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Capstone Design Projects

AESD Auxiliary DC Microgrid Feasibility Study
The purpose of this project is to redesign the auxiliary power system on the Advanced Electric Ship Demonstrator to address the current shortcomings it possesses. The current power system has been found as a limiting factor in how well the ship can conduct testing and a feasibility study is needed.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: NAVSEA
Advisor: Greg Donohoe
Mentor: Brian Johnson

Team Members:
Trevor Larson - Electrical Engineering
Spencer Homan - Electrical Engineering
Eric Vandenburg - Electrical Engineering
Nik Urlaub - Electrical Engineering



Analog Gauge with Digital Movement
To design an aftermarket speedometer featuring an illuminated digital realization of the existing analog gauge movement, for use in Harley Davidson motorcycles. The gauge will have “plug and play” functionality and be easily visible in all lighting conditions.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: Mike Meehan
Advisor: Chris Wagner

Team Members:
Jeremy Wright - Computer Engineering
Rory Riggs - Electrical Engineering
Brent Kisling - Electrical Engineering
Kim Baird - Electrical Engineering
Kamran Khan - Electrical Engineering



Bacterial Removal From Cantaloupe Rind Using Golf Ball Washer Mechanism
Bacterial contamination of cantaloupes is a recurring global issue. A device was built to remove bacteria colonies from cantaloupe rinds to detect the contamination level. Bacterial removal was done using nylon bristles and buffered water. The water used to wash the cantaloupe is then collected for bacterial count analysis.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: BP North America, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, ChE Alumni
Advisors: Dr. David Drown, Dr. Wudneh Admassu
Mentors: Dr. Allan Caplan, Dave MacPherson

Team Members:
Karina Intan - Chemical Engineering & Microbiology
Jo Scholkowfsky - Chemical Engineering
Sarah Reichman - Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
Keith Christopher - Chemical Engineering



Battery Thermal Management System for a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Design and install a battery thermal management system for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The goal of the design is to maintain an optimum an uniform operating temperature for a section of 30 sealed lead acid batteries installed in a newly designed sports car at the University of Idaho.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: Dean Edwards
Advisor: Dr. David Drown
Mentors: Dan Cordon; Tom Bean

Team Members:
Brandon Gardiner-Chemical Engineering
Kyle Koelsch-Chemical Engineering
Weston Coporon-Chemical Enigneering; David Ketelson-Material Science Engineering



Bennington Diversion Dam Fish Passage
The current Fish Passage system does not meet fishway standards and requires a new design. The design must provide safe passage for the target species (Chinook Salmon, Bulltrout and Steelhead). The new design must retain dam hydraulic functions.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Sean Milligan
Advisor: Fritz Fiedler

Team Members:
Dan Lampert - Civil Engineering
Marshall Pierce - Civil Engineering
Kyle Schrader - Civil Engineering



Boeing Composite Materials Process Management
We are simulating the composites planning, fabrication and testing at Boeing to allow for level loading of all working resources and part fabrication.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Boeing
Advisor: Scott Metlen

Team Members:
Samantha Clyde - Mechanical Engineering
Mark Mahaffy
Patrick Jewell
Kelsey Williams
Adam Thompson



Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team
The CSC team designs and modifies an existing snowmobile chassis in order to meet strict EPA and NPS standards while maintaing power and agility.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technologu
Advisor: Karen DenBraven
Mentors: Austin Welch & Dylan Dixon

Team Members:
Austin Welch - Mechanical Engineering
Dylan Dixon - Mechanical Engineering
Drew Hooper - Mechanical Engineering
Alex Fuhrman - Mechanical Engineering
Cole Bode - Electrical Engineerinng
Amos Bartlow - Electrical Engineering
Ty Lord - Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Bolland - Mechanical Engineering
Eric Buddrius - Mechanical Engineering
David Erickson - Mechanical Engineering
Ian Lootens - Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Nichols - Mechanical Engineering
Niel Miller - Mechanical Engineering
Chris Hill - Mechanical Engineering
Dallyn Lord - Rangeland Ecology Managment
Sambingo Smith - Technical Education



Clean Snowmobile Muffler Design
The University of Idaho participates in a yearly competition focused on making snowmobiles more environmentally friendly. This project is a new exhaust system for the U of I snowmobile including: a muffler to reduce noise, and a catalytic converter to reduce emissions.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: National Institute of Advanced Transportation Technology
Advisor: Karen DenBraven
Mentors: Austin Welch & Dylan Dixon

