2014 Innovation Day

2014 Project Descriptions

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Alan Fuchs

CME #1: Design and Economic Analysis of Carbon-in-Leach Circuit

  • Description: Barick Gold Corp. - Design of New Components. Working with Barrick Gold Corporation, we are tasked with designing a carbon-in-leach gold extraction circuit. The circuit will be constructed, if economically feasible, as the ore from their Gold Strike mine changes in composition. This project incorporates design of all components associated with the new circuit, and makes use of many of the technical and design skills we have acquired throughout our engineering studies. Upon completion of the project, we will be able to recommend to Barrick Gold Corporation whether or not this circuit should be implemented, and what cyanide destruction technology it should use.
  • Students: Jonathan Jay, Joe Miceli, Justin Donat, Tommy Nagel, Casey Mentzer, Tim Palmer
  • Presentation forms: Poster, demo, oral presentation

CME #2: Process Selection and Design for Cyanide Destruction

  • Description: Barrick Gold Corp. - Cyanide Destruction (including Caro's Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide). See also description of CME #1.
  • Students: Sarah Carl, Miguel Chinchilla, Ben Pearson, Rigel Hanbury, Caroline Montiel, James Chapman, Eric Crone.
  • Presentation forms: Poster, oral presentation

CME #3: Biomedicine in ChE: Upstream Purification of an Antibody with Genentech Inc.

  • Description: Lucentis is a drug that cures Macular Degeneration. Macular Degeneration causes blotted vision and possible blindness. With the help of Genentech Inc., a full design for the purification of a Lucentis 'like' product has been completed. Scale-up calculations, economic feasibility, and upcoming
    technology have been assessed in this design.
  • Students: Dani Griffo (presenter) and Amy Wagner
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

CME #4: Biomedicine in ChE: Downstream Purification of an Antibody with Genentech Inc.

  • Description: same as CME#3
  • Students: Amy Wagner (presenter) and Dani Griffo
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo (both same as CME #3), oral presentation

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Coordinator: Dr. Raj Siddharthan

CEE #1: Capstone Design Project - SouthEast Connector

  • Description: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering requires all undergraduates to complete two capstone courses in their senior year. One is a Capstone Design Course that parallels the ideals of the NCEES Engineering Award. The course allows the students to utilize the knowledge they acquired in previous courses into a real-world project. By collaborating with the industry and faculty, the students perform work involving many disciplines on a project that provides multiple public benefits. Through this process, the students gain hands-on skills and practical knowledge. The project chosen for this capstone course is the design of portion of SouthEast Connector, currently being built by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC).
  • Students:

    Group 1: David Carlson, Rachel Collins, Emma Crossman, Brian Echevarria, Katie Everett, Taylor Nielsen;
    Group 2: Jose Anguiano, Cayla Colford, Leva Jastromskaite, Siqi Lihu, Geoffrey Rahe, Ivan Trujillo

  • Advisor: Nagasekhar "Shaker" Gorla, PE
  • Presentation form: Poster

CEE #2: Concrete Canoe

  • Description: Each year, the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers designs, constructs and then races a concrete canoe. The canoes are state of the art. You would not believe they are made of concrete from 2 feet away. The concrete is lighter than water and yet strong. Advanced additives and materials are used as part of the construction along with innovative construction techniques. The team must also make a technical presentation and provide a technical report.
  • Students: Kristin Kramer and Austin Martin
  • Advisors: Kelly Doyle and David Sanders
  • Presentation forms: Video, actual canoe and oral presentation

CEE #3: Design of a Drinking Water Treatment Facility for Williston, North Dakota

  • Description: A new drinking water treatment facility was designed for Williston, ND. The capacity of the existing facility is 10 million gallons per day (MGD). Water demand from the industrial sector is rapidly increasing due to the hydraulic fracturing industry. Excess water amounting to 6 MGD is being currently sold to industrial users. This project proposes the design of a new water treatment facility to service only the domestic users. Then, the existing facility can sell its water to the industrial users.
  • Students: Angel Lacroix and Thomas Stroud
  • Advisor: Keith Dennett
  • Presentation forms: poster, video on laptop

