ESG 440/441, Engineering Design I/II

Very important:  All projects MUST include a variety
of realistic constraints, such as economic factors,
reliability, aesthetics, ethics, and social impact.
Wish-list projects (undone)

Proposer (JQuinn):
MSWindows program to open EDS/EDAX and XRF spectra,
plot, rescale, colour, print, and peak-identify.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Battery-operated ring-light for stereo-zoom microscopes
and macro-cameras.  RGBWIrUv concentric and variable angle.
Remote (bluetooth or equiv) control from Android (touch screen)

Proposer (JQuinn):
Stabilized (vibration reduced) articulated-arm with
1/4"-20 macro-camera mount.  360-degree arc, 2'x2' reach.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Pop-up roof-hatch for handicap access to a generic passenger van.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Blue-tooth, serial, or USB record vertical/horizontal motion recorder (encoder),
over 3 meters, 200Hz, 1mm step (or better), 0 sec to 1000 sec, with slider.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Life-sized outdoor art BCC, FCC, HCP, etc... crystal models.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Retrofit optical microscope (reflection and transmission) with 
hi-intensity LEDs and water-cooled optics for low-light measurements.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Retrofit optical microscope (reflection and transmission) with 
microgigapan capabilities.

Proposer (JQuinn):
LED cube (nominally 10x10x10) to display user-selectable
crystallographic planes.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Cryogenic impact-tester for small polymer samples.  Hold
orthorhombic samples with all edge dimensions between
2 and 20mm.  Sample immersed in LN2 bath, with bath dropping
1.0+/-0.5 seconds prior to impact.

Proposer (JQuinn):
Solder reflow oven with reflection/transmission microscope
for imaging up to 200C.


Fall 2017 thru Spring 2018

Bio Send: Wearable Device for Continuous Monitoring Physiological Parameters

Pat Benedetto, Jordan Liebman, Andy Queliz-Tejada, Jessica Quizhpe

Exerting energy while exposed to extreme temperatures can lead to a
number of health issues. Individuals who are at risk of developing
temperature related ailments, would benefit from consistent monitoring
of their health metrics. This can be done through the use of a wearable
upper arm band that continuously measures and monitors body core
temperature, oxygen saturation levels and heart rate through the use
of non-invasive sensors. Detection of abnormal physiological parameters,
like low oxygen levels for example, will alert the user and a third party
so necessary precautions can be made to prevent any health issues from


GasLight CO2 Sensitive Lighting

James Bylicky, Tara Blittner, John Saputo, Michelle Nevins

In a room with automatic light sensors, the lights will turn off after
little or no movement. A proposed hybrid CO2 and motion sensor provides
a method to both 1) Detect motion through a passive infrared sensor and
2) Detect CO2 concentration emitted from a human exhale in order to keep
the lights on by determining human occupancy. The proposed design consists
of three central components: a CO2 sensor, a central logic unit to record
and process data, and an electrical relay capable of turning on and off
a light.  The goal is to keep the lights on effectively for a room size
of 300 m^3.


Centripetal Force Water Filtration System

Felicia James, Jerin George, Joy Abasolo, Mckingsley Williams

Clean drinking water is not easily accessible in disaster affected areas.
Lack of clean water will ultimately lead to various diseases and severe
dehydration. The centripetal force water filtration system provides
clean drinking water from contaminated water sources. The device
consists of multiple filters, water passes through the filters
using centrepetal force driven by a mechanical device powered through
a rechargeable battery.


Garden Maintenance System

Katarzyna Bramska, Ryan Gao, Lee Stetson, Zach Torpie

The Garden Maintenance and Monitoring System idea will be designed
to effectively combine soil pH, moisture, and light sensor probes
via an arduino system as well as automatically water small plants
such as beans, strawberries, etc. The system will measure soil
runoff collected below the soil container. Once the water reaches
a pH from water certain level in the collection unit, it will be
pumped up into a reservoir container and reused to water the plant
again. The automatic watering system as well as pH, soil moisture,
and sunlight sensors will be controlled and monitored with an Arduino.


Cyclist Safety Device to Prevent Rear-End Collisions

Chen (Kevin) Hao, Sebastian Puerto-Arenas, Sau (Jimmy) Lim, Jason Cheng

When navigating complex roads or densely populated streets, cyclists
are in danger of accidents with neighboring cars and other cyclists.
Rear end collisions are the leading cause of cycling fatalities in
the United States. Adding on lowered visibility situations, cyclists
blind spots, the lack of bike lanes, and comparative size making
cyclists difficult to see exacerbates the situation. A device that
can sense oncoming traffic, predict rear end collisions and alert
drivers of the cyclist's presence is necessary to prevent potentially
fatal outcomes


40-yard dash device

Jingyue Zheng, Constantine Sargentini, Ilya Stotland,
Barnabas Mako, Kelly Pabon

"Short sprints are commonly used to determine the speed and
acceleration of athletes. These tests, such as the 40-yard dash,
are timed during solo training sessions. However, studies have
shown that athletes obtain better results when racing a physical
competitor, such as in a game. Therefore, in order to achieve
optimal performance during training, that accurately represents
an athlete's skills, a means of simulating a sense of competition
is needed. The primary design goal is to create a mechanical
pulley system which can be programmed to move a rope at a desired
pace and attach a marker to the rope so that athletes can race
against an imaginary opponent. By doing this, athletes will
provisionally receive better results in training, and ultimately
decrease their 40-yard dash times.


Smart Dispenser

Justin Cohen, Alexandrea Innes, Matthew Mannetta, Macky Li

Commercial buildings often have several bathroom stalls that may
have insufficient amounts of toilet paper. The Smart Dispenser
serves as a communication system that allows the custodial staff
to get updated when the toilet paper supply is diminished. Using
an optical sensor to distinguish the color of the toilet paper
from the cardboard roll, the supply is always monitored. A GSM
wireless communication device will be used to send a text message
to the custodial staff once the optical sensor detects the color
of the cardboard roll. A LED light will be used in the event that
the notification system fails to increase reliability of the
product. All electrical components will be encased within the dual
toilet paper dispenser in order to reduce the exposure of wires in
the environment.


Longboard Power Bank

Aasif Jain, Dohee Kim, Hanjie Tan, Kenneth Luong

The Longboard Power Bank is one of the solutions to extend battery
life for USB devices. The design will convert mechanical energy
produced from rinding the longboard into electrical energy. This
can be done with the help of dynamos attched to the wheels of the
longboard. The dynamo will generate electricity as it rotates with
the wheels. The current generated from the dynamo will be stored in
the power bank which will be used to charge USB devices.


Fall 2016 thru Spring 2017

"Automated Sealer for Trash Bags and Other Purposes"

Taryn Black, Sergey Gelman, Olivia Higgins,
Lauren Slater, Abdullah Yar

An automated novel sealing mechanism for the medical industry that
closes trash bags from inside the trash receptacle. The invention
facilitates the disposal of waste, mitigates interaction with
hazardous medical waste, and saves time spent on tying the trash bag.
Both mechanical and electrical subsystems of the closing mechanism
are controlled by an Arduino. Weight and infrared sensors are
implemented to activate the sealing system for an accordingly
timed seal based on the weight or intrinsic height of the waste.
The determined full bag will be closed permanently with cable ties.


"D.A.B.: Drug Accountability Bracelet"

Chukwuka Otuonye, Nitasha Roy, Teresa Martusciello,
Mack McGuinness, Nicholas Olynik

The Drug Accountability Bracelet (D.A.B.) is a wearable
device focused on the detection of illicit drug usage. When a
drug such as cocaine is used, it will metabolize in the liver.
The unique metabolite, benzoylecgonine, is excreted through
bodily fluids. Primarily urine is used to detect this metabolite,
but benzoylecgonine also appears in sweat. This correlates to an
individual's usage of cocaine. Typical detection processes require
several days after individuals' use of cocaine. However, the D.A.B.
will be able to quickly detect the metabolite either by an
electrochemical reaction or based on acidity within 24 hours.
Additionally, this device will include a heart rate sensor to
determine if the individual is wearing the device.


Self-sorting Recycling Machine

Jacqueline McGlynn, Joseph Giambalvo, Kharese Gittens,
Oluomachukwu Agwai, Yeonjae Ji

In recycling processes, proper separation of plastics, glass,
and aluminum refuse is vital. Even in recycling outlets where
separate bins and adequate labels for recyclable material is
clearly displayed, wrong refuse are often dumped into the wrong
bins. This design will tackle this issue by automatically
sorting glass bottles, plastic bottles, and aluminum beverage
cans and placing them into the proper recycling bin. The design
will incorporate the use of photoelectric and inductive sensors
to identify the composition of the recyclable and traffic the
recyclable into its allotted bin via the use of motor-driven sliders.


"Automated Wiping System"

Diming Lu, Jiawei Zhou, Oliver Lockwood, Richard Pak

The automated wiping system is a device that is used to efficiently
and quickly erase the markings on a whiteboard. This device has an
adjustable top and bottom bar, which is attached to the top and
bottom of the whiteboard, acting as the frame for the device. The
frame gives the wheels that are attached to a vertical bar the
direction to travel. The vertical bar is assembled piece by piece
which allows user to freely adjust the width of the wiper. It also
encases the motor, that powers the movements of the wheel. On the
side which meets the surface of the whiteboard, is the dry eraser.
This device will clean whiteboards faster, which will allow teacher
to have more time and focus on teaching.