Team Members:
Ian Lootens - Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Bolland - Mechanical Engineering
Greg Hilbert - Mechanical Engineering
Eric Buddrius - Mechanical Engineering



Clean Water Demands Met With Flexible Green Energy
The project implements solar, wind, and manpower to pump contaminated water through a ceramic filter to remove bacteria to WHO drinking water standards. The design will be utilized in rural communities and disaster relief situations, when people are left without access to clean water or electricity.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: BP North America; Chemical & Materials Engineering Department; University of Idaho ChE Alumni
Advisor: David Drown
Mentors: Dave MacPherson; Allan Caplan; Tim Steffens

Team Members:
Maya Nair - Chemical Engineering
Meghan Richards - Chemical Engineering
Michelle Machinal - Chemical Engineering



Cleaner, Greener and not Chemically Meaner Reverse Osmosis Membrane Flux Recovery
Fouling of Reverse Osmosis membranes by large organic molecules is a common problem and leads to reduce capability of the membrane. We have developed a unique solution utilizing an inline backflush system that incorporates heated and pressurized water to clean the membrane without the use of any chemicals.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: BP, ESAC, and Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Advisors: Dr. David Drown; Dr. Wudneh Admassu
Mentor: Dr. Dave MacPherson

Team Members:
Seth Gibbon - Chemical Engineering
Alex Tate - Chemical Engineering
Brett Kilcup - Chemical Engineering;



Cloverdale Road Bridge
The Cloverdale bridge south of Boise, has been found to be structurally deficient. In addition, the roadway profile surrounding the bridge does not have a sufficient stopping sight distance. The objective of this project includes redesigning the bridge, realigning the road, and providing a new pavement design for the road.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Gordon Smith
Advisors: All CE Faculty
Mentors: All CE Faculty

Team Members:
Frank Beckwith - Civil Engineering
Maria Plumb - Civil Engineering
Sharby Sullivan - Civil Engineering



Fault Finders
Automate the process of gathering necessary information from relays and visualizing the fault in the GIS program at its' location within a minute after detection by relays.

Project Department: Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: Idaho Power
Advisor: Dr. Greg Donohoe

Team Members:
Ryan Savage - Computer Science (2nd semester)
Jaime Nance - Computer Science (2nd semester)
Elizabeth Reese - Electrical Engineering
Cliff Clark - Computer Science (1st semester)
Gary Hollingshead - Computer Science (1st semester)



Hot Cell Tool for the Removal of Cadmium
We've been contracted by Idaho National Laboratories to design a tool to remove cadmium, a soft metal, from a shaft in a uranium refining plant that is only accessed remotely due to high radiation.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Idaho National Laboratories
Advisor: Steven Beyerlein
Mentor: Jason Cyr

Team Members:
Alan Chatterton - Mechanical Engineering
Joseph Seegmiller - Mechanical Engineering
Douglas Smith - Mechanical Engineering
Walter Taresh - Mechanical Engineering



IHoC
Intel is in need of a high quality thermal system for testing processor chips. We are improving their current prototype to give It greater capabilities and control. The system is a water temperature control system.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: Intel
Advisor: Jay McCormack
Mentor: Brittany Ballard

Team Members:
John Behrend - Computer Engineering
Curtis Bower - Mechanical Engineering
Drew Flerchinger - Mechanical Engineering
Skyler Hoeft - Mechanical Engineering
Achyut Lamichhane - Computer Engineering
Kegan Pankratz - Computer Engineering



Insane Methane Rain Plane (Titan Rain Detector)
Team is creating a sensor to determine presence, amount, and size of precipitation on Titan, a moon of Saturn. This sensor will be space-qualified, attached to an aerobot space probe, and capable of surviving Titan's atmosphere.

