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2012 Senior Design Projects

ALS I²C Controller

Poster 1

The goal of this project is to design, build, and test a I²C interfaced controller for configuring and reading data from an Ambient Light Sensor (ALS).

Team Members:

  • Robert Allender - Electrical Engineering
  • Ian Hill - Computer Engineering

Sponsor:

  • VLSI Sensors Research Group

Adviser:

  • Dr. Suat Ay

Mentor:

  • Dr. James Frenzel

Analog Gauge with Digital Display

Poster 2

Our team has designed an alternative speedometer gauge that displays information with optics and solid-state electronics instead of the traditional mechanical analog moving pointer.

Team Members:

  • Kim Baird - Electrical Engineering
  • Kamran Khan - Electrical Engineering
  • Rory Riggs - Electrical Engineering
  • Brent Kisling - Electrical Engineering
  • Jeremy Wright - Computer Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Biketronics Inc.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Chris Wagner

Mentor:

  • Mike Meehan

Applications of CFD: Renewable Energy and Entropy Generation

Booth EE 1

We have examined examples of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications, including simulation of a floating offshore wind turbine and simulation of entropy generation of fluid flow over a flat plate.

Graduate Students:

  • Sean Quallen - Mechanical Engineering
  • Landon Owen - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • National Science Foundation

Adviser:

  • Dr. Tao Xing

ASME Micro-Baja Competition

Booth CC 1

The goal of this project is to design and manufacture a fully functional remote controlled car to compete in the ASME Micro - Baja Regional Competition. Key features include four wheel drive, four wheel steer, fully locked differentials and a cam actuated suspension.

Team Members:

  • Eric Sprague - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ryan Kahre - Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Doudy - Mechanical Engineering
  • Corbin Basler - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ian Clarke - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jenny Madsen - Mechanical Engineering
  • Colby Nahas - Mechanical Engineering
  • Richard Broaddus - Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrew Gregory - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • ASME

Adviser:

  • Dr. Steven Beyerlein

Audio Integration

Booth EE 2

Technical Session #3

We are designing a product that takes in multiple inputs such as radio, ipod, and GPS and outputs which ever device the user wants by setting the priority of each. In addition our device enables the user to filter the sound using a three band equalizer.

Team Members:

  • Josiah Savino - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jacob Preston - Computer Engineering
  • Ben Jochen - Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Biketronics Inc.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe

Bassoon Fingering Finder

Booth TE 1

Bassoon fingerings are difficult to learn. There are many variations, not well codified, and different fingerings can be used to produce the same note. We have developed an application to help both beginning and professional bassoonists find optimal fingerings for specific notes, using a graphical interface.

Team Members:

  • Max Stillwell - Computer Science
  • Sasha Solomon - Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Jacob Flynn - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • Susan Hess

Adviser:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe

Mentor:

  • Dr. Terence Soule

Biketronics Control-Measure-Analyze Device

Poster 3

The purpose of this project is to design a user scriptable device that will automate testing of manufactured parts. The device will control inputs to the part under test, capture the output's reaction, compare results with user defined parameters and indicate results.

Team Members:

  • Caitlin Bond - Electrical Engineering
  • Nicholas Canto - Electrical Engineering
  • Carlos Solis - Computer Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Biketronics Inc.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Chris Wagner

Mentor:

  • Dr. Richard Wall

Biodiesel Biosensor

Booth LW 1

Technical Session #1

The purpose of this project is to design, fabricate, and test a handheld biosensor that uses a modified pH meter combined with an immobilized enzyme electrode to detect the amount of free and total glycerol in a sample of biodiesel.

Team Members:

  • Megan Templeton - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Matt Yourek - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Ben Wilson - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • University of Idaho Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Adviser:

  • Dr. Dev Shrestha

Mentor:

  • Dr. Joe Thompson, Sam Wos

Bullet Tools Composite Decking Shear

Booth TE 2

Technical Session #2

The design team was charged with constructing a test apparatus for the Bullet Tools EZ Shear product in order to determine stresses during cutting. The team is also redesigning the shear blade to improve the cut surface on composite decking materials.