H2Woah - Water Consumption Monitoring Device

Narmin Hasanat, Zachary Licht, Howard Siegfried,
Andrew Sullivan, Antonio Xu Liu

Despite efforts to reduce wasteful water use, showering is still
one of the largest contributors to an individual=E2=80=99s water consumption.
H2Woah aims to provide users with real-time feedback concerning their
showering habits in an effort to drive down waste. The minimally
invasive shower head attachment offers a quantifiable and relatable
unit in the form of dollars spent per shower, with relation to the
cost of water based on location. An easy-to-use LCD display will
indicate features such as a live feed of the monetary cost of the
shower, and temperature. Longterm showering trends can be tracked
using a compatible mobile application.


"Steam n' Clean"

Kevin Aguila, Sergio Daly, Daniel Melin,
Colin O'Connor, Stanley Shaji

In everyday life most people have to either steam or iron their
clothes in order to look presentable for work or a social occasion.
Currently many people live fast paced lifestyles that leave no time
for these tasks. Within this age of technology there lies the means,
with which, to automate past technologies. This design will steam
clothes automatically, resulting in one less thing for people to worry
about. The scope of this project encompasses a fully automated and
programmable steamer with the addition of a UVC light for dissipating
bacteria buildup. Our design will both steam and refresh clothing.


"Emergency Siren Detection System"

Jorge Bonilla, Richard Chen,
Aidan McNaughton, Alexander Schreiber

The inability of a driver to perceive and/or locate the source of an
emergency siren frequently results in collisions with emergency vehicles.
A device capable of detecting and alerting a driver of the presence of an
emergency vehicle will act to absolve this issue. The proposed design will
distinguish and locate an emergency siren and inform the driver of these
parameters by utilizing multiple frequency detecting sensors. The device's
processing unit will be situated inside of the passenger vehicle, with the
sensors being housed and mounted externally.


"Up-N-Atom Safety Walker"

Richard Pilla, Sean Samaroo,
Keemari Thompson, Matthew DeKoning

Currently, wheeled safety walkers are very barebones, and consist of
cheap parts, and in some cases present new dangers to the elderly and
disabled. This design will improve on contemporary designs and incorporate
additional safety features. Using infrared and ultrasonic  sensors, the
walker will detect obstacles and alert the user to prevent tripping. The
alert will be based around a vibration system. Additionally, a locking
wheel brake system will be connected to touch-activated handles and lock
the brakes after the handles are released to prevent slipping while sitting
or leaning on the walker. A switch will also be included to allow the user
to either disable the obstacle alert system, wheel brake system, or both.


"The Sea-Bass"

Rohan Sanyal, Tyler Yee, Naveed Ahmed,
Lautaro Epstein, Sebastian Woznicki

Access to electricity is important to everyday societal functions. Our
project aims to create a device to generate and store electricity by
utilizing turbines rotated by flowing water. The electricity produced
would be stored in a lithium-ion battery and be accessible through an
outlet housed within the body. The body will be secured using a line
and will be semi-submerged in a source of flowing water. The majority
of the chassis will be manufactured through 3D printing so as to reduce
the rolling resistance that the turbines will endure, allowing for a
higher rotations-per-minute (RPM) to produce more energy. The energy
harnessed will provide ample power to operate various electronic devices.


Fall 2015 thru Spring 2016


"Phennix -Autonomous Early Wildfire-Seeking Drone"

Edward Gildersleeve, Valliappan Lakshmanan, Martin Nunlee,
Nicole Pasquino,  Geoffery Rippy

Presently, wildfires are most often detected by manned monitoring
stations, aircraft flyovers, or members of public alerting authorities.
This design will allow for the detection of wildfires in the early
stages of formation without the need for constant human surveillance.
Using GPS guided autonomous drones, equipped with emission sensors
and infrared cameras, this design will survey a preprogrammed region
and report back suspected wildfire locations. This sensor package
can be retrofitted to any and all drone applications presently in
use for the same monitoring methods.


"DoorMann - Automated Car Door Collision Prevention System"

Albert Marciniec, Michael Andreassi, Kevin Paray,
Devon Bisson, Chiranshu Bhatia

Opening a car door poses a risk of collision with unknown obstacles
in the path of the door=E2=80=99s travel. This system will detect obstacles
in the path of travel via ultrasonic sensors, and apply a sufficient
force to the car door to bring it to a stop before collision occurs.
The completed design will be both compact and robust, and be adaptable
enough to fit onto any standard car door.


"Solar Paneled Air Dispersal Extension (SPADE)"

Michelle Duong, Ieisha Hinson, Linda Jin, Donald Liu, Ammarah Zaidi

Having a car parked in the sun for long periods of time will cause
the interior temperatures to rise and become uncomfortable upon e
ntering the vehicle. Through usage of solar panels,fan units, and
reflective windshields, it will be able to decrease the temperatures
of the vehicle, while also limiting the amount of heat that will
enter the vehicle. This extension will be ideal for use on hot days
such as the Summer.


"Bottle Muncher Can Jammer"

Muyiwa Adeyeye, Andy Bertrand, Paula Brugnoni-Cobo,
Yi-Hsin Chen, Jason Lai

Plastic bottle and cans have large volumes that take up a lot of space.
Therefore, to maximize the number of plastic beverage bottle and cans in
one recycling bin, the Bottle Muncher Can Jammer will crush them with two
cylindrical rollers with teeth that will pull the bottle through a narrow
slit and crush them to one eighth of their original sizes. This way,  the
owners can recycle more bottles and cans as well as decreasing garbage bag
usage and save money in the long run.


"Vox Pump"

Skyler Cange, Robert Harmon, Arvind Mangadu, Danny Nghieu, Nicole Vogel

Most modern bicycle pumps are designed to be externally mounted onto
the bicycle frame or the saddle rails, often left exposed where they
can be subjected to debris, theft, and damage from impacts.  The Vox
Pump would reduce these instances from occurring.  The Vox Pump is
small enough to be mounted inside of a bicycle=E2=80=99s seatpost for safe =
It will have an alarm system that, when armed, will transmit an
alert signal to the owner if the bicycle is moved excessively while the
is away from the bicycle as a theft deterrent system.


"Training Block Sensors"

Yunlong Li, Natalia Popova,Thomas Quinto

Practicing sprinting starts is a time consuming process. The training
block sensor system builds on existing training blocks to help the
coach collect runners starting reaction time from the first steps reaction,
the second steps reaction, and the runner's velocity after the third step.
The system's device will collect this data and place it in a table for a
quick view, and can graph certain results together for a nice view of
tens of data points. The system device allows for as many profiles to
match the number of runners on a team, and for quick changing time
between profiles using a touchscreen. Once the sensor system is set
up a coach can leave the sprinters to practice on their own.


"Good Vibrations - Audio to Haptic Feedback Device"

Isabelle Cortes, Hannah Leonard, Brian Maddock, Nicole Moro, Madeleine

Hearing impaired people only recognize sound input though low frequency
vibrations. Good Vibrations is a wearable product that recognizes a range
of frequencies, which are put into three categories: low, medium, and high.
Once the category is determined, the device will produce corresponding
light and haptic feedback. This increases safety by alerting the user of
danger by transforming audible alarms into vibrations and increases the
quality of life by allowing a level of immersion into the surroundings that
hearing impaired people may lack.


"The Everyday Wheelchair"

Thaylor Cacador, Kevin Chow, Tashi Sangpo, Brandon Shafran, Patrick Neville

The proposed design is a wheelchair which gives the user a comfortable
outdoor riding experience while maintaining the great indoor functionality
of current wheelchairs. The lever operation will attempt to replicate a
rowing motion to utilize a natural motion for extended use. The design
will include a third rear wheel with two large front wheels positioned
on the frame for optimal weight balance and comfort, a hand operated
lever with adjustable height to allow for individual customization,
and integrated suspension in the frame positioned by the third wheel.



Fall 2014 thru Spring 2015

Peltier Camping Kit

Fatimah Ashekun, Jessica Barnett, Vilyana Kalinkova,
Richard Schmoll, Chatrik Sodhi

If you get in a dangerous situation while camping and you are
without access to outlets to charge your dead phone, what do you
do? The Peltier Camping Kit utilizes the Seebeck Effect to produce
electricity, without being connected to a major power source.
All that's needed is a heat gradient, which will be produced by a
grill and a cooler. The immediate thermal gradient between the two
sides of the Peltier device will induce a voltage, which will then
be transferred to a charging station that will store the energy as
electricity. You can cook and keep drinks cold, all while charging
your USB devices.


