Schedule for ZHAW

Schedule for ZHAW

Schedule for ZHAW Summer Seminar 2016

Bühler Challenge

With Professor Tom Chase, Mechanical Engineering


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Afternoon and evening:

Students arrive in Minneapolis on personally scheduled flights. The address for the student housing is:

Mark G. Yudof Hall
220 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612.625.8786 *

Note: The residence hall desk is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So they can accommodate any arrival time. If you may arrive very late, please contact them so that they know not to give away your room.

If several students are arriving together, you may want to share a taxi. The easiest way to arrive on our campus will be our new light rail line.

Your housing is very close to our train line called the “green line.” On the green line, the stop called “East Bank” will be close to Yudof Hall. If you take the blue line toward Downtown Minneapolis (away from the airport) you only need to change trains once, at the stop called US Bank Stadium. You can do all of this on one ticket for only $1.75, but a ticket is required. You need to buy a ticket before getting on the train, or the police may question or fine you. You cannot buy a ticket on the train.

Yudof Hall is essentially behind our main student union, called Coffman.

Your single room comes with a towel, linens, a blanket, and a pillow. You will also be given high speed wifi connection instructions.

Note: Americans are obsessed with air conditioning!


The city of Minneapolis created a “bike use” program. You will notice the bikes available on campus, in downtown Minneapolis, etc. Anyone can use these bikes for a small fee ($10 for a three day pass) if you have a credit card and can authorize a deposit (you don’t have to have a subscription). Check it out! A bike is a great way to see the city. We have miles of bike paths, and Minneapolis is often called one of the best “bike cities” in the USA. A favorite ride is to Lake Calhoun on the Greenway. Explore!


Each participant will have a “stored value” metro transit card. This comes with 10 bus or train rides included. This can be used on our city bus system and our light rail line (which connects campus to downtown Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Mall of America and the airport). The system is a smart system, so you are intended to “swipe” it each time you board the bus or train (for the train, there is a reader on the platform before you enter the train itself). If you do not need to pay again, it knows this and will not charge you. But failing to “swipe” it could get you in trouble with the police if they stop you and read your card with a portable reader. If you do not use all of your rides, please return the cards to Adam so at the end of the seminar, he can give them away. You can see bus routes, times, etc. here:

Monday, July 11, 2016

08:00-10:00Breakfast at one of several campus options using Gopher Gold “campus cash” system. Check out Starbucks in the student union. Students also like this place—it is very good, and it is one of the only “full service” dining halls guaranteed to be open all summer:

Note: all meals taken on campus in residential halls, campus restaurants, kiosks, Starbucks, etc. can be purchased using Gopher Gold. Many meals may be eaten in the Comstock Hall cafeteria (if it is open) because of the close proximity to Yudof Hall, but this is not mandatory. You can research campus restaurants and convenience stores here:

Summer hours for dining halls can be sporadic. If hall dining areas are not open, probably use the “Fresh Foods” site noted above.

Meals taken off campus will be paid for by participants, unless pre-arranged. But, off-campus meals will seem very reasonable in price compared to Zurich. Each Gopher Gold card has $275 pre-loaded. This comes to about $22 per day that the group is on-campus. Considering that some meals are already planned, I hope that this amount will be sufficient. Funds remaining on the card at the end of the seminar cannot be refunded to us. So, try to “use them up.”

These cards are “like cash.” If you lose it, it is gone for good. Be very careful!

If you have funds remaining toward the end of your time here, you should be able to purchase items at the bookstore. So, you might be able to get a souvenir.

Want to learn more about the “Gopher Gold” card and where it can be used?

When we are together as a group and meals will not be included, I note this with a $ sign.

09:00-10:30Seminar Orientation with ZHAW faculty and Adam Pagel

Meet in Bruininks Hall (the shiny building across from our art museum) in room 512A. Wear good walking shoes today, we will be out a lot today!

10:30-12:00Project introduction with Professor Tom Chase

Introduction and Customer Requirements

12:00-13:00Time for lunch

13:00Meet at our classroom to walk over to one of our facilities for a tour


13:30-14:30Tour the Medical Devices Center

14:30-15:15Continue walking tour of campus for an introduction

15:30-17:00Team workshop time to develop questions on customer requirements for tomorrow’s meeting with Bühler


17:30-19:45Group Welcome Dinner and Stadium Tour

TCF Bank Stadium (our main football stadium)

We will be in the Indoor Club Room, on the 6th Floor.

Enter at the “Benton County” entrance which is also marked as an event entrance.

We will be joined by some of the 2015 Minnesota students and faculty who visited ZHAW.

A guided tour of the stadium will begin at 17:30, with dinner to follow the tour.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

07:30-8:00Early day! Eat Breakfast or grab a coffee so we can get out to Buhler

8:10-13:30Visit to Swiss company Buhler for project briefing and tour. Load the bus outside of Yudof Hall at 8:10. Buhler will provide us with lunch after the meetings and tour.

