Senior Capstone Innovation Day
The College of Engineering is proud to sponsor Senior Capstone Innovation Day, held in the spring of each year, and featuring student projects from all five departments: Chemical and Materials Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Senior capstone projects represent innovative engineering products designed by teams of undergraduate students during the course of their senior year. Innovation Day features posters, presentations and demonstrations of student projects.
For more information please contact Elicia Rollins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Project Descriptions
Chemical & Materials Engineering
CME 1: Hydrochar Enhanced Wood Pellets for Industrial Electricity Generation
A process for the manufacture of hydrochar enhanced wood pellets was created from the ground up. A detailed process flow diagram was created, a high temperature and pressure reactor was designed, and the process was simulated in ChemCad. Economic analysis was performed to find the total module, cost of manufacturing, and profitability of the process.
Richard Mannschreck, Eduardo Torres, Andrew Tucker, Matthew Ruehl
CME 2: Increasing Efficiency of Lead-acid Battery Recycling while Generating a Valuable Byproduct
With the massive growth in the automotive industry around the world, there are more lead-acid batteries than ever before. The drastic increase in batteries has led companies like AquaMetals to maximize efficiency in this recycling revolution. Since there are strict regulations on lead, engineering these processes to direct as much of the lead as possible towards making new batteries and undercutting the regulations are essential to this design. The team helped increase efficiency of the lead product by changing the reactant and adding a new reaction to yield an additional profitable product.
Colton Neary, Eli Trimble, Nicholas Herlinsky, Nikolai Cox
CME 3: Hydrochar Production via Microwave PFR
Wood pellets are a biofuel made from compressed saw dust and an energy dense binder (hydrochar). It is a popular mode of commercial power generation and residential heating. Although it is not common in North America, pellets are widely used in European markets that consume over 20 million tonnes per year. The design project covers the entire production process of wood pellets from raw loblolly pine. Our design utilizes a unique microwave PFR that has not yet been introduced to the pellet industry. The project also details an economic analysis, scale up of the process, and feasibility for the future.
Ian Hubbard, Austin Shadrick, Mike Molony, Micheal Hendrickson
CME 4: Wood Pellet Production
Wood pellets are a biofuel made from compressed saw dust. Popular for their power generation in commercial or residential heating. Although not as common in North America, pellets are ubiquitous in European markets which consume over 20 million tonnes per year.
We will cover the wood pellet production from beginning to end, showcasing the unique dual reactor process the team developed. The process will utilize hydrothermal carbonization and torrefaction, hence the dual reactors. The team will also present a complete economic analysis for the sourcing of the wood, start-up of the plant itself, and production of pellets on a industrial scale.
Tim King, Ethan Skemp, Cameron Renteria, Yash Khade
CME 5: SART Process
Copper-gold mineralization is often an economically attractive geological combination with significant grades of both copper and gold compared to other ore bodies that are either primary copper gold. Recovery of both gold and copper is complicated due to the different chemistry and interactions with cyanide.
SART (Sulphidization, Acidification, Recycle, Thickening) is a novel process for recovery of cyanide used for these ores, which recycles free cyanide back into the leaching circuit, saving in operating costs, and produces a saleable copper sulfide precipitate. We have evaluated the standard SART process, and we created an alternative SART process for greater economic return.
John Urquidi, Adam Kamikawa, Dylan Melanson, Michael Piech, Tensaye Yihune
CME 6: Desulfurization Optimation
This study looks at an improved method for lead sulfate conversion to lead hydroxide in a kinetic reactor. Through the partnership developed between the University of Nevada, Reno and Aqua Metals lead acid battery recycling plant, the senior chemical engineering class has worked to optimize the conversion of lead recycling by affecting key variables such as reactor temperature, filter press acid separation, and capital cost reduction implementations. Providing an improved lead conversion technique found in their desulfurization sector has potential for higher lead yield to be realized thus propagating long term annual results.
Bailey Maxson, Nate Deaton, Eugene Cushing, Bradley Wilmot
CME 7: Optimized Hydrochar and Torrefied Wood Pellets for the European Markets
An important source of heat in Europe is wood pellets, but Europe has a limited supply of wood. Numerous companies are appearing to export wood pellets from the US South East to Europe. Unfortunately, the downfall of shipping wood pellets across the ocean is their durability when exposed to moisture. We have developed a solution that will improve the durability as well as optimize the energy density, resulting in reduced shipping costs and enhanced product quality. Our process produces pellets from a blend of hydrochar and torrefied wood, and Team Gaea demonstrates favorable economics.
Austin Lee, Andrew Bone, Sheri Ignacio, Eric Soto-Harrison
CME 8: Production Design of Premium HTC Biochar Enhanced Wood Pellets
Wood pellets are an abundant and energy dense source of biofuel. However, the pellets that are derived solely from raw pine suffer from durability problems that arise from their inability to withstand moisture. We have proposed a novel technical solution for production of premium quality pellets produced in Mississippi for export to the UK market. The pellets are characterized by a higher energy and mass density and increased hydrophobicity and abrasion resistance. The pellets are produced from a mixture of raw pine and HTC biochar produced in a hydrothermal process.
Alexis Perkins, Quintin LaRosa, Alberto Nava, Michael Riedeman
CME 9: Desulf1
Desulfurization plays an important role in the recycling of used lead acid batteries. The process consists of converting lead sulfates into other lead species that can be more easily processed thermally and chemically. Our team is working with AquaMetals, a local company that recycles lead acid batteries, to optimize the desulfurization process. We recommended the addition of a ball mill that will not only reduce the size of the particles in the paste but will also strip off the outer layer of lead hydroxide, potentially increasing conversion.
Joshua Reill, Nicholas Burpee, Desi Imbiri, Michelle Nguyen, Jared Stimac
CME 10: Design of Lightweight Magnesium Alloys: Processing, Microstructure and Properties
Magnesium (Mg) alloys are the lightest structural metals. They have the potential to dramatically reduce energy consumption in weight-sensitive applications. Four commercial, extruded Mg alloys were heat treated and mechanically tested in tension and compression along the extrusion direction to determine the asymmetric deformation behavior and how alloying elements affect the mechanical properties. Nanoindentation was conducted as well. Microstructure evolution in compression was analyzed by using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD).
Cayla Harvey, Nick Winner, Max Georgeson, Paul Dourte
Civil & Environmental Engineering
CEE 1: Design of the Truckee Meadows Recreation Center
The project involved the design of a 86,000 square foot recreation center located in southwest Reno on the corner of S. Virginia Street and Grove Street. The purpose of this building is to fill the need for an area where locals can meet for events, relaxation, to take various classes and exercise. Included inside will be multiple full size basketball courts, a multipurpose room, and exercise area, with a basic modifiable architectural plan provided to allow users to easily reconfigure the space for a variety of purposes.