Timing Device for Pinsetting Motor Activation

David Colucci, Andrea Gabriele, Jared Ferraro,
Kyle Jaworowski, Larry Nembhard

Older bowling alleys spend thousands of dollars a year on
electrical costs to run the old fashioned motors that set
the pins. These motors run continuously throughout the day
once the lane is turned on. We aim to build a device that
maximizes the efficiency of older pinsetting machinery.
After a predetermined period of inactivity on the lane,
the timing device will shut the motor off. The
timing device will easily tap into the existing circuitry
of the lanes and will be cost effective. Our project will
allow bowling alleys to save money in electrical costs and
energy, without the need for a complete and costly renovation.


Multipurpose Bike Lock

Ali Islam, Naomasa Miki, David Wang, Yuwei Wang

Bike owners typically pump their bike once a week. With our
integrated bike pump and lock design, bikers will always have a
pump with them wherever they go. The primary goal of our
design is to provide a multipurpose lock to prevent theft,
flat tires and accidents at night. The coil of the lock will
be made from thick high-carbon stainless steel, making it much
tougher to break. The  pump is integrated into the lock head.
Additional functions include a reflective coating for night-time
riding. This design will provide safety, convenience and ease of
use for all bikers.


Parkinson's Cup

Ramey Baul, Anamul Haque, Steeve Lebrun, Kiranjit Singh

Parkinson=E2=80=99s is a degenerative disorder that affects the central
nervous system due to the death of dopamine creating cells. The most
relevant symptom of this disorder includes mild to severe tremors.
Extensive research to fight this disorder and figure out the cause
of such disorder is still under way. We seek to create a versatile
cup that interacts with the movement of those afflicted. The cup
will counteract the tremors of the person to prevent spills.


Anaerobic Biogas Generation System for Residential Use

Joseph Byun, Jessica Cruz, Alicia M. Elliott, Rachel Fenwick, and Tom Orvis

Compostable materials composed over 50% of the U.S. municipal
solid waste (MSW) stream in 2012, according to the
Environmental Protection Agency. The combustion of methane generated
from anaerobic decomposition of this material can serve
as a renewable, carbon-neutral energy source, simultaneously
decreasing unnecessary contribution to the MSW stream. Our
biodigestion system will safely produce and capture methane-containing
biogas from compostable waste for residential use. The
system will serve as a controlled environment, with the opportunity
to monitor moisture, pH, and temperature levels, thereby
facilitating the anaerobic breakdown of the waste by methanobacteria
more efficiently than is typically achieved in nature. The
process will generate combustible biogas and soil-enriching
fertilizer solids as byproducts.


Circultification Tower

Brian Bedney, Gordon Burrows, Jimmy Lee, Adrian Otreba, Ling Rong Qiu

As the costs of heating homes rises yearly, new innovations need
to be created to save homeowners money on their heating bills.
The Circultification Tower is a system that will save homeowners
money on their monthly heating. Designed to combat the effect of
thermal stratification, the tower will circulate the relatively
much warmer air from the top of the room and mix it with the cooler
air towards the ground level of the room. Equipped with two fans,
the tower will be able to mix the air in the room consistently,
which will increase or maintain the room temperature. This saves
the homeowner money from having to increase or turn up the heat in a room.


Improved Stove with Particulate Reduction System

Michael Brauner, TianHe Qu, Lacey Schwab, Justin Wong

To be environmentally responsible, the burning of hydrocarbon fuels
should not be entirely eliminated, but used more efficiently.
Improved make burning hydrocarbon fuels much more efficient but
the ultrafine particles that are emitted are more harmful to
human health than the fine particulates emitted from traditional
stoves. The goal of our project is to create a system that will reduce
the amount of these harmful ultrafine particulated exiting from the exhaust.


Sustainable Supplement to Single-Use Coffee Pods (3SUCP)

Olesya Bylim, Michael Penn, Alia Rafiq, Megan Salazar, Devin Sullivan

Last year alone, more than 6 billion single-use-cups of coffee
grounds were discarded in landfills. The excessive amount of time and
effort needed to separate the coffee pod into its individual
components stands in the way of sustainable disposal. Our team's proposal
is to create a device that receives coffee pods and automatically
separates, cleans, and prepares the single-use-cup for recycling. This
multi-step process involves separation of the aluminum lid, plastic
cup, paper filter, and coffee grounds into easily recyclable


Automated UV Towel Sanitation and Drying System

Priya Dadd, Srujana Khanchibhotla, Fabiel Nunez, Kevin Thorp, Weishi Yan

The continuous use of a damp towel over a period time creates
the perfect environment for bacteria and fungus to grow (e.g.,
dermatophytes such as athlete=E2=80=99s foot and ringworms). Our solution
is to create an easily portable and mountable towel disinfectant
system. The system would be able to properly dry and sanitize
towels (using UV-C technology) before every individual use. Our
initial cost analysis is ~$200. This design ensures our model
does not overheat and does not waste electricity.


Self-Watering Irrigation System

Alison Egbon, Joseph De Molfetto, Samiha Shakil

Conserving water is an important issue in society. Over the
past decade droughts have been intensifying in the United States, and for
much of 2014, 30% of the country has been in a moderate drought.
Gardens require a large amount of water to maintain. The selfwatering
irrigation system will provide an efficient way to water a
small garden, requiring no contribution from a home water supply
and very little maintenance. The device will use an air-to-water
technique which will condense the humidity in the air to produce
water. The water will reach the plants through a drip system.


CPR Training Mat

Kilian Cardo, John Biore, Joseph Savelli, Andrew Zhang

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a technique when,
executed properly, has the potential of saving a human life. However,
cases exist where individuals practicing this technique were
unable to deliver adequate compressions, and failed to properly stimulate
the heart. With the introduction of the CPR training mat, one
will be able to accurately monitor the depth and force of each
compression, ensuring the technique is performed in a uniform
and efficient manner.



Fall 2013 thru Spring 2014
Sheri Bossong, Peter McChensey, Mier Muller, Kumar Persaud

Solar Powered Wastewater Treatment Station

In developing countries, there is an inadequate method for 
treating wastewater leading to an increase in disease and 
illness due to unsanitary conditions. The solar powered wastewater 
treatment station is to supply areas that do not have access to 
water treatment facilities an easy, convenient, efficient and 
cheap way to handle their solid waste.

Weixiang Fang, Brittany Gaddy, Danielle Lieber, Sean Wilson
Household Water Conservation System 
As fresh water scarcity increases, there is a growing need 
for water conservation. This can be achieved on a household 
scale by recycling the cold water that is normally wasted 
when waiting for hot water when taking a shower. Currently 
existing hot water recirculating systems focus mainly on 
providing hot water instantaneously, which requires an 
inefficient, energy intensive process. To improve on this, 
the system will be made on-demand to limit energy inputs 
and focus on maximizing the amount of water saved. 


Angela Horstman, Eric Agruso,Joseph Nowak, Michael Dolan, Oleg Shayko

Mobile Bicycle Generator with a Solar Assist

Throughout the world not only is there a need for 
electricity; there are many areas that lack an easily 
accessible source. By harnessing a natural source along 
with energy from transportation we will create easier 
access to a power source.  The worldwide daily use of 
bicycles and the increasing demand for electronic devices 
creates the need for people to use both regularly.  Our 
product will merge the two similarly to how the modern 
automobile has.


Gyeongmin Choi, Kai Suen

Heavy Metal Testing Kit Designed for Soil and Food

The industrial development is growing larger. Industries 
often discharge polluted water into lakes or rivers, 
mainly in China and India.  The land nearby usually 
absorbs these water, and hence the land is contaminated 
by heavy metals. Yet, when these lands develop into 
farmland, the products grown are then contaminated 
as well. There are many testing kits for Pb in industrial 
products and there is a need for a new method to test 
for toxic contamination, not just for big farmland, 
but also for household. The idea is to develop a 
test kit that gives a simple field test for fruit, 
vegetable or even the soil whether they are contaminated 
or not.


Ram Pandya, Srujana Kanchibhotla, Mohammed Shahed

Angular Knee Measure with Digital Display

Physical rehabilitation is an integral part in enhancing 
and restoring functional ability to those that deal with 
physical impairments or disabilities. It is imperative 
that those undergoing this treatment have the ability to 
exercise properly at home to maximize results. Our goal 
is to create a multi-featured goniometer that is affordable 
to the general public, so that it can be used to ensure 
proper form during exercise and rehabilitation without the 
immediate guidance of a professional. 


Dominic Silva, Steven Rosner
Jawad Mourabet, Benn Yiufat Lam

Carbon Monoxide Suppression Device

Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) is 
incredibly dangerous. Currently, carbon monoxide suppression 
systems are not available for residential use. Our portable 
device aims to prevent illnesses and/or deaths caused by 
carbon monoxide exposure by lowering the CO concentration 
via a catalytic oxidation reaction.


Chantal Douglas, Juliana Rogin, Emma Tobias

Automated Safety Harness Fall Alert System

A safety harness can prevent injury from an initial fall; 
the harness fails to protect the wearer from the risk of 
suspension trauma.  The goal of our project design is to 
reduce rescue response time between victim and rescue personnel, 
and facilitate communication between the two parties in the 
event of a fall accident. This device is intended to be used 
by safety harness wearers who are in remote locations and 
cannot execute self-rescue or receive help from a person nearby.  
This design will automatically alert emergency personal and a 
programmed primary contact with the victim's GPS location.

