STEM Students Present Capstone Project at Visteon
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Visteon Employee News Monday, June 26, 2017
Students from the P-CEP STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program presented their capstone project to Visteon employees on June 1 at the company’s headquarters in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Fifteen students participated in the engineering capstone project, in which they were asked to identify an issue and then research, design and test a solution, ultimately presenting their solution to a panel consisting of Visteon employees and other community members.
The students implemented technology designed to recognize when a driver is distracted and in turn take action in an effort to increase driver awareness. A camera on the dashboard is capable of reading the driver’s face to detect driver distraction. If the camera detects distraction, it sends a code through the system, which in turn will alert the driver through the vehicle’s speakers. Additionally, if a code is sent through the system indicating that the driver is distracted, the vehicle’s hazard lights will trigger to notify other drivers to avoid the distracted driver. Another feature implemented in the programming is an atomizer, which would release a stimulating fragrance if the driver is falling asleep and failing to remain in his or her lane of traffic.
Candice Williams, a student in the STEM program, went into the program with no prior knowledge of coding. “I couldn’t even code in one language; now I can program in five languages,” Williams said. “It’s definitely given me a leg up on other students wanting to go into the same field. It has also given me a lot of confidence.” Williams had never been a part of a group project of this magnitude. “It was intimidating at first, but I think getting the group project experience will help me a lot moving forward when I’m in college and the working world,” Williams said.
Tom Nagi, Visteon mentor for the STEM students, said he is very proud of what the students were able to accomplish in the time they were given. “The program is very beneficial to students – it builds their resumes, expands their people skills, gives them exposure to events and challenges them,” Nagi said.
The students, all seniors set to graduate this month, have been with the STEM program for two years after going through a vigorous interviewing process to be selected. Visteon has been working with the program for four and a half years and provides funding for the students to enable them to expand the scope of their projects and reduce boundaries. The students visited Visteon several times a week to complete their capstone projects under the mentorship of Nagi and other Visteon engineering and technical professionals.
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