Will Ferreira, Austin Bossetti, LaShonn Ford, Alex Kershner, Anthony Yocca
CEE 2: Design of a Stormwater Drainage System for Bergin Way in Sparks, NV
The Bergin Way Stormwater Drainage Project in Sparks was completed in order to mitigate recurring flooding of the parking lot of a local business. The new stormwater drainage system captures the stormwater in a small catch basin and then conveys the water through a network of drain pipes located under the surface of the parking lot. The water is then routed to other pipes that pass under Bergin Way. The water flows through a filtration system designed to improve water quality by removing pollutants such as suspended solids.
Chancy Vines, Megan Klingler, Kristina Freitas, Tyler Helm
CEE 3: Sustainable Energy in a Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant is located in Woodinville, WA. There is a projected 10 MGD increase in flow from 25.2 MGD by 2040. With this growth, the need for both water treatment and energy production is significant. Incorporating retrofits within the plant, the Bighorns LLC is seeking a sustainable nexus both with the economy, energy, and wastewater treatment. The design incorporates Microbial Fuel Cells in a full-scale setting in the treatment plant, as well as Co-Generation units to generate power from methane captured in anaerobic digestion, and solar panels to create a sustainable future in the wastewater industry.
Riley Gruber, Breanna Paras, Mikayla Baillie, Samuel Schnorbus
CEE 4: Kings Beach Pier, Lake Tahoe
BBE, Inc. designed a recreational pier in Kings Beach, California to provide additional attractions to boost the region's tourist-based commerce. The pier includes public recreational areas for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, and boat-docking. The pier is an integral component of Placer County's ongoing renovation of the Kings Beach area and will allow direct lake travel and foot traffic to access the resorts and neighboring businesses. With a design and construction schedule of nine months, the project was budgeted at $600,000, which was allocated from Placer County's anticipated investment of $44 million to enhance the area over the next 20 years.
Blake Crosby, Richard Paiva, Vi Nguyen, Zachary Youngblood
CEE 5: Design of the Moana Springs Aquatic Facility
ELC Engineering has partnered with Sierra Nevada Community Aquatics to achieve the goal of promoting, facilitating, and coordinating the sustainability and expansion of aquatic fitness resources within the Truckee Meadows by designing and constructing a modern aquatic complex to serve local residents. The facility is located at the corner of Moana Lane and Baker Lane. It was designed to enable both recreational swimming activities and competitive swimming events. Because of the proximity to the Moana hot springs in south Reno, the use of sustainable geothermal energy resources for water heating was incorporated into the design of the complex.
Liane Vidal, Eric Harmer, Chris Meyer
CEE 6: Collision Prevention at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport
Taxiway Charlie at the Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO) contains two "hot spots" that need to be redesigned and reconstructed in order to improve safety. A hot spot is an area where the potential for a collision or runway incursion by pilots and drivers is high. Cheetah Engineering Corporation has successfully eliminated one hot spot by relocating an intersection to the north of the previous location along Taxiway Charlie and redirecting existing traffic to the east where a new intersection has been designed.
Christian O'Quinn Jr., Angel Valenzuela, Kimberly Flynn
CEE7: When It Can't Flow by Gravity, Provide a Pump Station
Bighorn Consulting designed a wastewater collection system for a 750-unit apartment complex. The design incorporated a gravity-flow wastewater collection system and a pump station with a pressurized forcemain. The project was a multidisciplinary engineering problem with facets of hydraulic, environmental, electrical, mechanical and general civil design. The scope of work included the design of the wastewater collection system for the complex, the wastewater lift station and the forcemain, which then discharged into an existing sewer system. The faculty mentor was Dr. Keith Dennett and the external professional engineering mentors were Joe Peterson and Brent Petring from Jensen Water Resources.
Sam Bruketta, Jeremy Macaluso, Hunter Mori, Neil Favor
CEE 8: Sparks Marina Sports Complex
The Sparks Marina Sports Complex is at the intersection of environmentally conscious design and functionality. The complex includes facilities for five different sporting events and will be accessible to every member of the public. The complex also includes play areas and picnic spaces for those who are not competing. Storm drainage from the complex is carefully controlled in order to protect the water quality in the neighboring Sparks Marina that is so treasured by the community. Geotechnical, structural and hydrologic design considerations were optimized to ensure that the complex is both sustainable for future generations and economically feasible today.
Kelly Kovaleski, Ian Mastick, Peter Montejo, Brent Moore
CEE 9: Civil and Geotechnical Design for Residential Development
MARZ engineering is a brand new, enthusiastic and hard-working team consisting of Momoko Ige, Alexis Salazar Guzman, Raphael S. Perry, and Zachary R. Duskin. The team will be conducting several engineering services for a private home developer's upcoming residential development. The deliverables for this project will include providing a traffic impact analysis, geotechnical investigations and foundation recommendations, pavement designs, soil improvements, hydrologic analysis, a stormwater detention basin design, and a retaining wall design for the site. The team will be working closely with both professional and faculty mentors at Construction Materials Engineering, Inc. and the University of Nevada, Reno respectively.
Zachary R. Duskin, Momoko Ige, Alexis Salazar Guzman, Raphael S. Perry
CEE 10:Infrastructure Improvements at the Donovan Ranch Subdivision in Spanish Springs
Rapid population growth is occurring in the region surrounding the Donovan Ranch Subdivision located in Spanish Springs, NV. In order to ensure that anticipated growth can be accommodated, a traffic impact study, a signal warrant analysis, a hydrologic analysis, and an assessment of existing and future infrastructure needs (i.e., storm drain design, sewer system design and pavement design) was performed. Necessary infrastructure improvements were identified and designed to provide sufficient capacity for proposed future development in the region.
Antonio Suarez, Hasan Uddin, Gary Thornton, Hikaru Magami
CEE 11: Redesign of the Lake Street Bridge
PB & J Engineering is proposing a redesign of the existing Lake Street Bridge located in downtown Reno, Nevada. The current design is a three-span concrete girder bridge that restricts flow in the Truckee River during flood events. This can result in localized flooding in downtown Reno. PB & J Engineering has designed a modern single-span bridge with a steel girder superstructure and a reinforced concrete deck. This increases the hydraulic capacity of the Truckee River, ultimately ensuring the safety of the public, and reducing damages due to flooding. Saving the world one girder at a time.