Motorcycle helmet with air purification system

Zachariah Smith, Rob Carroll, Harshdeep Banwait, Ryan Gaudreau

As the amount of traffic worldwide increases, poor air quality 
on the road has become an increasing problem. Air conditioning 
provides fresh air for automobiles, but motorcycle riders have 
yet to find a way to overcome this problem. A new motorcycle 
helmet design with active filtration system would be a primary 
step towards providing clean air to riders. 


Dana Angelo, Kenneth Brown, Cicely Li, Katherine Mora, 
David Skaritka

User Retractable Training Wheels

Current bicycle training wheels do not effectively or safely 
promote children's progression to two-wheeled bicycling. Our 
goal is to design a training wheel system that will enable the 
user to lift the wheels to different heights while riding. A 
safety system will automatically engage the wheels to the 
ground to prevent the rider from falling. 


Kirill Nitikin, Filip Magda, Karl Rosello, Matthew Granata, 
Ian Sutherland
Modular Pipe Diagnostic and Repair System
Cracks in pipes are difficult to both detect and repair, 
potentially causing significant property damage. Our aim 
is to create a device which will be able to traverse a 
pipe in order to locate pipe cracks with a series of 
cameras. The device is intended to function mostly autonomously 
using a pneumatic movement system. After a crack is located, 
the device will attempt to fix the crack with an epoxy 
deployment apparatus.

Fall 2012 thru Spring 2013

Gerard Harley, Greg Smith, Binal Sheth, Devin Feeney
Portable Water Filtration System

Water contamination can cause widespread disease and
death in areas of the world with poor access to
potable water. People in areas without a supply of
clean water either in remote locations, disaster zones,
or undeveloped areas need an effective and efficient
way to treat their water. Our goal is to create a low cost
and portable water filtration system to be used by
individuals or small groups when there exists a need to
filter local water.

Thomas Fann, Phil Bryan, Cathy Chan, Elaina Anderson
"Methane Extraction System"

Domestic water wells near hydraulic fracturing sites
often have high levels of methane contamination.
Methane is safe to consume, however in levels over 1%,
the probability of asphyxiation and household
explosions rapidly increases. This system is designed
to sense the amount of methane in the water and
subsequently remove the contaminant before the water
exits the faucet.

Collin Olson, Mike Inglima, James Ging, Agnes Hur
"Low Cost Point-of-Use Water Filtration System"

A low cost water filtration system is being designed
for single families in impoverished areas.  The filter
will focus on removing particulate matter, volatile
organic compounds (VOCs), and heavy metals;
contaminants most commonly responsible for causing
adverse health effects.  Cloth, charcoal and chitosan
filters will be used as filters, and solar panels will
aid in extending the lifetime of the filters.

Eric Chung, Amey Mohite, Alvin Chun, Crystal Yu
"Pump-Filtration System by Multi-step Process"

Recent advances in water filtration have created new
and exciting prospects for drinkable water delivery
system to many countries. Combination of easy accessible
materials enables high quality filtering and optimization
of multiple processes and techniques used in intricate
water treatment system. Traditional water pump, specifically
linear-type positive displacement pumps have potential to be
improved in terms of its cost efficiency by instead, using
reciprocating-type pump. In summary, the combination of the
current techniques into highly compatible multistage system
is producing increased efficiency in water delivery and filtration.

Erik Perez, Edema Oviawe, Carlos Vasquez-Ortiz, Seemab Yousuf
Emergency Water Desalination System

Safe drinking water is extremely limited or non-existent after
an emergency situation when people are stranded at sea or only
have access to the ocean.  In order to address this need, we
are converting saltwater to portable drinking water. This process
usually requires a large-scale desalination plant and plenty  of
dependable electrical power--neither of which is available in this
type of situation. By using a compact reverses osmosis desalination
system we will provide a portable solution that can be attached to
a typical safety flotation devices or emergency kits and provide
about a bottle of drinkable water.

Luis Inamagua, Sergio Arauz, Timon Sewpal
"Integrated Child Car Seat"

The basis of our design is to integrate a child safety seat into
an adult car seat.  The seat will differ from conventional car
seats by providing proper side and neck restraints while still
employing the recommended five point safety harness system for
a child under the age of 8.  The use of power seat technology will
enable the adult seat to convert into a child seat with the push
of a button.

Jenny Powell, Joseph Vierling, Josef Gaster
Kinetically Powered Heated Gloves

In any cold weather situation it becomes important to protect
the body’s extremities from exposure and keep them comfortable.
Traditional heated gloves rely solely on battery power or chemical
heating, and are therefore limited to the life of the battery or
to the chemical reaction. In an attempt to reduce battery waste
and lengthen the use cycle of the heated gloves, a combination
of a self-inductor coil and a magnet with a rechargeable
battery circuit can be used. The inductance coil will harness
the kinetic energy of the wearer and supply it as
electrical energy to power the heating coils.

Ryan Killian, Pallavi Kundu, Michael Miller
"Improved Wireless Waterproof Headphones"

Our senior design plan is to design a headphone/earphone
set that is wireless, waterproof, and aesthetically
pleasing. This headphone will be used primarily under
low-pressure situations. The headphone will be designed
to receive an FM radio signal to play music/sounds from
sources including MP3 Players, laptops, and radio
stations. The headphone will run on a rechargeable lithium-ion
battery and will have an estimated life span of 2000 hours.

Fall 2011 thru Spring 2012

Giorgio Guidi, Carolina Jackob, Jill Geraghty, Steve Knox 
Automotive Cooling System Locking Radiator Cap

A radiator cap is being designed that prevents removal when high
temperature and pressure are present in he cooling system (radiator) of an automobile.
Removal of said cap in these conditions can result in the rlease of hot pressurized
steam which can cause harm to operators. Introduction of an elastomer in the design
of the standard cap will create a locking mechanism that prevents the removal
at high internal temperatures as a safety measure. The elastomer will be
compressed by a washer when a nut is tightened on a bolt, exherting lateral
pressure on the inside of the radiator filler neck.  In addition, the
locking elastomer will be designed with a method for safe removal by a
knowledgeable operator or technician.

Tim Ela, Andy Hsiao -
"Indoor Environmental Analyzer"

In a world seeking green energy solutions and cutting down costs, very
rarely does both the environmentally friendly and cost efficient approach agree.
Cutting down on heat loss in homes and buildings can save money and save
the environment.  The current methods and services for detecting heat
loss in buildings, however, are much too costly for the average home owner
to afford.  By connecting low priced sensors to smartphone devices, the
costs can be greatly reduced.  The device will be composed of several
environmental sensors including a temperature sensor, to measure temperature
drops, a humidity sensor, to help regulate indoor humidity, and a dust
sensor, to analyze indoor pollutant concentrations.  These low priced components,
combined with a user friendly interface via phone software, will create a
product that can be used by a typical home owner.

Kevin Nastos, Dan Israel, Alicia Azzara,  John Yacobellis
Electricity from Auto Exhaust

Due to the fact that 62% of the energy from an internal combustion engine
is lost through exhaust gases and fuel prices are increasing, it is
becoming more important to conserve energy.  Exhaust gasses are a wasted
source of energy which can be harnessed through an alternative energy
system.  Our proposal is to use the free energy of a car's exhaust to
rotate a turbine wheel which will generate energy through a magnetic
induction system.  This will optimally assist in charging the battery or a
series of smaller batteries which can be used to power on-board systems.
This will help to improve the efficiency and reduce emissions.

Gordon Chin, Calvin Ng 

A heart rate/blood pressure monitor band worn on the upper arm could record
the raw data in the form of blood flow velocity and frequency of pulses 
onto a flashdrive. The raw data can be synced onto a computer at the 
user's request and be analyzed to obtain heart rate and blood pressure 
for diagnostic purposes. Another function of the device would be to alert 
nusers via their cellular device of their condition (silent heart attacks) 
and their contacts as well as emergency responders if a cardiovascular 
event were to occur.  

Kayleigh Reamy, Deanna Quickle, Matthew Ross, Tom Kirshenheiter 
Bump-It: A Portable, Energy-Generating Speed Bump for Construction Zones

Numerous vehicular deaths and injuries in construction zones necessitate a 
system to increase driver awareness and control speed. This speed bump's 
design is portable for ease of transport and installation. The top crest 
also collapses under the weight of the car, transforming the potential 
energy into electricity which will be utilized to power warning lights, 
aiding to increase awareness without further straining the power grid.

Ben Li, Qiyuan Wu, Panagiotis Orkopoulos, Radu Thomas, Zhihao Chen
Oil Skimmer Project

Oil spills such as the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico underline 
the need to contain the disastrous leaks that accompany deep-water 
drilling. A new oil skimmer design, particularly of the drum and 
scrapper components, can improve the efficiency of this process. By 
optimizing the surface area, the skimmer can take a better advantage 
of the different viscosities of oil and its properties with respect 
to water, leading to a bigger oil quantity/time ratio versus that of 
existing skimmers.

