Senior Design Competition

Click here to see all the reports and posters from the 2012 competition.

Our 2012 Winners:

Nicholas W. Bartlett, Neel Doshi, Nisan Lerea and Adam Libert, winners of the Gemmil Award for outstanding creativity. 
Advisor: Dr. Jonathan P. Fiene

Waterjet cutting is a manufacturing process that uses a high velocity stream of water forced through a small orifice to cut through plastic, metal, stone, and many other materials. Existing water jet machines are large and expensive, limiting them to industrial settings. Their project, MEAM Waterjet, is a small-scale waterjet, making this technology available to universities and hobbyists.

Annett Bordoley, Rikki Irwin, Viraj Kalyani, Craig G. McDonald and Dorsey E. Standish, winners of the Tatnall Prize for an outstanding project showing ingenuity, proficiency and usefulness. They also received Second Honorable Mention at the 2012 SEAS Senior Design Competition.
Sponsor: Dr. Vinay Nadkarni
Advisor: Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker

Their project is entitled D1GIT: Automated, Temperature Calibrated Measurement of Capillary Refill Time. Because of the inconsistencies in the current method of manual capillary refill testing, the team set out to automate the process, collaborating throughout the year with doctors from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The result is D1GIT, a compact and lightweight device designed to read normal and temperature-corrected capillary refill time to the tenth of the second. At a manufacturing cost of under $100, the device has the potential to be sold commercially for use by doctors, EMTs, and nurses.

Sarah Clark, Sydney E. Jackopin, Jacob Orloff, Michael L. Posner and Michael Siegel, winners of the Couloucoundis Prize for the best presentation of a Senior Design project. 
Advisor: Dr. Bruce Kothmann

Their project is entitled StoRC: Search to Rescue Craft. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide a way for taking pilots out of harm’s way during dangerous  missions, either from weather or military threats. StoRC explores the application of autonomous flight and payload delivery on a model airplane. The system presented uses a UAV to deliver supplies to a target location via a parachute. The UAV’s guidance system uses GPS technology to autonomously navigate to a target location. Once on target, the system would combine data from its sensor package with a drop trajectory model to calculate a release point for its payload. After releasing its payload, the UAV would then autonomously flies back to its home base for human-controlled landing. Models of the UAV’s physical dynamics and the autonomous control scheme were created and used to develop initial parameters for the control code. By performing test flights and logging flight data, these models were validated and were used to build more complex autonomous behaviors. Stabilized flight, autonomous drop trajectory calculations with payload release, and autonomous navigation methods were all implemented and successfully tested, though full start to finish missions are still pending.
Andrew N. Brown, Karan H. Desai, Andrew H. McGrath, Alfred "Hurst" Nuckols III and Grant P. Wilson, winners of the Best Poster Prize for the most effective poster/demonstration describing a superior project.
Advisor: Dr. Andrew Jackson
Their project is entitled Hydraulic Drivetrain with Regenerative Braking. The Hydraulic Drivetrain with Regenerative Braking Team set out to demonstrate the ability to scale down hydraulic hybrid drivetrains for their use in passenger vehicles.  The team tested this through replacing a go-kart's drivetrain with a custom built hydraulic drivetrain with regenerative braking.  Utilizing commonly available parts, the team was able to construct and analyze a hydraulic drive train on a scale even smaller than a passenger vehicle and assess its potential for commercialization.