CEE #4: 2014 ASCE Mid-Pacific Student Water Treatment Competition

  • Description : Water is one of the most valuable resources on the Earth. It is everyone's responsibility to develop conservation skills that protect water resources for ourselves and for future generations. Facing 9 gallons of dirty dishwater, the UNR Water Treatment Team (UNRWTT) is tasked with creating a treatment tower that can fulfill the exacting specifications laid out by the 2014 rules and provide a high quality effluent that will then be dumped down a nearby storm drain.
  • Students: Joe Perreira; Lander Kennedy; Scott Williamson; Michael Hartley; Jackie Wander; Matt Hebnes
  • Advisors: Keith Dennett and Eric Marchand
  • Presentation forms: Poster, demo, oral presentation

CEE #5: Hardware-in-the-Loop

  • Description: Hardware-in-the-loop research uses a combination of simulation software and field signal controller equipment to evaluate traffic conditions in a laboratory setting. This arrangement allows for the exploration of quantifying adapted system performance without disturbing traffic or transit by using live traffic conditions. Hardware-in-the-loop simulation allows researchers to establish traffic conditions by using real signal controllers that provide realistic traffic control with access to all of its features, reporting of a wide range of traffic variables, and no impact on real traffic. From an educational; standpoint, this arrangement also provides students with hands-in experience working with traffic signal controllers and their timing parameters.
  • Students: Rasool Andalibian and Dian Mao
  • Advisor: Zong Tian
  • Presentation forms: Poster, demo on laptop

CEE #6: SMRT - Signal Management and Re-timing Tool

  • Description: SMRT - Signal Management and Re-timing Tool is an advanced iOS based application developed at the Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research (CATER) of the University of Nevada, Reno. SMRT includes various functions to facilitate efficient signal timing projects. SMRT is not only a tool for conveniently diagnosing the malfunction of signals, but also an advanced tool for collecting travel time related performance measures. It records and reports common performance measures such as travel time, average speed, and number of stops. One of the most useful functions is the real-time vehicle trajectory, using the device's GPS which overlays the time-space diagram. The vehicle trajectory along with the time-space diagram provides a clear view of whether the progression band is wide enough to accommodate a large number of vehicles traveling at different parts of the cycle.
  • Students: Arafat Hossain Khan
  • Advisor: Tian Zong
  • Presentation forms: Poster, demo on laptop

CEE #7: Benefit of Geosynthetic Materials in Cost-Effective Pavement Designs

  • Description: With the current economic conditions, there has been an increasing demand in state DOTs budget for pavement rehabilitation and maintenance activities. Among numerous geosynthetic products, geogrids and geotextiles have found application in pavement (flexible and rigid) designs. According to the geosynthetic manufacturers, geosynthetics can provide significant structural benefits, resulting in improved pavement life and/or equivalent performance with a reduced pavement structural section. Innovative approaches are needed to asses this claim and arrive at a most cost effective geosynthetic use.
  • Students: Scott Jividen and Richard Weltz
  • Advisors: Elie Hajj and Raj Siddharthan
  • Presentation forms: Poster, demo on laptop, and physical model

Computer Science and Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Sergiu Dascalu

CSE #1: Data Visualization for NCCP

  • Description: When confronted with large amounts of data it is often difficult for people to interpret it in a meaningful way. Currently, the Nevada Climate Change Portal (NCCP) has limited ways of interpreting the large amounts of data that have been collected. The aim of this project is to use modern web development techniques and visualization tools to provide the NCCP with enhanced means of data interpretation. Users will be able to select data sites, streams, and parameters and, using various visualization formats, see relevant information pertaining to their selection.
  • Students: Greg Jimerson, Joseph Neville, Bryam Noguera, Paul Squire
  • Advisors: Mr. Eric Fritzinger, Mr. Richard Kelley (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #2: SeRR: Sample Return Robot