Team Members:

  • Brian Norman - Mechanical Engineering
  • Craig Daniels - Mechanical Engineering
  • Wesley Anderson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ted Florence - Mechanical Engineering
  • Vincent Mayer - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Guntech Mfg. Inc. / Bullet Tools

Adviser:

  • Dr. Jay McCormack

Mentor:

  • Tyler Flowers, Chris Eacker

Caldwell Industrial Airport Expansion

Poster 4

The City of Caldwell, Idaho is expanding the Caldwell Industrial Airport to accommodate larger planes and increase business with more hangars and parking areas. Our project includes the design of taxiways, aprons and taxilanes and controlling the rainfall runoff from the airport with a stormwater system.

Team Members:

  • Wendy Banzhof - Civil Engineering
  • Jed Zook - Civil Engineering
  • Mike Dunahoe - Civil Engineering
  • Ed Stowe - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Toby Epler, Kimley - Horn and Associates, Inc., Boise Office

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Characterizing Battery Rejuvenators

Booth EE 3

Technical Session #3

This project designed a procedure to characterize battery rejuvenators for lead acid batteries for the US Navy Acoustic Research Detachment in Bayview, Idaho. The procedure uses battery testing at full rejuvenator power, computerized data acquisition, advanced mathematics, and human in the loop to make its recommendations.

Team Members:

  • Timothy Blake - Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • David Bankhead - Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Travis McMillen - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sponsor:

  • James Klein (Acoustic Research Detachment)

Advisers:

  • Dr. Herb Hess, Dr. Gregory Donohoe, Dr. Touraj Assefi

Mentor:

  • Dr. Herb Hess

Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Patio 1

Our team designs a snowmobile that meets and exceeds current Environmental Protection Agency and National Park Standards for emissions and efficiency and competes nationally against other collegiate teams.

Team Members:

  • Drew Hooper - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeremy Nichols - Mechanical Engineering
  • Neil Miller - Mechanical Engineering
  • Christian Weston - Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Hill - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Advisers:

  • Dr. Karen DenBraven, Dr. Dan Cordon

Mentor:

  • Austin Welch

Colfax Water Transmission Line

Poster 5

The purpose of the project is to replace the current water transmission line in Colfax, WA. It will include hydraulic analysis of the pipe, permitting, construction options, routing, and investigation of installation specifications.

Team Members:

  • Jacob Sevigny - Civil Engineering
  • Robert Combs - Civil Engineering
  • Abigail Radle - Civil Engineering
  • Rachel Hill - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Erik Coats, P.E.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Commodity-Off-the-Shelf Robots

Booth CC 4

As part of a special topics course, we have been building, programming, and testing robots based on Commodity-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) design principles. By using a smartphone or netbook for the “brains" of the robot, we get power and flexibility for comparatively low cost.

Team Members:

  • Tevis Cox - General Studies
  • Logan Evans - Computer Science
  • Jonathan Lamb - Computer Science
  • Curtis Bower - Mechanical Engineering
  • Keith Denney - Mechanical Engineering
  • Travis DeVault - Computer Science
  • Juan Marulanda - Computer Science
  • Daniel Mathewson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Maxwell McKinnon - Computer Science
  • Daniel Norris - Computer Science
  • Joshua Rubini - Computer Science
  • Michael Stinger - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • University of Idaho Department of Computer Science

Adviser:

  • Dr. Terence Soule

Data Acquisition on Mobile Devices Using Non-Standard Transfer Methods

Poster 6

The emerging ubiquity of smartphone devices is changing human - machine interaction. Many existing devices, using the RS - 232 communication protocol are unable to communicate with newer smartphones, and multiple device dependencies complicate matters. Thus, investigating a robust communications methodology and protocol would prove useful if it requires minimal setup by the customer.

