On Friday, May 4, 2018, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture’s (CETA) spring Design Expo showcased the innovative ideas of sophomores enrolled in engineering design courses and seniors presenting their capstone projects.
Held in the University’s Sports Center, highlights of the all-day event included a design competition and senior “shark tank” presentations where students pitched their concepts to the many industry, faculty, and staff serving as judges. Throughout the semester, students collaborated with each other and in many cases industry sponsors, to develop and apply real-world solutions to design challenges.
This spring’s design challenge goals:
* Creating well-designed, practical solutions that address key issues associated with global problems;
* Encouraging a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about these issues;
* Providing promising designers with a path to drive change in the world.
Sophomores Nicolle Carr, Josephine Garcia, Aleks Nowicki, and Devin Prive, addressed preserving the environment, placing first for their “GARy Automatic Trash Sorter”, a smart garbage and recyclable sorter. It uses Google’s image recognition technology and a computerized camera to take a picture of an object after it’s placed on a movable plate on top of a garbage bin. If GARy determines the object is trash, the plate swings to the right and deposits it into the trash compartment. If it’s a recyclable, it falls into the left recyclables side.
Recognizing the large void in post-crash motorcycle alert systems, computer engineering senior Adam Haggett secured first place for his “Passive Motorcycle Accident Detection and Response” project. The system is a physical device that can be placed on motorcycles and is designed to call 911 directly using a synthesized human voice, saving lives and dramatically reducing the time required to receive help.
CETA congratulates all winners, acknowledges all participants for their hard work and thanks judges, visitors, faculty, staff, advisors and the many attendees!
The full list of winners:
Sophomores: (Course ES 242)
First Place (Prof. Todd Brown)
Automatic Trash Sorter
Nicole Carr, Josephine Garcia, Aleks Nowicki and Devin Prive
Second Place (Ulrich Decher, PhD)
Jason Alberto, Thamer Alenezi, Matthew Bradnan and Carlos Jimenez
Second Place (Prof. Enrico Obst)
Motorcycle Safety Device
Talal Aldeehany, Keith Sachs, Truong So, Abdulrahman Alotaibi, and Salem Alqashanin
Seniors: (Courses listed below)
First Place (Technical Advisors: Krista Hill, PhD) – ECE 483
Passive Motorcycle Accident Detection and Response
Second Place (Technical Advisors: Hassan Salehi, PhD and Kiwon Sohn, PhD) – ECE 483
IoT Instrument for Heart Monitoring Interfacing Humans and Robots
Second Place (Technical Advisor: Hassan Salehi, PhD and Akram Abu-Aisheh, PhD) – ECE 483
IoT Based Solar Energy Storage System Using Capacitors
Tyler Littman, Afamuefula Chiagoro, Astrid Mangual