Alyson Slanover, Aswitha Vempati, Chris Solomon 
Panic Cane
Physically immobile and constrained people with dementia may wander and
need to be located by a caregiver or emergency personnel. The goal of 
this project is to create a multifunctional assistive cane which includes 
an in-built tracking device to notify quickly the location for immediate 
response. Additionally, a light and panic button will be incorporated and 
easily accessible in state of distress promoting security and safety of 
the user.  

Jialiang Xian, Gordon Chen, Jack Yu, David Yao 
Our design is a cane with a built-in reacher that will eliminate the need 
for the user to bend down to pick up items. The reacher will be fully 
enclosed inside the cane and the cane handle will be coupled with a lever 
to initiate the push-and-pull mechanism for the reacher. The reacher will 
expand from the bottom half, allowing the user to retrieve hard to reach 
items. The handle design will implement ergonomics for maximum comfort.

Umair Syed, Bradley Lesperance, Meng Li, Calvin Leung, Poornima Peiris
Power Step: The Battery Charging Shoe

The aim of this device is to transfer the energy produced by the walking/running 
movement to generate electricity, through the use of piezoceramics embedded 
in the heel of the shoe and protected by a gel-like substance. The impact/vibrations 
from running/walking will activate the piezoelectric material to generate electrical 
energy. In turn this energy would be used to charge handheld devices such as cell 
phones, iPods, GPS units, etc. Our design will encourage people to be healthy while 
they help make clean energy.

Daniel Ross, Daniel Migiorino, Krista Jados 
Modular Piezoelectric Mats

Our project consists of a regenerative power mat that generates electricity
for charging either batteries or large capacitance capacitors that would 
then be put to use for other needs.  The mat will generate electricity 
through the use of piezoelectric materials embedded in the mat.  Piezoelectric 
materials generate electricity when compressed or otherwise strained. By placing 
the mat where there is high foot traffic, such as the entrance of a building it 
could be used to generate electricity, through having many people walk over it, 
straining the material embedded into the mat. The mat could also be placed in 
areas of high vibration to generate electricity through the same means
Fall 2010 thru Spring 2011

Digital Stethoscope 
Amanda Chin 

Beach Shark "Net" 
Jack Davidson, Sean Cortes, Adel Djam 

StepNClean - Water Filtration Backpack 
Tom Schaefer, Christopher Hirschman, Riston Rocchio, Patrick Szeto 

Steven Ditta, Zheng Guo, Lukas Tierney 

Gap Minder for Commuter Trains 
Michael Flaherty, Lin Xi , John Hu, Frank Miceli 

Isothermal Bio-Shipping Box 
Daniel Lee, Konrad Kozdra 

Robotic Surveillance 
Christopher Lang, Mark Ku, Jean-Marie Caidor, Erik Barcus 

GoGo Gadget - Portable Chemical Sensor with Mobile Phone App 
Sal Marino, Feliks Peysakhov, Alex Raffio 

Fan-Plate - Portable, Foldable Plate 
Jordanna Kendrot, Gloria Choi, Alex Poznanski, Shun (Helen) Sun 

Solar-Powered Traffic Light 
Jose Santana, Uzair Shujaa, Miguel Pacheco 

Self-Contained Water Purification System 
Steven Cava,Felix Claudio, Jacob Dorfman, Kevin White 

Fall 2009 

Phantom: Remote Control Aerial Video Surveillance
Gene Lider and Craig McCarthy

Device for the Load and Deflection Testing of Model Truss Bridges
Matt Fox, Eddie Long, and Rakesh Roy
Proposer (JQuinn): (in the works for 2009/2010)
Steel rig for testing of aluminum truss bridges.  Should include
loading to 1000 pounds with no deflection of the rig.  Should
include measurement of vertical bridge deflection in 0.001" increments.
Truss mounts should be pivots with one-side translating +/- 1"
along the horizontal plane.  Strain gauges are a desired option.

The Solar/Fuel Cell-Powered Cellphone
Julian Tawfik

The Stand Up Fanned Up: Advanced Clothes Dryer
Michael Guggenheim, Matthew Thorstensen, and Jason Wang

Carbon Fiber Roll Cage
Brian Rodriques

Rumble Cane
Safid Bakar, Juan Pinales, Edgar Suarez, and Matthew Walker

Reel-less Fencing System
Steven Lam, Katherine Flynn, and Dereck Singh

The Auto-Spotter
Eugene Redko, Steve Beierle, and Eric DiGiovanni

“In-Floor Dining Table”
Istiague Baig, Jesse Custodio, and Javon Williams

“Patient Care on the Move”
Jason Kubasky

“Frosty’s Home: Isothermal-Shock-Resistant Backpack”
Matthew Dittler, Richard Triolo, and Ming Chen 

Fall 2008 
Prof. Christopher Weyant

Solar Water Agitation Device 
to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Grounds 
by Muhammed Hussain, Kevin Li, and Jawad Rana

Past efforts to help farmers in third world countries 
raise fish has resulted in large, fully stocked ponds 
that are now stagnant.  These ponds are acting as 
breeding grounds for insects such as mosquitoes, 
promoting the spread of malaria.  This project would be 
a water-agitation device run on solar power that can be 
built with local sustainable materials.  

Carbon Fiber Matrix Horseshoes 
by Christopher Berghorn
This project will examine the applicability and 
functionality of carbon fiber/polymer matrix composites 
for high performance horseshoes.  Wear capabilities, 
durability, biocompatability, and processing techniques
will be examined and compared against current metallic 
models, to develop an improvement over existing designs.

Piezoelectric Materials Testing Platform 
by Mukta Sundaresh and Nancy Shum

A materials testing apparatus will be designed to 
explore the electrostriction effect in piezoelectric 
materials where deformation will be observed as a result 
of an applied electric field or source.  The platform 
will become a universal platform for the nanoindenter in 
order to measure nanoscale deformation in piezoelectric 
and smart materials when electric signals are provided.

Electricity Generating Shock Absorber 
by Thierry Lamour, Josh Landecker, and Alex Roertgen

A device to harness the energy lost in shock absorption 
will be designed.  The goal is to harness the kinetic 
energy of the up and down movement of vehicles and 
produce usable electric energy.

Rising Net Pool Safety System 
by Giancarlo Alaimo, Christopher Del Gatto, and Kaleb Burnett

Six people drown in pools in the United States every 
day.  In order to help save lives by reducing drowning 
deaths, this project will involve designing a rising net 
pool safety system that can sense a drowning victim in a 
pool and automatically lift them out of the water. 

Liquid Nitrogen Level Detector 
by Jake Ranneklev, Jason Shank, and Dustin Tovar

A level detecting device will be designed in order to 
sense the height of liquid nitrogen in a Dewar connected 
to the energy dispersive spectroscopy system on a 
scanning electron microscope.  The device will also 
sound a warning alarm when liquid nitrogen levels are 
very low.
Proposer (JQuinn):  (unfinished)
Remote LN2 height-sensor and alarm.  Sensor with digital
or analog height display to show liquid height between 3"
and 24", in 1" increments.  Below 3", the sensor would
have audible alarm and visible alarm for atleast 72 hours.
Sensor would also contain, low battery alarm for 72 hours.
Standard batteries (AAA, AA, 123, 9V) must be used.  Final
object must be liquid and cryogenic tight. There also exist
dimension/size constraints.

Wheelchair for the Blind 
by Mustafa Arzomand, Marc Laroque, Jude Safo and Gary Williams)

Mobility for disabled persons  is important for 
improving their quality of life.  For visually impaired 
people who also have mobility difficulties, self-
sufficiency can be very difficult.  This project will 
design a wheelchair that can sense surroundings and be 
able to move through areas with obstructions with 
minimal guidance from the user. 

Apparatus for Biofluidic Study 
by Jason Hamilton and Joanna Sisalima

In patients with inflammatory disease, such as diabetes, 
decreased oxygen levels in the blood are related to the 
pathways and flow rate of red blood cells.   A device 
will be designed for the in situ observation of blood 
flow in microchannels.  This experiment simulates blood 
flow in the body’s microvascular system and will 
investigate cell function as a function of flow rate.  


A Thermoforming Machine to Manufacture 
Plastic Body Panels for an Off-Road Vehicle 
John Baglione
An over/under type of thermoforming machine is described that comprises 
of three basic elements: an oven, a vacuum table, and a mechanism to 
move the plastic from the oven at the top to the vacuum table below.

Saagar Govil, Eyal Bar-Kochba
The development is reported of a flexible, non-heating light source 
suitable for the quantitative optical microscopy of biological tissues 
in-vitro or in-vivo. Two designs have been created: The first device 
consists of a polymer pouch containing a gel in which silica nanospheres 
are suspended, attached to a filtered fiber optic input. The second 
device is similar in principle but the suspending medium is solid 
silicone rubber.

Braille Watch 
Mikael Marra, Angelica Tenazaca, Jennifer Jean
Braille watches are of necessity touch-based, requiring that designs 
incorporate tough, touch-resistant materials. Classic designs involve 
two hands to indicate hours and minutes but unfortunately the hands tend 
to be brittle and subject to breakage through constant touching. A new 
design is proposed in which the hands are replaced by two concentric 
rings wholly supported by the base plate.

