College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 21:41:56


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

ME Senior Design I and II (Honors Section)

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


A research project in The University of Akron to study grinding and super-finishing of silicon nitride ceramic was initiated by Dr. Siamak Farhad and sponsored by the Timken Company, with the assistance of undergraduate students Michael Simon, Ryan Hosso and Mathew Rozmajzl. The study required analysis of forces and scratches generated during grinding processes of silicon nitride samples. A testing assembly was designed and constructed to record the forces generated during grinding and super-finishing of silicon nitride samples in a computer-numerical-control machine. Silicon nitride samples were subjected to desired grinding and super-finishing operations and all forces generated during the process were recorded. The samples were then examined under an electron microscope to document, measure and study the material removal. All data was subjected to confidential analysis under direction of Dr. Siamak Farhad, and the Timken company and applicable analysis conclusions are being reached.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Siamak Farhad

First Reader

Joshua Campbell

Second Reader

Dr. Gopal Nadkarni

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

Michael Simon Honors Research Project Signature Page.pdf (61 kB)
Honors Research Project Signature Page



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