The UA College of Engineering Design Day is 10 years old this year, and seniors celebrated with a record number of industry-sponsored prizes and innovative engineering designs.
The tenth annual College of Engineering Design Day, held in the Bear Down Gymnasium on May 1, saw around 300 seniors present almost 60 projects in a competition for 22 prizes totaling nearly $14,000.
"This was one of the most successful Senior Capstone Design cycles to date in terms of the number and variety of industry sponsors, the challenges their projects presented, and the quality of the designs and prototypes the students in the course produced," said Ara Arabyan, coordinator of the Senior Capstone Design Program and an associate professor in aerospace and mechanical engineering.
When the 71 industry judges finished their deliberations, the top prize, for best overall design, went to the Computational Optics design project, sponsored by Raytheon Missile Systems. The team of systems, industrial, electrical and optical engineering students designed an experimental test bed to demonstrate how computational optics could outperform inflexible opto-mechanical systems found in current aerospace sensor platforms.
The Computational Optics senior design team, winners of best overall design at Engineering Design Day 2012.
The second place winner, sponsored by Tucson Embedded Systems, was SAMURAI, which derives from semi-autonomous mapping and urban rescue area inspection. The team built on designs from previous years to develop an autonomous unmanned ground vehicle loaded with sensors, for use in hazardous environments, that can map the interior of a building and transmit data back to the user through a command and control center, where a visualization of the building is created.
Although many projects at Design Day are experimental prototypes, some are just a few steps away from real-world deployment. "Some of the products produced by the students, such as the digital upgrade of a fuel flow indicator for Airtronics, and the portable survey tool for Raytheon Missile Systems, are ready to be used by their sponsors," Arabyan said.
Other projects, such as Computational Optics for Raytheon and Viewing Earth's Curvature with a Weather Balloon for Lockheed Martin, produced results that exceeded the expectations of their sponsors, Arabyan added.
"As in past years, this cycle demonstrated that our engineering graduates are ready for the marketplace in terms of their training, creativity, and boundless energy," Arabyan said. "It was also proof of the active participation of the industrial partners of the College of Engineering in the education and training of engineering students."
Slide Show from Design Day 2012
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Engineering Design Day 2012 Prize Winners
Best Overall Design, First Place • $1000 Computational optics Design team: Kate Green, Lena Wolfe, Nan Ding, Josh Brent, Matthew Barnum, Saúl Corrales Project sponsor: Raytheon Missile Systems Prize sponsor: BAE Systems
Best Overall Design, Second Place • $750 SAMURAI: semi-autonomous mapping and urban rescue area inspection Design team: Roger Anderson, Delbert Gallego, Sean Culbertson, Craig Cumblidge, Jarl Haggerty Project sponsor: Tucson Embedded Systems Prize sponsor: BAE Systems
Best Analog Design, First Place • $1500 Electronic pH pool water tester Design team: Ahmed Alani, Alex Mattioli, Ryan Caskey, Emanuel Soimaru, Trevor Husseini Project sponsor: Texas Instruments Prize sponsor: Texas Instruments
Best Analog Design, Second Place • $500 Jockey "smart helmet" for horse racing Design team: Stephen Nelson, W. A. Garret Weaver, Trevor West, Patrick Lull, Cedric Bosch, Louie Benitez Project sponsor: Equisight LLC Prize sponsor: Texas Instruments
Innovation in Engineering • $1000 Intelligent webcrawler for identifying construction leads Design team: Jesse Gunsch, Gregory Ksionda, Gregory Reid, Alberto Molina Project sponsor: Sundt Construction Inc. Prize sponsor: Ventana Medical Systems Inc.