Team Members:

  • Lee VanGundy - Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Joran Beasley - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • Decagon Devices, Inc.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe

Mentor:

  • Dr. Bob Rinker

Design Synthesis with CAD

Booth CC 5

Final projects in ME 301 (with Solidworks) feature virtual dissection of a steam engine created from legacy drawings. Final projects in ME 421/521 (with CATIA) feature new learning spaces, CAVE 3D visualization, and mechanical devices.

Team Members:

  • ME 421/521 class
  • ME 301 class

Sponsor:

  • University of Idaho Mechanical Engineering Department

Advisers:

  • Dr. Edwin Odom, Dr. Steven Beyerlein

Mentors:

  • Ben Reed, Kurran Kelly, Zach Wuthrich

Earthen Home

Poster 7

This project is the design of a residential home in Viola, Id. The home is to be built into the side of a hill with one to five feet of soil on the roof. The three main aspects of our design will include structural, hydrologic, and geotechnical analysis.

Team Members:

  • Jamie Dunn - Civil Engineering
  • Anibal Hidalgo - Civil Engineering
  • Erica Kober - Civil Engineering
  • Levi McPhee - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Paul Hopkins, P.E.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

EcoData

Booth TE 3

The EcoData project gives scientific data management a simple web - based interface and simplifies data analysis. Users upload data to a server where it is stored in a database. From there it can be filtered, sorted, and transformed before being visualized through graphs, charts, and other graphical representations.

Team Members:

  • Michael Solomon - Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Colby Blair - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Alex Fremier, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources

Adviser:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe

Mentor:

  • Bruce Bolden, M.S.

Electrochemical Study of Zr(IV) Diffusion in the Molten LiCl/KCl/Cd System

Poster 22

Idaho National Laboratory is currently using an electrochemical method to process used metallic nuclear fuel. During this process zirconium can build up in the system requiring its recovery, for which diffusion is an important factor. In this work, the diffusion coefficient of zirconium at 500 C is experimentally determined.

Graduate Student:

  • Robert Hoover - Chemical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

Adviser:

  • Dr. Supathorn Phongikaroon

Feasibility Analysis of a Large - Scale Hydroponic Growing Operation

Booth LW 2

Technical Session

This project analyzes the energy and economic cost that would be required to feed a global population using hydroponic growing techniques. This analysis includes a survey of human nutrition, an investigation of available lighting sources and efficiencies, and a proposal for the treatment of fruit and vegetable waste.

Team Members:

  • Josi Lemke - Chemical Engineering

Adviser:

  • Dr. David Drown

Mentor:

  • Dr. David MacPherson

Gene Day Pond

Poster 8

Located in Idaho's Silver Valley, the Gene Day Pond Site is to be converted to a clean recreational facility with a put-in/take-out trout fishery. It is on a Bunker Hill Super Fund Site, and is located in a historically active mining region.

Team Members:

  • Bryan Tappel - Civil Engineering
  • Brian Lindgren - Civil Engineering
  • Derek Rick - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Cara Haley, TerraGraphics, Inc., Moscow, ID

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Greenleaf, ID Oxidation Ditch

Poster 9

The City of Greenleaf, Idaho plans to construct a wastewater treatment system based on an oxidation ditch with a secondary clarifier. Effluent disposal will involve surface water discharge during the winter months, and beneficial reuse using Class B reuse water during the summer months. The design includes project planning, environmental design, geotechnical design, and structural design.

Team Members:

  • Kevin Ducar - Civil Engineering
  • Eric Rico - Civil Engineering
  • Pat Edelblute - Civil Engineering
  • Randal Brunello – Civil Engineering

Sponsors:

  • Riley Mahaffey, Lochsa Engineering; Stuart Hurley, SPF Water Engineering

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Greenleaf, ID Secondary Clarifier

Poster 10

The City of Greenleaf, Idaho plans to construct a wastewater treatment system based on an oxidation ditch with a secondary clarifier. Our team is designing a secondary clarifier that follows an oxidation ditch in a two part system. The clarifier must allow the bacteria to settle and be returned to the oxidation ditch.

