University of Idaho - I Banner
students walk on University of Idaho campus

Visit U of I

Learn about the many reasons the University of Idaho could be a perfect fit for you. Schedule Your Visit

Parents on campus during orientation

Homecoming Oct. 14 - 21

Join other Vandal families for a week of celebration and Vandal traditions. View Calendar

campus full of students

U of I Retirees Association

UIRA has a membership of nearly 500 from every part of the University. Learn about UIRA

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach

EXPO Student Projects

Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the seven best in the nation, the University of Idaho College of Engineering Senior Capstone Program infuses real-world experiences into undergraduate engineering education.

Engineering students work in interdisciplinary teams on creative projects that emphasize the design process and the creation of a thoughtfully engineered, tested and validated outcome or prototype.

Save the Date: May 1, 2020

Refer back to this website for details.

Past Student EXPO Projects

Project Index

Biological Engineering

Chemical & Materials Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Biological Engineering

Near Space Microbiome Sample Collection

Little is known about microorganisms in Earth's atmosphere, raising the question: How safe are we from organisms spreading disease through the air? Our team is building a system to collect uncontaminated samples to help scientists study and classify these microorganisms. Our system will be trackable via GPS and launched with a high-altitude balloon.

Team Members

  • Carissa Hambidge – Biological Engineering
  • Brandon Gomez – Biological Engineering
  • Yikai Tian – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Alex Xu – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Dev Shrestha, Biological Engineering

Automated Biochar Injection System for Clean Water Machine

To address water security, U of I’s Clean Water Machine provides sustainable wastewater treatment. Our team will look at adding an automated injector that adds a charcoal, called biochar, to the treatment system, removing pollutants and recovering nutrients as wastewater is filtered in a more efficient continuous system.

Team Members

  • Courtney Wanke – Mechanical Engineering
  • Phillip Hagen – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Dylan Kirkpatrick – Biological Engineering
  • McKenzie Walquist – Biological Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Dev Shrestha, Biological Engineering

Easy-to-Control Treadmill for Lab Research

The University of Idaho and Idaho State University are partnering to study the effects of exercise on early muscle development using neonatal rats. The treadmill currently used to perform research is tedious to operate and breaks often. Our team’s new treadmill design is robust and simple to control, allowing for less downtime and headache.

Team Members

  • Colin Burkhalter – Mechanical Engineering
  • Stuart Sater – Biological Engineering
  • Stephen Schoonen – Biological Engineering
  • Mitchell Williams – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho, Idaho State University

Faculty Mentor

  • Dev Shrestha, Biological Engineering

Chemical & Materials Engineering

Silver-Based Microbial Check Valve for NASA Water Purification Systems 

NASA uses iodine to eliminate bacteria and viruses and provide drinking water for astronauts in space. Due to health concerns with iodine, our team is designing a system for delivering silver ions, a known drinking water disinfectant, from a check-valve-based system for use in the International Space Station's water purification system.

Team Members

  • Bethany Kersten – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Andrea Condie – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Jarod Perko – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Brandan Brewer – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • John McAlpine - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • WERC, NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Bernards, Chemical & Materials Engineering

Energy Recovery from Dairy Waste via Anaerobic Digestion

Many companies desire green energy sources. Natural gas is a common source of energy, but renewable natural gas is not always viable. Anaerobic digestion, or creating energy through the breaking down of biodegradable materials without oxygen, is a potential solution for the Twin Falls, Idaho, area due to the high number of dairies and amount of manure produced. Our work focuses on modeling and designing the process of anaerobic digestion for potential industry implementation.

Team Members

  • Brian Beatty – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Matthew Morrow – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Simon Shindler – Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Michael McKellar, University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Michael McKellar, Chemical & Materials Engineering

Continuous Fermentation to Maximize Ethanol Production

Continuous fermentation is an emerging field within the brewing industry. However, typically bottom fermenting yeasts have been used for research. This design team developed polymeric bio-beads to encapsulate top fermenting ale yeast through a batch fermentation process. The team used collected data to complete a scale-up model for a continuous system with the goal to improve brewing efficiency and economics.

Team Members

  • Fitsum Wudneh – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Carter West – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Abdullah Aldousari – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Alex Schlotterbeck – Major 

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Bernards, Chemical & Materials Engineering

Separation of Radioactive Material in Discarded Emergency Exit Signs 

Certain emergency exit signs are illuminated by the decay of radioactive tritium gas, which generates a helium byproduct. At the end of the sign’s useful lifetime, residual tritium still constitutes a sizable percentage of the gas. Both of these gases are valuable in purified form. Our team is developing a membrane separation process capable of isolating these gases for recycling purposes.

Team Members

  • Sam Rasmussen – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Keith Murdock – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Saad Alanazi – Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Vivek Utgikar, Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Idaho
  • Richard Christensen, Nuclear Engineering, University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Bernards, Chemical & Materials Engineering

3D Printing Polymers for Human Tissue Regeneration

The ability to print polymers, cells and nutrients simultaneously in a controlled pattern could lead to a cure for individuals following an injury. Our group is designing a 3D printer to accomplish this goal by understanding the micro-mixing of three components and polymer reaction speeds.

Team Members

  • Kasey Peach - Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Chris Kingsley - Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Joe Grover - Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Saugat Singh - Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor 

  • Matthew Bernards, University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Bernards, Chemical & Materials Engineering

Measuring Human Cell Health to Identify Potential Disease

Our project focuses on identifying unhealthy human cells by measuring its capacitance, an electric property of liquids. This property is easy to pick up on a small scale, making it a convenient marker for future research and innovation toward pinpointing disease or a cell’s predisposition to certain conditions.  

Team Members

  • Jamie Tatko - Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Jadyn Behm - Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • John Lyons -  Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Soumya Srivastava, University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Bernards, Chemical & Materials Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Bonners Ferry Wastewater Force Main Replacement

The City of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, moves wastewater from areas south of the Kootenai River to its wastewater treatment plant. We were tasked with designing a replacement for a 1,300-foot force main attached to a 770-foot suspended bridge that crosses the river. The city desired the new force main to have redundancy and reliability.

Team Members

  • Josh Ellingson – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Erik Eyre – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Emily MacCoy – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Christopher Holder – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • J-U-B Engineers

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Improving Coeur d'Alene Airport Traffic Flow

We are improving the Coeur d'Alene Airport by designing a taxiway addition to a future aircraft hangar for corporate entities, resulting in improved traffic flow overall. The project will include establishing a location for the taxiway, and pavement and storm water systems design.

Team Members

  • Connor Aus – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Pete Bauman – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Anders Tvedt – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Hampton Coogle – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • T-O Engineers

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Rural Alaska Water and Sewer Service for 13 Unserved Homes

Thirteen homes in the rural town of Huslia, Alaska, have no water or sewer service. Residents must use a community building that houses the town’s only running water. Residents restricting their water use so drastically leads to conditions that are less than sanitary. Our project will evaluate three alternatives for bringing water and sewer service to these homes.

Team Members

  • Meghann Kolb – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jeffrey Silvera – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Leonard Flett – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Catherine Feistner– Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • CRW Engineering Group

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Harrison, Idaho RV Park Redesign

Our project provides extensive site upgrades for an existing gravel RV park on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Harrison, Idaho. The optimized layout adds parking and picnic areas for each space, water and sewer hook-ups, an additional lift station for wastewater, a new shower house, stormwater mitigation, and improved aesthetics. This project will reinforce civil engineering design techniques in each area of the discipline. 

Team Members

  • Cara Jernigan – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Braxton Klas – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Nathan Haight – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Ali Alishaq – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • City of Hayden, Idaho; Welch Comer Engineers

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Bringing Clean Water to Bolivia

The U of I Humanitarian Engineering Corps challenges students to design a water-supply system to provide clean water for the rural community of Karani, Bolivia. Students are involved in technical design meetings, fundraising, and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or various U of I events. 

Team Members

  • Catherine Fiestner – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Nicolas Brouillard – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Supported through donations to the U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Beaverton, Oregon, Road Widening Over Willow Creek

Our project focuses on the widening of NW Walker Road between NW 173rd Avenue and NW 185th Avenue over Willow Creek in Beaverton, Oregon, to improve traffic flow and safety for the general public. This project will include culvert, roadway and pavement designs.

Team Members

  • Shaun Carroll – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Dylan Lamberton– Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Nicolas Brouillard – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Austin Corley – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • 3J Consulting, Inc.

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dale Residence: Custom Timber Home

In this project, foundation design, gravity analysis, and lateral analysis will be performed. Following a complete gravity and lateral load analysis, calculations will be prepared to approve the construction set of this residence. 

Team Members

  • Riley Langan – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Nathan Johnson – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Cooper Felton – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Chaney Wood – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Tamarack Grove Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Oregon Water Resource Recovery Facility Upgrade

The Hoodland Water Resource Recovery Facility in Clackamas, Oregon, was constructed in 1981. It is significantly outdated in terms of treatment methods, equipment age and population capacity. Our project primary addresses the need to update the secondary treatment system that removes organic matter from the water, assess and improve the hydraulic capacity of the plant, and plan for population increases to keep the plant operational. 

Team Members

  • Josiah Milcic – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Alexander Newton – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Lindsey Smoot – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Water Environment Services

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

U of I Arboretum Improvements

This project aims to enhance the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden's accessibility and infrastructure through increased parking capacity, improved entryway, reduced weed presence, improved pond recirculation system, handicap accessibility, and improved irrigation system. 

Team Members

  • Jacob Cunnington - Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Julia Reese - Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Dakota Wilson - Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Bryce Logerwell - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Moscow Bridge Connecting Third Street and Mountain View

Our project is a bridge design to span Paradise Creek, connecting Third Street to Mountain View Road in eastern Moscow. The design emphasizes structural and hydraulic safety and improves transportation efficiency. The bridge accommodates both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. 

Team Members

  • Sulaiman Almuhaisen – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Lucas Coutinho – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Walker Noe – Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Heather Wethington – Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Keller Associates

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Idaho Deep Creek Loop Project

Our project is dealing with the rehabilitation of asphalt on Deep Creek Loop in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Other design aspects were added to the project to help us implement our design knowledge from class. We will also be including a realignment of the road in the form of an intersection and designing a drainage culvert.

