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Biomedical Engineering

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Rachael Schmedlen
Project Name Opiatra
Student Members Swetha Reddi, Gerrit Williams, Mitchell Cin, Christine Collins, Elizabeth Strehl,
Project Description "This project consists of a comprehensive, interactive training simulator that supplements traditional opioid overdose response trainings. Users are able to practice recognizing the signs of opioid overdose and responding effectively. "

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Rachael Schmedlen
Project Name ECMObility
Student Members Sisira Kavuri, Catherine Liu, Alex Bluestone, Paul Potter, Saloni Jaikamal, Cryserica Jeter
Project Description "Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) stabilizes patients with critical cardiac and pulmonary conditions and provides a bridge to lung transplant. For adult patients on VV ECMO, problems presented include cannula twisting, hot ECMO circuitry around the head, and difficulty engaging in repositioning and ambulation. There is a need for a device that improves patient's health, safety, and comfort while ambulating on ECMO. Our team's goal is to design a device that will stabilize the cannula and alleviate ECMO circuitry heat and pressure. "

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Rachael Schmedlen
Project Name Ex-Situ Limb Perfusion System
Student Members Michael Panagos , Thomas Stewart , Zoe Zlomek , Courtney Burns , Megan Miller, Allison Grant
Project Description "Replantation of amputated body parts is a routine procedure in many level 1 trauma centers around the world. Procedure however is subject to time limits imposed by tissue viability. For finger amputations, even when preserved in cold temperatures, may not survive beyond 12 hours. Parts containing large sums of muscle, survival is not possible beyond 4 hours of ischemia. As a result, patients with major amputation injuries are immediately transferred to specialized centers to have the replantation procedure. Due to limited number of available centers to perform such procedures, many patients end uplosing their body parts. An ex-vivo perfusion system providing oxygen and other nutrients to the amputated part at an optimal temperature may revolutionize the way we preserve body parts prior to replantation and may save time needed for transportation of injured patients. Such system will consist of an oxygenator, a hemofilter, a roller pump, a container for the part, and a temperature-controlled perfusate container. In this project, we aimed to address the temperature-controlled container as well as the container holding the limb. Currently, deal temperature to contain the limb part is currently unknown. Hypothermic and normothermic temperatures both have pros and cons. An ideal ex-vivo perfusion system should aim to provide the range needed for different perfusates. "

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Rachael Schmedlen
Graduate Student Instructor Carlos Ramirez
Project Name UltraGuide
Student Members Ishan Naidu, Hana Sinha, Maya Shabbir, Tia Calabrese, Trevor Shick, Ammar Chishti
Project Description Ultrasound-Attachable Needle and Catheter Guide for Abscess Drainage

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Melissa Wrobel
Sponsor Michigan Medicine
Project Name The AV Club
Student Members Katherine Champion, Mahmoud Komaiha, Sean McLoughlin, Megha Ramappan, Zachary Skeen, Jennifer Spiegel
Project Description "Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 14% of Americans and has a 49% mortality rate after just three years. The disease is associated with loss of kidney function and requires dialysis or a transplant for survival. To conduct dialysis, the National Kidney Foundation recommends the surgical creation of an arteriovenous (AV) fistula. Currently, AV fistulas only mature properly in 50-70% of cases. Currently, AV fistula recipients are post-operatively prescribed an exercise regimen that attempts to improve fistula maturation. This treatment is prescribed based on two known correlations: exercise increases blood flow and increased blood flow improves AV fistula maturation. There is, however, no definitive correlation between exercise and AV fistula maturation. There is a need for a device to test the direct correlation between exercise and AV fistula maturation. Our proposed solution is a wireless, dumbbell-shaped stress ball that monitors patient exercise, provides feedback to the patient, and transmits data to the physician for review. The device will preliminarily be used in a pilot study at Michigan Medicine with the eventual goal of commercialization."

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Rachael Schmedlen
Graduate Student Instructor Carlos Anaya Ramirez
Project Name Stabilizing People with Disabilities While Lifting on Gym Equipment
Student Members Nicole Chen, Mohamad Alhalabi, Ali Badaoui, Samad Emory, Emily Krebs, Clarence Womack
Project Description "Due to the limited adaptability of exercise equipment and other factors, lifting in recreational gyms can be unsafe for people with disabilities. The goal of this project is to create a device that securely stabilizes an individual in place while lifting on a piece of gym equipment. This device must be operational with the use of only one hand to ensure that disabled individuals with limited or no use of a hand or limb can operate the device independently. "

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Rachael Schmedlen
Graduate Student Instructor Carlos Ramirez
Project Name Sclero: Monitoring the Progression of Systemic Sclerosis
Student Members Ellie Boynton, Madison Tarnowski, Maggie Kondek, Karl Hahn , Joseph Cavataio , Alex Girgis
Project Description "Scleroderma, also referred to as systemic sclerosis (SSc), is a harmful autoimmune disease which, among other symptoms, affects skin elasticity and composition. For long-term monitoring, skin thickness is typically used as an indicator of disease progression, but its measurement is imprecise, time consuming, and tedious for patients. Improved tools to assess SSc progression may be impactful for the SSc patient population and potentially other patient populations for whom skin hardening is a prognostic indicator. We aim to design a device that can consistently and quantitatively assess disease progression through physical parameters of the skin and will be adopted by SSc practitioners at the University of Michigan. "

 

Course BME 450
Faculty Advisor Rachael Schmedlen
Sponsor Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Graduate Student Instructor Carlos Ramirez
Project Name Mobili-T
Student Members Amanda Stark , Jeffery Zhang, Lauren Hirth, Nikolas Barrera, Mohamad Sulieman
Project Description "Mobili-T is working to develop a mobility device for a toddler with four congenital limb deficiencies to improve his ability to independently move and play throughout an indoor setting without any setup assistance."

 

Course BME 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Rachael Schmedlen
Graduate Student Instructor Joel Tan
Project Name MetaCapture
Student Members David Chang, Trevor Alberts, Shira Lehmann, Cameron Schiffer, Anni Wang
Project Description A wearable device that measures finger movement for patients with a brachial plexus injury who have undergone a nerve reconstruction surgery.

 

Course BME 452
Faculty Advisor Drs. Rachael Schmedlen and John Gosbee
Project Name intubaby
Student Members Maya Ben-Efraim, Emily Shaw, Cassandra Kuyawa, Khushi Vakharia
Project Description "intubaby aims to design an endotracheal tube securement device to be used in neonatal intensive care units by nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians that better holds the ET tube in place in neonates, remains secure in an incubator, and in various patient positions without irritating the patient's skin."

 

Course BME 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Rachael Schmedlen
Graduate Student Instructor Joel Tan
Project Name AllerAce
Student Members Albert Cai, Scott Haskell, Chris Sedlak, Adam Racette, Casey Watson,
Project Description "There is no available method to non-invasively quantify the severity of an allergic response in real-time and in-vivo. We measure the release of histamine in saliva during an allergic reaction as our metric for the severity of an allergic response. Quantifying this biomarker through the use of a commercial ELISA kit and a novel imaging device, we will be able to measure histamine from saliva down to a clinically relevant scale in under 20 minutes. "

 

Chemical Engineering

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd and Karl Jacob
Project Name Bio-Plastics
Student Members Logan Seghi, Brandon Reitsma, Rami Farawi, Josh Louisignau, Robert Stinson
Project Description "Continuous Production of Polyethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate via Direct Esterification"

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Production of Carbon-Free Hydrogen from Natural Gas
Student Members Gabriel Valley, Adam Greer, Michael Durkin, Ryan Delaney
Project Description "We developed an efficient chemical process for the production of hydrogen from natural gas, with a focus on reducing environmental emissions, through the use of protonic membrane reforming. With this process, high-purity industrial scale hydrogen can be produced to supply the growing demands for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles."

 

Course ChE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd
Project Name CAAT & Co. Plastics
Student Members Christina Meyer, Tyler Tanski, Anvya Mathur, Austin Basley
Project Description "Our project team, CAAT & Company, is currently looking at developing the process to manufacture polyethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate (PEF). Our business idea includes the manufacturing of PEF on an industrial scale for the purpose of beverage containers. The market for PEF is expected to grow in the coming years and will begin to compete with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) industry, which is currently the main source of material for beverage containers. PEF provides a greener, more sustainable alternative to PET by being produced from sugars rather than petroleum-based raw materials."

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Manufacturing of Steviol Glycosides
Student Members Yen Jee Ooi, Casey Brantner, Silva Zhang, Brooke Thanasiu
Project Description "Currently the most commonly used bulk sweeteners in the U.S are cane or beet sugar and HFCS. Stevia, traditionally extracted from the stevia plant, is much sweeter than sugar, and could replace much of the caloric value of sugars in food products. A recently commercialized process can produce steviol glycosides (a form of the sweetener) via industrial fermentation. We designed a process and associated plant to produce steviol glucosides."

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Dr. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Hydrogen-erators
Student Members Marshall Deeds, Evan Davis, Nathan Hall, Kyle Lecea
Project Description Production of Carbon Dioxide Free Hydrogen

 

Course ChE 487
Faculty Advisor Dr. Andrew Tadd and John Kassarjian
Project Name A2-H2
Student Members Andrew Ostoin, Matthew Wolbert, Ryan Lee, Dong Feng
Project Description " Our project aimed to determine the efficacy of creating a carbon-free hydrogen production plant with positive cash flow over its lifetime. Our team created process flow diagrams (PFDs), a safe plant layout, analyzed process economics, and compared waste emissions to current industrial hydrogen plants to determine the feasibility of methane pyrolysis in catalyzed molten metal as a viable hydrogen production option."""

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Development of a Cost-Effective Ebola Vaccine Manufacturing Process
Student Members Austin Abdun-Nabi, Ethan Hoffman, Arthi Nadhan, Allison Shenton
Project Description "Current manufacturing for Ebola virus (EBOV) vaccines are small scale and not profitable. Our team’s goal is to manufacture EBOV vaccines using VERO cells on a large enough scale to provide an API to capture the global market share, while adhering to FDA regulations and safety standards."

 

Course ChE 487
Faculty Advisor Dr. Andrew Tadd
Project Name A PET alternative: the production of PEF from bio-based FDCA
Student Members Joel Holland, Melissa Barros, Saiful Roslan, Natalia Madrigal Martinez
Project Description "PET is one of the most widely-used plastics in modern manufacturing processes. While it is easy to produce and process, it comes at the price of being derived from non-renewable petroleum byproducts. PEF is an alternative to PET that is manufactured from fully renewable materials and maintains or exceeds the desired physical properties of its predecessor. Our team has designed an industrial process and plant to produce PEF at volumes comparable to similar PET facilities. The project details design, environmental, safety, and economic aspects of the process."

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Dr. Andrew Tadd
Project Name The Hydrogen Heroes Present: Production of Carbon-Free Hydrogen
Student Members Kevin Greenman, Marshall Cherry, Josh Hamilton, Michael Veksler
Project Description "Our project team was tasked with producing hydrogen directly from natural gas without emitting carbon dioxide as a by-product. Our process also needed to segregate solid carbon produced by the reaction. We achieved this objective by designing a plant capable of providing enough hydrogen to supply a typical ammonia production plant’s requirements, which we specified as 100 kilotons of H2 gas per year. We did this by directly converting methane to hydrogen gas and solid carbon by pyrolysis through the use of molten, catalytic metals. "

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Dr. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Manufacturing of Polyethylene Furanoate for the Replacement of Polyethylene Terephthalate
Student Members Duncan Taylordean, Adam Gaboury, Riley Whelan, Gaurav Hosur
Project Description We attempt to economically manufacture Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) for the replacement of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) in plastic products. PEF is completely biosourced and thus more sustainable than PET. It is one possible pathway we can take to reduce our plastic waste.