  • Description: The Sample Return Robotic System (SeRR) is designed to autonomously search, locate and return a sample in an unknown environment. The robot uses a lidar scanner and images from a Kinect device to create a 3D map of the world, and is able to avoid local obstacles. The generated 3D map of the world is then used to navigate on a global scale, while locally the robot is capable to navigate around obstacles and move into a target location to pick up a sample.
  • Students: Jessie Smith, Blake Collins, Luke Fraser, Jake Sells
  • Advisor: Dr. David Feil-Seifer (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #3: Progressive Meter Reader

  • Description: The Progressive Meter Reader (PMR) system is designed to automate the process of documenting the jackpot values displayed on a wide range of slot machines, which at present is a cumbersome task handled manually by casino technicians. PMR utilizes computer vision as the primary method of recognizing jackpot numbers represented in a variety of formats and fonts.
  • Students: Steven Albers, Andrey Gaganov, Nicholas Little
  • Project: Progressive Meter Reader
  • Advisors: Mr. Dat Ta (Bally Technologies), Dr. George Bebis (UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, demo [needs table]

CSE #4: Payroll Fraud Detection

  • Description: Currently, fraud detection technologies exist within Intuit's small business payroll system, however, their implementations are not sufficiently sophisticated to detect fraudulent payrolls that fall outside of typical key indicators of fraud. The project presented here, named Intuit Payroll Fraud Detection, alleviates this need for more intelligent fraud detection by implementing several machine learning algorithms to increase the flexibility of the fraud detection system.
  • Students: Henry Estela, Alexander Gamino, Alexander McArther
  • Advisors: Mr. Mark Dunn, Mr. David Weinberg (Intuit), Dr. George Bebis (UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #5: MUSE - Music in a Universal Sound Environment 

  • Description: MUSE consists primarily of a software package that allows users such as conductors to practice and enjoy conducting music in real-time. MUSE's system employs the Leap Motion controller in conjunction with MUSE's software package. This is not the first system of its type to be created, but it is more cost effective and powerful due to the cheap and robust Leap Motion controller.
  • Students: Chase Carthen, Justice Colby, Cris Ruggieri
  • Advisors: Dr. Fred Harris, Dr. Richard Kelley (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #6: GE Mobile App for Device Identification

  • Description: System 1 is GE's software for monitoring the condition of machinery based on alert data generated by proprietary sensors developed in their Minden, Nevada office. Technicians, who are able to respond to these alerts, constantly monitor their status, severity and details. With our Android application for System 1 alerts, the technicians will be able to receive data from an OPC UA server on their mobile phones and tablets, which will allow them to respond to important industrial problems much faster. This will ultimately lead to fewer industrial disasters and reduce the need for costly repairs.
  • Students: Jeremiah Berns, Chris Bobo, Ethan Thornburg
  • Advisors: Mr. John Kimpel, Mr. Bryan Holzbauer, Mr. Mihir Bawal (General Electric)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #7: CMO Leaderboard

  • Description: CMO Leaderboard is an addition to Marketing Evolution's cloud based software packet for return on investment measurement. The main goal of CMO Leaderboard is to introduce gamification elements (leaderboards, achievements, rewards) into Marketing Evolution's software packet. Users have the ability to individually accumulate points by completing certain activities within the CMO Leaderboard. Company level leaderboards display individual employees' points and rank them against one another. Global level leaderboards display the total points for each company and rank all companies against one another.
  • Students: Cody Callahan, Vlad Mamaev, Madhu Midha, Rayhanuddin Shihab
  • Advisors: Mr. Curtis Harvey, Mr. Jeff Kauflin, Ms. Jane Manfred (Marketing Evolution)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #8:  MARS - Mobile Application for Router Status

  • Description: MARS is an Android application developed for Miranda Technologies, a company that designs and develops equipment for television broadcast. MARS is a tool that allows router status monitoring, configuration and control, self-diagnosis, and resolution planning from the front panel of the router. The demand for an application of this type is very high because the router is the core of a broadcast facility; any amount of time that it is not operational translates into lost advertisement revenue and viewership.
  • Students: Christine Johnson, Eric Klukovich, Matthew VanCompernolle
  • Advisors: Mr. Bob Hudelson, Mr. Tim Walker (Miranda)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, demo on tablet device upon request

