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2017 ASQ Student Quality Showcase Event

B.Tech. students present their Design of Experiments (DOE) project and to compete for monetary awards graciously donated by the ASQ Hamilton Section.

The purpose of the Student Quality Showcase Event is to bring together SEPT faculty, staff, students, and the American Society of Quality (ASQ) Hamilton Section to learn how quality tools, ideas and expertise can be used to positively impact enterprises. The event provides a platform for Bachelor of Technology students to present their Design of Experiments (DOE) project and to compete for monetary awards graciously donated by the ASQ Hamilton Section.  The event is also an opportunity for students to meet with quality professionals from a variety of industries in the Hamilton area. Members from the ASQ Hamilton Section judge the event.


First place ($500)


By Nathan Cawte, Cole Kirschner, Matt Hamming

Caffeine, oatmeal, and music have all been noted as important influences on a person’s physical expenditure. A systematic review shows that ingesting 50 mg of caffeine before physical activity improved exercise results by 5.3% . A randomized study shows that ingestion of protein and oatmeal before exercise can improve performance, but my limit performance depending on amount of oatmeal ingested. Also, music has a major effect on training performance which can improve explosive exercise results and mindset . Demonstrating a case study to combine all three effects on running performance can lead to insight on the combined effect of these factors. Based on this literature it is rationalized that combining all factors of 500 mg caffeine intake, 50 g oatmeal intake and music will significantly decrease the time it takes to run 2.5 km. The overall goal of our DOE is to evaluate factors affecting improvement for running time. 


Second place ($100)


By Harneet Riat, Ajith Anthony Josephs, Abbas Zaidi, Jeyaram Naganathan

The objective of our experiment was to analyze and determine the effects of physical factors that can affect paper planes' distances. Paper airplanes, often recognized as "gliders" use lift, drag and gravitational forces to reach a specific distance. In our experiment,  a 2 level factorial design with 4 factors was designed. The factors that are being analyzed include Thickness of Paper (0.1mm vs. 0.3048mm), Size of Paper (8.5"x11" vs. 11"x17"), Design of Aircraft (Standard vs. Suzanne Model) and Angle of Trajectory (15 degress vs. 35 degrees). 


Third place ($100)


By Tyler Carrol, Ryan Chan, Alex Kuan

The purpose of our project is to determine the tensile strength of 3D printed objects using different materials and printing methods. We have chosen ABS and PLA as our materials. Our other two factors are fill density, at 25% and 50%, and layer height, at 0.1mm and 0.2mm. Material was chosen as a factor since PLA is nicer to work with than ABS, so we wanted to know if it is worth using ABS for strength. Fill density was chosen, since higher fill uses significantly more material, and we want to know at what point we might be wasting material for little or no gain of strength. Layer height was chosen since printing layers at double the height, takes half as much time to print, and we want to know if we are wasting time printing for no gain in strength. The conclusions that we came to are that PLA is significantly stronger than ABS, fill density plays a significant role in tensile strength, but layer height plays nearly no role in tensile strength. So, we can use the nicer material, and print faster using larger layer heights, but we cannot save material with fill density.


"This showcase supports so many of ASQ Hamilton’s objectives including community involvement, communication of quality principals and youth awareness. I attend these events because I enjoy meeting the students and hearing how their DOE project was planned, executed and analyzed. The principles they learn will undoubtedly benefit them in their career."

Carl Weidhaas, Chair, Hamilton Section ASQ