Blake Schmitt, Brendan Chang, Justin Fairbrook, Paul Brown
CEE 12: Keep Reno Moving - Expansion of the Plumb Lane and South Virginia Street Intersection
The intersection of Plumb Lane and South Virginia Street is located in one of the most traveled parts of town. Reno is experiencing rapid growth, and new developments like the Park Lane Mall, the extensive renovation of Shopper's Square, and the redevelopment of the South Virginia Street Corridor through Midtown will significantly increase traffic in this area. Spartan Engineering has redesigned this intersection in order to keep Reno moving.
William Wellington, John Galasso, Sean Combs
CEE 13: Fontanel Estates
Rapid population growth in the Reno area has resulted in a dire shortage of available affordable housing. The design of Fontanel Estates encompasses fundamental engineering principles necessary for land development. The components of this design include a grading plan and a utility plan, which outlines the requirements for site preparation in accordance with local codes. Free cookies and refreshments available for prospective homeowners.
Hailey Sibert, Ian Chamberlain, Kaitlin Constantine
CEE 14: Redesign of Culverts along Winnemucca Ranch Road for Extreme Storm Events
The storm events which northern Nevada experienced in early 2017 brought tremendous amounts of precipitation. The resulting surface runoff caused major damage to a set of culverts passing below Winnemucca Ranch Road in Washoe County, Nevada.
Flows exceeded 1130 cubic feet per second (cfs) resulting in water overtopping the roadway causing separation between the road and the headwall which formed a scour hole that was 4 feet deep by 20 feet wide along the culvert.
The culvert was redesigned to sustain any future extreme flow events and the upstream and downstream channels were lined with rip-rap to limit erosion.
Kolten Wilcox, Michael Walters, Imranul Islam, Ryan Simons
CEE 15: Seismo Resisence Hall
The Seismo Residence Hall is a proposed student dormitory for the University of Nevada, Reno. With the growing number of incoming students every year, Stratton Oakmony Engineering wants to propose a new residence building to accommodate the number of new student attending the University every year. The goal is to provide these incoming students with a comfortable and convenient way of living while attending the University of Nevada, Reno.
Chase Parker, Luke Doyle, Andy Cho
CEE 16: The Biggest Little Pedestrian Bridge
The Downtown Reno Pedestrian Bridge project features the design of an iconic pedestrian bridge across N. Virginia Street at Commercial Row. The bridge was designed as an architecturally significant structure to enhance the quintessential Reno arch. The bridge will accommodate more than 2,000 pedestrians per hour during peak usage. The project included improvements to the roadway and sidewalks, including landscaped bulb-outs, artwork and the removal of an unwarranted traffic signal. In addition, adjustments to the timing of existing traffic signals and the installation of anti-ram bollards and fencing will improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians.
Amaya Davis, Taylor Schwartz, Emily Kohut, Jacob Carter, Nicholas Morrow
CEE 17: Green Valley at Damonte Ranch: Sustainable Living for the Reno Environmentalist
Green Valley at Damonte Ranch is located in the fast-growing residential neighborhoods of south Reno, but it is not your typical subdivision. This 63-unit planned development puts environmental concerns and sustainability at the forefront of its designs, while maintaining an affordable and comfortable community. The three-unit buildings are equipped with private backyards and expansive courtyards in the front to encourage neighborhood interactions. The community also includes amenities such as a luxurious pool, a running trail, and a fitness center. If you are interested in moving to an exquisite community that minimizes negative environmental impacts, come visit our booth today!
Cara DuMonte, Christian Salcedo, Joseph Trimberger
CEE 18: One Man's Waste is Another Man's Treasure
TQR Consulting has designed an innovative water treatment facility which incorporates the direct potable reuse of treated wastewater. Direct potable reuse is a cutting-edge process in the water treatment field. In this process, wastewater effluent is treated to standards for drinking water quality. The main function of the facility is providing potable water to the residents of south Reno. The Truckee Meadows region is a rapidly growing area which requires an increase in water treatment capacity. The use of this technology will increase sustainability by decreasing the reliance on surface water and groundwater resources.
Travis Marshall, Ryan Alexander, Quinn Lovelady
Computer Science & Engineering
CSE 1: Virtual Reality Physics Lab
The Virtual Reality Physics Lab (VR Physics) combines both education and virtual reality by providing the user an engaging arcade-style simulation showcasing various elementary physics lessons. VR Physics utilizes a sandbox world where players can navigate to any of the educational activities present to play with and witness how physics works in a contained environment.
Chris Lewis, Nick Bolling, Andrew Munoz, Will Zandbergen
CSE 2: Let's VR - Multiplayer VR Game
Our project consists of creating a virtual reality (VR) multiplayer game that will enable players to be immersed together in the virtual world. The game's interactions are similar to a first-person shooter, where the cooperating players will fight off multiple waves of enemies. As the game progresses, the number of enemies will increase as well as the difficulty. Although players can use the system by themselves, a big emphasis is put on teamwork and working with another individual to survive for as long as possible.
Alex Hansen, Kurt Andersen, Brittany Sievert
CSE 3: Astronaut Academy: VR Team
The future of space exploration is landing in the hands of virtual reality and augmented reality. The Dwarf Planet Ceres, located between Mars and Jupiter near the Asteroid Belt, is seen for the first time in this new experience using real terrain data. The Astronaut Academy showcases this experience in a never before seen game environment where you can learn the planet's history, gather data and explore the terrain on a rover in this first-person mobile VR!
Hadi Rumjahn, Mohammad Hasan, Chris Ngo, Roniel Padua
CSE 4: Wolf Hunt: The Wolf Who Howled Boy
Wolf Hunt: The Wolf Who Howled is a virtual reality (VR) game where the player has the option of either playing as a boy lost in the woods or a blood thirsty wolf trying to hunt the boy. As the game plays out the sky darkens and visibility is reduced and the map changes with each time the game is played. Try your best and get a spot on the scoreboard. The game is a lighthearted, single-player VR game that will leave quite an impression.
Andrew Frost, Jay Woo, Tyler Goffinet
CSE 5: Space Flight Simulator
With this project, we aim to create an exciting, educational and immersive space flight experience. Through the integration of a custom space flight and combat video game with a state-of-the-art full motion simulator, players will experience the thrills of piloting a futuristic spacecraft while learning about the solar system. The game will operate on a MaxFlight FS2000, the only simulator line in the world to offer full 360-degree roll and pitch capabilities, allowing players full freedom of motion in their interplanetary adventures.
Sven Diaz-Juarez, Jacob Lee, Austin Bachman, Jervyn Suguitan
CSE 6: AR Escape Room
AR Escape Room is an IOS application that joins together artificial reality software with fun and exciting escape room puzzles. To play, users will map the room they are in by walking around the perimeter. Once the room has been mapped the AR Objects will be placed around the room creating puzzles and a timer will start. The user has a limited amount of time to try and solve the puzzles and escape the room. Once the user has solved all the puzzles the door will open and the player has escaped and won.