CSE #9: ICE - Interactive Cartographic Environment

  • Description: ICE is an interactive cartographic directory designed to allow users to select and locate physical copies of maps stored in the DeLaMare Library. Currently, the DeLaMare Library operates such a service using ArcGIS. However, this service lacks certain functionality such as embedded map display and access to library catalog entries for physical copies of maps. ICE aims to provide this functionality. Also, ICE allows users to customize maps by combining and annotating maps for personal use. Furthermore, ICE is designed to interface with and display digital maps from other map databases.
  • Students: Jared Bennett, James Bridegum, Paul Ewing, Jake O'Halloran
  • Advisors: Dr. Tod Colegrove, Ms. Christina Klenke, Mr. Chuck Robins, Mr. Zach Newell (UNR DeLaMare Library), Dr. Fred Harris (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #10: Mobile App for UNR Engineering Computing Center

  • Description: This project's main goal is to provide UNR engineering students with the ability to easily access information about the Engineering Computing Center(ECC). The information accessed by the user includes computer availability, engineering related news, and general information about the ECC. All of this information is accessed through a mobile application on both Android and iOS devices to ensure the coverage of a large majority of mobile users. The data requested is displayed via a graphical user interface, with a sleek design to appeal to the user. An administrative interface is also included for maintenance purposes.
  • Students: Soohyun Yoon, Jemal Alcain, Bradley Pearson
  • Advisor: Mr. Ronald Ray (COE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, demo on mobile phone upon request

CSE #11: MIRAGE: Multi-display Interface Responding Accordingly to Gesture Execution

  • Description: The Multi-Display Interface Responding Accordingly to Gesture Execution (MIRAGE) is a software and hardware setup aimed at enhancing slideshow presentations for the presenter and audience. Body movements and voice commands are taken as inputs, translated by the software into computer actions. User commands include slideshow control, launching programs and Internet links, and having a "pseudo-touchscreen". The user can use built-in commands, and has the ability to create custom commands, such as launching specific websites. To track the user's body and record the user's voice, the Microsoft Kinect peripheral is used.
  • Students: Angela Chan, Anthony Ta
  • Advisors: Dr. Tod Colegrove (UNR DeLaMare Library), Dr. Mircea Nicolescu (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #12: NCB - Neo Cortical Builder

  • Description: Neo Cortical Builder (NCB) is a web-based application for building brain models, and creating simulation input and output parameters. NCB will also be able to launch simulations on the UNR Neo-Cortical Simulator. The Neo-Cortical Simulator's purpose is to allow neuroscientists and roboticists to run simulations connected to a robot. NCB is an open source project, therefore it will be widely available and will influence others to adapt the system into their infrastructure. NCB will drastically change the way scientists interact with brain simulators.
  • Students: Jakub Berlinski, Daniel Chavez, Cameron Rowe
  • Advisors: Dr. Fred Harris, Mr. Nate Jordan (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #13: NCR - Neo Cortical Repository and Reports

  • Description: The NCR project is a web application development project that works closely with another CSE senior project team, the NCB. The NCR web application has been designed
    for neuroscientists and researchers to host and search brain models from a database, and view a brain simulation's real time data with report graphs. The NCR team has been in charge of the design and implementation of these two main portions of the web application.
  • Students: Katie Gilgen, Edson Almachar, Alex Falconi
  • Advisor: Dr. Fred Harris, Ms. Devyani Tanna (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #14: BrainZ and GainZ

  • Description: This project's goal has been to create a free to play mobile exploration game using the Unity3D engine. The game BrainZ and GainZ has levels based on real world cities and is modeled to reflect a realistic but apocalyptic time. The purpose of the project is to introduce mobile gaming to a wider range of people. BrainZ and GainZ will be available for download through the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play Store.
  • Students: Brian Catudan, Collin Sorkin, Albert Wohletz
  • Advisor: Dr. Sushil Louis (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