Project Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium
Advisor: Dr. Tom Hess
Mentors: Dr. Jason Barnes, Dr. Dave Atkinson

Team Members:
Allison Tucker - Biological Systems Engineering
Tim Kunz - Biological Systems Engineering
Kysen Palmer - Mechanical Engineering
Hieu Truong - Mechanical Engineering
Gabe Wilson - Electrical Engineering



Intersection Redesign: 36th and Hill Rd. Boise, ID
36th Street, Hill Rd. and Catalpa Dr. in Boise, ID form a five-way intersection that experiences high crash rates and increasing traffic. It is located next to a middle school and residential areas, therefore it needs to be redesigned to improve the performance and safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Gordon Smith, WHPacific
Advisors: All CE Faculty
Mentors: All CE Faculty

Team Members:
Dan Graves - Civil Engineering
Kate Sturdy - Civil Engineering
Nate Wentzel - Civil Engineering



Intersection Rehabilitation: Franklin/Cloverdale Boise, ID
The county requires a redesigning of the intersection to increase efficiency and decrease wait times. The intersection design will include three aspects: Intersection design, pavement design and the drainage/detention of storm water. The intersection designs are signalized, roundabout and single point urban.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Gordon Smith
Advisor: Dr. Fritz Fiedler

Team Members:
Ryan Jensen - Civil Engineering
Arsalan Khan - Civil Engineering
Steve Netz - Civil Engineering
Jeffrey Ruane - Civil Engineering



Harmon Center
This project plan presents the Harmon Center commercial development project in Las Vegas, Nevada. A traffic impact analysis, technical drainage study, utility service design, grading design, sight line analysis, and coordination and design of the pedestrian bridge design will be performed.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Lochsa Engineering
Advisor: Fritz Feilder
Mentors: Mark Hedge, Ted Egerton

Team Members:
Cody Homan - Civil Engineering
Larry Carroll - Civil Engineering
Joey Sprague - Civil Engineering



ISBE Digger
This is a search tool for the Idaho State Board of Education. It will be used to search through many years worth of records. It must be able to search for synonyms/stems of the key words to allow the SBOE to search for documents using inexact search terms.

Project Department: Computer Science
Project Sponsor: Idaho State Board of Education
Advisor: Dr. Greg Donohoe

Team Members:
Seth Thompson - Computer Science/Mathematics
Kaleb Houck - Computer Science
Zach Kimball - Computer Science



LOID Well #5
The project task is to develop a design for the LOID #5 well that will supply the future water needs of the irrigation district.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: JUB Engineers
Advisor: Fritz Fiedler

Team Members:
Thomas Leija - Civil Engineering
Stephen McDaniel - Civil Engineering
Chris Waybright - Civil Engineering



Lunartics
Flywheels are being considered for lunar colony energy storage. Team Lunartics developed proof of concept methods for measuring and minimizing the idling losses of flywheel energy storage systems.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: NASA and Boeing
Advisor: Joe Law
Mentors: Ian Higginson, Chris Douglas

Team Members:
Timothy Hildebrandt - Electrical Engineering
Bryan Hyde - Electrical Engineering
Kord Hubbard - Electrical Engineering
Josh Ulrich - Computer Engineering



Manufacturing of silver nanowires by soft solution processing for medical and electronic applications.
We are currently developing a process for the fabrication of silver (Ag) nanowires. This process is based on a liquid solution phase approach to the large scale synthesis of nanowires for medical as well as electronic applications such as cancer treatments and on-chip capacitors, respectively.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: General Electric and Korea Science and Engineering Foundation
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Choi
Mentor: Mohamed Islam

Team Members:
Adam Hudson - Materials Science and Engineering
Ke Xu - Materials Science and Engineering



Mars Hopper - Conversion of Thermal to Electrical Energy
The team designed and fabricated a device that generates electrical power from a 1 kW radioisotope heat source to power the Mars Hopper Exploration Vehicle.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: INL Center for Space Nuclear Research
Advisors: John Crepeau, Jay McCormack
Mentor: Brittany Ballard

Team Members:
Jacob Wood - Mechanical Engineering
Kacey Bowen - Mechanical Engineering
Tamara Minor - Mechanical Engineering
Travis Hunter - Mechanical Engineering



Next Generation Microprocessor Development System
Modernizing the microcontroller development tools used for computer and electrical engineering education and research by designing a new experimental platform that emphasizes scalability, sustainability, usability, maintainability, observability, and affordability.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: University of Idaho
Advisor: Dr. Gregory Donohoe
Mentor: Dr. Richard Wall

Team Members:
Sean Robertson - Electrical Engineering
Timothy Melton - Computer Engineering
Chenchen Li - Electrical Engineering



Nitrifying Trickling Filter - Colfax, WA
The project will be an overview of the design for a Nitrifying Trickling Filter that will be added to the Colfax Waste Water treatment plant. This new component will attempt to lower the ammonia levels in the plant's effluent.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Erik Coats PE. PhD.
Advisors: All CE Faculty
Mentors: All CE Faculty

