2017 Innovation Day

2017 Project Descriptions

Chemical and Materials Engineering

The goal of the capstone project was, as a class, to generate and refine a Ranibizumab product. The class received guidance from Genentech professionals and faculty from the University of Nevada, Reno. Ranibizumab is a blood vessel inhibitor, and works by binding and neutralizing the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).

CME #1: Autoclave Modeling for Thiosulfate Gold Leaching Process

  • Description: : This project involves working with Barrick Gold Corp., a gold mining company in Elko, NV. Barrick is investigating thiosulfate as an alternative to cyanide leaching for double refractory ore. The project involves design of the autoclave and processes related to the autoclave in the gold recovery operation.
  • Students: Michael Bending, Brandon Daniels, Jackee Ellis, Gabriel Martins, Daniel Rivera

CME #2: Autoclave Ore Experiments

  • Description: Demonstrating the oxidation of ore to facilitate gold extraction
  • Students: : Pete Marshall, Joey Palmer, Rachel Bowe, Xinpei Zhou, Jamie Ombogo

CME #3: Barrick Gold Ore Grinding and Roasting

  • Description: Design of a comminution and roasting circuit to process double refractory gold ore
  • Students: Ben Baker, Jeremy Moon, Cody Falconer, Luis De Leon, Cordero Nuanez

CME #4: Bioreactor Operation and Cell Growth

  • Description: This work involves the growth of E. coli for the expression of a lucentis like product
  • Students: Joseph Woolford, Shruti Arun, Alex Duigan, Jeremiah Gerodias, Samantha Prest, Preston Vu

CME #5: Cyanide/Thiosulfate Leaching for Gold Extraction

  • Description: Leaching and adsorption experiments were carried out on single and double refractory ore to optimize gold recovery. The leaching was done with cyanide and thiosulfate lixiviants to create gold complexes that could be in turn extracted with activated carbon and strong-base ion exchange resins.
  • Students: : Jordan Kern, Anna DuBois, Kehley Grosulak, Erick Squires, Hassan Alnasser, Jacob McDaniel

CME #6: Genentech Chromatography of Lucentis-like protein

  • Description: Using chromatography to purify a Lucentis-like protein
  • Students: Sarah Lutjens, Luke Celeste, Ali Oliva, Devin Baird, Arielle Salmon, Owen Stewart

CME #7: Hydrothermal Carbonization Biosolid Waste with Membrane Distillation Purification

  • Description: Apply the HTC process to dairy manure to alleviate manure waste management problems.
  • Students: Keenan Conrad, Brandon Lopez, Derrick Satterfield, Jessica Castillo

CME #8: Ranibizumab Purification via Tangential Flow Filtration

  • Description: This group worked on the tangential flow filtration portion of the project, which will be utilized multiple times throughout the synthesis process. The primary purpose of tangential flow filtration was to exchange buffer solution. The purpose of exchanging buffer solution was to regulate the pH of the solution in preparation for chromatography. The secondary purpose was to remove smaller impurities, while keeping the desired product on the upstream side of the membrane. Tangential flow filtration was an important step in the creation of the Ranibizumab product, as it allows for an output with the necessary specifications of volume and purity.
  • Students: Genica Chow, Phillip Hyland, Daryl Abuan, Kory Richardson, Jacob Pankey

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE #1: Design of the Intersection at Keystone Avenue and North McCarran Boulevard

  • Description: The intersection of North McCarran and Keystone has been an area that has recently received numerous complaints related to safety hazards and lack of appropriate traffic control. Currently, the intersection does not warrant traffic signals. However, the intersection may well warrant signals in upcoming years due to proposed developments along Leadership Parkway. As a result, J.I.M. Engineering has prepared the design of a classic four-way signalized intersection for this location. The design includes crosswalks and bike lanes and will provide left turn and through movements from Keystone Avenue and Leadership Parkway onto North McCarran Boulevard, making it safer for the public.
  • Students: Matthew Weber, Ian Mahaffey, Jason Kelly

CEE #2: Cave Rock Tunnel Extension Phase II

  • Description: In February 2015, a large boulder fell onto U.S. Highway 50 on the east shore of Lake Tahoe near Cave Rock. In order to protect against future rock falls, the Nevada Department of Transportation designed an extension of the existing tunnel. This design complied with various limitations and requirements to preserve the aesthetic and environmental aspects of the area established by the Tahoe Regional Planning Authority and local Washoe tribe. DICE analyzed Phase I of the tunnel in order to identify possible improvements related to the architecture, foundation, structure, and water management and environmental plan for Phase II.
  • Students : Danielle Palffy, Alicia Robb, Elle Grunenwald, Evan Jordan