Team Members:

  • Amanda Lee - Civil Engineering
  • Austin Hakala - Civil Engineering
  • Ben Watson - Civil Engineering
  • Jose Lara - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Riley Mahaffey, Lochsa Engineering

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

Patio 3

Technical Session #2

This project will advance the development of an in house hybrid electric vehicle for use in testing Dr. Dean Edwards' experimental lead acid batteries.

Team Members:

  • Daniel Taylor - Electrical Engineering
  • Tomothy Lenberg - Electrical Engineering
  • James Kast - Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrew Kuharske - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Dean Edwards

Adviser:

  • Dr. Jay McCormack

Mentor:

  • Dr. John Canning, Thomas Bean

Infinity Planting: Conceptual Precision Seed Planting System

Booth LW 3

Technical Session #1

We are adapting iO DuPont’s patented variable - speed transmission for use in the precision agriculture industry, by providing a prototype of an automated variable - rate seeding mechanism. This will enable an optimization of the input to output crop yield and a reduction in the environmental impact of farming.

Team Members:

  • Kendra Hildreth - Mechanical Engineering
  • Douglas Kippes - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Kara Kleppen - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Zack Wuthrich - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Tony Dupont, founder of iO DuPont

Adviser:

  • Dr. Jay McCormack

Mentor:

  • Curtis Bower, Daniel Mathewson

Infrared Communications Chip (Transceiver)

Booth EE 4

Technical Session

We designed an infrared(IR) communications chip (transceiver) that will allow wireless signal transmission from one electronic device to another over a distance of several meters. We are using an LED as transmitter and a photo - diode as the receiver element (optical 'antenna').

Team Members:

  • Markus Geiger - Electrical Engineering
  • Chris Goodale - Electrical Engineering
  • Pin-Jen Wang - Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Kenneth Corbett Endowment

Adviser:

  • Dr. Suat Ay

Mentor:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe, Dr. Touraj Assefi

Intelli-Chess: The Intelligent Chess Board

Booth TE 4

The goal of this project is to design and fabricate an intelligent chess board with marketing potential that will assist in teaching beginning chess players the game of chess while playing. This chess board is unique and brings new and exciting features and opportunities to the game of chess.

Team Members:

  • Ben Reed - Mechanical Engineering
  • Russell Bennett - Mechanical Engineering
  • Donny Geiger - Electrical Engineering
  • Abhay Patil - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • GL Design Associates (Greg Vanderford)

Advisers:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe, Dr. Touraj Assefi

Mentor:

  • Curtis Bower, Dan Mathewson

Long Lake Hydroelectric Dam Station Service

Poster 25

Our team is designing a more modern substation service supply for Long Lake hydroelectric dam.

Team Members:

  • Weston Ricks - Electrical Engineering
  • Henry Thompson - Electrical Engineering
  • Hemraj Shahi - Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Avista Utilities

Adviser:

  • Dr. Brian Johnson

Mentor:

  • Achyut Lamichhane

Miniature Glove Box for Electrochemical Research in Molten Salts

Poster 11

Technical Session #4

Traditional molten salt experiments are conducted in large, inefficient glove box systems. The need for an alternative has created a demand for inexpensive small - scale glove boxes that maximize efficiency while remaining fundamentally simple and easy to use. The glove box constructed in this project is designed to meet this demand.

Team Members:

  • Brady McNall - Materials Science and Engineering
  • Patrick McHail - Materials Science and Engineering
  • Brad Burroughs - Materials Science and Engineering
  • Stuart Whitman - Chemical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Batric Pesic

Adviser:

  • Dr. David Drown

Mentor:

  • Dr. Batric Pesic

Moscow High School RISE Program

Booth CC 3

Idaho RISE (Research Involving Student Engineers and Educators) is the University of Idaho Near Space Engineering program supported by the NASA Idaho Space Grant consortium, the purpose of which is to encourage students to pursue science and engineering studies in college. Moscow High School students can participate in Idaho RISE by enrolling in the math - based physics class at MHS and registering for ENGR 205/206, a dual enrollment course at the University of Idaho.

