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CETA Design Expo

CETA's Biannual Event Showcasing Student Projects

The CETA Design Expo is a biannual event, hosted at the end of each semester, where students present their innovative projects. First-year students present after their first semester, sophomores present at the end of their second year, and seniors present their capstone design projects at either spring or fall (depending on when they are graduating).

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first-ever virtual expo on May 1. Due to the University transitioning to distance learning in March, the spring 2020 CETA Design Expo was hosted as a virtual event. The College typically hosts the expo at the end of each semester, and provides students with the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, designs, and projects to various guests and judges. According to Dean Hisham Alnajjar, even though this semester was remote, it was just as important to have an expo as our students had already put in so much work into their projects.

Great work to all of the students and faculty who participated, and special thanks to our judges who had the difficult decision of narrowing down so many great projects for our final winners. Check out the event recap story below.

Past Expo Highlights

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The CETA Design Expo was founded in May 2015 when a group of CETA faculty and staff came together to discuss a way for students to present their final projects. It has since grown into a well-known event on campus that many students look forward to participating in. Walk down memory lane and read about our past expo highlights.

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Sophomore and First-Year Projects

Sophomore Winners from Spring 2020 Expo

Join us in congratulating the following sophomores on winning this year’s design challenge (listed in no particular order):

Poster #SO1-1 (led by Ulrich Decher, PhD)
B.A.A.K. Door Counter
Jason Addi ’22, biomedical engineering; Abalziz Alyahya ’22, mechanical engineering; John Bugay ’22, mechanical engineering; and Rasheed Kelly ’22, mechanical engineering

Poster #SO2-4 (led by Phil Faraci, MEng)
Telescoping Cane
Vanessa Marin ’22, electrical engineering; Hunter Rock ’22, civil engineering; and Michael Wint ’22, mechanical engineering

Poster #SO3-4 (led by Enrico Obst, MEng)
Portable Electric Device and Hand Sanitizer
Raffaele Di Vita ’22, mechanical engineering; Michael Sciancalepore ’22, computer engineering; and Philip Mader ’22, mechanical engineering

Poster #SO4-1 (led by Todd Brown, MS, PE)
Drip Irrigation to Control Varroa Mites
Sydney Lewis ’22, civil engineering with environmental engineering concentration; Kaya Pina ’22, computer engineering; and Jonah Berrien ’22, architectural design + technology and civil engineering

Poster #SO5-6 (led by Kevin McGivern, DS)
21st Century Alarm Clock
Simon O'Neil ’22, electrical engineering and audio engineering technology; and Zamir Primus ’22, mechanical engineering

Poster #SO6-2 (led by Takafumi Asaki, PhD)
Magic Mat
Daniel Baqaeen ’22, computer science and engineering; Antonio Corrado ’22, mechanical engineering; Nishita Mirchandani ’22, electrical engineering; and Grace Sierra ’22, mechanical engineering

Please note, first-year students were not judged for this event.

ES 242P | Sophomore Design Challenge

ADDRESSING GLOBAL PROBLEMS

ES 242P: Engineering by Design—In-depth study of the design process to include problem-solving methodologies, evaluation of alternate solutions, economic analysis, ethical constraints, group dynamics, and presentation techniques. Students undertake design projects specifically chosen to meet the objectives of this course.

DESIGN CHALLENGE

This Design Challenge is focused on using engineering analysis and design principles to address global problems such as hunger, environment/pollution, and infrastructure. The goals of the Design Challenge are threefold:

  1. Create well-designed, practical solutions that address key issues associated with global problems.
  2. Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about these issues.
  3. Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world.

The Spring 2020 Challenge focuses on solutions that address global problems by: Addressing some aspect of a global problem with, whenever possible, simple, low-cost solutions that are easy to implement, operate, and maintain, particularly in areas that lack significant infrastructure to support more expensive, high-tech approaches.

DESIGN EVALUATION CRITERIA

The following criteria will be used by judges to evaluate the final product and to choose the winning designs/products:

  1. Does the product meet the design challenge? (Does it address an aspect of a global problem in a meaningful way?)
  2. Does the product work? (Can it successfully be demonstrated?)
  3. Is the product easy to use/operate?
  4. Does the end product consider the target population and its environment/circumstances? (Who are the end-users? Will the product be accepted and utilized by the target population?)
  5. Was the design process implemented? (Is there evidence/ documentation of the design process?)
  6. What is the level of complexity of the final project?

ES 143P | First-Year Design Challenge

ES 143P—EXPO DESIGN CHALLENGE

ES 143P: Engineering and Design—Introduction to the fundamentals of engineering, the engineering profession and engineering design with emphasis on guided design and problem-solving methodologies. Students will undertake practice-oriented group design projects.

DESIGN CHALLENGE

Each team must propose, build, and demonstrate a final project that shows new knowledge and skills pertaining to their Arduino controller. New knowledge and skills may be in the form of:

  • Implementation of two new sensors
  • Novel application of an existing sensor
  • Advanced programming techniques beyond the code given in the manual

DESIGN EVALUATION CRITERIA

The following criteria will be used by judges to evaluate the final product and to choose the winning designs/products.

  1. Performance (Successful completion of the intended task)
  2. Creativity (How creative is the final product?)
  3. Level of Difficulty (How complex is the new sensor/coding/knowledge?)
  4. Presentation: Poster (Does the poster clearly illustrate the goal of the project?)
  5. Presentation: Oral (Are the students well prepared and rehearsed?)