CEE #3: Design of a Sustainable, Single Family House

  • Description:This project involves the design of a sustainable, single-family house that encompasses geotechnical considerations, structural design and a water management plan. The geotechnical portion includes a reproducible foundation design based on various soil types. The structural design considers the structural characteristics and the environmental impacts associated with different building materials. The water management plan incorporates a greywater reuse system and a combination of xeriscaping and permaculture into the landscape design. This design is intended to be reusable and of moderate cost. The final product is expected to cost less than $275,000 for the homeowner.
  • Students: Cynthia Steele, Lacey Kremer, Sandy Cumming, Sebastian De La Torre, Trevor Shamblin

CEE #4: Getchell Mine Water Treatment Plant

  • Description: In order to expand current operations at the Getchell Mine located in Humboldt County, 1,500 gallons per minute of industrial process water needs to be treated. Concentrations of arsenic and other contaminants exceed regulated maximum contaminant levels and need to be reduced to comply with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) profile I standards before the water can be discharged. The proposed facility will treat the process water by adjusting the pH, adding coagulant, settling out large particles in a clarifier, removing fine particles via ultrafiltration, and sending the finished water to rapid infiltration basins for disposal.
  • Students: Matt Vallarino, Chelsea Cluff, Larissa Chamousis

CEE #5: Innovative Design of a Solar Tube for Increased Efficiency

  • Description:  This project proposes a new design of a solar tube that addresses problems associated with existing solar power systems. Current solar panels are flat and do not use space in a very efficient manner. The proposed new design incorporates flexible solar panels into cylindrical tubes in order to significantly increase the surface area of the panel being exposed to sunlight while simultaneously and dramatically reducing the required footprint for an array of solar panels. Thus, the proposed design minimizes the space required while maximizing the productivity of the solar panels
  • Students: Jacob Woods, Jonathan Wagoner, Leah Fortin

CEE #6: Redesign of "P11" Channel and Levee in South Reno

  • Description:  The Reno/ Sparks area periodically experiences major flooding along the Truckee River and tributary streams such as Steamboat Creek. These floods affect many residences and businesses that rely on drainage channels and storm water facilities to protect them. The "P11" channel and levee are located in South Reno near Veterans Parkway where the Steamboat Creek floodplain threatens the safety of Depoali Middle School and nearby residents. The current design of the channel and levee are inadequate to handle recorded peak flood flows in this area. JARVS Solutions has redesigned the "P11" channel and levee to protect the people of this area and provide adequate drainage of flood waters.
  • Students: Ryan Sams, Aly Decoux, Vincent Pirrone, Jared Crews

CEE #7: Simple Space: Modular Paneled Structure

  • Description: Simple Space is an innovative structure that incorporates modular precast concrete panels that are connected together through the unique design of the supporting structural columns. The resulting product provides a redesign and improvement of existing precast modular structures. These improvements will allow for simpler transport, assembly, disassembly and reuse. The objectives for this project were to design a modular, self-supporting and reusable precast concrete structure.
  • Students: Caleb Stever, Patrick Beauchamp, Robert DaMaren, Ashley Greenamayer, Grace Mitzel

CEE #8: South Campus Parking Complex for the University of Nevada

  • Description: Black Bear Engineering has prepared a proposed design for a new parking complex to be located in the southern part of the campus. The high demand for parking in this part of campus has not been fulfilled by the existing parking lots, which has led to frustration from those seeking to use the campus' southern facilities. The design team focused primarily on the structural and transportation-related aspects of the proposed new development. Upon completion, the parking complex will be three stories and provide a minimum of 500 new parking spaces in the southern part of campus.
  • Students: Justin Worthley, Joshua Barrera, Tyler Scranton, Piero Basic-Ravina

CEE #9: Surface Treatment to Enhance Sidewalks on the University of Nevada Campus

  • Description: Sidewalk Surface Treatment is a cementitious mix designed to improve walking surfaces on the UNR campus. This treatment is a skim coat of cement that can be applied to walkway surfaces not only to repair damaged sidewalks but also to protect the surfaces from wear and tear. The scope of work includes evaluating three mix designs, batching and curing of the mixes, and performing various ASTM tests to determine most effective mix. The optimum mix design for the walking surfaces around the UNR campus will be identified.
  • Students: Colton Dean, Alexa Rexford, Perry Burch, Everest Donske, Brian Tanko