CSE #15: Roslyn: A Tour Guide Robot

  • Description: The tour guide robot is an autonomous system that will provide tours to anybody on the second floor of the Scrugham Engineering and Mines (SEM) building. The robot is designed to navigate the halls in a socially acceptable manner, which means it does not collide with pedestrians while in motion and does not leave its user behind. In order to interact with the user, a touchscreen display is mounted on top of the moving robot base. As the robot moves throughout the hall, information appears on the screen related to the landmarks being passed (i.e., laboratories and offices).
  • Students: Tim Sweet, Jared Rhizor, Nishok Yadav
  • Advisor: Dr. David Feil-Seifer (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, demo

CSE #16: WAVE: Watershed Visualization Environment

  • Description: In watershed research, interactions between observed surface and ground water, snowpack, and vegetation levels are still poorly understood and predictive models, including those related to climate change, are often poorly integrated. Our Virtual Watershed platform aims to help in the visualization of data collected by environmental scientists for better understanding of said interactions. Through use of the Unity engine, the virtual watershed team has engineered a graphical user interface for configuration of collected watershed data and a simulated 3D environment to visualize interactions between surface and groundwater, snowpack, and vegetation.
  • Students: Aaron Hesson, Daniel Nielson, Bryan Worrell
  • Advisor: Dr. Fred Harris (CSE UNR)
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, video demo upon request

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Instructors: Dr. Yantao Shen, Mr. Richard Wilder

EBME #1: Smarter Glass: Future Technology Right Outside Your Window 

  • Description: Smarter Glass is an intelligent system utilizing Polymer-Dispersed-Liquid Crystal (PDLC) film that helps to create a homeostasis environment within the building in which it is installed. Smarter Glass can operate in two modes, automated and manual. Automated mode will run based on environment sensing and a manual mode controlled by a user friendly Android application. Smarter Glass is unique due to the fact that our PDLC uses sensory feedback to decide the degree of transparency of the window.
  • Students: Christian Roberts, Nathaniel White, Matthew McPherson, Guadalupe Armendariz, Abhijaat Sidher
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

EBME #2: SafeID HazMat Solutions

  • Description: The SafeID HAZMAT system is a tool for HAZMAT location. A tag is placed on the HAZMAT container and using an RF module, an Anaren AIR RF module, periodically sends a handshake signal to the reader letting the user to determine user's approximate distance to the HAZMAT. The reader, once paired with an Android Powered device, would be able to search for the Safety Data Sheet for the unique material the initial user has input into this device.
  • Students: Aaron Panos, Edward Hennings, Charles Weaver, Jeff Cloninger, Kim Ramsarup
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

EBME #3: Pentateq

  • Description: Pentateq provides a simple, inexpensive motor controller that will employ regenerative braking for electric vehicles, which is only offered in high end controllers. Incorporating regenerative braking helps reducing strain on an electric vehicle's battery system, extending battery life and decreasing the cost. Additionally, Pentateq is replacing the logic gates with a programmable computer and the transistor array with an efficient power transistor. Incorporating a programmable computer and reducing redundancies make the design cost effective as well increase functionality.
  • Students: Tyler Green, Stephen Rehm, Michael Chesterfield, Brian Hoffman, Teila Irwin
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

EBME #4: Automated Vehicle Solutions

  • Description: Automated Vehicle Solutions (AVS), Inc. manufactures a specific type of wireless sensing system that provides vehicle owners with a peace of mind. The system detects any sudden change in a vehicle's mobility and then wirelessly exchanges information such as VIN numbers and license plates-revolutionizing hit and run detection. Advanced technologies and protocols are adapted in the system. The system yields a potential major hit and run deterrence that will assist law enforcement, insurance companies, and consumers themselves.
  • Students: Michael Kelly, Pantha Moni, Jacob Owens, Patrick Douglas, Dipto Moni, Sachin Mehta
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

EBME #5: Bio-Lock-Trics: Biometric Locking Technologies

  • Description: The product, Tight Squeeze, incorporates a regular bike lock with advanced biotechnology. The idea is that an idiosyncratic squeeze of pressure will be the key. Like a fingerprint, the regular grip pattern of an individual is distinctly different from any another individual. Tight Squeeze combines pressure mapping technology and a bike U-lock design to develop a unique and modern smart lock mechanism.
  • Students: Matt Fleiner, Michelle Rebaleati, Samantha Ashmore, Dam Lam
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

