Monthly Archives: June 2015

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498

winner1Raytheon Sensintel Award for Best Overall Design, First Prize – $1,000
Robotic Ordnance Neutralizer (RON)
Team 1415: Elisa Duarte, Jeremy Gin, Cassie Kammerman, Mark Roche, Greg Stanford, Jaime Lara Martinez
Project Sponsor: Raytheon Missile Systems

 

 

winner2Raytheon Sensintel Award for Best Overall Design, Second Prize – $750
Super-Stainer Precision Thermal Control
Team 1427: Marissa Lopez-Pier, Amy Vaughn, Ziad Alrayes, Cody Kalmick, Koriel Lambson, Chris Sanford
Project Sponsor: Ventana Medical Systems

 

 

winner3Bly Family Award for Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use, First Prize – $1,500
Building a Smarter Grid
Team 1404: Jacob Chess, Peter Lankisch, Viviana Llano, Daniel McLeod, Alex Moser, Eric Sahr
Project Sponsor: Tucson Electric Power

 

 

winner4Bly Family Award for Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use, Second Prize – $500
Dynamic Soaring of UAVs
Team 1464: Katherine Borg, Elizabeth Yakoob, Brent Reichert, Aaron Woodard
Project Sponsor: UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

 

winner7Thorlabs Photonics Is the Future Award – $250 Each Up to $1,750
Automated Optical Surface Defect Detection Tool
Team 1437: Shabeeb Shah, Benjamin Cromey, Lisa Li, Nicholas Smith, Rafael Haro, Michael McDermott
Project Sponsor: Edmund Optics

 

 

winner6Rincon Research Award for Best Presentation – $1,000
Electromechanical Shaft Disconnect for Generators
Team 1420: Jose Luttmann, Isaiah Bruno, Michel Mora, Ivy Hasman
Project Sponsor: Honeywell

 

 

Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest Award – $1,000
Strain Gauge Based Cycling Power Meter
Team 1435: Tasia Nash, Vincent Carknard, Adam Osman, Vincent Hunt, Cameron Clementson
Project Sponsor: Texas Instruments

 

 

winner8Ventana Award for Innovation in Engineering – $1,000 
Sabino Canyon VTOL UAV
Team 1463: Rita Ezeugwu, Nestor Franco, Nicolle Hervey, Youra Jun, Sean Parker, Steven Rishor, Yiming Zhang
Project Sponsor: Rincon Research Corp.

 

 

ACSS/L-3 Communications Award for Most Robust Systems Engineering -$750
Boeing Teammate Awareness Device
Team 1411: Amanda Coldren, Vincent Cordasco, Anthony Giang, David Schwartz, Xue Meng, Matthew Ware
Project Sponsor: Boeing Mesa Helicopter Co.

 

 

winner10CAID Industries Award for Innovation in Manufacturing – $750
X-56A DART: Dynamically Scaled Aircraft for Research and Testing
Team 1461: Phillip Greenberg, Brianna Grembowski, Harry Powell, Rosanna Bether, Kristofer Drozd
Project Sponsors: NASA, Lockheed-Martin and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

 

 

winner11Edmund Optics Award for Perseverance and Recovery – $750
Advanced Farrier System
Team 1414: Lindsay Bahureksa, Lindsey Conklin, Matt Ellison, Jacob Landsiedel, Quinn McIntosh, Jovan Vance
Project Sponsor: Brethren Systems

 

 

winner12W.L. Gore and Associates Award for Most Creative Solution – $750
Variable-Pitch Propeller for UAVs
Team 1408: Kym Beeston, Grant Province, Zane Sheets, Zach Spaulding, Chris Van Cleave, Jeff Williams
Project Sponsor: Northrop Grumman

 

 

winner13Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) Award for Best Use of Prototyping – $750
Delivery of an Endovascular Device for a Bifurcating Vascular Anatomy
Team 1429: Andrea Acuna, Carmelo Moraila, Marysol Luna, Matthew Davis, Matthew Kirk, Sean Ashley
Project Sponsor: UA Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory

 

 

winner14Raytheon Award for Best Engineering Analysis – $750
Wireless Flow Sensor for Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts
Team 1442: Brianna Moon, Han Zhao, Jessica Mergener, LaRay Graner, Lyndsay Batman, Megan Cornman
Project Sponsor: Texas Instruments

 

 

winner15Sargent Aerospace & Defense Voltaire Design Award – $750
Advanced Farrier System
Team 1414: Lindsay Bahureksa, Lindsey Conklin, Matt Ellison, Jacob Landsiedel, Quinn McIntosh, Jovan Vance
Project Sponsor: Brethren Systems

 

 

winner16Technical Documentation Consultants of Arizona Award for Best Design Documentation – $750
Remote Imaging System Acquisition (RISA) Project
Team 1416: Luis Ballesteros, Nicole Sheesley, Braden Smith, Joseph Tang, Yusuke Watanabe
Project Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center

 

 

winner17TRAX International Award for Best Implementation of Agile Methodology – $750
Design of Multistory Historical LEED Building
Team 1479: Mireya Moleres, Joel Amarillas, Haley Koesters, Nawar Sadeq, Gabriela Brambila, Blake Brennan
Project Sponsor: UA Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

 

 

winner18Arizona Center for Innovation Award for Most Marketable Design – $500
Smartphone Integrated Gun Lock
Team 1444: Ariel Austin, Aaron Clark, Christopher Downs, Edward Enhelder, Aaron Grabowska, Simon Noudelman
Project Sponsor: Christopher J. Downs & Associates

 

 

Dataforth Corporation Award for Best Design Using a Data Acquisition and Control System – $500
A Method for the Morphing Actuation of Continuous Control Surfaces
Team 1462: Austin Smith, Ruben Adkins, Josef Merki, Zachary Miller, David Springer, Wen Quan Tan
Project Sponsor: UA Student Chapter of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

 

Honeywell Award for Team Leadership – Two Individuals at $250 Each
Andrea Acuna
Erick Leon

winner21II-VI Optical Systems Award for Best Use of Optical Design and Technology – $500
Design and Demonstration of a Head-Up Display
Team 1405: Adam Blumer, Erick Leon, Matthew Hart, Michael Green, Nick Paco, Stephania Vasilieva
Project Sponsor: Honeywell Aerospace

 

 

winner22Latitude Engineering Award for Best Physical Implementation of Analytically Driven Design – $500
Composite Autotransformer Thermal Improvement
Team 1421: Ji Ma, Michael McCabe, John McKearney, Zachary Prince, Erik Wise
Project Sponsor: Honeywell Aerospace

 

 

winner23Universal Avionics Award for Best Integration and Test Philosophy – $500
Air Quality Sensor System
Team 1431: Rodrigo Toler, Mary Coffelt, Wellington Lee, Toshifumi Tanabe, Edward Baumann
Project Sponsor: Honeywell Aerospace

 

 

winner24UA Center on Aging: Arizona Center on Gerimetrics Award – $500
Android Platform Hearing Assist Device Refinement and Form Factor & Usability Assessment
Team 1447: Temesgen Fesahazion, Richard Gonzales, Alexandra Hoeger, Saradadevi Thanikachalam, Jill Wynne, Jue Zhang, Michael Ziccarelli
Project Sponsor: Arizona Center on Aging

 

 

winner25Honeywell Award for Excellence in Aerospace Electronic System Design – $400
Design and Demonstration of a Head-Up Display
Team 1405: Adam Blumer, Erick Leon, Matthew Hart, Michael Green, Nick Paco, Stephania Vasilieva
Project Sponsor: Honeywell Aerospace

 

Kristy Pearson Fish Out of Water Award, First Prize – $250
John McKearney

Kristy Pearson Fish Out of Water Award, Second Prize – $150
Mary Coffelt

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498
Project Title: Electromechanical Shaft Disconnect for Generatorshoneywell logo

Team 1420 Members:
Isaiah Bruno, mechanical engineering
Ivy Hasman, materials science and engineering
Jose Luttmann, mechanical engineering
Michel Mora, mechanical engineering

Sponsor: Honeywell

Congratulations to Team 1420 for winning the Rincon Research Best Presentation Award at Engineering Design Day 2015.1420

The team advanced development of a new type of electromechanical shaft to disconnect an aircraft generator from engine output in the event of an electrical short or bearing failure.