CEE #10: Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway Extension

  • Description: The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway (TPB) is a 116-mile bike trail that begins in Tahoe City and ends at Pyramid Lake. Currently, there are two segments of the TPB that remain undeveloped due to various site constraints. This project focused on the design of a 1200-foot segment of the bikeway between Boca and Floriston, California. The project encompasses several sub-disciplines within civil engineering, including geotechnical, structural, transportation, water resources and land development. The proposed design provides an alignment which addresses an array of challenges such as very steep, rocky terrain; unstable soils and acquisition of necessary permits from several agencies.
  • Students:  Otto Tang, Janae Johnston, Maka Pateta, Stacy Yokoyama, Kylie Tokunaga

CEE #11: The BTX Development in Carson City, Nevada

  • Description:  This project involved the preparation of a site plan for a proposed mixed-use commercial development for a parcel of land located at 415 South Nevada Street in Carson City, Nevada. The proposed three-story structure meets various requirements, including property setback, adequate parking and placement of some utilities. The planning for the site was completed in accordance with the existing Carson City regulations. The purpose of this project is to further enhance the mixed-use development in the historic downtown district of Carson City.
  • Students: Brian Dodds, Tanzir Chowdhury, Xinxin Huang

CEE #12: Peqoup Wildlife Crossing over Interstate 80

  • Description:  NDOT is currently designing a wildlife crossing over Interstate 80 in eastern Nevada. MARRS Engineering is proposing a more cost effective design for the crossing that will be located near Peqoup Summit. The proposed structure consists of two precast concrete tunnels for travel lanes of I-80, one for westbound lanes and one for eastbound lanes. The exterior of the tunnels will be backfilled with native soil. Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) will support the structure and retain the backfill. This will allow animals to safely migrate across Interstate 80 by traveling over the top of the tunnels.
  • Students:  Allison Jaromin, Susana Ramirez, Marshall Windes, Ron Doluntap, Savannah Drew

Computer Science and Engineering

CSE #1: Aftermath

  • Description: Mobile location-based post-apocalyptic augmented reality game
  • Students: Brian Conway, Matthew Baker, Brandon Marino, Justin Cartlidge


  • Description: The Administration, Registration, and Information Assistant (ARIA) is a plugin that runs on the Wordpress platform that manages event creation, student and teacher registration, event scheduling, and document generation for the Northern Nevada Music Teacher Association's (NNMTA) music festivals.
  • Students: David Mar, Emily Huang, Vlad Savranschi

CSE #3: Audio Guide

  • Description: Exercise, such as running, for visually impaired individuals is a difficult task. The Audio Guide project aims to alleviate some of this difficulty by giving an easy to use, easy to access, and always available guide to a person, visually impaired or not, wanting to run in an outside environment.
  • Students: Mathew Boggs, Jason Rush, Brandon Takahashi

CSE #4: Avaler's Adventure

  • Description: Although generally overlooked as a normal bodily function, the ability to swallow is quite important for the human experience; it enables eating, drinking, and salivating. However, there are people whose ability to swallow is impeded due to an accident, illness, or predisposed swallowing disorder. Avaler's Adventure is an exciting, one-switch 3D game suited to be used in speech therapy to motivate patients who have difficulty swallowing.
  • Students: Catherine Pollock, Luis Almanzar, Daniel Lopez, Gunnar Wambaugh

CSE #5: BC Reporter

  • Description: Bristlecone Holdings analyzes business finances and customer accounts using files which are exported from Tableau, which then have to be analyzed by hand. BC Reporter is a real-time fraud and anomaly detection system designed with the ability for extensive customer personalization.
  • Students: Tim Kwist, David Vaughan, Tyler DeFoor, Shane Melton