Team Members

  • Cody Hodgson - Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Joshua McCain - Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Paul Bomber - Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Meeloud Alhasyah - Civil & Environmental Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • HMH Engineering, Surveying, and Materials Testing

Faculty Mentor

  • Fritz Fiedler, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Darwin's Demons VR: Evolutionary Video Game

In Darwin's Demons VR, players put on a virtual reality headset and shoot evolving populations of aliens in space. It is an adaptation of U of I-housed game studio Polymorphic Games' first release, Darwin's Demons. The studio will use the game at outreach events such as conferences and STEM fairs, as well as to introduce engineering and STEM concepts to K-12 students.

Team Members

  • Clara Cannon - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Samantha Heck - Computer Science
  • Jorge Olivas - Computer Science

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Bruce Bolden, Computer Science

Minecraft Modification for Modeling Computer Networks

Teaching the suite of communication protocols used to interconnect devices to the internet is a difficult task involving costly equipment and potential security risk. NetworkCraft is a modification for the popular block building video game Minecraft, that can be used as a tool for modeling computer networks in a safe, virtual environment before purchasing expensive devices.  By adding realistic devices and protocols to the game, this tool can be used to teach, research, and test network configurations.

Team Members

  • Nick Avery – Computer Science
  • Adam Odell – Computer Science
  • Baylus Tunnicliff – Computer Science

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho Department of Computer Science

Faculty Mentor

  • Bruce Bolden, Computer Science

Depth and Velocity Mapping for the Visually Impaired  

Real-time stereo vision is used to calculate depths and speeds of objects that can then be transmitted to a visually impaired user via sound. There are not many resources in existence that assist visual disability, so our team is developing a mapping system that could be used in future innovations.

Team Members

  • Bailey Lind-Trefts – Mechanical Engineering
  • Dustin Pierce – Computer Science
  • Matthew Mills – Computer Science

Client/Sponsor

  • Dan Schneider

Faculty Mentor

  • Bruce Bolden, Computer Science

Park My Ride

Finding parking is always a concern in urban areas, especially at popular sites. As cities grow, parking will become harder and harder to find. We are developing the initial prototype for a service called Park My Ride that provides a mobile interface for users to monitor and efficiently find parking near their destination.

Team Members

  • Alex Parenti - Computer Science
  • Amanda Ward - Computer Science

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • John Shovic, Computer Science

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Low Cost Electroencephalogram to Teach Students about Brain Signals

In order to better educate high school students about neuroscience, we are creating a low cost and easily reproducible electroencephalogram (EEG) with open source software. This allows teachers to be able to include an affordable EEG in their curriculum, as well as give students a valuable engineering opportunity and first-hand experience with brain signals.

Team Members

  • Allison Ellingson - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Corey Knapp - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Yiting Gao - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Ostin Arters - Biological Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Speech Pathology Database to Help Children

Nearly 8 percent of children ages 4 to 12 require some sort of speech therapy. To make child speech data more accessible for therapy purposes, this project will provide an inexpensive and visually appealing tool for storing and searching data.

Team Members

  • Hailey Johnson – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Jordan Cates – Computer Science
  • Wei Zhao – Computer Science

Client/Sponsor

  • Micron

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Making NASA Data Collection More Sustainable

Our project seeks to make data collection in space exploration more sustainable through two objectives: Using consumer satellite phone modules to give satellites a constant internet connection, allowing them to stream data to Earth without the need for frequency licenses or expensive equipment. We are also building an aluminum capsule prototype intended to salvage electronic database equipment that normally burns up on reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Team Members

  • Hunter Barnett – Computer Science
  • Avery Brock – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Hunter Kanniainen – Mechanical Engineering
  • Tim White – Mechanical Engineering
  • Yi Yang - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, NASA Ames Research Center

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

A Low-Cost, Compact Electromagnetic Radiation Measurement System for IoT Applications

Wireless communication devices are everywhere, and the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are on the rise. Conventional measurement systems have remained bulky, expensive, and difficult to use for average consumers. By sacrificing some accuracy, our team is developing a low-cost, portable system to allow consumers to see how their wireless devices are behaving, be it signal strength or overall energy efficiency.

Team Members

  • Zouning Dai – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Thomas Parks – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Hui Xie – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Shuhan Zhang – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

University Power Measurement and Planning

Using equipment from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, this team is building a framework for monitoring power flowing into the U of I from its two main power feeds. This equipment is capable of taking measurements more frequently than what is currently installed, and will lay the framework for the installation of a smart grid, which would open up the possibility for advanced energy monitoring, control and independence.

Team Members

  • Daniel Allen – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Jordan Chapman – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Meng Liu – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Yang Ge – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Zhenyu Tang - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho Facilities

Faculty Mentor

  • Herb Hess, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Automated Data Acquisition System for Synchronous Generator Transient

Researching power systems, like those that provide electricity to where we live, is imperative to consumer protection, improving system stability and minimizing equipment damage. Using a lab generator as a model, our team is developing an automated scheme to determine power generator parameters while they are in operation.

Team Members

  • Abdulwahab Aljabrine – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Elliott Sher - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • ZhenWei Wu – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • RenJie Xia - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, U of I College of Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Wind-Induced Crop Failure Data Acquisition Platform

Wind-induced crop failure results in economic losses totaling tens of billions of dollars each year. A data acquisition computing platform has been designed that will enable researchers to understand this issue and breed more resilient crop varieties. The device features custom electronics hardware and embedded firmware, with an emphasis on design for manufacturability and reliability.

Team Members

  • Kennedy Caisley – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Ryan Donahue – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Daniel Robertson, Electrical & Computer Engineering

NASA Local Positioning System

GPS is only available on Earth's surface, but space exploration demands accurate positioning on places like Mars. By substituting tethered weather balloons for satellites, and using similar radio signals to GPS, out team seeks to create a relatively cheap and easy to assemble method of tracking people, vehicles, and equipment in real time in an area without GPS access.

Team Members

  • Andrew Petrehn – Mechanical Engineering
  • Jonathan Preheim – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Paul Dania – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • NASA Office of Education, College of Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Elderly Care Monitoring System to Maintain Privacy

While elderly care requires a level of monitoring to ensure individual safety, maintaining a person’s sense of privacy is also important. Using small, remotely accessible devices that do not use cameras, microphones or other intrusive methods, our team is building a prototype of small sensors to monitor appliances and actions within the household, including the opening and closing of doors and tracking the placement of objects like whether or not a vehicle is in the garage or not.

Team Members

  • Jeremy Perhac – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Fanghao Han – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Yizhou Ye – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Xiao Liu – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Solar Panel Feasibility Study for the University of Idaho

This study will investigate solar panel options available for installation on campus. Solar panels reviewed need to produce at least 50 percent of their own monthly power requirement. Panels being reviewed will include an LED display feature, allowing for custom designs that can be displayed on walkways, including the U of I logo or messages for event promotion.

Team Members

  • Jesse Strange – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Tavara Freeman – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Violet Gomm – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Low-Cost, Handheld Scatterometer

Optical scatterometry is a method of characterizing bacteria, proteins, or other particulates by measuring the reflection or absorption of laser radiation passing through a sample. We have designed a handheld device for field, clinical, or research application, with a focus on cost, ease of use, and portability.

Team Members

  • Jeremy Cram – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Kodi Cumbo – Computer Science
  • Jeremiah Rodgers – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Weihang Wang – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • K2 BioMicrosystems, LLC

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical &Computer Engineering

Cybersecurity Test-Bed for Power Systems

Partnering with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, our team will develop a dashboard to highlight cyberattacks on smart grid power systems. The dashboard will enhance cyber security research and help system operators detect and prevent vulnerabilities in power grids.

Team Members

  • Tori Overholtzer – Computer Science
  • Hayden Lepla – Computer Science
  • Josue Espinosa Godinez – Computer Science
  • Liyu Rao – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Chen Yang – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Jiajia Liu - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Stable Energy Transactions for Homeowners Using Solar Panels

With the increase of homeowners generating their own power from solar panels, power flows are even more complex in a distribution system. Excess power is fed back into the system and can cause reverse power flow and line congestion. The team will develop a control approach that will enable transactions from homeowners while insuring the stability of the grid.

Team Members

  • Matthew Springer – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Joshua Ropp – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Liwei Liu – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Fan Meng – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Zhiyu Chen - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Advanced Multi-rotor Drone

Nearly every drone user wants to fly for as long and as far as possible, but current drone designs have limited battery life and inefficient power systems. Our team took a novel approach to this problem by designing a drone with a custom frame supported by a mylar balloon to reduce weight, and a custom control system to maximize flight time and distance.

Team Members

  • Preston Stephens – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Matthew Shryock – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Pengqiang Ge – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Caleb Smith – Mechanical Engineering
  • Makynzie Zimmer - Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Design Magnitude

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Smart and Affordable Animal Monitoring System

GPS-based animal monitoring systems for cattle and other livestock can be an economical and more humane alternative to more rudimentary fencing methods like barbed wire. Using a long-range, low-power radio receiver, our team is building a system that could work remotely in areas with no internet connection to keep animals in or out of a pre-determined area.

Team Members

  • Yixun Qian - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Wenhao Chen - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Ziqi Zhang - Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Dan Zhang - Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • University of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Simultaneous SCADA Control System

With the continued automation of utility systems, teaching students how to operate equipment using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), control systems that use computer and network data, is more important than ever. This team will develop a system to take what is currently being controlled manually and allow SCADA control simultaneously, so users can learn how both control systems work.

Team Members

  • Kevin King– Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Hui Ma – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Ziang Xu – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Feng Li, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mapping Hydrothermal Vents to Aid Long-Term Geological Study

The goal of this project is create a 2D temperature map for hydrothermal vents, areas where hot fluids exit the seafloor. Hydrothermal fluids affect ocean chemistry by raising volatile concentrations of hydrogen, metal and carbon content, but they are home to some of what is believed to be Earth’s first lifeforms, who feed off these chemicals. Mapping allows geologists to study the long-term ocean chemistry and the ecosystems supported by the vents. 

