2016 Innovation Day

2016 Projects

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Alan Fuchs

CME #1: Cell Culture and Purification

  • Description: This project involves working with Genentech Corp., a biotech company in South San Francisco, CA. The project is related to cell culture and purification, using tangential flow filtration, chromatography, homogenization and centrifugation.
  • Students: Eimi Marritt, Anita Albanese, Jonathan Watterson, Anthony Ramirez, Alex Buettner, Travis Plank, Eric Lindermann, Elise Tran, Pierre Hirsch, Ben Wallace, Ian Steward

CME #2: Double Refractory Ore Processing in an Autoclave using Thiosulfate Lixiviant

  • Description: This project involves working with Barrick Corp., a gold mining company in Elko, NV. The project is related to design unit operations for the removal of organic carbon from the double refractory ore so that gold can be efficiently recovered in an autoclave.
  • Students: Jack Anderson, Andrew Sorenson, Drew Walker, Dan Essa, Jason Chun, Catherine Eby, Akbar Saba, Winnie Akinyi, Sam Straka, Jason Greiser, Alan Alex Addo-atiemo

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE #1: Polyalkylene Glycol Toxicity Investigation using Duckweed

  • Description: Polyalkylene Glycol (PAG) is an emerging polymer being used as a hydraulic fluid. As such, the adverse effects of any environmental exposure need to be researched and understood. This study evaluates the toxicity of PAG using duckweed as an indicator of growth inhibition.
  • Student: Riley Murnane
  • Faculty Advisor: Dr. Yu Yang

CEE #2: Lab-Scale Investigation of Potential Chemical Processes for the Treatment of Boiler Chemical Cleaning Wastewater

  • Description: Industrial steam boilers are susceptible to interior scale formation which can greatly reduce efficiency. The boilers are often washed with a chelating agent to remove scale deposits. However, this generates boiler chemical cleaning wastewater (BCCW), which is very unstable waste solution. This project evaluated the potential for using physicochemical treatment processes to remediate BCCW.
  • Students: Curtis Marcille and Lin Li
  • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Sage Hiibel and Dr. Krishna Pagilla, P.E.

CEE #3: Redesign of Adams Field Wastewater Treatment Plant as a Resource Recovery Facility

  • Description: This design project evaluated the potential to redesign the existing Adams Field Wastewater Treatment Plant in Little Rock, AR into a Water Resource Recovery Facility. The upgraded plant will meet all the current and future needs, and also provide for the beneficial reuse of water, nutrients, and energy. Novel features are included in the new facility to enhance the environmental sustainability and reduce operating costs.
  • Students: Nicholas O'Connor and Connor Farrell
  • Instructor: Dr. Krishna Pagilla, P.E.

CEE #4: University of Nevada Wastewater Treatment Team: The Pack Purifiers

  • Description: The 2016 Water Treatment Team designed, constructed, and tested a small-scale wastewater treatment system based on a real-world scenario. The system consists of a filter to rapidly treat wastewater by reducing suspended solids, turbidity, and electrical conductivity, increasing dissolved oxygen, chemically adjusting the pH, and disinfecting the water. The system incorporated physical and chemical treatments using rapid mixing to disperse aluminum sulfate and pickling lime, slow mixing to generate floc particles, fine screening to remove particulate matter, gravitational sedimentation and media filtration to remove suspended solids, and a contact basin with Clorox bleach for disinfection.
  • Students: Rachel Weber, Melinda Mosley, George Pickard, Brandon Wong, Jacob Corum, Blake Carter, Cody Andrews and Alicia Robb
  • Faculty Advisors: Dr. Eric Marchand, P.E., and Dr. Keith Dennett, P.E.

CEE #5: American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe

  • Description: The annual ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition provides civil engineering students hands-on experience working with concrete - one of the world's most common building materials. The canoe on display is named Aquatone and weighs only 149 pounds. The canoe is 21 feet 11 inches long with a narrow beam of about 2 feet. The construction includes a pre-stressed wire system of 18 steel tendons for strength, covered by a half-inch of concrete with an underlayment of a thin carbon fiber grid. Teams compete annually in five canoe races, canoe aesthetics, a technical paper, and an oral presentation. This year's concrete canoe team won First Place Overall at the recent Mid-Pacific Competition hosted by UNR and will be competing at the national competition in Tyler, Texas on June 9-11, 2016.
  • Project Managers: Evan Jordan and Danielle Palffy
  • Team Members: Joyce Belen, Daniel Cuddy, Olivia Dillon, Tanya Flint, Alex Hansen, Devin Larson, Peter Margaretich, Guillermo Munoz, Alicia Robb, Irene Serrano, Otto Tang, Maggie Wilbanks
  • ASCE Faculty Advisors: Dr. David Sanders, P.E., and Kelly Doyle

CEE #6: Design of a Drinking Water Treatment Facility for the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Eureka, CA

  • Description: The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) in the northern coastal region of California provides water for the majority of the Humboldt Bay area including Eureka, Arcata, and Blue Lake. The existing groundwater treatment facility is very basic, using only filtration for turbidity and disinfection for viruses and bacteria. Due to anticipated increases in population and water demands, the treatment facility will be expanded into a conventional surface water treatment facility with screening, grit chambers, rapid mixing, mechanical flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection processes.
  • Students: Aaron Smith and Bryan Hutchins
  • Instructor: Dr. Keith Dennett, P.E.