13:30-15:00Lecture: Product Definition BRUININKS HALL 512A

15:00-17:00Workshop: Customer Requirements & Design Specifications, BRUININKS HALL 512A

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


8:30-9:30Lecture: Project Management, BRUININKS HALL 512A

9:30-12:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-14:30Lecture: Concept Generation, BRUININKS HALL 512A

14:30-15:00Time for project Question and Answer Session BRUININKS HALL 512A

Thursday, July 14, 2016


8:30-10:00Lecture: Concept Selection, BRUININKS HALL 512A

10:00-12:00Product Design Specifications Review, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-14:30Lecture: Modeling and Estimation, BRUININKS HALL 512A

14:30-16:30Design Workshop

Friday, July 15, 2016


8:30-12:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-17:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A

17:00-22:30BBQ and Party at Assistant Dean Susan Kubitschek’s House

A coach bus will take everyone to the event location and bring everyone back to Yudof Hall. Bus will load at 17:00 to depart in front of Yudof.

We will distribute baseball game tickets tonight, so that we can all meet at the game on Saturday.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A free day to explore the area! If you need ideas, talk to Adam.

Make your way to the baseball stadium downtown Minneapolis in time for a game that begins at 18:10. We will distribute tickets to the game on Friday.

18:00-22:00Minnesota Twins Baseball Game in downtown Minneapolis. Plus time after for exploring downtown Minneapolis, etc. Game starts at 6:10 PM

You can take the train from anywhere in Minneapolis (“Target Field Station” )

Tickets will be pre-paid, and each group member will receive a $15 “food allowance” with their ticket to be used at the field to help with dinner. All other refreshments at game must be purchased $

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A free day

Monday, July 18, 2016


8:30-9:20Recitation: Evaluation Criteria, BRUININKS HALL 512A

9:35-12:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-14:20Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A

14:30-16:30Selection Chart Reviews, BRUININKS HALL 512A

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


8:30-10:00Presentation Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A

10:00-12:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-17:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


8:30-12:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-17:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A

Thursday, July 21, 2016


8:30-12:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A


13:30-17:00Design Workshop, BRUININKS HALL 512A

19:00-22:00Time to finalize final project documentation if needed, BRUININKS HALL 512A will be available until 22:00

23:59Deadline for uploading all project documentation

Friday, July 22, 2016

Presentation Day!


8:00-11:30Final Oral Presentations BRUININKS HALL 512A


14:30Depart for our “Up North” adventure in Ely, Minnesota

Coach will load outside Yudof Hall

Pack for a weekend trip—sunglasses, outdoor clothing, hat, toiletries, etc. All other items can be kept at Yudof Hall. You may want to bring some snacks and beverages for the bus trip. You can buy snacks with your meal card at campus convenience stores.

It is about a 4 hour drive to Ely, Minnesota, the “gateway” to our nature preserve called the BWCA.

When combined in size with the Canadian preserve called Quetico, the full size of the wildness is 9,160 km²!

We will stay in Ely at a lodge on a lake.

They have a nice lake for swimming, kayaking, etc. Bring a swimsuit, but also bring a jacket! You never know what the weather will be like up there.

19:30Dinner at the Grand Ely Lodge. Non-alcoholic beverages will be included, all other beverages can be purchased from the bar. $

Free night in Ely—it is easy and pleasant to walk between the hotel and “downtown” Ely

Saturday, July 23, 2016

8:00-9:00 The hotel will provide us with a group breakfast, meet in the dining room

You are free to explore for the day. The hotel has free use of kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats on their lake. Talk with the hotel staff about using boats.

There is a large (for Ely) event taking place this weekend, called Lilypad Picnic. For a small fee, you can enter the event and check it out.

The event is a fund raiser for black bear research. We love our bears! (When they are not taking our food)

There are a number of restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. in Ely. We won’t have organized group meals today beyond breakfast. $

Sunday, July 24, 2016

8:00-9:00 The hotel will provide us with a group breakfast, meet in the dining room

9:15-?Load coach bus for a half day wilderness canoe experience. The hotel will pack us travel lunches. We will paddle regardless of weather. Be prepared for anything! We will be out for most of the day. Bring sunglasses, sun screen, swimsuit, light coat, etc.

19:00Dinner at a local brew pub. We can walk over as a group, departing from the hotel lobby at 18:30. Meals and non-alcoholic beverages will be included, all other beverages can be purchased from the bar $

After diner, a free night in Ely or back at the lodge.

Monday, July 25, 2016

9:00-10:00Breakfast at the lodge before checking out.

10:00Load coach bus for return drive to Minneapolis

12:00-13:30 Stop for lunch in Duluth, MN $

19:00Farewell Dinner at Kafe 421 in Dinkytown (easy to walk to)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Departure Day! Be sure to check out of Yudof Hall, with the front desk staff

Below is an East Bank Campus Map Detail, where you will be spending most of your time:

Below is a copy of our train system—the stop near your housing is Green Line “East Bank”

University of Minnesota Participants

Adam Pagel

CSE International Programs Director

Office: 115 Lind Hall

Office Phone: 612-624-8013

Mobile: + 1 612-242-7888



Erin Piper

CSE International Education Coordinator

Office: 115 Lind Hall

Office Phone: 612-625-1760


Professor Thomas Chase

Email: Office Telephone: (612) 625-0308

Ph.D., 1984, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

M.S., 1983, B.S., 1977, Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Major research interests are in engineering database design, computer-aided engineering, mechanism design, and stress analysis of rolled webs.

Specializes in product design instruction and project supervision.