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2013 Senior Design Projects

Actuated Spherical Tensegrity Project

Tensegrity is a structural principle that places rigid components in pure compression and ductile members in pure tension. Our team is creating a 6-strut spherical tensegrity that could collapse and expand by actuating certain tensile members. This NASA funded project will provide further opportunities for research on this design methodology.

Team Members:

  • Nathan Clark - Electrical Engineering
  • Joe Hepner - Mechanical Engineering
  • Karen Jolly - Computer Engineering
  • Sarah Lynn - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kyle Morse - Mechanical Engineering
  • Mogley Samter - Biological Engineering

Client:

  • NASA Ames Research Center

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Sophie Milam and George Korbel

Advanced Solid Modeling and Manufacturing

This booth displays the advanced solid modeling efforts of two classes, ME 421 and ME 425. The projects range from camera stabilizers, clocks, built pedagogy architecture, radial engineering design and of course Band-Beesten.

Team Members:

  • ME 421 Students
  • ME 425 Students

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Idaho Engineering Works members: Ian Clark, Matthew Kologi, and Kurran Kelly

Affordable 3D-Printing & Prototyping

The goal of this project is to reduce the costs of 3D printing in order to make it an accessible technology for K-12 education. Our solution fabricates high density polyethylene filament by using recycled milk jugs, and printing plastic parts from the filament.

Team Members:

  • Joshua Burns - Electrical Engineering
  • Josh Jenkins - Mechanical Engineering
  • Zhao Liang - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jake McLean - Mechanical Engineering
  • Chad Nuxoll - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • Boeing

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • David Eld

Analysis of Molten Salts by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

To progress toward real-time analysis of molten salt processes, this project set out to build a laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system in which molten salts were analyzed at various temperatures. At each temperature, calibration curves were built for impurities in the salts. Results provide direction for future studies by evaluating differences in calibration curves of solid and liquid salts.

Graduate Student:

  • Cindy Hanson - Nuclear Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

Faculty Adviser:


Armstrong Park Water Booster Station Design

The goal of this project is to design an above ground water pump station. This is done by selecting pumps that will work with the hydraulic conditions of the site to provide 150 gal/min. The building structure and hydraulic system are designed in compliance with Idaho and Kootenai County regulations.

Team Members:

  • Ibrahim Ibrahim - Civil Engineering
  • Pedro Mojica - Civil Engineering
  • Nicolas Pena - Civil Engineering
  • Jeremiah Schreindl - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • JUB Engineers

Faculty Adviser:


ASME MicroBaja RC Car

The goal of this project is to design and manufacture a fully functional remote controlled car to compete in the ASME Micro Baja Regional Competition. Key features include isolated gear box, carbon fiber chassis, and double wishbone suspension.

Team Members:

  • Andrew Engel - Mechanical Engineering
  • Stephen Goodwin - Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrew Gregory - Mechanical Engineering
  • Matthew Guthrie - Mechanical Engineering
  • Justin Herrick - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jacob Johnson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Nadine Morasci - Mechanical Engineering
  • Colby Nahas - Mechanical Engineering
  • Luke Nelson - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • David Eld

Automated Bullet and Case Sorting Prototypes

The current bullet and case sorting process at ATK's manufacturing facility is a manual process that involves quality control, heavy lifting and carrying throughout the day. Our objective is to create methods that automate this process, validated by a pair of functional prototypes.

Team Members:

  • Ryan Bowen - Mechanical Engineering
  • Chris Doudy - Mechanical Engineering
  • Adriana Foreman - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ryan Kahre - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jordan Maag - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • ATK

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Curtis Bower

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Development

We have been tasked to develop the mechanical systems of an autonomous submarine developed in cooperation with electrical and computer engineering and computer science students from Washington State University. Key features of the submarine that will compete in the 2013 International RoboSub Competition include the ability to shoot torpedoes, drop markers, and have complete maneuverability.