CEE #7, CEE #8, and CEE#9: US Highway 95 and Clark County 215 Widening and Interchange Improvements

  • Description: The capstone project for CEE 427 - Civil Engineering Capstone Design is based on the widening of US Highway 95 and the reconfiguration of the interchange with Clark County Route 215 located in North Las Vegas. This is an ongoing $38 million project that was designed by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and is currently under construction. The project involves major improvements to the roadways, interchanges, drainage, traffic control, an environmental assessment, and landscaping and aesthetics. Students designed components of the project including a large reinforced concrete box culvert, the configuration of freeway on and off ramps at the Durango Drive overpass for US Highway 95, and designed the asphalt concrete pavement for US Highway 95 which is being widened from 2 lanes to 4 lanes in each direction.
  • Students for CEE#7: Osvaldo Arias, Devin Larson, Guillermo Munoz, and Wheeler Musnicki
  • Students for CEE#8: Douglas Delporto, Justin Ellmaker, Lindsey Owens, and Robert Thran
  • Students for CEE#9: Christopher Carlson, Marcos Galvan, R'mond Hill, Dakota Neuffer, and Peter Sebaaly
  • Instructors: Dr. Keith Dennett, P.E., Dr. Eric Marchand, P.E., Dr. Gokhan Pekcan, Dr. Peter Sebaaly, P.E., Dr. Raj Siddharthan, P.E., and David Lake, P.E.

CEE #10: Montgomery County, Maryland Water Treatment Facility Proposal

  • Description: Maryland is a densely-populated state continually growing, and since water is needed to survive, the need for water will also continuously grow. Montgomery County, Maryland especially shows projected growth with large cities, like Rockville, Gaithersburg, and Chevy Chase. Multiple water treatment plants already exist in the county, but due to the population growth, there is a major need for another, newer treatment facility. This project shows the procedure in designing a new water treatment plant. Many steps were taken in choosing the location of the plant and designing each of the processes of water treatment, including the intake structure, grit chamber, rapid mix and coagulation, flocculation, filtration, and disinfection.
  • Students: Haley Zimmerman and Danielle Stanka

Computer Science and Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Sergiu Dascalu

CSE #1: ARIA - Administration, Registration, and Information Assistant

  • Description: ARIA is a web application developed for the Northern Nevada Music Teachers Association (NNMTA) in order to create, manage, and schedule their annual music festivals. The work which used to take the NNMTA multiple days can now be done in just a few clicks. ARIA is currently supporting the Reno Youth Music Festival and will be utilized for many years to come.
  • Students: Renee Iinuma, Wesley Kepke, Ernest Landrito, Kyle Lee


  • Description: 3BDB-FR is an embedded security system that uses facial recognition as a biometric tool, and is designed to be a low-cost and portable security solution for data centers and other highly secure applications.
  • Students: Spencer Gibb, Molly Headland, Brian Hosang

CSE #3: U2TM

  • Description: University of Nevada, Reno, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management Client (U2TM ) is a client-facing application for gathering proposed flight data from a user for submission to the NASA UTM system. The application features user accounts for gathering aircraft information, creating and storing flight plans, UTM system communications and queries, and active flight position reporting directly to NASA.
  • Students: Brittany McGarr, Camille Bourquin, Zeph Lane

CSE #4: MachineView

  • Description: This web app is an easy-to-use and powerful tool for 3D printing hobbyists that want to remotely configure, manage, and monitor custom 3D printers. By allowing these tasks to be performed remotely, this application will allow users to focus on what they really want to do-using their printers.
  • Students: Josh Curtis, William Medrano, Shubham Gogna


  • Description: SLODC is a Serial Logger for Offshore Data Collection designed to collect data from turbines and other heavy machinery. It will allow General Electric (GE) technicians to interface with the machinery and get health reports without having to bring sensitive and easily damaged equipment to the site.
  • Students: Brian Goga, Tarrayna Grieves, Nicholas Smith, Ryan Yee

CSE #6: Datasurj

  • Description: Datasurj is a full stack web application that visualizes big data collected from business-to-business marketing using large scale databases combined with graphical maps.
  • Students: Aaron Amundson, Bradley Walsh, Conor Sullivan, Peter Rahmanifar