 

Course ChE 487
Faculty Advisor Dr. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Production of PEF as a Replacement for Bottle-grade PET
Student Members Seguin Guerrero, Jacqueline Nisbet, Heya Ouyang, Jay Patel, Andrew Tsao,
Project Description "We are designing a process to produce bottle-grade polyethylene furanoate (PEF) from 2,5 furan-dicarboxylic acid. This process aims to produce PEF competitively enough to be able to eventually replace the current market-dominating polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The reason for this push to switch is because PEF is a more environmentally-friendly, bio-based alternative to the petroleum-based PET. "

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Carbon Clean
Student Members Margaret Braunreuther , Ariana Wade, Jim Henris, Joseph Middleton
Project Description Carbon capture and sequestration

 

Course ChE 487
Faculty Advisor Prof. Andrew Tadd
Project Name Sweetener
Student Members Sari Goldstein, Carolyn Wulfsohn, Jocelyn Marchyok, Nadia Auchus
Project Description "Currently the most commonly used bulk sweeteners in the U.S are cane or beet sugar and HFCS. Debate continues about the contributions of excess sugar to human health, while the feedstocks for these sweeteners (corn, cane) rely on intensive mechanical agriculture. Stevia, traditionally extracted from the stevia plant, is much sweeter than sugar, and could replace much of the caloric value of sugars in food products. A recently commercialized process can produce steviol glycosides (a form of the sweetener) via industrial fermentation. We have designed a process and associated plant to produce steviol glycosides."

 

Course CHE 487
Faculty Advisor Lisa Myler
Project Name Ebola Vaccine Industrial Production
Student Members Andrew Brown, Meghan Fischer, Genevieve Packard, Brady Nishimiya
Project Description Scale-up of ebola vaccine production for use around the world.

 

Course CHE 489
Faculty Advisor Prof. Erdogan Gulari
Project Name BPatch
Student Members Natalie Baxter, Theresa Fanelli, Jason Ji, Michelle Kearney
Project Description "An oral pill replacement: Transdermal microneedle patches for delivery of small molecule, low-dose drugs"

 

Course Che 489
Faculty Advisor Dr. Laura Hirshfield
Project Name Fika
Student Members Samantha Greeley, Andrew Pfarr, Elizabeth Mathews, Andrew Min, Jack Pelletier
Project Description "Fika, a new superdrink, is perfect for the person who’s looking for a nutritional snack with some wake-me-up energy. It combines the nutritional benefits of vitamins, the energy of caffeine, and the great taste of a smoothie in a snack-sized drink. "

 

Course CHE 489
Faculty Advisor Laura Hirshfield
Project Name Spritz
Student Members Neha Bidthanapally, Elaine Parkanzky, Christian Wire, Sachie Kakehi, Jacob Lustbader
Project Description "The Spritz tablet utilizes a simple carbonation reaction to deliver the familiar, refreshing taste of popularized carbonated beverages. Packaged in a pocket-sized tin like a typical pack of mints, our product will provide consumers dozens of on-the-go refreshing drinks with minimal waste."

 

Course CHE 489
Faculty Advisor Erdogan Gulari
Project Name SafePac
Student Members Brittany Perry, Salwan Butrus, Vinod Raman, Rishabh Nayak, Nolan Kataoka
Project Description "SafePac is a senior design project for the chemical engineering department. SafePac is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly laundry detergent packet."

 

Course CHE 489
Faculty Advisor Prof. Erdogan Gulari
Project Name Nouv
Student Members Nick Weber, Sophia Pryor, Benjamin Ottolini, Matthew Matusz
Project Description "Nouv is a lotion with additives that promote melanin production in the skin, which is the pigment responsible for tanning and naturally increases sun protection. This moisturizing lotion is a great UV free alternative to laying out in the sun or using tanning beds. Nouv will help you look good while avoiding the unnecessary risk of skin cancer that comes from UV rays. "

 

Course CHE 489
Faculty Advisor Prof. Erdogan Gulari
Project Name EasyScreen: We've Got Your Bac!
Student Members Jessica Jana, Angela Sze, Akira Nishii, Patricia De Sousa, Irina Kopyeva
Project Description "Diabetic ulcers, a major aspect of wound care and frequent cause of amputation, are difficult to treat as it is hard to quantify the type and quantity of bacteria present in a wound. Despite this urgency and prominence, there is no point-of-care method for rapidly detecting bioburden, the amount of bacteria in a wound, which allows for the tracking of infection progression. Current methods involve a several day, offsite culture. The ability to detect bioburden at the point of care would enable medical personal to quickly realize an increase in infection and act more immediately. Easy Screen is a proof of concept project for a bioburden quantification kit which can be used to quantify bacterial levels at the point of care. Easy Screen consists of two dyes which tag gram positive and negative bacteria but not eukaryotic cells. A corresponding program correlates fluorescent emissions with the amount of bacteria present in a sample. This product will give the clinician immediate feedback as to whether or not a culture is also necessary to find the exact bacterial composition of the wound. "

 

Course CHE 489
Faculty Advisor Laura Hirshfield
Project Name Ineffable
Student Members Giuliana Herrera, Kaitlyn Burgert, Kristin HooSang, Amy Dao, Akanksha Acharya
Project Description "Our team designed an all-natural spot corrector that can smooth the appearance of heavily textured skin on the face, such as wrinkles, acne, acne scars, etc. It acts similar to a primer, but it has a thicker consistency so that it can create the perfect canvas for makeup application. Primers in the market today are predominantly synthetic and do not have the ability to build up or fill in heavy texture. We wanted to create a solution to these problems, while ensuring it is healthy and safe for the skin."

 

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo
Project Name Workcess (job search powered by blockchain)
Student Members Zhengda Wu, Xinyu Ye, Yihong Zou, Ziheng Qin, Yucheng Shi, Fangzhou Shi,
Project Description a mobile app powered by blockchain for migrant wokers to find job and ensure payment

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name Disco GO
Student Members Jialin He, Mengmeng Chen, Feichi Hu, Lewei Li, Renzhong Lu, Qiyue Yao, Pengyun Zhao,
Project Description "Disco GO is a mobile game which combines singing competition, adventure game and social platform. This game helps users achieve more accurate pitches by visualization of the user’s singing pitches with fun. A user can choose various modes and songs to practice singing skills, reach higher levels and make friends through the social platform."

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name auggr
Student Members Saloni Mundhra, Joe Pohlman, Jake Beason, Cameron Hanlon, Elizabeth Szeles,
Project Description "Dedicated to enriching the customer-business relationship through augmented reality, auggr is a mobile app specializing in marketing."

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name CrewCam
Student Members Armando Ruvalcaba, Brandon Tajfel, Trevor Sanderson, Matthew Wise, Ali Zarrabi, Makaela Dalley, Toby Jaroslaw,
Project Description Our project is a mobile application that allows multiple users to record an event from different angles with different phones and easily piece together these videos and edit and share them.

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name EECS 441 Teaching Staff Registration Testing
Student Members Yibo Pi,
Project Description Apologize for cluttering the system and I need to learn the registration steps so that I can help EECS 441 students if they have questions

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Li
Project Name TheftBeGone
Student Members Eric Cass, David Cui, Ryan Dunning, Colin Tan, Nash Easterday,
Project Description We are building a theft prevention app that allows our users to leave their laptops unattended without having to worry about it being stolen.

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name ARt Spaces
Student Members Austin Klopfer, George Bryja III, Chris Monteferrante, James Choi, Manoj Gollamudi, Joseph Flanagan , Zach Spar,
Project Description An augmented reality drawing app for mobile

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name Styles
Student Members Robert Kennedy, Sushrut Athavale, Claire Rolfes, Benji Bear, Xinran Han, Yinlan Shao, Xiwen Lin,
Project Description A mobile application that uses machine learning to learn how a user likes to edit their photos so it can automatically edit their photos to their liking.

 

Course EECS 441
Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin
Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi
Project Name BuildIT
Student Members Xiaoyu Fang, Yimeng Zhou, Jiaxin Ye, Jiaming Xuan, Jingyuan Zhu, Yuze Lou ,
Project Description "Assemble furniture through stepwise video instructions. Take a photo of your components and we help you pick the right piece to build your world."

 

table> Course EECS 441 Faculty Advisor Prof. Sugih Jamin Graduate Student Instructor Yibo Pi Project Name Delivr Student Members Albert Lin, Matt Kolm, Izak Fritz, Christina Ko, David Yu, Waqas Azhar, Jacob Swart, Project Description Mobile App for P2P Delivery Platform

 

Course EECS 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Hun-Seok Kim
Sponsor Raytheon
Graduate Student Instructor "Siddharth Venkatesan
Project Name Ben Simpson"
Student Members 3D Motion Control , Ashish Nichanametla, Shriharimurt Bhaskaramurthi, Samuel Strongin,
Project Description ,The purpose of this project is to demonstrate 3D motion control applications. Specifically we will be utilizing stereo vision using two raspberry pi cameras to capture images to try and detect an IR light. We will be placing an IR pass filter that rejects visible light and only captures IR. The overall goal is demonstrate control applications and some of the applications we will focus on are an automated home and potentially an autonomous vehicle.

 

Course EECS 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Hun-Seok Kim
Sponsor Raytheon
Graduate Student Instructor Siddharth Venkatesan
Project Name Engineered Dude Perfect: An Automated Moving Basketball Hoop
Student Members Daniel Manwiller, Sanjee Choudhuri, Yash Dave,
Project Description An automated moving mini basketball hoop to always catch the ball. The system uses stereo image processing for ball tracking and path estimation. The hoop moves on linear sliding rails with two axis of freedom.

 

Course EECS 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Hun Seok Kim
Graduate Student Instructor Siddharth Venkatesan
Project Name LecSure
Student Members Nathan Block, Austin Xu, Ian O'Bryan, Raghu Arghal,
Project Description Automated Lecture Capture System

 

Course EECS 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Hun-Seok Kim
Sponsor Raytheon
Graduate Student Instructor Siddharth Venkatesan
Project Name Gesture DJ
Student Members Yueying Li, Emily Liu, Soyeon Baek, Mengxi Wu,
Project Description "Imagine modifying music characteristics, like the music volume or instrumental intensity, without physically touching anything and only needing to do one of a few preselected hand gestures. We desire to accomplish this through our project and we will mainly focus on modifying violin and piano instrumental audio of the music, or the entire audio. This system could potentially be used to train a new conductor of an orchestra or band, used by a DJ at parties, or even by a casual user who would just like to modify audio from a distance. While the system is appealing to build, the separation of sources froma mixture can serve as an intermediary step for our system. It is also critical kernel for tasks such as automatic speech recognition, speech enhancement for cochlear implant users, etc. The requirement for low-latency processingis desirable,which we will focus on in this project.We will use BSS evaluationmetricsto compare our method’s effectiveness. "

 

Course EECS 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Hun-Seok Kim
Sponsor Raytheon
Graduate Student Instructor Ben Simpson
Project Name OCD-R0 (Optically-Controlled Defense Robot V0)
Student Members Moad Yaseen, Divyang Amin, Jaehwan Lee,
Project Description "The OCD-R0 is an awesome robot with a foam gun and Raspberry Pi Camera that can be controlled via EOG and Accelerometers, using Arduinos, Bluetooth modules, and Raspberry Pi devices, and will be used to test the capability of EOG as a controlling mechanism for robots."