CSE #6: Case Controller

  • Description: The current VR (virtual reality) market is focused on headsets built for high-end PC's. Though there is a submarket that incorporates the use of a smartphone along with a simple headset to satisfy the requirements for a lower cost VR experience. Companies like Samsung and Google have produced headsets that support compatible smartphone models, which allows us to focus on a product that can be utilized across the board. The problem with this submarket is the devices used as input for interaction within a virtual setting. They are either low quality, with minimal input options, or too expensive and have just enough functionality to get by. The mobile VR market needs a versatile input device that is cost effective and has all of the necessities required for a full experience. We plan to fill that void by producing a fully functional controller that is embedded within a smartphone case. This allows the user to have a versatile input device on their person at all times without having to worry about a cumbersome external controller. The controller will have a familiar button layout with two joysticks and will set itself apart by utilizing an onboard 6-axis accelerometer/gyroscope sensor combination in order to satisfy any motion-oriented applications. The case provides protection for both the smartphone and controller hardware, satisfying the requirements for a robust and versatile smartphone case controller.
  • Students: Garrett Marchese, Tyler Schmidt

CSE #7: Coral

  • Description: Coral is a communication and social media app designed for iOS to allow divers to chat underwater, track dive information, and share their dives on social media. Coral seeks to create a useful tool for casual and enthusiast divers alike by lowering the financial barrier of entry of underwater communication and keeping all dive-related information on a single platform.
  • Students: Vincent Benavidez, Zachary Collins, Matthew Geib

CSE #8: Cotary

  • Description: Cotary is an event-based social network that organizes and displays content based on geographic location. It will allow for both public and invite-only private user groups.
  • Students: Stephen Williams, Tehman Tariq, Ryan Opperman

CSE #9: Curse of the Glitchataur

  • Description: A virtual reality "hide-n-seek"-esque game, this VR game uses an innovative locomotion technique that lets users walk around. The goal of the game is collaborate but also to avoid the glitchataur.
  • Students: Austin Turner, Helen Medrano, Erika Manning, Mitchell Reyes

CSE #10: Digital Data Dashboard

  • Description: A sound digital marketing strategy is essential to the success of all startups and small businesses. However, digital marketing data is extremely difficult to interpret without extensive training and experience. Currently, there are no affordable tools for burgeoning companies that allow users to easily interact with the analytical data provided by social media services and search engines. The Digital Data Dashboard (D3) is a smart marketing dashboard for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses that allows users to make sense of this data so they know exactly how to manage their digital marketing budgets and know how to reach the customers they haven’t reached yet.
  • Students: Justin Chambers, Joe Ravenna, Aarron Stewart, Husain Tazarvi

CSE #11: Directional DigiRoller

  • Description: A DigiRoller Plus (DRP) is a Calculated Industries tool which is used in contractors in order to take measurements of a certain area. Directional Digiroller is an android app that allows to get the measurements from the DRP which will give the user easier access to the data and give functionality for the contractor in order to manipulate the data.
  • Students: Ryan Echeveria and Donald Hack

CSE #12: Dynamic Route Planner

  • Description: Dynamic Route Planner is a mobile application that can generate optimal routes between machines based on machine data. Dynamic Route Planner was proposed from General Electric to improve efficiency within their factory and plant employees. Certain employees of GE are required to walk from machine to machine while evaluating each machine they visit. Routes are generated for employees, however, it is not always the most efficient route. Dynamic RoutePlanner is a user-friendly route generator and planner that will allow GE factory and plant employees to use their time efficiently.
  • Students: Matthew Molloy, Jennifer Dinh, Chad Sprong

CSE #13: EatRank

  • Description: EatRank.io (EatRank) is a web-based food sharing and review service. EatRank is a data driven platform that allows users to review and rate specific dishes at any dining establishment. The EatRank service will also serve as a social platform for its users who wish to share reviews and follow fellow EatRank users and restaurants. EatRank will revolutionize the way people look at food and how they decide what to eat
  • Students: Benjamin Nicholes, Saharath Kleips, Yuta Miyake, Denis Morozov

CSE #14: Exchange Stream

  • Description: Exchange Stream will be the go-to place for sharing personal and calculated market analysis through trades. In the stock trading community, a big portion of the online community likes to boast, share or analyze their trades. Exchange Stream will be the platform that they can easily log their trades and show how it has performed since executing the trade
  • Students: Nicholas Wehrhan, Brian Smith, Tyler Devaul, Dominik Perez

CSE #15: FollowMe

  • Description: Mobile application to help users document and record their travels using a digital journal.
  • Students: Drew Cortright, Jacob Leveroni, Saulius Baublys, Eric Garza

CSE #16: GE Machine Learning

  • Description: The GE Machine Learning project uses machine learning to detect potential future failures in machines used by the clients of General Electric. Turbines can be prone to all sort of errors and this is a noninvasive way to detect errors in real time.
  • Students: Brian Gaunt, Patrick Kelley, Harrison Stanton, Samson Haile