Team Members

  • Colton Artis – Mechanical Engineering
  • Kiana Pitman – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Brady Hislop – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Dan Cordon, Mechanical Engineering

Gesture-Controlled Robotics Exhibit at Discovery Center of Idaho

The Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise is looking to incorporate interactive exhibits that expose K-12 students to modern robotics technology. Our team is developing code for a robotic arm that can mimic the hand motions of a user to perform a number of sorting activities.

Team Members

  • Austyn Sullivan-Watson – Mechanical Engineering
  • Zhihui Wang – Mechanical Engineering
  • Chaeun Kim – Computer Science
  • Evangelos Stratigakes – Computer Science

Client/Sponsor

  • Discovery Center of Idaho

Faculty Mentor

  • Steve Beyerlein, Mechanical Engineering

Window Tint Energy Saving Performance Evaluation

An enormous amount of energy needed to heat and cool buildings is wasted as air escapes through window glass. Liquid NanoTint is a coating that claims to block most ultraviolet and infrared radiation rays with a minimal reduction in visibility. We applied Liquid NanoTint to the of U of I Golf Course Pro Shop to assess its effectiveness by measuring energy usage before and after application. Benefits will be presented in a real-time demonstration.

Team Members

  • Kendra Wallace – Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • Russell Stein – Mechanical Engineering
  • Oscar Lopez – Mechanical Engineering
  • Chancler Vander Woude – Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • DryWired, Avista

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Swenson, Mechanical Engineering 

Center of Gravity Measurement Device for SEL Products

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories invents, designs and builds digital relays that protect power grids around the world. To further increase the quality of their products and ability to do testing, they need to measure the relays' 3-dimensional center of gravity (CG) coordinate. CG coordinates of internal electrical components are difficult to measure, as components are very small and difficult to model. We designed a device that automatically measures the coordinate of SEL's products. 

Team Members

  • Kendall Gray – Mechanical Engineering
  • Kaleb Cartier – Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Eric Smead – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Faculty Mentor

  • Michael Maughan, Mechanical Engineering

INL Remote Visualization System for Working with Radioactive Materials

Idaho National Laboratory is a national leader in nuclear energy research. Given the radioactive nature of the work, most research is conducted within isolated containment chambers using robotic handling equipment causing difficulties when viewing specimens. Our solution provides a remote visualization system, enabling real-time monitoring of several microscopy instruments.

Team Members

  • Nick Sentieri – Mechanical Engineering
  • David Severud – Mechanical Engineering
  • Jack Armstrong – Chemical & Materials Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Idaho Nation Laboratory

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Swenson, Mechanical Engineering

Universal Airplane Tug

Every day, airplanes are moved in and out of hangars, up gradients and through different surface conditions using airplane tugs. While airplane-specific tugs can be purchased, a universal tug that can move a variety of airplanes is not yet commercially available. We have developed a simple device that adapts to a variety of airplane tire sizes to move many different varieties.

Team Members

  • Nick Locke – Mechanical Engineering
  • Max Johnson – Mechanical Engineering
  • Josh Frei – Mechanical Engineering
  • Chase Anderson – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Inceptus, Inc.

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Swenson, Mechanical Engineering

Nightforce Optics Automated Thread Burnishing 

Nightforce Optics builds precision rifle scopes used by military, competition and long-range shooters. These scopes include optical adjustment mechanisms powered by lead screws, the threads of which are currently burnished by hand to maintain precision. Our job is to design, manufacture, and test an automated machine to improve precision and efficiency of the thread burnishing process.

Team Members

  • Morgan Kerby – Mechanical Engineering
  • Jake Elliott – Mechanical Engineering
  • Tom White – Mechanical Engineering
  • David Rutherford – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Nightforce Optics

Faculty Mentor

  • Dan Cordon, Mechanical Engineering

Robotic Tote Extraction System for Automated Warehouses

Package delivery is becoming more and more automated as consumer demand grows. Companies often fulfill orders for merchandise that is stored in bins and accessed by computer-controlled robots. Up against demanding speed and accuracy requirements, our project demonstrates a new method for picking and placing tote bins from storage racks.

Team Members

  • Aaron Burton – Mechanical Engineering
  • David Kennedy – Mechanical Engineering
  • Braden Sprenger – Mechanical Engineering
  • Daniel Sorenson – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Bastian Solutions

Faculty Mentor

  • Steven Beyerlein, Mechanical Engineering

Smart City Water Sustainability

By 2025, water could be scarce for 1.8 billion people, and even more will be water-stressed. One human-caused source of water loss is the use of cooling towers by oil refineries and other chemical plants – some lose about 34,870 gallons per hour through evaporation. Our project is to design a data acquisition system for more accurate water evaporation estimates, making water loss mitigation designs possible.

Team Members

  • Conal Thie – Mechanical Engineering
  • Henry Hill – Computer Science
  • Clarice Gentillon – Electrical & Computer Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Itron, Inc., University of Idaho Facilities

Faculty Mentor

  • Behnaz Rezaie, Mechanical Engineering

Infection Prevention Urinary Catheter

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the most common hospital-acquired infection, affecting 80 percent of patients receiving catheters and causing over 13,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. We are designing a catheter that will flush the urethra to rid the urinary tract of harmful bacterial buildup. This has the potential to save lives, millions of dollars in treatments, and provide peace of mind for patients.

Team Members

  • Amy Macias – Biological Engineering
  • Ed Hall – Mechanical Engineering
  • Elena Tipton – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering, U of I College of Business and Economics

Faculty Mentor

  • Michael Maughan, Mechanical Engineering

Aerodynamic Jump and Bullet Stability

It is difficult to manufacture small objects in high quantity that are both inexpensive and precise. When national outdoor product manufacturer Vista Outdoor makes bullets, accuracy and cost are imperative. To detect bullet imbalance, we invented a device that measures the location of the center of mass of any small object, so Vista Outdoor can conduct quality control checks to predict bullet accuracy.

Team Members

  • Atticus Zborowski – Mechanical Engineering
  • Dustan Paul – Mechanical Engineering
  • Dustin Gross – Mechanical Engineering
  • Geoffrey Wood– Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Vista Outdoor

Faculty Mentor

  • Dan Cordon, Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Battery Cooling System Using Electric Vehicle Technology

Maintaining proper temperatures within batteries used to power electric vehicles is vital to optimizing performance and efficiency. We have developed a battery cooling system that will advance electric vehicle technology for use in industrial forklifts. Applying electric vehicle technology to more industries will lead to a lower fossil fuel dependency. 

Team Members

  • Beau Nuxoll – Mechanical Engineering
  • Chase Dinning – Mechanical Engineering
  • Christopher Standley  – Mechanical Engineering
  • Trevin Kretz – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.

Faculty Mentor

  • Matthew Swenson, Mechanical Engineering

Circuit Board Tray Ejector Mechanism

The force required to insert and eject SEL circuit board trays by hand currently raises ergonomic concerns, both in manufacturing and in the field. The goal is to design a cost-effective and vibration-tolerant mechanism that will reduce the required user force needed, making the process more user friendly and ergonomic. 

Team Members

  • Nikki Imanaka – Mechanical Engineering
  • Jaime Ayala – Mechanical Engineering
  • Emily Chambers – Mechanical Engineering
  • Davis Hill – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I College of Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Steven Beyerlein, Mechanical Engineering

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team

To maintain access to environmentally sensitive areas and drive innovation in the powersports industry, this team strives to make a clean, quiet and efficient snowmobile, while maintaining performance standards that consumers demand. The team has been competing in the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge since 2001, earning more than 50 awards.

Team Members

  • Adam Thurgood – Mechanical Engineering
  • Ashton Taylor – Mechanical Engineering
  • Billy Drury – Mechanical Engineering
  • Brannon Hudson – Mechanical Engineering
  • Dillon Pfost - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ellinor Karl - Mechanical Engineering
  • Mark Jaszkowiak - Mechanical Engineering
    Omar Ruiz - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ron Korn - Mechanical Engineering
  • Steven Gasseling - Mechanical Engineering
  • Thomas Entwit - Mechanical Engineering
  • Tyler Rieken - Mechanical Engineering
    Zac Avelar - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ian Sullivan - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jared Kellerer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Benjamin DeRuwe - Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology (NIATT), U of I College of Engineering Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Mentor

  • Dan Cordon, Mechanical Engineering

U of I Engine Testing Facility Improvements

Our team is making improvements to U of I’s engine testing facilities, with a focus on capturing synchronized data and processing it for engine calibration. Hardware and software have been implemented to conduct combustion analysis, and the cooling system design has been improved to allow increased engine use.

Team Members

  • Ian Sullivan - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jared Kellerer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Benjamin DeRuwe - Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge Team

Faculty Mentor

  • Dan Cordon, Mechanical Engineering

Feasibility Study for the Storage of Thermal Energy in Mining Facilities

After closing a mine, massive reclamation efforts must be done to restore unusable land. Our project tested the feasibility of using these mining pits as storage for thermal energy from concentrated sunlight. The team built an apparatus to test the heat transfer of hot air moving through the waste rock typically used to fill the pits.

Team Members

  • Emily Kliewer– Mechanical Engineering
  • Jakob Hemphill – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • BiMBy Power Company, LLC

Faculty Mentor

  • Behnaz Rezaie, Mechanical Engineering

Improving Installation of Aerospace Tubing Insulation

It is more prevalent than ever for commercial aircraft to use tubing with tight-fitting insulation to carry hydraulic fluid, compressed air, and fuel. Designed with stable and lightweight construction for manual handling, our team has prototyped novel tooling for installing insulation onto complex aerospace tubing. Our design reduces ergonometric risk to operators, reduces processing time, and improves production capacity.

Team Members

  • Richard Baptista – Mechanical Engineering
  • Isaac Fisher– Mechanical Engineering
  • Kaleb Halen – Mechanical Engineering
  • Michael Odell – Mechanical Engineering

Client/Sponsor

  • The Boeing Company

Faculty Mentor

  • Steven Beyerlein, Mechanical Engineering

Vandal Atmospheric Science Team

Vandal Atmospheric Science Team (VAST) is an organization affiliated with NASA and the Idaho Space Grant Consortium that launches payloads attached to weather balloons to altitudes of 80,000-100,000 feet. VAST allows students to explore the challenges of near space engineering while competing in the Global Space Balloon Challenge.