EBME #6: Desert Rain: G6 Solutions

  • Description: "Desert Rain" is an irrigation controller system intended for residential applications. The design includes an indoor control unit, as well as remote outdoor stakes transmitting data about soil conditions. By monitoring soil moisture status and the atmospheric temperature, the irrigation system will automatically deactivate the usual watering cycle when the soil is measured above a moisture level. The advantage of such monitoring will be less water usage and chemical runoff due to overwatering, while maintaining well irrigated landscaping.
  • Students: Kevin Palmer, Elliot Smith, Stefan Lilyhorn, Keith Renshaw
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

EBME #7: Guide Dog: Leading You into the Future

  • Description: We intend to create a remote charging "battery pack" that can be used anywhere. This product will essentially be a DC power supply built into a mold of two AA batteries using RF (radio frequency) harvesting to power the users desired device. As the product is running off of RF harvesting the product will never have to be replaced, and as long as the device is within range of the transmitting antenna the device will have power.
  • Students: Justin Steele, Kevin Vees, Kristin Kosak, Taylor Gruey
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo, oral presentation

Mechanical Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Emil Geiger
ME #1: AIMS Solutions: Tire Assist

  • Description: Our project centers around the need for a device capable of lifting and rotating a tire in order to help motorists on the side of the road replace a flat tire. The device has loading ramp which allows the user to roll the tire onto the device, and it also incorporates a storage tray for tools and other equipment. It is designed to be portable and compact enough to fit easily in the vehicle.
  • Students: Anthony Brill, Shawn Kerns, Matthew Moorhead, Israel Nunez
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #2: Trail Runner

  • Description: Hunter Yeider, a young man with CDG, was the inspiration behind the creation of the off-road go-kart. Congenital Disorder of Glycosylation (CDG) is a rare syndrome that results in mental and physical disability by hindering the Glycosylation of proteins and lipids in an individual. Trail Runner's go-kart is being designed to give Hunter a sense of freedom while giving Faith, Hunter's mother, peace of mind.
  • Students: Gonzalo Barragan, Alyx Colburn, Justin Cross, Cody Macaulay, and Adair Melendez.
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #3: Nevada Wolf Pack Racing: Engine Optimization

  • Description: The Nevada Wolf Pack Racing Engine team is rebuilding and modifying an engine per Formula SAE competition requirements. The engine must have an air restrictor with a diameter of no larger than 20mm in diameter and the engine must be able to be started from within the cockpit. To meet these requirements the engine has had an electric start configured to start the engine and the air intake system has been modified to limit losses due to the air restrictor.
  • Students: Orion Vazquez, Jess Hayden, Joe Thibedeau, Kris Geiser, Stacey Estes
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #4: Transverse Testing: Multi-Translational Load-Cell

  • Description: From smart phones to intelligent power grids, Integrated circuits manufactured on semiconductor wafers, are essential to our modern way of life. For the semiconductor industry, technological advancements are necessary to survive in the competitive economic environment of the Tech Industry. The goal for the "2D-LC Project" is to develop a high sensitivity multi-axis load cell. With the co-operation of our sponsor company, International Test Solutions (ITS), Transverse Testing have identified an opportunity for the application of this device in advanced testing techniques to measure the lifecycle of semiconductor test probes.
  • Students: Soheil Khavandi, Parker Fellows, Aaron Lomas, Robert Hartley, Jordan James
  • Advisor: Jerry Broz, Ph.D., International Test solutions, Inc
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #5: Dynamic Hope: Slide Rule

  • Description: Current downhill vehicle solutions in the sport of Fourcross restrict riders to lift assisted mountain bike parks. Dynamic Hope aims to provide people with disabilities the means to power their vehicles up inclines or accelerate across flat terrain by creating a device that can be attached to an existing Fourcross vehicle frame, providing the rider with near limitless access throughout today's downhill mountain biking resorts.
  • Students: Jonathan Sanders, Marshall Grill, Hank Boone, Dan Labrecque, Zach Bringham
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo 