Aaron Dartt, Casey Garrett, Juliet Villanueva, Heidi Young
CSE 7: Ribbon
Ribbon aims to create a centralized platform for connecting charitable donors to the organizations and events of interest to the donor community.
Austyn Herman, Amir Behmaram, Tyler Frasca, Tanner Jones
CSE 8: Drivetrain
Drivetrain is a predictive machine learning platform developed in cooperation with the analytics firm Marketing Evolution and expert faculty in the area of knowledge discovery in databases. Drivetrain is built and trained on a massive data set of used car transactions in the United States in the 2010s. Drivetrain provides a convenient, easy-to-use Android application that can be used to query our state-of-the-art big data models for predictions about customer desires and behavior in the used car marketplace.
Patrick Austin, Mile Cilic, Eric Stutzman
CSE 9: Super Ledgehop: Double Laser
Super Ledgehop: Double Laser is a single player top-down, bullet hell shooter with rhythm mechanics and narrative elements. Players are going to experience the life of Chizuru, an orphan who wants to find her real family. She finds out that her brother is the senator in her city, but crazy scientists are out to hunt him down. With Chizuru's handgun mastery, she must fight by absorbing her own enemies' bullets and use them as her own bullets. Each level has its own boss and unique songs, which players can shoot to the beat of the song to enhance their power.
Joriel Alves, Lyle Gamboa, David Valenzuela
CSE 10: GEMNAC
The GEMNAC project focuses on creating an application module and interface that has the capability to take in multimedia files (images, videos, and audio) as notes. The notes are then added to inspections or projects. The application - developed in C# and Xamarin - has the ability to compress incoming files to limit memory usage and to take in thermal images from an external sensor. This feature was requested by our project sponsor, General Electric. With their limit of text-only notes, this application will greatly assist GE's engineers in the field with their inspections and reports.
Spencer Deangelis, Dmitri Yarmey, Enrique Sandoval, Daniel Suh
CSE 11: TouchBadge: An Internet Connected Conference Badge
TouchBadge is a novel approach at gathering statistics and simplifying the exchange of information at a professional convention. TouchBadge utilizes a smart identification badge to improve the networking experience by providing a simple means of exchanging contact information through physical proximity and gesture to an accompanying smart badge.
Evan Grill, Jon Weatherspoon, Cody Worsnop
CSE 12: Shape Fitter
Shape Fitter is a brainteaser game that challenges players' perception of differently sized shapes in a competitively timed setting. Players will have to place a given amount of circular shapes in such a way that the background shape will be fully encompassed before the timer is up!
Sanya Gupta, Ryan Devaney
CSE 13: Pawmigos
Pawmigos is an innovative application that combines user preferences and pet profiles to provide ease of access for users seeking to adopt a pet. The application allows users to create a list of all the pets they have liked that match to their selected preferences. Incorporated with an easy-to-use UI, Pawmigos also utilizes Firebase authentication and Google's Location API to provide user security and nearby shelter information.
Sui Cheung, Alexandra Caceres, Kaleena Witty
CSE 14: Data Visualization and Annotation for SAN planner
This project intends to further Socially Aware Navigation (SAN) research and provide tools to make research efforts more efficient. SAN is the study of robot behavior in social environments, with a focus on navigation. This project seeks to introduce new visualization and annotation tools to improve efficiency and analysis of research on robot navigation planners. Additionally the team will assist the University's Socially Assistive Robotics lab introduce, implement,and test the Pareto optimization as an approach for navigation. This document describes the functional requirements developed into prototypes and the changes needed after demonstrating the prototypes to project stake-holders.
Vineeth Rajamohan, Eric Huang, Nathan Sullivan
CSE 15: DrumLight
DrumLight is a light up drum kit that plays itself and is used as a teaching tool to learn how to play the drums. Upload your favorite songs, pick your favorite colors for the drums to light up, sit back and be amazed!
John Kirkpatrick, Daniel Smith, Valarie Bañuelos
CSE 16: NRDC-CHORDS: A Generalized Software Interface for CHORDS
NRDC-CHORDS is an open-source interface between the Nevada Research Data Center and CHORDS, a free cloud-hosted data visualization package. The NRDC-CHORDS system allows users to select a set of scientific instruments from the network and stream live data from those instruments to visualize in near-real time in a web browser. A generalized and open-source approach allows wide adaptability and customization of the package, and is offered as a free alternative to existing proprietary data visualization solutions.
Zachary Waller, Pattaphol Jirasessakul, Paul Marquis
CSE 17: CryptoQuery
CryptoQuery is a website that analyzes and ranks web content on cryptocurrency-related topics from reputable online publishers. Using intelligent web crawlers, the latest content from notable publishers is grabbed in real time. Trained on the data from those publishers, machine learning models predict the topic, quality and complexity of each article grabbed. On the website, results from these models along with a user-voting system allow users to better relate and identify important articles. By breaking down content into its innermost set of topics and analyzing both the quality and complexity of said content, CryptoQuery separates itself from original publishers by providing a different lens by which to think about content.
Francisco Solano, Phil Smith, Maxwell Wiegant
CSE 18: Astronaut Academy - Interactive Visitor Application
This project's platform consists of creating an innovative method of interaction between the Challenger Center of Northern Nevada and prospective individuals through a mobile application titled "Astronaut Academy." The application presents an exceptional interactive interface for young visitors at the Nevada Space Center/National Automobile Museum and integrates STEM/space trivia games so that they may navigate through various museum exhibits pertaining to space simulation. With a simple download, it enables young users to connect and communicate with their surrounding environment so that their experience during their visit at the museum is both enjoyable and instructional.
Sahana Acharya, Narinder Mall , Nikesh Tailor, Jay Batalla
CSE 19: MelodyBot
MelodyBot provides users with unique, customizable, and accessible music for their needs which is generated through the use of an artificial intelligence.
Stefan Stukelja, Nicholas Harris, David Neilsen, Joseph San Nicolas
CSE 20: Mood Detection in IGT Gaming Machines
Our project is based around the use of facial recognition software to analyze a user's face and determine the emotion present within that face. This can be used for analytical purposes at a later time, as a list of emotions and their time stamps is kept. The software primarily utilizes a trained neural net to classify any faces in front of a camera or any video provided.
Jeff Liu, Sam Whitaker, Brandon Herpolsheimer
CSE 21: CYBEX Virtualization
This project implements a cybersecurity automation and information sharing system in a virtual environment. CYBEX is able to monitor connected security devices and automate the updating of security rules and policies on all connected devices. This allows for faster response times to attacks and prevention of future attacks against a system.