Team Members:

  • Moscow High School students

Sponsors:

  • Idaho Space Grant Consortium, University of Idaho

Adviser:

  • Pat Blount

NASA Steckler Flywheel Storage for Lunar Colonization

Booth EE 5

Technical Session

Funded by the NASA Steckler Space Grant, our team is developing a flywheel energy storage system. Flywheels provide an efficient, reliable, and low maintenance method for storing renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. NASA hopes to use a flywheel system to power a lunar colony.

Team Members:

  • Sierra McFarland - Mechanical Engineering
  • Marcus Charles - Mechanical Engineering
  • Bridget Wimer - Electrical Engineering
  • Kevin Ramus - Electrical Engineering
  • Juliet Petersen - Electrical Engineering
  • Caitlin Owsley - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsors:

  • NASA Glenn Research Center, The Boeing Company

Advisers:

  • Dr. Joseph Law, Dr. Edwin Odom, Dr. Christine Berven, Dr. Matthew Riley

Mentor:

  • Christopher Mirabzadeh, Kysen Palmer, Dan Mathewson, Brent Kisling

NASA Tensegrity Robot

Booth TE 5

Technical Session #2

We are creating a self - propelled tensegrity structure made of components that are only in tension and compression. The mechanical structure of this robot is inspired by a model of a spinal column. This NASA funded project will be transported to the Ames lab by University of Idaho graduate students for further research.

Team Members:

  • Andrew Davis - Mechanical Engineering
  • Danny Elsbury - Mechanical Engineering
  • Charlee Hendrickson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Alex Hanson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Joshua Plumb - Mechanical Engineering
  • Michael Wheless - Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • NASA Ames

Adviser:

  • Dr. Jay McCormack

Mentor:

  • Dave Gardner, George Korbel

Oxygen Sparging with Molten Salts

Poster 24

Molten LiCl - KCl salt is used in an electrorefiner to recycle uranium from spent nuclear fuel. Oxygen sparging is used to remove unwanted radioactive material in the salt by making it insoluble. To understand this process, optimization and determining mass transfer characteristics is necessary.

Graduate Student:

  • Michael S. Pack

Sponsor:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

Adviser:

  • Dr. Supathorn Phongikaroon

Panel Antenna

Booth EE 6

Technical Session #3

The purpose of this project is to design, construct, and test a 900MHz panel antenna using printed circuit board technology for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.

Team Members:

  • Allan Davis - Electrical Engineering
  • Carlos Gonzalez - Electrical Engineering
  • Cooper McBride - Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Advisers:

  • Dr. Greg Donohoe, Dr. Touraj Assefi

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Battery and Cabin Thermal Management System

Patio 4 (poster only)

Technical Session #4

The UI Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is an ongoing project to develop and test the use of lead - acid batteries in electric vehicles. To ensure optimal performance and longevity, a thermal management system utilizing drawn - air convection was developed to maintain the batteries and cabin at their proper operating temperature.

Team Member:

  • Jason Brubaker - Mechanical Engineering / Materials Science & Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Dean Edwards

Advisers:

  • Dr. David Drown, Dr. Dean Edwards

Mentor:

  • Tom Bean, Dr. John Canning

Pneumatic Pumpkin Launcher

Patio 5

Technical Session #1

Our project is to design, build, and test a pumpkin cannon for public use at the Clearwater Corn Maze sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Kaufman Farms and the Lewiston Roundup Association. Our finished product must meet rigorous distance, accuracy, and safety requirements.

Team Members:

  • Kara Peer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Joshua Bouma - Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrew Schmohr - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ramzi Sadeddinsarama - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Shelby Smith - Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Sponsor:

  • University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Advisers:

  • Dr. Steven Beyerlein, Dr. Tom Hess

Mentor:

  • Curtis Bower, Daniel Mathewson

Power Management Chip

Booth EE 7

Technical Session #3

The uMax chip is a low-power integrated circuit for harvesting energy from low-power, low-voltage sources using a maximum power point tracker (MPPT) and power management system.

