INNOVATION DAY 2022 | electrical engineering

Capstone instructor

Sesh Commuri
Sesh Commuri

The 2022 Senior Capstone course in electrical engineering was taught by Sesh Commuri. To learn more about the electrical engineering projects, please email Sesh Commuri.

About the department

From electromagnetics to biosensors to smart grids, we're on the cutting-edge of electrical and biomedical engineering research and training our students to be successful leaders in the field. Visit the Department of Electrical & Biomedical Engineering

Explore the projects

  • EE-01 (Microreactor)

    Team: Abigail Peterson, Anupama Chakraborty, Luis Hernandez, Jerry Sanchez

    Our team has intended to facilitate the use of and operation of a microreactor. The microreactor's main purpose is to safely and predictably mix two reactants through a mixing plate within the microreactor that results in an exothermic reaction, producing a product. This involves controlling the temperature and amount of reactants flowing through the mixing plates. The water pumped through the microreactor is effective at reducing the microreactor’s temperatures, however, ideal environments call for the temperature of the reaction to be at about 10C. Previous methods involved manually setting the pump speed at a relatively low rpm value to prevent the temperatures from achieving moderate temperature levels. This method was inefficient, as a staff member would have to routinely check the temperature of the product and adjust the peristaltic pumps' speed accordingly. This resulted in varying quality of the product, a slower process to ensure safety and a company employee constantly needing to monitor the mixing process. HASC Engineering’s solution is to adjust the flow of reactants flowing into the microreactor and through the mixing plates via peristaltic pumps in order to maintain temperatures at the desired value. 

    EE -01 Lighting Talk

  • EE-02 (inDEX)

    Team: Kobi Draper, Andrew Bechdolt, Thanh Burgess, Joseph Dailey, Susu Pelger

    Our flagship product is the inDEX: a wearable gesture input controller that can be seamlessly integrated with computers, tablets and smartphones. The device will implement hand-tracking technology without the need for cameras or expensive VR products. With the ability to connect to any device with Bluetooth capability and map inputs to gesture controls, the inDEX will stimulate interest in the wearable technology market and push the boundaries of VR hand tracking.

    EE-02 Lighting Talk

  • EE-03 (BARCCS)

    Team: Lorenzo Arvisu, Joshua Alvarado, Branden Geary, Cameron Young

    Bluetooth Activated Real-Time Contact Communication System (BARCCS) aims to make socializing easier and safer for dog owners, the number of which has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When taking their dogs on walks, users that pass or interact can view each other’s dog profiles through the BARCCS app in real-time. These profiles are tiered, giving users the flexibility to use BARCCS for their dogs, for dating or for meeting others with similar interests. Only the information tiers that users have in common are shared between them, giving users control over their privacy and facilitating introductions.

    Real-Time Tiered Information Sharing (RTIS) Systems is based in Reno, Nevada, and enables new ways for everyone to express themselves and their creativity to others in real-time. The development team members Lorenzo Arvisu, Joshua Alvarado, Branden Geary and Cameron Young are committed to developing real-time communication systems that promote personal interaction in all forms while also keeping flexibility and privacy in mind.

    EE-03 Lighting Talk

  • EE-04 (Six Sense Blind Spot)

    Team: William Strotz, Matthew Rocha, Evan Wiseman, Taylor Miller 

    Sixth Sense is a helmet design that is intended to detect objects, vehicles and other threats that may be in the blind spot of motorcycle riders. This system will alert the rider with vibration sensation, with intensity varying on the rider's preference. The menu gives the rider the option to choose how close a vehicle can come before notification and also the intensity of the vibration. There are lidar sensors in the back of the helmet that detect the distance between objects, and alert the rider based on the severity of the threat. The sensors are placed in specific spots on the helmet, which target the blind spots of the riders. Our design exceeds other similar products because it is a non-invasive option for motorcycles and is easily installed on the helmet.

    Motorcyclists have a limited market for safety equipment, constrained mostly to basic protective equipment with some higher tech, but costly, niche options like rider-worn airbags. The goal of Sixth Sense is to focus on creating safer driving conditions for motorcycles. Our device will combat the problem of blind spot unawareness without compromising the style of the rider.

    EE-04 Lighting Talk

  • EE-05 (StandSmart Insoles)

    Team: Kylee Crise, Lexie Johnson, Andrew Johnston, Paolo Nipay

    The StandSmart Insoles will help people learn and correct how they stand in order to properly distribute weight and have better posture. With the use of strategically placed force sensors and a gyroscope/accelerometer sensor, this product will be able to detect if a person is distributing their weight properly and if they have a normal foot position. This product will allow people to assess their own posture without going to a doctor.

    EE-05 Lighting Talk

  • EE-06 (Pulse 02)

    Team: Marshall Farris, Raul Lopez-Camarena, Chaeden Luebberke, Andrew Harris

    The Pulse Operated Oxygen Delivery System for High Altitude Adventures will solve the problem of hypoxia, a problem for high flyers, which is a growing sport today. It will be an affordable and compact option for those in the sport or anyone who needs oxygen.

    EE-06 Lighting Talk

  • EE-07 (Chessato)

    Team: Nicolas Jones, William Crampton, Bryce Arcell, Michael Kelley

    Chessato is a collaborative effort between two Capstone groups to make a fully autonomous chess board. It is able to move pieces on its own without human aid. We built this project so that people can play chess online but still move the pieces on a board. 