Alexander Parr, Kathleen Lowe, Timothy Muller
CSE 22: IPHI - Fitness Application
Iphi is an Android app designed to generate a custom fitness regimen each day, tailored by user input, to assist in achieving a weightlifting goal. Iphi will track progress toward this goal and project an estimated completion date. Along the way users will have the opportunity to participate in smaller goals which aim to increase days per week in the gym. Social media integration will allow the user to stay connected, and let others know how they are progressing to the goal.
Davis Pfouts, John Widmeyer, Jacob Black, Cody Lacy
CSE 23: SkyWarden: Aerial Drone Notification System
Notification system for aerial drones which gathers and transmits voltage and proximity data from the drone to an alert system and over the network through ROS. System developed for Autonomous Robots Lab researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Robert Watkins, Rony Calderon, Bryan Kline, Jia Li
CSE 24: Machine Event Notification and Alert System (MENAS)
Machine Event Notification Alert System (MENAS) is a PC application created for General Electric, Bently Nevada. MENAS generates alerts based on four levels in response to anomalies in data received from GE's conditional monitoring equipment. Monitoring correct machine operation is critical for safety and preventing large equipment failure. Technicians define the set points and thresholds for each machine. The severity of the alert will dictate who the alerts are sent to. Alerts are automatically sent via email, text message, push notification and automated phone call. In addition to emergency alerts, MENAS generates maintenance notifications to remind technicians of upcoming machine maintenance.
Kevin Brown, Ryan Jantzen, Michael McKissick
CSE 25: Surge Viewer
Surge Viewer is a Bombora-sponsored project which is a collection of web tools providing searching and charting functionality for Bombora's flagship product, Company SurgeTM data. The integration of fast querying tools and intuitive charting software eliminates the manual work associated with organizing and analyzing Surge data as it changes over time. Surge Viewer was built to be used exclusively by Bombora's sales staff to help utilize Company SurgeTM when connecting with their own customers.
Jackson Buck, Evan Su
CSE 26: Park'R
Park'R is a web application that allows its users to host their private parking spaces or find and reserve an available parking space in a public area. The application is a peer-to-peer service that aims to provide an easy to use, secure, and economic alternative to standard parking services.
Paul Marshall, Phoebe Argon, Gicelle Calderon, Chase Hammons
CSE 27: Commercial Real Estate Scraper
In today's world, web scraping has become an easy way for companies to gather data in order to achieve business goals such as improving profitability, customer service, efficiency, growth, and countless others. Hence, this project sponsored by Capstak, focuses on building an autonomous scraper that scrapes various commercial real estate sites and intelligently consolidates the data into a database. Furthermore, this project includes a user interface that enables the user to use the scraper with ease and through the algorithms developed provides insights into the scraped data.
Alex Sanchez, Austin Ogilvie
CSE 28: Trusted Information Exchange OS
TIE OS seeks to produce a secure "blind processing" environment for virtual machines as a prototype for the CYBEX-P information exchange project. It seeks to utilize TPM to create a chain of trust than be used to prove trustworthiness of the system for the purpose of reliability and security during communications with the TIE OS implementing device.
Wolfe Magnus, Justin Siao, JJ Sibley
CSE 29: Object Detection in Visually Degraded Environments
Our senior project seeks to make a contribution to the problem of object detection in dark environments. Specifically our project focuses on providing autonomous vehicles with the ability to detect other vehicles surrounding them at nighttime. Our approach to the problem involves collecting and labeling data to build a dataset of vehicles at night. This data is used to train a neural network. The trained model is used as the backend in a user interface to allow users to load their own videos to verify the model based on the number of true positives of bounding boxes placed around the vehicles detected in the frames.
Brenda Penn, Dustin Barnes, Jack Currie
CSE 30: DREAM Data Analysis Tool
The DREAM Data Analysis Tool aims to solve the three problems set forth by the NCI-CPTAC DREAM Proteogenomics. More specifically, the web tool developed by Team 30 allows users to impute missing values in proteomic or genomic data. The DREAM Data Analysis Tool also gives users the ability to create visualizations of their data as well as to train linear or polynomial models of the relationships present in their data. These models can then be used by the web tool to predict protein and phosphoprotein abundancies which may be missing from their data.
Dalton Navalta, Josh Pike, Adam Montano
CSE 31: State-Based Plot Coloring
State-Based Plot Coloring is a software application which helps users to easily understand the conditions of their machines by visualizing data from their machines. To display data from different machines, plotting methods are used to help users identify what states their machines are in and if there is any problem with their machines. The software displays data with different colors in a Trend Plot, a Cascade Plot and a Bode Plot. When there are overlaps between states and different machines, the software displays the overlapping states and machines in a user-friendly way, which helps the users check the relationship between different machines and detect problems within their machines.
Haoxuan Lin, Myeongwan Beom, Zachary Young
CSE 32: Mobile App for Weightlifting Tracking
The Weightlifting Tracker is an Android application that tracks the bar while weightlifting. The app then provides feedback to help the user correct their form and has the option to view your workout side-by-side with a professional video. Users also have the ability to keep track of their daily workout and nutrition information.
Richard Hewett, Daniel Brown, Andrew Elliott, Grant Hooks
CSE 33: Nevada Challenger Center: Universal Learning Interface
The National Automobile Museum has an interactive NASA exhibit. This project is an interface for better user interactivity at the exhibit and a database to store user profile information. The visitors are able to create an account to track their progress throughout the exhibits. They can earn a badge each time they complete an activity. Users can track their progress on the mobile friendly site. All exhibit administrators are also able to log in and view exhibit statistics as well as change user profile information. This project also includes creating a series of requests to the server to allow developers to interact with a stored database in order to read and write user data.
Nina Hees, Gage Thomas, Richard Millar, Jake Shepherd
CSE 34: Personal Online Social Network
The Personal Online Social Network (POSN) simulates a decentralized social network to help users have more control over their privacy. The project uses clouds as a way for users to have more control by choosing who they want to allow and not allow to have access to their personal information.
Wanisha Holmes, Matthew Cook, Kristian Willey
CSE 35: Wearable High-Impact Detection System
WHIDS (Wearable High-Impact Detection System) is a cross-platform, helmet agnostic, cost-effective, and reliable impact sensing and data interpretation system to be used in football helmets. This minimizes or prevents damage from potential concussions in football players by being able to predict a potentially harmful concussion or to detect an occurred concussion thus preventing any further damage. WHIDS consists of impact-sensing helmet units, wireless receiver nodes, a team database, and a mobile application deployed to a tablet.