CSE #7: Drone Video Streaming

  • Description: Drone Video Streaming is a project to develop video streaming over a cellular network from a Solo 3DR drone to a browser. This allows a pilot to fly the drone using Solo 3DR's unique software while other external users can view the drone with added information and functionality.
  • Students: Richard Francis, Richard Lyday, Alex Ward, Jeffrey Bouchard

CSE #8: CHYS_rcade

  • Description: Virtual reality is on the cutting edge of immersive technology that can be used for education or recreation. Unfortunately, there is still a hefty price tag involved for anybody that wishes to experience VR for themselves. CHYS_rcade allows users to fully immerse themselves in a virtual arcade using nothing more than a smartphone and a cheap Google Cardboard. CHYS_rcade will extend the availability of VR to a much larger audience than before.
  • Students: Truman Chan, Miguel Henares, Jeff Soriano, Douglas Yan

CSE #9: Women's Health Mobile Application

  • Description: The main purpose of the app to provide women information about their health & help prevent cervical cancer & breast cancer. The app schedules the user's upcoming exam depending on their age & other health related parameters. All of the medical information used is based on the USPSTF guidelines. The app serves as an information tool & scheduler and is being developed for the Android and iOS platforms.
  • Students: Andy Singh, Ben Wendell, Pearson White, Daniel Sanchez

CSE #10: NetCity 3D

  • Description: This is a video game that is intended to teach students grades 7-12 about the basics of networking security utilizing the Unity game engine as the development environment.
  • Students: Cristian Ortega, Marco Rivas, Zeeshan Sajid

CSE #11: NRDC Android App

  • Description: The Android QA Application is developed for the field technicians that are part of the Nevada Data Research Center (NRDC). The application will assist the technicians in gathering data about the varying climate at fifteen research sites throughout Nevada.
  • Students: Samantha Grant, Hannah Munoz, Matthew Salivar

CSE #12: relEvent

  • Description: relEvent is a multi-platform application that aggregates events from multiple social media outlets and presents them to the user based upon specified or learned user interests.
  • Students: Duncan Wilson, Thomas Rushton, Marty Boren

CSE #13: TrenlotAR

  • Description: TrenlotAR is an mobile application that collects data from wine barrels and visualizes trends of data within an augmented reality scene rendered on the view of a user's smart phone camera.
  • Students: Alex Levine, Connor Kirby, Tyler DeWitt, Robert Martinez

CSE #14: PR2 Robotic Hand and Finger Real-Time Interface

  • Description: With highly sensitive fingers, the PR2 robot has a sense of touch just like a human does. The PR2 Robotic Hand and Finger Real-Time Interface is a computer program that can be used to visualize and control the PR2 robot based on this sense of touch.
  • Students: Aaron Whitehead, Shawn White, Edward Miles, Brandon Salmon

CSE #15: 3500 Signal Generator

  • Description: The 3500 Signal Generator is an analog signal generator developed in conjunction with GE Bently. This signal generator features wireless communication and allows GE Bently engineers and technicians to generate precise arbitrary waveforms for testing GE's 3500 vibration monitoring system, which is used to monitor large industrial turbines.
  • Students: Frank Mascarich, Derek Dalbey, Moez Echargui

CSE #16: Generic Media Content Application

  • Description: The Generic Media Content Application is an iOS based application that allows the rapid and appealing display of the most popular types of media content in an intuitive and user-friendly manner.
  • Students: Garrett Minky, Jordan Harris, Evan Jin

CSE #17: On Point

  • Description: On Point is a mobile application with the goal of educating employers and industry leaders in, and encouraging the use of, the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate by combining key information and helpful tools.
  • Students: Derek Morgan, Jennifer Tang, Ricky Yu

CSE #18: ADS-B Collision Avoidance

  • Description: One of the current challenges in legalizing autonomous drones is the potential for airspace collisions. This project equips Nevada Dynamics' drones with the ability to decode ADS-B positional data in order to autonomously avoid collisions with aircraft.
  • Students: Edward Dibbs, Dat Luu, Andrew Menard

CSE #19: ENT-Network

  • Description: This system allows first responders to have a more accurate and up-to-date location on where hikers are on the trail. This will reduce the time it takes to find lost hikers as well as give friends and family peace of mind as they can watch as their hiker completes the trail.
  • Students: Adam Turnbull, Charles Coulton, Walker Spurgeon

CSE #20: Textbook Wizard

  • Description: Textbook Wizard is a mobile application for Android that enables students to quickly and easily find the best prices when buying or selling textbooks. It aggregates information from both its users and online sources so that you can quickly see the best prices for your books.
  • Students: Josh Blankenburg, Daniel Goodnow, Brian Zabo