Team Members:
Ryan Rehder - Civil Engineering
Doug Hansen - Civil Engineering
Andrew Cook - Civil Engineering



Oxygen Sparging to Remove Lantanum from Molten Salt
Oxidation of Lathanum and transuranics in molten Lithium-Potassium Chloride salt mixtures provides a way to separate Lanthanum and other transuranic radioactive components from the salt. the effect of oxygen flow rate on mass trasnfer was determined.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: INL- Phongikaroon, Supathorn, Ph.D
Advisor: Dr. David Drown

Team Members:
Adam Anderson - Materials Science and Engineering
Lindsey Barnett - Materials Science and Engineering
Travis Mix - Chemical Engineering
Grace Newhouse - Materials Science and Engineering



Paradise Path/State Highway 8 Crossing
A design for crossing Paradise Path over State Highway 8. Our project will concentrate on a bridge underpass design at the White Avenue Bridge.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: All CE Faculty
Advisor: Dr. Mike Lowry

Team Members:
Timothy Bishop - Civil Engineering
Ted Sorenson - Civil Engineering
Zach Swafford - Civil Engineering
Jazmine Watson - Civil Engineering



PCEI Energy Study and Conservation
Design a system for the sustainable production of energy at the PCEI Nature Center. The design will include a heating and cooling system utilizing renewable energy for the facility buildings as well as a sustainable method of supplying the facility’s electricity needs.

Project Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Project Sponsor: Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute
Advisor: Thomas Hess

Team Members:
Jeremiah Dubie - Food Process Engineering
Danny Roop - Biological Systems Engineering
Eric Hieb - Environmental Engineering



Plug-in Hybrid Electric Sportscar
Design, fabrication, and testing of a series hybrid electric vehicle for use as a test bed for lead acid batteries being developed by the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Dean Edwards
Advisor: Jay McCormack
Mentor: Dan Cordon

Team Members:
Kyle Gray - Mechanical Engineering
Kyle Griner - Mechanical Engineering
Aldo Lopez - Mechanical Engineering
Cameron Gordon - Mechanical Engineering



Precision Aerospace Engraving
The Precision Depth Engraver will mark aircraft components at very precise depths with an easily recognizable symbol to help Boeing maintain extremely tight tolerances.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: The Boeing Company
Advisor: Jay McCormack
Mentor: Cam Stefanic

Team Members:
Alec Bowman - Mechanical Engineering
Carlos Duarte - Mechanical Engineering
Justin Magleby - Mechanical Engineering
Mike McLean - Mechanical Engineering



Scooter with Regenerative Braking
The Scooter project is an interdisciplinary venture to improve upon the functionality of the Power Boost Kick Scooter, designed by Team Jet-Tread from 2009-2010. The Scooterizers design focuses on refining the electrical and control systems of scooter as well as implementing a throttle and clutch for better usability.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: IVUS Energy Innovations Inc, Dr. Gregory Donohoe
Advisor: Dr. Jay McCormack
Mentor: Guillermo Conde Guerra

Team Members:
Colin Gordon - Computer Engineering
Majed Alateeq - Computer Engineering
Jonathan Teske - Mechanical Engineering
Jaeheung Park - Mechanical Engineering



St. Gertrude Monastery Water Resource and Sustainability Initiative
St. Gertrude Monastery has been working on initiatives to decrease costs associated with operating a pipeline and several buildings. The Sisters decided to pursue a new pipeline and hydraulic turbine system. The power generated from the flow of water in the pipeline through the turbine will reduce expenses.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Chris Rehder
Advisors: All CE Faculty
Mentors: All CE Faculty

Team Members:
Sean Brady - Civil Engineering
Jennifer Eugenio - Civil Engineering
Li Lu - Civil Engineering



Synchronous Charge Trapping
Team is creating a system to improve the efficiency and exhaust emissions of a two stroke engine with the addition of a valve in the exhaust port. The engine is to be used on the University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Challenge project.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology
Advisor: Karen DenBraven
Mentors: Austin Welch and Dylan Dixon

Team Members:
Drew Hooper - Mechanical Engineering
Alex Fuhrman - Mechanical Engineering
Ty Lords - Mechanical Engineering
Cole Bode - Electrical Engineering