Team Members

  • Deryk Ahner – Mechanical Engineering
  • Jadzia Graves– Chemical & Materials Engineering
  • MacKenzie Sexton – Mechanical Engineering
  • Nicholas Anderson – Physics

Client/Sponsor

  • Idaho Space Grant Consortium

Faculty Mentor

  • Dan Cordon, Mechanical Engineering


Biological Engineering

Biochar Production System

Lumber mills produces hundreds of tons of waste woody biomass that has almost no economic value. Turning these bio waste to biochar is economically and environmentally beneficial. Our team’s mission is to develop and prototype a scalable model to retrofit existing boilers in lumber mills to turn wood waste into valuable biochar.

Photobioreactor for Microalgae Cultivation

Microalgae is the fastest growing organism and can contain up to 60% lipid than can be turned into biodiesel. The team has designed and produced a bench scale photo-bioreactor (PBR) system to grow algae for research.

Team Crumbletech's Temperature Array

Biomass needs size reduction as pre-treatment before converting it to ethanol for fuel. The crumble head can get too hot if too much biomass is fed or the teeth are worn out. Our team is sponsored by ‘Forest Concepts LLC.’ to develop a non-contact temperature sensor to monitor temperature rise in those crumble heads. The team has developed an IR sensor array to profile the temperature along the scrubber head.

Chemical & Materials Engineering

99.9 Percent High Purity Nitrogen Generator

The small-scale generation of nitrogen from atmospheric air utilizing a pressure swing adsorption approach will offer a stand-alone system that provides an inert sweep gas for a depolymerization process. The system will continuously produce high purity nitrogen while being reliable, versatile and economical.

Bench Top to Industry: Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) Starch Pasteurization Unit

Designed and fabricated a benchtop system to continuously pasteurize starch solutions at 150°C for 2 seconds. This system is able to pasteurize 1 liter per minute of sample and features an automated energy-saving pre-heat/cool down heat exchanger as well as the UHT heat exchanger.

Copper Recovery from Spent Hoof bath Solutions

Copper sulfate solutions used to treat hoof diseases in the livestock industry cost millions of dollars per year. It is desirable to find a cost-effective procedure for recovering copper, a valuable metal, from these solutions. The copper recovery process designed includes copper liberation from the biosolids matrix using an innovative oxidant system and copper ion recovery via electrowinning. This process provides an alternative disposal pathway for hoof bath solutions and recovery of a valuable metal resource.

Gypsos Sulfate Removal from Mine-Impacted Waters

An intricate process was designed and constructed to demonstrate an economical and environmentally friendly system that can reduce the sulfate concentration in mine-impacted water from around 1800 mg/L to less than 250 mg/L. Implementing this process in the mining industry would prevent sulfate from negatively affecting the environment.

Increasing Polystyrene Recycling with Small Scale Depolymerization Reactors

Only six percent of plastic ever produced has been recycled. A problem with polystyrene recycling is its low density makes it not economically feasible to transport to recycling centers. A small scale depolymerization reactor which could be distributed widely throughout municipalities to increase recycling of polystyrene was fabricated and tested.

LABRAT, Lead Acid Battery Research and Testing

Using GUITAR-coated ceramic fibers as the battery plate additive, the positive and negative active material was investigated and optimized. This data yielded a design and economic analysis for a facility capable of producing two million improved performing automotive batteries per year.

Production of Liquid Filled Polymer Microspheres

A system to create liquid filled polymer microspheres utilizing a piezoelectric droplet generator and photopolymerization was fabricated. These microspheres are intended for use as drug delivery capsules, specifically for long term dosage of pharmaceuticals via diffusion through the polymer microsphere.

Using NIR Spectroscopy to Control Coffee Roasts

A person's sensory perceptions judge coffee roast level is subjective, causing difficulties in comparisons and control of roasted products. Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy feedback of beans in the roasting process could reduce roasting variabilities. An improved roaster control method using onboard NIR monitoring for home roasters has been developed.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Best Hill Booster Pump Station

This purpose of this project is to design a booster pump station at the Best Hill Water Tank in Coeur d'Alene. The design will include booster pump selection, station design and site grading.

Commonwealth Lake Park Pedestrian Bridge

Our project is to assess the site conditions at Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon and to replace the existing pedestrian bridge with an ADA compliant pedestrian bridge.

Moscow Well 10

Moscow Well 10 is a new, undeveloped well on the west side of town. For out project we will aid in well 10's development by: selecting a pump for the well, designing a Process and Implementation Diagram (P&ID), and designing a storm water system.

Rio Grande Dam Low Level Outlet Works

Due to excessive vibrations of the current gate flow control system during operations, the existing outlet is unable to meet its full discharge requirements. The objective of this project is to relocate and redesign the low level outlet to provide reliable operation up to 2,500 cfs. The new outlet system will consist of piping, valves and a valve house downstream of the existing gates. In addition, a transition between the existing outlet tunnel and new outlet structure, and downstream channel protection will be designed.

Tilden Substation

Design and plan an electrical substation along with the required distribution and transmission lines to service an information data center in Reno, NV.

Ustick & Lake Intersection Improvement

The City of Caldwell has planned to improve the intersection of Ustick Road and Lake Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho. The project objective is to design a larger capacity intersection to meet increasing traffic volume while improving traffic operations, safety and accessibility.

Water for Families "Where there is Nothing"

Students partner with a small Bolivian community to design and construct a sustainable freshwater distribution system. This project team is a part of the Humanitarian Engineering Corps, a student-led nonprofit based at the University of Idaho.

Computer Science

Application for Speech Visualization

Our team's project was to create an audio visualization application with phoning level speech recognition. The program provides feedback through multiple visualization methods, such as graphs and text. The program is designed to serve as a base for future speech therapy applications.

Personality Analysis Using Machine Learning

Our overall project is to design software that can perform personality analysis on a large amount of text samples that we have mined from social media. There are three aspects to this project; web/data mining, a local database and a machine that is trained using the mined data.

Project A.R.M.: Assistive Rehabilitation Monitor

Individuals recovering from post-stroke arm impairments can spend more time conducting therapeutic exercises at home than during supervised in-clinic sessions. To facilitate better qualitative and quantitative monitoring of therapy, the goal of the project is to develop a system that will track arm movements, including repetitions of prescribed exercises.

Project VERITAS

Design and implementation of a secure database that communicates securely and dynamically with a web interface. The database is fully encrypted with read only access from the web interface. The interface follows accessibility standards and works on a range of hardware. Communications are encrypted in both directions.

Sightless Navigation and Perception (S.N.A.P)

Our goal is to create an easily distributable standard testing environment for gathering data and metrics to find the best possible acoustic navigation algorithm

VandalForge Printer Software

Our team is customizing existing open-source 3D plastic printing software for use with the UI VandalForge 3D metal printer. The goals of this project are simplifying the graphical user interface by focusing on the main controls and adding functionality for devices and peripherals.

Virtual Control System Network

We will create a virtual control system network to simulate large-scale, reconfigurable industrial control systems for testing and research.

Wireless Tower of Lights

The University of Idaho's Tower Lights system currently runs on unused Cat 5 wiring in the Theophilus Tower. Our team has renovated the outdated Tower Lights control system into a battery powered wireless system.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mitigating Cyberattacks Caused by Fast Acting Hardware

This project goal is to design a nearly undetectable hardware trojan capable of disabling targeted integrated circuits by breaking down the circuit at the transistor level and developing defensive schemes to prevent a widespread flash fatal trojan attack.

Modeling and Measurement of Permittivity for Near Space Communications

Designing a circuit and package that can measure the permittivity, permeability and conductivity of free space as a function of altitude, temperature and pressure.

Non-Wire Solutions to Traditional Power Grid Upgrades

Utilizing locational value and integration capacity analysis in current power grids we are looking into non-wire solutions to traditional upgrade projects. These non-wire solutions are aimed at reaching a compromise with residents to ensure a power quality that is unmatched in the least intrusive method possible.

Solar Powered Flywheel Energy Storage System

The objective is to develop a model of a PV (Photovoltaic) panel array using MATLAB and to then verify that model using hardware. The PV panel array will be used to supply power to a Flywheel Energy Storage System that NASA is developing for energy storage on the lunar surface.

TATER (Tamper Analysis via Transient Electromagnetic Responses)

This project monitors and characterizes the electromagnetic emissions of a microprocessor during boot to determine potential foreign modification in either software and/or hardware. The product consists of a system with an antenna, amplified in conjunction with a data acquisition platform to a Linux machine for processing by a custom algorithm.

Voltage Source Converter Fault Protection

The objective of this senior design project is to design and test a power system protection scheme that combines voltage and possibly measurements from different locations in or near a wind farm to detect, identify and determine an approximate location for electrical faults.

Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Communications System for Suborbital Flight

Team ACOM is developing the next generation communication system for NASA's tube-deployed re-entry vehicles (TDRV's) and small-form satellites. Additionally, the team is adapting the design of the TDRV's for housing this system.

Aerogel Insulation Study

Aerogel is known for its light weight and superior insulation properties. the goal of this project is to test the insulation ability of Aerogel by gathering performance data. A temperature gradient will be observed and compared between aerogel and standard insulation.

An Aerodynamic Study of Bulk Commodity Trailers

Our mission is quantifying fuel economy impacts of different aerodynamic features on tractor trailers based on wind tunnel testing with scale models.

Boeing Sidewall Lighting Installation

The sidewall lighting installation for the Boeing 737 is a time-consuming and exhausting process for production line workers. Our objective is to propose hardware modifications and alternative assembly procedures that make this process faster and more ergonomic.

Coffee Roaster Filtration System

Our project team is designing and testing an affordable air filtration system for industrial coffee roasters that will reduce odors and visible smoke.

Combat Food Insecurity

In order to help combat food insecurity, it is our team's goal to create a marketable product that is accurate, durable and user friendly to the agricultural industry that will allow plant breeders to create stronger plants that will thrive in harsher growing conditions.

Compact Robotic Wheel Drive

The goal of this project is to design a compact electric drive unit for automated material handling equipment. The design utilizes a custom 6:1 planetary gearbox and high torque-density motor which reduces the overall size of the drive unit while delivering the required torque and speed outputs.

Design Intent

This project is an exploration of the essence of design, where we focus on the why as well as the how of design. Areas of inquiry include Stirling engine design and fabrication, reverse engineering legacy designs and exploration of an artifact of antiquity.