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Instructor: Dr. Yantao Shen

EBME #1: Aedre Watering System

  • Description: Drought is a big topic on the western side of the country. One of the biggest issues is how to keep a lush garden, but cut down on water usage. The best way to solve this problem is to optimize the amount of water getting to the plants. This needs to be done using a "smart" watering system, like the Aedre. This system is different from other automatic watering setups because this system uses the moisture content of the soil to determine the optimal water usage for each plant, while being controlled from a smartphone.
  • Students: Mike Evans, Johnny Foley, Jonathan Pham, Eugene Anukam, Dakota Dreyer

EBME #2: SmartShelf v1.1

  • Description: Lighted shelves and display cases can be found in a variety of places including restaurants, pubs, and retailers. Though high end lighted shelving products have improved in recent years, current products still do not offer a truly interactive and fun experience. SmartShelf v1.1 is a fully interactive lighted shelf that not only senses when an object is placed on it, but also senses the color of that object. In response, the SmartShelf illuminates the object from beneath with colored light matching the color of the object placed on top, making for a fun and interactive experience.
  • Students: Lucas Bryant, Samuel Gbafa, Mick Levine, Christian Valiente


  • Description: ALERT!O is a product that will make our roads safer. By connecting to a vehicle's on-board data system, ALERT!O monitors the vehicle's real-time information. If ALERT!O detects a rapid deceleration of the vehicle, it will automatically display a bright, flashing alert to drivers behind through the LED display matrix embedded in the rear windshield. The same display matrix can also be utilized to display voice activated messages to drivers behind, such as, "YOUR HEADLIGHT IS OUT!" or "YOUR GAS CAP IS OPEN", all while remaining hands-free.
  • Students: Scott DelOstia, Jordanna Payne, Kevin Rosario, Samuel Bravo, Zach Linde

EBME #4: ShowerBot

  • Description: The ShowerBot is a device that allows the user to easily interface with their shower for a more comfortable and relaxing experience. It is compatible with almost any existing shower and will allow for easy installation and use. The ShowerBot also has built-in safety features that protect from scalds and burns caused by excessively hot water when using the shower.
  • Students: Philip Waln, Asrafuzzaman Joy, Franco Nepomuceno, Chris Bromley

EBME #5: The Windshield Warmer

  • Description: We believe the essence of a good invention is adding convenience and saving time in the user's day. The Windshield Warmer accomplishes this by doing exactly what its name says. On cold mornings, it is difficult to get your windshield free of ice, frost, and condensation-causing cold temperatures in any reasonable amount of time. The Windshield Warmer was made to give an extra boost and save you time when you need it most. The device is simple but effective, with the potential to improve the entire course of your day.
  • Students: Jon Anthony, Kritika Chandna, Juan Cordero, Koléanna Hart, Grant Phillips

EBME #6: Full Or Not

  • Description: The waste removal industry has been in need of a system that can create accountability where there is none. With the rise of emissions, it seems reasonable to use a system that not only saves money, but also helps alleviate unnecessary travel costs and burning of fossil fuels. With Full Or Not, this problem is no longer prevalent. Full Or Not has the ability to save waste management businesses and customers' money by only scheduling waste picks up based on the levels of waste. In order to do this task, Full or Not has the ability to autonomously monitor the levels of containers using machine vision. When containers are full, an alert is sent to both the customer and the business via text message.
  • Students: Wendal Chaffee, Noah McCoy, Neema Noori, Riley Smith

EBME #7: Infection Detection Device

  • Description: Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) are diseases that a patient contracts during their stay in a hospital. This costs hospitals millions a year in fees, since they have to pay for every complication that results from the infection, including death. The Infection Detection Device will remove human error from the equation and help reduce patient mortality and costs associated with HAI's.
  • Students: Cody Messmore, Robert Wencke, Blaine Bronga, Matthew Trinklein

EBME #8: Doutech Fire Prevention System

  • Description: House fires are a nightmare for homeowners. Kitchen fires originating on the stove account for a hefty chunk of household fires and fire damage in homes today. The Doutech Fire Prevention System allows homeowners to feel safe and secure from these fires using smoke, flame, and gas sensors to give a tiered warning and alarm system, as well as a retardant sprinkler system to prevent the start and spread of household stove fires.
  • Students: Luis Espino, Liv Tanguileg, Jamie Fry, Joshua Hill

EBME #9: Drone Gateway

  • Description: Product distribution facilities will be using drones in the near future to ship products to customers. The Drone Gateway is the drone access point that will allow drones to enter and exit the distribution facility with the use of Bluetooth communication and infrared sensing. Currently, no one the market has a product like the Drone Gateway and the need for the product will increase when the FAA approves drones for deliveries.
  • Students: Michael Kamper, Garrett Winkelmaier, Charles Koester, Jeremy Holmes, Peter Guilfoyle

