College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 22:13:35


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

Honors Senior Design Project

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


In our senior design project we have decided to work under Dr. Jon Gerhardt on creating a gel pad to mitigate blunt force behind bulletproof vests. Extensive research on injury, materials, manufacturing methods, and NIJ standards was completed during this project. Through the use of advanced modeling software and additive manufacturing, we prototyped a functioning pad to test and compare to a pad that is currently available in today's market. The results proved to be very successful, but there are many areas to improve upon down the road.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Jon Gerhardt

First Reader

Dr. Mani Kannan

Second Reader

Dr. Ajay Mahajan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Donald Quinn

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