Car Safety System 
Malav Mehta, Amr Sayed Ahmed
The C.S.S. is designed to measure and analyze a driver’s brain signals, 
and to activate an alarm system when it determines that the person is 
falling asleep.

Production of Porous Concrete Through Forced Air Injection
Xenophon Papasimakis
Porous concrete is typically made using chemical admixtures or air-
entraining materials such as porous rock or flyash. A new method of 
producing porous concrete is proposed, involving a design that uses
compressed air to form air bubbles in concrete. 

Implementation of an in-situ Dust Displacement Device 
Onboard the Next Generation Martian Rover
Scott Perl
The cameras onboard the Martian rovers must be kept safe from the harsh 
environment in terms of dust contamination, mobility assessment, and 
localization. An in-situ solution for camera lens integrity is proposed
involving a device that uses magnetic fields within the range of 
cameras’ lenses to attract and later repel the ferromagnetic dust 
particles from the cameras’ field of view.


Design for Safer Cooling of Pipe-Welds Onsite 
(Matt Elvin)

Non-Intrusive Power Harvesting for Safer Bicycles on Campus 
(Jason Kim and Ganesh Singh)

Direct-Write Thermoelectric Power Harvesting for Automobiles 
(Zachary Norwood)

Materials for Electronic Smell Sense 
(Peter Simicic)

Laser-modification of Collagen for Improved Cell Adherence 
(Ted Feldman)

Piezoelectric Power Harvesting for Automobiles 
(Jack Burke and Ekram ullah Khan)



High Temperature Dynamic Impact Tester 
Students: Sal Kutub, Timothy Lee
Technical Advisor: Prof. Andrew Gouldstone

Abstract: Contact mechanics methods (i.e. hardness, indentation) 
are often used to understand the mechanical properties of thick 
films on substrates. However, such systems are typically subjected 
to dynamic loads during service. In addition, a number of 
industrial characterization tests involve dynamic loading, from 
commercial systems to hammer strikes. No systematic test exists as 
yet. The goal in this project is to build a well-controlled impact 
tester for thermal spray coatings on substrates, with the 
capability to operate at elevated temperatures.

Apparatus to Laser Ablation Coat the Inner Diameter of Pipes 
Students: Mir Anwar, Kelvin Montero
Technical Advisor: Prof. Henry J. White 
Abstract: The cost of petrochemical based products 
is governed by the price of materials of construction used in the 
processing of hydrocarbons. To extend the life of the construction 
materials, coatings must be used to bring down the coking problem 
faced by the industry. The solution lies in coating the 
construction materials with a coke-resistant film. Laser ablation 
is a technique that is used to deposit coatings of a variety of 
materials on a suitable substrate. On a laboratory scale it could 
be used to coat the material on small coupons but on an industrial 
scale, a little engineering is involved to devise a mechanism to 
coat inside cylindrical surfaces. Sometimes economics dictate the 
materials of construction to be used for a particular application. 
The use of more corrosion-resistant materials usually increases 
costs and tends not to be a viable option. A solution to this 
problem could be to use an inferior material and coat it to resist 
corrosion and extend life. On a laboratory scale this is usually 
done on coupons, but on an industrial scale it needs to be extended 
to coat both the inner and outer diameter of piping.

Apparatus to wrap individual DNA molecules 
Students: Gary Bunch, Peter Gin
Technical Advisor: Prof. Jon Sokolov 
Abstract: The biomedical industry has suffered over the course 
of time due to the inability to extract a length of DNA long enough in order to 
examine it in detail. The problem exists when just a few of the 
“code letters” are arranged in a manner unsuitable for healthy DNA, 
and that this arrangement must sometimes be viewed in a long strand 
of DNA to detect. Using conventional methods, only undesired 
lengths are obtainable, the longest presently equal to about 1 mm. 
The effect of having longer (up to 100 mm) strands of DNA would 
obviously yield a respectable leap and better data for use in 
disease control and understanding in the biomedical field. An 
apparatus capable of extruding a long single strand of DNA will be 
designed and built. 

Crystal growth furnace for Synchrotron UV-assisted chemical 
vapor deposition of wide-bandgap semiconductor nanostructures.
Students: Jenee Gatkins, Vyonna Chweya
Technical Advisor: Prof. Carlos Rojo 
Abstract: The synthesis of wide-bandgap semiconductor 
low-dimensional structures is fundamental to the fabrication of 
enhanced electronic and photonic devices. However, controlling the 
nucleation and growth of low-dimensional structures (nano-wires and 
nano-porous particles) remains as one of the major challenges 
associated with bottom-up nanofabrication strategies. A synthesis 
reactor for GaN nanostructures will be installed in the U11 
beamline at the NSLS at Brookhaven National Lab. The ultimate goal 
of this project will be to determine the effect of UV photons on 
the selective deposition of wide-bandgap nanostructures.

Development of a remote environmental chemistry laboratory 
for soil testing and monitoring. 
Student: Ingrid Gaborova
Technical Advisor: Prof. Gary Halada 
Abstract: A remote sensing system with 
wireless Ethernet/internet compatibility that would allow for 
development of a remote environmental chemistry (soil testing and 
monitoring) laboratory. This would be linked to a web page for 
development of remote education lab experiments for middle school 
through high school (and possibly college) students. The sensing 
system is in regards to the remediation and understanding of 
“brownfield” sites, which are sites that have low to moderate 
levels of industrial byproducts or residue in likely contaminated 

Design of system to measure electrical properties 
of sprayed materials. 
Student: Evan Rorke
Technical Advisor: Prof. Richard Gambino 
Abstract: This project is concerned with the design of a 
device that will test the electrical properties of sprayed 
materials. The device is intended to be used while being connected 
to a Keithley Multimeter to determine the material.s electrical 
properties. The device works by connecting to the metal strips with 
four contact points, with one set working as a source of current 
and the other measuring the potential drop along the strip. The 
commercial application of the device is in the electronics field 
for both labs and companies who wish to establish the 
reproducibility of their fabrication processes. 

Designing experimental tool for Raman Spectroscopy 
of organic molecules/materials. 
Student: Chidiebere Nwankpa
Technical advisor: Prof. Gary Halada 
Abstract: The objective in this project 
is to adapt/modify an already existing spectrochemical prototype 
cell for use with an existing Raman spectroscopy microscope in the 
surface analysis and corrosion lab. Part of the objective is to 
utilize the cell in the examination of different organic molecules 
like citric acid, which is a minor organic acid with a PH of 1. We 
plan to us it in examining some large bio macro molecules found 
from degradation of organic molecules in order to investigate the 
interaction organic molecules with metals of different sorts and 