Mechanical Engineering

Instructor: Steven King

ME #1: Eclipse Engineering

  • Description: Eclipse Engineering had developed a method to test the opacity of fabrics when they are stretched. Currently the fabric industry has no means or standards by which to rate the opacity of elastic fabrics when stretched. Current fashions include many stretched fabrics, but unfortunately some may become too sheer when stretched further than intended. Eclipse Engineering designed and built a piece of equipment to measure this. Fabric samples can be consistently stretched and then have the transmissibility of light through the fabric measured by a lux meter. This will provide the industry with a method to determine opacity and relate it to their customers or fashion designers.
  • Students: Aaron Anderson, Kelly Bicknell, Hunter Colodny, Spencer Kalman, and Logan Peterson

ME #2: Das boot

  • Description: Making sure your ski boots fit and feel right before you buy them is really tough to do. If you could only ski in them before buying them, you could be more confident in your decision. But very few ski shop have ski hills in the shop. Das Boot has solved that problem. Instead of a ski hill, they devised a way to simulate skiing motions in an area as big as the average kitchen table. The Ski Simulator was designed and built to engage the entire body of the potential boot buyer in skiing like motions. Inside the shop they will get a skiing feel that only needs cold to be entirely realistic. Das Boot (the team) can show you the mechanics and motions of their ski simulator.
  • Students: Brian Biersdorff, Aidan Dolan, Christopher Duong, Juan Guzman-Garcia, Kyle Mcdonald

ME #3: Water works

  • Description: Laminar water flow in the lab please! Also, I'd like to place scale models in the laminar flow and observe them through clear water trough walls. Water Works has created just such a tool. You can vary the flow rate and measure it with a digital flow meter. The laminar zone can be controlled through replaceable honeycomb structures. Additionally, it's all on wheels. Water Works designed and built the Flow Tunnel to be a tool to aid researchers in the study of scale models in a flowing stream of water. Flow effects, whether laminar or turbulent, on a scale model can be studied in the flow tunnel. Just make sure to bring your goggles so you can see underwater.
  • Students: Patrick Chow, Wilbert Kemp, Melinda Kinner, Ian Mook, Jacob Wik

ME #4: DR3d-M

  • Description: 'I wanna go fast, I wanna go fast' - Words by which a racing pilot lives. The fastest piston powered airplanes in the world meet each September in Reno to claim the 'fastest' title. They go to great lengths and spend large amounts of money to compete for that 'fastest' title. And they have also overlooked some low hanging fruit in the reduction of drag. DR3D-M took on the mission to reduce the parasitic drag around the cooling air inlet scoop on the bottom of a P-51 Mustang. They design and built a modified air scoop that reduces drag and can theoretically boost top speed by 5 mph, which the different between first and tenth place. The scoop is built from a carbon fiber and design to stay securely in place on the aircraft at 500 mph. They completed the project in 1/4 of the time their sponsor thought it would take.
  • Students: John Giese, Sergio Lemus, Rio Patraw, Steven Schlaich, Cody Vincent

ME #5: Mad Injections

  • Description: No, the Mad Injections don't suffer from mercury poisoning, but they are pretty intense about their project. They set out to design a system of parts that are modular, snap together, offer two degrees of freedom at snap joint, and have limitless building potential. And Bucky Snap was the achievement of that goal. Two pieces, rods and hubs, are limited only by the imagination in their different building possibilities. They even have a University logo on them. Mad Injections actually designed the mold in which Bucky Snap is molded. Gates, runners, sprues, mold balancing were but a few of the challenges they undertook. Ask them about injection molding.
  • Students: Steven Arnold, Evelyn Cruz, David Cui, Gabriela Diaz, Aryn Nelson

ME #6: Team Turkey

  • Description: To bowl is to have fun. The adaptive physical education students at Marvin Piccolo agree and enjoy bowling in a classroom setting to help develop good limb motion and big smiles. However this activity is demanding on the teacher who must keep everyone occupied and set up the pins after ball is played. Team Turkey created a solution; an automatic pin setter/resetter that allows the instructor to use a remote control to reset the pins. This is an excellent tool for the teacher and benefits the students immensely. It uses a remote, a CPU, and stepper motor to lift the fallen pins and set them down again ready to go for the next bowler.
  • Students: Tamzin Atkins, Hayden Nickel, Destiny Phan, Walfredo Publico, Joseph Young

ME #7: Bootie Bunch

  • Description: Putting shoe covers on your feet is really easy when you use Shoe Inn's shoe cover 'put-er on-er', but Shoe Inn wanted to have a similar product to remove shoes covers from your feet as well. Bootie Bunch designed and built a device that did just that. Step in, lift your foot, push you foot forward to set the device for your next foot, and your ready to remove your second shoe cover. It's completely human powered, has few moving parts, and is the perfect companion for the shoe cover 'put-er on-er'. Bootie Bunch explored several different possible designs and settled on one based on reliability and ease of manufacturing. Be careful, because it looks just like the shoe cover 'put-er on-er'.
  • Students: Ivan Biondi, Olivia Dillon, Jerad Hershewe, Juan Jaimes-Diaz, Ruben Pineda

