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