Team Members:

  • Anthony Kanago - Computer Engineering
  • Valerie Barry - Electrical Engineering
  • Benjamin Sprague - Computer Engineering
  • John Sandmeyer - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • VLSI Sensors Research Group

Advisers:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe, Dr. Touraj Assefi

Mentor:

  • Dr. Suat Ay

Phase Shifting Transformer Tap Changer

Booth EE 8

Technical Session #3

Transformers and tap changers are utilized in the power industry to regulate the amount of electricity traveling through power lines. The goal of this project is to design a functioning mechanical tap changer that effectively alters the windings in a transformer and thus the load in the power lines.

Team Members:

  • Zach Browning - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kirkwood Hines - Mechanical Engineering
  • Victoria Kampfer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Thomas Long - Mechanical Engineering
  • Mike Smith - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsors:

  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, University of Idaho Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Advisers:

  • Dr. Steven Beyerlein, Dr. Brian Johnson

Mentor:

  • Stacey Page, Tyler Flowers

Purification of Molten Salts via a Potassium Drawdown Reaction

Poster 21

Technical Session

Molten salt mixtures are used in an electrorefiner to separate constituents of nuclear waste streams. A potassium drawdown reaction was tested for its viability to recycle the molten salt solution and increase the overall efficiency of the electrorefining process by selectively removing heavy metals.

Team Members:

  • Neil Sing - Chemical Engineering/Chemistry
  • Michael Christenson - Chemical Engineering/Chemistry
  • Nicholas Eimers - Chemical Engineering
  • Jacob Bow - Chemical Engineering/ Mathematics

Sponsors:

  • University of Idaho Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Idaho National Laboratory

Adviser:

  • Dr. David Drown

Mentor:

  • Dr. Supathorn Phongikaroon

Rear Drive Snowmobile

Patio 2

Technical Session #2

The team created a rear drive system for the clean snowmobile in order to improve its efficiency and handling.

Team Members:

  • Neil Miller - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeremy Nichols - Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Hill - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • National Institute of Advanced Transportation Technology

Adviser:

  • Dr. Karen DenBraven

Mentor:

  • Drew Hooper, Austin Welch

Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment with Back-flushing Filter Technology

Booth LW 4

Technical Session #4

Feed water for RO membranes must be pretreated to remove particles which can cause membrane fouling. Disposable cartridge filters used for shipboard RO pretreatment require frequent replacement while providing inadequate filtration. This project employs filter technology capable of being back - flushed and removing particles as small as 0.1 microns.

Team Members:

  • Nathan Yergenson - Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry
  • Timothy Darnall - Chemical Engineering
  • Kevin Lee - Chemical Engineering

Sponsors:

  • University of Idaho Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering Alumni, Micron, Perma-Fix, TC Program Solutions, Apex Manufacturing Solutions

Adviser:

  • Dr. David Drown

Idaho Space Grant Consortium’s RISE Program

Booth CC 2

Idaho’s Research Involving Student Engineers (RISE) program is a student led, project orientated class. The class specializes in launching high altitude weather balloons carrying student built payloads to 100,000 feet. Recent projects include collaboration with NASA Ames and JPL. Students gain hands - on learning and interdisciplinary experience.

Team Members:

  • Moscow High School

Sponsor:

  • Idaho Space Grant Consortium

Adviser:

  • Dr. David Atkinson

Miniature Shock Tester

Booth TE 6

Sandia National Labs requires their equipment to be tested under shock conditions of 1 to 200 g's, and within a time limit of 1 to 10 milliseconds. Our device simulates these conditions and records the data for subsequent analysis.

Team Members:

  • Cameron Hjeltness - Mechanical Engineering
  • Travis Nebeker - Mechanical Engineering
  • Nicholai Olson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Fernando De La Garza - Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
  • Michael Brewster - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Sandia National Labs

Adviser:

  • Dr. Steven Beyerlein

Mentor:

  • Kysen Palmer, Sam Wos

Separation of CsCl from a ternary CsCl - LiCl - KCl Salt via a Zone Freezing Method

Poster 23

Zone freezing has been proposed as a method to purify and recycle LiCl - KCl salt to reduce waste volume. Experimental results show that up to 57% of the salt at one third the original CsCl wt% can be recycled via this process.