ME #8: Team Shoe Inn Rebooted

  • Description: Shoe Inn, a company that sells shoe covers and gloves offers a convenient product that makes putting shoe covers on one's feet very easily. The shoe covers are dispensed in this device and require that the shoe covers are stacked in a very specific manner to work properly in the device. Currently the methods of assembling these shoe cover 'stacks' or 'cartridges is extremely laborious. Team Shoe Inn Rebooted met the challenge of reducing the touch time labor by designing and building an assembly line system to stack the booties into their cartridge form in 1/3 of the time previously required. They system aids in resolving several ergonomic issues as well.
  • Students: Troy Barker, Maureen Castruccio, Justin Chavez, Samar Ijaz, Jeff Jacob

ME #9: Team McFly

  • Description: Backcountry skiers are typically driven athletes and enjoy pushing themselves as they 'earn their turns'. Being able to measure their relative energy output is not something they with any products currently available. Team McFly has solved this problem with their revolutionary power meter for back country skiing. The power meter measures the force applied to the ski through the bottom of the boot. This measurement is used to gauge the power output of the skier and indicates their relative output on an LED meter. Team McFly designed and built the Power Meter to withstand the demanding environment typically encountered when skiing in the mountains.
  • Students: Carlos Caro, Megan Shalvis, Jeffrey Stein, Ashton Tafarrodi

ME #10: Snow Pack

  • Description: The skiing industry has a growing need for consumer level avalanche safety gear. Current avalanche safety include the use of expanding packs to help keep skiers at the surface of the avalanche debris. These are typically systems that are expensive to purchase and expensive to keep at the ready. Snow Pack has developed an expanding volume system that uses a spring that when released opens up a voluminous 'bag' to help keep the skier's volume large and assist them in 'floating' to the surface of the avalanche sluff. The system can be reused with no cost and has a purchased price roughly 1/3 the cost of it's competition.
  • Students: Gun Charupoom, Peter Gail, Craig McDonald, Kevin Veliz

ME #11: Team Dyno Punch

  • Description: Team Dyno Punch has developed a unique training aid for martial arts schools and training facilities. Currently these facilities have no means to measure the energy delivered in a punch or hit in the martial arts. The Dyno Punch measure the energy of strike onto a target by a marital artist. The energy is captured in data form which is recorded and can be tracked for training purposes. The Dyno Punch uses an accelerometer to measure the impact and records onto an SD card. The SD card is removable, enabling the user to track their data over time. The Dyno Punch was design and built to be portable, cleanable, and durable.
  • Students: Timothy Evans, Richard Huang, Wade Lumsden, Jon Macias, Walker Musnicki

ME #12: Death Star Engineering

  • Description: The Microcontroller Educational Device, MED, is a product developed by Deathstar Engineering to effectively teach multiple microcontroller platforms. To do this, it uses three different controllers including an Arduino, a Raspberry Pi, and a Beaglebone. These microcontrollers are paired to communicate with variety of input and output devices, such as led lights, motors, buzzers, switches, and dials. Combining all of the different hardware programming interfaces into a single, easy to use system will allow the user to experiment with not just one, but several units. The main body of the product, stores the extra components and wiring along with any controllers that are not in use, making this an all in one location for any tools needed to learn microcontroller coding. Along with component space, detailed instructions are provided to ensure students of all skill levels can complete the lessons and learn basic coding for the controllers.
  • Students: Pedro Chavez, Cody Geil-Crader, Zachary Hudacko, Tyler Maggert, Chander Mccunn

ME #13: Team Filamaster

  • Description: 3D printing has become a very popular and inexpensive method to produce very complex parts very quickly. 3D printed parts are created in plastics which are categorized as thermo plastics, meaning they can melted and used again. This creates a tremendous opportunity to recycle the material when apart isn't exactly what was desired. Additionally, the plastic material, which comes in a filament form, is relatively expensive. The pundits of recycling will be pleased to learn Team Filamaster is offering a system to recycle the scrapped printed parts and Makers will be excited there exists a way to save on filament costs. Their system has two pieces of equipment: a grinder and an extruder. The grinder safely grinds parts up to on e inch and thickness and extruder melts the ground parts and extrudes them into filament. The system represents the design and build effort of Team Filamaster and the engineering talents they have in the areas of heat transfer, mechanical design, thermal controls, and manufacturing.
  • Students: Bronson Barbosa, Michael Gillette, Jose Hernandez, Matthew Levy, Matthew Mccormick

ME #14: Trike Me

  • Description: This team's sponsor, Walter Bevins, has loss of leg strength, but still wants to commute under his own power. He engaged 'Trike Me' to design and build a trike that would allow him to pedal with his hands and steer with his feet. Trike me successfully designed and built such a trike. Their hand powered trike comfortable seats Mr. Bevins and provides him with hand operated disk brakes and nine speeds from which to choose. Using his arms, he can achieve the self powered commute he desires. Trike me incorporated safety features including lights and reflectors. Come by and hand pedal yourself around a bit, but make sure your mind can tell your feet to do the steering.
  • Students: Mark Lanski, Michael Lanski, Kevin Masterson