Best Computer Modeling/Analysis • $1000 High power and efficiency generator shaft conduction cooling Design team: Daniel Hand, Kevin Witwer, Dana Sandoval, Gavin Stockus, Levi Tubb Project sponsor: Honeywell Aerospace Prize sponsor: Hydronalix
Best Use of Off-the-Shelf Components • $750 Autopilot integration on micro air vehicles Design team: Jared Hainsworth, Kyle Merry, Daniel Schucker, Chris Wozny Project sponsor: Jonathan Sprinkle and Sergey Shkarayev Prize sponsor: Edmund Optics
Best Use of Prototyping • $750 Digital upgrade of a fuel flow indicator Design team: Jared Evans, Alex Hale, Kira Travis, Kyle Sheets Project sponsor: Airtronics Inc. Prize sponsor: PADT
Best Engineering Analysis • $750 ASME: human-powered vehicle Design team: Giancarlo Guevara, Michael Lesnewski, Justin Monson, Charles King, Abdulla Al-Hail Project sponsor: UA student chapter of ASME Prize sponsor: Raytheon
Best Presentation • $750 Remote listening device Design team: Nick Neuenfeldt, Matt Hamel, Nick Melena, Adam Slagel, Collin Smith, Charles Mackin Project sponsor: Lockheed Martin Corp. Prize sponsor: Rincon Research Corp.
Best Design Documentation • $750 Enhanced digital passenger control unit Design team: Miguel Ruiz, Daigaro Cota, Corey Coolidge, Ronald Russell, Aaron Gibson, Jose Maytorena Project sponsor: B/E Aerospace Prize sponsor: Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona
Voltaire Design Award • $750 Robust shaft measurement technique Design team: Jun Chai, Thomas Ireson, Adam Mullenbach, Eric Prewitt, Kai Yu Project sponsor: Caterpillar Inc. Proving Grounds, Green Valley, Ariz. Prize sponsor: Sargent Aerospace & Defense
Best Creative Solution • $750 Development of very quick polymerase chain reaction (PCR) device Design team: Ramon Muñoz, Franklin Garcia, Franklin Ventura Project sponsor: UA Biosensors Lab, Jeong-Yeol Yoon's Research Group Prize sponsor: W.L. Gore & Associates
Best Physical Implementation of an Analytically Driven Design • $500 AIAA: Fast Aerial Reconnaissance – Launch Vehicle (FAR-LV) Design team: John Kidd, Kyle Pack, Scott Kendrick, William Roulo, Monem Al-Dhaif Project sponsor: UA AIAA Prize sponsor: Latitude Engineering
Best Electronic Design • $500 SAMURAI: semi-autonomous mapping and urban rescue area inspection Design team: Roger Anderson, Delbert Gallego, Sean Culbertson, Craig Cumblidge, Jarl Haggerty Project sponsor: Tucson Embedded Systems Prize sponsor: Ridgetop Group
Best Team Leadership 1 • $250 Simulated aneurysm deployment model Design team: German Castillo (winner), Ahmad Al Matouq, Aaron Gibson, Erin Lauterbach, Isaac Tineo, Heeje Yang Project sponsor: W.L. Gore & Associates Prize sponsor: Honeywell
Best Team Leadership 2 • $250 AIAA: Fast Aerial Reconnaissance (FAR) UAV Design team: Ryan Crompton (winner), Kevin Schwab, Lijun Shan, Chris Wellons, Alex Yang Project sponsor: UA AIAA Prize sponsor: Honeywell
Best Circuit Design • $250 Fully-automated soil testing and control systems Design team: Eric Campbell, Kyle Chong, Eric Herman, Adjete Wilson Project sponsor: Texas Instruments Prize sponsor: Prototron Circuits
Excellence in Aerospace Design • $250 Aircraft thrust recovery valve Design team: Ahmed Al Salman, Christopher Grusenmeyer, Patrick Joyce, Jeffrey Pyne, Bradley Warner, Jing Yang Project sponsor: Honeywell Aerospace Prize sponsor: Honeywell
Excellence in Aerospace Electronic Design • $250 Ruggedized helicopter rotor health instrumentation Design team: Alan Olsen, Daniel Carman, Danielle Theodore, Vladimir Medina Project sponsor: Airtronics Inc. Prize sponsor: Honeywell
Fish Out of Water, First Place • $250 Ruggedized helicopter rotor health instrumentation Design team: Daniel Carman (winner), Alan Olsen, Danielle Theodore, Vladimir Medina Project sponsor: Airtronics Inc. Prize sponsor: Kristy Pearson
Fish Out of Water, Second Place • $150 ASME: human-powered vehicle Design team: Giancarlo Guevara (winner), Michael Lesnewski, Justin Monson, Charles King, Abdulla Al-Hail Project sponsor: UA student chapter of ASME Prize sponsor: Kristy Pearson