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EXPO Award Winners

Awards for Excellence in Booth Presentation

Alternative Drain Pan Defrost

Design, evaluate, and test electrical heating systems for evaporator drainpans, providing the necessary temperature requirements while accounting for manufacturing, operation, and maintenance costs.

Sponsor: Trever Pope
Sponsor Organization: Colmac Coil Manufacturing Inc.

Team Members:
Jonathan Paul - Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Lake - Mechanical Engineering
Anthony Gatlin - Mechanical Engineering
Jamie Walker - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Tao Xing, Steve Beyerlein
Mentor(s): Theo White

BandBeesten: The Legacy Continues

The BandBeesten lives on as the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Vandal Marching Band collaborate to create the ultimate drum machine. This year’s BandBeesten is fully powered and with a redesigned frame, control system, and wheels it can traverse astroturf and hardwood with a 400 pound load.

Sponsor: Spencer Martin
Sponsor Organization: Vandal Marching Band

Team Members:
Amanda White - Mechanical Engineering
Christian O’Bryan - Mechanical Engineering
Maddie Brennan - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tyler Comstock - Mechanical Engineering
Robyn Vowell - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Edwin Odom, Steve Beyerlein, Robert Rinker
Mentor(s): Matt Kologi, Theo White

Development of Prototype Miniaturized Spectrometer of Decagon Devices

A miniature spectrometer characterizing Polydextrose was designed, using an Arduino Due micro-controller, with an integrated camera for viewing physical changes such as glass transition temperature and other physical changes. Testing of the manufactured design was done for proof of concept and suggesting improvements.

Sponsor: Martin Buehler
Sponsor Organization: Decagon Devices Inc

Team Members:
Brandon Cisco - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Cody Dawes - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Robert Blair - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Daniel Roach - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): David Drown

DeVlieg Innovation Design Project – Engineering Scholars Heat Exchange

The goal of this project is to develop a physical heat exchanger with sensor systems to monitor and record the conditions of students will be able to use this heat exchanger to test computer models of the heat exchanger.

Sponsor Organization: DeVlieg Foundation

Team Members:
Dustin Mallet - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Lorraine Mottishaw - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Patrick Paulus - Mechanical Engineering
Kathryn Simpson - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Bob Stephens
Mentor(s): Andrew Engel

Dynamic Fish Manure Extractor

Cleanliness in fish hatchery raceways is of the utmost importance when it comes to healthy fish. As an engineering team, our purpose is to design a system that can effectively reduce the build-up of fish manure on the bottom of the raceways without causing re-suspension of the manure in the water.

Sponsor: Scott Williams
Sponsor Organization: UI Aquaculture Center

Team Members:
Steven Sainsbury - Mechanical Engineering
Craig Woodruff - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Braden Comstock - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Cole Schierman - Mechanical Engineering
Clint Hartz - Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Tao Xing 
Mentor(s): Kevin Kruger

Engineers Without Borders Water for Carani Bolivia

The UI student chapter of Engineers Without Borders has partnered with the community of Carani, Bolivia to help them gain access to clean, dependable water, among other goals.

Sponsor Organization: Engineers Without Borders

Team Members:
Michael Jones - Mechanical Engineering
Will Parker - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Fritz Fiedler

Excitation Control for a Synchronous Machine

The goal of the project is to specify, purchase, install, and commission a static exciter for the synchronous generator in the UI Model Power System Lab, including user documentation and a verified RTDS system model.

Sponsor: Normann Fischer
Sponsor Organization: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Team Members:
Jacob Nelson - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Carlos Valdez - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kerri McGinty - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chien-Kai Wang - Electrical & Computer Engineering
 
Faculty Advisor(s): Feng Li 
Mentor(s): Brian Johnson

Pedestrian Location and Guidance

The Pedestrian Location and Guidance project aims to monitor an intersection and locate pedestrians while in the crosswalk. Assist visually impaired pedestrians who may have trouble safely crossing the street. If the pedestrian strays or remains in the crosswalk the system should be able to recognize this and give feedback.

Sponsor: Jim Frenzel
Sponsor Organization: UI Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Team Members:
Alec Briggs - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tom Haney - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Feng Li 
Mentor(s): James Frenzel

Radiative Cooling of the Night Sky

Electronic manufacturing facilities require a large amount of power, up to 47 million kWh per month. Significant energy can be saved on cooling by utilizing the phenomenon, radiative cooling. Team VOYAGER has developed a model demonstrating the feasibility of dissipating heat from an electronics manufacturing facility to the night sky.