Discover Bot: Discovery Center Telerobotics Exhibit

Our goal is to develop a single-user prototype of a telerobotic master/slave system and validate its function and durability. This robot has 7 degrees of freedom and is controlled from a distance to interact with its surroundings.

Inconel Tubing Pre-Pullout Grinding and Visual Test System

The goal of the project is to dramatically improve the sample preparation procedure for tubing cutouts prior to executing pullouts. The team has developed a more ergonomic and consistent way to provide grinding of the tubing material, while also providing a visual feedback mechanism for the operators.

INL Grinder Water Filtration System

The objective of the project is to redesign the water circulation system for a sample preparation grinder/polisher in the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at Idaho National Laboratory. The upgraded solution includes a new pump and filter system which optimizes functionality and serviceability.

ME 301 Final Projects

Student teams in the introductory solid modeling class will demonstrate CAD artifacts from their final projects. The final project involves reading and interpreting legacy drawings of a model internal combustion engine in order to build a 3D model of the assembly and create detailed drawings for manufacturing.

ME 421 Final Projects

Student teams in the advanced solid modeling technical elective will show off a variety of final projects.

Portable Biodiesel

Design, package and fabricate a portable biodiesel production system that implements variable mixing ratios, flow rates and active/passive safety features. This will be a portable showcase for plasma reactor demonstration.

RoboCodo: Post-Surgical Elbow Rehabilitation Device

The project goal is to create a robotic device that a therapist can use to perform a semiautonomous humeroulnar distraction (mobilization of the elbow joint after surgery). The device would allow therapists to focus on other aspects of the rehabilitation process, decreasing therapy time and maximizing recovery outcome.

SEL Thermal Card Guide

Our team is combining experimental studies of heat conduction, thermal simulations and design for manufacturing to propose new card guides that maximize heat transfer from circuit boards to the chassis that contains them.

Two-Stroke Exhaust Design

The goal of this project is to create a custom exhaust system for a reduced-speed, two-stroke snowmobile. This includes a tuned exhaust pipe, a custom muffler, addition of a catalytic converter and an exhaust throttle to regulate backpressure.

U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge (UICSC) team, made up of freshmen through senior students, modifies a modern snowmobile in an attempt to improve emissions, reduce noise and increase fuel economy. Each year their entry competes in an International Collegiate Competition in Houghton, Michigan.

U of I Steam Plant Combustion Instrumentation

Design and integrate a pre-combustion measurement system on the U of I Steam Plant. This iteration of the project will focus on wood chip mass flow fuel moisture content.

VandalForge Metal Additive Manufacturing - Hardware

Prototype metal parts can be labor intensive to fabricate. Our goal is to develop an affordable wire-arc additive manufacturing machine capable of producing on-demand parts, with reduced effort and costs. Our design is a modular prototype to enable this capability at the University of Idaho and allow for future iteration.

Wireless Forklift Height Encoder

The objective of the project is to develop a forklift sensor which displays the exact height of the forks to an operator. The interdisciplinary team has created a solution which measures the height of the forks, operates wirelessly while harvesting its own energy and transmitting data to the truck for display to the operator.

DeVlieg Innovation Scholars

Card Playing Robot Arm

Our goal is to create a robot arm that can play the card game Crazy Eights. The arm will use computer vision to identify cards and then will decide what card from its hand is best to play next. The robot will be able to play against four opponents.

Educational Modules for College of Engineering Ambassadors

This project is aimed at developing educational modules and engaging demonstrations for the College of Engineering Ambassador team to present to potential students.

Regenerative Electric Go-Kart

Our goal is to design and build an electric go-kart with a modular regenerative braking system. This serves as a test bed for multiple energy storage solutions, and allows us to determine the best regenerative braking configuration for any application.

Grand Challenge Scholars

3D Printed Eye Phantom for Astronaut MRI study

Nearly half of all astronauts who have experienced long duration space flight have suffered severe eye damage. Using MR images of a group of astronauts, these visual changes can be quantified, and an optic phantom is necessary to validate the MR data coming from multiple sources.

Biogas Feasibility Study for the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow

Biogas production feasibility was determined from using the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow's organic wastes as a source of energy. Biogas production estimation and a economic analysis was conducted. This renewable energy has great pertinence to campus sustainability.

Emotiv Game Development

Students in Moscow High School's computer science class are partnering with Gautam Kumar of U of I's chemical and materials engineering department and his student researcher Jackie Martinez-Alvarez to develop a game based application for an Emotiv mobile EEG device.

Improving Tissue Preparation to Preserve Inhibition in Adult Cerebellar Brain Slices

To study how neurons work together, it is necessary to isolate pieces of brain tissue in a way that preserves connectivity and function. This project endeavors to identify optimal tissue preparation procedures to improve the viability and function of neurons in the cerebellum to study this network.

Making Stronger Wheat

The main focus of this project is to build a machine that can measure how much force a stalk of wheat can take before breaking. The design that we decided would work best is a rolling trailer with a force sensor fastened to the front.

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Delivery of Carbon Nanotubes

This project shows the migration of carbon nanotube (CNT) and human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) complexes toward a tumor mimicking chemo-attractant. The CNT-hMSCs were previously attached as a master's thesis. This study also shows the intermediate carbon nanotube complexes through FT-IR. Carbon nanotubes have potential in photothermal therapy.

Nitrofertilizer pump

This project focuses on the production of nitrate and nitrite using non-thermal liquid plasma technology (NTLP) and investigation in its efficiency and development of models to demonstrate nitrogen cycle with emphasis on nitrogen fixation. The research aspect will focus on development of nitrogen fixation device using NTLP.

Photolithographic techniques for semiconductors

This research project will explore the possibilities of patterning nanoparticles of a tin selenide semiconductor. The impacts of the research will span many applications and contribute to an ever-growing need for semiconductor research.

Invent Idaho

Solar Skis

Solar Skis are designed with solar lights on the tip to enhance visibility during low light and flat light conditions.

Winter Warmer

My invention, Winter Warmer, is an adaptation of a boot dryer into a snow clothes dryer. If you love to play in the snow but hate wet snow clothes this invention is for you. It uses warm air to dry the clothes evenly and is safe for kids to use.

3D Metal Printer

We are creating a prototype 3D metal printer using MIG welding technology in order to bring the cost of 3D printing metal down and deliver access to academia and the home user.

Aquatic Weed Removal

Team Nemo is seeking a solution to the excessive weed growth in the University of Idaho Arboretum ponds. The ideal solution will both address the immediate problem and improve the long-term health of the pond. Based on the needs of the arboretum caretakers, we are focusing on creating a scaled-down remote control version of larger weed harvesting boats. This will provide caretakers the ability to cut back growth immediately, and by removing biomass it will reduce the nutrient overload which is causing the problem.

Automated Burnishing Machine

Our goal is to design and prototype an automated burnishing stand for Night-Force Optics that is adjustable to different turret models, this stand must be simple to operate and capable of burnishing to a specified torque and backlash. This machine will automate a process that is currently a manually completed by employees.

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.

Clean Snowmobile Muffler Team

Working as a sub-team on this year's competition sled, we designed, manufactured, and validated a muffler that is quieter than stock without imposing power losses.

Coeur d'Alene Outdoor Classroom and BMP Design Project

Team will present an original design for a combination outdoor classroom and stormwater best management practices demonstration site.

Degradable Concrete to Cap Mine Tailings

Mine tailings (residual minerals from ores) are collected in large piles next to mining sites. However, mine tailings are hazardous to humans and crops. An agglomerated ½" to 1" cover will retain water away from the mine tailings, preventing heavy metal poisoning. A degradable cement cover infused with plant materials, diammonium phosphate, and magnesium chloride will agglomerate the mine tailings and prevent water leakage until the space is naturally reclaimed. The abundant source of plant nutrition allows plants to grow through the cement, providing natural, green containment years after the cement has degraded.

Design Intent

This project is an exploration of the essence of design, where we focus on the why as well as the how of design. Areas of inquiry include woodworking, dress forms, kinematics, mobility, and manufacturing.

Device Finder

The goal of this project is to develop a hardware/software product to enable large organizations to locate “lost” printers. A large organization may have hundreds of printers, scattered around many acres of facilities, connected to a local area network or the Internet. Occasionally these printers go missing: they break down, are physically moved, or become disconnected from the network, and are very difficult to track down. A product is required that operates outside the company network to contact these printers and have them report their status and location.

DeVlieg EMG Electromyography Controlled Flight

Our goal was to control the flight of a quadcopter through basic movements rather than a controller. This started with the idea to use muscle signals for control but expanded to an accelerometer and potentially surface brain signals.

DeVlieg Ramjet Rocket Prototype

Rockets and rocket models will be displayed.

DeVlieg Rocket Propulsion Research

Project focusing on computational fluid dynamics and design verification for an integrated ramjet rocket and a solid fuel rocket booster.

Downtown Boise Transportation Project

Based on the preliminary analysis of the impacts of converting 5th Street and 6th Street to two-way operation, the 5th Street/Fort Street/Hays Street intersection is anticipated to require additional capacity to accommodate the projected traffic conditions. Therefore, this project will evaluate up to three alternatives for improvements.

Drain Pan Welding Jig

Our team has created an ergonomic clamping jig that allows the welders at Colmac Coil to safely and efficiently weld drain pans. This jig must accommodate various forms of welding while keeping drain pans orientated correctly while minimizing the amount of time required to clamp a drain pan for welding.

Electric Generator Modeling and Automatic Generation Controler

To model two of the electric generators and their distribution networks and loads for the microgrid in downtown Spokane, as well as to create an appropriate control system to provide a stable frequency control and effective load management.

Flue Gas Energy Recovery

Our teams mission is to capture the waste heat at the steam plant by utilizing thermoelectric generators to produce power. The power generated will be used to charge radio batteries at the steam plant.

H2Only

The University of Idaho is looking for a solution to clean sediment that collects at the bottom of the water tank just next to the Kibbie Dome. Our solution is efficient and effective so cost of cleaning is reduced as well as work while the water tank is in operation.