Team Barley Busters
We are building a device that allows our client to test the hull adherence of various strains of barley and analyze the results quantitatively. The device must be self cleaning, process at least ten samples per hour, catch all test material, minimize noise, and provide repeatable results.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Miller-Coors
Advisor: Tom Hess

Team Members:
Mike Hayes - Mechanical Engineering
Jeremy Weber - Mechanical Engineering
Arie Blom - Mechanical Engineering
Jacob Gray - Bio-Ag. Engineering
Adam Burk - Bio-Ag. Engineering



Team FlexGrade (Timber grading mechanism)
Our team is designing and fabricating a mobile apparatus to mechanically grade round timber that is to be used as integral parts of structures. Currently, round timber is visually graded. We are developing a machine to do this more efficiently.

Project Department: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Dr. Tom Gorman
Advisor: Dr. Jay McCormack
Mentor: Chris Bowers

Team Members:
Brad Tensen- Mechanical Engineering
Nate Stephans- Mechanical Engineering
Lucas Reid- Mechanical Engineering
Chris Wagner - Mechanical Engineering
David McCord - Mechanical Engineering
Ben Adler - Computer Science
Doug Drobary - Computer Science
Stephen Fischer - Computer Science



Team Harley-ECU
Harley customers want to customize their bikes. Team Harley-ECU designed a replacement engine control unit (ECU) to allow customer tuning of engine operation to optimize fuel economy and engine performance.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Project Sponsor: Biketronics Inc.
Advisor: Christopher Wagner

Team Members:
Justin Clark - Computer Engineering
Mat Stein - Computer Engineering
Larry Sawhill - Computer Engineering



Tensegrity based Modular Robotic Unit
TensegriTeam is creating a tensegrity based robotic unit that has six degrees of freedom, is lightweight, can be stored compactly, and is modular. Tensegrity structures are comprised of only pure tension and compression members. Tensegrity based robotics may prove better for use in space than standard robotics.

Project Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: NASA RLEP
Advisor: Jay McCormack
Mentors: Dave Gardner; Bryce Winterbottom

Team Members:
Kyle Brown - Mechanical Engineering
Chris Edwards - Mechanical Engineering
Jared Garrison - Mechanical Engineering
George Korbel - Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Smith - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Sean Wagoner - Computer Engineering
Andy Wixom - Mechanical Engineering



Thermopilers
To design and fabricate test equipment to accurately and easily determine efficiency and electrical performance of thermopiles under an imposed temperature gradient. The device must withstand vacuum, apply axial load, and display and record relevant data.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratories
Advisor: Steve Beyerlein
Mentors: Matt Wauters, Guillermo Conde

Team Members:
Tyler Merritt - Mechanical Engineering
Paul Sowinski - Mechanical Engineering
Adrian Aspinall - Electrical Engineering
David Eld - Mechanical Engineering
Micheal Sotolongo - Computer Science



TrafficSense
TrafficSense is an application meant to help future traffic engineers all over the country learn complex traffic processes and interactions for the MOST training program.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: NIATT
Advisors: Michael Kyte, John W Anderson

Team Members:
Devin Abolins - Virtual Technology & Design
Bryan Foutch - Virtual Technology & Design
Jake Lauer - Virtual Technology & Design



Univeristy of Idaho Golf Course Community
A site along the south side of the golf course has been chosen to evaluate the feasibility of developing the first University of Idaho residential community. Road, sewer, water, and hydrological aspects are being considered in the decision on whether the site will work.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor: Doug Tyler
Mentor: Stan Miller

Team Members:
Jason King - Civil Engineering
Aimee Loudenslager - Civil Engineering
Logan Sorenson - Civil Engineering



Vandal Hybrid Formula Car
We are building a scaled down model of a formula 1 car with and integrated electric motor to make it a Hybrid formula car. We will then take it to competition in New Hampshire and compete in the FSAE hybrid design/race competition.

Project Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: University of Idaho
Advisors: Dr. Edwin Odom , Dr. Steven Beyerlein
Mentors: Samuel Wos, Tyler Flowers, Stephan Horack, Brandon Butsick

Team Members:
Samantha Hendrickson - Mechanical Engineering
Karrick Kelly - Mechanical Engineering
John Radle - Mechanical Engineering
Corey Bellinger - Mechanical Engineering
Bryan Stafford - Mechanical Engineering
John Straub - Mechanical Engineering
Lucas Pope - Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Roos - Electrical Engineering
Brett Bashford - Electrical Engineering