CSE #17: I Love Reno Web Portal

  • Description: A place for Reno area locals to connect with their community and learn about local happenings via a searchable events page. This is a website that supports an existing popular magazine.
  • Students: Raymond Pistoresi, Ryan Penn, Rene Flores, Nirmit Patel

CSE #18: Navatar

  • Description:Navatar is an indoor navigation system for visually impaired students. Unlike existing systems that rely on expensive equipment, Navatar only requires an Android smartphone. The phone's GPS, accelerometer and compass are used to approximate a user's location and movements, and the phone's speaker is used to provide auditory directions to rooms within a building.
  • Students: Connor Parkinson, Matthew Berger, Liam Gomez

CSE #19: PackStudy

  • Description: PackStudy is an Android app that allows students to collaborate in the same classes they are currently taking. There are many different collaboration tools available for students but PackStudy will take on a different approach by allowing the classes to be already connected. Social sites have been used to communicate with large groups but require that a student know a few people within their class to receive any benefit from it.
  • Students: Meliton Padilla-Neri, Guillermo Garcia, Austin Smith, Ke Xu

CSE #20: PartyUp

  • Description:PartyUp is an Android app that aims to make it easier for people to host events, notify their friends, and interact with their friends’ events. By using Google’s API for GPS and Maps, information and directions for people to meet are more available and visual. It’s important that specifications for social gatherings are managed accurately and clearly to prevent conflicts (location, date, time) and make sure as much people can attend.
  • Students: Henry Huffman, Jaime Moreno, Martin Revilla, Brian Parawan

CSE #21: Picket

  • Description: Picket develops an environment where individuals can create share, and learn about ideas within a location-based community. Users, known as picketers, are able to leave posts, known as pickets, in any location they visit throughout the day. Another feature that users can use is joining open-world chat rooms to talk with other users within their bubble.
  • Students: Travis Walker, Alex Crupi, Jonathan Martinez, Austin Herrera

CSE #22: System 1 Mobile Configuration

  • Description:System 1 Mobile Configuration is an Android application that will work directly with General Electric’s databases and MetaData to provide the mobility needed by System 1 engineers. The functionality of this application includes being able to display a company’s machine configurations through connections to SQLite databases as well as being able to edit these databases and configure machine trains through use of a MetaData file.
  • Students: Brett Knadle, Randy Gonzalez, Monique Dingle, Phillip Vong

CSE #23: Team PowerPlug

  • Description:Home automation hardware project which can be operated via smartphone on any appliance. The PowerPlug can make non-smart devices, like an air conditioner unit, smarter by allowing for scheduling and or environment sensing based events.
  • Students: Robert McKay, Moyu Yan, Kevin Green, Michael Wilson

CSE #24: Tour Guide Robot

  • Description: The Tour Guide Robot is designed to give visitors of the SEM building a tour of its various labs and offices. The robot is able to navigate the building and give recorded messages at predetermined locations to serve as a tour guide.
  • Students: Robert Trimble, Robert Loginov, Zach Cooper

CSE #25: VR: Forge

  • Description: VR game for the HTC Vive, centered around blacksmithing. VR Forge aims to deliver an entertaining experience for VR users by having them run their own forge. The player is tasked with maintaining their forge by handling inventory, interacting with customers, and of course, forging weapons.
  • Students: Jayden Wang, Mathew Monzon, Brian Escobar

Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

EBME #1: Geo-Autonomous: E.V.E.

  • Description: E.V.E. is an autonomous, GPS driven ground vehicle with an embedded spraying system for small-scale farming. This product will increase productivity and save time and effort, while reducing the farmer's exposure to harmful chemicals.
  • Students: Zach Flaherty, Saryneth De Leon, Luis Gutierrez, Yaritza Mejia, Andrew Webb

EBME #2: Autonomous Salting Robot

  • Description: Saltonomous Industries' Autonomous Salting Robot (ASR) is a revolutionary product that aims to maximize convenience and safety to those burdened with the task of salting walkways, driveways and other paths during snowy winter months. As the only de-icing autonomous robot in the industry, the ASR completely changes the approach to salting potentially dangerous areas. After deploying for salting in one of two ways, either by the push of a button on the robot or through activation from the on-board weather-sensing technology, the ASR autonomously completes a designated path, evenly distributing salt as it moves.
  • Students: Helena Knapen, Elisabeth Knapen, Anthony Braido, Morgan Regan

