Monday, September 17, 2018

Keeping up with your blogs (individual & team), other valuable tips.

Hello 2018/2019 Spartan Superway Students! PLEASE READ THIS ALL AS IT AFFECTS YOUR GRADE. 

My name is Eric Hagstrom, and I have been working as the Spartan Superway's Academic Programs & R&D Manager since the summer of 2016. During the 2017/2018 academic year, Dr. Furman took sabbatical, and I stepped in as the lead instructor for the Spartan Superway senior design course. I recently moved to San Luis Obispo with my significant other, so that is why you are not seeing me in person anymore (I know some of you from the summer program are in the senior design course now, so don't let me down! ;) ) . Anyways, I would still like to provide suggestions through the Spartan Superway blogspot that can help you and your team better prepare for the end of each semester in a wide variety of topics.

Please check back here for updates!

First piece of advice that also affects your grade. Keeping up with your BLOGS - both individual and team. Keeping up with your blogs means posting ONCE PER WEEK. 

1. Your individual blogs should keep records of what you have done individually for your group each week (i.e., describing a part of the system that you looked into and diagnosed, any notes thereof, preliminary calculations or sketches, debugging, future goals for next week and/or long term, etc).
2. Your team blogs should keep record of what you AND your team have done collectively for this week in terms what team project goals have been completed. Any progress should be noted, and progress should be completed each week in tandem with a team Gantt Chart to keep you and your team on track. It is okay to use some content from your individual blogs as long as you are complete with your blog posts.

These blogs posts should be detailed, including, but not limited to, photos, diagrams, calculations, sketches, and CAD models. You can also include meetings with your mentors, discussions with Dr. Furman and Ron, and other related suggestions. You should also consider looking at your FINAL REPORT GUIDELINES so you know what to expect at the end of the semester. This will help you and your team understand what details need to be filled out in your final report. The more you complete now, in the form of your blogs, means the less you will have to write at the end of your semester when you have to balance final tests and other reports for your classes.
A minimum of 2 paragraphs, along with other details, should be written each week in your blogs as you are likely performing and completing a bunch of work related to your project. Your team blogs should have more than that!

**If you are under an non-disclosure agreement (NDA), please speak with Dr. Furman and/or Ron on what is appropriate to post on your blogs or not.

When you enter, as you should already know, on the left hand side you will see team blogs, while the right hand side has your individual blogs.
If your individual blog or team blog is not listed, please send your URL to, and I will personally add your link to the web page. Please view the instructions below on how to make a blog, both personal and team, if you have not done so.

Looking at the current blogs, both individual and team, are relatively lackluster. Some blogs are better than others in terms of written content, while others have not been updated in weeks! You are LOSING grade points. So please, keep up with this blogspot. You are in your final year of engineering, and technical writing will NEVER disappear if you stay within the engineering industry (depending on what you are doing of course).

Please do not hesitate to send me an email if you need any help.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Assignment #1: Creating your individual and team blog spots

General note: Individual and team blog spots are important for checking accountability to ensure that each student is keeping up with their project work! Blog spots missing information each week tells me that you are not keeping up with your course work. Please be sure to add details to each blog spot post.

To create your individual blogs go here:

  1.  and follow the directions. 
    1. Note that you will use to login to your blog page. 
  2. When your blog spot account has been created, please click on "New Blog" in the top left corner. Enter in a relevant blog spot title, and an address such as "" 
  3. Before you click on "Create Blog!", please copy and paste your blog address to this Google Form as seen below in the image. 
  4. This is very important as I need your addresses to upload your personal blogs to so they are visible for everyone to see.
  5. Congratulations! You have created your individual blog spot! I will get your blog spot hyperlinks uploaded to soon! 

Creating your first individual blog post!

  1. Once you have inputted your information to the Google Form found above, it is time to create a new post in your individual blog. (These will be created by each student on a weekly basis!) 
    1. Please go to and login! Near the top left of (when you are logged in, there should be a feature that says "Post." Click on "Post" and input a relevant title that concisely portrays what you will be posting about each week (dependent on what your Professor would like to see). Below the title is where you will input the bulk of your information! (See image below!)
  2. Your individual posts will include conceptual ideas, drawings, CAD models, calculations, and anything else related to your individual involvement in your project's design, rapid-prototyping, fabrication, assembly, and testing of your project. 
  3. Information to post in first individual blog post: 
    1. Please include your full name, contact information (email address, phone number), a brief description of yourself (major, expected graduation year, interests, why you want to work on automated transit networks), and finally a picture of you!
  4. To successfully post your blog, click "Publish" on the right side of the screen! (See image below) 
  5. Congratulations! You have successfully posted your first blog spot. 

Creating a team blog spot! (If applicable)
  1. Once teams have been formed.... 
  2. Create a team blog post (one per team) with a name that is descriptive for your team (I.E., PLEASE NOTE: A team's blog spot is created in the same exact way your individual blogs were made, with one small difference (See step 3 below to add multiple authors to your team blog spot). 
  3. allows for multiple authors to participate and collaboratively add information into a single blog spot. To do so, the first author will invite all other team members as authors with admin permission (I.E., adding other team member's email addresses). 
    1. Specifically, go to: [Team blog] > Settings > Basics > Permissions  > Blog Authors
  4. Upon completing this, please copy & paste your address to this Google Form as before. 
  5. This is very important as I need your addresses to upload your personal blogs to so they are visible for everyone to see.
  6. Congratulations! You have created your individual blog spot! I will get your blog spot hyperlinks uploaded to soon! 
Creating your first team blog post! 
  1. Using the same method for creating your first individual blog post, please make a collaborative team post with your team members that includes each member's availability (School & Work Schedule), and contact information so your teammates can easily contact you if need be. This will allow you to schedule time to meet with teammates to work on your project. 
  2. In addition to the above information, add a paragraph description that covers the scope of work and goals for your team's project. 
  3. Congratulations! You have successfully posted your first team blog spot. 