Graduate Student:

  • Ammon Williams - Chemical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

Adviser:

  • Dr. Supathorn Phongikaroon

Solar Refrigeration Compressor

Booth LW 5

Technical Session #1

We are providing a proof of concept for a new approach to vapor compression refrigeration. This new method utilizes solar energy to provide a cooling effect. This technology has a wide range of applications including residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.

Team Members:

  • Chris Katus - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jessica Aldecoa - Mechanical Engineering
  • Tim Hellickson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Zane Kindred - Mechanical Engineering
  • John Petrofski - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Mark Hall

Adviser:

  • Dr. Steven Beyerlein

Mentor:

  • Tyler Flowers, Chris Eacker

State Highway 81 Southside Canal

Poster 13

The purpose of this project was to replace or improve the SH - 81 bridge over the Southside G Canal in Declo, ID. The existing bridge was constructed in 1938 and no longer met safety regulations. The team was responsible for all hydraulic, hydrological, geotechnical, structural, and transportation aspects of the design.

Team Members:

  • Jordan Reich - Civil Engineering
  • Michaela Petersen - Civil Engineering
  • David Zubizareta - Civil Engineering
  • Austin Petersen - Civil Engineering
  • Liz Warner - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Steve Tonks, Idaho Transportation Department

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

State Highway 41 Pedestrian & Bicycle Improvements

Poster 14

Currently, a two - foot wide, dirt-worn trail exists east of State Highway 41 in Post Falls, Idaho near the Centennial Trail. We are developing a design for a ten-foot wide, paved trail to provide safer access for a variety of trail users.

Team Members:

  • Neil Walsky - Civil Engineering
  • Danny Ward - Civil Engineering
  • Greg Reince - Civil Engineering
  • Edwin Rubio - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • J-U-B Engineers, Inc.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Steptoe Booster Pump

Poster 15

The goal of this project is to design a pump station that will provide residents currently living in a high elevation area in Steptoe, WA with consistent, pressurized water in their homes. We are designing the pump station layout, hydraulic components, and housing structure.

Team Members:

  • Hailey Woodruff - Civil Engineering
  • Tal Glass - Civil Engineering
  • Andrew Reed - Civil Engineering
  • Kristian Henrickson - Civil Engineering
  • Amana McDowell - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Erik Coats, P.E.

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

TARS

Poster 16

This project is a cost-management software application. Users will be able to enter work time and attribute it to a specific task or project. A manager will be able to view and approve user's timesheets.

Team Members:

  • Nathan Mazur - Mathematics/Computer Science
  • Zeke Long - Computer Science

Sponsor:

  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Advisers:

  • Dr. Gregory Donohoe, Dr. Clinton Jeffery

Thermal Depolymerization of Used Tire Rubber

Poster 17

Technical Session

Discarded tires take up significant space in landfills. Tires are difficult to recycle because of crosslinked polymer chains. However, Thermal Depolymerization can break down these chains into basic components, essentially crude oil. An energy analysis was performed to determine the cost effectiveness and the environmental impact of recycling tires.

Team Members:

  • Bryce Eaton - Chemical Engineering
  • Natalie Kirch - Chemical Engineering
  • Steven Sitler - Chemical Engineering
  • Nathan Wilkerson - Chemical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering

Advisers:

  • Dr. David Drown, Dr. Mark Roll

Mentor:

  • Dr. Dave MacPherson, Dr. Thomas Bitterwolf, Charles Cornwall

Treatment Technology Validation for Water Softening Technology

Booth LW 6

Technical Session #4

Numerous water treatment technologies are marketed to condition hard water. While marketing claims are often ambitious, the reality is that some technologies do not live up to the end users' expectations. A standardized testing method was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of any particular water treatment technology.