High Speed Stator Design for Flywheel Energy Storage System

U of I-FESS research team is designing and modeling flywheel energy storage systems to evaluate their associated science and technologies. FESSs enable the storage of energy from renewable, intermittent sources such as wind, solar, and nuclear. The high speed model is being developed to be able to store 30,000 RPMs.

Hoofbath Copper Recovery

(5-10%) copper sulfate solutions are implemented to prevent their cattle from infectious hoof diseases. After every 150-200 cattle, the solution becomes inactivate due to biosolids, urine, and soil particles. Currently waste solutions are sent to the wastewater lagoons, reducing soil fertility. Recovering copper from used copper-sulfate hoof baths can be recycled to restore the capital loss on copper. This process is not only economically sound, but environmentally friendly. Our team has been tasked to create an economical process of separating copper from the inactivated copper sulfate solution while doing a biological treatment process of the biosolids.

Hot to Pot: Geothermal Water Sources for Drinking Water

Geothermal water springs have not been widely used to produce clean drinking water because of their high temperature, salt, and bacteria content. Reverse osmosis (RO) membranes are commonly used in preparing drinking water. Our group prepared RO membranes for this application, by coating them with a zwitterionic polymer.

IMC-based Humidification Control for Vapor Sorption Analyzers

Decagon Devices has developed a Vapor Sorption Analyzer (VSA) instrument to characterize the water holding capacity of various materials. During operation, a microcontroller unit regulates a combination of both wet and dry feeds of air to achieve a desired target relative humidity to within 0.1 percent error of a set point. Internal Model Control (IMC) based control theory is applied to yield improved system performance and better reject system disturbances.

Increasing Battery Efficiency: Porous Wall-Hollow Glass Microspheres in Lead-Acid Batteries

Porous Wall-Hollow Glass Microspheres (PW-HGMs) have been shown to increase electrolyte storage when used in Pb-acid battery plates. This increase in electrolyte storage is responsible for an increase in the energy that can be extracted from the battery, particularly at high rates of discharge. To avoid undesirable voltage drop due to the lack of conductivity of the PW-HGMs, the microspheres are GUITAR coated (carbon thin film) which provides the needed conductivity for these additives.

Industrial Assessment Center

DOE sponsored students at U of I perform free energy industrial audits around the northwest. This year they are researching new ways to quantify energy savings. This year's booth features demonstrations of advanced boiler control, vacuum system energy savings, and compressed air leak quantification.

Interactive Kiosk for College of Engineering

The goal of this project is to create an interactive touchscreen kiosk in Janssen Engineering Building (JEB) for the College of Engineering. It will serve as an information portal to all of engineering, and the primary point of navigation for JEB, with information on services available, upcoming events, and maps to offices and labs.

Internet of Things for Sustainability

A five day workshop aimed at teaching high school students and college freshmen the basics of micro controllers, with a focus on sustainability.

Inter-Turn Fault Detection for Air Core Reactors

The research team will design a three-phase small scale model of an air core reactor to simulate and test inter-turn faults. An RTDS model will be developed to simulate more in-depth scenarios and verify the data collected from the small scale model.

Iridium 9523 Satellite Modem Development Platform

The goal of this project is to develop a hardware/software platform for using the Iridium 9523 satellite modem on nano-satellites at NASA Ames Research Center.

Kuzco Hoof Bath

Design of a reactor to dissolve copper into sulfuric acid to form copper sulfate crystals. CuSO4 is widely used in hoof bath solutions for cows in the dairy industry. Combined with WERC Team 1's project, dairy farms in Southern Idaho will be able to have a sustainable recycling system for a more economical and environmentally friendly process.

Lees Ferry Water Treatment Plant

This project is a redesign of the Lees Ferry Water Treatment Plant. The project includes comparison of different treatment methods, treatment system design, as well as structures to cover the treatment system.

LSV-2 Autonomous Submarine EMI Measurement and Mitigation

The US Navy Acoustic Research Detachment, at Lake Pend Oreille, is experiencing electromagnetic interference (EMI) with their acoustic data collection. We are determining the primary sources of EMI in the LSV-2, the world's largest autonomous submarine, and designing an EMI mitigation scheme to assist the development of submarine stealth technology.

Lunar Flywheel Controls

Develop code and hardware configuration for the safe acceleration and stabilization of the Low Speed Lunar Flywheel Energy Storage System.

ME 421 / ME 301 Final Projects

Student teams in computer aided design classes will demonstrate their final projects.

Micro Capacitive Sensor

The goal of this project is to develop a printed circuit board (PCB) that utilizes capacitive sensors and an off-the-shelf capacitance-to-digital-converter (CDC) to detect and monitor micro entities. The monitoring process is an autonomous process that displays a plot of real-time capacitance values.

Mill Creek Channel Stabilizer Modification for Low-Flow Fish Passage

Mill Creek is designed for flood control in Walla Walla, Washington. The Army Corps of Engineers evaluated the channel and determined that fish cannot pass at low flows. The task is to modify stabilizers 53-55 to create sufficient fish passage while maintaining structural and conveyance integrity for flood events.

NeuroTouch

The NeuroTouch is a hand-held device that measures the elastic modulus of biological tissues with the slightest touch to the tissue surface. It is designed to be used as a diagnostic tool for surgeons; giving real time feedback to aid in determining the severity of different health ailments.

Optimization of Silicon Rubber Mold Production

Design and improve ATC Manufacturing's silicon polymer compound mixing process for the creation of molds. Standardize the mixing process during creation of the molds such that the lifetime of the mold is maximized. A revised mixing procedure was developed to ensure mold uniformity.

Page Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

The Page wastewater treatment plant is located in Smelterville, ID. It currently is unable to meet its NPDES effluent requirements for ammonia. Additionally, it is likely that the EPA will impose stricter effluent ammonia requirements in the future along with nitrate and phosphorus. The purpose of the project is to design a biological treatment and solids separation system to maximize the use of existing infrastructure.

Paradise Pathway US 95 Underpass

The design for a bike underpass for the South Main Street bridge highway in Moscow, Idaho.

Passive Solar Distillation of Acid Rock Drainage Water

Acid rock drainage (ARD) waters impact local waterways due to their heavy metal content and acidity. Many affected sites are remote and effective treatment requires low-maintenance and self-sustaining processes. Our team has developed a passive solar distillation system to treat ARD waters, operating solely on gravity and solar power.

Poinsettia Management System

The goal of this project is to provide remote monitoring and control for the commercial production of poinsettias and other greenhouse plants using mobile devices. The system controls strategically timed covering and uncovering of plants to control exposure to light, and monitoring of soil moisture and other ambient properties.

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Runway Realignment

The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport) located in Pullman, WA, plans to construct a larger runway to replace the existing runway. The proposed project area will require substantial site grading and drainage improvements. Our project is to provide a geotechnical evaluation, settlement analysis, and realignment of airport creek.

Reverse Engineering Legacy Hydroelectric Equipment

Our team has converted old drawings of legacy era hydro-power turbine equipment into solid models which are being used to create a functional desktop prototype as well as inform industry replacement of full-size components.

RF Energy Harvesting

Only a small amount of RF energy is captured by the intended receiver. The objective of this research is to make a device that captures the remaining ambient energy and converts it back into electricity for low power applications such as powering a sensor module.

Seed Storage Tube

Our prototype is intended for usage in third world countries to help increase agricultural yield. Oour solution is an airtight and watertight container inside which seeds collected during harvest can be stored for up to two years. The container is vacuum sealed to kill insects present in the seed.

Selective Noise Cancellation with Bone Conduction Headphones

Improve and modify existing noise cancellation circuit design to selectively eliminate both ambient and particular sounds without impeding the ability to have a normal conversation using bone conduction headphones. In addition, an acoustic wave cancellation proof of concept demonstration will be provided.

Sight Impaired Mobility Assistance

This product is designed to enable sight-impaired people to navigate by sound. A headset carrying video cameras produces a software model of the surroundings, and translates this description to sounds, allowing the user orient him/herself and perform tasks like navigating around a room and pick up objects. This phase of the project focuses on constructing a videogame-like “virtual world”, and mapping a 3D scene into sound, serving as a test bed of techniques.

Silicide Coating for Aerospace Parts

We have designed, fabricated and tested an apparatus that applies a uniform silicide coating (R512E) to the inside surface of a niobium based alloy (C-103) that is shaped into a thrust chamber and rocket nozzle.

Single Cylinder Engine Design and Optimization

ESTECO Academy has partnered with Aprilia Racing and Gamma Technologies to sponsor the design and optimization of a single-cylinder, four-stroke, 250cc engine. The aim of this project is to utilize modeFRONTIER and GT-Suite in numerically analyzing, simulating, and testing to create the ideal race engine.

Snare Drum Notator

This project will take real-time measurements of a soloist playing on the snare drum, and convert them into music notation, which can be displayed using publicly available applications, or printed. The system will gather signals from accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors mounted to a wristband. The goal is to capture nuances of the performance not available in commercial notation software, such as type of stroke, and location, attack, and intensity of a hit.

Spokane Microgrid Distributed Generation and Storage

Our team is one of three teams at the University of Idaho working with Avista Utilities to develop a micro-grid in downtown Spokane. Our team's mission is to investigate current options for distributed generators and energy storage, and examine the locations for and study the integration of these micro-grid components.

Sunset Swim Center Pervious Concrete Parking Lot

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District (THPRD) in Beaverton, OR has contacted 3J Consulting to reconstruct the existing swim center parking lot due to a deteriorating asphalt surface and would like to utilize pervious concrete to further the district's sustainability goal, correct existing flooding, and repair the pavement. In this project, the client (THPRD) is requesting the consultant to replace the parking lot surface but maintain the western sidewalk and curbs. All existing parking lot lighting is to remain as there is not sufficient budget to replace the lighting for the project. THPRD would also like to maintain or increase the total number of parking spaces for the project and provide dedicated parking in the western two rows of stalls for pool patrons. The parking lot is shared with the high school to the north for after school program transportation services by buses which stage at the Sunset Swim Center's parking lot. The access onto the main roadway will need to be maintained and can't be relocated. Design elements include: a. Parking Lot layout b. Pervious pavement section design c. Hydrology report d. Stormwater drainage system design

Tap In! The Global Water Crisis

The commercialization of bottled water has led to misinformation about the higher quality of most tap waters. Public water supplies all around the world are threatened by large corporations whose beverage portfolios are now driven by water, not soft drinks. After a visit with us, you will never look at bottled water the same again. Come and learn more about the global water crisis and how you are part of the solution.