Team Members:

  • Brandon Bakken - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kurran Kelly - Mechanical Engineering
  • Brandt Pedrow - Mechanical Engineering
  • Silas Van Natter - Mechanical Engineering
  • Josh Van Patten - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • NAVSEA

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Sam Wos and Chris Ohlinger

Avista Distributed VAR Compensation

Distributed VAR compensation to provide voltage support at load. We will design and build a small reactive power generator, called a STATCOM (Static synchronous compensator), for use in small commercial buildings. It will provide a specified amount of reactive power on command with a plug-in unit. This device will be able to raise and regulate load voltages.

Team Members:

  • Chris Booth - Electrical Engineering
  • Kourt Laughlin - Electrical Engineering
  • Ori Roundtree - Electrical Engineering

Client:

  • Avista

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Achyut Lamichhane

Boeing Storage System Redesign: Ergonomics and Efficiency

In order to keep pace with the high demand for the 737, aircraft manufacturer Boeing recruited University of Idaho Engineering Scholar students to design new storage and shelving systems that optimize ergonomics and efficiency. The goal of this project is to create a leaner ergonomic storage system that reduces the current space occupied by standards and parts inventory by 25%.

Team Members:

  • Engineering Scholars

Client:

  • Boeing

Faculty Advisers:

Mentor:

  • Victoria Kampfer

Clean Snowmobile Challenge

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

Team Members:

  • Amos Bartlow - Electrical Engineering
  • Cris Farnetti - Mechanical Engineering
  • Alex Fuhrman - Mechanical Engineering
  • Crystal Green - Mechanical Engineering
  • Drew Hooper - Mechanical Engineering
  • Tony Keys - Mechanical Engineering
  • Joel Long - Mechanical Engineering
  • Trevor Lutz - Mechanical Engineering
  • Dillon Quenzer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Dillon Savage - Mechanical Engineering
  • Tygh Weyand - Mechanical Engineering
  • Alex Wright - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Faculty Advisers:

Mentors:

  • Drew Hooper and Alex Fuhrman

Cold Finger: A Melt Crystallization Process for Purifying Molten Salt Electrolyte

Cold finger separation will be used to purify salt (LiCl-Li2O) that is used in an electrolytic oxide reduction process by concentrating fission products (CsCl) in a liquid waste phase. Oxide reduction is a head-end step of pyroprocessing technologies for treating used nuclear fuel. The work provides a design, experimental programs, and preliminary results.

Graduate Student:

  • Joshua Versey - Welding, Mechanical, Nuclear Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Michael Simpson, Michael Shaltry, Ammon Williams, Robert Hoover, Michael Pack, Dalsung Yoon and Debbie Lacroix

Courthouse Road/US-93 Intersection Redesign

The City of Salmon and Idaho Transportation Department desire a redesign of the intersection of Courthouse Road and US-93 due to safety issues and poor level of service. Our project includes the geometric design of the intersection, signal and traffic sign layout, low impact pavement design, and hydrologic design for the site.

Team Members:

  • Charles Guthrie - Civil Engineering
  • John Lampert - Civil Engineering
  • Tyson Larson - Civil Engineering
  • Molly Loucks - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho Transportation Department

Faculty Adviser:


Custom Integrated Circuit to Control a Wireless Digital Camera System

The purpose of this project was to develop a digital application specific integrated circuit to control a digital camera system developed by Dr. Suat Ay. We added point to point wireless data transmission, an LCD screen, and implemented motion sensing and facial recognition technology to the system as well.

Team Members:

  • Darren Allen - Computer Engineering
  • Lyle Johnson - Computer Science
  • John Lamb - Computer Science
  • Daniel Mazo - Computer Engineering
  • Daniel Micheletti - Electrical Engineering
  • Kyle Swenson - Computer Engineering

Client:

  • VLSI Sensors Research Group

Faculty Advisers:

Mentor:

  • Anthony Kanago

Doubly-Fed Induction Generator Test Bed

Increasing energy costs and societal value paradigm shifts have led to higher demand for alternative energy production methods such as wind turbines. Because of the random nature of wind speeds, doubly-fed induction generators (DFIGs) are often used to convert the mechanical power produced into electrical power. The purpose of this project is to develop a test bed for a DFIG.