9 a.m. | Sophomore and First-Year Presentations

Poster #SO1-1
Faculty Name: Ulrich Decher, PhD
Project Name: B.A.A.K. Door Counter
Students: Jason Addi, Abalziz Alyahya, John Bugay, Rasheed Kelly

Poster #SO2-1
Faculty Name: Phil Faraci, MEng
Project Name: Portable Roto-Tiller
Students: Yousef Al Boushehri, Ali Almuhana, Kyle Cunningham, Pierce Mulholland

Poster #SO3-1
Faculty Name: Enrico Obst, MEng
Project Name: Balcony Greenhouse
Students: Shayni Shukla, Kayla Krijgsman, Esteban Bravo, Edward Lund

Poster #SO4-1
Faculty Name: Todd Brown, MS, PE
Project Name: Drip Irrigation to Control Varroa Mites
Students: Sydney Lewis, Kaya Pina, Jonah Berrien

Poster #SO5-1
Faculty Name: Kevin McGivern, DS
Project Name: Global Warming Combat Initiative
Students: Jamal Hussain, Jamyh LaCourt, Maish Maliha

Poster #SO6-1
Faculty Name: Takafumi Asaki, PhD
Project Name: K.I.N.D Medication Dispenser
Students: Keanu Alcoces, Izabella Lachcik, Natalia Mularzuk, Dylan Mulligan

Poster #ES7-1
Faculty Name: Eric James, PhD
Project Name: Handsfree Electric Handsanitizer
Students: Khaled Alenezi, Naser Aldelmani, Chris Longwood, Naser Almutairi

Poster #ES8-1
Faculty Name: Claudio Campana, MS
Project Name: Innovative Alarm System
Students: Ali Alharbi, Yousif Alkhashan, Maryam Alassaf

9:15 a.m. | Sophomore and First-Year Presentations

Poster #SO1-2
Faculty: Ulrich Decher, PhD
Project Name: RBT Pill Dispenser
Students: Jordyn Busby, Citialli Rangel, Tyrise Thompson

Poster #SO2-2
Faculty Name: Phil Faraci, MEng
Project Name: Solar-Powered Sprinkler
Students: Abdullah Althefeery, Hassan Aseeri, Chris Fernandez, Raul Illescas

Poster #SO3-2
Faculty Name: Enrico Obst, MEng
Project Name: Smart Arm
Students: Lauren Winters, Imer Belica, Bernard Balko, Shana Robbins

Poster #SO4-2
Faculty Name: Todd Brown, MS, PE
Project Name: Gym Spotter
Students: Anthony Guzman, Nicholas Heaney, Kevin Medina

Poster #SO5-2
Faculty Name: Kevin McGivern, DS
Project Name: Cyber Security
Students: Manee Alduwsari, Mohammad Alsaleh, Salman Ashkananni, Gary Hoxha, Nicholas Theroux

Poster #SO6-2
Faculty Name: Takafumi Asaki, PhD
Project Name: Magic Mat
Students: Daniel Baqaeen, Antonio Corrado, Nishita Mirchandani, Grace Sierra

Poster #ES7-2
Faculty Name: Eric James, PhD
Project Name: Hands Free Electric Hand Sanitizer
Students: Abdulaziz Alenezi, Meshal Alqahtani, Nasser Alhjari

Poster #ES8-2
Faculty Name: Claudio Campana, MS
Project Name: Auto Controlled Window Shades
Students: Fawaz Alkhalefa, Hussian Albisher

9:30 a.m. | Sophomore and First-Year Presentations

Poster #SO1-3
Faculty: Ulrich Decher, PhD
Project Name: Temperature Controlled Container
Students: Hussain Alali, Abdulaziz Altoom, James Bonner

Poster #SO2-3
Faculty Name: Phil Faraci, MEng
Project Name: Automatic Air Freshener
Students: Calvin Anthony, Patrick Collins, Brazden Ellis, Paul Wehbe

Poster #SO3-3
Faculty Name: Enrico Obst, MEng
Project Name: Suncor Solar Backpack
Students: Richard Miller, Akeem Garcia, David Spencer

Poster #SO4-3
Faculty Name: Todd Brown, MS, PE
Project Name: Plastic Litter
Students: Aroub Abbas, Saad Shaei, Joshua Winkelbauer

Poster #SO5-3
Faculty Name: Kevin McGivern, DS
Project Name: Climate Controlled Bus Stop Shelter
Students: Joseph Accetura, Phllip Melo, Sanjanaa Sushanth

Poster #SO6-3
Faculty Name: Takafumi Asaki, PhD
Project Name: Rooftop Solar Tracking
Students: Natenael Bekele, Nicholas D'Annolfo, Jason Marshall

Poster #ES7-3
Faculty Name: Eric James, PhD
Project Name: Environmental Croppers
Students: Rouniel Perez, Mohammad Almuweel, Erica Petersen, Gabriel Silva

Poster #ES8-3
Faculty Name: Claudio Campana, MS
Project Name: Animal Relocation System
Students: Abdullah Alebraheem, Abdullah Altourah, Daniel Lorenzo

9:45 a.m. | Sophomore and First-Year Presentations

Poster #SO1-4
Faculty: Ulrich Decher, PhD
Project Name: Self Maintaining Garden System
Students: Barrington Brown, Jodi McGrath, Raymond Moskus, Elizabeth Roach

Poster #SO2-4
Faculty Name: Phil Faraci, MEng
Project Name: Telescoping Cane
Students: Vanessa Williams, Hunter Rock, Michael Wint