Sponsor Organization: IEE/WERC International Environmental Design Contest

Team Members:
Breanna Wong - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Kai Coldsnow - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Rachel Peterson - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Josh Roper - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Cody Satterthwait - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): David Drown 
Mentor(s): David MacPherson, Charles Cornwall

Robotic Arm Rehabilitation Device for Reach and Grasp

Design and development of hand rehabilitation modules, adding new functionality and improving upon two first-generation designs. The purpose of the modules is to extend the functionality of an existing arm rehabilitation device (previously for arm reach training) in order to also include the rehabilitation of hand grasp. The existing arm rehabilitation device, called ArmAssist, was developed by Tecnalia.

Sponsor: Aitor Belloso Linacisoro
Sponsor Organization: Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Team Members:
Adrian Alcocer - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Ryan Clark - Mechanical Engineering
Calvin Connor - Mechanical Engineering
Ronnie Ross - Mechanical Engineering
Tony Totorica - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brandon Wade - Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Joel Perry 
Mentor(s): Joel Perry, Samuel Qualls

The Soft-Story Issue

Looking at the issues that arise when a structure has a soft/weak-story and what is generally done about fixing these issues.

Sponsor: Richard Nielsen
Sponsor Organization: UI Department of Civil Engineering 

Team Members:
Robert Herrera - Civil Engineering
 
Faculty Advisor(s): Richard Nielsen

TITAN: Tensegrity Internal Actuation

The goal is to design a moving internal payload to provide a method of locomotion for the NASA concept space exploration robot, SuperBall.

Sponsor: Vytas SunSpiral
Sponsor Organization: NASA AMES

Team Members:
James Tigue - Mechanical Engineering
Amy Wohlschlegel - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kelsey Rayborn - Mechanical Engineering
Mark Garber - Mechanical Engineering
Dylan Waterman - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Matthew Riley 
Mentor(s): Kyle Morse, Stephen Goodwin



Awards for Excellence in Technical Presentation

DeVlieg Innovation Design Project – Rehabilitation Robot End-Effector

As a sophomore design project with the goal of developing a robot end-effector to support robotic rehabilitation research.

Sponsor Organization: DeVlieg Foundation

Team Members:
Aaron Eliason - Mechanical Engineering
Autumn Pratt - Mechanical Engineering
Brendan Souvenir - Electrical & Computer Engineering
David Mortin - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Eric Wolbrecht 
Mentor(s): James Tigue

Guided Parafoil Subsystems “GPS” Technology

Develop and improve the guided parafoil subsystems of the small payload quick return (SPQR) system for small sample returns from the International Space Station. Upgrades include shrinking current electrical subsystems, integrating wireless sensor technology, developing user interface for system communication and developing parafoil deployment systems and inflation

Sponsor: Marc Murbach
Sponsor Organization: NASA AMES

Team Members:
Stephen Wayne - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brandon Arakawa - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jason Bjur - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Effat Takaleh - Mechanical Engineering
Brian Kisling - Mechanical Engineering
Forrest Austin Tanner - Mechanical Engineering
Richard Park - Computer Science
Ben Cumber - Computer Science

Faculty Advisor(s): Feng Li, David Atkinson 
Mentor(s): Matt Kologi

Just a Portion of Absorption

An absorption column using sand was designed to be a cost effective, efficient and robust preliminary separation process that removes emulsified oil from brackish water. The bench-scale apparatus was built to demonstrate the effectiveness; total energy requirement, amount of waste, and water quality analysis; and address potential health and safety issues.

Sponsor Organization: IEE/WERC International Environmental Design Contest

Team Members:
Hannah Law - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Jassim Alshammari - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Jocie Cracroft - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Meshari Ali - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): David Drown 
Mentor(s): David MacPherson, Charles Cornwall

LED Display

LED Display is an attempt to create a clear, bright, and cost-effective medium for displaying video to be viewed during any time of day and from a distance.

Sponsor: Robert Rinker
Sponsor Organization: UI Department of Computer Science 

Team Members:
Colin Clifford - Computer Science
Peter Brown - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Bruce Bolden

Radiative Cooling of the Night Sky

Electronic manufacturing facilities require a large amount of power, up to 47 million kWh per month. Significant energy can be saved on cooling by utilizing the phenomenon, radiative cooling. Team VOYAGER has developed a model demonstrating the feasibility of dissipating heat from an electronics manufacturing facility to the night sky.