2004-2005 Project Description: Designing A Slurry Reactor System for Containment of Nanosized Metal Particles Point of Contact: Professor Devinder Mahajan Nanosized materials are considered the next frontier with potential applications in multiple disciplines. Nanosizing results in a larger surface area per unit volume that could result in enhanced reaction rates during an important class of reactions, namely catalyzed synthesis of clean fuels (fuels containing no sulfur or nitrogen). One of the reactions of commercial interest is the synthesis of clean hydrocarbons by catalyzed hydrogenation of carbon monoxide, also known as Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis. For commercial F-T synthesis, carbon monoxide and hydrogen reactants are typically obtained by steam reforming of natural gas and the reaction utilizes cobalt or iron-based materials as catalysts. The use of these nanosized materials is an attractive option to increase the space-time-yield of clean fuels but poses a challenge in the containment of these fine particles in the reactor. The project will assess various options to design a process that utilizes nanophase catalysts.
06/03/2004 Project Description: Develop a Sediment Washing Mixer Point of Contact: Prof. Clive R. Clayton Environmental remediation of lake, river and other sediments as well as soils by application of chelators and surfactants utilizes a mixing process. This project aims to simulate the industrial scale mixer for laboratory scale studies of the efficacy of cleaning solutions. The physical, mechanical and chemical components of the industrial mixing process must be analyzed and understood in order to build a portable bench top system.
05/26/2004 Posted project for Fall 2004 Project Description: Development of an Ultra-Low Load NanoMechanical Probe for BioMaterials and Small-Volume Structures Point of Contact: Prof. Andrew Gouldstone Indentation experiments are ideally suited for the investigation of mechanical and coupled behavior of small volume structures, as they require minimal specimen preparation and can be performed repeatably and quickly on a single specimen. Traditional hardness testers are typically found in many metallographic labs, yet the loads they apply range from many kg down to 10g. Instrumented indenters have been developed to apply loads to a lower limit of less than 0.01g, yet the complex depth-sensing abilities of these machines greatly increase the time of experiments (~20-30 minutes per indent), time of calibration, and the cost ($100-200k). In this study, we will aim to develop an inexpensive alternative to such machines. We will design and build a nano-hardness tester that is capable of applying a single dead weight load of (0.1 -1g) to press a hard (e.g. diamond or WC) indenter tip into a specimen, with a spatial (horizontal) resolution of ~1 micron. The quick, repeatable and simple application of such loads (and subsequent observation under optical and/or electron microscopy) will allow mechanical and functional probing of a number of different small volume samples, and the the mechanical variation in complex bio-materials, composites, coatings and thin film multilayers. The depth of mechanics and engineering involved in this project make it appropriate for a team of 2 people.
05/26/2004 Posted project for Fall 2004 Project Description: Design of a Jet-polisher for TEM specimen preparation Point of Contact: Prof. Perena Gouma This project involves the design and fabrication of a small polishing unit for thinning transmission electron microscopy specimens (of 3mm diameter) to electron transparency. The operating principle of such a polisher involves the simultaneous application of voltage and of a jet stream of an electrolyte (commonly a very corrosive chemical) onto the material to be thinned. The student/s to be working on this project will have to design and fabricate the electro-polishing cell, the jets, and the electronics controlling the voltage and the temperature (-30°C-50°C), current, and flow rate of the electrolyte. Extra points will be given for adding a timer and automatic shut-off control to this unit when a hole is made in the specimen.
05/18/2004 Posted project for Fall 2004 Project Description: Enviromental chamber for in-situ confocal and atomic force microscopy of living cells Point of Contact: Prof. Miriam Rafailovich Advances in tissue engineering rely on our ability to engineer new materials which allow for proper cell migration, proliferation, and differentitation. Nanotechnology allows us to design materials at the molecular level. Hence, we can in principal control the mechanical, chemical, and topographical properties on a nanometer scale. In order to fully exploit this abilitly, we must first understand the effects of each of these factors on cell dynamics. Cells respond to external stimuli in a complex manner that triggers a cascade of events resulting in integrin creation, construction of actin scaffolding, and gene expression. Since these processes normally occur over several days, it is important to have the ability to be able to culture cells directly under the microscope lens. Cell culture requires precise control over temperature, PH, and gas content, while maintaining overall sterility. I would like to challenge a student to come up with a desing for a mini cell incubator that fits into the confined enviroment of the confocal microsope or the atomic force microscope, while at the same time can maintain physiological conditions for prolonged times. Veeco Instruments, which is the parent company of Digital Instruments and Topometrix AFM is very interested in this project and their engineers will work closely with the student in interfacing the atomic force microscope with the cell stage.
05/18/2004 Posted project for Fall 2004 Project Description: Development of a high-pressure chamber for X-ray studies of III-nitride crystal growth from metallic solutions Point of contact: Gary Halada and J. Carlos Rojo Large GaN single crystals substrates are needed for the fabrication of novel III-nitride semiconductor devices for high- power, high temperature electronics, and short wave-length opto- electronics. While high pressure, flux growth is among the most promising approaches to growth GaN crystals, there is still a profound lack of understanding of the thermodynamics and growth kinetics associated with this growth technique. The optimization of this crystal growth process critically depends upon the understanding of the effect of the operational conditions (pressure of nitrogen, temperature, and chemical composition of the solution) and structure of the solution on the chemical composition and crystalline quality of the resulting crystal. This project involves design of a chamber to carry out characterization of the liquid-gas interface under conditions that can lead to the growth of III-nitride single crystals. Requirements: The chamber should be able to withstand high pressures (up to 100 bars). The chamber is equipped to heat the metallic solution up to temperatures between 800 and 1400 oC. The chamber must be compatible (in size and materials) with a typical beamline set-up at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory (specifications on the exact facilities will be provided ­ student will need to coordinate with beamline personnel on design.) The chamber must have a pathway appropriate for X-rays and must interface with standard X-ray detectors.
05/05/2004 Posted project for Fall 2004 Project Description: Weldment Design Point of Contact: Prof. Henry J. White, Alok Chauhan This design project will address structure, properties, processing and performance of weldment systems. Students will select weld processes to design solidification substructures within material systems (of the students choice). The students will learn about welding processes, material specifications, limiting factors controlling design of solidification substructure, and âhow to prepare metallographic specimens". At the conclusion of this project, it is expected that a poster will be produced that illustrates all five solidification substructures common to weldments: planar, cellular, cellular dendritic, columnar, and equiaxed. (# of Students: 2)
Posted project for Fall 2004 Project Description: Powder Mixer Point of Contact: Jim Quinn This project will conceptualize, design, and fabricate a powder mixing system for SLS/RP (selective laser sintering/ rapid prototyping) powders. Students will select a powder mixing process. They will optimize the process for the types of powders used, such as polyamide, copper-filled polyamide, glass-filled polyamide, and stainless-steel. The fabricated mixer will be implemented to blend constituents as well as recycling of new and used powders. An important design issue will be the ability to minimize aerosolized powder during addition, mixing, and extraction of the powder. Another issue will be minimizing mixer contamination and cross contamination. Another issue will be easy of cleaning. Funding for components will available from the SLS/RP lab and lab-fee. The SLS/RP lab is a College facility, which is high profile with many visitors from industry, government, on-campus, alumni, WISE, STEP/CSTEP, and local K-12 schools.

09/07/00 Posted project for Fall 2000 INTEGRATED WAFER SCRIBE AND BREAK APPARATUS FOR SILICON WAFERS AND WAFERS COATED WITH POLYMER LAYERS. We need to design a setup for samples having various sizes up to 3" diameter with thickness up to 200 mils. For samples with polymer coatings up to a micron, clean cuts must be made in the polymer as well as having the proper scribe marks for cleaving the silicon (using a diamond tip with adjustable tension). The design must include methods for conveniently mounting specimens while avoiding chemical contamination and the breaking must be done in such a way as not to have the polymer surface absorb debris from the break. Advisor: J. Sokolov
09/13/00 Fall 2000 Advisor: Prof. Gary Halada Topic: Sample Stage for Glancing Angle EXAFS This will involve design and development of a tilting sample stage with a stepper motor for use at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory to create the capability to perform Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy of this surface films. Initially, the stage will be designed to be compatible with port X10B but should be able to be used at similarly configured ports elsewhere. Design group is limited to two people. Students will need to make several visits to the beam line at BNL and work with personnel there to ensure a compatible design. Knowledge of CAD software required.
09/13/00 Design and Fabrication of an instrument for in-situ measurement during thermal spray processing. Thermal Spray Processing is a technique of applying thick coatings on substrates by a variety of methods - such as Plasma flame, Combustion flame, High Velocity flame, Low Pressure Plasma spraying etc. During the coating process, coating and substrate build up stresses due to the solidification of molten material and due to a difference in thermal expansion of the two dissimilar materials. Level of these stresses governs the functional response of coating-substrate system. Stresses in the coating and substrate can be estimated by measuring the response of substrate during the coating process. This project would include the design and fabrication of an instrument to measure and record the changes that a sample undergoes during the coating process. Measurements such as dimensional change and temperature history need to be measured and recorded. The instrument also needs to have a capability of measuring the coating thickness during spraying. Design considerations : * Ruggedness - since it will operate in a very hostile processing environment. * Portability - since the instrument will have to be used with different coating systems. * Possibility of designing this to be used in a vacuum chamber. Prof. Sampath: Room 105
09/15/00 Micro Langmuir Trough for Rheological Measurements of Ultra Thin films. Miriam Rafailovich and Jonathan Sokolov The mechanical response of ultra thin films can provide us with a fundamental understanding at the molecular level of the structure property relationships that play a role in viscosity, friction, and modulus. At the same time an understanding of these processes is important in the design of lubricants and coatings. The proposed project involves the design and construction of a miniature Langmuir trough with computer controlled barriers for pressure and area sensing. The trough should have the capability for an RF modulation to be applied to the barriers. The change in surface pressure could then be detected either by a Pt plate electrode coupled to a lock in amplifier or with an atomic force microscope. The first part of this project is the design of the trough and the second part involves interfacing the motors with existing amplifiers of the computer controlled electronics of the atomic force microscope.
09/13/00 Design and Fabrication of Special Fixtures and Data Acquisition system for Thermal Spray Processing. Thermal Spray Processing is a technique of applying thick coatings on substrates. These coatings are applied by a variety of methods - such as Plasma flame, Combustion flame, High Velocity flame, Low Pressure Plasma spraying etc. Depending on the purpose of spraying and the subsequent testing, substrates vary greatly in shape, size and material. During the spraying process, these substrates need to be held in fixtures - either stationary or rotating. While forming the coating on substrate, it is also important to measure and record temperature variations. This project involves the design and fabrication of fixtures that would accommodate a large number of standard samples simultaneously - for both stationary condition and rotating carousel. In addition to providing various methods of holding these substrates - such as magnetic holder, clamps, screws and vacuum chucks - the fixtures must provide for external cooling by cold air guns or closed circuit water. The fixtures must also have the capability of mounting thermocouples / pyrometers to monitor the temperature of substrate during coating. A temperature sensing / recording unit (such as a Data Acquisition System) will be part of the fixture. Design considerations : * Fixture designs need to dovetail with the existing equipment in the lab (mainly the spray booths and rotating carousels). * Material selection * Temperature data acquisition in case of a rotating fixture (either by using slip rings or by wireless transmission) and in the vacuum chamber. Prof. Sampath: Room 105
Advisor: Prof. Richard J. Gambino 09/11/00 Design and Construction of an Electric Current Consolidation System for Powder Metal Processing It has been shown the metal powders can be rapidly consolidated into dense products by passing a large current through the powder compact. The system used for this process generally consists of conducting electrodes and an insulating tube containing the metal powder. The design problem requires material selection for the time/temperature conditions of the process. It has been calculated that the temperature of the compact rises to 900 C in about 0.3 seconds. A design with a replaceable tube liner is acceptable. The electrodes must be able to carry currents up to 200 amperes without heating to the point that they deform plastically or melt. Electrical insulation must be provided for the ends of the electrodes so that the apparatus can be put into a hydraulic press. The system will be used to make composites of magnetic metals with magnetic oxides for permanent magnet applications.
09/11/00 Design and construction of a miniaturized slurry drill for cutting small discs Advisor: P. I. Gouma This project will involve designing a simple device which will be used to cut mini discs (3mm in diameter) from metallic, ceramic, and composite materials. These mini discs are typically used for the examination of materials in the transmission electron microscope (TEM). The principle of operation of this device will be similar to that of the slurry drill equipment used in construction. The device should be easy to assemble and operate. Material selection for the main body of the device as well as for the drilling bits is a very important and critical process of the project. The hardness of the material from which discs will be cut willvary, depending on the material system used, and this is a design aspect to be carefully considered. Once a particular desing has been chosen, construction of the device is expected to be carried out. Ideally, the device will also include controls for its automatic shutt off once discs of appropriate thickness have been cut. (a two people team is required to work on this project)
09/07/00 Posted project for Fall 2000 Industrial Application for an Instrumented Standard Hardenability Device Faculty Advisor: Dr. Henry J. White Hardenability is a measure of the depth to which steel will harden when quenched from its austenitizing temperature (Ac3 = 910 - 203 (C «) - 15.2 (Ni) + 44.7 (Si) + 104 (V) + 31.5 (Mo) + 13.1 (W)). The proposed design project involves the construction of an instrumented end quench device which will determine the cooling rates that lead to a particular level of hardening for a given steel. The challenge will be instrumenting the apparatus to accurately monitor temperature and time during the heating and cooling cycles. It is recommended that (1) current standards (ASTM A914, ASTM A304, and ASTM A255) be used as the basis for design and (2) that hardenability and cooling characteristics of different steels be measured utilizing existing theory. The resulting data will be used to select the proper welding conditions (i.e. voltage, current, travel speed, preheat temperature, etc.) required for each steel to avoid the formation of susceptible microstructures. Required Reading 1. ASTM Standards (see text). 2. Republic Alloy Steel handbook, 1968 3. Hess, et. al., " The Measurement of Cooling Rates Associated with Arc Welding and Their Application to the Selection of Optimum Welding Conditions", Welding Journal, 1943 4. G. Krauss, Principles of Heat Treatment of Steel, 1979.