Technology Readiness Tracker

The Technology Readiness Tracker is a software tool that assists the user in searching the web to gather and analyze trends in a specified technology. A picture of the state of maturity of a technology will aid companies decide whether or not to develop products in that technology area, and aid investors in deciding whether to invest.

Tendon strain apparatus

Our client has designed and built a mechanical bioreactor controlled by Labview to test mechanical properties of soft tissues such as tendon. Currently the client is able to measure the force applied to the tissue and the displacement between the grips holding the tissue. Our objective is to develop and design a non-contacting video system to measure the strain within soft biologic tissues and improve the capability of the system already in place.

The Coffee Roasters

An inexpensive personal coffee roaster which uses hot air to roast green coffee beans to the user's preference has been designed. This roaster is an improvement on existing systems because it will also collect the skin of the coffee beans, filter carbon dioxide, and other harmful gases from the exhaust.

The Grid Defender

Grid Defender is a power grid support system intended to protect power lines and utility poles from damage during adverse weather conditions. The system works by sensing stress on the lines and if it exceeds a dangerous level, the cross arms and power lines are safely lowered to the ground.

The Internet of Things: Watering the Future

In the US 355 BILLION gallons of water is used EVERY DAY, water conservation is essential for reducing such use. This design utilizes a user friendly application to instruct sensors to gather atmospheric and soil readings. This data is used to control irrigation in real-time to minimize overwatering, thereby conserving water.

The Pointe at Post Falls

Land development in Post Falls, Idaho that includes roadway design, stormwater collection and treatment, and design of wastewater facilities.

Titanium Fitting Sorting

We have created a material handling system to properly orient titanium fittings for a subsequent cleaning operation in accordance with needs of Boeing's Tube Duct and Reservoir Center.

Tower of Lights Editor and Synthesis

The Tower of Lights placed bright, colored light-emitting-diode (LED) lights in the windows of the Theophilus Tower on the U of I campus, and connects them to computers which cause the lights to pulse in a pattern consistent with music played through speakers. This is a multidisciplinary endeavor, combing engineering and the arts. The goal of this project is to develop an editor to enable musicians to compose aesthetically pleasing light patters to augment the music.

Vandal Atmospheric Science Team

The Vandal Atmospheric Science Team (VAST) aims to design, build, test, fly, and recover aerospace technology and science instrumentation via High-Altitude Balloon launches, develop critical-thinking creators and leaders, and foster partnerships between the University of Idaho and the aerospace industry.

Vocal Isolating and Amplifying Headphones

The project is to isolate vocals in a media stream and amplify them to create a more distinguishable and clear voice for the hard of hearing.

Waste Heat Harvesting with Liquid Gallium

All electronic devices generate heat and lose efficiency. To combat this loss, we present a novel waste heat management system using liquid gallium to efficiently draw heat away from electronics. A thermoelectric generator then produces electricity from the waste heat to be used elsewhere.

Waste Heat Management

Thermal management is a key component in electronics design and a leading cause of electronic failure. Team Frigus has designed a thermal management system for a multi-kilowatt, multi-phase power converter based on a unified thermal core design using liquid and air cooling. Design, manufacturing and testing were conducted for validation.

Water for Families "Where there is Nothing"

A water distribution system system designed for a community in Bolivia.

Wearable Mobile Arm Support

To design a mobile, wearable, arm movement assistance device from the existing design that is effective at providing support to the shoulder and elbow and comfortable to the user.

What is Civil Engineering?

Future job prospects and career options for civil engineers are spectacular! Yet many potential engineers (and others) have no idea what civil engineers do. Stop by and meet U of I Civil Engineering majors and learn more about how civil engineers work to make our lives better every day and in every way.

A.P.E.S. (Automated Plant Environment Shield)

The A.P.E.S. team has created a modular, automated, consistent, plant covering shield that blocks all light from reaching the poinsettias at night. The design uses a hemispherical method combined with a spring loaded arm to cover each side of the poinsettias completely.

Adjustable Governor for Synchronous Generator

The team is designing, simulating and implementing closed-loop frequency control on a small power generator located in the University of Idaho Advanced Power Lab. The control-loop governs the existing system such that it dynamically responds as if it were a different, larger generator powered by hydroelectric, steam, or gas.

Arm and hand mobility assistance, monitoring and rehabilitation

Three projects were developed during a new ME Technical Elective on Assistive Technologies for Physical Impairment: 1) improved hand-opening assistance via modification of a commercially-available SaeboFlex, 2) development of a wearable sensing device for arm use monitoring, and 3) finger and thumb rehabilitation training module for use with U of I's PARTNER robot.

ASCE Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge

The Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge on display were entered into design competitions held at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Northwest Student Conference in April at the University of Idaho. Some 400 students from universities and colleges from Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Oregon participated.

Automated Synchronous Generator Black Start System

When power goes out, generator field current must be supplied by batteries to re-start before reverting to using the generator itself to power field excitation; this is a black-start. We designed and implemented a black-start system for the generator in GJ Lab and modeled it in Real Time Digital Simulation.

Autonomous Robots

The goal of this project is to use the Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) autonomous robot platform and add inter-robot communication and autonomy to perform cooperative tasks.

Avista Microgrid Automated Generator Controller Design

To design and model an automated generator controller for two hydro-generators operating in an emergency micro-grid scenario.

Band-Beesten: Codename Ivory

Project Ivory combines principles of Mechanical and Computer Engineering to create a Mobile Instrument Component for the Sound of Idaho Marching Band by incorporating a well-wired drivetrain, a modular piano and excellent showmanship for a spectacular half-time show.

Battery Ultracharger

The goal is to create a battery pack which can charge within 2 minutes and then use that power to recharge a phone. It will be compact and easy to move around, making it a great fit for people on the go with not a lot of time to spare.

Bio-diesel Reactor Innovation

The University of Idaho has been a pioneer in producing bio-fuels and developing better methods for many years. Currently, the process is outdated and unsafe. Our task is to add heat and introduce chemicals in a safer and more accurate way.

Boeing Workstation to Hold Various Rib Sizes for Assembly Operations

Create a modular workstation that can be scaled to grip and manipulate ribs ranging from 5'-17' in length for light assembly work. A complete workstation includes lighting and tool balancers, as well as design considerations for ease of use and ergonomics.

Boise Greenbelt

As a large and growing urban area, the city of Boise, Idaho and surrounding towns have established a greenbelt along the Boise River from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Eagle, ID. The team was tasked with designing an undeveloped path section that included two tunnels, retaining walls and pathway design.

CLEAN Ideas: Removal of Pharmaceuticals from Wastewater for Human Consumption.

Reuse of wastewater is becoming a necessity in regions with limited access to water. A two column filtration and Activated Carbon-Ozone reactor system has been designed to clean wastewater effluent and remove unregulated pharmaceuticals from solution. This makes wastewater effluent potable for potential reuse in the drinking supply.

Cryogenic Recycling of Haul Truck Tires

Open-pit mines generate thousands of waste tires each year that are mostly buried on-site, posing various environmental hazards. Although recycling possibilities exist, most are infeasible due to isolated mining locations. A mobile system paired with cryogenics to make recycling opportunities feasible for mine sites was developed.

DeVlieg Innovation Project — Compressor/Tank and Electrolyzer: Personalized Hydrogen Cell Refueling Station

This project is a compressor and tank design for a personalized hydrogen cell refueling station. The compressor and tank prototypes are run using nitrogen gas for proof of concept. The compressor pressurizes from 15 psi to 500 psi. The tank then cools the gas to a liquid. The project also includes an electrolysis chamber for a personalized hydrogen cell refueling station. It uses a membrane reactor to convert water into hydrogen gas through electrolysis. It produces half a mole per second of hydrogen which would theoretically be input into a compressor to be liquefied.

DeVlieg Innovation Project — Determining the Effects of Swabbing Woodwind Mouthpieces

Many saxophone and clarinet players have differing opinions on whether it is harmful to swab mouthpieces after playing their instrument. This project tests whether swabbing causes any physical damage to the mouthpiece or causes enough damage to change the tone produced by the mouthpiece.

Engine Packaging

A design focused on the packaging of two motorcycle engines to one transmission. Decreasing the engine envelope and allowing for a tighter and more efficient use of engine space.

Environmental Engineering Research Laboratory Demonstration/Exhibition

Graduate and undergraduate students from the Environmental Engineering Laboratory in the Civil Engineering Department will showcase and discuss U of I research activities related to resource recovery from wastewater.

EWB-U of I Water Supply Project Water for Families "Where There is Nothing"

Humanitarian Engineering Corps (formerly Engineers Without Borders) — U of I is working with the indigenous community of Carani, Bolivia on a sustainable water supply project to improve access to water and water quality in Carani. In August 2016, we will build a pipeline and water storage tank to serve part of Carani.

Fleet Service Responder — Redefining Troubleshooting of Enterprise Printers

Design and develop an application that provides service acknowledgement for discovered issues for HP printers. This application will assist the user by getting an immediate response from a technician and will provide value to a business by improving client relations and providing quick recovery of a failed system.

Flight Management and Data Acquisition System for a Dynamically-Scaled Model Airplane

Full-scale test airplanes are expensive to build. Our team has created a dynamically scaled model that flies like a full-scale Kodiak aircraft. Our on-board data acquisition/management system collects data from the model's sensors during flight. These can be validated against sensors on the full-scale aircraft.

FlyCAM — Flywheel Control and Monitoring

A storage system of any kind is useless without a control interface. Our user-friendly design allows for precise control of Idaho's Flywheel Energy Storage System. Additionally, it provides intuitive monitoring of the Flywheel's performance.

Heat Exchanger Tube Removal Technology

Develop an extraction process for heat exchanger tubes that have failed during production and are detected by performing a leak test. The end goal is to reduce the waste of the whole heat exchanger when the tube has split and it is unable to be removed.