 

Course EECS 452
Faculty Advisor Prof. Hun-Seok Kim
Graduate Student Instructor Siddharth Venkatesan
Project Name I Spy With My Raspberry Pi
Student Members Joni Shaska, Isabell Taylor, Deondre Davis, Brianna Hutchison,
Project Description Name to face recognition system. I camera will be attached to the frame of a pair of glasses. The camera will then identify names and display these names on a tablet display given to the user.

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Austin Yarger
Project Name Project-Orpheus
Student Members Alexander Okros,
Project Description Project-Orpheus is a project based on researching how to build a platform that creates video game music using algorithmic programming for starting game developers with little-to-no musical background.

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Austin Yarger
Project Name HYDRA
Student Members Haidar Hammoud,
Project Description "Hydra empowers every person to create, share, and enjoy all content within a social context."

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Austin Yarger
Project Name RockPaperStreamer
Student Members Evan Brisita,
Project Description RockPaperStream combines VR gaming directly to the streaming experience. Viewers can watch a streamer on the Mixer streaming platform and play the game with (against) them. This project addresses the varying scales of viewers through engineering and game design.

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Somin Eunice Lee
Project Name Surface Chemistry Engineering for Highly Stable Imaging Probes
Student Members Zachary Burns,
Project Description "We have developed a procedure for optimizing the surface coatings of gold nanorods. The chosen surface chemistry provides the rods with greater stability, biocompatibility, and a linking mechanism to proteins."

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Austin Yarger
Project Name Project Zoran
Student Members Matoska Waltz,
Project Description "Speed running is a hobby in which players attempt to complete games as quickly as possible. There are 14,865 games on speedrun.com, a site dedicated to keeping track of times in leaderboards (speedrun.com 2019). Each game has a community of runners improving the knowledge base about the run and practicing to improve their personal best time and compete for the world record. This practice pays off at Games Done Quick, a biannual speed running marathon hosted to raise money for cancer prevention. Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 raised $2,295,190.66 and averaged a viewer base of over 100,000 (Games Done Quick 2019). Being human, one problem runners face is the inability to perform certain maneuvers in their speed game without lots of practice. This inability might lead them to believe such a maneuver is impossible. It can take a long time for the community around a game to discover all the tricks possible to optimize times. The TAS (Tool Assisted Speedrun) community helps with this by developing bots that can speed run games better than humans. These runs are extremely impressive to watch, but they can take a long time to create, as each input must be painstakingly scripted in advance of the run. I would like to develop a tool that can create these TAS bots automatically by leveraging the power of machine learning. This project is centered around the game Celeste, and focuses on developing a mod for that will allow a machine to learn how to play Celeste."

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Austin Yarger
Project Name Kanjikan
Student Members Jason Wozniak,
Project Description Project Kanjikan aims at finding ways to make the process of reading and writing Japanese kanji characters better by creating a rhythm game that utilizes core game design principles.

 

Course EECS 499
Faculty Advisor Prof. Austin Yarger
Project Name Project_Marche
Student Members Ian Kemler,
Project Description "The title “Project Marcheâ€ù is derived from the 18th Century Academy of Beaux-Arts term “Le Grande Marcheâ€ù which describes the imaginary walkthrough of a building perceived as a sequence of architectural images. Manifested as a 2.5D video game, the conceptual procession of the “Marcheâ€ù is formalized through exploratory play. This video game combines architectural rendering techniques with 2.5D video game mechanics to create a unique and unconventional gameplay experience. "

 

Honors

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. John Foster
Project Name Time-Resolved Optical Emission Spectroscopy of a Nanosecond Pulsed Plasma Discharge at the Surface of Soybean Seeds
Student Members Roxanne Pinsky,
Project Description "Cold plasma treatment is potentially a sustainable and economic method to improve seed germination and growth, and therefore crop yield. The treatment also inherently has an application in seed sterilization. The reactive species in the plasma have been shown to cause improvements such as increased water uptake. They may also have an influence on signaling germination and development in the seed. The reactive species present throughout the entire plasma treatment process must be better understood to be able to prove this method of treatment is beneficial. "

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. John Foster
Project Name Time-Resolved Optical Emission Spectroscopy of a Nanosecond Pulsed Plasma Discharge at the Surface of Soybean Seeds
Student Members Roxanne Pinsky, Kenneth Engeling, Michael Hua,
Project Description "Cold plasma treatment is potentially a sustainable and economic method to improve seed germination and growth, and therefore crop yield. The treatment also inherently has an application in seed sterilization. The reactive species in the plasma have been shown to cause improvements such as increased water uptake. They may also have an influence on signaling germination and development in the seed. The reactive species present throughout the entire plasma treatment process must be better understood to be able to prove this method of treatment is beneficial. "

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Ehsan Afshari
Project Name A 210 GHz Transmitter Using Coupled Oscillators
Student Members Samir Nooshabadi, Lili Chen,
Project Description "A novel design for a high data-rate, 210 GHz transmitter is described. The transmitter is based on a coupled oscillator topology, and is predicted to provide 20 Gbps communication over a 10cm channel. The topology exploits the fast-settling frequency modulation of mutually coupled oscillators. The transmitter is designed on a 65nm CMOS technology."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Harsha Madhyastha
Graduate Student Instructor Ayush Goel
Project Name Web page comparisons using graph algorithms on post-load DOM trees
Student Members Jonathan Thomas,
Project Description "In this project, I developed a comparison program to determine how similar two web pages are from the perspective of a user visiting either page, though these sites may have differences in their actual source code. In order to determine if the sites are the same, we used graph-diffing algorithms to compare post-load DOM trees. The end goal of this project to be able to deploy this tool on real-world web pages and be able to accurately retrieve information about similarities and differences between them."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Dr. Joan Greve
Project Name Lab in a Kit for Elementary and Middle School Students
Student Members Casey Brantner,
Project Description "My project is a “Lab in a Kitâ€ù, or a small box filled with reusable materials that can be used for engineering activities in a classroom. The activities cover topics from aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering. The kit is approximately $10 to manufacture so that underserved communities can easily use it. Additionally, one kit provides enough materials for an entire classroom of children (30 students) to participate. Each kit comes with a user guide, which explains clearly and concisely how to perform each activity. This project aims to make engineering affordable and exciting to elementary and middle school students."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Peter Honeyman
Graduate Student Instructor Ben VanderSloot
Project Name Improving Open Source SSH Bastion Security for Tech Startups
Student Members Jenna Schwartz,
Project Description "SSH bastions are becoming more and more widely used for server security but they are expensive to outsource, especially for small tech startups. To remedy this, a local Ann Arbor startup developed and open-sourced an SSH bastion, and my project works to enhance this system. In order to detect vulnerabilities in the current SSH bastion code, I fuzzed the system with comprehensive and intelligent inputs using the Go programming language. Additionally, I implemented a heuristic tool to detect and notify admins of unusual or suspicious authentication activity permeating the bastion's security layer."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Dr. Sami Barmada
Project Name Phosphorylation of the protein Fused-in-Sarcoma in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Student Members Michael Panagos ,
Project Description "Mutations in the nuclear protein fused-in-sarcoma (FUS) have been established as a cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS-FUS). FUS also aggregates in the neurons of patients with subtypes of frontotemporal dementia (FTD; FTLD-FUS). In diseased neurons, FUS has a characteristic pattern of cytoplasmic aggregation. In cell and animal models, FUS aggregates have been demonstrated to have gain-of-function toxicity. Our group has recently discovered numerous phosphorylation sites within FUS’s amino-terminal prion-like domain. We found that multi-phosphorylation of this domain inhibits FUS aggregation and suppresses FUS toxicity (Monahan et al. EMBO 2017). We have generated 4 custom antibodies that specifically recognize different forms of phosphorylated FUS (phospho-FUS). The phosphorylation of FUS in diseased neurons has not been reported. We will use human disease tissue from our university’s repository to determine if phospho-FUS is present at differential levels or has distinct localization in diseased neurons. Our specific goals are to: Determine if FUS and phospho-FUS show differential expression and distribution patterns in tissue sections from patients with FTLD-FUS and ALS-FUS. Determine if FUS is present in an aggregated state in neural tissue from patients with diagnosed Guam ALS (our university has the largest reported collection of Guam-ALS samples in the world). If inclusions are FUS-positive, we will determine if phospho-FUS is differentially present within the inclusions. "

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Walter Lasecki
Project Name TouchAccess
Student Members Raymond Fok,
Project Description "This project explores improving the touch accuracy of individuals with motor impairments via the aggregation of self-sourced touch input. In instances where individuals may be unable to provide a single accurate touch, they instead provide multiple touches which are aggregated to simulate a corrected touch. We explore the effects of different aggregation schemes—both generalized and user-specific—on the resulting touch accuracy, and discuss the feasibility of increased effort via multiple touches for increased accuracy. This work extends our prior research into improving touch accuracy using a user-independent touch vector model augmented with a user-specific layer."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. William Arthur
Project Name A New Approach to the Career Fair: Virtual Queuing
Student Members Vineet Jammalamadaka,
Project Description "The Career Fair is one of the most important times of the year for students, but always is full of long lines and frustrated students. This project showcases a first step solution to this problem, Virtual Queue, that allows students to insert themselves into a virtual line for companies rather than physically wait in line. This allows students to multitask with their time more effectively (such as not skip class) rather than waste multiple hours in line doing nothing."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Eleni Gourgou
Sponsor University of Michigan Office of Research
Project Name 3D bio-printing nematode growth medium for advancing behavioral assays on C.elegans
Student Members Steel Cardoza,
Project Description "C. elegans is the most widely used model organism in the world, it's high homogeneity with the human genome and the communities full map of their nervous system has led to relevant behavioral conclusions. Currently, the model organism is tested in two-dimensional mazes. A three dimensional environment would allow for more advanced neurobiological behavioral questions to be posed and answered. Thus, a method of 3D bio-printing nematode growth medium, an agar based hydrogel, is determined. "

 

Course Honors
Faculty Advisor Prof. Aaron Ridley
Project Name Attitude Determination of a Semi-Stable Small Spacecraft
Student Members Randall Ticknor,
Project Description Method for attitude determination of small spacecraft to determine stability over time