Welcome to the ME195A/B 2018/2019 Spartan Superway Program!

Hello Spartan Superway 2018/2019 Student,

This blog spot ( will serve as the informational hub for you to receive information related to this summer's program that will include posts from your professor and other faculty, research articles, assignments, fellow students and more! In addition, you will also create your own blog that will be used to post your class assignments and general updates!

Navigating is simple! The bulk of information, as listed above, can be found in the center of the blog spot (just like this post!) Individual student blogs can be found on the right side of the blog spot. Individual student blogs will appear as hyperlinks that can be clicked to read each student's blog spot. Professors will stay updated with student's blog spots to ensure they are actively posting and keeping up with their assignments. Depending on if there are team's, the left side of the blog spot will contain hyperlinks to team blog spots.

The following post titled "Creating your individual and team blog spots" will describe how to create your own individual blogs.

Creating a team blog spot can also be found in "Creating your individual and team blog spots."

Friday, July 27, 2018

2018 Solar Skyways Design Collaborative

Interns from San José State, local high schools, Tec de Monterrey (Mexico) and Pusan University (South Korea) have just completed the summer 2018 Solar Skyways Design Collaborative at the Spartan Superway Design Center near San José State in downtown San José.

Much progress was achieved on several fronts:
  • Full-scale bogie, motor and controls
  • Full-scale guideway
  • Full-scale wayside electrical pickup
  • Full-scale suspension system
  • Full-scale guideway structural analysis and testing
  • Hybrid battery/ultracapacitor onboard energy storage system
  • Small-scale cabin design
  • Solar canopy system design and analysis software
  • Facial recognition security/farebox software
  • ... and more
Final reports will be completed soon and shared with interested parties.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Maker Faire Bay Area 2018

The Spartan Superway 2017/2018 Team showcased their final work at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 over the weekend of May 18th - 20th. Four total projects were operated and shown by their respective teams including the Small-Scale Prototype Team, Full-Scale Prototype Team, Wheelchair Restraint System Team, and the Half-Scale Suspension Team (right to left in Figure 1). Each team's project is shown below with a small caption and figure describing which project it is.
          Figure 1: Small-Scale, Full-Scale, Wheelchair Restraint, Half-Scale Suspension (starting at the right side moving left) 
Figure 2: Students from the Small-Scale Team explaining their project to Maker Faire attendees
Figure 3: Full-Scale Team performing some last minute adjustments before the gates opened to the general public. 

Figure 4: Superway student Jinhau explaining how the wheelchair restraint system works

Figure 5: A close up of the Small-Scale prototype with curious Makers testing the collision avoidance system

Figure 6: Superway student Tan showing a young Maker how the wheelchair restraint system works

Figure 7: Superway student Joshua showing off his team's Half-Scale suspension system

Figure 8: Superway student Joshua holding down the Half-Scale suspension system in wait for more Makers to arrive 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Superway | Daily Planet

Exhibiting this weekend at the annual Maker Faire in San Mateo, the Spartan Superway team is already in the news!

Even though big cities have rideshare programs, buses, and trains, we all know it can still be hard to get to your destination. Enter the Spartan Superway from the engineering students at San Jose University! Daily Planet airs weeknights at 7E/4P only on Discovery Canada!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Team Distribution & General Fall 2017 Schedule

Team NameFirst NameLast Name
Full-Scale Futran Track Section Team1KeonRoham
Full-Scale Futran Track Section Team2AlvinChoy
Full-Scale Futran Track Section Team3JaredHagyard
Solar for Full-Scale Futran Section4MatthewDianich
Solar for Full-Scale Futran Section5ChanwoongPark
Solar for Full-Scale Futran Section6TanHo
Full-Scale Mechanical Bogie Team7DanielEspinosa
Full-Scale Mechanical Bogie Team8jinhaoCui
Full-Scale Mechanical Bogie Team9RogerPacilan
Full-Scale Controls Team10Jack Yoo
Full-Scale Controls Team11Cheuk KwanYim
Half-Scale Suspension Team12JoshuaMoreno
Half-Scale Suspension Team13ColinWong
Half-Scale Suspension Team14SalvadorHernandez
1/12th-Scale Track + Manufacturing Team15KevinBrasil
1/12th-Scale Track + Manufacturing Team16Bryan ChristopherOyan
1/12th-Scale Track + Manufacturing Team17Angelo-JoseBanzon
1/12th-Scale Bogie Team18BryneJocson
1/12th-Scale Bogie Team19IzzatHalabi
1/12th-Scale Controls Team20AndishehKhosravi-Sereshki
1/12th-Scale Controls Team21BenTrump
1/12th-Scale Controls Team22ColinIlas
1/12th-Scale Cabin Design Team23DarrenErfe
1/12th-Scale Cabin Design Team24KaelanSong
General Schedule for the Fall 2018 Semester: 
1. Each team must come up with a minimum of (3) design iterations of their particular project before any rapid prototyping is to occur. Each team must weigh the pros and cons of their (3) design iterations and develop a 'prime design'. In addition, each team is required to perform theoretical calculations and finite element analysis on their prime designs to ensure specifications are met. 
2. Once step 1 is completed, each team will determine a method to create a rapid prototype of their prime design (3D printed, laser cut wood, on-the-table programming / controls, etc) to run initial tests. 
3. Once testing is completed, revisions and redesigns will occur if necessary.