Sponsor Organization: IEE/WERC International Environmental Design Contest

Team Members:
Breanna Wong - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Kai Coldsnow - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Rachel Peterson - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Josh Roper - Chemical & Materials Engineering
Cody Satterthwait - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): David Drown 
Mentor(s): David MacPherson, Charles Cornwall

Rain Guage Retrofit

Design a cost effective digital conversion for current USDA forest service rain gauges that will increase productivity, longevity, and performance.

Sponsor: Pete Robichaud
Sponsor Organization: USDA Forestry Service

Team Members:
Alec Harrison - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Nick Kirby - Mechanical Engineering
Michael Kaminski - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Peter Frankenfield - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Matthew Riley 
Mentor(s): Kevin Krueger

Robotic Arm Rehabilitation Device for Reach and Grasp

Design and development of hand rehabilitation modules, adding new functionality and improving upon two first-generation designs. The purpose of the modules is to extend the functionality of an existing arm rehabilitation device (previously for arm reach training) in order to also include the rehabilitation of hand grasp. The existing arm rehabilitation device, called ArmAssist, was developed by Tecnalia.

Sponsor: Aitor Belloso Linacisoro
Sponsor Organization: Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Team Members:
Adrian Alcocer - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Ryan Clark - Mechanical Engineering
Calvin Connor - Mechanical Engineering
Ronnie Ross - Mechanical Engineering
Tony Totorica - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Brandon Wade - Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Joel Perry 
Mentor(s): Joel Perry, Samuel Qualls

Team Rocket: Integrated Rocket Ramjet

Design and model an Integrated Rocket Ramjet (IRR) engine design that will transition from the solid rocket phase to the liquid ramjet phase after reaching the designed speed while utilizing minimal breakaway parts or by means of control surfaces. The control surfaces will also serve as an inlet optimization tool to minimize exergetic losses into the combustion chamber and simultaneously maximize exit conditions for optimal thrust.

Sponsor: John Crepeau
Sponsor Organization: UI Department of Mechanical Engineering

Team Members:
Chance Sundquist - Mechanical Engineering
Nate Randall - Mechanical Engineering
Robert Willis - Mechanical Engineering
Steven Elsbury - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Tao Xing, John Crepeau 
Mentor(s): John Teske

UI Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team

The University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. We design, build, and test a snowmobile then compete with it at the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge. The object of the challenge is to reduce emissions and quiet the snowmobile while maintaining reliability and performance.

Sponsor Organization: UI Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team

Team Members:
Dillon Savage - Mechanical Engineering
Crystal Green - Mechanical Engineering
Chase Smith - Mechanical Engineering
Alex Wright - Mechanical Engineering
Justin Ruehl - Mechanical Engineering
Mechann Hester - Mechanical Engineering
Mark Woodland - Mechanical Engineering
Aaron Eliason - Mechanical Engineering
Conor Swanstrom - Mechanical Engineering
Jason Maas - Mechanical Engineering   
Austin Anderson - Mechanical Engineering 
Zach Lipple - Mechanical Engineering 
Zach Puett - Mechanical Engineering 
Cade Smith - Mechanical Engineering 
Tessa Aus - Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Shea Morrison - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Alexa Aguilar - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Dan Cordon, Michael Santora

University of Idaho Biodiesel Reactor Upgrade

State of the art pilot scale bio-diesel reactor, designed to address challenges in bio-diesel production. The system design will safely handle reagents such as methanol and liquid sodium methlyate. Implementation focus is on enclosure of the system.

Sponsor: Brian He
Sponsor Organization: UI Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering 

Team Members:
Gene Staggs - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Brian Hanson - Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Andrew Engel - Mechanical Engineering
Conner Saxe - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Dev Shrestha, Steve Beyerlein 
Mentor(s): Kevin Kruger



2015 EXPO People’s Choice Award

TITAN: Tensegrity Internal Actuation

The goal is to design a moving internal payload to provide a method of locomotion for the NASA concept space exploration robot, SuperBall.

Sponsor: Vytas SunSpiral
Sponsor Organization: NASA AMES
Team Members:
James Tigue - Mechanical Engineering
Amy Wohlschlegel - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kelsey Rayborn - Mechanical Engineering
Mark Garber - Mechanical Engineering
Dylan Waterman - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Advisor(s): Matthew Riley 
Mentor(s): Kyle Morse, Stephen Goodwin