Capstone Projects

IT & SYSTEMS IMPROVEMENT: CSE Alumni Developing Management Software for AUA

CSE alumni Arthur Asadoorian (CIS ’10) and Lina Hovhanessian (CIS ’10) worked with the AUA Registrar’s Office to develop the first University Management System (UMS) in Armenia. UMS is an integrated computer platform that automates university work flows, including recruitment, application processing, student grading, student transcripts, human-resource management, and so on.   

CRYPTOGRAPHY: Verium—CIS students develop product safety solution  

Counterfeiting drugs, medical products, food, alcohol and the like is a global problem. A group of AUA CIS student Gurgen Hakobyan (CIS ’12) developed an authentication and verification system called Verium that uses cryptographic solutions to combat counterfeiting and identity theft. The system consists of a pair of public and secret keys assigned to a product. A centralized system deployed in the computing cloud environment is used to authenticate products.  

PROCESS AND SYSTEMS ANALYSIS: Multilayered Work on Lognormal Scheduling Conducted by AUA Faculty and Students

AUA graduate students as well as researchers in the U.S. in collaboration with Drs. Lilit Mazmanyan and Dan Trietsch are collaborating on lognormal scheduling models. These models resolve problems that make conventional scheduling theory impractical for real-life projects or systems that are subject to randomness. In this field, Mazmanyan and Trietsch have also guided two AUA College of Science and Engineering Master’s theses by Aram Keryan (IESM ’11) and David Tarkhanyan (IESM ’11). Theses deal with minimizing the effects of expected delays.  

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING: Florida State University Wind Turbine 3D Modeling 

Sargis Zeytunyan, the Director of the CoE’s CAD/CAM Lab, together with a team of students, using computer aided design and manufacturing software, developed a 3D model, drawings, and bill of material documents for a 25ft turbine for Keuka Wind, a private company, and Florida State University (FSU). 

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Faculty research in energy efficiency and solar systems supports two student thesis projects 

Dr. Artak Hambarian’s research in collaboration with ITC in hybrid solar collector-PV-gas heating system led to a capstone project completed by Razmik Martirosyan (IESM ’12). Martirosyan’s thesis develops a mathematical model to optimize hybrid solar water heating systems. 

Dr. Hambarian has also worked on designing small-sized air-to-air heat exchangers (small-sized AAHE) for use in Armenian homes. Lusine Hovsepyan (IESM ’12) conducted her capstone research on consumer expectations and demand for such a product. She also calculated the financial returns to households.