometries can be found in engineering textbooks used for talking about stresses. One design choice the team made for the project was to build a device that can fit on an overhead projector so the polariscope can be used in classrooms and projected onto a wall. The team had to cut a piece of square aluminum tubing that is about 5 inches long so the arm holding the head of the projector could be extended upward allowing for the projector to focus further from the base of the projector giving the team more room to build the rest of the project a little taller. The team built the polariscope so that it can be used as a linear or circular polariscope. The filters and mechanism used for applying tension are also easily adjustable up or down to allow for the sample to always be in focus.
    • The Automated Vertical Carousel Storage System

      Sizemore, Jack; Starr, Adam; Wilson, Lyndon; Zieg, Nick
      The goal of this project is to design and implement a vertical carousel storage system that is small enough for tabletop usage in a classroom setting. It can be used in manufacturing classes to be studied and analyzed in lectures or labs. This will bring greater knowledge towards the younger generation of engineers to eventually help with organizational issues in the future. Another focus for the carousel storage system is to keep the electrical components for labs (resistors, capacitors, etc.) organized and easy to locate.