EBME #3: Blu Security: BluLock Automated Door Lock

  • Description:The Blu Security Team has created a smart lock that will lock/unlock using Bluetooth technology. The lock also incorporates anti-pick technology for added security. The user is able to control the lock using two modes: remote and automatic. Remote mode will be controlled through a phone application and automatic with Bluetooth to distinguish where the user is relative to the lock.
  • Students: Kaitlyn McNerney, Gabriella Kobany, Garrett Hagen, Delien Delev, Baofan Pacheco

EBME #4: BussBar Power Strip

  • Description: A modular power strip designed to have improved safety and functionality
  • Students: Stephen Lancaster, Alex Byars, Tyler Jackins, Khalid Rumjahn

EBME #5: Cupped Lightning

  • Description: Automatic French press
  • Students: Matthew Wetzell, Gavin Au, James Buchanan, Evan Burleigh, Sophia Milani

EBME #6: MailSnap

  • Description: MailSnap wants to take the centuries old "snail mail" and launch it into the 21st century. The MailSnap product is a streamlined, self-contained package which can be discreetly placed at the back of the standard USPS mailbox. Once inside the mailbox, MailSnap will monitor the mailbox continuously and detect when the mailbox door has been opened and closed, keeping a log of all access. If mail has been added, the system will take a picture of the contents inside the mailbox and instantly send the photo to the user via email over their home Wi-Fi network.
  • Students: Zack Hadsell, Addison Bogardus, Renjith Moolakatt, Anita Savell, Andrew Patti

EBME #7: Pill Ready

  • Description: Smart pill dispenser
  • Students: Jake Devore, Xueliang Qin, Alvin Kwong, Habibur Haseeb, Jungmin Kim

EBME #8: PUSHsmart

  • Description: Smart IoT doorbell
  • Students:  Matthew Bodge, Brandon Gallian, Kimberly Flores, Shihab Khandaker, Sherat Zubair

EBME #9: Smart Embedded Power Systems: The Omni-Strip

  • Description: Bringing smart technology to the power strip market, the Omni-Strip is able to be controlled remotely via a smart phone application. By extension, the Omni-Strip brings enthusiast-level features (including voice control), power savings and peace of mind to users for all of their household devices.
  • Students: Aaron Stave, Scott McKenzie, Daniel Kaiser, Alex Huynh, Kenneth Jones

EBME  #10: Tahoe Green Technology B.L.U.R.

  • Description: Biggest Little Universal Rig
  • Students: Kevin Boles, Ric Fehr, Nicole Zieba, Colin Kirkhouse, Zane Grytdahl

EBME #11: Fish e-quatics

  • Description: Aquatic monitoring device for improved fish life
  • Students: Andrew Brown, Anthony Chavez, Andrew Demerjian, Gregory Holm, Dylan Harris

Mechanical Engineering

ME #1: Audio Motor Controller

  • Description: Audible alert system for electric motor vehicles
  • Students: Matt Catterson, Brian Tobey, Albert Yeesuntes, Jeremiah Cayanan, James Del Castillo

ME #2: D.D.C. Brakes

  • Description: The DDC design project is to develop a more efficient motorcycle disc brake rotor. The purpose of this design project is to design and develop a disc brake rotor that reduces the specific risks involved with braking during performance motorcycle racing and riding. Common problems involved with motorcycle brakes involve heat. This brake rotor will be meant to have a lower coefficient of conductive heat transfer between the brake rotor and the brake pad surface. The design process will deal mainly with material choice and the physical design of the brake rotor. Different materials have different thermodynamic properties; our goal will be to choose the best material that will result in optimal braking as well as the substance with the best heat transfer properties. The physical design of the rotor, i.e. the width, slots, drill holes, etc., on the rotor will contribute to the heat transfer properties as well as the performance of the brakes on the motorcycle. With the DDC brake rotor, there will be a new technology available for performance motorcycle riding.
  • Students: Sloan Plumbridge, Anthony Mazotti, Josh Felten, Reece Dassinger, Justin Stevens