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Dr. Cynthia Chestek
Project Name Monkey Neural Data Analysis
Student Members Brianna Hutchison,
Project Description "To better understand how the brain works, the research explores neural data analysis techniques. Data is collected from the hand region of the motor cortex in non-human primates (NHP) while they conduct a finger manipulation task. The NHP receives anesthesia doses throughout the task. Data analysis includes removing noise, measuring performance variation, and computing Lempel-Ziv complexity. Increased knowledge of motor neural signals will advance development of neural prostheses."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Chris Ruf
Sponsor NASA Langley
Project Name SAGE III ISS Multiplicative Extended Kalman Filter
Student Members Kathryn Wallace,
Project Description "SAGE III is a remote-sensing instrument on the International Space Station. It measures aerosol, ozone and other gases in Earth's atmosphere by performing solar, lunar, and limb-scattering occultation events. The aim of this project is to develop and implement a filter that will estimate the absolute attitude of SAGE III during limb-scattering events, which require attitude knowledge for proper science data retrieval."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Michael Umbriac
Project Name Thettle
Student Members David Van Dyke,
Project Description "Thettle is a consumer product I created that combines a portable thermos with an electric kettle. It can be plugged into any standard wall outlet to bring water, or other beverages, to boil."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Emmanouil Kioupakis
Project Name Lattice Constant and Band Gap Tuning in BInGaN Alloys for Next-Generation LEDs
Student Members Kevin Greenman,
Project Description "InGaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have enabled significant energy and cost savings, and further savings can be realized by operating at the same efficiency at higher power. However, the efficiency of currently available InGaN LEDs is lowered by the loss of carriers to Auger recombination when operating at high power. The Auger loss can be reduced by increasing the active-region volume, but the lattice mismatch between thick InGaN active layers and underlying GaN layers cause performance-degrading dislocations. Previous work has shown that this problem can be addressed by co-alloying InGaN with BN. Doing so can produce alloys that maintain an approximate lattice match to GaN while allowing for a band gap that is adjustable throughout the visible range. In this work, we expand on previous hybrid density functional theory calculations to explore the thermodynamic, structural, and electronic properties of a larger area of the B(y)In(x)Ga(1-x-y)N composition space and examine the wurtzite, zinc blende, and planar hexagonal phases. A more thorough understanding of these properties will help to direct efforts to fabricate thick active regions for more cost-effective BInGaN LEDs."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Sindhu Kutty
Project Name Attack of the Clones: Manipulation-Resistant Recommender Systems in Practice
Student Members Andong Li Zhao,
Project Description "Recommender Systems are algorithms used to predict if users will like certain items based on prior ratings. However, these systems can be manipulated by fake accounts into giving misinformed recommendations. Prior work to limit the influence of these malicious users has been either heuristic-based or purely theoretical. In this work, we explore how a theoretically manipulation-resistant recommender system performs in practice. We analyze its performance when it is under attack by various malicious rater models. Our results show that, when attacked by cloned users, these algorithms perform significantly better than their naive counterparts. However, these manipulation-resistant algorithms have minimal performance improvements when facing random raters, when not enough information has been learned about the malicious raters, or when there are no attackers. These results show that the effectiveness of manipulation-resistant algorithms is significantly impacted by different attack strategies."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Kayvan Najarian
Project Name Mid-surface Detection and Outcome Prediction for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Student Members Cheng Jiang,
Project Description "Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of death and disability. In the United States, approximately 1.4 million suffer from a TBI each year. TBI may have a lifelong impact on patient health. Midline shift (MLS), the maximum amount of horizontal brain shift, is one of the parameters clinicians use to estimate the severity of TBI and to predict patient outcomes. There has been many prior research for an automated system to detect the width of MLS using CT images. However, the current methods ignore much of the information on CT images, and the results are ambiguous without the location, shape and volume of the brain shift. We propose mid-surface shift, a volumetric measurement to better represent the deformation of brain structure. Our proposed project is twofold. We first develop an image processing algorithm that uses 3D visual features inside the human brain to detect and quantify mid-surface shift. We then compare the predictive power of mid-surface shift and MLS by estimating the patients’ outcome using machine learning."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Eiji Saito
Project Name An In Vitro Study of Polymeric Nanoparticle Characteristics on the Release of Antigen
Student Members Kevin Kramer,
Project Description "An in vitro study on how particle material composition affects hydrolytic degradation of polymeric nanoparticle, and thus release characteristic of the loaded antigen/drug. "

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Joshua Spitz
Graduate Student Instructor Johnathon Jordan
Project Name JSNS2 Neutrino Oscillation Search
Student Members Nicholas Kamp,
Project Description "An investigation into the simulation accuracy of the JSNS2 experiments as it pertains to constraining backgrounds, isolating signals, and more. "

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Nancy Love and Prof. Krista Wigginton
Project Name A Unit Process Approach to Screening Pharmaceuticals during Urine Treatment
Student Members Yan Du,
Project Description "Urine contains a majority of the nutrients in wastewater that would be recovered for fertilizer use, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. However, pharmaceuticals are also present in urine, and may pose potential health risks if they are not properly managed before fertilizer use. During various urine treatment processes, transformation products may be derived from parent pharmaceuticals. Thus, it is crucial to determine the fate of pharmaceuticals during urine treatment and characterize both the parent and transformed pharmaceuticals in order to evaluate the toxicity of treated urine. The efficiency and effectiveness of different treatment process on pharmaceutical removal are also important. In this project, urine is treated by acidification, reverse osmosis and distillation in order. Though unable to report the exact concentrations of pharmaceuticals at each stage of urine treatment, suspect screening is capable of identifying a broad range of unknown pharmaceuticals by matching the measured features of unknown compounds in urine with those of suspects in databases. By studying the changes in intensities resulting from mass spectrometry between multiple stages, we are also able to know effects of treatment processes on the removal of those pharmaceuticals by looking at the presence of potential transformation products, and establish structure-fate/function-fate relationships. It is also possible to identify a standard indicator set of pharmaceuticals that urine contains. Finally, toxicity of treated urine can be implied from the compounds that possibly exist during the treatment processes reported by suspect screening."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Dr. Carlos Aguilar
Project Name Metabolism Modulation of Muscle Stem Cells through Sestrin Gene Knockout
Student Members Mahmoud Komaiha,
Project Description "Muscle stem cells, MuSCs, are the main drivers in skeletal muscle growth and regeneration. MuSCs tend to remain in a quiescent, inactive or dormant, state until an external stimulus such as injury is presented and then they switch to a high energy oxidative state. The SESN1 gene is also tied into these responses as a function of varying stress conditions. Sestrins work to suppress oxidative stress by working to regenerate peroxiredoxins. The effect of this oxidative stress action is reduced muscle degeneration and tissue aging caused by oxidative damage. Studies have shown suppression of sestrins in aging that very negatively affect quality of life. We believe that there is a relationship between MuSCs and sestrins stemming from three things: reactive oxygen species (ROS), the mTOR pathway, and stress response. ROS regulation plays a huge role in the differentiation of MuSCs and has been suggested to be a physiological regulator of SESN2. mTOR, a protein shown to regulate different growth factors modulate metabolism, is also seemingly connecting sestrins to MuSCs by way of regulation of mTOR signaling. Lastly, the connection is supported by similar stress responses in both MuSCs and sestrins. The relationship between MuSCs and SESNs and the mechanism by which injury response is changed in SESN knockouts is currently unknown. As a result, we are going to complete time-course gene study of post-injury wild type and SESN1 knockdown mice to evaluate the metabolic pathway differences between the groups. This means that the mice are injured, and genes samples are collected at the point of injury at specified time points post-injury in both the wild-type and knocked down mice. This is to elucidate some of the differences in the regeneration process as a function of gene knockdown."

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Dr. Alan Boyle
Project Name MyEncrypt
Student Members Cody Morterud,
Project Description A user interface for the AES encryption standard to facilitate exposure and use of symmetric encryption for non-technical users who desire hands-on use of cryptographic protocols.

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Dr. Sunitha Nagrath
Project Name Use of Microfluidic Technologies in Cancer Research
Student Members Arthi Nadhan, Arthi, Nadhan,
Project Description "This project explores the analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) on metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients using a size based microfluidic technology, Labyrinth. Patient samples in different visits from ""baseline"" to ""treatment"" were processed with Labyrinth to isolate the CTCs from the patient samples. The isolated CTCs were PanCK+, CD45-, DAPI+. We also expanded the isolated CTCs in vitro, hoping to enhance the individualized therapy. "

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Elliott Rouse
Project Name A Website For The Dissemination Of The First Open Source Robotic Leg
Student Members Enis Habib,
Project Description "Currently, the prosthetics research is very fragmented due to a lack of common hardware and software. Researchers around the world spend long hours and thousands of dollars to build their own prosthesis. When this is the case, researchers have hard time comparing their results and collaborating with one another, causing the prosthetics research to improve very slowly. The overarching goal of the first open-source robotic leg is to create a common robotic leg for researchers so that they can collaborate with one another and advance the prosthetics research rapidly. Within this large project, my task was to create and disseminate informational assembly videos of the robotic leg via the open-sourced website: https://opensourceleg.engin.umich.edu"

 

Course HONORS
Project Name Wireless Indoor Localization Device
Student Members Vedant Gupta,

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Prof. Harvey Bell
Project Name Engineering Project Management for the University of Michigan Solar Car Team
Student Members Bennet McGlade,
Project Description Project Management and Systems Engineering for the University of Michigan Solar Car Team

 

Course HONORS
Faculty Advisor Elliott Rouse
Project Name Dual-Path Variable Stiffness Prosthetic Ankle-Foot
Student Members Leo McManus,
Project Description "The variable stiffness prosthetic ankle-foot continues its development with a new step to a dual-path cam profile. This novel take on the mechanism enables the prosthesis to return stored energy at different times in the walking cycle. It will allow for further exploration of the improvements that can be made on current ankle-foot prostheses. The portion of this ongoing project that is emphasized is a magnetic mechanism allowing for passive alternation between cam profiles. Taking advantage of the contact friction of the cam follower, the magnets build up force until the transition point where there is no opposing force. Then, they force the transition between the two available cam profiles. "

 

Industrial and Operations Engineering

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Prakash Sathe
Sponsor Penske Logistics
Project Name Developing a Tool for Freight Network Benchmarking
Student Members Seungho Woo, Anna Learis, Sejin Park, Meitong Hu,
Project Description Develop a benchmarking tool and provide recommendations to reduce client freight costs.

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof Prakash Sathe
Project Name Magna Cost Estimation Tool
Student Members Katharine Casselton, Ji Hyun Kim, ByeongYoon Lee,
Project Description This project aims to create a database tool to increase the efficiency of the cost estimation process for the Magna Powertrain product engineering tool.

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Shimmy Shack
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Shimmy Dashboard
Student Members Kelly O'Toole, Madelyn Brousseau, Abigail Plummer,
Project Description "Shimmy Shack, Michigan’s first and only vegan and gluten-free food truck, recently opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Plymouth, MI. To monitor business performance, Shimmy Shack needs an easy-to-maintain dashboard built with reliable data sources and instructions for dashboard maintenance. Through industry research and employee and customer surveys, 11 metrics were developed to capture order fulfillment time, satisfaction, sales, social media, and environmental impact. Two dashboards have been created with these metrics: an inward-facing dashboard that employees can use to track restaurant performance in comparison to company targets, as well as a simplified outward-facing dashboard that shares restaurant performance with customers."

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Ford Motor Company
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Ford Bin Picking Modeling Tool
Student Members Aurellia Sudihardjo, Monika Paliwoda, Sophia Chan, Samuel Wilson,
Project Description "Ford Motor Company currently models their High Velocity Center (HVCs) bin picking process with an Excel-based tool. The tool has the potential to identify cost saving opportunities but is not deemed user friendly. The team researched various softwares and ultimately decided to update the current tool. The team also met with University of Michigan Professors to learn best practices in the simulation industry and methods to construct user-friendly interfaces. The final deliverable is a working tool that can be easily applied to all HVCs and an analysis of other simulation softwares. Since the tool models pick density under various walking conditions, the tool identifies high cost saving opportunities."

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Audit Scheduler
Student Members Allison Redfern, Nichole Slater , Nicholas Sandhu,
Project Description "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has asked our IOE 424 senior design team to improve the design and efficiency of the Audit Scheduler, a software tool used to schedule quality reviews of customer service representatives. The design team has collected feedback from end-users (Quality Evaluators) of the software tool to identify gaps and pain-points in the evaluation process. Deliverables of this project will include a proposed quality evaluation process as well as a prototype of an improved software tool. Implementation of the improved evaluation process and software prototype will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the quality evaluation process. "

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Reducing Call Center Repeat Calls for 2019
Student Members Michael Kalmus, Erin Guder, Pierre de Smet,
Project Description "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) is interested in reducing the high amount of repeat calls it receives. The team collected data from BCBSM quality evaluators, a literature review, and Customer Service Representative (CSR) interviews. Using correlation analysis on factors identified by BCBSM, the team found no correlations between repeat call rate and the identified factors, and that repeat call types should be reduced by targeting specific issues. The new call handling process the team will guide CSRs on how to approach common issues more successfully, which will reduce customer frustration and company costs. "

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Midwestern Energy Company
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Tree Trim Work Management in Vegetation Management Software
Student Members Aaron Scott, Jovana Paripovic, Janghoon Choi,
Project Description "Midwestern Energy Company (MEC) has received negative feedback regarding Vegetation Management Software (VMS), a work management software that is used for Tree Trim processes. MEC is concerned that VMS negatively impacts end user time productivity and does not function as expected. In the effort to identify areas of improvement, the IOE 424 student team has observed end users engaging with VMS at worksite locations and have distributed surveys to quantify feedback. The final deliverables will be supplemental instructional materials and recommendations for software feature updates. The project work could ultimately improve end user feedback and eliminate barriers for time productivity. "

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Leon Speakers
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Lead Time Reduction for Custom Speakers Process
Student Members Katie Duggan, Athulya Ajoykrishnan, Erica Davidson, Hughes Davis,
Project Description "Leon Speakers is a custom audio and technology concealment solutions company. Leon has struggled to keep up with an increase in sales, resulting in an on time delivery of only 50% for custom products. Leon has asked the team to cut the lead time of the end-to-end custom speaker process by 25%. The team conducted interviews, analyzed past order data, and walked through the current process at Leon to aid data analysis. The team then identified recommendations to test through simulation in ProModel. Once the solutions are tested, the team will identify the best recommendations to implement at Leon."

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor Integrated Health Associates
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Improving Work & Patient Flow to Increase Satisfaction
Student Members Cameron Misko, Geoff Croley, DeMarcus Harris, Veyd Shringarpure,
Project Description "Integrated Health Associates (IHA) has tasked an IOE 424 team to observe the current state of Ann Arbor Orthopedic Specialists (AAOS), a practice within their network which is not performing to IHA standards, by performing time studies and reviewing survey data to identify root causes of patient and staff dissatisfaction. The team has identified process bottlenecks and proposed visual management and communication techniques to address common issues. The team will provide process improvement strategies with the goal of eliminating waste from non value added activities; enhancing team dynamics; and ultimately improving patient, provider, and staff satisfaction. "

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor LLamasoft Inc.
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Data Aggregation in Supply Chain Models
Student Members Celine Ferrero, Guyi (Michelle) Chen, Kaitlyn Wells, Gannon Hutto,
Project Description "LLamasoft, Inc. is a supply chain optimization software company that provides clients with customizable end-to-end network modeling and real time data analytics. However, finding a solution within each client’s optimality constraints can be too slow with millions of data points and has been a recurring pain point for clients. The senior design team is tasked with using aggregation data techniques to decrease the model runtime while maintaining the accuracy of the results. By the end of the project, the senior design team will have a consolidated user guide for clients on ways to decrease the runtime of their models for large amounts of data. "

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor My Urban Toddler
Project Name My Urban Toddler eCommerce Strategy
Student Members Justin Foster, Joseph Bursten, Lauren Hix, Kendall Beier,
Project Description "My Urban Toddler (MUT) is a high-end children’s boutique located in Ann Arbor, MI. In order to remain competitive in an industry that is becoming increasingly dependent on eCommerce, the owner has asked an IOE 424 student team from the University of Michigan to recommend a strategy to improve MUT’s website design, online inventory management, and online marketing. The strategy will be developed based on data collected through an extensive literature search and Google Analytics."

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prof. Debra Levantrosser
Sponsor EDSI
Graduate Student Instructor Dehao Zhang
Project Name Improvement of EDSI's Job Placement Process
Student Members Ariane Troschinetz, Troy Nohra, Matt Karas, Griffin Horn,
Project Description "EDSI Solutions is a national workforce development, consulting and talent solutions company whose goal is to help unemployed people obtain and keep jobs. This IOE 424 team is working with EDSI to study their workforce development program process to be able to find any non-value added areas. The process to be studied starts with EDSI's customers entering EDSI’s doors to utilize their Workforce Development Program Solutions and follows how they move through the job placement process. The customer flow through the system affects both the employees as well as the customers and is important because it can impact customers' view of the company. The team wants to streamline this process to eliminate pain points, increase overall system efficiency, and consequently, improve customer satisfaction. By observing the process, conducting on-site interviews, and analyzing data (both existing and gathered), our team will be able to develop thoughtful conclusions and implement an updated process design that has eliminated wasted time and improved operational efficiency. "

 

Course IOE 424
Faculty Advisor Prakash Sathe
Sponsor Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc.
Student Members Seungjun Lee, Joaquin Diaz-Martin, Philip Roberto, Mary Sheffieck
Project Name Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc. Facility Workflow Study and Shop Layout
Project Description "Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc's facility in Saline, Michigan is dedicated to the sale and service of Liebherr gear grinding, shaping, hobbing and skiving machines, as well as automation systems such as gantries, conveyors, and pallet handling systems. Currently, a lack of space, as well as a lack of designated work and storage areas, is causing operations to run inefficiently. In order to alleviate the situation and improve the overall functioning of the facility, Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc. has decided to double the current space and build a new 66,000 sq. ft. facility that will be dedicated exclusively to gear cutting machines and automation systems. Liebherr Gear Technology, Inc. asked Enterprise Consulting Group, a group of University of Michigan Senior Industrial and Operations Engineering students, to design a new facility layout that utilizes organized storage and work spaces, and therefore improves the overall facility efficiency. To accomplish this goal, we visited the facility to observe the current processes and gather information about the current layout. These visits led to the analysis of the current layout and processes, as well as the current utilized and wasted storage and work spaces, which will lead to a final layout and process recommendation. "

 

Multidisciplinary Design Program

Course M-HEAL
Faculty Advisor Aileen Huang-Saad
Project Name Neonatal Asphyxia Project
Student Members Aria Thakore, Ashley Zhang, Julia Toye, Rachel Hsu, Alyssa Moy, Nathan Tu, Erin Parlow, Annie Lim
Project Description "The Neonatal Asphyxia Project is a multidisciplinary undergraduate design team working to develop a solution to mitigate the neurological complications associated with neonatal asphyxia. We are developing a cooling device that will safely and effectively induce therapeutic hypothermia in patients. The oxygen deprivation that characterizes neonatal asphyxia leads to insufficient oxygenation of the brain and other vital organs during or shortly after birth. This condition results in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is a leading cause of death for infants worldwide, and patients that survive often experience brain injury that puts them at risk for neurodevelopmental sequelae. Our team is working in partnership with two newborn care clinics based in Gujarat, India. Dr. Vaibhav Patel and Dr. Heena Patel of Hasya Newborn Care Centre and Dr. Nikesh Patel of Aayush Newborn Care Centre operate their clinics in low-resource communities. They see many patients with neonatal asphyxia, and are both unhappy with their current methods of applying hypothermia therapy. They have partnered with us to develop a simple and cost-effective device that will induce and monitor a hypothermic state in patients with moderate to severe HIE."

 

Course MDP
Faculty Advisor Prof. Erdogan Gulari
Graduate Student Instructor Lauro Sebastian Ojeda
Project Name Team Aquador
Student Members Camille Latour, Drew Smiley, Rohan Chandran, Katherine Lastoskie, Jill Porretta, Jack Pelletier, Jessica Kahn, Erika Vasquez
Project Description "Team Aquador was formed in 2017, with the vision of bringing together engineering students to brainstorm innovative solutions that could aid in water treatment relief for those affected by the earthquake. "

 

Course MDP
Faculty Advisor Prof. Xiaogan Liang
Project Name Mapleseed Project
Student Members Jason Figueroa, Wentao Zhang, Meheer Rele, Isabelle Gallagher, Justin Zhang, Chunkai Yao, Nathan Hu, Seung Jun Ki, Michael Ohtake, Tim Cho, Qiran Li, Andrea Fang, Hsi Tai, Lunia Oriol, Shashank Bhat, Bonnie Jiang, Aakash Venkatesan, Byunghoon Ryu, Justin Zhang, Yelung Ma, Jeong Seop Yoon
Project Description "The Mapleseed project is to develop a passive (i.e., free-falling) wireless in-situ sensor platform inspired by the natural aerodynamic performance of samara seeds for use in detailed sensing of various properties of Earth’s atmosphere."

 

Course MDP
Project Name Distributed Universal Satellite Technology (DUST)
Faculty Advisor Dr. Darren McKague
Student Members Taylor Sun
Project Description "Distributed Universal Satellite Technology (DUST) is a CubeSat mission, partnered with NASA JPL, that aims to demonstrate mesh network communications in LEO with a formation of three 3U CubeSats in the same orbital plane. The DUST CubeSats will be capable of both down-linking and inter-satellite cross-linking communications via S-band. Key advantages of mesh network communications include low latency due to inter-satellite relays, tolerance to node failure, and automatically optimized network paths."

 

Course UM::Autonomy
Faculty Advisor Prof. Kevin Maki
Project Name UM::Autonomy
Student Members Benjamin Johnson, Rourke Pattullo
Project Description "UM::Autonomy is an award-winning undergraduate student project team from the University of Michigan. Each year we build an autonomous boat to participate in the RoboNation Roboboat competition. The boat is completely designed and programmed by students and must complete a wide range of challenges that are designed to test its autonomous abilities. We aim to further the study of autonomous robotics at the University of Michigan by providing students with hands-on multidisciplinary design experience in artificial intelligence, image processing, navigation, naval architecture, and mechanical design. Each year we strive to push the physical and conceptual bounds of our autonomous vehicle."

 

Course UMIGV
Faculty Advisor Matthew Johnson-Roberson
Project Name Intelligent Ground Vehicle Team
Student Members Gregory Meyer, Daniel Jung, Sam Hall, Cedric Bernard
Project Description We design and build an autonomous mobile robot to navigate an outdoor obstacle course in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition hosted at Oakland University. Dozens of engineers from nearly all fields collaborate on the GOAT and develop their skills in the fields of robotics and autonomous vehicles. The Intelligent Ground Vehicle team aims to create an environment where students from different backgrounds can come together and use an educational approach to further enlighten students and the community about intelligent and autonomous systems.

 

Course GMDP
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Sponsor Bosch
Project Name Smart Room Control System for Building Resource Management
Student Members Lucas Peterson, Anoop Revella, Changxu Luo, Chuanzhi Ma, Mohammed Majid, Yudong Wu,
Project Description "Our project is ""Smart Room Control System for Building Resource Management"", whose essential idea is to build a user-friendly campus room control system, which can allow dynamic remote-control authentication and provide suggestions for building administrators. The basic method is to integrate with the existing systems inside a campus room, including the room booking system and the lighting and temperature control system. We have created a sensor cluster for room data collection, a user interface app, a database for room control and a controller for the lights and temperature of the room. We have worked over the fall semester in Shanghai and the winter semester in Ann Arbor to develop and create a prototype to showcase our idea."

 

Course GMDP
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Sponsor Bosch China
Project Name Bosch Smart Library
Student Members Nicholas Paris, Hooks Johnston, Wu Yizhou, Li Xiao, Chapwit Na Muangtoun, Brenden Adkins,
Project Description "The world’s population continues to grow. The way we organize basic things are becoming increasingly important. Today, we are developing technologies in smart cities which is an application of the Internet of Things. Through this technological development, we aim to increase efficiency in both space and power usage of a University’s library. Four Subsystems (User interface, reservation, seat enforcement and power management system) are designed and integrated together to resolve the problems in contemporary library system. Using the four subsystems, this design is able to maximize space and power consumption. Users reserve seats in available rooms with power supplied to them. Once the available rooms are sufficiently full, the server communicates with wireless transceivers in the power grid to supply power to more rooms. These rooms are then are shown in the reservation interface for more students to reserve seats in. "

 

Materials and Engineering Design

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Prof. Anish Tuteja
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Decreasing Biofouling in Desalination
Student Members Kyleigh Rhodes, Evan Rinder, Yvette Luna , TianXiang Lu, Michael Nwansi ,
Project Description "Reverse osmosis desalination is a growing method to obtain clean drinking water from saline water; however, extreme expenses come with this method due to biofouling, microorganisms in sea water attaching to the membranes. Our project seeks to find a solution to minimize biofouling and increase the lifetime of membranes in the system, leading to a decrease in annual expenses to operate. "

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Anish Tuteja
Project Name Increasing Steam Power Plant Condenser Efficiency Using Patterned Surface Coatings
Student Members Gabi May, Gary Zheng, Cooper Carpenter, Tristan Blanzy, Jose Bautista-Alcantar,
Project Description "Steam power plants give us the majority of our power, but they are enormously inefficient. Up to half of these losses come through the condenser. Condenser losses can be minimized by creating a mechanism for improved heat transfer, which our patterned coating does. A traditional copper heat exchange pipe produces filmwise condensation, which decreases condensate collection rate and heat transfer rate, and overall, takes up time, which lowers the plant's efficiency. Our patterned coating produces dropwise condensation, and supports droplet rejection, maximizing heat transfer rate and condensate collection rate, leading to heightened performance of the condenser. "

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Dr. Jay Guo
Sponsor Beijing Zenithnano Technology Co. ;Ltd.
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Hybrid Testing Set-Up for Nanoscale Ag Film (Corrosion Resistance)
Student Members Chandler Humphrey, Asia Dillard, Shuhaib Nawawi, Adrian Sanchez, Benjamin Serratos,
Project Description "Transparent conductors are very important materials for modern electronics, widely used in displays, solar cells, and touch panels. ITO has been the material of choice for over half a century, but faces limitations for flexible devices. Ultra-thin Ag film is a great candidate for making flexible transparent conductors. Like most metals, however, it can corrode over time, especially under high humidity conditions, which degrades its electrical conductivity and optical transparency. Our group has worked on creating a testing set-up that measures the electrical conductivity and bending radius of thin film samples under high temperature, humidity, and cyclic loading. This will allow researchers to better analyze and improve the Ag thin films."

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jay Guo
Sponsor Exercise and Sport Science Initiative
Project Name Heart Rate H2O
Student Members David Frank, Leah Hummel , Joey Costello, Mike Kemeny, Change Ge,
Project Description A wearable heart rate monitor to be used by swimmers in the water delivering real-time results for further analysis

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Professor Alan Taub
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Improved Ketamine Delivery for Pre-Hospital Use
Student Members James Mohan, Aaron Adiwijaja, Priscilla Mukudan, Tanvi Gupta, Sarah Wang, Allison Podnar,
Project Description "This team aims to design a method to safely sedate agitated patients prior to being transported to a hospital. Thus, the team is focused on designing a way to draw and administer a drug to the patient while maintaining the safety of the patient and provider."

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Prof. Anish Tuteja
Sponsor Michigan Dinning
Project Name MCart
Student Members Andrew McElwee, Olga Kim, David Lapidus, Hooks Johnston,
Project Description Second-iteration of an autonomous cart started in Fall 2018 to deliver plates and cutlery to desired stations throughout the dinning hall.

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jay Guo
Sponsor Boise State University
Graduate Student Instructor Yichun Zhang
Project Name Nozzleless Microscale Optoacoustic Printing
Student Members Declan Shannon, Alycia Gerber, Zachary Barringer, Andrew Ni, Hannah Rieske,
Project Description Nozzleless Microscale Optoacoustic Printing of Functional Materials

 

Course MSE 480
Faculty Advisor Prof. Alan Taub and Prof. Anish Tuteja
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Surgical Eye Shields
Student Members Jed Forster, Bennet McGlade, Noel Boland, Sahil Dagli, Andrew Wobith, Alec Waples-Dexter,
Project Description Design of a Disposable Eye Shield for Surgical Use

 

Course MSTARX
Faculty Advisor Elliot Rouse
Project Name Load Bearing Exoskeleton
Student Members Jessica Mosier,
Project Description "Exoskeletons seem like a thing of the future or a science fiction movie, but they are becoming more of a reality in our society. There are many types and applications of exoskeletons that are being developed; our team works on creating a load bearing exoskeleton, LEXO. The idea behind it is to have a “suitâ€ù that is able to carry weight for the wearer while not impeding their ability to move, walk, or perform normal tasks. This would allow people to carry large loads for longer periods of time without tiring. The exoskeleton is an electro-mechanical design and is adjustable for different users. It has actuation at the knee and hip and uses springs at the ankles to assist in maintaining a load path to the ground throughout the walk cycle. "

 

Mechanical Engineering

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof Jianping Fu
Sponsor University of Michigan Department of Mechanical Engineering
Project Name Bubble Board
Student Members Evan Aaron, Casey Cole, Lyle Antieau, Shadman Jojhon, Maria Ali Asghar,
Project Description "For the 150th Anniversary of the Mechanical Engineering Department, a contest was held to come up with an idea for a new art installation in GG Brown. The winning idea, which has come to be known as The Bubble Board, is an interactive fluid dynamic display that uses bubbles within a liquid medium to display text and simple images. This is the second semester the project has been in development in the ME 450 program."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Amy Hortop
Sponsor JARP Industries
Graduate Student Instructor Kieth Brodek
Project Name JARP Cylinder Lifting Apparatus
Student Members Nathan Tattrie, Justin Stott, Jonathan Johnson, Adonis Johnson, Jordan Hilbrandt, Stephen Dabkowski,
Project Description "JARP Industries—a custom hydraulic cylinder manufacturer—sought a design for a mechanism that can maneuver 80% of production cylinders from a post-paint process, to shipping pallets. A proper design had to consider safety, efficiency and ease of operation. "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Kathleen Sienko
Sponsor Global Health Design Initiative
Project Name "Single Dose
Student Members Prefilled, Dual Chamber Injection Device", Annie McDougall, Caroline Woody, Justin Jin, Devin Kilbourn, Sion Aronoff,
Project Description ,,"The goal of this project is to enable safe administration of two different kinds of vaccinations (the Measles-Rubella vaccine, and injectable contraceptives) outside of traditional healthcare facilities, while minimizing the potential of human error in the process. The device our team was requested to design is a dual chamber, pre-filled, single dose injection device. The device will store the vaccinations in a lyophilized (freeze-dried) state in one of the chambers and will be reconstituted with a diluent (held in the second chamber) immediately before use for maximum stability. The device should be simple and intuitive, easy to transport, provide accurate reconstitution of lyophilized drugs, be able to remain sterile prior to use, be low cost, and also lightweight, rugged, and compact for transportability. These requirements will allow the device to be used in the targeted low income and remote settings by low-skilled healthcare workers or for personal use by any individual."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof Jianping Fu
Sponsor Mcity
Project Name Realistic Rain Simulator for Mcity Testing
Student Members Sarah Piper, Andrew Abraham, Alex Hackert, Daniel Mayers, Robin Goyer,
Project Description MCity has a need for a system that provides realistic rain for safely testing autonomous vehicles under different weather conditions. The project involves developing a system that is capable of delivering 15 minutes of rain to a 2-block section of MCity.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Amy Hortop
Sponsor Michigan Electric Racing
Project Name MER20 Suspension Design
Student Members Joseph Saginaw, William Vandini, Jordan Moutsatson, Gage Smith, Seth Varner,
Project Description "Racing applications require highly optimized suspension systems to hold the tires and vehicle chassis at the most optimal positions for generating traction and aerodynamic downforce. At the request of Michigan Electric Racing, this project aims to deliver the design of and documentation behind a suspension system for MER20, their 2020 formula-style electric race car. The project scope includes vehicle dynamics modeling, suspension kinematics, selection of key suspension parameters, and lap time simulation."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Kathleen Sienko
Sponsor Whirlpool
Project Name Reconfigurable Furniture
Student Members Gabriel Croitoru, Richard Kraay, Christopher Vargovick, Brandon Welker,
Project Description Our goal is to create a piece of furniture that can easily change to serve various functions. We hope that this piece of furniture will be less likely to be thrown away after a move because of its adaptability and movability.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Amy Hortop
Sponsor Flex-N-Gate
Project Name Flex-N-Gate LiDAR Sensor Test Apparatus
Student Members Ellen Rombach, Sarah Lather, Allison Zweng, Brad Dey, Chad Wilson,
Project Description "The Test Apparatus for Sensor Technologies’ Interaction project is sponsored by Flex-N-Gate (FNG), a Tier 1 automotive supplier that designs and manufactures headlamps. As the automobile industry pursues autonomous technologies, there is a need for headlamps to not only provide light, but also serve as a container for LiDAR and radar sensors. Incorporating the sensors into the lamps will allow for the sensors to not detract from the visual aesthetics of the vehicle. With this additional functional requirement, FNG needs to understand these sensors and how they interact with the headlamp. To characterize the sensors, we have developed a precise test apparatus and a design of experiments (DOE). "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prog Chronis
Project Name Phantom Cranium
Student Members Mitchell Williams, Gautam Chandrasekaran, Osama Halaseh, Aditya Iyer, Aman Shah, Daniel Castro,
Project Description Create a phantom cranium to test our sponsor's sensor

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Nikos Chronis
Project Name The Petri Pourers
Student Members Ronald Gott, Thomas Schneider, Andrew Fox, Ben French, Matt Latshaw,
Project Description Our team was tasked with creating an automated agar pouring device to fill petri dishes for Dr. Matthias Truttmann. Currently his lab spends up to twenty hours a week filling three different sized dishes by hand. Our solution requires little human interaction meaning minimal time will now have to be spent by a human to prepare these dishes.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Nikolaos Chronis
Project Name Jerbobot
Student Members Erica Nicole Mittlestadt, Ryan Posh, Taylor Sun, Dan Yuan, Mike Zheng, Holden Baker,
Project Description "Our sponsors, Dr. Talia Moore and Dr. Ramanarayan Vasudevan, are conducting research on the unique predator evasion techniques of the jerboa - a bipedal desert rodent. Due to its bipedalism, the jerboa is able to move at varying speeds, hop at varying heights, and hop in any lateral directions at any given time. This variation makes its movements less predictable and enables the jerboa to evade predation better than its quadrupedal counterparts. Our sponsors want to isolate each of these parameters - speed, height, and direction - in order to observe how each contributes to the jerboa’s predator evasion. Our team has been tasked with developing a robot or device that can be used for modeling the motion of a jerboa fleeing predation. The robot or device will prioritize the random motion and ability of the jerboa rather than the appearance or biomechanics of the rodent. The robot or device should be created in such a way that each attribute of movement - speed, height, and direction - can be adjusted independently. The JerboBot will be targeted by live raptors in open-field trials in order to observe how each parameter affects the jerboa’s ability to evade predation."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Kathleen Sienko
Project Name Rehabilitation Aid to Treat Post Stroke Shoulder Subluxation
Student Members Rachel Otte, Josiah Humphrey, Joe Chen, Allison Panek, Jonathan Cathapermal,
Project Description "Shoulder subluxation is a condition characterized by partial dislocation of the shoulder that affects up to 80% of post-stroke patients. Shoulder subluxation occurs when the shoulder is partially dislocated due to the weakening of the shoulder muscles, caused most commonly by a hemorrhagic stroke. Failure to prevent and treat shoulder subluxation results in limited mobility in the affected shoulder as well as chronic pain, which can have lasting negative effects on the quality of life of the patient. There is currently no consensus on the most effective treatment and prevention methods for shoulder subluxation. The current method to correct shoulder subluxation at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana is the application of kinesiology tape to align and support the humeral head in the glenoid cavity. While the tape relieves some of the patient’s pain, it is often insufficient to prevent or reverse subluxation. Therefore, the goal of this project is to develop a device that properly aligns and supports the humeral head in the glenoid cavity to prevent and correct shoulder subluxation in stroke patients. "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Amy Hortop
Sponsor MRacing
Graduate Student Instructor Wami Dosunmu-Ogunbi
Project Name MRacing: CFRP Wheels
Student Members Morgan Swift, Mara Quinn, Taaron Foote, Brendan Prast,
Project Description Design of composite wheels for FSAE car

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Amy Hortop
Project Name Low Profile Sled
Student Members Tomasz Szot,
Project Description Design and fabricate an autonomous prototype utilizing local GPS to guide itself

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Amy Hortop
Sponsor Marmot
Project Name Ultimate Waterproof Tent
Student Members Stephanie Shantz, Robert Dunne, Jack Lhamon, Michael Greenleaf, Matthew Proegler, Tim Situ,
Project Description "The team has been tasked by our sponsor with designing an ultralight backpacking tent that not only outperforms competitors but also stands out from existing solutions. The ultimate objective is to create a strikingly unique product that excels in key performance areas such as ventilation, waterproofness, and weight while not compromising on comfort and ease of use. "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jianping Fu
Sponsor Prof. Martin Strauss
Project Name Supplemental Heat From Compost for Residential Use
Student Members Ryan Benedek, Sarah Corbe, Palmer Corbett, Jameson Offerdahl, Michael Ralph, Brendan White,
Project Description "The goal of our project is to capture the heat generated from the compost process as a potentially carbon-neutral way to provide heat for homes especially during the winter. Additionally, our goal is to make the current composting process less labor intensive and more efficient and consistent. According to the National Waste and Recycling Association, 72% of Americans do not compost, but 67% of these people would consider composting if it was more convenient 3. If it is possible to produce significant amounts of heat by composting on a residential scale, many homes can utilize this technology to become more sustainable energy consumers and to a lower their monthly utility bill."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Alex Shorter
Sponsor Dolphin Quest Oahu
Graduate Student Instructor Ding Zhang
Project Name Modular Enrichment for Bottlenose Dolphins
Student Members Jacqueline Bertan, Kate Cezar, Jack Witzke, AJ Ashman, Walter Moore,
Project Description "Bottlenose dolphins are highly intelligent animals that require cognitive stimulation throughout the day. At Dolphin Quest Oahu, there is a period of 8-10 hours overnight where the dolphins aren't receiving this cognitive enrichment as the trainers are no longer present at the resort. Our team's goal is to solve this problem by creating an enrichment program that the dolphins can control without their trainers being present. "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jianping Fu
Sponsor University of Michigan
Project Name Encasing an Imaging Device for the Operating Room
Student Members Grant Kulik, Jamie Ostrowski, Jordan Carlson, Robert Martinez, Andrew Davis,
Project Description "Our team was tasked with encasing an imaging device that will be used in an operating room setting. The encasement must be sturdy, maneuverable, able to facilitate internal camera functionality, able to cool internal camera components, and able to be sterilized. Each of the aforementioned requirements have been addressed in our prototype solution."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Kathleen Sienko; Dr. Chinedum Okwudire; Dr. Elijah Kannatey-Asibu
Project Name Personalized Eyeglasses for Jamaica
Student Members Abigail Warsen, Elisabeth Jung, Emily Mallon, Rodrigo Lopez-Navarro, Siddharth Ramesh, Harvinder Singh,
Project Description "Our project was to create 3D printed personalized glasses as well as understand the manufacturing process of these glasses for a rural population in Sandy Bay, Jamaica."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Dr. Oldham
Project Name Large Beam Bending Walking Robot
Student Members Rik Banerjee, Srikar Srivatsa, Lakshmanan Periakaruppan, Kaijun He, Sunbochen Tang,
Project Description A robot built to validate FEM models built for micro-robots. The dynamics will mimic those of the micro robot with a damping constant of 0.1 and leg deflection of 30 degrees.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Amy Hortop
Sponsor Whirlpool Corporation
Graduate Student Instructor Keith Brodek
Project Name Test Bench for PCM Analysis
Student Members Jacob Casciano, Andrew Brow, Aaron Minarik, Alexander Canady, Joseph St Amand,
Project Description "There is a growing need to reduce energy usage in the residential home, which currently accounts for roughly 20% of total US energy consumption. Whirlpool, as a maker of home appliances, wants to reduce the energy impact of their products in the home, without sacrificing the desired performance level that consumers have come to expect. Specifically, one pathway for energy reduction is in the storage and reuse of waste energy that typically goes to the environment. Many of Whirpool's products currently expel their waste energy directly to the outdoors through a vent, where that energy is lost. It is desired at Whirlpool to develop and build a system for storing that energy through the use of PCMs (Phase Change Materials). This project’s goal is to design and build a test stand that is capable of characterizing and analyzing a wide variety of PCM material types, and then analyzing some different PCMs to prove the test stand’s capability."

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Professor Jianping Fu
Sponsor Stoneridge Inc.
Graduate Student Instructor Keith Brodek
Project Name Stoneridge Optmized MirrorEye 2
Student Members John Kuzdal, Antonio Ciarelli, Bilal Alkahalah, Malik Franklin, Floyd Morris,
Project Description Stoneridge Inc. has developed a next generation replacement to traditional side-view mirrors for commercial trucks and has asked our team to perform aerodynamic analysis and optimization for the external design of their product.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Amy Hortop
Project Name SuperTruck Cover
Student Members Jason Hebert , Robert Rudnick, Ethan Scobey , Ziwen Lu , Jinhao Su ,
Project Description The problem we were given to solve is to develop a cover that prevents oil from rising up and contaminating the top of the engine block where the camshaft was before and is currently replaced by the Lotus Active Valve Train.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Anish Tuteja
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Increasing Condenser Efficiency Using Surface Coatings
Student Members Gabrielle May, Gary Zheng, Cooper Carpenter, Tristan Blanzy, Jose Bautista - Alcantar,
Project Description "This project consists of a new method of assisting heat transfer to enable quicker condensation of steam within the condenser of a power plant, which improves the overall efficiency of the power plant. Our design consists of a bi-philic pattern overlay coating on the heat exchanger pipes to enhance condensation and improve droplet rejection. The coating itself consists of a hydrophobic coating with hydrophilic nucleation sites. The hydrophobic coating used is Gelest Aquaphobe CF, and is adhered to the copper via Aculon’s hydroxyl primer, and patterned to produce the biphilic surface using SmartSolve dissolving tape. "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Jyoti Mazumder
Sponsor Bangkok 96
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Automated Restaurant Devices
Student Members Matt Karls, William Waterstreet, Julia Modica, Alex Heatzig, Jordan Brenke,
Project Description To design an automated cooking device capable of assisting workers with the preparation process for Thai food.

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Prof. Steven Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Lim
Project Name Birdwatch
Student Members John Fan, Michael Allen, Karan Shah, Connor Johnson, Cameron Rosen,
Project Description "Bird’s mission is “to make cities more livable by reducing car usage, traffic, and carbon emissions.â€ù However, there are concerns that Birds are primarily replacing walking and biking, rather than driving and bussing. The access to and use of e-scooters as a service may lead to unintended environmental impacts that contradict Bird’s mission statement. To address this problem directly, we choose to perform an LCA on several different types of local commutes under different usage scenarios."

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Professor Steven Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Lim
Project Name Life Cycle Assessment for Loop Reusable Containers
Student Members Madeline Gilleran, Abby Chapin, Yiquiao Huang, Thomas Saylor,
Project Description "We are conducting a Life Cycle Assessment, or LCA, to evaluate all the inputs, outputs, and potential environmental impacts related to the reusable containers and shipping system in comparison with traditional purchasing and delivery. We would like to see if Loop reusable containers is a viable option environmentally to reduce plastic waste production and eventual microplastic contamination. Possible specific systems we are analyzing are Pantene shampoo, Clorox bleach wipes, and Haagen Dazs ice cream. "

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Prof. Steven Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Hwan Lim
Project Name PLA-ers
Student Members Herbert Hsu, Gregory Oberhausen, Samuel Morris, Stephen Barr,
Project Description "We are conducting an LCA (life cycle analysis) of PLA dining goods. PLA plastic dining goods have been on the rise across the United States because of their supposed decreased impact when compared to other plastic alternatives. There have been claims on two fronts, that composting or recycling of these products have lessened environmental impacts. These both are alternatives to traditional landfilling. We are conducting this LCA to understand the differences in impact between composting and recycling of PLA plastic cups, and how they compare to landfilling. "

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Dr. Steven J. Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Hwan Lim
Project Name MagnaTree (RAnDMBR) Life Cycle Assessment
Student Members Banu Ganeshan, Aditya Deshpande, Rachel Gouveia, Nicholas Mastruserio,
Project Description "Anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) systems are a promising technology for wastewater treatment as they can generate high-quality effluent during operation while producing lesser sludge than aerobic treatment systems, generating methane-rich biogas which can be recovered to reduce net energy use, and eliminating the associated energy demands of aeration. However, substantial energy is currently needed to prevent membrane fouling, which contributes significantly to overall energy demand and operational costs. Dissolved methane in AnMBR effluent additionally results in lost energy and also greenhouse gas emissions if not recovered. MagnaTree is a design of a recirculating dynamic AnMBR (RAnDMBR), which purports to be “less susceptible to irreversible fouling, requires less energy to operate, has a lower capital cost, and operates at higher fluxes than conventional MBRS.â€ù We are conducting an LCA to evaluate the potential of the MagnaTree technology as a feasible wastewater treatment system, including its likelihood to be adapted due to net energy demand and global warming potential, and compare the effects and impacts of using a MagnaTree to traditional membranes and wastewater treatment technologies. "

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Steve Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Lim
Project Name Are straw alternatives more sustainable?
Student Members Noah Rick, Thomas Walkinshaw, Samir Shah, Gino Delmont,
Project Description "Compostable and reusable straws have grown in popularity, but are they truly more sustainable? A life cycle analysis (LCA) was conducted in comparison to conventional straws to determine which option is best for the environment. Assessments were made for both commercial and residential scenarios."

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Steven Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Luisa Barrera
Project Name Life Cycle Assessment: Solar Powered Wastewater Treatment
Student Members Austin Broda, Jade Beauregard, Chen-yu Chang, Yingdong He,
Project Description The goal of this life cycle assessment is to compare our developing solar powered nitrate removal device to current methods for nitrate removal in wastewater.

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Prof. Steve Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Lim
Project Name Comparative LCA of Note-Taking Options: Paper vs. reMarkable vs. iPad
Student Members Arthriya Suksuwan, Avia Matossian, Philip Chacko, Yichen Zhou,
Project Description "A recent trend of using tablets as note-taking devices in the classroom has raised concerns regarding the environmental impacts from tablets’ energy consumption, materials necessary for production, and disposal after usage. Moreover, while e-ink display tablets are primarily dedicated for reading and writing purposes, LCD-display tablets generally offer other functions that may lead to diverse impacts. To identify a sustainable note-taking option for college students, a comparative life-cycle assessment is performed under various usage scenarios on three note-taking/storing options: (1) standard paper notebooks; (2) an e ink-display tablet such as the reMarkable; and (3) an iPad. "

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Steven Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Hwan Lim
Project Name Starbucks Strawless Lids
Student Members Yongsoo Shin, Kayla Malehorn, Nolan Payne, Maddie Kraniak,
Project Description "Starbucks has claimed that their newly designed strawless lids are better for the environment and are currently pushing a movement to replace all straws with new recyclable strawless lids and alternative-material straw options by 2020. However, we have concerns with the increased use of plastic material and the way these strawless lids are manufactured, packaged, and distributed that lead us to question this notion. To determine if this design is more environmentally friendly we are choosing to do a Life Cycle Assessment on several types of Starbucks drink setups."

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Prof. Steve Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Lim
Project Name Production of Methane from Organic Waste Streams with Novel Biofilm-Enhanced Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors
Student Members Laine Chan, Keith Brodek, Daniel Bruni, Sanjana Belani,
Project Description "We are conducting this LCA to determine the environmental impacts of a novel anaerobic digestion system design. The motivation for this new design is due to the high volume of food waste generated in the US, and the potential for a better method to dispose of the waste while harnessing its associated energy. This LCA will be used to determine how the system compares environmentally to composting and landfills."

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Prof. Steve Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Lim
Project Name Environmental Impact of the Production of Medium-Chain Carboxylic Acids from Brewery Waste Streams
Student Members Amanda Farthing, Julia Magee, Claire Dodinval, Muhammad Abdullah,
Project Description "Organic waste streams are an environmental, and often economic, problem, particularly in the brewery industry. They have the potential to be used as an alternative, more environmentally-friendly means of producing medium chain carboxylic acids (MCCAs), which are used as a platform chemical in many products. We conduct a life cycle assessment to assess the claim that production of MCCAs via organic waste streams from breweries is more environmentally-friendly than a business-as-usual case in which MCCAs are sourced from fossil-fuels and organic brewery waste is used to produce biogas and animal feed. "

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Nikolaos Chronis
Sponsor Truttmann Laboratory
Graduate Student Instructor Keith Brodek
Project Name Large-Scale Liquid Worm Cultivation and Separation System for C. Elegans
Student Members """Kevin"" ""Werme""", """Kabir"" ""Rastogi""", """Samantha"" ""Fox""", """Paul"" ""Alexopoulos""",
Project Description The system is a pump-actuated separation device that aims to retain a synchronized population of adult C. elegans worms in a liquid culture while their offspring are removed via filtration methods. Dr. Truttmann's laboratory will use this device to analyze the retained synchronous population of adult worms in neurodegenerative disease studies.

 

Course ME 450
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jianping Fu
Sponsor University of Michigan Pharmacy Department
Project Name Touch Screen Mount
Student Members Andrew Zannetti, Peter Nguyen, Kyle Sheldon, Deniz Gulari,
Project Description A design and prototype of a system which mounts a touch screen tablet within a bio-safety cabinet. The system is adjustable and is a non-permanent solution to problems proposed by the University of Michigan Pharmacy Department.

 

Course ME 490
Faculty Advisor Alan Taub
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Robotic Applicator of Small Crystals
Student Members Anselm Adrain Anak Christopher, Steel Cardoza, Dennis Smarch, Charlie Moore, Mason Momrik,
Project Description "Wedding veil manufacturing is a labor intense process, sometimes requiring hand placement of up to 6,000 small designer crystals. In an effort to reduce labor cost we engineered a robotic system to place the small crystals on nylon tulle in accordance to a designed aesthetic pattern."

 

Course ME 589
Faculty Advisor Dr. Steve Skerlos
Graduate Student Instructor Tae Hwan Lim
Project Name Free Birds
Student Members Swaroop Atnoorkar, Kristen Harding, Jeremiah Johnson , Matthew Pirone,
Project Description The project is a Life Cycle Analysis of Bird Scooters usage as a means of transportation in a densely populated urban area typical to the U.S.A East Coast.

 

Design Science

Course DESCI 502
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jeff Hartley
Graduate Student Instructor Sean Meyer
Project Name Design Journal: Direct Document, Reflect
Student Members Maggie Steele, Lisa Lavergne, Juan Neme Gaviola, Kaylla Cantilina ,
Project Description ,,We are developing a design journal to assist novice designers go through the design process.

 

Course DESCI 502
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jeff Hartley
Graduate Student Instructor Sean Meyer
Project Name WiseDesign
Student Members Vincent Qiu, Christopher Chiaravalli, Samir Shah, Jesse Velleu
Project Description "As the average age of the world's population increases, there is growing importance for incorporating the needs and preferences of the elderly into designed products and services. Our team has developed a tool, WiseDesign, that aids designers in designing for elderly users."

 

Course DESCI 502
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jeff Hartley
Graduate Student Instructor Sean Meyer
Project Name Food for Thought: Tool to help one cook
Student Members Patrick Brautigan, Kathryn Henry, Gerardo Guerra Santana, Christina Puder,
Project Description " This project focuses on developing a tool to increase home cooking. Current societal research shows that home cooking is declining, while our preliminary research shows that there is a common desire to cook homemade meals more often. Our tool seeks to improve end-user cooking skills in order to decrease the amount of time spent on mundane cooking tasks, as time constraints appear to be the most common perceived barrier."

 

Course DESCI 502
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jeff Hartley
Graduate Student Instructor Sean Meyer
Project Name Design Fixation Mitigation
Student Members Annika Norden, Oluwami Dosunmi-Ogunbi, Pokuan Ho,
Project Description Our project is a tool that will help mitigate design fixation to achieve greater creativity in interdisciplinary design teams.

 

Course DESCI 502
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jeff Hartley
Graduate Student Instructor Sean Meyer
Project Name Sustainability by Design
Student Members Matt Pirone, Varghese Vadakumcherry, Abhishek Ramanathan,
Project Description "In this day and age when humanity has embraced a highly unsustainable way of life, it is the responsibility of designers to steer and “re-designâ€ù life to a ensure a sustainable and secure future. To this effect, a small nudge towards sustainable thinking at every stage of the design process could go a long way in the final product or service being more efficient in terms of environmental, social and economical aspects. Thus, we propose to develop an accessible, simple and intuitive tool that will serve to plant seeds of sustainable thinking at each step of the design process and elicit routine use by designers across disciplines in any given context. "

 

Course DESCI 502
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jeff Hartley
Graduate Student Instructor Sean Meyer
Project Name Designing for High Stress Users
Student Members Chris Lezama, Shruti Soni, Geoffrey Smith-Woollams,
Project Description We look to create a tool that will lead to better designs for people in high stress situations by teaching designers a) what the high stress user is going through and b) how to inform and direct the attention of those users.

 

Special Engineering Topics

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Project Name Product for China
Student Members Benjamin Leflar, Benjamin Schmeissing, Vydailya Letts, Joshua Kowalski,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Project Name N/A
Student Members Rose Hulcher, Gabrielle, Jack McKay, Olivia Dotson,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Project Name Waste Management in Kenya
Student Members Enakshi Deb, Kagan Conrad, Max Smith, Garrett Zuck,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Graduate Student Instructor Voigt
Project Name Culture Project on India
Student Members Carla Voigt, Jaret Stillman, Tori Memmesheimer,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Project Name Cultural Drivers in China
Student Members Priya Desai, Helen Ye, Julia Healy, Kiersten White,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Project Name Design Requirements and Cultural Drivers for Plastic Waste Management in India
Student Members Austin Abdun-Nabi, Rebecca Schroeder, Kristin HooSang, Jenna Livingston,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENGR 260
Faculty Advisor Prof. Gregory Hulbert
Project Name Kenya Water Transportation
Student Members Michael Rose, Collines Enwereuzo, Sean Lee, Kirk Oliver,
Project Description No description

 

Course ENG 490
Faculty Advisor Prof. Anish Tuteja
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name Wearable Sensor to Reduce Newborn Mortality
Student Members Anam Khan, Patrick Kenney, Kaitlyn Sallans, Cameron Khoroushi, Lucas Peterson,
Project Description "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is searching for solutions to infant mortality. We chose to focus on infant heart rate, specifically for at-risk infants. Congenital heart defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. There are currently commercial products on the market that sense heart rate, but none at a low price point. Our main requirement is to create a device under $60 that tracks infant heart rate for at-home use. While price is our top barrier, we will also explore making the device compact, and minimizing obstruction for infant and caretaker. "

 

Course ENG 490
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jyotirmoy Mazumder
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Toelmann
Project Name Mobile Robotic Platform for Automated Construction
Student Members Brendan Lount, Grant Glover, Luke Holland, James Kennan,
Project Description Our group is developing a robot to automatically construct a structure. We have worked on developing the design on the components of this structure along with the interface between the robot and the components.

 

Course ENG 490
Faculty Advisor Prof. Brian Gilchrist
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name MiTEE CubeSat Tether Deployment System
Student Members Haoyang Tang, Zachary Lewandowski, Miles Harber, Morgan Meade, Aaron Haack,
Project Description "The goal for the Miniature Tether Electrodynamic Experiment (MiTEE) is to demonstrate and test Electrodynamic Tethers in CubeSats in a number of ways, including the following: characterize the plasma environment using a Langmuir Probe, collect electrons at one spacecraft by positively biasing the structure, and emitting electrons through a thermionic cathode on the other spacecraft. In this ENG 490 project, the team will work on developing a new type of tether deployment for MiTEE. MiTEE-1 used a 1-meter boom deployment system; the team hopes to develop a tether deployment system for MiTEE-2 that can deploy up to 30 meters. The system consists of a 3U CubeSat main body connected to a picosat endbody using the 30-meter tether."

 

Course ENG 490
Faculty Advisor Prof. Alan Taub
Sponsor Joyworks
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelmann
Project Name F-150 Control Arm Redesign
Student Members Brian Clark, Peter Andreasson, Andrew Lee, Stephen Holmquist, Hamza Haque, Evan Hsi,
Project Description A redesign of the current generation Ford-F-150 front lower control arm to be 10% lighter and with 10% cost while using an alternative material called Austempered Ductile Iron.

 

Course ENG 490
Faculty Advisor Prof. Jyoti Mazumder
Graduate Student Instructor Brian Tobelman
Project Name Device for Identifying and Characterizing Music
Student Members Luis Rangel DaCosta, Cole Schneider, Cullen Hoffman, Ozzy Weli,
Project Description "The goal of this project is to develop an user friendly device to help music beginners to distinguish between different types of music and singers. The approach will be to design a software program for time frequency analysis of sound waves. This device should be able to identify different types of sound using spectral analysis of sound. For example, should be able to distinguish between different singers singing the same song, and different scales, and provide performance based feedback to the training musician."