Aircraft generators are driven by the engines and help provide electrical power. The problem with current disconnect mechanisms is that they can result in irreparable and costly generator damage.

“What they have between the aircraft engine and the generator is a called a shear point,” explained team member Ivy Hasman. “The shear point breaks apart the shaft, so that the engine is still spinning with the generator disengaged, but now there is still a broken shaft.”

The new electromechanical shaft disconnect allows the engine to continue providing power to the aircraft without further damaging the generator.

“The purpose is to save the entire generator from complete failure,” said team member Jose Luttmann. He added, “We were limited in what we could do, but we’re pretty confident that the device will work on a large-scale model.”

Honeywell, which sponsored the project, is considering the design for future use.

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498

Project Title: Super-Stainer Precision Thermal Controlventana logo

Team 1427 Members:
Ziad Alrayes, industrial engineering
Cody Kalmick, mechanical engineering
Koriel Lambson, mechanical engineering
Marissa Lopez-Pier, biomedical engineering
Chris Sanford, electrical engineering
Amy Vaughn, biomedical engineering

Sponsor: Ventana Medical Systems Inc.

Sometimes trial and error pays off. It did for Team 1427. 1427

The team took second place in the Raytheon Sensintel Best Overall Design competition at Engineering Design Day 2015.

With off-the-shelf components, Team 1427 developed a more efficient system for microscopic examination of tissue samples. The system allows for testing a sample at three different temperatures.

“The point of thermal control is that instead of running three different tests under three different temperatures, you can run one thermal test across a single microscope,” explained team member Chris Sanford.

The project expanded on existing slide-staining techniques, in which tissue is attached to a slide by a process called heat fixing and a dye is added to the samples to make cells and cell components easier to view.

Team members, with the help of mentors Chris Donat, Kenyon Kehl and Steven Lei, had several challenges to overcome — like figuring out which materials would make the best slide base without contaminating the sample.

Marissa Lopez-Pier was in constant contact with project sponsor Ventana Medical Systems as the team worked through the different possibilities.

“We couldn’t use certain metals that would give off contaminants, or material that gives off ions like iron and copper that have an electrical charge,” she said.

University of Arizona, UA Senior Design Program, Senior Design, Engineering 498
Project Title: Advanced Farrier System

Brethren ArmamentTeam 1414 Members:
Lindsay Bahureksa, biomedical engineering
Lindsey Conklin, biomedical engineering
Matt Ellison, systems and industrial engineering
Jacob Landsiedel, optical sciences and engineering
Quinn McIntosh, mechanical engineering
Jovan Vance, electrical and computer engineering

Sponsor: Brethren Systems

1414_hoofWhen it comes to equine foot health, a one-size-fits-all approach does not work.

Team 1414 was amazed that methods for shoeing horses and keeping hooves healthy often rely heavily on nonempirical data — for example, observations of how a horse stands.

“Detecting foot maladies in horses and making sure the horses’ shoes fit correctly is still based largely on anecdotal evidence,” said team member and sponsor Quinn McIntosh of Brethren Systems.

The team’s affordable Advanced Farrier System, designed to detect potential ailments during the shoeing of horses — before the horse ever shows signs of disease or lameness — won both the Edmund Optics Perseverance and Recovery Award and the Sargent Aerospace & Defense Voltaire Design Award at Engineering Design Day 2015.

The Advanced Farrier System uses a film that reacts differently to varying amounts of pressure. When a horse steps on the film, differences in color represent pressure points on the hoof and indicate potential problems.

“We have developed a simple, low-cost, user-friendly system for horse owners, veterinarians, farriers and other horse care professionals,” McIntosh said.