ME #15: Mech Wash

  • Description: Solar Cells are wonderful things, they use the sun's energy to power anything electrical. But sometimes, even on a bright and shiny day, the sun has trouble transmitting its rays to photovoltaic cells due to the dirt on the panels. So now you have get out and clean the solar cells to restore the efficiency. Mech Wash set out to automate the chore of cleaning dirt off of solar cells and succeeded in engineering a system that would do so. They applied engineering principals and a bit of creativity to produce an automated solar panel cleaning system. It can be programmed to clean the cell periodically or on demand. The system uses a brush and sweep debris from the panels and when finished, it keeps the brush from blocking the sun. Their system is something you should investigate if you are considering using solar cells to go 'green'.
  • Students: Pedro Alvarado Camacho, Qiyu An, Beverly Ma, Kelly Shaner, Travis Smith

ME #16: Sail Yeeaaah

  • Description: North Sails, one of the premier high performance sail makers in the world, is constantly seeking to improve their sails. They want to understand the performance of their sails after they have received considerable use. Sail Yeeaah was challenged with designing and building a system that would thoroughly abrade sales before conducting performance tests. The result was a system that drags an abrasive pad over a small sample of sail. The stroke and frequency of the abrasive pad can be controlled and the force which the pad applies to the sail sample can be changed. This allows North Sails to consistently abrade sails to simulate wear prior to performance testing.
  • Students: Emil Alipio, Reggie Bolden, Christian Montanari, Kenneth Mullis, Charles Retherford

ME #17: Team Cycle Path

  • Description: Riding bikes is fun and often people do it for exercise. However some use it as their main mode of transportation and they would benefit from a system that lets them harvest, store, and reuse some of the energy lost during braking. Team Cycle path realized an opportunity to do just that. That invented a system that will, when engaged, compress air causing braking. It will store that air and when the rider want to use that energy, they flick a lever and get back some of their hard earned energy. The system fits onto almost any conventional bike frame and takes very little skill to use it. Bike commuters out there will be very excited to have a KERS Brake on their bike.
  • Students: Nicholas Henderson, Brad Lugo, Andrew Munter, Justin Stewart, Jacob Wilson

ME #18: Nano Nerds

  • Description: It seems like science fiction, spraying a gel onto a wound and watch the gel stop the bleeding and start the healing process. While Nano Nerds couldn't quite develop such miracle stuff, it's not too far in the future that it will be available. What they did develop is a dispenser to dispense the miracle stuff. Now anyone who can use a perfume atomizer can dispense Nano Healing Gel. The dispenser comes in a tidy kit that's red in color. The kit contains instructions, a spare Nano Gel Cartridge, and the dispenser. It's something you'll want in any level of first aid kit.
  • Students: Torrey Dion, Ryan Gilpin, Taylor Glasgow, Erik Golden, Erika Nielson

ME #19: Team Glovetrotters

  • Description: In many industries, it is common to see workers having difficulties applying gloves, especially under conditions of wet or sweaty hands. This can cause a loss in time and work productivity. Also, gloves often torn during application, resulting in additional waste and costs. The disposable glove applicator assists a user in applying a single pair of disposable gloves. This device will reduce the time spent applying gloves, create an easier application process, and avoid tearing of gloves. Industries such pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, disease research facilities, animal research laboratories, biotechnology, restaurants, food processing, and even automotive can benefit from the Glove Applicator.
  • Students: Andrew Forest, Walid Ghani, Grant Mason, Brian McElrath

Me #20: Team Smooth Sailing

  • Description: North Sails, one of the premier high performance sail makers in the world, consider their sails to stand up to the most demanding sailing environment in which man can exist. When empty or sluffing sails fill with wind, the sails experience tremendous shock loading. North Sails wanted a system that would apply repeated impulse shock loading in excess of normal use at a much higher frequency to simulate accelerated fatigue testing. Team Smooth Sailing developed a heavy duty system that can applying varying shock loads or impulse loads of up to 1000 pound seconds at frequencies between 1 and 10 cycles per second. Their result was a heavy duty system which is meets the expectations of North Sails.
  • Students: Trevor Bonie, Dan Gonzalez, Iskander Mcgoff, Kyle Willens

ME #21: Team FRW

  • Description:Take two pieces of metal and turn them into one piece using a mill and custom designed machining bit! That's what Team FRW did. They researched and developed a process to do this with a machining bit. There testing showed great results with several different materials and thicknesses. No welding hood, welding chaps, or even gloves are required.
  • Students: Nicholas Pappas, Michael Raye, Eric Toepfer, Frederick Tuttle, Clayton Wenner