ME #6: Oasys

  • Description: Oasys will provide outdoor enthusiast with cool water in order to keep them hydrated when they are exploring the great outdoors. Oasys is a portable water cooling device that is easily transported using a backpack design. The Oasys system is easy to use with an on/off button and will automatically control the drinking water temperature, maintaining a temperature of 60°F when it is operating.
  • Students: Chris Haas; Jamie Dotras; Kyle Church; Tyler Creek; Doug Stadler
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #7: Trekkies: Sun Chef Solar Oven

  • Description: This innovative solar oven is great for camping! It can be used as a regular oven, from baking cookies to cooking soup. Due to its large, modular design it can get up to high enough temperatures to cook food, and it heats up quicker than other solar ovens. The oven is made of plastic and breaks into 7 identical pieces, so it takes up little space and is easily portable. There's no oven like the Sun Chef Solar Oven!
  • Students: Kylie Epperson, Quincy Collins, Rowland Perez, Daniel Shedd, Daniel Simmons
  • Advisor: Mike Cutler, Earth Trek Gear
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #8: PT Systems: Patient Transfer Device (PTD)

  • Description: The PTD uses a motorized conveyor system to assist in transferring patients between beds. The motorized system lessens nurse involvement during the transfer process, and lowers the difficulty of moving heavier patients. The current design is intended to be symmetrical. This symmetry should lower the amount of time needed to move a patient. The edge of the PTD houses the drive motor.
  • Students: Sean Neely, Alfonso "A.J." Naveran, Mark Mandeville, Mike Mandeville, Catlin Wagner
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #9: Rack Em' Up Roof Rack System

  • Description: An assisted roof rack that enables users to effortlessly load or unload any type of equipment (skis, snowboards, camping gear, etc). Using gas cylinders, the user will be able to easily lower the roof rack to a level that is accessible and be able to raise it back up with ease.
  • Students: Don Jordan. Mike Hermanson, Josh Hays, Kyle Mollenberg, Dominic Podesto
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #10: Pedal Power

  • Description: Team Pedal Power has developed a device that will generate and store power to charge cell phones, GPS devices, cameras, and other portable electronic devices, simply by riding a bicycle. By harvesting a small portion of energy from the rotation of the wheel and storing it, we can give your electronic device that boost it needs after your daily bike commute, a ride around town, or while you are on an epic cross-country bike tour.
  • Students: Andrew Childress, Aaron Stone, Joshua McGuire, Ryan Stemmerick, Luis Garcia-Pere
  • Presentation forms: oral presentation, poster, demo 

ME #11: Ball Polishers: Paintball Recycler

  • Description: The design for the Paintball Recycler uses a three step process. The first process will apply baking soda, the cleaning agent, to initialize paintball cleaning. The process removes all debris, including the cleaning agent. The third and final process includes sorting the undersized and oversized paintballs from the reusable ones.
  • Students: Logan Kiff, Amanda Jones, Michael Cannon, John Mack, Julian Ballatore-South
  • Advisor: Patrick Smith
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #12: Quadaholics: QuadCop

  • Description: QuadCop is a quad copter designed to help first responders enter buildings that may pose threats to personnel. These threats may include people, damages structural integrity, etc. To account for the unknown, QuadCop had to be upgraded from a standard quad copter. These upgrades include a water-resistant enclosure to house all of the electronics as well as protective cage that surrounds the whole copter. These two items will help protect QuadCop as it helps protect personnel.
  • Students: Darin Gilman, Kyle Hofer, Cody Shafer, Colby Solari, Tyler Williams
  • Advisor: Dr. Kam Leang
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #13: Adapt-a-Rack

  • Description: The purpose of the Adapt-A-Rack (AAR) is to create a system that can hold a Thule Sidearm roof rack that can be inserted into a 1¼ or 2 inch square receiver. This design allows for a fundamentally strong yet lightweight rack that can secure a bike onto the receiver of a car. The AAR allows a user to carry a single bike with a small outward footprint, retain maneuverability of their vehicle, and is compatible with the Thule T2 roof rack.
  • Students: Cameron Bender, Steven Fuller, Ryan Gutknecht, Graham Leese, Alexander Lyons
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