Joshua Volkmar, Eric Olson, Jake Wheeler
CSE 36: I'm Walking Here!: Pedestrian Intent Recognition
"I'm Walking Here!: Pedestrian Intent Recognition" is a research project developed for the University's Lincoln MKZ autonomous platform. The goal of the project is to accurately predict the future positions of pedestrians based on their joint rotations in real-time. We designed a feed-forward and recurrent neural network for the task of pedestrian prediction. The aim of the project is that our system can improve the safety of autonomous vehicles and other autonomous systems that work in close proximity to humans. This project is supported by the Nevada Center for Applied Research's "Intelligent Mobility" initiative.
Gaetano Evangelista, Houston Lucas, Jamie Poston, Cayler Miley
Electrical & Biomedical Engineering
EBME 1: Wearable High-Impact Detection System
WHIDS (Wearable High-Impact Detection System) is a cross-platform, helmet agnostic, cost-effective impact sensing and data interpretation system to be used in football helmets. This minimizes or prevents damage from potential concussions in football players by being able to predict a potentially harmful concussion or to detect an occurred concussion thus preventing any further damage. WHIDS consists of impact-sensing helmet units, wireless receiver nodes, a team database, and a mobile application deployed to a tablet.
Brian Dudkowski, James Yaunick, James Harris, Royce Kennerley
EBME 2: Independent Senior Safety Technologies
Independent Senior Safety Technologies is striving to enable Americans over the age of 65 to live independently and safely. The product being developed allows a user to be notified of an audible fire alarm even if they are unable to hear it. The system is made up of a wearable tactile notifier attached to an arm band and an audible alarm monitor installed near existing fire alarms. These devices communicate with XBee transceivers that allows any number of devices to communicate via mesh network. This flexible system will ensure the safety of independent seniors in the case of a fire.
Andrew Beiler, Alex Chavez, Daniel Torres, Dylan Jaramillo
EBME 3: EnviroShower
EnviroShower introduces a product that will benefit all households by providing a device that will allow users to reduce the amount of water that is used while taking a shower. Anybody can use this product to reduce the amount of time spent in the shower and save on the cost of water and gas to heat the water. With just a few easy steps, the head of the household can set up shower lengths for each member in the house. After a one-time setup and install, the EnviroShower is easy to use for all members in the house.
Alex Wilson, Austin Gayer, Michael Hoyt, Rachel Lucas
EBME 4: Personal Hearing Monitors
Our device will aid in the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. It will monitor one's exposure to sound throughout the day and display a reading for their permissible exposure to noise based on an algorithm for allotted decibel levels. Much like the way an x-ray technician uses a radiation monitor to log their exposure to radiation, this device monitors exposure to sound. By being aware of their risk for permanent hearing loss, the user can take action to prevent it.
Daniel Gershin, James Ditmars, Jake Webb, Mebrahtu Tesfay, Jon Kessler
EBME 5: Semi-Autonomous Assistive Wheelchair
BeneMotus Engineering is proposing integrating a micro-controller into a wheelchair to create a semi-autonomous assistive device. The prototype for this system has been created by combining various sensors and a toy RC car.
Jacob McCarthy, Sergio Galvan-Rubio, Juan Fernando San Jose, Eric Ignacio, Jessica Morris
EBME 6: Beat Off Next Gen Alarm Clock
Not your father's alarm clock! Beat Off monitors your heart rate during the night and uses your BPM to shut off its wake-up alarm. Until you physically get out of bed and get your heart rate up, there's no relief from its raucous screeching. Users have no choice but to get out of bed and start their day.
Alex Crupi, Tyler Cassidy, Andrew Flangas, Christopher Brooke
EBME 7: The Watt Top
Wireless charging platform capable of charging multiple devices with wireless charging capabilities simultaneously.
Kate Hofmeyer, Michael Reed, Kyle Lelevich, Farrah Saad, Lizzy Nguyen
EBME 8:Boiley Boi: Induction Camp Stove
The Boiley Boi camp stove is a lightweight and powerful flameless alternative to gas stoves. Boiley Boi will be powered by a rechargeable battery that is connected to a "pancake" inductor. A stainless steel or iron pot will be placed on top of the inductor and will heat up when powered on. The Boiley Boi will boil water extremely fast because of the high efficiency that induction heating has over conventional gas stoves. Additionally, the Boiley Boi is environmentally friendly because it does not release any green house gasses or use one-time use fuel canisters.
Austin Castorena, Greg Anderson, Luis Montoya, Marc Broka
ME 1: CubeSat for Atmospheric Research
Cubic Atmos proposes using a cubesat that can be deployed from a rocket at the desired altitude and glide through the atmosphere to collect data. The cubesat platform will provide users with space to include the sensors and data acquisition hardware required for atmospheric research. The platform is also designed to be both recoverable and reusable.
Justin Patridge, Jason Schmitt, Matthew Hendrickson, Kaleipuakea Meyer, Mohammad Alhuwayer
ME 2: Mobile Base Crane
Team 2B, also known as The Dream Team has been commissioned by Dr. Daichi Fujioka of the University of Nevada, Reno to create a Mobile Base Crane for use in a classroom setting to aid with lectures and labs. The crane is designed to transport and track its payload via remote control in order to assist with lectures and supplement the professor's lessons.
Kenneth Dent, Alexander Jack, Adriana Shurtz, Chase Labahn, Jason Wright
ME 3: The Cart Stopper
The Cart Stopper is designed to hold a convenience shopping cart securely in place, allowing the cart to safely be unloaded without damaging property or rolling away.
Reuben Thomas Freitas-Osofsky, Garrett Forman, Owen Galassini, Ryaan Ganguei, Matthew Crispino
ME 4: Lights Out
Lights out is an after-market accessory that is installed over any already existing toggle light switch. This device is easily installable and removable without damage. Lights Out is battery powered and controlled through a wireless key fob. This device is child friendly and does not require a smartphone or tablet to operate.
Paulo Nacionales, Sydney Vandenberg, Ryan Thomas, Jesse Minjarez
ME 5: Rapid Foam Shelter
The Rapid Foam Shelter (R.F.S.) is a novel rapid-deploying, highly insulated shelter/technology that is also lightweight, easy to use, and comfortable. It is a hybrid insulation technology that uses the compressibility, structural support and comfortability of open-cell foam, combined with the insulative capability and pressurization of CO2 to create an excellent shelter. The R.F.S. combines the insulation, sturdiness and comfort of large and heavy shelters that are difficult to setup, and the low cost, light weight, simplicity, packed size and easy setup of small fabric tents into a single package.
Zachary Crisafulli, Jesse Tye, Blake Muzinich, Jaycee Hancock, Alessandro Ralls
ME 6: Smart HVAC Economizer
The Smart HVAC Economizer is the fusion of both comfort and efficiency. It senses indoor and outdoor temperatures to determine the best way to meet a user-defined desired temperature. If it is possible to use free-cooling from outdoor air, similar to opening windows on a summer night, the economizer will circulate outdoor air to cool the space to the desired temperature. If not, the economizer will allow the air conditioning to function as it normally would to achieve the desired temperature. This innovation is intended to reduce the cost of operating traditional HVAC systems for residential use.
