ME 490 Independent Study Proposals
This study plan must be submitted to the Mechanical Engineering Department prior to enrolling in ME 490 - Independent Study. Please provide sufficient detail so that the Academic Standards Committee can evaluate the relevance as a ME technical elective and determine if the planned effort justifies the number of proposed credits. Please discuss any questions with your independent study supervisor or adviser.
First and Last Name
Student ID #
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Jessica Van Winkle
Faculty Problem Supervisor Name
Problem Supervisor Email
Topic of your Independent Study.
Please choose the course and topic that best represents your Independent Study. Election of course and topic must be approved in advance by supervising faculty.
ME 490H: Honors
ME 490J: Thermodynamics and Energy Utilization
ME 490M: Nuclear Engineering
ME 490O: Design and Optimization
ME 490Q: Materials Processing & Mechanics
ME 490R: Thermo-fluids
ME 490S: Emerging Areas
Year of Enrollment
Term of Enrollment
Requested Number of Course Credits
Will you be working in a lab?
Have you completed necessary safety training?
Please see your faculty supervisor for information on safety training
Prior Study or Experience
Please list any prior study/experience that has prepared you for the independent study you are requesting.
Example: Interning as a Program Manager at John Deere has prepared me for this experiment by knowing how to organize and present data to a group. Also, Physics 221 lab has prepared me by teaching me how to conduct experiments using equipment and the application of formulas to get me to a conclusion.
What will you learn from this experience that would be useful in other applications outside of the 490 project? Please list specific outcomes.
Example:1. I will learn how to conduct a literature review. 2. I will learn how to identify and choose relevant materials for creating superhydrophobic coatings. 3. I will learn how to develop an experimental matrix. 4. I will evaluate experimental data that will lead me to a conclusion. 5. I will learn how to effectively present my experiment using a PowerPoint presentation with tables, graphs, and images. 6. I will learn how to apply formulas and use equipment to find the water contact angle, average roughness, coating thickness, coefficient of friction, and etc."
Approach to Independent Study
What will you do specifically as part of the 490 experience? Please summarize the project and describe the steps, skills and research involved.
Example: I will learn and read review articles about superhydrophobicity. Also work towards understanding what the underlying physics and chemistry that govern superhydrophobicity and the important material properties for this research. I will run an experiment of my own and try to find if there are any existing materials used to create these coatings. In my experiment I will be measuring the water contact angle, average roughness, coating thickness, coefficient of friction, and etc. Using the data from my experiment I will observe the measurements and come up with a conclusion.
Methods for Reporting Progress and Demonstrating Achievement
How will you communicate with your supervisor throughout the term? How often? How will you show that you have succeeded in meeting the objectives you have identified?
Example: During my research period I will attended our teams weekly meeting every Friday morning. Aside from that, I will also send weekly emails that will clearly state my progress and goals for next week. I will meet with the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Assistant for a check-in and have all my data organized so he can see how my experiments are going. I will show my supervisors that I am succeeding in all my objectives by providing them with my weekly progress for all my experiments and also by giving a presentation of my data to the team at the end of the semester.
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