Team Members:

  • Keith Christopher - Chemical Engineering
  • Morgan Harding - Chemical Engineering
  • Kylie Jarvis - Chemical Engineering
  • Danielle Milligan - Chemical Engineering/Mathematics

Sponsors:

  • TC Program Solutions, Micron, BP, Pajarito Scientific Corporation, Perma-Fix

Advisers:

  • Dr. David Drown, Dr. Wudneh Admassu

Mentor:

  • Dr. Dave MacPherson, Dr. Eric Aston, Charles Cornwall

University of Idaho Finger Therapy Robot

Booth TE 7

We are developing a robotic device to administer and investigate movement therapy following impairment due to stroke. The robotic device provides assistance as needed during computer therapy games while simultaneously monitoring and recording patient performance. The goal is to better understand the factors that promote functional recovery.

Team Members:

  • David Gardner - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kyle Gray - Mechanical Engineering
  • Curtis Bower - Mechanical Engineering
  • Keith Denney - Mechanical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • National Institute of Health

Adviser:

  • Dr. Eric Wolbrecht

University of Idaho FSAE Hybrid

Booth CC 6

Technical Session #2

The 2011 - 2012 formula hybrid race car is the result of years of intensive design and work by both graduate and undergraduate students. This vehicle was built and completed to compete in this years’ International Formula Hybrid competition in New Hampshire.

Team Members:

  • Zack Porter - Mechanical Engineering
  • Nathan Repp - Mechanical Engineering
  • Justin Ruegsegger - Mechanical Engineering
  • Stephen Hieb - Mechanical Engineering
  • Corey Adrian - Mechanical Engineering
  • Cody Brumett - Mechanical Engineering
  • Bobby Jackson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Dylan Rinker - Mechanical Engineering
  • Travis Shiell - Mechanical Engineering
  • Justin Archer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Joshua Foss - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jordan Anderson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Enzler - Mechanical Engineering
  • Tom Zirker – Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • University of Idaho Department of Mechanical Engineering

Advisers:

  • Dr. Edwin Odom, Dr. Steven Beyerlein

Mentor:

  • Samuel Wos, Tyler Flowers, Pietro Boyd, Chris Eacker, Josh Ulrich, Brett Bashford

Victor, ID Intersection Upgrade

Poster 18

The goal of this project is to improve safety and traffic flow at the intersection of State Highways 31 and 33 in Victor, ID. Design alternatives include a roundabout and signalized intersection.

Team Members:

  • Leisha Anderson - Civil Engineering
  • Christopher Davidson - Civil Engineering
  • Alex Grover - Civil Engineering
  • Kyle Meschko - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Ben Burke, P.E., Idaho Transportation Department

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Weather Station Power Supply

Poster 19

Develop a more robust weather station with coupling capacitive recharging, ultracapacitor for energy storage, with a uniform and clean layout and to determine an appropriate solar panel sizing for installations away from the transmission lines.

Team Members:

  • Neelima Dahal - Electrical Engineering
  • Jeff Osterberg - Electrical Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Idaho Power

West Pine Creek Bridge

Poster 20

Our team is re-designing the stream channel to accommodate fish habitat, and is designing a new bridge to replace the existing bridge.

Team Members:

  • Casey Brown - Civil Engineering
  • DeAnn Brown - Civil Engineering
  • Jeremy Wilson - Civil Engineering
  • Thomas Norris - Civil Engineering
  • Christina Jordan - Civil Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Ben Burke, P.E., Idaho Transportation Department

Adviser:

  • Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.

Wood as a Natural Material for Heavy Metal Adsorption

Poster 12

Technical Session #4

Waste streams produced in industry commonly contain heavy metals that are environmentally toxic. Finding an efficient and inexpensive process to remove these metals is of great importance. The natural tendency of cellulose for sorption of heavy metals is a promising pathway for developing the needed process, which this project explores.

Team Members:

  • Brady McNall - Materials Science and Engineering
  • Bradley Burroughs - Materials Science and Engineering
  • Patrick McHail - Materials Science and Engineering

Sponsor:

  • Dr. Batric Pesic

Adviser:

  • Dr. Batric Pesic

Mentor:

  • Dr. Batric Pesic