Senior Mechanical Engineering majors recently presented their capstone design projects in an annual competition between teams. Three industry judges evaluated the presentations on content, organization, delivery and effectiveness, and response to audience questions. Nineteen teams competed for bragging rights, award certificates and gift cards.
Taking first prize were Benjamin Crawford, Christopher Rizzo, Abigail O'Brien, Christopher Garcia and Hunter Schryver for their work on the Christini Electric Hybrid AWD Motorcycle. The objective of their project was to modify the company’s existing AWD motorcycle with a near silent hybrid propulsion system that would allow for military use in stealth situations. The team had five major design tasks—component selection (electric motor, rotary engine, battery pack and controller), component placement, weight analysis, component integration and stress analysis—which were delivered in the proof of concept prototype. Team leader Ben Crawford says, “Working with an industry-leading company like Christini Technologies (owned by Villanova Engineering alumnus Steve Christini ’95 ME) was an incredibly rewarding experience that allowed our team to transition our work from the classroom to the real world. We utilized a diverse set of skills and perspectives to elevate our design and transform it into a working prototype.”
Christini Technologies will continue to bring the team’s designs to life and incorporate additional functionality such as regenerative braking and auxiliary charging that were designed, but not yet incorporated into the prototype. Ben adds, “Once completed, the motorcycle will be a one of a kind tool and vital to the military's ability to successfully operate in the new era of warfare.”