    EE-07 Lighting Talk

  • EE-08 (Amped Up)

    Team: Dylan Cox, Hamzah Almajed, Joshua Burns, Jose Alexandro Cano Perez

    The goal of the project is to contribute to the fitness industry by introducing a tracking device that provides a new metric to measure the user’s performance, power generation. Current methods of measuring fitness provide a fleeting level of satisfaction after a workout and are unsustainable when users want a way to stay motivated to their goals. The Amped Up fitness tracker changes the way performance is evaluated by converting the mechanical power of the biker into stored electrical power. In this way, instead of measuring what was spent during a workout, such as steps, calories or miles, the user is motivated by the stored energy that they themselves created. With a companion app, the metrics of total power generated, individual workout performance and personalized goals are logged and plotted for reference. All necessary equipment can be easily retrofitted onto personal bikes and the app is incorporated onto existing smartphones.

    EE-08 Lightning Talk

  • EE-09 (Leg Massager)

    Team: Chester Kazmierski, Frankie Lai, Jose Mercado, Yuquing Liu

    Our project is a portable leg massager that has different mode functions that read the pressure and frequency of the actuator to change based on mode function. 

    EE-09 Lighting Talk

  • EE-10 (Rehab Mechanics)

    Team: Tristan Hegseth, Devin Mincavage, Lorenzo Biondo, Zach McCoy

    To bridge the gap between doctor and patient, a visualization tool which relates muscle contraction to joint motion has been created. This device consists of a wearable device which targets a muscle group that requires strength or repetitive motion training and a corresponding GUI program. This device seeks to increase trust between a doctor and their patient by allowing visual feedback as to the effectiveness of an exercise and tracking of progress. 

    EE-10 Lighting Talk

  • EE -11 (360Pak)

    Team: Joseph Lujan Araujo, Francis Abbey, Spencer Burke, Victor Reynosa

    360Pak is a system that can be integrated into any normal-sized backpack and can provide a 360 field-of-view via use of ultrasonic sensors located in the back of the backpack. This can be used to alert the user of people or objects approaching them from a range of 20 feet or less and send the alert notification to their phone.

    EE-11 lightning talk

  • EE-12 (SmartCane)

    Team: Ryland Rumer, Abdullah Baaqil, Khalid Bafaqih, Walker Resney, Joel Castillo

    Our project, SafetyCane, is a tool that visually impaired users can utilize to notify them if an obstacle is ahead. With the use of a microcontroller, vibration motors and distance sensors, SafetyCane will let the user know if an object will be in the way. 

    EE-12 Lighting Talk

  • EE-13 (Cookbook Companion)

    Team: Tyler Kellar, Michael Martin, Andrew Cunningham, Christopher Frogget

    Cookbook Companion helps catalog all the ingredients within your home in order to easier manage the ingredient inventory, including tracking when ingredients will spoil. Cookbook Companion will help people use ingredients they already own as well as plan future meals. We do this by taking an inventory of food through a scanner, scale or manual input into our raspberry pi. With an inventory, our system will tell the user what recipes they can or should use to best utilize the food already owned. Our end goal is to help consumers save money, encourage a healthy eating lifestyle and reduce food waste. 

    EE-13 lightning talk

  • EE-14 (De-Icer)

    Team: Patrick Tan, Enoch Revis Butler, Aaron Duigan, Shan Zedrick

    An automated slow plow made for residential use. Homeowners will be able to relax inside their cozy homes while the Dé-Icer clear their driveway, saving time and back pain.

    EE-14 lightning talk

  • EE-15 (Automated Bike Lock)

    Team: Caleb Gail, Robert Mushet, Al-Francis DeVera

    Our project is an automated bike lock that provides a secure alternative to portable locks. This product will help reduce the likelihood of a bicycle being stolen.

    EE-15 lightning talk

  • EE-20 (Wearable Sock Sensor for SpO2 and Preliminary Detection of Sleep Apnea)

    Team: Antonio DiMambro, Evan Ebesu, Eric Chio, Travis Stewart

    Sleep apnea affects approximately 15-30% of men and 10-15% of women in the U.S., with the vast majority of this population suffering without a diagnosis or knowledge of why they are so fatigued. In the U.S. alone, sleep apnea had an estimated economic impact of approximately $150 billion dollars due to lost productivity, automobile accidents and personal accidents and injury. We propose the SE-1: a wearable sock that senses SpO2 and other metrics during sleep in order to analyze the data and provide a preliminary diagnosis to act as a springboard for clinical care. With the vast majority of those suffering from sleep apnea going undiagnosed, our product will provide a convenient and comfortable means of at-home testing to directly aid the patient and their health care provider in speeding up treatment. 

    EE-20 lightning talk

  • EE-28 (MTLB)

    Team: Zimuzo Agu, Justin Carlson, Jake Mayer, Nicholas Ward

    Our project is a Bot that trades cryptocurrency and stocks.

    EE-28 lightning talk

  • EE-32 (Visn)

    Team: Ryan Keeler, Daniel Hayden, Mingyuan Ge

    Our project is a contractor network application.

    EE-32 lightning talk