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Engineering Capstone

Senior Design emphasizes solid, practical training that prepares students to work in industry. Senior Design teams experience the entire process of a real-world, client-based engineering project, tackling open-ended problems that reflect the work graduates will likely encounter on their first job. Throughout the yearlong project, teams benefit from working closely with an industrial partner and a faculty advisor.

In Senior Design, you’ll explore not only the technical facets of your area of study, but also the business of engineering, including

  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Project management
  • Intellectual property
  • Ethics

Evaluation of Production Potential in the Caney Shale Formation, Anadarko Basin, Oklahoma

Team Members: Stephanie Dow, Hannah Altscheffel, Christopher Carefoot, and Elizabeth Seiberlich, Geological Engineering
Advisor: John Gierke, Geological and Mining Engineering
and Sciences
Sponsor: Vitruvian Exploration II

Project Overview:
The Caney shale is a formation that extends through Oklahoma and is currently being produced by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in some areas of the state. The structure and properties of this shale vary across the extent, and thus what is a producible formation in one region may not be in another. In the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma, the Caney shale was evaluated for production potential using an analysis that evaluates structure and isopach thickness of the formation, as well as properties such as porosity and hydrocarbon content. Logs from across the region of interest and surrounding regions were studied.

Modeling a Trichloroethylene Plume in an Antrim County, Michigan Aquifer for Protecting Municipal Water Supplies

Team Members: Kaitlyn Voet and Genevieve Ehrhardt, Geological Engineering
Advisor: John Gierke, Geological and Mining Engineering
and Sciences
Sponsor: Amec Foster Wheeler

Project Overview:
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is the primary groundwater contaminant in an aquifer found in Antrim County, Michigan. TCE entered the groundwater through neglectful handling of the industrial solvent, resulting in a plume that is one of the nation’s largest. The 6-mile long by 2-mile wide plume has already spoiled dozens of residential water wells and is migrating towards municipal wells. The project objectives are to model the groundwater and plume behavior to better understand how the TCE will continue to migrate, determine pumping schemes to protect the municipal wells, and explore options for using new groundwater pumping wells to
capture the plume.