Daniel Vong, Megan Higley, Aaron Do, Carly Farthing
ME 7: Independent Wheeler
The Independent Wheeler is a vehicle wheelchair loading/unloading device that increases the freedom of non-ambulatory drivers.
Nicolo Monforte, Bertille Dupont, Edward "Jack" Garbolino-Mojica, Adam Nelson, Connor Rock, and Bjoern Oberth
ME 8: Turbo Testing Solutions
Turbo Testing Solutions was tasked with designing and testing mounts for an electric motor. The electric motor will then be tested for an input and output of voltage to then be paired with a turbogenerator.
Kyle Albertini, Naima Valentin, Jared Walker, Daniel Linan, Kyle Guilliams
ME 9: Nevada CanSat
Cost for space travel is based mainly on the weight and size of equipment to be delivered past Earth's atmosphere. Nevada CanSat's main goal is to help bring the cost of payload delivery and space flight down by designing a small lightweight probe. The probe itself will have to endure the forces experienced through re-entry and will have to be small enough to fit inside of a small rocket. The probe will also have to protect a payload during launch and re-entry. The product design specifications were developed with the idea of keeping the probe small and lightweight and at the same time having some of the capabilities that are associated with larger, more expensive probes.
Davison Beenfeldt, Brandon Alber, Andrew Bradford, Damond Goodwin, Gunner Scott
ME 10: PDQ Box Erector
Team 11 was commissioned by WorldPak Flexible Packaging LLC to design a solution that eliminates the human element from the PDQ box erecting process. A PDQ or Pretty Darn Quick box is a form of retail ready packaging used in the retail packaging industry to package goods ready to display on store shelves. The prototype designed and built by Team 11 provides a more cost effective solution than compared to the competition for erecting PDQ boxes.
Nick Sperry, Pablo Miller, Chris Jaime, Jose Munoz, Kastell Go
ME 11: Stand Alone
Stand Alone is a device marketed towards the elderly or disabled and is designed to be used with chairs that lack the feature of armrests. This device is a stable structure that allows the user to implement their upper body to assist them in standing from a seated position. This helps to reduce the user's risk of falls and injuries.
Deion Seamands, Christian Kremin, Eric Day, Michael Gribble, Gregory Carter
ME 12: Snow Lion Coupler System
Snow Lion is a Chinese-based roadway maintenance company that produces large-scale ice-breaking and snow removal products. This company has expanded overseas and established a facility in Reno, NV in an attempt to persuade the U.S. Department of Transportation to incorporate their products to limit the damages of winter roadway conditions. However, the machines were designed specifically for Chinese motor vehicles, so Team 14 is given the task of designing a coupler system to attach the Snow Lion product to the standard 140H motor grader used by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).
Kevin Vigallon, Kurtis Bulock, Lucas Littlehale, Jerome Lupena, Thomas Mahoney
ME 13: ASDARAC: Affordable Sensor Development for Analysis of Robots Actuated by Cables
Cable driven parallel robots (CDPRs) are robots that can provide simulated dynamic environments. Large-scale CDPRs can allow astronauts to experience the loads and dynamics of driving a rover on Mars. The project develops a novel feedback controller that connects to a multi-sensor system that combines independent sensors to enhance CDPR tension control. The goal is to accurately follow a given trajectory and simultaneously provide specified loads for a small-scale, 6-degrees of freedom (6-DOF), CDPR prototype. Prior to developing the 6-DOF platform, a 1-DOF proof of concept robot was constructed to test the newly established feedback sensor system.
Manuel Retana, Nikhil Sidher, Natali Salas-Espana, Inrianto John, Austin Lopez
ME 14: Automated Grease Dispenser
The Grease Monkeys have been sponsored by Arconic to improve upon the existing lubrication system for their ring rolling machine. The previous method of application relies on a human operator who applies the grease manually using a mop. The team created a lubrication system administered remotely from the control room. This solution gives the company the ability to remotely lubricate the mill and part from a distance, which will improve the efficiency of the grease application to reduce costs and remove the operator from applying the grease so as to better dedicate his/her time.
Gordon Loyd, Austin Boone, Sean Fitzgerald, Gina Phillipsen, Brita Gonyou
ME 15: Solar Sensing Blinds
Blinding Sun Systems is introducing a product to the market designed to retrofit existing blinds and automate them to track the movement of the sun. This product is aimed at the smart home market and is designed to reduce energy costs by optimizing ambient light and temperature in a typical residential home setting throughout the day. Solar sensing blinds are also designed to be a low-cost luxury item for home automation.
Alex Poles, Alexander Baglione, Jeffery Hoke, Jens Christiansen, Mark Martinez
ME 16: Structural Adhesive Dispensing System
System that dispenses a syntactic, structural adhesive from a 1 gallon vessel. The system is capable of dispensing the adhesive without crushing glass micro beads in the adhesive. The system includes a dispensing gun capable of dispensing into an aluminum hexagonal cell that is .75 cm across found on airplane wings.
Barry Bow, Farhanki Sawor, Mark Adams, Alex Numberi, Jason Maxim
ME 17: Novo-Ject
The Novo-Ject is an optimized auto-injector device that has the potential to revolutionize the auto-injector market. With its groundbreaking removable cartridge, the Novo-Ject will allow users to replace the medication when it expires rather than having to replace the entire device. Not only does this drastically reduce the cost to consumers, but is also a more responsible, environmentally friendly solution than other more wasteful products. Additional safety features on the Novo-Ject reduce the chance of missed or unintended injections, helping to improve the overall user experience.
Danielle Levine, Maddison Saarem, Nick Reiter, James Brekle, Wade Wilson
ME 18: SpiceMeUp
SpiceMeUp is an automated seasoning dispenser which aims to reduce over/under seasoning within the home kitchen in a quick and accurate manner. The SpiceMeUp product consists of 8 separate seasoning containers held within an octagonal enclosure. Users may select their choice and quantity of seasoning and SpiceMeUp will dispense each selection in quantities of ¼ teaspoon until the desired amount of each seasoning is met. SpiceMeUp accommodates most 2 inch-diameter standard store-bought seasoning containers, allowing users to easily refill and customize the product with the seasonings they use most frequently.