Poster #SO3-4
Faculty Name: Enrico Obst, MEng
Project Name: Portable Electric Device and Hand Sanitizer
Students: Raffaele Di Vita, Michael Sciancalepore, Philip Mader

Poster #SO4-4
Faculty Name: Todd Brown, MS, PE
Project Name: Water Pump for Rural Areas
Students: Tyler Stuba, Naser Alkandari, Kashief Duhaney

Poster #SO5-4
Faculty Name: Kevin McGivern, DS
Project Name: Housing for the Homeless
Students: Joanna Abare, Justin Stone, Tan Mongkul-Aphiwatt

Poster #SO6-4
Faculty Name: Takafumi Asaki, PhD
Project Name: Car Fire Extinguisher
Students: Chun Yin Cheng, Joseph Karn, Jordan Smith, Joseph Stevenson

Poster #ES7-4
Faculty Name: Eric James, PhD
Project Name: Untouchable Temperature Thermometer
Students: Abduallah Almutairi, Fahad Aljufain, Ahmad Alshammari

Poster #ES8-4
Faculty Name: Claudio Campana, MS
Project Name: Automatic Door Opening/Closing System
Students: Fajer Malallah

10 a.m. | Sophomore and First-Year Presentations

Poster #SO2-5
Faculty Name: Phil Faraci, MEng
Project Name: Thermo-Safe
Students: Basel Almutawa, Evan Appel, Jaesung Yang

Poster #SO3-5
Faculty Name: Enrico Obst, MEng
Project Name: Solar Powered Desalination
Students: Collin Mulcunry, Shani Jonas, Kenneth Ong

Poster #SO4-5
Faculty Name: Todd Brown, MS, PE
Project Name: Semi-Passive Atmospheric Water Generator
Students: Scott Stephenson, Simon Brooks, Hanaa Alhawal

Poster #SO5-5
Faculty Name: Kevin McGivern, DS
Project Name: Water Filtration
Students: Basel Almutairi, Mernun Dominguez, Angie Perez, Joseph Pozzi

Poster #SO6-5
Faculty Name: Takafumi Asaki, PhD
Project Name: T. A. P. (Turbo Air Plus)
Students: Nicholas Comeau, Kyle Krohomer, Spencer Notick

Poster #ES8-5
Faculty Name: Claudio Campana, MS
Project Name: Levitation Sphere
Students: Joshua Menzies

10:15 a.m. | Sophomore and First-Year Presentations

Poster #SO4-6
Faculty Name: Todd Brown, MS, PE
Project Name: Gray Water Treatment
Students: Nawaf Alenezi, Scott Kennedy, Jay Restrepo

Poster #SO5-6
Faculty Name: Kevin McGivern, DS
Project Name: 21st Century Alarm Clock
Students: Simon O'Neil and Zamir Primus

Poster #ES8-6
Faculty Name: Claudio Campana, MS
Project Name: Smart Bridge
Students: Jeremy Dydyn, Rosalie Nolan

Senior Capstone Projects

Senior Winners from Spring 2020 Expo

Join us in congratulating the following seniors on winning this year’s senior design/capstone challenge (listed in no particular order):

Poster#SR1-5 (led by Bruce Plumley, MS)
Thomas Hooker Brewery: IoT
Aurian Emami ’20, electromechanical engineering technology; and Tyler Beauregard ’20, computer engineering
Technical Advisor: Kiwon Sohn
Sponsor: Thomas Hooker Brewery

Poster#SR4-2 (led by Mary Arico, PhD
Vibrotactile Receptor Testing Device
Jenna Bridges ’20, biomedical engineering; and Michael Kohler ’20, biomedical engineering
Technical Advisor: Takafumi Asaki

Poster#SR7-3 (led by Akin Tatoglu, PhD)
Breast Cancer Bio-Marker Detection Device
Kaelaan Maynor ’20, mechanical engineering; and Mustafa Salman ’20, computer engineering 

Poster#SR12-3 (led by James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB)
Grondalshus
Student(s): Karoline Petersen ’20, architectural design + technology

Senior Design/Capstone Overview

Senior Design/Capstone courses are the culminating experience for students. Students work on projects in their field of study with faculty mentors or external project sponsors to design, fabricate, and/or test a device, process, or system. This is a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work and incorporating industry appropriate standards and realistic constraints.

Students participating are enrolled in:
ADT 489P—Senior Design Thesis for Architectural Design + Technology
AUD 481P—Senior Project II for Audio Engineering Technology
BE 461P—Biomedical Engineering Design Project II
CE 465P—Civil Engineering Design Project II
ECE 483W—Capstone Design II for Computer and Electrical Engineering
ECT 481P—Senior Design Project II for Engineering Technology
ME 473W—Capstone Design Project II for Mechanical Engineering

DESIGN EVALUATION CRITERIA

The following criteria will be used by judges to evaluate the projects and posters and to choose the winning designs/posters:

  1. Clarity of the poster and oral presentations
  2. Student’s overall responses to the questions of the judges.
  3. The completeness of the work.
  4. Quality of the project.

12:30 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR1-1

Course: ECT481P

Faculty Name: Bruce Plumley, MS

Project Name: Recycling Sorter

Project Description: A PLC-based waste recycling system using an array of sensors and stepper motor actuator to detect, sort and separate waste into 3 distinct streams.

Student(s): Yousef Alabdulqader, Zev Fishman, Demetrius Lopez, Tariq Sebadduka

Technical Advisor(s): Johanna Raphael and Brian Romano

 

Poster#SR2-1

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: Super-Capacitor Based Backup Power Supply

Project Description: Solar panel backpack system for hikers used to create is smooth DC voltage which can be used to charge consumer devices.

Student(s): Mohammed Alzawri

Technical Advisor(s): Akram Abu-aisheh

 

Poster#SR3-1

Course: AUD481P

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: 4 Channel Audio Mixer

Project Description: Design and simulation of two channels of an Audio Mixer. Each channel has equalization, aux send and receive for effects, as well as pre-amplifier.

Student(s): Michael Champeno

Technical Advisor(s): Tim Britt

 

Poster#SR4-1

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Assisted Testing Machine (ATM)

Project Description: The objective is to design a pair of machines to standardize isometric muscle testing at the knee and elbow joints, by restraining limbs and providing stability to a hand-held dynamometer (HHD).

Student(s): Alexander Gonzalez and Benjamin Totz

Technical Advisor(s): Mary Arico

 

Poster#SR5-1

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Theodore (Ted) Sussmann, PhD

Project Name: Research Parkway & Pomeroy Avenue Intersection Improvements

Project Description: This project performed a transportation study to improve traffic flow while minimizing potential conflict points at the intersection of Research Parkway and Pomeroy Avenue in the City of Meriden. Transportation engineering concepts and computer simulation were used.

Student(s): Liam Bernier, Abdulrahman Alajmi, Mohammad Almotawaa, Emma Mann

Technical Adivsor(s): Clara Fang; Ken Radziwon, PE; Steve Fraysier, PE

Sponsor: BL Companies

 

Poster#SR6-1

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Todd Brown, MS, PE

Project Name: Killingworth, CT Athletic Complex

Project Description: Development of a community recreational sports complex.

Student(s): Perry Rocco, Ryan Villa, Bryce Walker, Nicolas Watson

Technical Advisor(s): Raymond Gradwell, PE

Sponsor: AI Engineers (Middletown, Conn.)

 

Poster#SR7-1

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Akin Tatoglu, PhD

Project Name: Heading Control for Rapid Autonomous Vehicles Motion

Project Description: This project aims to investigate the validity and efficacy of using two flywheels that rotate in opposite directions to enable rapid changes in orientation to an autonomous vehicle that has minimal friction with the underlying surface. This is accomplished by employing a novel braking mechanism to reliably extract the rotational energy from the flywheels to deliver controlled, precise torque inputs to the overall system. Simulation studies aim to showcase the validity behind this idea and to provide a visual example of the mechanism in action.

Student(s): James Nolan, Mark Barthelemy, Joseph Premkuar

Technical Advisor(s): Akin Tatoglu

 

Poster#SR8-1

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: IBR Positioning for Vibration Testing

Project Description: Design, build, and program a device to accurately position hardware for testing of individual elements of gas turbine rotor hardware.

Student(s): Domenico Canepari and Ricky Sullivan

Technical Advisor(s): Allan Penda

Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney

 

Poster#SR9-1

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Suhash Ghosh, PhD

Project Name: 16 Valve Testing

Project Description: Our project is about enhancing the process that is being done already by Parker Hannifin (16 Valve Testing). We have been working on speeding up the testing process and reducing human fatigue.

Student(s): Velesh Dharmaraj and Drew Farkas

Technical Advisor(s): Suhash Ghosh

Sponsor: Parker Hannifin

 

Poster#SR10-1

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Harrington Park Fire Company 1

Project Description: New Harrington Park Fire Station and EMS facility and redesign of site access, parking, pedestrian ways, and amenities.

Student(s): Nicholas Sango

 

Poster#SR11-1

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Live Work Play Residence Compound

Project Description: Modern interpretation of the traditional New England muti-building Homestead.

Student(s): Elaina Zayac

 

Poster#SR12-1

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Antigua Sun Welcome Center and Bus Terminal

Project Description: Cultural center and bus transportation hub connected to the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua.

Student(s): Terrel Davis

 

Poster#SR13-1

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Downtown Food Hall

Project Description: Community food market consisting of a variety of individual food stalls/kiosks located in downtown Hartford.

Student(s): Eric Rodriguez

12:45 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR1-2

Course: ECE483W, ECT481P

Faculty Name: Bruce Plumley, MS

Project Name: Vibratory Test Table

Project Description: A multi-variable vibratory test platform that can be easily configured to test, datalog and analyze various vibratory material handling attributes.

Student(s): Daniela Galvez, Evan Vaz, David Wiskind

Technical Advisor(s): Johanna Raphael and Brian Romano

Sponsor: Arthur G. Russell Co.

 

Poster#SR2-2

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: Remote Doctoring Assistance with Eulerian Video Magnification

Project Description: Vison based system that detects tremors in hand and head, enables remote patient care monitoring for health professionals.

Student(s): Ahmad Abouabdah, Shatha Barq, Sayyed Hamzah

Technical Advisor(s): Ying Yu

 

Poster#SR3-2

Course: AUD481P

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: Mixbuss Compressor

Project Description: Design of an Audio Compressor with a threshold level that can be adjusted by the user. It can also add tube-like sound coloration.

Student(s): Kevin Henson and Trevor Okonuk

Technical Advisor(s): Tim Britt

 

Poster#SR4-2

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Vibrotactile Receptor Testing Device

Project Description: ISO-13091 compliant mechanoreceptor testing device used to understand mechanoreceptor physiology and prevent vibration-related hazards by measuring vibrotactile perception thresholds at fingertips.

Student(s): Jenna Bridges and Michael Kohler

Technical Advisor(s): Takafumi Asaki

 

Poster#SR5-2

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Theodore (Ted) Sussmann, PhD

Project Name: Soil Nail Wall Remodeling

Project Description: Reconsideration of Soil Nail Wall Design Assumptions: I-95 and Rt 184 Groton, Conn.

Student(s): Abdullatif Dashti, Samuel DeAngelis, Mohammad Ali

Technical Advisor(s): Michael McDonnell

Sponsor: ConnDOT

 

Poster#SR6-2

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Todd Brown, MS, PE

Project Name: How To Deal With Cake

Project Description: Evaluation and preliminary design of alternatives for managing and dewatering biosolids in Chicopee, Mass.

Student(s): Lillian Orelup, Andre Mayers, Hailey Kukowski, Nicole Kibbe

Technical Advisor(s): Christopher Bone, PE

Sponsor: Tighe & Bond, Inc. (Westfield, Mass.)

 

Poster#SR7-2

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Akin Tatoglu, PhD

Project Name: Hovering Tricopter

Project Description: Our project is a fusion between hovercraft and tri-copter. This model can be used in a variety of fields. For example, all-terrain military vehicle, farming, rescue mission. Our aim was to tune the design, balance the model and decrease the time taken for the forward motion. To achieve this feat, we modeled it using solid works and 3Dprinted the housing for thrusters and fixed it at 45° angle from the center. We use these simulation platforms to analyze the model and calculate its velocity, air pressure and directional heading. 

Student(s): Patrick Paulson Godfray Pauldurai, Nigel Otis, Baalaji Vijayaragunathan

Technical Advisor(s): Akin Tatoglu

 

Poster#SR8-2

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: 1U Satellite Self-Deploying Drag Sail

Project Description: Design/development of an innovative drag sail that can be efficiently packaged and that will fully deploy to accelerate the de-orbit of satellites, to mitigate the growth of orbital debris.

Student(s): Tom Judd, Mara Owens, Guruprasath Pushpalatha Rangasam, David Valencia

Technical Advisor(s): Allan Penda

Sponsor: John Graham

 

Poster#SR9-2

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Suhash Ghosh, PhD

Project Name: Surface Roughness Effects on the Adhesive Bonded Joint

Project Description: Surface roughness effects on the adhesive bond strength for tensile and shear stress test is studied on Aluminum and Mild Steel samples with 5 different roughness to find a trend between roughness parameters and bonding strength.

Student(s): Talal Aldeehany, Abdulrahman Alotaibi, Humoud Almutairi

Technical Advisor(s): Suhash Ghosh

Sponsor: College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) at the University of Hartford

 

Poster#SR10-2

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Chelmsford Recreation and Sports Complex

Project Description: Chelmsford (Mass.) recreation facility to provide wellness opportunities for students and the public.

Student(s): William Higson

 

Poster#SR11-2

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Al Sabeen Orphanage

Project Description: Multi-age orphanage in Yemen, including living, worship, education, and recreation spaces.

Student(s): Basel Algahmi

 

Poster#SR12-2

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Homeless Assistant Center in NYC

Project Description: Homeless center that provides a variety of support including sleeping, medical, social, and economic opportunities, in Manhattan.

Student(s): Samantha Ng

 

Poster#SR13-2

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Rockwell Market

Project Description: Redesign and adaptive re-use of an abandoned factory building on Homestead Avenue in Hartford, including the design of a small urban park.

Student(s): Christopher Edick

1 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR1-3

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Bruce Plumley, MS

Project Name: HARQ (Human Assistive and Robust Quadped)

Project Description: A remote-controlled quadrupedal robot capable of carrying small loads and navigating rough terrain and hazardous environments with limited autonomy.

Student(s): Matt Bradnan, Salman Hussain, Owen May

Technical Advisor(s): Kiwon Sohn

 

Poster#SR2-3

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: Back Alignment Device

Project Description: A device that by means of a phone application enables patients with back pains related to posture to monitor their posture and see their progress.

Student(s): Amiel Bituin, Antonio Dire, Ramon Evans

Technical Advisor(s): Ladimer Nagurney

 

Poster#SR3-3

Course: AUD481P

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: Fuzz Guitar Pedal

Project Description: Utilizes classic distortion circuitry like that in the late 1960s and 1970s. In using BJT transistor circuitry, the result is a unique sound.

Student(s): Nick Matta

Technical Advisor(s): Tim Britt

 

Poster#SR4-3

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Medtronic

Project Description: The team was tasked with developing an actuation simulator to reproduce a range of forces with accuracy and precision. The design is required to be similar in size and weight to current products.

Student(s): Jackson Bonazzo, Amber Ferrera, Michael O'Brien

Technical Advisor(s): Mary Arico

Sponsor: Medtronic

 

Poster#SR5-3

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Theodore (Ted) Sussmann, PhD

Project Name: CT DOT Roundabout Design

Project Description: This project investigates various transportation concepts in redesigning the intersection of the intersections of Route 189 (Bloomfield Avenue) at Route 178 (Mountain Avenue) and Wintonbury Avenue. in Bloomfield, Conn. Several geometric and traffic control alternatives including roundabouts and signals are proposed and evaluated.

Student(s): Debbie Vergara, Stephen Nahorney, Kyle Mecchella, Arianna Davis, Hassan Jali

Technical Advisor(s): Clara Fang; Jordan Pike, PE; Andrew Esposito, PE

Sponsor: ConnDOT

 

Poster#SR6-3

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Todd Brown, MS, PE

Project Name: Powder Mill School Site Design

Project Description: Evaluate alternatives and design improvements to parking, playground and drainage facilities at a middle school in Massachusetts.

Student(s): Daniel Burke, Brandon Herman, Ryan Lovell, James Sekorski

Technical Advisor(s): Andrew White, PE and Daniel Holmes, PE

Sponsor: Tighe & Bond, Inc. (Shelton, Conn. and Westfield, Mass.)

 

Poster#SR7-3

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Akin Tatoglu, PhD

Project Name: Breast Cancer Bio-Marker Detection Device

Project Description: With the ever-increasing need for reliable, inexpensive breast cancer detection, the requirement of equipment capable of independent diagnosis increases. By using measurements taken of Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 (HER-2) found in bodily fluids, a new inkjet printed sensor proves itself to be an effective proposal for low-cost minimally invasive cancer detection. Our goal is to design and implement a low-cost detection suite to support the operation of the ink-jet printed sensor and make it available to all clinics.

Student(s): Kaelaan Maynor and Mustafa Salman

Technical Advisor(s): Akin Tatoglu

 

Poster#SR8-3

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: Platform Screen Wind Loading

Project Description: Develop an analysis validated by wind tunnel test to predict loads resulting from the addition of a Tutus  LLC drop prevention mesh to an aerial work platform.

Student(s): Omar Alhazmi, Saleh Alhumood, Daniel Shumaker

Technical Advisor(s): Allan Penda

Sponsor: Tutus Solutions

 

Poster#SR9-3

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Suhash Ghosh, PhD and Allen Penda, MS

Project Name: Influence of Manufacturing Surface Finish on Pressure Loss in Fluid Mechanic Components

Project Description: Analyzing the influence of different surface roughness parameters on frictional factor for the pressure drop along an internal pipe that is threaded on both ends, for different materials.

Student(s): Siva Pooja Ramachandran, Keshav Radhakrishnan

Technical Advisor(s): Suhash Ghosh

Sponsor: College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) at the University of Hartford

 

Poster#SR10-3

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Island Stadium NYC

Project Description: New environmentally sustainable soccer stadium and support functions with mass transit links to Upper Manhattan transit.

Student(s): Giancarlo Cano

 

Poster#SR11-3

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Twin Peaks Sustainability Tower

Project Description: Residential energy-neutral pencil tower in Manhattan.

Student(s): Jonathan Ma

 

Poster#SR12-3

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Grondalshus

Project Description: Mixed generation facility that brings together the innocent joy and happiness from children with the wise and caring elderly.

Student(s): Karoline Petersen

 

Poster#SR13-3

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: The Bushnell Experience

Project Description: Proposed multi-use development for a site adjacent to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, consisting of office, retail, and residential uses.

Student(s): Lauryn Bullock

1:15 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR1-4

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Bruce Plumley, MS

Project Name: Cellular Based Grid Monitoring

Project Description: Convenient remote monitoring of a solar power array, device is accessed using a cellular phone connection.

Student(s): Thamer Alenezi, Saad Alharbi, Ayed Awad, Fahad Khaleefoh

Technical Advisor(s): Akram Abu-aisheh

 

Poster#SR2-4

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: ENZO: an hors d'oeuvres serving software platform

Project Description: Autonomous serving robot able to navigate, identifying the presence and location of obstacles, as well as inform patrons of food being served.

Student(s): Corey Downs, Josephine Garcia, Erin Sussmann

Technical Advisor(s): Kiwon Sohn, Krista Hill

 

Poster#SR3-4

Course: AUD481P, ECE483W

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Project Description: Design of Multi-Pattern Condensor Microphones, it can pick sound from selected directions. The cardioid pattern is an example.

Student(s): Saleh Alshawaf, Salem Mohammed Alyami, Jahvon Fox

Technical Advisor(s): Michael deAlmeida

 

Poster#SR4-4

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Casting Jig

Project Description: The goal of this project was to create a stabilization device for transfemoral amputees during the casting process. A second device was also designed to aid the clinician in forming the most accurate cast.

Student(s): Elizabeth Kelkay and Karen Rayappa

Technical Advisor(s): Duffy Felmlee

Sponsor: University of Hartford Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

 

Poster#SR5-4

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Theodore (Ted) Sussmann, PhD

Project Name: Design of Multistory Balsa Wood & Steel Buildings

Project Description: As a startup project for EERI’s seismic design competition, a scale model of a 19-story balsa wood building was designed for earthquake loadings using Structural Software SAP2000. As a comparison, a full-scale steel building with a similar geometry was designed to represent the structural loads in Connecticut. The resilience of the two buildings was investigated through dynamic time-history analysis under earthquakes.

Student(s): Timothy Breiner, Michaela Muller, Nicolas Gallego Rodriguez, Steven Rost

Technical Advisor(s): Yang Yang

Sponsor: CETA Faculty/Student Engagement Grant

 

Poster#SR6-4

Course: CE 465

Faculty: Todd Brown, MS, PE

Project Name: Design of East Lyme Sanitary Sewer Expansion

Project Description: Evaluation and design of sewer system options for a coastal community in Connecticut.

Student(s): Daniel Eakin, Devyn Howe, Joshua Marchinkoski, Aleks Nowicki

Technical Advisor(s): Sarah Bucci, PE and John Dion

Sponsor: Weston & Sampson (Rocky Hill, Conn.)

 

Poster#SR7-4

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Paul Slaboch, PhD, PE

Project Name: Enviro-Power Bypass Valve

Project Description: The focus of this project was to design and run simulations on a custom bypass valve for a mini Rankine cycle boiler turbine.

Student(s): Daniel Ryan and Devin Prive

Technical Advisor(s): Paul Slaboch

Sponsor: EnviroPower - Michael Cocuzza

 

Poster#SR8-4

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: Satellite Release Mechanism

Project Description: A release mechanism for a CubeSat satellite using a shape memory alloy is designed, analyzed and 3D printed to meet the low cost and weight needs of the space launch industry.

Student(s): Ahmed Alharbi, Mohammed Alharji, Jeremy CalibChantiRaj

Technical Advisor(s): Allan Penda

 

Poster#SR9-4

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Suhash Ghosh, PhD

Project Name: O-Ring Fastener

Project Description: The goal of the project was to mount a small o-rings onto a pressure valve.

Student(s): Alex Jean and Aswath Sathyan

 

Poster#SR10-4

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Rocket Arena at Lemansky Park

Project Description: New multi-facility recreation center - hockey, baseball/softball, and track - at Lamansky Park in Auburn, Mass.

Student(s): Sean Dupuis

 

Poster#SR11-4

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: 1124 Harborway Place Wilmington, NC

Project Description: Personal interpretation of coastal single-family residence on the North Carolina coast.

Student(s): Ryan McKenzie

 

Poster#SR12-4

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Health and Nature

Project Description: Neighborhood healthcare center that combines quality care with natural environment and landscape.

Student(s): Nohemi Arpi

 

Poster#SR13-4

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Adaptive Reuse - Mill

Project Description: Redesign and adaptive re-use of a mill facility in Connecticut into micro-brewery, restaurant, and site development to include condominiums.

Student(s): Melody Iannone

1:30 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR1-5

Course: ECE483W, ECT481P

Faculty Name: Bruce Plumley, MS

Project Name: Thomas Hooker Brewery: IoT

Project Description: Project enables remote monitoring of temperatures and adjustment of setpoints for multiple brewing tanks in the sponsor's factory.

Student(s): Aurian Emami and Tyler Beauregard

Technical Advisor(s): Kiwon Sohn

Sponsor: Thomas Hooker Brewery

 

Poster#SR2-5

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: Fullbright Car Lights

Project Description: Motor vehicle lighting integrity monitor and enhancement system for use with tractor-trailers, which have many lights and operate for long hours.

Student(s): Lydia Metcalf, Allen Pigeon, William Stark

Technical Advisor(s): Ying Yu, Ladimer Nagurney

 

Poster#SR3-5

Course: AUD481P, ECE483W

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: Microphone Pre-Amp

Project Description: Design of a dedicated microphone pre-amp for digital audio workstations. It can amplify lower level dynamic microphones and can provide phantom power.

Student(s): Khiel Marx, Nicolas Silvestri, Nia Washington

Technical Advisor(s): Michael deAlmeida

 

Poster#SR4-5

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Universal sEMG-based Human Interface System

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to create a universal human interface system that evaluates sEMG for game control and provides motor control training for people with cerebral palsy.

Student(s): Brian Legato

Technical Advisor(s): Takafumi Asaki

 

Poster#SR7-5

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Paul Slaboch, PhD, PE

Project Name: Airfoil Drag Test & Improvements

Project Description: Determine drag differential of various surface finishes and increase wind tunnel max speed.

Student(s): Luis Goitia and Ryan Curtis

Technical Advisor(s): Michael LaFavor and Paul Slaboch

Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney

 

Poster#SR8-5

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: HSB HVAC Health Monitoring

Project Description: This student team will conduct testing with the University of Hartford HVAC simulator and conduct analytical studies to evaluate HVAC system functioning including possible malfunctions of a component of the system.

Student(s): Aitor Elena Hervas and Corey Miles

Technical Advisor(s): Allan Penda

Sponsor: Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co.

 

Poster#SR9-5

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Suhash Ghosh, PhD

Project Name: Grommet Insertion Team

Student(s): Mitul Krishnasamy Sivakumar and Ziair DeLeon

Sponsor: Parker Hannifin

 

Poster#SR10-5

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: The Socialite

Project Description: Luxury mixed-use cultural and entertainment center that promotes liveliness and connectivity in Manhattan.

Student(s): Angie Flores

 

Poster#SR11-5

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Low-Income Housing Complex

Project Description: Multi-family residential housing with self-supporting retail establishments in New Jersey.

Student(s): Raysean Floyd-Bennett

 

Poster#SR12-5

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Maunabo Hospital Village

Project Description: Healthcare complex consisting of emergency, inpatient, and maternity facilities in Puerto Rico.

Student(s): Jomar Alvarado

 

Poster#SR13-5

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Rockwell Market

Project Description: Redesign and adaptive re-use of an abandoned factory building on Homestead Avenue in Hartford, including the design of a small urban park.

Student(s): Christopher Edick

1:45 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR1-6

Course: ECT481P

Faculty Name: Bruce Plumley, MS

Project Name: Stair Climbing Robot

Project Description: An autonomous robot capable of carrying an object of a certain weight while moving forward and down the stairs in one’s home.

Student(s): Samuel Cancel, Henry Correa, Takumi Sugie

Technical Advisor(s): Claudio Campana

 

Poster#SR2-6

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: Active Highway Hazard Warning System

Project Description: This project uses a sweeping lidar system as well as image recognition software to detect and warn of wildlife as well as stationary hazards.

Student(s): Andrew Ackerman and Ali AlMulla

Technical Advisor(s): Ying Yu, Patricia Mellodge

 

Poster#SR3-6

Course: AUD481P, ECT481P

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: Analog Distortion Pedal with Digital Interface

Project Description: Design of a guitar or bass guitar distortion pedal, which has preset settings that can be changed via a wireless cell phone.

Student(s): Thomas Atkins, Evan Kelly, Malik Roberts

Technical Advisor(s): Tim Britt

 

Poster#SR4-6

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Matrinex

Project Description: Differentiation of mesenchymal cells for resulting bone, nerve, and vascular tissue on PLA in various pore geometries for characterization of functionalized scaffolds for intervertebral disc repair.

Student(s): Nicole Carr and Lionel Medina

Technical Advisor(s): Eric James

 

Poster#SR7-6

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Paul Slaboch, PhD, PE

Project Name: Wind Tunnel Evaluation of Acoustic Treatment on Subscale Aerodynamic Body

Project Description: Determine drag differential of various surface finishes and increase wind tunnel max speed.

Student(s): Shaniece Walker and Garghi Seenevas

Technical Advisor(s): Michael LaFavor and Paul Slaboch

Sponsor: Pratt & Whitney

 

Poster#SR8-6

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: Temperature Controlled Valve

Project Description: Creation of a design concept and valve prototype that can regulate flow based solely on the temperature of the working fluid, eliminating the need for expensive electrical control devices, thus saving cost and improving reliability.

Student(s): Hamad Alkhaldi, Charun Kumarasamy Ramakrish, Vijayaditya Penmetsa

Technical Advisor(s): Allan Penda

 

Poster#SR10-6

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Nanuet Outdoor Education Center

Project Description: Environmental education center with nature studies, classrooms, and recreation venues.

Student(s): Daniel Torres

 

Poster#SR11-6

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Hybrid Home Design

Project Description: Single-family home composed of scalable re-purposed shipping containers in the Caribbean.

Student(s): Tashana McLean

 

Poster#SR12-6

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Hudson Yards 2 - Future Urban Design

Project Description: Master Plan reimagining the Hudson Yards development to provide a mix of affordable housing, community center, food halls, and entertainment for all and that connects to Earth's natural form.

Student(s): Alisa Korneyeva

 

Poster#SR13-6

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: The Landing

Project Description: Design redevelopment of the Enfield Square shopping center into a themed mix of retail, office, entertainment, and residential uses, including extensive site re-design to provide more human-scaled and natural environments.

Student(s): Jean-Luc Dube

2 p.m. | Senior Presentations

Poster#SR2-7

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Krista Hill, PhD

Project Name: 32-bit Microprocessor

Project Description: Custom soft microprocessor system using the Quartus NIOS II development tools. Application software makes use of an LCD display and push-buttons.

Student(s): Frank Abela and Robert Perusini

Technical Advisor(s): Saeid Moslehpour

 

Poster#SR3-7

Course: ECE483W

Faculty Name: Tim Britt, MM

Project Name: USB Power Delivery System

Project Description: Design of a USB power delivery product, includes a DC-DC Converter circuit and USB-C Logic circuitry. It allows for charging via a USB port.

Student(s): Faisal Alenezi, Khaled Alenezi, Othman Alenezi, Nawaf Almutairi

Technical Advisor(s): Akram Abu-aisheh

 

Poster#SR4-7

Course: BE 461P

Faculty: Mary Arico, PhD

Project Name: Lactation Innovations

Project Description: The project is to develop a proof of concept using ultrasound technology to detect and measure liquid in an infant’s stomach.

Student(s): Colleen O'Brien

Technical Advisor(s): Mary Arico

Sponsor: Jayme Coates, Lactation Innovation

 

Poster#SR8-7

Course: ME 473W

Faculty: Allan Penda, MS

Project Name: Performance Assessment of a Refrigerant Compressor as Used in Direct–Expansion Ground Source Heat Pump Systems

Project Description: Analytical evaluation of a compressor design for a unique geothermal system.

Student(s): Noah Stevens

Technical Advisor(s): Cy Yavuzturk

 

Poster#SR10-7

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Reich Family Pavilion Sports Center Addition

Project Description: Addition to the University of Hartford Sports Center including indoor track, locker rooms, and conditioning spaces.

Student(s): Bryce Ramsay

 

Poster#SR11-7

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Art Gallery + Theater

Project Description: Performance Theater and art gallery with a variety of supporting functions including restaurants, recording studios, and multi-function hall.

Student(s): Kobe Willis

 

Poster#SR12-7

Course: ADT 489P

Faculty: James E. Fuller, AIA, NCARB

Project Name: Eco-Friendly Hotel Boutique

Project Description: Dominican Republic resort including villas, community center, and entertainment facility.

Student(s): Ernesto Rodriguez Pena

2:30 p.m. | Senior Shark Tank Round

After students in the afternoon session have presented their projects, judges will deliberate to finalize voting and select the top 13 projects to compete in the Shark Tank Round. All students should join us for the Shark Tank Round to see if they have been selected as a finalist. If selected, students will have three minutes to pitch their projects to all judges.