Team Members:

  • John Feusi - Mechanical Engineering
  • Wes Matej - Electrical Engineering
  • Carlos Solis - Computer Engineering

Client:

  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Faculty Advisers:


Educational Tools for the McCall Outdoor Science School

We are helping the McCall Outdoor Science School teach students about engineering and sustainable energy. We have installed energy monitoring equipment in several buildings, built a mobile solar platform for demonstrations, and constructed lesson plans for incorporating these tools into existing programs.

Team Members:

  • Spencer Goodall - Electrical Engineering
  • Seth Massey - Mechanical Engineering
  • Matt Schwisow - Electrical Engineering
  • Jeff Tracy - Mechanical Engineering
  • Kelsea Wilkins - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • College of Natural Resources

Faculty Adviser:


Energy Efficiency Studies for Regional Industries

Internships with the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) provide students with real world experience by performing energy efficiency audits of regional small and medium size manufacturers. Funded by the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the IAC trains the next generation of energy savvy engineers through hands on industrial experiences.

Team Members:

  • Chris Anderson - Biological Engineering
  • Chad Dunkel - Biological Engineering
  • Andrew Engel - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ibrahim Ibrahim - Civil Engineering
  • Luke Nelson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ryan Oliver - Electrical Engineering
  • Amy Shaw - Biological Engineering

Client:

  • U.S. Department of Energy

Faculty Advisers:


Extracting Usable Chemicals from Tire Rubber

Tire rubber can be broken down into useful chemicals by heating in the absence of oxygen. The products of this reaction are contaminated with sulfur which must be removed. Understanding the pyrolysis reaction and how to purify components will allow tires to be recycled.

Team Members:

  • Erik Brist - Chemical Engineering
  • Clayton Fosberg - Chemical Engineering
  • Travis Nelson - Chemical Engineering
  • Dallas Roberts - Materials Science Engineering

Faculty Advisers:


Fabrication and Characterization of Ag Nanowire-based On-chip Capacitor

We designed and fabricated on-chip capacitor based upon silver nanowires for use in integrated circuit. Vertical arrays of silver nanowires were fabricated on silicon dioxide/silicon substrates by electrodeposition process to increase the capacitance of the capacitor. Both materials and electrical characterization processes were carried out to analyze the morphology and performance of the capacitor.

Team Members:

  • Khaled Abdel-Rahim - Chemical Engineering
  • Darren Greer - Materials Science Engineering
  • Nikunja Shrestha - Materials Science Engineering
  • Sanjeet Shrestha - Materials Science Engineering

Client:

  • Air Force Research Laboratory and General Electric

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Ke Xu

Foliage Extracting Tele-Controlled Helicopter

The College of Natural Resources is required to collect sun foliage from extremely tall trees to conduct some of their surveys, and current methods are inefficient. Therefore, we aim to design and build an RC helicopter to collect the samples. It will feature a cut and hold attachment, wireless cameras, and heavy weight for stabilization in high wind currents .

Team Members:

  • Kora Barnes - Electrical Engineering
  • Elliot Dickison - Computer Engineering
  • Cable Johnson - Computer Science
  • Eric Johnston - Electrical Engineering
  • Brian Lee - Computer Engineering
  • Theora Rice - Computer Science

Client:

  • College of Natural Resources

Faculty Advisers:

Mentor:

  • Katy Kavanagh

Formula Hybrid Racecar

The Vandal Hybrid Racing Team is a non-profit organization which advances the education of future engineers by designing and building a vehicle to compete in the annual Formula Hybrid competitions.

Team Members:

  • Jordan Anderson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Ian Clarke - Mechanical Engineering
  • Tyler D'Amato - Mechanical Engineering
  • Rory Lilley - Mechanical Engineering
  • Joe Matranga - Computer Engineering
  • Marcus Nelson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Casey Scott - Mechanical Engineering
  • Conner von Huene - Electrical Engineering
  • Neil Wimer - Mechanical Engineering
  • Mary Yovanoff - Mechanical Engineering
  • Brian Zaladonis - Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisers:

Mentors:

  • Robert Fuhrmann, Chris Eacker and Dylan Rinker

Greenhouse Design for Warm Weather Crops in Sandpoint

The Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency is investigating the feasibility of developing a high value crop market derived from greenhouse culture. Our team is designing and modeling the greenhouse for the project, including estimating the capital, building, operation and maintenance costs.