ME #3: DayDrinker: A Solar-Thermal Heater For Microbrewery Systems

  • Description: DayDrinker, a clever name that also perfectly describes the project, collects heat using a solar-thermal panel developed by local company Sunvelope. After collection, the heat is used as an external heater within a heat exchanger for fluid that will be used for brewing. All the while, the full self-sustaining system consisting of a control system, temperature measurement capabilities and a solar power source monitors the system for safety concerns and user guidelines to ensure the resulting heated fluid meets needed temperature qualities of the consumer.
  • Students: Justin Major, Nathan Cole, Stephen Chew, Kenneth Allison, Pablo Cortez

ME #4: Letting the Power Go to Your Head

  • Description: Portable solar charging kit primarily used on helmets
  • Students: Kevin Gang, Joseph Smith, Jordan Decker, Maxwell Pullman, Honi Ahmadian-Tehrani

ME #5: Roll Splitter

  • Description: The machine built is a hydraulic press used to cut nylon from cardboard cores. The press has a blade attached to help cut the nylon.
  • Students: Patrick McPherson, Skylar Van Rensselaer, Tyler Fyock, Ricardo Sevilla, Brad Dill

ME #6: Solar-Thermoelectric Generator (STEG)

  • Description: Turning focused solar energy into power using Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) modules
  • Students:  Kevin Whitehouse, Mitch Warden, Teren Salinas, Zach Ballen, Andrew Sheets

ME #7: Turtle Tongue

  • Description: Adjustable trailer tongue to increase fuel efficiency while towing a trailer at high speeds
  • Students: Melissa Harris, Quinn Chapman, Kyle Pierce, Stephen Downs, Dwight Boyko

ME #8: B.R.E.W.C.O.O.L.

  • Description: Reclaiming carbon dioxide from the fermentation process
  • Students: Jacob Smith, Alton Ta, David Kyle Donnelly, Matthew Jew, Michael Wordelman

ME #9: Bottle Bath

  • Description: A quick counter top protein shake bottle cleaner
  • Students: Colin Wehrhan, Peter Hoffman, Arnaud Dervaul, Zach Chambers, Joe Dayton

ME #10: Camera Ops

  • Description: The Investigative Capstone Unit (IC[U]), is developing a digital camera mounting device called Camera Ops. This device serves to improve local security surveillance for the University of Nevada Reno's Police Department (UNR PD) by removing the need for a standard tripod when monitoring university events from a high vantage point. Camera Ops is designed to mount a large array of professional cameras in order to take photos or video through a window. The device will be easily detachable and portable so Camera Ops can be used in many different scenarios with ease. Camera Ops provides a 120 degree vertical rotation along with a full 360 degree horizontal rotation allowing the operator to point the camera both towards and away from the window. This mount will help improve surveillance procedures for UNR PD in order to ensure greater public safety during large university events.
  • Students: Sierra Gonzales, Natan Brauner, Britny Mors, Cristina Buick, Brynn Williams

ME #11: Codename: Pixelator

  • Description: Multi-surface CNC printing solution
  • Students: Andy Narvaez Nunez, Nicole Jaen, Karina Mariscal, Nathan Pinuelas, Arjun Manoj

ME #12: Edge Banding Spooling Machine

  • Description: Spools edge banding from a smaller spool onto a construction tube
  • Students: Kelli Heenan, Trevor Gordon, Jonathan Adams, Zac Monette, Andrew McCurdy

ME #13: Flight Path of a Sports Ball

  • Description: Table tennis ball launcher to demonstrate and teach the Magnus effect to children
  • Students: Nicholas Krantz, Kyle Gorsiski, Martin Cornejo Maldonado, Samuel Fouw, Johnathon Burgio

ME #14: Folding Drone Team

  • Description: A 3-D printed, foldable quadcopter able to fit into a rocket payload and be deployed in flight
  • Students: Matthew Coleman, Micah Vallin, Chris Jackson, Marshall Miller, Jon Kane

ME #15: Jack in a Box

  • Description: A portable, modular car jack powered by a CO2 canister
  • Students: Raul Leon, Jon Thomason, Elmer Gonzalez, Andrew Montes, Steven Inman

ME #16: MEGA Hammer

  • Description: Geothermal pump rebuild tool
  • Students: Ian Diem, Cory Pang, Martin Iroz, Katharine Griffiths, Travis Godon

ME #17: Not So Wild Waters

  • Description: Develop and design a working water tunnel for aerodynamic and fluid dynamic studies and demonstrations that can be transported between classrooms and labs
  • Students: Connor Cox, Adam Garcia, Mauricio Rodarte, Sam Ankomah, Humberto Guzman-Martinez III