ME #22: Ascent Engineering

  • Description: Horizontal flight drones are here to stay and quad copters are here to stay. Quad copters are stable, agile, and able to take off vertically. These are all great attributes, but they come at a cost of using a lot of energy. Horizontal flight drones can fly further, faster, and carry heavy payloads. Which are all great attributes, but they aren't stable or agile and they required very long run ways. So why not combine the two into a multi functional airborne platform. Ascent Engineering took on this task and created a unique Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle with vertical takeoff and horizontal flight. It has the advantages of stability, stable hovering, and requires no runway. It can also change to horizontal flight and travel great distances.
  • Students: Sierra Adibi, Anna Cameron, Jeremy Fries, Adam Larson, Keith Scott

ME #23: The Ballad of the Mountain Men

  • Description: Backcountry skiers use climbing skins on the bottom of their skis to be able ski up mountains and the skins are typically removed when enjoying the downhill portion of the day. Putting skis on to go back up the hill then becomes quite a chore requiring the removal of your skis while standing in potentially deep snow. If the climbing skins could be applied without removing skis, the whole process would be quicker and easier and get you back to the fun stuff sooner. According to the Ballad of the Mountain Men, they have devised just such a piece of equipment. It's a stand that you ski over and apply a the climbing skin. It's designed and built to be lightweight, portable, and stay on top of the snow while in use. It saves time and gets skiers back to skiing quicker than the old fashioned method.
  • Students: Kai Carl, Jordan Dobrich, Joseph Doucette, Scott Forer, Seth Thompson

ME #24: Rebel Engineering

  • Description:After the band has finished playing, the smoke has cleared, and the fans have all gone home, all the A/V equipment needs to be packed up and hundreds of cables need to be coiled and readies for transport. Coiling cables in a 'over/under' pattern makes them both easy to uncoil and keeps the internal wires from twisting. This pattern is difficult to achieve, difficult to keep consistent, and not time efficient for most people. Rebel Engineering created a cable coiling mechanism that conveniently coils cables in an 'over/under' pattern and produces consistent sized coil every time. The A/V technician crews will be clamoring for such a device in hopes to get themselves home sooner after the big concert.
  • Students: Maitland Bell, Luke Fuller, Kellen Mitchell, Johnny Sheerin, Armahn Soltani

ME #25: Team Ornithopter

  • Description:Nature provides some of the most interesting phenomenon that will benefit man if understood. As birds fly in formation or fish swim in a school, each trailing fish or bird must react to and in turn benefit from the vortex of the bird of fish in front of them. These reactions can be studied in fluid mechanics, but are difficult to recreate. However, Team Ornithoptor has designed and built a system that enables just a study. Four airfoil profiles, mounted like primary directions on a compass, are free to travel in a circular path within a water tank. The frame on which the airfoils are mounted is oscillated up and down at an adjustable amplitude and adjustable frequency. The effects upon the downstream airfoil created by the upstream airfoil can be measured.
  • Students: Kyle Christensen, Logan Falk, Lan Li, Nicholas Zerbel

ME #26: Ramp NV

  • Description: Loading motorcycles into the bed of a truck can be done several different ways of which most present dangers. Having a ruck bed width ramp that was securely attached and can be stored beneath the motorcycles after they have been loaded would be ideal. A team named Ramp NV was thinking exactly that when they created their self hiding ramp system for a pickup truck. The ramp system is bolted into the truck bed and is only a few inches thick. When utilized, a loading ramp slides out and is lowered to the ground. The ramp is as wide as the truck bed, has expanded metal mesh to provide grip, provides a 30 degree ramp, and is secure to the truck. The motorcycle loader has a safe means to load the bike on a wide secure ramp. Once the bike(s) are loaded, the ramp slides back into the bed and is secure for travel over dirt roads.
  • Students: Matthew Allen, Nicholas Pavone, Robert Poindexter, Christopher Rosa, Alex Schwartz

ME #27: Team Fraktion

  • Description:Being a Bitcoin user means security from heavily fluctuating currency markets and a secure way to store and track money electronically. However it comes with its drawbacks as well. Converting cash in hand into bitcoin currency is difficult and can often be impossible if there are no bitcoin locations within reasonable traveling distance. Also, such currency deposits can be encumbered with a multitude of miniscule fees that become significant. Having kiosks plentifully available that would handle these cash deposits and incur less fees would fill a need bitcoin users have. Team Fraktion has created just such a kiosk. While still in it's early stages of development, Team Fraktion has shown the process is feasible and has designed and constructed a kiosk to simulate the transaction.
  • Students: Anthony Faddis, Anthony Fernandez, Kevin Kengott, Dakota Ward

Event organizers

  • Dr. Sergiu Dascalu, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Dr. Yantao Shen, Associate Professor, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering