Senior Design Competition

As the capstone of Penn's practice-integrated mechanical engineering curriculum, the two-semester senior design sequence challenges students to bring theory, skills, general knowledge, and inventive energy to bear on substantial engineering problems. There is no "typical" project and the variety is always surprising: some projects lead to marketable products; some explore a theoretical principle; some are just for fun.  But taken together, they reflect the breadth and diversity of mechanical engineering.

Our 2013 Winners:

Click here to see all the reports and posters from the 2013 competition.

Lauren Davis, Michael Kofron, Stella Latscha, Gabrielle Merritt and Anthony Stroffolino, winners of the Tatnall Prize for an outstanding project showing ingenuity, proficiency and usefulness.  They also won third place at the 2013 SEAS Senior Design Competition.

The H.E.R.A.L.D. (Hybrid Exploration Robot for Air and Land Deployment) is a search and rescue robot that combines a nimble snake form to travel through rubble with the surveillance capability of a quadrotor. H.E.R.A.L.D. operates in three modes: 1. all three robots operate independently; 2. the two snakes carry the quadrotor to save battery life; and 3. the quadrotor carries a single snake at a time over impassable obstacles. This novel system will be used by the Modular Robotics Laboratory as a research platform for computer vision, mapping, control and victim location.

Jason Gui, Drew Karabinos, Jonathan Kern and R. Blake Winston, winners of the Gemmil Award for outstanding creativity.  They also won first honorable mention at the 2013 SEAS Senior Design competition.
The inVigo Glasses were designed to provide a sleek, inexpensive, and reliable method to combat the problem of unintentional drowsiness. The inVigo Glasses monitor a user’s blinking patterns in order to accurately and reliably detect signs of drowsiness. Once the glasses detect that a user is dozing off, they send a digital signal to the user's phone, ensuring the user regains his/her alertness before a potentially dangerous situation arises.
Elizabeth Beattie, Nicholas McGill, Nicholas Parrotta and Nikolay Vladimirov, winners of the Judges Choice Award for excellence based on the discretion of the judges.  They also won second place at the 2013 SEAS Senior Design Competition.
TitanArm is an upper body exoskeleton capable of augmenting strength and mobility in occupational lifters, while offering improved physical therapy results for patients and doctors.  The suit was designed and manufactured at Penn, and is powered by a brushed DC motor through a flexible cable drive.  The system also takes position, velocity, and force measurements, and can stream that information to a control station or supervisor for data analytics.