2020 Senior Design Showcase

Senior Design is the culmination of an engineering or computing education. This is where students put into practice all of their design engineering skills to develop a prototype solution to address an identified need. Traditionally, we celebrate this work at Engineering Open House. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the physical event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, teams completed their projects remotely and demonstrated their results virtually. The top-3 projects from each department have been identified, and are highlighted here. All team members received recognition and a shared monetary award.




Aerospace Engineering

3D computer generated image of The Northern Screamer.

First Place award for a low-wing configuration aircraft that emphasizes a low-drag, highly maneuverable design. By Shane Grode, Jordan Kerr, Jacob Kimble, Jackson Lechner, and Trenton Sample.

3D computer generated image of El Agave.

Second Place award for a plane that completes three flying missions and a ground mission that test speed, endurance, towing capabilities, and accessibility to the payload bay. By Claudia Rojo Cazorla, Manny Phihountas, Gio Bilda Coelho, and Mason Buckmaster.

3D computer generated image of Bomber Barrons.

Third Place award for a storable semi-autonomous emergency supply aircraft design. By Dahrah Jones, Md Nur A Alam, Vivian Lim, Crystal Pywell, and Xinkai Yip.


Biomedical Engineering 

3D computer generated image simulating the exoskeleton concept.

First Place award for a wearable exoskeleton to support lifting and reduce back inury. By Cole Daharsh, Grant Downes, Subash Bhandari, Nathan Schmidt, Miguel Contreras, and Tabatha Polk.

Illustration of the patient transfer device.

Second place award for a device to assist hospital workers in patient bed transfers without causing worker lower back injury. By Sandra Dang, Elizabeth Nguyen, Katie Cumpston, Brandon Eckerman, Leah Fisher, and Abdul Aleid. 

Photo of the TBICS device.

Third Place award for a traumatic brain injury concussion sensor (TBICS) to be used in protective helmets. By Austin Bollinger, Allen Seang, Alejandro Palacios, Diamond Brunt and Monroe Chrisco.


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Photo of a computer screen showing lines of code and commands.

First Place award for an autonomous vehicle that utilizes a robot operating system to field test humanitarian missions, anti-terrorism and  force protection measures. By Malachi Lingg, Jimmy Vu, Chris Shellman and Joseph Chan. 

3D computer generated image of cockpit training.

Second Place award for a cockpit training program done in virtual reality with applications for  learning engine maintenance or controls for other machinery. By Samuel Gartner, Tan Le, Alec Trent, and John Westbrook.

Photograph of the Proxy Pal.

Third Place award for the Proxy Pal, a wifi extender utilizing an obstacle-avoiding vehicle and a wifi repeater card. By Jak Hale, Aidan Jude, Zubair Khan, Steven Ngo and Danny Nguyen.



Engineering Technology

Pain Tracker logo.

First Place award for a data analysis app that tracks chronic plan and triggers to help users manage symptoms. By Sierra Bonn, Jun Choo, and Colton Hall. 

Heatfficient logo.

Second Place award for a strategy to reduce the energy consumption of the paint drying process in product manufacturing. By Connor Jones, Kendra Henry, and Austin Nordyke. 

3D computer generated image of the robotic arm in question.

Third Place award for a robotic arm to automate a drilling process, reducing labor and human error. By Nickolas Romig and Jonathan Sesok.

Industrial, Systems and Manufacturing Engineering 

Photo from Carbon Footprint Reduction presentation.

First Place award for a method of estimating the carbon footprint of a serving of food based on readily available information, suitable for expansion to the entirety of the Chartwells, WSU's catering contractor. By Rylan Carney, Joshua Schrantz, Athira Suresh Pillay, and Jonathan Wu.

Screenshot of Aerospace Chemical Lines presentation cover page.

Second Place award for a an operations research model to determine best fit for new facility location, considering comparable salaries, land costs, state incentives, and distance to suppliers and customers. By Sydney Jaeger, Zakery Keith, Paul Mosqueda, and Badah Alajmi. 

Screenshot from warehouse efficiency presentation.

Third Place award for providing recommendations for improvements to increase warehouse efficiency and decrease associated labor costs. By Adrian Chiam, Alanna Do, Thanushika Karunaratne, and Maxwell Lemieux. 


Mechanical Engineering

a photograph and a 3D computer generated image of Project See.

First Place award for a mounting system on a wheelchair that would accommodate the sensors, computer, and power source for a visually impaired patient. By Jacob Keese, Colton Brennan, Sam Berends, and Zhe Chao Woon.

3D computer generated image of Adaptable Thermal Shroud.

Second Place award for a specialized thermal shield to prevent unwanted thermal drafts that can obscure results, minimize escaped flash intensity, and adapt to geometries that come in various sizes and shapes. By Dylan Funk David Misener Robert Himelrick, and Emily Zuelke.

Photograph and 3D computer generated image of Pump Nozzle Retention device.

Third place for a retention device for holding a gas nozzle to better protect it from the elements. By Abel Barraza, Arnold Maghema, Erik Maldonado, and Justin Osborne.