Heavy Metal Trap

This sampler design will monitor harmful and volatile organometallic molecules in river and lake beds. Organometallics occur naturally, and the rate of generation depends on the amount of heavy metal in the sediments. This sampler was designed to measure the evolution rate of these gases, as well as trap them to be analyzed at a lab offsite.

How Water Explodes!

Civil Engineering students will demonstrate a water hammer (and other marvels of the hydraulic world) A water hammer is a pressure surge caused when a fluid in motion is forced to stop or abruptly change.

Humetrics Series 1

Humetrics Series 1 uses a thermoelectric cooling system and bubbler chamber to control temperature and humidity of a fixed volume chamber. The goal of this project is to control temperature and humidity to minimize controller response time.

Improvement of Lead-Acid Battery Performance with Conductive Ceramic Fibers Using a Recycled Tire Feedstock

Tires were used as a feedstock to deposit a highly conductive carbon matrix onto ceramic fibers. Those fibers were incorporated into lead acid battery positive plates, increasing the overall performance of the battery through increased positive-plate active material utilization.

Increasing Battery Performance Using Coated Glass Microspheres

Using the bulk electrolyte storage of porous hollow glass microspheres and coating them with the highly conductive carbon from the University of Idaho Thermalized Asphalt Reaction (GUITAR) to improve battery performance. The goal was to optimize the process of making enough GUITAR coated PHGM's to test battery plates, compare with today's battery technology and design a full-scale production plant.

Innovate Heat Recovery for a Power Converter

To improve the efficiency of a power converter using Thermal Electric Generators coupled with a Two-phase steam cycle to dissipate and harness waste heat. The waste heat is then turned into electrical energy to provide isolated power to the control system.

Innovative Mechanical Flue Gas Separator

The innovative mechanical flue gas separator, inspired by Vorsana's patent, is an environmentally friendly and non-chemical alternative to flue gas separators currently on the market. This separator uses pure mechanical forces to separate pollutants in the flue gas. Extensive prototype tests were conducted to verify the effectiveness of this method.

Integrated Rocket Ramjet

Design and model an integrated rocket ramjet. The engine transitions without sacrificial parts from the rocket to the ramjet stage upon reaching the design speed. Key features include a sealing inlet and a liquid fuel ignition source that doubles as a barrier to shield components from the solid rocket propellant.

Invent Idaho — A Smart Parking Indication System

A smart parking indication system can guide a driver to find a parking spot easily in a open and busy parking lot, which will save fuels, reduce car emission and danger to pedestrians. The system is a low cost solution and easy to be implemented on an existing parking lot such as Costco and Walmart etc.

Invent Idaho — Forest Defender

Forest Defender is a system designed to protect forests, homes and communities from devastating wildfires. An irrigation system built to make a wall of protection while seamlessly blending into the forest disguised at native trees.

Invent Idaho — Healing Our Veterans

An adaptation of current technology, using the concepts of neuroscience, to create a low cost, easily available, private and simple tool to assist veterans with PTSD.

Invent Idaho — Lighten Up

Lighten up is an invention that clips into a lampshade and allows the lamp to power itself by using its own light as an energy source.

Invent Idaho — Say It and Play It

This game is intended to help visual spatial learners learn musical notes through fun, Crayola-created playing characters and playing cards. Often, young students of music are turned off by regular flash cards, but learning music is essential for all students in helping the brain develop.

Invent Idaho — The No Pressure Ballet Bar

Detects pressure placed on ballet bar and glows when there is too much pressure. Works as an aide to teach proper muscle control in ballet/barre practice.

Lightening Creek Warming Hut

This project involved designing a warming hut for winter back country travelers in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The hut has a footprint of 20'x40' and a maximum height of 18'. The only source of heat is a fire-pit with ventilation hood and chimney. The structure is uninsulated, has no plumbing or electricity, and the floor is gravel. A separate pre-cast pit latrine will be installed on site by the Forest Service.

ME 301 & ME 401 Course Projects

Computer aided design students share their work on semester projects. Projects include topics such as advanced modeling, rendering, testing, collaborative design and simulation.

Measurement of Human Trunk Stiffness and Stability

Continued development of a device designed to measure axial and torsional stiffness in the core muscles of the human body. Gathered data will be used to associate muscle reaction patterns with changes in mobility due to age, height, weight, neurological disorders and other psycho-physical factors.

NEWater Biochar Injection System

With a growing need for clean water and reusable resources, the Biochar Filtration system allows for us to effectively create both. We have been tasked with creating a mixing and injection system that will accurately dose Biochar into the cleaning system that can be altered for larger scale if necessary.

Operation General Converter Start-up

Team Kill-A-Watt will design and build an innovative way of starting the NAVY's 250kW general power converter. Our final design will start the converter using an input between 100Vrms and 600Vrms, AC or DC, and run for the first few minutes while the converter warms up to the point where team HEET's thermo-electric generators can take over with self-sustained operation.

Redesigning the Satellite Telemetry Board

The NASA Ames Research Center is responsible for various cube satellites, suborbital experiments and high altitude balloons. The goal of this project is to design a new revision of a circuit board that both enables a modem to connect to the internet and supports auxiliary equipment for NASA's activities.

Red-Yellow-Green: An Insider's Guide to Traffic Signals

Civil Engineering students will demonstrate the 'art and engineering' of designing traffic signalling.

Rehabilitation Training System

We are building a software that helps occupational therapists with the rehabilitation process of a stroke patient. With the software the therapist can create game based routines that support and accelerate the patient's recovery. Having game based routines makes the process more engaging and motivates the patient to practice more.

Rifle Scope Impact Testing Device for Nightforce Optics

Currently Nightforce Optics manual impacts each scope that goes through the line, our mission was to make this process automatic. We developed an automatic pendulum to consistent hit the scope. Which can apply different forces depending on the operator's needs. It improved safety and decreases human error.

Robosub

In collaboration with WSU Electrical and Computer Science Engineers, this team of four U of I Mechanical Engineers work to design, build and test a fully autonomous submarine. The rover will compete at the International ROBOsub competition in San Diego, California, where it will traverse through an underwater obstacle course.

Robotic Burrow Exploration

We have designed a robot to explore and map the burrows of pygmy rabbits and burrowing owls. The robot is controlled from a PC and sends video back to the operator. A suite of sensors allows the robot to measure the burrow as it explores.

Robotically Assisted Manufacturing Cell

Hundreds of nut plate assemblies are built everyday using human labor. In addition to contributing to workplace injury, these tasks can result in the accumulation of process errors. This project aims to create an automated work cell using an industrial robot which can tirelessly and consistently perform these assembly tasks.

Saline Solution

With an increasing need for fresh water, new low-energy and cost-efficient green technology to extract salt from water has become attractive. Our team uses electrical fields and high surface area nanomaterials to create a lossy capacitor that separates the sodium and chlorine ions.

Snowmobile Traction Control

Design a control system and electro-mechanical interface to implement drive-by-wire, launch control and traction control on the U of I CSC competition snowmobile.

Substation in a Box

The goal of this project is to build an interactive demo unit for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Industrial Control System security classes. The end product will be a simple substation with an easy to read visualization that responds to a variety of security scenarios.

Superconductive Levitating Flywheel System

The University of Idaho Flywheel Energy Storage System is a magnetically levitated and controlled field regulated reluctance machine. Functioning as both a motor and a generator, this vacuum enclosed machine experiences virtually no frictional losses. Thus, it is perfect for long-term energy storage, a critical step towards future moon colonization.

The Many Faces of Civil Engineering

Do you know what Civil Engineers do? Society would collapse without their work in everything from building bridges to making sure the water we drink is safe and tasty! Come by and meet students who are CE majors at U of I!

Touchscreen Kiosk

We are building an informational kiosk in the south entrance of the Janssen Engineering Building at the University of Idaho, using a projected wall-sized touchscreen.

University of Idaho Clean Snowmobile Challenge

The technologies that the CSC team develops are to improve fuel efficiency, emissions, make a quieter snowmobile, while creating over 100 horsepower.

University of Idaho Formula Hybrid Team

The University of Idaho Formula Hybrid Team is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students. We design, manufacture and test a formula hybrid race car to compete in the international Formula Hybrid competition. The object of this competition is to create the fastest, most efficient and most reliable race car.

University of Idaho Industrial Assessment Center

The IAC team conducts energy audits for small and medium manufactures at no cost, identifying opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste and save energy. The booth and presentation this year focus on a lighting transition case study. Come see the effects of light and energy!

Using Magnetic Nanoparticles to Clean Acidic Mine Drainage Water

Acidic drainage from abandoned mines can be harmful to the environment and toxic to life. Systems currently used to treat the drainage can be overwhelmed by seasonal increases from snow melt. This system will use plates coated with magnetic nanoparticles to adsorb iron and other contaminants near the source, providing a buffer to primary treatment systems.

Web Based Security Hardening Guides

A cloud based repository of multi-platform security guides for non-technical users. The project is self-contained: anyone can create their own instance of the system.

World Record Party Wheel

We created a 6-foot diameter spinning machine that is capable of displaying LED images from across the Kibbie Dome Stadium. This world record breaking machine will be used by the Idaho marching band to enrich the vandal game day experience.

Sponsor a Capstone Project

Interact with college students and engineering faculty with expertise in your field, observe potential hires and introduce students to industry best practices.

 

Sponsor a Project

Locations

U of I College of Engineering

Mailing Address:

Janssen Engineering (JEB) Room 125
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

Phone: 208-885-6470

Fax: 208-885-6645

Email: engr-sss@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Engineering

U of I Boise Engineering

Mailing Address:

Idaho Water Center 
322 E. Front Street 
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-364-6123

Fax: 208-364-3160

Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Web: Boise Engineering

U of I Idaho Falls Engineering

Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Phone: 208-757-5400

Fax: 208-282-7929

Email: ui-if@uidaho.edu

Web: Idaho Falls Engineering

U of I CDA Computer Science

Physical Address:
1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Phone: 208-292-2509

Email: cmmorrison@uidaho.edu

Web: U of I Coeur d'Alene

Engineering Outreach

Physical Address:

Engineering Physics (EP) Building, Room 312
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1014
Moscow, ID 83844-1014

Phone: 208-885-6373

Fax: 208-885-9249

Email: outreach@uidaho.edu

Web: Engineering Outreach