Jason Christensen, Aaron Hance, Kevin Garcia-Nuñez, R. Nico Bernt, Jonathan Narvaez
ME 19: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Load Frame
Division by Zero (DBZ) designed, fabricated, tested and verified a prototype mobile load frame for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for use with the National Nuclear Security Administration's Stockpile Stewardship Program experimental test assemblies. LLNL's current load frame is permanently mounted to a precision granite table, reducing availability of the table for other experiments. DBZ's mobile load frame allows removal from the table when not in use while retaining compatibility with test assemblies and meeting a 15,000 lb load capacity requirement.
Brandon Josifko, Alex Barry, Chris Wade, Michal Powell, Uriah Valentine
ME 20: Personal Cooling Device
In today's current market Personal Protective Equipment technology is unable to maintain a worker's body temperature for an extended period of time. Most passive cooling technologies on the market today are based on phase change material and can only be utilized for a short period of time before the material must be reset to continue cooling. A.C systems has created a device that resets the phase change material while worn and helps cool the body over a significant amount of time utilizing thermo-electric cooling technology.
Nathan Davey, Joseph Dwyer, Collin O'Boyle, Pete Costopoulos
ME 21: Dry Food Dispenser
Wolf Food Solutions has developed a product for grocery stores to help them reduce their waste in the bulk dry food area of their store. This product will have a clear acrylic case to hold the food, and a plastic base that houses a rotating cylinder with troughs cut into it to slow the rate the food is dispensed. The final product is simple, effective and affordable. The electronics will only be a simple circuit board controlling a small motor, which will be activated by a button on the front of the dispenser. This is the most economical way to achieve our goal and deliver an affordable product.
Peter Olisa, Trent Tidball, Tyler Schmaling, David Sharpe, Samantha Koepp
ME 22: Record a Crash
Record a Crash is a self contained vehicle surveillance system. This project is intended to aid users with providing visual evidence concerning unwitnessed or contested motor vehicle collisions. It does this by standing by on idle until a specified input activates the system to record.
James Treischel, Jesse Ochoa, Nasim Emadi, Jackson Kisanuki, Airianna Thibault
ME 23: Low-Leak Economizer Overhaul
Our team, NV Heat Solutions, has worked in cooperation with MicroMetl Corporation to develop an innovative new economizer design for their line of HVAC units. Economizers manage air flow in air conditioners, but their tendency for air leakage results in costly energy loss. Our design uses a novel damper blade to reduce air leakage rates, thus creating a far more energy efficient economizer.
Mateusz Podzorski, Edrylle Crowe, Keylan Rollins, Etzal Corona, Tyler Koepf
ME 24: Solar Array Deployment and Articulation System
HDAS's SADAS-42 will remotely deploy a solar array one meter away from a LISA-T satellite and then articulate that array plus/minus 45 degrees in 3D space. This articulation will be driven autonomously to track a light source (i.e. the sun) and position the solar array perpendicular to the light source to maximize energy generation. This system is intended to be implemented in low-Earth Orbit (Altitude < 2000 km).
David Gaddis, Jared Means, Logan Williams, Ngan Nguyen, Reed Parkhurst
ME 25: Self-Tensioning Immobilizing Modular Splint
The Self-Tensioning Immobilizing Modular Splint (STIMS) is a splint that applies pressure to any sprain, broken bone, strain, etc. Using fiberglass material, the splint hardens to ensure that the injury is safe from any external hazards.
Daniel Barton, Rick Taylor, Hunter Bradshaw, Rachel Jenkinson, Davis Julian
ME 26: LLNL Film Feeder System
The LLNL film feeder system is an autonomous film digitizer system. The purpose of the LLNL film feeder system is to near-autonomously feed the film, digitize, and then index the film with minimal damage to the film.
Alex Kandaras, Wilson Chan, David Pantell, Ryan Brown, Evan Burleigh
ME 27: Modified Four-Wheeled Walker
Imperial Walkers aims to provide the world with a modified four-wheeled walker that folders smaller than conventional rollators. By creating a walker with a bi-folding system, similar to that of a lawn chair, Imperial Walkers aspires to create a walker that can be stored where comparable walkers cannot, while still maintaining the structural integrity. By creating a walker with a bi-folding system, Imperial Walker's modified four-wheeled walker will be much easier transport, which makes hanging out with grandma much easier, regardless of what car you brought.
Andy Voong, Victor Li, Sam Preciado, John Hicks, Josh Staana
ME 28: Water Leak Shut-Off Device
Whole home water leak detection device with an automatic shut-off valve. When the flow sensor detects abnormalities in the water flow, the processor shuts off the flow of water throughout the home. The system attaches to the home's water main in a minimally invasive location while the user interface allows for additional programming and possible additions of other sensors at trouble locations.
Samuel Frost, Spenser Buchholz, Peter Chin, Kory Hulsey, Shawn Zielinski
ME 29: Latent Power Corporation
Latent Power Corporation created a device that takes the heat of the sun during the day and cooling at night and transforms both into energy. This is accomplished by a using multi-arrayed Fresnel lens, paraffin, and thermoelectric modules. What sets the device apart from traditional solar devices is that it will work after sundown, making this a 24-hour passive electric generator. The device is intended to power small devices such as cell phones and is aimed towards the pleasure camper.
Rebecca Histed, Mirica Krajewski, Ean Edwards, Adan Leon, Neil Mehta
ME 30: Tailgate Pad+
Team Tailgate has created a product that caters to individuals who own a truck and enjoy mountain biking in the back-country. The Tailgate Pad+'s advantages over the competitors can be found in its sub functions. In addition to supplying a pad to the customer for safe and secure transport of bicycles, this technology includes a fold-out couch back for post ride relaxation, and a deployable hammock with a overhead rain fly for facilitating campsite assembly following an exhausting ride.
Loren Montague, Ryan Schmid, Rasindu Jayakody, Graham Dickinson, Thomas Steuer
ME 31: Hot Wheel - VEOH Valve
The VEOH Valve provides a novel system for diverting a sport bike exhaust system in order to preheat the rear wheel, resulting in drastically improved traction between the motorcycle's rear wheel and the street, and thus a safer commute. Once the wheel reaches optimum riding temperature, the valve is then opened, and exhaust is returned to it's original path. The ability of the VEOH Valve to "preheat" the rear wheel of a sport bike to a safer temperature without any added inconvenience to the user is what sets it apart from other products in the current market.
Jonathan Burns, Jake Oliver, Donavon Martin, Connor Nielsen, Paul Vazquez
ME 32: Bike Buddy
Have you ever wanted to transport a second bicycle while still being able to ride your own? Well, now you can! With the Bike Buddy, it has never been easier to take a bike for yourself while also taking a bike along for your buddy. The Bike Buddy allows friends, families, and couples to be more connected (literally) than ever before when it comes bicycling!
Ryen Blair, Kyle Castle, Jace Hargrove, Mike Hall, Brian Turner