Below are posted some of the projects for Fall 1997.

Fall 1997
An enviromental enclosure and temperature controled stage for atomic force microscopy

Motivation: Atomic force and friction force microscopy is very sensitive to the conditions on the first few moecular layers of a surface. Consequelty adsorbed water, simply due to ambient humidity can significantly affect reuslts. Furthermore, in order to obtain the moleuclar scanning resolution it is esential that air transients be minimized

Project: Construct a plexiglass enclosure to mount on the air table of our Dimesnion 3000AFM where dry gas can be circulated and the humidity measured and controlled. Design temperature and humidity sensors that can be interfaced with a computer feedback control system.

Advisor: Prof. Miriam Rafailovich

Fall 1997
Scanning Hall Effect Microscope

Advisor: Prof. Gambino

Since the invention of the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) and the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) many other scanned tip microscopes have been demonstrated. The objective of this project is to design and build a mechanism for scanning a small metal tip (like a needle point) over a flat surface. The surface might be a thin metal film deposited on a glass microscopy slide or the polished surface of a semiconductor crystal. The xy motion, the area which can be scanned, must be at least 0.1 mm by 0.1 mm with a resolution of at least +/-100 nm. The tip will be used in contact with the surface but a mechanism will be needed for lifting the tip off the surface when the xy scanner is in motion.

The microscope will be used to create an image or a map of the distribution of Hall voltages on the surface of the sample. In a semiconductor the sign and magnitude of the Hall voltage depends on the distribution of impurities (p and n regions). In a ferromagnetic metal the Hall voltage depends on the arrangement of magnetic domains. During operation it will be necessary to apply a magnetic field to the sample and to pass a current through the sample. Therefore, the magnetic and electrical properties of the materials used in the construction of the mechanism will have to be considered in the design.

Fall 1997
Advisor: Dr. Jim Quinn
Topic: Digital control of X-ray diffractometer

Design and implementation of software and hardware to control a Philips X-ray diffractometer. There are several possible avenues of approach. The chosen approach must consider the detection and discrimination of the raw signal; the motion of the theta drive; the shutters, limits, and interlocks; the plotting/outputting of spectra; and appropriate control via parameterization.

Additional Information:

Fall 1997

The growth of thin films in a vacuum system often requires deposition on substrates according to special patterns. Certain films must have a given pattern, other films must have a different pattern. These pattern are created by covering the substrate with suitable masks. It is very desirable to be able to change the masks on the substrate without breaking the vacuum, i.e., without opening the vacuum system and thereby exposing the films already deposited to atmospheric pressure.

Design and fabricate a system of parts compatible with a vacuum environment by which a substrate can be held in place and two different masks can be brought in contact with the substrate surface at given times. The masks must be compatible with one another, i.e., they must be properly positioned and aligned so that the patterns produced by the two masks have the desired relative orientation and shape.

It is necessary to take into account the fact that the substrate may have to be protected by suitable shutters before and after the use of the masks.

The system should be designed, built and tested.


Fall 1997

Temperature controlled sample holder for neutron reflection experiments:

Aim: design a temperature controled vacuum chamber which mounts on a beamline at the NIST or BNL neutron reactors. The chamber must mount on a goniometer, have windows to allow entry/exit of the neutron beam, and have an computer controlled temperature sensor. The chamber must also be designed to hold at least 10E-08 Torr vacuum, to prevent polymer degradation. This chamber will be used to study in beam polymer dynamics, phase transitions, and crystalline ordering.

Mentors: Miriam Rafailovich, Jonathan Sokolov and D. Nguyen (BNL scientist)

One or two students required.

Fall 1997
Title: Uniaxial Traversing Stage For Thermal Cycling Rig
Personnel required: Two
Skills necessary: Windows-based data acquisition and control programming.
Advisor: A. Newman, Hvy Eng. Rm. 009,

The Thermal Spray Laboratory produces coatings by injecting powders into various types of plasmas and flames. A type of coating that is very successful in the aerospace industry is the thermal barrier coating (TBC), used currently on jet engine blades. This coating permits the exterior of the blade to reach temperatures several hundred degrees above the melting point of the substrate metal. The primary cause of TBC failure is thermal fatigue. Hence, an accelerated test is required for examining potential next generation coatings. The requirements for the thermal cycling rig are: 1) to traverse the samples from a cold zone to a hot zone, 2) to monitor the coatings temperature, and 3) to record a picture of the coating after each cycle. A single computer to control the data acquisition, CNC controller, and framegrabber would be favorable. Our laboratory has a tube furnace, traverse slide, controller, and computer available for this task. Other components necessary to complete the design project will be purchased, with the assistance of TSL, after approval of the design concept.

Fall 1997
Design and Implimentation of an Environmental Chamber for Sliding Wear Tests

The objective of this project will be to design a chamber around an existing wear test machine in order to be able to conduct tests at high temperature (up to 500C) and under vacuum or inert gas atmospheres. Hence, the chamber must be able to withstand high temperatures, vacuum and high pressures. The chamber will be transparent in order to monitor the surface during testing. Furthermore, it will be required to monitor the tempearture of the test specimen.

Design Advisors: Prof. Sanjay Sampath and Dr. Saifi Usmani.

Fall 1997
Design and Construction of a Dry Sand Rubber Wheel Abrasion Test Set-Up

The objective of this project will be to design and fabricate an abrasion test set-up according to ASTM Standard Test Method. The project involves collecting information on the requirements of a set-up, collecting raw materials and other components, designing the set-up and implementation of the design strategy.

Design Advisors: Prof. Sanjay Sampath and Dr. Saifi Usmani.

Fall 97
Title: Design of a Hot Air Polymer Spray Gun
POC: Prof. Herbert Herman, 632-8510

Polymer spraying represents an emerging sector of thermal spray technology. This project entails the design and implementation of a device capable of heating and accelerating air and injecting polymer powder into the heated air stream. Such a gun design would allow polymeric coatings and composites to be deposited without using a traditional combustion process.

It is envisioned that a serpentine heater will be used to heat inert gas or compressed air. The gun nozzle must be designed to produce high gas velocities. The inlet gas pressure, volumetric flow rates, power, and powder injection rate must be optimized or "tuneable" to melt polymer powders with a range of melting points. The proper powder injection angle is critical to deposit coatings with high deposition efficiencies with corresponding high densities. This project requires knowledge of thermal transport, polymer science, fluid mechanics, and component integration.

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