ME #18: OIC Suture Anchor System

  • Description: Reducing the costs associated with rotator cuff surgery
  • Students: Petr Colwell, Cooper Richardson, Brock Crawford, Anthony Ducummon

ME #19: Project M-Walk

  • Description: Project M-Walk is designed to assist the elderly by helping prevent fall-related injuries. It consists of an attachable mechanical locking mechanism on the walker's feet that interacts with docking stations on the floor. When docked, the walker serves as a portable grab bar, providing a static object that helps users in various locations in their homes.
  • Students: Jan Lao, James Kwon, Emily Scholtes-Prue, Christopher Prior, Jia Li

ME #20: Robot 3D Motion Capture Integration

  • Description: Build a detachable guard that can clip onto a robot. This will provide protection to the robot from possible incidents while graduate students are testing their coding.
  • Students: Jaspal Singh, Christopher Andersen, William Ross, Tyler Corah, Citlali Hernandez Vite

ME #21: SaveMyAxe

  • Description: Our team is redesigning the ice axe to improve on its functionality. The team's goal is to have the new design self-arrest a mountaineer faster and in a shorter distance.
  • Students: Tony J., Richard Long, Peter Ho, Cruz Kerver, Gino Grelli

ME #22: Self-Directing Ratchet

  • Description: Ratchet with a button mechanism that eliminates the problems a switch mechanism poses.
  • Students: Kristen Shutt, Tanya Flint, Cameron Gish, Quaid Ricks, Tyler Burger

ME #23: Ski Sidewall Flame Treatment Device

  • Description: Heat treats UHMWPe material for ski manufacturing
  • Students: Logan Jones, Martin Cortez, Bryant Clouse, Corbett Fleming, Keegan Keller

ME #24: The Couginator

  • Description: The Couginator is a device known as a scratch tester. It has the ability to determine the coefficient of friction between surfaces, which is important in the field of tribology and design wear. This product is unique due to its low price and high accuracy.
  • Students: Benjamin Lillig, Jeff Liang, Riley Roberts, Mitchell Schildge, Arlis Meyer

ME #25: Thermally Conductive Screening Plates

  • Description: Life science research companies and scientists are struggling to find an effective means of heating and cooling liquids. This is essential to chemical sciences because temperature directly affects the rate of reactions, and varying heats in an experiment can lead to error. The project aims at moving away from traditional polypropylene insulation methods to newer and more efficient methods of maintaining consistent temperatures in screening plates via polymers. Improvement using different geometries has not been effective enough, which led to Click Bio's idea of combining thermally conductive materials and improved geometries. A thermally conductive material has the potential to produce predictable temperatures for a reaction or any liquid being stored. A more consistent and effective screening plate will allow scientists to be more accurate in their work and experience less equipment errors.
  • Students: Lexey Sbriglia, Blair Hudson, Ryan Takayama, Cameron McGifford, Jake Avendano

ME #26: Tru Putt

  • Description: A device designed to improve the consistency of the putting stroke for all golfers, from beginners to experts
  • Students: Kevin Bezick, Michael Petree, Joe Saarem, Andy Oroz, Zac Somers

ME #27: One-Handed Athletic Wheelchair

  • Description: One-handed athletic wheelchair for wheelchair rugby
  • Students: Juan Ortega, Daniel Maykel, Roberto Jimenez Rojas, Casey Omaye, Robert Roque

ME #28: Drone Docking Station

  • Description: As unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology matures and the practicality of its application in commercial and industrial markets grows, the need for effective infrastructure to support these craft in an efficient manner becomes apparent. This necessity inspired the Engineering International team to work toward developing a system thatwould work within, and indeed be part of, such infrastructure. Currently one of the main limiting factors for UAVs is the relatively limited battery life, and by extension, the limited range of these craft. To resolve this, Engineering International has conceived of a station which would allow a compatible UAV to land and exchange its battery, effectively refueling the aircraft in route to a goal. This design will operate autonomously while requiring very little calibration or technician work, as well as incorporating a modular build, so that components can be easily replaced. It is the vision of Engineering International that such battery stations would act as outposts for a centralized hub. These stations would provide an economical and small-footprint method of drastically increasing the effective range of UAV operations for large-scale applications.
  • Students: John Hladky, Shane Lawson, Teresa Baerens, Seun Animashaun, Wadih Zaklit

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