ME #14: Ouroboros

  • Description: The Supermileage® Vehicle Challenge is a competition that pits several colleges against each other where the goal is to design and build a small vehicle with the highest fuel efficiency possible. Team Ouroboros is modifying an engine from the previous year's Supermileage Vehicle to increase its fuel efficiency. Primarily, we are modifying the engine from the stock flat head valve, to an overhead valve (OHV) assembly. This will increase the compression ratio of the engine, and thus the overall efficiency.
  • Students: Russell May, Ben McCormack, Nathan Neben, Evelyn Jo, and Anthony Farkas
  • Advisor: Dr. Eric Wang
  • Presentation forms: poster, demo

The GK-12 E-Fellowship Program

Program Coordinators: Dr. Kam Leang, Ms. Susan M. Fitzgerald

GK-12 E-F #1: Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Quality

  • Description: Columns are set up to model the below ground effects that occur as the result of hydraulic fracturing. Changes in water chemistry due to sulfate reducing bacteria are observed.
  • Students: Brian Nickisch, Genevieve Morehouse
  • Advisor: Glenn Miller
  • Presentation form: oral presentation

GK-12 E-F #2: Bringing Computational Thinking to Washoe County School District

  • Description: Studying Computer Science creates diverse skills from creativity to thinking logically, algorithmically, and recursively, all of which can be referred to as Computational Thinking. There is a growing focus on incorporating these skills into the K-12 curriculum, especially as Computer Science and Engineering is a growing field with widespread career opportunities. I would like to present some activities and tools used successfully this year to introduce Computational Thinking to Environmental and Physical Science students at Reed High School
  • Student: Erin Keith
  • Advisor: Frederick C. Harris, Jr.
  • Presentation form: poster, demo

GK-12 E-F #3: Lessons Learned in Inquiry

  • Description: From Level 3 authentic inquiry Independent Research Projects with AP Chemistry students to Level ½ structured inquiry Newton's Cradle Projects with Physical Science students, novel laboratory activities have been created that encourage students to mentally and physically engage with science and energy-related subject matter. Student outcomes are evaluated and correlated to the level of inquiry. Effects of incorporating the engineering design process are also presented.
  • Student: Heather Clewett WCSD Teacher Collaborators: Megan Beckam, Conrad Peterson
  • Advisor: Jason Shearer
  • Presentation form: poster

GK-12 E-F #4: Incorporating Engineering Design Challenges in 8th Grade

  • Description: Throughout the year, eighth graders were challenged with engineering design problems to help them understand what engineers do, what it takes to be an engineer, and the design process. The lessons were fun, engaging activities where all students are placed into small groups that compete against each other to become the best engineering group. Each challenge required the students to learn and utilize the design process to understand and complete the challenge.
  • Student: Marissa Tsugawa
  • Advisor: Kam Leang
  • Presentation form: poster

GK-12 E-F #5: Science in the Classroom

  • Description: As a part of the UNR-GK12 E-Fellowship program, a number of engineering related projects were incorporated into the curriculum of an 8th grade science class at Billinghurst Middle School. Projects including spaghetti towers, water bottle rockets, roller coasters, and earthquake shake table experiments were conducted. The students engaged in these engineering inspired group projects to build team work and problem solving skills while understanding some basic physical science principles.
  • Students: Joe Wieser
  • Advisors: Manos Maragakis, Kam Leang
  • Presentation form: poster, demo

GK-12 E-F #6: Exploring engineering and renewable energy concepts in Cathy Gorham's class at Billinghurst Middle School.

  • Description: 8th grade students from Cathy Gorham's class throughout the year had many hands-on/inquiry based activities were they were exposed to engineering concepts and renewable energy. The poster will present pictures of some of the students performing the activities.
  • Students: Camila Coria (graduate student) and Cathy Gorham (WCSD science teacher)
  • Advisor: Keri Ryan
  • Presentation forms: poster

Event Organizers

  • Dr. Sergiu Dascalu, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Emil Geiger, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering