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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineers design high-performance systems: typically aircraft; spacecraft; satellites; and missiles. They learn the fundamentals of aerodynamics, flight mechanics, structures, and propulsion. Graduates work in analysis/design and research and development at local aircraft companies, industries around the nation/world, and with other organizations (e.g., NASA).

Undergraduate

Aerodynamic Performance Degradation of a Swept Wing with Step Ice Shapes

MEMBERS: Giovana Bilda Coelho, Mason Buckmaster, Joseph Mcgillian, Matthew Rinkenbaugh, Claudia Rojo Cazorla
ADVISOR: Dr. Brandon Buerge
We performed fundamental studies on icing to develop numerical models that will ultimately lead to the design
of safer aircrafts operating in the icing environments. Specifically, we analyzed the aerodynamic performance degradation of a swept wing with simulated ice formations.

"Budget Bomber" Technologies and Applications

MEMBERS: Mason Bivens, Joseph Moses, Nathan Price, Adam Rea, Alex Wilburn
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
This project discusses our development and optimization of a flying wing UAV, the Budget Bomber, as well as potential commercial applications. It is designed for high maneuverability, heavy payloads, and rapid efficient delivery. The aircraft prototype is optimized for the 2019 Bronze Propeller Competition, which is an autonomous aerial firefighting mission. The aircraft uses two of our pioneered technologies that economically increase the airframe performance - vacuum forming basswood airfoil skins and honeycomb foam cores. Our aircraft is readily modified for surveillance, delivery, and inspection applications. Technologies developed for this aircraft, as well as the aircraft itself have potential commercial applications.

Aqua-Carry-Us Firefighting Mission

MEMBERS: Matthew Baker, Wallis Mead, Thao Nguyen, Irfan Shah
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
This project gives us the opportunity to step through the entire design, build, test and demonstration process of an aircraft, at a smaller scale. Our competition mission is to semi-autonomously deliver a payload in minimal time over a given distance. Our design and use of an elastic launcher to assist take off allowed us to design a lighter aircraft and take off in any terrain. We approached the design using an iterative process to create a vehicle that will complete our mission successfully. We modeled our aircraft parts using CAD software based on our engineering calculations from areas such as aerodynamics, structures, propulsion and stability and control analysis. We then built a wind tunnel model and tested to validate our engineering design values. Our mission performance aims to be completed in less than 75 seconds, while carrying 0.7 pounds or more of water.

Design Build Fly - The Furious Phoenix

MEMBERS: Guillermo Caro-Sanchez, John Franken, Israel Hernandez, Hunter Hilliker, Vyvian Koh, Kyle Pijarowski, Andrew Sperle
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
The 2018-2019 AIAA Design/Build/Fly Competition challenged competitors to develop a multi-role aircraft capable of supporting aircraft operations including reconnaissance and payload deployment. To simulate an aircraft carrier environment, additional constraints placed on the aircraft included a maximum takeoff distance of ten-feet and the capability of wing folding into a stowed configuration and unfolding remotely into flight configuration. Careful analysis of mission segment scoring was performed alongside trade studies involving the limiting factors of the extendable wings and short takeoff distance. The results were used to identify suitable compromises to key aircraft aspects such as weight, sizing, and power required. As the aircraft progressed through the design phases, further analysis and optimization was performed to improve the overall design and performance of Wichita State's entry: The Furious Phoenix.

Drag Cleanup of Roof-Mounted Bicycle to Determine Optimal Transport Configuration

MEMBERS: Chimuka Cheepa, John Franken, Kayle Schapmann, Lucas Webb
ADVISOR: Dr. Brandon Buerge
The goal of this research is determining what configuration changes can be made to minimize drag acting on a bicycle mounted to the roof of a car. The bicycle will be tested in the Walter Beech 7x10 Wind Tunnel mounted using a typical commercial bicycle roof mount. Each test will change the configuration (I.e. removing components, sealing gaps, etc.). While there is a great deal of previous bicycle research, there is limited testing done at higher velocities.

Aerodynamic Effects Frost Has on a Swept Wing Aircraft

MEMBERS: Ethan Betzen, Nick Livingston, Jun Wei Ng, Bik Sheng Sia
ADVISOR: Dr. Brandon Buerge
The effects of frost on a swept wing were examined to determine the impact frost had on aerodynamic performance of the wing. Sandpaper was used to simulate two different types of frost accumulation. Brief encounter frost, which is caused by flying through a cloud for one to three minutes, and ground-formed frost, which is formed when an airplane sits on the ground as frost falls on the wing and freezes. The main focus of the test was to determine the effects on the wing’s lift coefficient, drag coefficient, and pitching moment.

Designing an Autonomous Firefighting Aircraft

MEMBERS: Ruth Darsey, Christopher Kahn, Alia Qasem, Dakota Reed
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
A plane was designed with the need to autonomously deliver a payload of fire retardant, while having enough endurance to make five laps around a course on limited power. The plane is also required to land safely and without damage. The need to carry and drop a payload dominated the design decisions with a large payload bay being needed to maximize potential water deployment. Through a rigorous conceptual process, a design was developed to maximize speed while ensuring that the amount of payload carried was optimal .The design also included a low-wing configuration to maximize landing surface to further decrease mission time and dihedral tipped wings to minimize the chance of damage. In addition, an OpenVSP model was used to analyze the stability characteristics which were confirmed using a developed and built wind tunnel model. A full scale model was then made and tested both on the ground and in the air to fully verify the results and to confirm the mission capability of the aircraft.

Engineered to Save

MEMBERS: Ali Alinasir, Reuben Bachia, Check Binate, Joshua Kratt, Dustin Dye
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
The Shocker Falcons is a of team five future Aerospace Engineers from Wichita State University, with a vision and a mission to build a fast air tanker with a relatively larger carrying capacity. In the recent past, the number of wildfires have increased resulting in a greater loss of lives and infrastructure damage. This has called for a timely and more efficient firefighting tool. Airborne firefighting has proved to be one of the most effective approaches, and thus the team took this challenge and designed the G -Falcon Air Tanker. With the goal of maximizing payload and minimize mission time, the team considered different aircraft configurations that would best fit the mission. After rigorous scoring analysis, the aircraft configuration (a high wing airplane with a conventional tail) and an airfoil (NACA 4415) were selected. The team then sized the plane based off the team’s wing loading and thrust to weight ratio and selected an appropriate motor and propeller combination. During the preliminary design stage, the team carried out: Aerodynamic, Propulsion, Structural, Stability and Control analysis to ensure the aircraft was sound to fly and met all the mission requirements and constraints. During the Detail design stage, the aircraft was built and taken through rigorous test. The aircraft was then entered and flown for the first time in the 2018 and 2019 Bronze Propeller Competition, in which the mission is: Fly a total of five laps (4571.0 ft.) and release the payload autonomously any time after the second lap. Competition results are coming soon!

Aerodynamic Effect of Micro Vortex Generator Height at Low Reynolds Number

MEMBERS: Yee Min Choo, Jongwon Lee, Chun Yu Lim, Zhao Heng Tan
ADVISOR: Dr. Brandon Buerge
The main objective of this project is to investigate the effect of micro vortex generator height at low Reynolds number on the aerodynamic performance of NACA 4415 airfoil. The wind tunnel test is carried out at Reynolds number of 400000 with the application of vortex generators in three different heights, starting from 60%, 80% and 100% of the turbulent boundary layer thickness, placed at 20% of the chord length. Additional conventional 300% vortex generators is also tested for comparison purposes. Changes in performance will be observed in terms of lift and drag. Increase in both lift and drag is expected, but due to the increased L/D ratio, the overall performance of the airfoil will be improved.

Pegasus - A Semi-Autonomous Firefighting UAV

MEMBERS: Chimuka Cheepa, Virajitha Ethige, Samadini Weerasekara, Rameesha Wijerathne
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
The widespread occurrence of wildfires has increased the necessity for quick and efficient firefighting techniques. Pegasus is designed by Team Fifth Aero Squadron to participate in the 2019 Bronze Propeller competition. Our conventional aircraft is hand launched and flies a total of 5 laps within a 400 ft. x 100 ft. area while releasing the payload after the 2nd lap. The fire retardant (water) installed in a balloon in the aircraft payload compartment will be released to the ground using an autonomous micro controller- servo mechanism. Release mechanism used in Pegasus itself is extremely simple, using only FOUR main parts; a micro controller, a balloon, needle and a servo which reduces the complexity. We designed our aircraft with a goal of carrying as much fire retardant as possible without adding significant structural weight nor sacrificing the plane’s speed.

Aerodynamic Impact of Hail-Damage Prevention Leading Edge Devices

MEMBERS: Jordan Kerr, Jacob Kimble, Jackson Lechner, Trenton Sample, Brittany Wojciechowski
ADVISOR: Dr. Brandon Buerge
This project was done with the intention of assessing the aerodynamic impact of leading edge devices designed
to mitigate hail-damage. We hypothesize that the device will increase the lift by approximately 70% and the drag is hypothesized to increase by approximately 90%. An angle of attack sweep will be done over a dynamic pressure sweep in order to completely characterize the effect the device has on a NACA 2412 airfoil over a range of Reynolds Numbers. All tests will be done on a 2 Dimensional wing with a 10% chord trip. The results of the project are expected to show an increase in lift and drag over all Reynolds Numbers.

Designing, Building, and Testing an RC Fire-Fighting Aircraft

MEMBERS: Yau Chan, Austin Hunt, Joshua Lynn, Jack Watson
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
Our introduction to aircraft design began with the selection of the Bronze Propeller Competition in which teams design, build, and test an RC aircraft for a fire-fighting mission. Our purpose is to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of aerospace design principles to build the aircraft. Designing the aircraft began with the conceptual design phase, wherein our team identified critical requirements and constraints of the mission, and selected an aircraft concept. The team decided key, unique features of the aircraft, including a keel-beam structure in the fuselage and a variable-size payload bay. Entering the preliminary design phase, the team refined critical features of the aircraft, including the fuselage geometry, motor selection, and wing structure. In the detailed design phase, each of the aircraft’s individual components were given their shape, designed to aid in ease of fabrication while also considering the potential for unexpected loads. Weight and cost estimates were refined, and parts and materials lists were created. After fabrication, several tests were conducted to validate engineering estimates made in earlier stages of design. These tests included scale model wind tunnel testing, ground testing, and structural tests. Once the tests were completed, the airworthiness confirmed, our team was prepared to compete.

Cessna 182 Canard Modification Stability and Stall Characteristics

MEMBERS: Daniel Bohnenkamper, Matt Decker, Darin Parker, Logan Schraeder
ADVISOR: Dr. Brandon Buerge
An investigation to determine the effectiveness of commercial modifications for Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft. Many companies create STOL kits for planes and state claims that it will improve performance. This report focuses on a modification made by Peterson Performance Plus (PPP) that introduces a canard onto the standard Cessna 182 frame. The claims made by PPP will be evaluated and compared to works with similar design and testing.

Wichita State Rocket Club (WSRC)

MEMBERS: Jeremiah Amaya, Shawn Apalenek, Sam Atchity, Colin Beal, Dylan Bergerhofer, Daniel Bohnenkamper, Julian Chee, Ruth Darsey, Shireen Fikree, Ryan Giesen, Caleb Gimar, Shritha Jagadheeswaran, Joe McGillian, John Muhl, Samuel Mzee, Siddharth Pathak, Paul Reno, Scott Thompson, Colton Wagner, Dillon Whitmarsh, Wen Xuan Wong, Kayla Wyrick
ADVISOR: Dr. Atri Dutta
The Height-Optimized Payload Ejector (HOPE) has achieved Fourth Place at the 2019 Argonia Cup Rocket Competition. The project was worked on by a total of 22 WSRC student members, split into 5 sub-teams and one project advisor. The mission of the competition was to launch a payload to an altitude of 8,000 ft. and then return it to a designated location. The rocket and payload were recovered successfully. Engineering design, analysis and testing was conducted by a diverse team of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, culminating in a triumphant performance at the Argonia Cup Competition.

Project Asterales

MEMBERS: Jonathan Bowerman, Bryan Cline, Skylar Dean, Michael Foster
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
The 2019 Wichita State Launch team was selected to compete in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative competitive, research-based challenge designed to simulate interplanetary missions. The team’s 37.5 lbs., 10 ft. 4 in. rocket is a recoverable, reusable vehicle capable of targeting a goal altitude of 4,300 feet above ground level using an active drag system. Upon successful recovery, the payload orientation and deployment system autonomously deploys an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV is a quadcopter in a stretch configuration and is remotely piloted to deliver a Simulated Navigational Beacon to a designated landing location. The team has presented three major design reviews to a NASA review panel, created a subscale launch vehicle, completed seven launches, and reached more than 260 3rd through 12th grade students via educational outreach events. The competition launch was held on 7 April 2019 in Huntsville, Alabama in conjunction with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. This launch was successful with the entire mission profile being demonstrated and all systems functioning as designed.

The G.A.B.A.J.

MEMBERS: Alex Lankford, Garrett Smith, Austin Tedder, Jacob White, Bailey Zulkoski
ADVISOR: Dr. L. Scott Miller
The GABAJ, whose title is an acronym of our team’s first names, is a small firefighting aircraft designed and constructed by our team for the 2019 Bronze Propeller competition. Throughout the design process our team was focused on producing the fastest plane while still maintaining the ability to carry a significant payload and receive a high score. The team approached the design process with the idea of Simple is Good. The GABAJ features a high wing of NACA4412 airfoil design, flat plates in a conventional tail configuration, .75 pound payload capacity, and an autonomous payload release system. The internal components of The GABAJ are positioned so that the plane remains stable before and after the release of the payload, a decision which was guided by the desire to simplify the flight profile for a predictable result.

Starlight Express - A Semi-Autonomous Aerial Firefighting Aircraft

MEMBERS: Luis Arellano, Ismael Marcenari, Mark Slivka, Kazuki Wakamatsu
ADVISORS: Dr. L. Scott Miller
Starlight Express is a no-compromise aircraft, designed for a semi-autonomous fire retardant delivery in the shortest amount of time. Our team's purpose was aimed to design and construct the most efficient, mission-fitting and at the same time most versatile aircraft within the scope of "The Bronze Propeller" competition, sponsored by Boeing. Our design features a microcomputer with a 10-DOF IMU to autonomously control mission process, under 4 ft. wing-span, and, loaded with water, weighs under 2 lbs., allowing for speed-focused payload drop or a weight-focused delivery. This approach shows the most optimized configuration for aircraft dimensions, structural integrity, and speed parameters - carefully picked to be the best-suited aircraft for this year's mission requirements.

Performance Analysis on a Wing with Flow Straighteners in its Wingtip Vortices

MEMBERS: Rayan Hajjali, Brian Joyce, Dale Palmitier, Benjamin Vanbersel
ADVISORS: Dr. Brandon Buerge
Wingtip vortices generated by aircraft are a large source of induced drag and create unsafe flying environments in the wake of the aircraft. Therefore, using flow straighteners, reducing either, or both, the induced drag and dangerous airflow downstream the wing has large benefits to aviation. We hypothesize that placing flow straighteners in the flow of a wing’s vortices could reduce its induced drag and create a safer downstream environment. Testing will require measuring the drag on a model wing before and after flow straightener installation, and also using flow visualization methods to qualitatively determine the effect the flow straighteners have on the downstream airflow. We expect there to be a reduction in the induced drag and a resulting downstream airflow environment that does not contain lasting vorticity produced by the wingtips.

Drag Characterization of an Intermodal Container Train Cart Along Various Positions of a Freight Train

MEMBERS: Deepansh Arora, Robert Mabrey, Ruben Reyes, Tenzin Sherpa
ADVISORS: Dr. Brandon Buerge
Freight trains are a great choice to transport large quantities of good over long distances. As a first step in reducing transportation costs, a drag analysis will be conducted to pinpoint areas of aerodynamic issues. Due to drafting effects, it is hypothesized that after a certain number of intermodal carts, the change in aerodynamic drag of the carts decreases the further the cart is from the leading train. This change approaches a small value that could be considered negligible for certain applications. To investigate this phenomenon, a 1/56 scale model locomotive and container/cart assembly will be placed in the Wichita State University 3x4 Wind Tunnel in which a movable metric cart assembly will measure drag forces experienced in that region. It is expected that this change in drag will become small by the fourth and fifth cart in the train. With this data, additional experiments on drag reduction could be conducted by focusing on areas with the highest amount of drag.

Optimizing the Ratio Between Shark Skin Denticle Height and Boundary Layer Thickness to Reduce Skin Friction Drag

MEMBERS: Jimmy Herrera, Mahmud Khan, Meghana Ravi, Surrendiran Thiagaraja Pillai, Brianna Wallace
ADVISORS: Dr. Brandon Buerge
Humans have always looked towards Mother Nature for inspiration. Sharks have existed for 450 million years, surviving multiple mass extinctions; because the species has existed for so long, they have had ample opportunity to evolve and improve. Fast swimming sharks have very low skin friction drag, due to the geometry of their scales (called denticles). Adding denticles of similar geometry to aircraft wings is currently being researched as a method for reducing skin friction drag; this method has been proven effective, but there are many places where the research on shark skin denticles should be expanded. Our group is working to optimize the ratio of the height of the denticle geometry to the height of the boundary layer that surrounds the wing shape. The addition of denticles have been proven to decrease drag, so by observing the reduction in overall drag for the wing, we should be able to see the optimum ratio of denticle height to boundary layer height. We expect that when the denticle height is smaller than the height of the boundary layer, the denticles will reduce drag; when the denticle height rises above the boundary layer height, the denticles will increase drag dramatically. Finding the optimum ratio between denticle height and boundary layer thickness will be a significant addition to the current body of research on shark skin technology.

FSAE Rear Wing Design

MEMBERS: Dakota Harms, Brendan Lajza, Tanat Maichan, Sungjun Park
ADVISORS: Dr. Brandon Buerge
The objective of this project is to provide an initial design and testing of a rear wing for Shocker Racing’s Formula SAE (FSAE) race car. The current FSAE car does not have any aero other than an undertray/diffuser. Thus, we are providing a blank-slate design, along with wind tunnel data, that can then be taken and improved upon for the FSAE team’s 2020 car. This task has been taken on both to benefit the FSAE team and to fulfill requirements for the AE-512 Experimental Methods in Aerospace class. The wing comprises a main element with a single slotted flap. A single flap design was chosen over a three-or-more element design in order to allow full characterization of the wing within the time and resources allotted. The main goal of the FSAE team for this rear wing is maximum downforce, leading to the choice of the Gottingen 228 (GOE 228) airfoil. This airfoil possesses a theoretical lift coefficient on the order of two, which serves as a good base for a high-lift device like the rear wing. This airfoil is also much easier to manufacture than airfoils with only a marginally higher lift coefficient, and, due to using Wichita State’s 3 x 4 Wind Tunnel for testing, an airfoil that could be reasonably scaled down to suitable proportions for the tunnel was paramount. As stated above, testing was conducted in the 3 x 4 Wind Tunnel, with the wing assembly mounted directly to a two-point, adjustable angle balance interface. The wing was tested at multiple dynamic pressures to determine the speed response of the wing, multiple angles to determine maximum lift and the lift slope of the wing, and with-and-without the presence of representative car geometry to simulate a typical flow field over the rear wing. The wing was also tested with multiple flap deflections and at multiple locations with respect to the main element to determine the optimal configuration.

Aerodynamic Characterization of a Light Twin Aircraft

MEMBERS: Ian Buhman-Wiggs, Gauge Carmicheal, Hock Chin Low, Danial Salmaan Hussain
ADVISORS: Dr. Brandon Buerge
A wind tunnel investigation of the aerodynamic stability and control performance of a generic light twin general aviation aircraft, focused on determining whether the lateral and longitudinal performance modes of the aircraft are coupled.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers design the medical technology to maintain and improve our quality of life. They work for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and biomedical research institutes.

Undergraduate

Concussion Prevention

MEMBERS: Arej Alharbi, Narjas Alsaeed, Clayton Hicks, Tameasha Tisdale
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
The purpose of our research is to lower the rate of concussions of individuals who work with the special needs. Through interviews and clinical observations, we found the need to prevent concussions is extremely high because of the increased workers' compensation. We hope to reduce the rate of concussions which will also decrease workers' compensation.

TechHead Bone Conduction Communication System

MEMBERS: Reece Burns, Nicole Fuhrman, Marshall Johnson, Dane Laughlin, Alex Miller, Sarah Spillman
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
TechHead strives to solve the problem of ineffective communications in industrial, manufacturing, aerospace, and other noisy settings while allowing them to maintain their safety by offering a bone conduction apparatus to be worn on their safety glasses or hard hat. This system allows users to receive clear communications via vibrations through the bones of the skull, allowing them to comprehend important communications without compromising their hearing protection.

ReadyMed Medical Container

MEMBERS: Ryan Bui, Sheonna Eden, Nuwanthi Perera, Taylor Price, Sarah Sajjad
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
As part of the Capstone Design class, our team visited HeartSpring Therapeutic Center to shadow the workers there, determine a potential need, and develop a way to that need. Our team has come up with a few prototypes along the way, and came up with a final product that will reduce stress during a patient's epileptic seizure.

CP System

MEMBERS: Hussain Alhadab, Rex Hafenstine, Mackenzie Hopper, Joshua Michel, Connor Shannon
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
Phantom Technologies is in the development stages of creating a device that will enable individuals who have lost lower limbs to help diminish pain and to create a cooler environment for their limb. Through the development stages the product has went from a concept to a full prototype design. The desire of Phantom Technologies is to enable individuals who utilize prosthetic devices to have an active and enjoyable lifestyle through multiple engineering techniques.

Bionic6

MEMBERS: Abbas Alali, Zaid Alashqar, Brent Coppock, Khaled Jibbe, Jake Morales, Bernardo Villafana-Ibarra
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
Medical professionals perform surgeries with fluoroscopy, which is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor. Fluoroscopy is used to decrease invasiveness to the patient and decrease recovery time. Unfortunately, these medical professionals are exposed to repeated doses of radiation day after day that can lead to serious health problems. Many think they have taken the proper precautions by wearing regular used apron; however, the research is proving otherwise. Our exoskeleton-based x-ray protection system is small and can be used by the entire medical staff involved in the surgery. By removing the weight of the lead apron from the medical professional we are able to increase the protection it provides without risk of orthopedic injury; additionally, our micro-ventilation system improves comfort level. We hypothesize that by wearing our exoskeleton suit, the medical staff will feel more comfortable and less distracted as well as give more coverage from the x-ray radiation.

The Ascenseur Chair: A Specialized Lifting Device for Fallen Individuals

MEMBERS: Silvia Alvarez-Haro, Shaira Dunn, Linh Nguyen, Mickie Phomkhoune
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
Falling is the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Thus, in order to relieve some of the strains that come with falling, Team Ascenseur is developing a device that assists with lifting a fallen individual (the Ascenseur Chair). Unlike current competitors this device will be affordable and not require the assistance of multiple strong aids. Additionally traits would be the device is easy to use, comfortable, and portable.

Non-Newtonian Wheelchair Cushion

MEMBERS: Deena Helm, Ijeoma Obi, Emily Ulmen, Loy Vo
ADVISORS: Dr. Kim Cluff
Team Under Pressure shadowed the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (CPRF), a nonprofit organization in Wichita, KS that helps long-term wheelchair users. Over weeks of shadowing, Under Pressure noticed that pressure sores were a dangerous and unsolved problem. Therefore, the team decided to create an innovative wheelchair cushion that is able to spread out an individual’s weight through the use of a Non-Newtonian Fluid, so high-pressure areas are avoided and pressure sores can be eradicated. The design is intended to cut costs to users, make daily life more comfortable, and empower wheelchair users.

Libertyband

MEMBERS: Robert Britton, Mindy Huynh, Jordan Mar, Hannah O'Neil, Ru Min Teh
ADVISOR: Dr. Kim Cluff
Liberty Limbs has observed common issues that upper-limb amputees face while performing daily activities, which sparked the idea for our product. Liberty Limbs is developing a device to assist individuals with upper limb amputations, in order to assist a more independent lifestyle. Our product, Libertyband, will be comprised of an armband with interchangeable attachments focused on driving, electronics, hygiene, and dining utensil. Each Libertyband has a mechanism that allows users to connect and disconnect attachments to the armband. The armband consists of a mineral oil gel that helps increase traction on the users’ skin, which prevents the product from slipping. Liberty Limbs can impact roughly 8000 upper arm amputees yearly, to help achieve a more independent lifestyle.

Custom Seat Foam-in-Place Barrier

MEMBERS: Anna Cody, Sindy Lun, Erik Mallonee, Helena Roell
ADVISOR: Kim Cluff
Our research was based on observations made at the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation's wheelchair clinic.
In the process of fitting a custom wheelchair seat back to patients, the polyurethane foam used processes exothermically, and causes discomfort to the patient, as well as adhering to the barrier currently used. Our Hypothesis is that it will increase patient comfort. Our methodology involves computer simulation and a prototype test. We expect the results will show that patient discomfort will be reduced, and the foam won't adhere to the barrier, like it does currently.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Our electrical engineering grads have a diverse range of skills for jobs in fields as eclectic as alternative energy, cellular communications and instrumentation-and-control systems – just to name a few.

Computer Science is the systematic study of algorithmic processes that describe and transform information – their theory, analysis, design, efficient implementation and application. The fundamental questions are ‘What can be automated?’ and ‘How can the automation best be accomplished?’

Undergraduate

Team WaterBottle: Remote Release

MEMBERS: Veronica Chhang, Ryan Kendall, Christopher Seirer, Terence Truong
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
The City of Wichita Remote Release project is designed to allow emergency responders to remotely release
a package through the use of a drone. The mechanism is controlled by the drone pilot and will engage upon receiving a signal. This feature allows first responders to access areas that may be deemed unsafe for individuals requiring assistance. The Remote Release project is headed by Team WaterBottle, which is comprised of four students majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.

CTRL+ALT+ELITE

MEMBERS: Caleb Dunnell, Miroslav Herzan, Kip Landwehr, Ale Nguerre, Andrew Stuewe, Brody Sullivan
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
Our goal is to create a free, open source, inexpensive to operate curriculum, with a targeted age range of 10-
12 years old and a repeating operation cost of less than $100 per student per year. This will be accomplished using microcontrollers such as Arduinos, introducing the students to design concepts, electronic circuits, and programming languages such as C. This will provide an easily fundable, open-ended option that can be used and taught by a much wider margin than the current solutions. Lastly, the testing and development of this curriculum has occurred in weekly meetings with a group of pilot students and the help of Speak Out Kansas' organizer.

Early Roadway Icing Detection System

MEMBERS: Damion Cave, Debbie Guenthner, Thao Ha, Brandon Hallmark, Ethan Pykiet
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
The goal of this project is to have a system that can determine if a road has possible freezing conditions based on ambient temperature and humidity data. This system will analyze the weather data and if certain conditions are met, will send an alert via narrowband communication to the city of Wichita alerting them of possible freezing on the road. In the alert, the system will also use GPS to indicate where the freezing is taking place so the EARP can use the location and data however they see fit.

AutoFocus

MEMBERS: Dalibor Basor, Dustin Bragg, Kody Kostboth, Billy Steve Meli, Trevor Nierman, Amr Saleh
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
As machine learning techniques continue to improve and expand, especially with respect to image processing, completely new applications present themselves. This project utilizes leading image prediction algorithms to automobile drivers on the road. By processing images captured by a mounted dash camera this system will detect road signs and report information back to the driver. The system will be able to keep the driver informed of the current speed limit, construction zones, and any number of other potentially miss able signage the driver might have missed as they pass them by. The system will also include various sensors such as a thermometer and accelerometer in order to keep the driver informed about other, more general, aspects of the vehicle. This project will provide users with a second pair of eyes while on the road to facilitate safer and more aware drivers, particularly drivers of vehicles without more modern technological aid features.

Team Tracker

MEMBERS: Aaron Hohler, Mubasshir Karim, Edgar Maldonado, Mohamed Mikir, Yasiru Wickramasurendra
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
Our product, in short, is a portable device created using a microcontroller (Arduino Uno/Arduino Micro), which communicates with and is tracked by other microcontroller(s). The portable device is a equippable to the user who decides to wear it. It is tracked by the other microcontroller(s) that are connected to the WiFi network, we will call these the tracking devices to keep things simple. The tracking devices communicate with the portable device whenever it leaves the radius or is on low battery. The tracking device will communicate with the other tracking device(s) to create triangle for accurate positioning.

Parks and Recreation Utilization Counter

MEMBERS: Ohimai Aruya, Ryan Carlin, Lane McGuire, Trevor Ozbun, Ahmed Quraishi, David Timmons
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
Our purpose is to create a mesh system of sensor devices that connect to a hub device wirelessly. These sensors will count people, bikes, dogs, and other types of pedestrians in city parks. The Hub will organize all this data to be picked up by the system owner. They whole system will function for two weeks before being picked up, recharged, and deployed to another location or park.

Brainwave Drowsiness Detector

MEMBERS: Mo Allabbad, Ben Cress, Nathaniel Hoefer, Brandon Jones, Atish Rajah, Enrique Rodriguez
ADVISOR: Dr. Abu Asaduzzaman
A drowsiness detecting device aimed towards the trucking industry. The device utilizes EEG brainwave recordings and a sophisticated algorithm to determine the drowsiness level of the user. An Android application is available on a user's phone which alerts the driver when they are in a drowsy state and thus should pull over and rest.

Grill and Chill Automated Grill

MEMBERS: Andy Ma, Daniel Martin, Jesse Nguyen, Jacob Rohlman, Colton Russell, Andrew Son, Dylan Standfast
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
Team Grill & Chill is seeking to provide a product that provides the grilling experience with minimal effort. We decided to work on this project as a team because we had the opportunity to combine our love for outdoor cooking with our classroom education and expand upon it to create a project of practical use to others. This grill uses charcoal as its fuel while only allocating one type of meat on the rack. The user inserts the temperature probe into the largest piece of meat cooking on the rack, then selects their meat option from the app. The app communicates via Bluetooth with the grill, and notifies the user when the largest piece of meat is nearly done cooking. In doing this, team Grill & Chill has created a product that provides the user with a grilling experience without the time commitment, hence benefiting busy families and time deprived individuals.

Portable License Plate Camera

MEMBERS: Bolo Chavez, Tyler Bryant, Omar Jibbe, Van Le, Tommy Luu, James Meli
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
The goal for this project will be to create an affordable and portable security camera that will be able to read license plates and convert them to text. This text will be stored in a database along with a picture and a timestamp. The device would preferably consist of a high-speed camera, some sort of SBC such as a Raspberry Pi, a durable mount, and some sort of housing for the components. The device would link to a mobile application (Android OS) that can provide real-time feedback. The device would also physically link to a computer that will upload the data to a database available to the user. A project like this would help solve issues regarding security at public events or locations with no video surveillance. The idea uses a concept similar to one used by cameras on turnpikes, however this product would be portable as well as affordable. Also unlike the turnpike cameras, it would lessen the need for a person to manually check the footage to get a vehicle’s license plate number.

Requirements:

  • High-quality high-speed Camera
  • Ability to discern license plates with different colors and average vehicle heights
  • A suitable phone application to interact with camera
  • A suitable computer application to receive and transmit data
  • Database to track all information passing from the camera
  • Logical mount to provide stability and prevent theft
  • A battery large enough to keep the device powered for hours on end

Objectives:
Creating a portable and affordable version of a turnpike camera that can use machine learning to extract data from images. Therefore, saving time analyzing hours of video footage.

BigBrother

MEMBERS: Hannah Cheatem, Carlos Devora, Ben Fradella, Rebeca Ibarra, Tyler Whitson
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
Children growing up in today’s world are unlike any generation that has come before them. With the technological advances of the last decade, parents also face new challenges in raising children in a time where online stranger danger is now a threat. Parents no longer feel comfortable allowing their children to roam free in their neighborhoods, or ride their bikes through the city to meet friends at a corner store. BigBrother is a product made to give parents peace of mind, while also allowing children a sense of independence and freedom. BigBrother is a wearable tracking device that works in conjunction with a cellular application. Much like an older sibling, BigBrother essentially checks on and reminds a child not to stray too far, and informs parents when a child does stray. More technically, its job is to alert parents, in a timely manner, when a child moves beyond a set distance away from a set location. This is achieved through the use of assisted GPS (A-GPS), coupled with a cellular module on the device that sends data packets to a server for storage. Information can be accessed and monitored by a parent with access to the server. An Android phone application will allow the user to manually set the home location and allowed radius. In short, what makes this product useful in today’s world is that it is a small, inexpensive, and IoT capable asset tracking device. This technology goes beyond just tracking a child’s location, and its design is intended to be versatile.

Wichita PD GPS Tracking Device

MEMBERS: Dakota Erickson, Kiehn Foraker, Austin Nefzger, Maximillian Nwaigwe, Gaminda Pankaja Withanachchi
ADVISOR: Dr. Preethika Kumar
This global positioning system tracking device is a device designed to execute specific functions as requested by the Wichita Police department. It needs to be sturdy, compact and able to alert emergency services and post its location with the click of a button. Our goal is to create a user friendly, cost efficient, low maintenance and portable device that helps the user track any object.

Circu-Air Massage

MEMBERS: John Bartel, Kevin Brink, Nathan Fullerton, Micah Mohr, Brittian Young
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
There are many people in the world that are handicapped, obese, and those who just love a good foot massage that can benefit from this device. This device is more geared to those who cannot massage their own feet, maybe because they are stuck in a wheel-chair, or simply because they cannot bend over. This device will use a series of air-filled bladders that inflate in multiple user selected sequences that vary in aggression and pressure to give the user a fitted experience. On top of this the boot with be given ample feedback and control via a Bluetooth enabled app that tracks blood flow and swelling for the user. This massage boot looks to help prevent issues that are come with bad circulation while giving a very comfortable and long needed massage.

Safety Sense - A Wearable Safety Device Able to Alert User of Nearby Toxins and Gases

MEMBERS: Cole Dilli, Christopher Hiller, Brandon Lee, Joshua Teoh, Laurensia Vertika
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
In this ever-changing industrialized world; visible and invisible dangers are all around us. Invisible dangers ranging from the Sun’s UV radiation to unseen carcinogenic gas leaks can cause people great harm. How do professionals in potentially dangerous fields deal with these dangers when they are constantly changing? Our goal for this product is to create a wearable smart monitoring device that will monitor air quality, record and store data and warn users when certain trip points are exceeded. Our initial target market is workshop like conditions; some examples could include welding shops, carpenters, paint shops, HVAC repair, etc. We found that this would cover a good range of people including small businesses that might not have as heavily regulated safety cultures as bigger industries. Our sensors monitor for VOCs or volatile organic compound, which cover a wide range of possible gasses dealt with in these industries, and some basic gases such as CO, C02 and a ppm sensor to detect if the air might be polluted with any number of dangerous foreign materials. We will run expected tests to ensure that set trip points of the acceptable level of toxic gases per area are being properly recorded and notified. Our expected results should be that the user will always be aware of every possible unseen danger in their vicinity when using our device.

OutSigned Alert System

MEMBERS: Dylan Bowman, Alia Haidar, Sammir Jibril, Jordan Nichols, Colton Pfannenstiel, Briana Resley, Muad M. Shahin
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
The OutSigned Alert System is a safety system designed to localize sound around a vehicle. This system provides visual localization of specific frequencies and has the capability to detect and localize sounds across a broad frequency band. The device aims to provide situational awareness when both visual and spatial awareness fail.

SUN Shade System

MEMBERS: Josh Carpenter, Marshal Glenn, Jacob Lewis, Brice Lohman, Colton Tasker
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
The SUN Shade System is a smart patio umbrella aimed for the home user as well as the restaurant industry. It is to be modular in design so that it can be easily modified to fit existing outdoor patio/dining umbrellas. The system will allow the user to control opening/closing the umbrella automatically via Wifi through control software. Additional features are pending and will be implemented in the future. But in terms of our first semester alpha version, we plan on having manual controls as well as it being controlled through a laptop wirelessly.

Down Range Active Witness (D.R.A.W.)

MEMBERS: Salem Alajmi, Rashed Aldosari, Jacob Hoggatt, Romesh Jayathilake, Braden Peterson, Aaron Self
ADVISORS: Andy Stallard
D.R.A.W. will be a small under-mounted pistol camera and holster-battery package. The mounted unit itself contains the camera, led lights, a small lithium battery pack, and microcontroller including Wi-Fi connectivity along with internal memory. The holster is thermoplastic formed over the firearm and battery pack insuring a good interface with the unit’s charging/data connector. The holster provides longer term battery life and has ports for charging and data pass-through. The holster and firearm can be docked during off hours to recharge. The unit will use its connection to the user’s phone to automatically stream the previous minutes of audio and all footage after the point of drawing the firearm. The phone’s location could be transmitted along with the other data to an external site until the firearm is re-holstered. This could also allow police departments to be alerted to an altercation and dispatch backup if needed. The location of the camera on the pistol insures that important evidence during a shooting is not obscured by the officer’s arms or gun.

Mass Alert

MEMBERS: Prince Clumson-Eklu, William Kindel, Austin Redetzke, Andrew Westlake
ADVISOR: Dr. Preethika Kumar
The project addressed part of First Responder and Law Enforcement communication problem and trying to
provide an application that will solve it. In this perspective, we could not go much in details in the subject, such as methodology or research’s thesis... But we can assure that latest technologies infrastructures couple with academic and practical knowledge and skills of the group members enable us to achieve this endeavor and confirm the Computer Scientist's reputation of problem solver.

Public Water Quality Monitoring

MEMBERS: Amro Ahmed, Mejeb Aldosar, Fahad Alothman, Daniel Nkomezi
ADVISOR: Andy Stallard
Team MJ have been in contact with city staff and have identify a potential research project. This project will revolve around two forms of measurements as discussed with the city staff. Sensors will perform physiochemical analysis. This includes chlorine residual, pH, and turbidity. Chlorine residual should be measured for free chlorine in the water sample using industry best practice. Ph shall be measured in unison with free chlorine and the ph of the sample shall be included in the data stream. All monitoring shall be done in Flow and in the setting tanks, at the final discretion of the user. After the discussion with the city Team Mj divided the works into four parts Regulations, Sensors, Power and communications.

Contraints:

  • The device will need to be constructed in a manner that allows it or the sensors portions of the device to be fully submerged into water for an indefinite period of time.
  • The device shall be housed in a non-toxic FDA approved materials that does not leach chemicals or materials into water of a pH between 5.5 to 7.5 Device will be regulatory complaint.
  • In flow devices may be powered via water flow.
  • In tank devices may be hardwire to 110v 15amp or powered through a 3 year minimum lifespan battery.
  • Device would need to be cost efficient to reproduce and acquired and need to be effective and accurate in their ability to report.
  • Device shall be low maintenance.
  • Device shall be user friendly.
  • Device should be constantly monitoring for water qualities as defined within this projects.
  • Method of data transmission can be over Wifi or LoRaWAN Networks.
  • Device shall have a unique identify which can included a MAC address.

Engineering Technology

Focuses on developing a workforce for the future, by embedding relevant industrial skills with an entrepreneurial mindset in students, through experiential and applied, hands-on learning. The program offers four concentrations: civil engineering technology, cybersecurity, engineering technology management and mechatronics technology.

Undergraduate

ReptSmile

MEMBERS: Basil Abualsiba, Joshua Hixon, Andrew Peniston
ADVISOR: Dr. Konstantinos Mykoniatis
ReptSmile is a system designed to monitor and maintain the temperature, humidity and light in a closed environment. Its uses will be to maintain happy and healthy reptiles, amphibians or plants. It will keep a record of temperatures within the enclosure, so the user can confirm that the system is always maintaining proper environment. An alert system will be equipped to alarm the user of any malfunctions of the system or the units used to maintain heat, light or humidity.

Increasing Operator Awareness

MEMBERS: Cade Hiebsch, Katheline Vallejo
ADVISOR: Dr. Konstantinos Mykoniatis
The team will assist Textron Aviation with the risk of potential bottlenecks in their assembly line by supplying correct and timely information to the operators in the Hanging Rack Bay of the Metal Bond area. Textron will be supplying all needed resources and have several criteria for the team: keep operators informed at all times, ensure reliable delivery of racks leaving every 45 minutes, and should automatically track and record data. Starting with creating a visual display and tracking system of time for when a rack arrives in bay, and how long till rack needs to leave, we also programmed the Raspberry Pi's that Textron supplied to wirelessly transmit this data to their server. Our constraints were that we could not modify any part of the assembly line, PLC code, crane, or obstruct the operators SOP. This required us to think outside the box, and work with operators for the best solution possible.

Real Time Water Heater Multi-Sensor Management System

MEMBERS: Gabriel Martin, Irvin Vazquez
ADVISOR: Dr. Konstantinos Mykoniatis
We designed a Real Time Water Heater Multi-Sensor System using the Arduino Uno. The system will use a temperature sensor, ultrasonic sensor to measure depth, and moisture sensors that will detect any leaks and alert the Arduino to activate a solenoid valve to automatically shut off the water supply to the heating unit. We based our design off of many scholarly papers, previous products, and other designs that were analyzed to determine specific specifications and needs of our proposed design.

Remote Operating Door

MEMBERS: David Doan, Derek Moore
ADVISOR: Dr. Konstantinos Mykoniatis
Closing a door may seem like a simple, mundane task, but to those who are disabled or bedridden, it is something that is nearly impossible. Often, doors to an office may need to be shut in a hurry, or perhaps the person is neck deep in work that they simply do not want to get up and shut their door. A solution to this problem is a remote-controlled device that will take some sort of input from the user, and shut a door, then open it from a latched position.

Arduino Tracker

MEMBERS: Binh Dang
ADVISOR: Dr. Konstantinos Mykoniatis
The objective of this project is to demonstrate the capabilities of Arduino. Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy to use hardware and software. This project is consisting of GPS module NEO, Arduino, and mercury tilt switch sensor. This device would be able to detect when the package was stolen and notify the user. Once the user is notified, then they would be able to track the location of the package.

Safety Headphones

MEMBERS: Brandon Hastings, Marcus Kinan, Razan Sannan
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking
Hearing Protection is used by thousands of workers every day to protect their hearing form loud sounds. This protection comes at the cost of not being able to effectively communicate with other workers. Usually the solution for thousands of people wearing hearing protection is to remove or improperly wear their protection in an attempt hear the other person talking. Unfortunately, improperly worn hearing protection is ineffective at properly protecting someone’s hearing. At Safety headphones we have a solution that well promote wearing hearing protection correctly and increase the effectiveness of communication between employees. Safety Headphones solution is to work in conduction with in the ear hearing protection by combining bone conductive transducers with voice isolating technology. This combination of technology will allow Safety Headphones to capture verbal communication through microphones on the headset, isolate the verbal communication from the environmental noise and deliver the isolated voice through bone conductive transducers to the wearer. The added benefit from using bone conductive transducers is that not only are they safer on hearing then in the ear speaker, but by wearing your hearing protection correctly the bone conductive transducers sound better! Another benefit is for employees that have damaged hearing and use hearing aids. Hearing aids and hearing protection can’t be worn at the same time, and it is important that hearing protection is worn to protect against further damage. Safety headphones will allow the hearing damaged worker to wear hearing protection correctly while delivering the amplified isolated verbal communication help them to hear others while protecting against further damage. We also offer a Bluetooth connection so the wearer can listen to audio entertainment while preforming monotonous task to increase productivity. By combine tradition hearing protection with the technology of Safety Headphone we can increase safety and productivity through clear communication.

ATJ Solution

MEMBERS: Jose Carlos, Thanh Chau, Abdulla Soqati
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking
To control wirelessly and securely a PLC system is the goal of our project. The PLC will be able to connect to the local WIFI network wirelessly, any Android device connected to the same network can control the PLC if it has a password to log in a controller app.

Handilift

MEMBERS: Ali Alkhaldi, Abdullah Alshabrami, David Koch, Eric Smith
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking
Our goal is to create a mechanical lift to help people with disabilities be transferred in and out of their bed and into their wheelchairs. Our product is smaller than most competitors so it can be used in patients’ homes.

Smart Warehouse Advanced Technologies

MEMBERS: Macie Hamlett, Drew Hamm, Kathy Vallejo, Samantha Orr, Eric Ternes
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking
Everyone knows that the shortest path from point A to point B is a straight line, in a warehouse with storage racks this is not possible. However, there is still an efficient route to take when an employee needs to make multiple stops at multiple locations to pick parts. The need to efficiently pick parts for an order combined with varying inventory locations, employees are left backtracking, taking inefficient paths, and potentially picking incorrect items for the order. Because of this, distributors, fulfillment centers, and warehouses are experiencing delayed processes and decreased productivity. Smart Warehouse Advanced Technologies (S.W.A.T) solves this issue with a mobile app. The S.W.A.T app is a way to assist warehouse employees by reducing processing time in distribution centers that fulfill orders for customers. The S.W.A.T app calculates the most efficient route for employees to pick parts for an order. Reducing the processing time allows companies to increase productivity, fulfill more orders, and be more competitive in the marketplace.

Urban Sustainability: The Impact of Green Energy Sources in Public Parking Lots

MEMBERS: Mohamed Alkhaldi, Mohamed Bahasan, Piyush Kalra
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking, Kara McCluskey
This project involves designing solar and wind turbine energy systems as an alternative source of energy to grid power. The aim is to provide green and sustainable energy that can meet the demands of the target customers, such as public and private parking-lots. Taking that into account, the goal of this research is to design a simple and portable energy system that can be modified to meet the customer needs.

Storm Drain Sand Filter

MEMBERS: Abdullah Alquraish, Mohammed Alsubaiei, Dylan Duncan, Sarah Gile
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking, Kara McCluskey
Every year, approximately 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are dumped into US water, resulting in 40% of American lakes being too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, and swimming. Storm water runs over pavement and parking lots, picking up oil and other pollutants before running into nearby rivers and streams, which is part of this environmental problem. River Rescue is developing a storm drain sand filter to lower the amount of polluted storm water that negatively affects the environment. The storm drain sand filter has two important benefits. It reduces the amount of trash that can travel into rivers via storm drains, and it utilizes effective sand filtration techniques that date back to ancient Egyptian times, to reduce pollutants. The filter does not require power while it is installed as it utilizes gravity to do all the work. When being maintained, the filter can be connected to a backwash system, to clean the sand for reuse. River Rescue's sand filter prototype will be installed in storm drains to test how often the sand needs to be cleaned, depending on the amount of rainfall that is typical to a location. Once the data is collected, the filter will have set sand capacities and maintenance requirements. Water pollution is an ongoing problem that needs to be accounted for on all levels. River Rescue recognizes the importance of environmental health and hopes to inspire cities and organizations to come to the same conclusion: environmental health has impacts on society, and future generations to come. Thus, taking care of the environment should be a top priority for every nation, city, organization, and individual.

Automated Timing Display

MEMBERS: Mansour Alharthi, Tate Annis, Cade Hiebsch, Josh Miller
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking
You cannot build parts quickly with efficient throughput without adequate processing and production lines. Processing and production lines consist of specific operations, processes, and operators all working together to achieve a constant and reliable flow rate. Operators have their work cut out for them, and it is difficult a task indeed. Managing their time in order to maintain a consistent flow rate, which reduces the chances of a bottleneck occurring, is essential to keeping the throughput at an optimal level. If a bottleneck within a processing or production line occurs, it can cost a manufacturer hours of labor to overcome; often incurring penalties and late deliveries. Time is money. A key cause of bottlenecks is inefficient time management, which discombobulates the flow rate, therefore cutting positive throughput, and majorly interfering with production. At Efficiency Doctors, a solution is at hand. In assisting operators with managing their job time, bottlenecks and muddled production lines will be a thing of the past. The Efficiency Doctors have developed an automated timing system, which has an easily customizable production counting system, visual timer, warning alerts, and will track if any negative time has allotted (if the job goes past the expected amount) through our data collection system. Our timing system will help manufactures increase their throughput, utilization rate, efficiency, and decrease cost.

Innovate Manpower

MEMBERS: Abdullah Almuashi, Diego Gomez, Thomas Johnson, Lisa Siever
ADVISOR: Dr. Gary Brooking
Organizing a company’s manpower is a common source of issues through many industries. These problems can stem from poor staffing to just plain mismanagement of resources. While shadowing at a local aerospace manufacturer we discovered that they were suffering a similar problem with their automated storage and retrieval system, also called an ASRS. An ASRS is a storage system where a worker using a computer tells a robot to store parts, orders, etc. in a specific spot so anyone can know what is stored where and retrieve it quickly. The issue arising from the ASRS with this particular aerospace manufacturer is that their ASRS has eight ports to retrieve parts with two people working at each port. The ASRS though, only has one arm to retrieve parts, this means that while one worker is calling parts 15 other people are stuck waiting to fulfill their order. This causes lost work time and possibly lower production rates, but what if there was a more efficient worker setup? This is where our service comes in, by utilizing an event simulation software we can setup a simulation of the system that is slowing down a company’s production. Using the aerospace manufacturer as an example, by creating a simulation of all the constants of the ASRS and using receivers as a variable, we can find the optimal number of workers to run the receiving ports. All of this can be found with a little bit of research time at a company to collect data to effectively run the situation. We hope to be able to run the simulation and adjust a few of the slower shifts to fit to our optimal number of workers. We expect that this will increase overall throughput at the ASRS and lower costs for the company.

Carbon Monoxide Window Slider (COWS)

MEMBERS: Thanh Chau, Noel Nguyen, Zhong Xian
ADVISOR: Dr. Konstantinos Mykoniatis
This proposal provides information about a device that will be used to reduce the amounts of carbon monoxide levels inside residences once the CO level exceed the specific limit. This instrument will be located near window sills and will proceed to open windows during high levels of carbon monoxide removing gas contents from the household. 

Industrial Systems and Manufacturing Engineering

As the problem solvers for the manufacturing and service industries, our industrial engineers design factories, production systems, and service systems. They are also involved in reengineering existing factories and systems to use resources effectively and increase productivity in fields such as quality engineering, ergonomics, production planning and control, facilities management and project planning. Manufacturing engineers design the methods by which products are manufactured. This program focuses on materials and processes, product engineering and assembly, and manufacturing quality and productivity.

Graduate

Adiabatic Shear Banding Behavior of Additively Manufactured Superalloy IN 625

MEMBERS: Pavan Bhavsar, Homar Lopez Hawa
ADVISOR: Dr. Viswanathan Madhavan, Dr. Wilfredo Moscoso
Additively manufactured nickel superalloy (IN 625) has gained popularity as an alternative to produce high value products for high strength applications under high temperature and corrosive environments. Many of these applications also demand the alloy to withstand high strain rate plastic deformation before the onset of catastrophic failure. The alloy’s utility for high strain rate applications would be compromised if it were to fail suddenly by mechanisms such as adiabatic shear localization. This paper evaluates the shear localization behavior of an additively manufactured IN 625, and compares it to the behavior of the material of equal nominal composition, but prepared by traditional cast-wrought processing. The evaluation was made by imposing pure shear at strain rates of the order of 10,000 1/s in a simple machining configuration. It was found that the additive alloy experienced adiabatic shear banding more readily than the cast-wrought counterpart did. This finding contradicted predictions based on constitutive models developed for both alloys from split-Hopkinson compression testing, which indicated that the additive alloy strain hardened more than the cast-wrought counterpart did.

Electrically Assisted Machining

MEMBERS: Odai Nassar
ADVISORS: Dr. Wilfredo Moscoso
Electrically Assisted Machining (EAM) research project aims to evaluate the effect of the use of high electric current densities on force and torque requirements, and the materials tendency to cracking, during the fabrication of high-performance metallic components by deformation processing. There is a good body of evidence suggesting that high electric current densities significantly reduce load requirements and cracking during fabrication. EAM research project aims to extend these studies to high speed deformation processing. If the research results are promising, significant impacts are expected in the metal fabrication industry. Reduced loads and better formability are key requirements to obtain parts from metal alloys that have limited ductility such as magnesium alloys, and titanium and nickel superalloys. Although these superalloys provide attractive mechanical performance for the aerospace industry, the high loads required during the fabrication of components from them limit their applicability. The lightweight of magnesium alloys makes them attractive to the consumer electronics and transportation industries, but their limited formability impedes selection of magnesium alloys for these purposes.

Developing Ensemble Predictive Models for Robust Supplier Assessment

MEMBERS: Ramkumar Harikrishnakumar
ADVISOR: Dr. Krishna Krishnan, Dr. Saideep Nannapaeni
Supplier assessment is a multi-criteria decision-making approach that requires several criteria for their proper assessment such as quality, price, service, delivery, reliability, reputation, production compliance, and financial status. Due to the presence of multiple criteria, the weights assigned by human judgements are subjective with respect to the decision maker and the final outcome is always biased. Hence, the effectiveness of decision making in supplier assessment could be improved by deploying appropriate applications of machine learning algorithms that are able to provide an objective approach during the decision-making process. For a robust and a comprehensive assessment process, we propose machine learning algorithms to classify various suppliers into four categories: excellent, good, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory. In the machine learning framework, a data-driven classification model is constructed using historical supplier data; this model can be used for future supplier assessment. For the validation of the constructed machine learning model, the historical data is divided into training and test data sets. This method will provide an efficient way for supplier assessment that is more effective (in terms of accuracy and time). Classification algorithms that include bagging and boosting methods are used to create ensemble classifiers to improve the accuracy in the assessment process. Finally, the performance measures of the developed classification methods are compared against the existing assessment techniques.

Undergraduate

Value Stream Mapping

MEMBERS: Vinit Kakad, Tariq Mashat, Olga Navarro Ochoa
ADVISOR: Dr. Cindi Mason
Create a Value Stream Mapping to identify the waste and get rid of unnecessary parts and adding Value to it. The first phase of the project was to determine the waste generated by plastic. The second one to analyze the waste created at the warehouse by cardboard sheets and plastic. The value stream mapping, process charts and time and motion study will help them validate the improvements and implementation of the new methods.

VA Medical Center: Robert J. Dole Call Center Analysis

MEMBERS: Adbulrahman Alaraifej, Meghan Grimes, Thashvin Mahenthirarajah, Cody Sears
ADVISOR: Dr. Cindi Mason
The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center serves many patients every day, and their call center is an integral tool required for scheduling these patients, answering patient questions, providing pharmaceutical needs, and many other services. In order to improve customer (patient) satisfaction through the call center, the VA wants to decrease the time patients wait on the phone for their call to be answered as well as decrease the number of abandoned or dropped calls in their system. To accomplish this, our project was created to analyze the call center to determine any potential improvement possibilities to increase efficiency of the system and therefore increase customer satisfaction. Through quantitative data analysis and qualitative information collected through observation and employee interviews, our team is using LEAN methodology to determine the source of the call center’s problem and determine several recommendations for decreasing the time patients spend waiting for their calls to be answered as well as decrease the number of abandoned calls.

Tect Power- Setup Efficiency

MEMBERS: Mohammed Abdulaziz, Adam Church, Caleb Gash, Colton Keeley
ADVISORS: Dr. Cindi Mason
Process improvement project designed to reduce machine setup time. Utilizing standardization methods in order to reduce the variability in setup times was the objective of this project. Also, the use of facility layout knowledge to propose material presentation changes using a simulation model to justify these changes. The measurable outcomes of this project are a reduction in setup time allowing for high amount of variability in the demand at hand.

Value Stream Map for Aerospace Chemical Processing

MEMBERS: Abdulrahman Al Khaldi, Saleh Almarri, Ahmed Alyaseen, Arturo Sosa
ADVISOR: Dr. Cindi Mason
Create a Value Stream Mapping to identify the waste and get rid of unnecessary parts and adding Value to it. The first phase of the project was to determine the waste generated by plastic. The second one to analyze the waste created at the warehouse by cardboard sheets and plastic. The value stream mapping, process charts and time and motion study will help them validate the improvements and implementation of the new methods.

VA Medical Center: Robert J. Dole Parking Study

MEMBERS: Shehab Almansouri, Jonathan Elliott, Sornsakon Gleebbunjong, Tarannum Islam Liza
ADVISOR: Dr. Cindi Mason
At the VA several complaints have been made about the inaccessibility of parking on their facility. Our Project was to provide different alternatives to improve their existing parking layout. Analysis was done by using a simulation that modeled the parking flow based on data that was collected on the VA's current parking layout. Based on the simulation different alternatives were provided to the VA. A few suggestions and different alternatives were temporary parking, redirection of traffic flow, and strategically rescheduling medical appointments.

Robert J Dole VA Medical Center Surgery Suite Flow

MEMBERS: Badah Alajmi, Josh Kempke, Rebecca Krom, Cheng Yi Lian
ADVISOR: Dr. Cindi Mason
Within the medical field, growing populations force hospitals to do more with less space. Years of increasing demand have stressed the capabilities of the operating rooms at the Robert J Dole VA Medical Center, leading to increased wait times for their patients. The focus of this project was to examine the root causes for delays and identify methods to either anticipate or reduce them. Data was gathered and examined for on time starts, delays, and patient cancellations to determine systematic delays. Furthermore, concerns with regard to staffing and attendance were also investigated to determine their impact. The analysis determined that all factors were important in determining the average utilization of the operation room, and that through a combination of adjustments to staffing and scheduling, an increased utilization should be possible.

Spirit AeroSystems - 777 / 777X Model Mix Analysis

MEMBERS: Braden Bohl, George Caruso, Nathanial Miller, Shawn Sauerbry
ADVISOR: Dr. Cindi Mason
In the manufacturing industry, every company wants to produce more product, at a higher level of quality, and at
a lower cost. This drive for efficiency is what makes some companies successful, and some fade out of existence. This project’s overall goal was to develop recommendations to increase the efficiency of Spirit AeroSystem’s 777 production line, thus allowing them to produce aerostructures at a lower cost. We used a combination of lean production techniques, process improvements, and line balancing to make these recommendations. Over the short-term, these suggestions can immediately improve efficiency and product work flow. We also addressed some long-term issues such as a culture of quality and worker autonomy, empowerment, and participation, which may increase capacity and reduce costs even further.

Mechanical Engineering

Students in this program study materials/mechanics, mechanical design, dynamics/controls and thermal-fluid science—equipping them for jobs in nearly every industry.

Undergraduate

CNH Industrial Track Undercarriage Install Tool

MEMBERS: Connor Cox, Richard Harbour, Luke Lehmann, Ian McMains
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
CNH Industrial is a large company that supplies goods such as construction and agricultural equipment. At the Wichita facility, the plant operates in the production of compact track loaders, also known as CTLs. In this project, the plant sponsor has asked for a solution to the track undercarriage installation on the CTL. The team met with sponsors, production supervisors, and operators to understand the process and design a new way to install these undercarriages. The requirements were to eliminate hoisting of the undercarriages as this creates Non-Value-Added Activity or NVAA. This also creates a limited work space as they can only be installed where the hoist is contained. The initial design consisted of a brand-new cart system that will be pushed to the chassis and will have X, Y, and Z axis controls so that the undercarriage can go from the cart to the chassis with no hoist or changing of carts. It will be powered by hydraulics to lift the heavy tracks and one cart will house one track to accommodate a lighter design.

Adjustable Footbox

MEMBERS: Abdulla Alotaibi, Jose Cisneros, John Myers, Sean Sadat
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
The footbox system is being designed for the Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic division of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (CPRF). The Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic builds customized wheelchair seating systems designed to enhance comfort, provide better body alignment, and minimize the risk of pressure sores. Our objective in this project is to create an adjustable mechanism that will hold a patient's feet in place and be able to adjust for maximum comfort. Our research shows multiple designs and the evaluation of each of these designs. We will show the software testing done on the mechanism and display our working prototype.

Optimization of NetApp Server Latch

MEMBERS: Zachary Daugaard, Jacob Heppler, Said Mbalima, Nicolas Young
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeer Nair
The task presented to our project team was to redesign a latch mechanism for the company NetApp to reduce
the amount of insertion and extraction force below a required amount to remove computer drive connections from a cabinet while keeping it compatible with the current chassis design. The current latch design needs a force of 17 lb.-f and through our redesign our team will attempt to reduce this force requirement to be below the maximum threshold established by our sponsors of 13 lb.-f. In order to create a design for our latch, we sketched several preliminary ideas and performed numerical analysis with respect to the mechanical advantage of the latch mechanism to examine the force reduction. After the analysis was complete, we selected the best design and created a CAD model in the Creo design software. After conferring with our sponsors, our team proceeded to create a physical prototype to test the insertion and extraction forces. Based on our theoretical calculations, we anticipate the results of testing will be around 9 to 11 lb.-f for the insertion force with a corresponding reduction in extraction force.

Sliding Friction Measurement Apparatus Development

MEMBERS: Ly Brode, Juwan De Silva, Kanila Gunasekara, Robert Hatfield
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
The sliding friction apparatus measures the force applied to a given specimen to calculate the apparent factor of sliding friction. Apparent factor of sliding friction is the ratio between the tangential force to the surface and the normal force exerted on the body by the surface of contact. The primary goal of this test is to calculate the apparent factor of sliding friction by pulling a specified load on the given specimen, on a horizontal surface. In the current test fixture, the required weight to be pulled at a single time is 20lbs. This test is conducted in two different conditions; wet and dry. The current apparatus at ACES uses a manually operated hydraulic cylinder connected to a load cell which measures the amount of force being pulled. The apparatus is also equipped with a Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT) to measure the distance the cylinder of the hydraulic has moved. The scope of this project is to design a test apparatus which could be operated using an automated speed control and user input variables. The existing apparatus needs to be modified to conduct 3 sliding friction measurement tests simultaneously and have the ability to pull a combined load of 150lbf at a constant rate of 20 in/min for at least 7 inches, on the test specimen. This modification will reduce the experiment time by 75%, produce repeatable results, and reduce human errors due to being automated using a computer program.

ASHRAE Student Design Competition

MEMBERS: Mastan Inchekel, Nicholas Reyes, Caleb Scarberry, Carlos Serna
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
The 2019 ASHRAE Design Competition is based on the design of an HVAC system for a new addition to a hospital building in Budapest, Hungary. The groups participating in the competition are allowed to choose from three different subsections of the competition which include the HVAC design calculations for each room, the selection of a heating/cooling system for the hospital, or they can design the building with minimal energy impacts and innovative ideas, also known as integrated sustainable building design (ISBD). Our group decided that the focus of our project should be the design calculations subsection.

Rotating Furnace Stand

MEMBERS: Arvind Murali, Akshar Patel, Joshua Visagaran, Paul Watson
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
Johnson Controls need to test every furnace in different orientations. This is currently done by technicians holding the heavy furnaces which is both slow and dangerous. Our stand will reduce both the testing time and risk of injury for the technician.

Eddy Current Robotics

MEMBERS: Clayton Baughn, Ben Johnson, Jonathan Marshall, Daniel Yapp
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
Eddy Current technology utilizes the principle of electromagnetism to detect small cracks and defects which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Aerospace industries use Eddy Current technology to inspect large, critical components of aircraft, such as skin panels. Eddy Current sensors are extremely sensitive and therefore need to be handled in such a way that will not damage components or the sensor itself in order to obtain valid results. With the help of a UR10 robotic arm, a custom-made bracketry suspension system, and Eddy Current sensor, Aerospace companies can see many advantages including a faster time to market, lower inspection cost, and an assembly line with better ergonomics.

Automated Squeezing System for ASC Buoyancy Testing

MEMBERS: Trenton Bosley, Sage Elassais, Evan Hutfles, Patrick Metzinger
ADVISOR: Dr. Ramazan Asmatulu
Modern day aircraft have multiple forms of floatation devices, the most common being seats that also act as a floatation device in emergency situations. If the passengers of an aircraft must ditch into the water, their bottom seat cushion is designed to be a floatation device. Seat cushions are eligible as flotation devices under the Technical Standard Order for Individual Floatation Devices (TSO-C72c) provided they fulfill minimum requirements for safety and performance. The attribute we’re most concerned with is the buoyancy force given off by the cushion. Our goal for this project is to design and build a testing apparatus to simulate a human squeezing force on a cushion in wet conditions, and then read the buoyancy force given off by the cushion directly after to make sure it complies with FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) standards. The test must last eight hours take readings every 30 minutes. This also means the squeezing force must be applied every 30 minutes as well.

Mausa Cycle - 3-Wheel Vehicle

MEMBERS: Jorge Cepeda, Matthew Cook, Jacob Nichols, Brandon Orebaugh
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
Grail Engineering wishes to develop and then produce a single person, electric motor scooter that drives like a car with a seat and steering wheel that can reach highway speeds. It will need to be enclosed sufficiently to be able to be driven all year.

Body Mapping Chair

MEMBERS: Matthew Chastain, Christopher Diaz De Leon, Sai Pamidighantam, Ricardo Zapien
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
The goal of the Body Mapping Chair project for CPRF is to find an updated solution for creating body scans of patients with disability in order to create custom cushion inserts for wheelchairs. Incorporating modern technology with aspects of the current design created a more user-friendly device and result in a better finished product for the patient.

Low Cost, Flexible and Modular Towing Solutions for Mobile Robotics

MEMBERS: Austin Binder, Andrew Elliott, Tina Nguyen, Aaron White
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
Our project is to design and prototype a device that will pair with a MiR 100 or 200 series robot with the purpose of connecting to a payload and supporting the robot moving it to a desired location. The device is designed to utilize an electromagnet to connect to a payload, tow the payload, support the forces of stopping a payload, and to release from the payload. The device consists of four assemblies: A base for mounting to MiR style robots, a mast that retains the mechanical arm and has a light on the top for safety, a mechanical arm that retains the electromagnet and collapses to act as a buffer between robot and payload, and lastly an electromagnet assembly to connect and release from payloads. The mechanical arm is designed in a way to allow for rotation around the mast assembly to allow the MiR robot to rotate as needed. When the arm is not attached to a payload it is designed to return to the forward position with the assistance of gravity. We expect the device to mount properly to the MiR robots and to not block access to the robot plugs. We also expect the arm to rotate properly with load, support the towing and stopping of said load, and to return to the forward position when not attached to a load. Lastly, the electromagnet and senor should function properly to sense connection to a payload, attach to the payload, and detach when desired.

Robotic Oceanic Anchoring System

MEMBERS: Afiq Shahreen Ahmad Shairi, Yi Lip Chai, Kent Ee Ong, Shao Kit Then
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
Within the commercial and recreational mooring industry, current anchoring methods are unreliable. Traditional anchors consist of a large piece of metal with a blade, or fluke. This fluke can be difficult to set into the sea floor and may pull out easily. Additionally, these anchors have limited capability, as multiple anchors can be required for different sea floor conditions, and it is often difficult to anchor consistently. A self-deploying robotic anchoring system would address these issues, as it would provide consistent, simple, and secure anchoring appropriate for a variety of situations. The Robotic Oceanic Anchoring system combines the holding capacity of motorized auger with the stability and torque resistance of a wide base and penetrating spikes. It provides a unique and comprehensive solution for anchoring boats and small yachts. This group builds on the work of a previous senior design team by developing an improved design of the Robotic Oceanic Anchoring System. Through research, testing, and validation, the project aims to improve the overall functionality of the system and to complete a thorough design and analysis that can be finalized in future work.

3D Printed Tooling System for Composite Spinners

MEMBERS: Nathan Albu, Xuan Grimm, Matthew Johnson, Joshua Workman
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
This senior design project is for McCauley Propeller Systems, a subsidiary company of Textron. The task was to design tooling that would allow McCauley to rapidly produce carbon fiber composite spinners. A spinner is the nose cone that attaches to the front of a propeller on an aircraft. The function is mainly aesthetic; however, it slightly improves the aerodynamics of the aircraft. Currently, spinners are manufactured primarily from aluminum. This process is good for mass production, but very costly and with a lengthy lead time for one-off applications. The goal is to reduce the lead time from 16 weeks to 3 weeks and reduce the cost from $8,000 - $10,000 to $2000 or less. To validate the proposed design, it will be 3D printed, and a prototype spinner will be created. The prototype spinner will be test fit and possibly tested on a spin table or dynamometer to confirm functionality.

Flow Capture Device

MEMBERS: Thisath Attampola Aracchchige Don, Caleb Claussen, Albader Fakhrou, Polo Osornio-Cornejo
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
Discrete drip point and area measurement tests are labor intensive and rely on human measurement which leads to error and increased cycle time. On large distributors, it may be required to measure points near the center of the device. These can be very difficult to reach without compromising safety. Our sponsor would like us to design a semi-automated flow measuring device to increase the accuracy of these tests and reduce the amount of manual input required

Investigating the Properties of Rubber Cord Torsion Springs

MEMBERS: Baqer Alsalman, Nishad Patwary, Gwenn Tran, Taylor Williams
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
This design project is a collaboration with the company Kuhn Krause which manufactures a variety of agricultural machinery, parts, and services to help cater to the demands of the changing agricultural industry. Kuhn Krause has limited data and information regarding the properties of their rubber cords they utilize in their tillage machines. They currently have samples of cords that they have used in the past with varying performance ratings. The goal of this project is to evaluate these samples and determine their internal properties. Chemical and mechanical testing will allow us to determine the best properties that give an optimal performance for the machine. We can then determine the expected cord life and possibly create a new sample with these optimum performance properties.

CNH Industrial: Loader Arm Cylinder Installation Tool

MEMBERS: Bandar Alharbi, Kavindu Jayakody, Brad Newby, Amanuel Wondimu
ADVISOR: Dr. Rajeev Nair
In CNH Industrial, during the installation of a loader arm cylinder for both CASE and New Holland construction equipment, the process requires the operator to manually lift and position the hydraulic cylinder for installation. This places excessive ergonomic strain on the operator. The current tool, cart, is only used to carry and move the cylinders from one station to another station or within the station. The new design will be used around multiple different hydraulic cylinders for both purpose, to carry from one side of the plant to another side and installation purpose. This design is a cost effective and includes various methods of capable of moving and positioning the loader arm cylinder for installation using electric or human power. In addition, the cart reduces ergonomic risk to the operator as well as allow for cylinder installation within the take time of the operation. Both detailed design analysis and cost benefit analysis with assembly instruction is provided to support the upcoming prototype by CNH Industrial.

Special Exhibits

Project Lead the Way

Remove Plastic Wrappers from Water

MEMBERS: Javante Ewing
ADVISOR: Josh Collette
A 9 by 24-inch vessel with vortex function to drag plastic wrappers into storage. There are two 12-volt motors turning two turbines for creating a hoover function in the water. One motor is located on the left side while the other is on the right on the bottom. In the center in the bottom is a box containing four 4 pack battery holders with 4 lithium ion rechargeable batteries in each for power along with our central brain of the arduino due. There is also our electric pump in the box for extracting water out of the storage and propelling it out the bottom as an added hoover function. On both sides will be two motors located in the center for directional control. In the center middle will be the spiral cone for creating a vortex to disrupt the water current and suck in plastic waste which will then flow into storage. For our presentation, we will have our vessel in tub of water with few plastic wraps in the water for demonstration.

Child Resistant Packaging

MEMBERS: Will Clayton, Bridger Keane, Kyle McAnarney
ADVISOR: Josh Collette
We have developed a new Child Resistant Package. The box includes two parts, a foldable top tuck opening box modified to complement and lock the other part, a locking vacuumed sealed tray. The tray and box interaction are the pinnacle point of being deemed a child resistant product and keeping the goods and product inside the box from interaction of children.

Children Left Unattended in Vehicles

MEMBERS: Ashley Collette, Julia Floyd, Nourin Karim
ADVISOR: Josh Collette
Parents and caregivers leave their children unsupervised in vehicles, which has led to 37 juvenile deaths per year, as well as cases of internal long-term damage. This happens everywhere, all year round. This occurs mostly in hot weather, causing heat stroke, hypothermia, and further internal damage. Because of this, 19 states in the U.S. have laws against leaving children alone in vehicles. We have made a device that will help stop this problem.

Modular Enhanced Human Input Device

MEMBERS: Ian Phares, Manmeet Pelia
ADVISOR: Josh Collette
Since 1948, input devices - such as keyboards, number pads, and game controllers - have remained relatively the same in design. Recent attempts have been made to address limited capability, control, and customization of keyboards (i.e. March 2012’s Razer’s Synapse 2.0 or March 2018’s Corsair’s iCUE). Unfortunately, each solution lacks in differing ways: some support one device at a time, work on one operating system, or lack in options and customization. Due to the shortfalls of keyboard innovation, a HID system is needed to enhance computer experience and workflow according to the needs of computer users, approximately 78% of the United States. Our design attempts to create a modular, customizable keyboard with various functions to meet the needs of users. This is done by including different input options to make work/play easier.

Problematic Sun Visors and Sun Glare

MEMBERS: Joseph Anglin
ADVISOR: Josh Collette
Drivers have experienced, at one time or another, having the sun in their eyes. This problem affects nearly 200 million people every day in the US alone according to the number of licenses indicated by the US Highway Administration. People many times are forced to remedy this issue with a sun visor or tint: which can do little to alleviate the blinding light, and even cause obstructive problems of their own. Taking into account the staggering amount of daily drivers, the risk of accidents, lawsuits, and general inconvenience of this epidemic, it poses a serious threat to those on the road.Because of this, we’ve been developing a sun visor that uses a Camera and LCD Screen to take in a live feed and filter out glare to display in front of the driver, while being adjustable-- to alleviate the inconveniences of regular visors. This allows the driver to be safe from the distracting light while also maintaining a complete visual on traffic control systems.