Team Members:

  • Caitlin Keith - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Jiangong Li - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Brian Lockner - Mechanical Engineering
  • Josh Miller - Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Client:

  • Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency

Faculty Adviser:


Hydrocarbon Removal Water Treatment System

An increase in the presence of petroleum products in many water systems has led to a desire for an economical hydrocarbon removal technique. To remove these hydrocarbons, a bench scale continuous flow setup has been designed utilizing diatomaceous earth in packed bed reactors. After hydrocarbon removal, the water can then be further purified with much less fouling of membrane units.

Team Members:

  • Jeff Fischer - Chemical Engineering
  • Shawn Murphy - Chemical Engineering
  • Genaro Rivera - Chemical Engineering
  • Nathan Suhr - Chemical Engineering

Client:

  • WERC Environmental Design Contest

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • David MacPherson

Infinitely Variable Transmission for Precision Planting

The Infinitely Variable Transmission by iO DuPont is the critical component in a precision planter for agriculture. Our design features a system that will reduce severe speed variation of the transmission and allow for more accurate seed placement.

Team Members:

  • Isaac Bass - Mechanical Engineering
  • Vincent Phillips - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Corey Wagner - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Alec Wyland - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • iO DuPont

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Curtis Bower

IOSoccer: Kickshot Board Game for iOS

Creating a completed iOS application that emulates the flow and rules of the Kickshot board game that is graphically appealing to both small children and adults alike.

Team Members:

  • Austin Enfield - Computer Science
  • Morgan Weir - Computer Science

Client:

  • Sports Cards and Games

Faculty Adviser:


Kibbie Dome Light Show - Communication

The goal of this project is to establish communication between a Raspberry Pi and the lights that will be used in the Kibbie Dome light show - the successor to the Theophilus Tower light show.

Team Members:

  • Michael Crowl - Computer Engineering
  • Heather Tallman - Computer Engineering

Client:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Faculty Adviser:


Kickshot, the Soccer Board Game, as an Application for Android

Our sponsor has created a board game to help teach children about soccer. The goal is to implement the board game as an application for Android. Android OS emulation, or installing the application on an Android device, can be used to confirm that the application is an accurate representation of the board game.

Team Members:

  • Zachary Curtis - Computer Science
  • Rhys Perry - Computer Engineering

Client:

  • Sports Cards and Games

Faculty Adviser:


Kootenai Wastewater Project

The Kootenai school district is experiencing overflowing in its current system. A new system has to be implemented. A new wastewater system will be designed and relocated to a plot of land owned by the school district. The new pump and piping to transfer wastewater to the new system will have to be designed in order to meet requirements.

Team Members:

  • Luke Hendricks - Civil Engineering
  • Eric Hughes - Civil Engineering
  • Derek Rich - Civil Engineering
  • David Rico - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • Welch Comer

Faculty Adviser:


Magnetic Source Estimation from Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Measurements

Magnetic fields from ships traveling through the ocean can detonate underwater mines. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) can be used to take measurements of the magnetic field of a ship in order to estimate and cancel the magnetic signature. State estimation filters are used for control, position, and attitude estimation of AUVs for the purpose of estimating a magnetic source.

Team Members:

  • John Feusi - Mechanical Engineering
  • Bryce Gill - Mechanical Engineering
  • David Schipf - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center (NAVSEA)

Faculty Advisers:


McCall Passive House Lodging Facility

This lodging structure will be used in the McCall Outdoor Science School and will serve as an educational tool for the students there. This structure is designed to meet Passive House energy standards, meet Green Building LEED certification, and have a carbon footprint of zero. This design includes structural and hydrological features which are used to meet these difficult requirements.

Team Members:

  • Cody Clark-Cline - Civil Engineering
  • Zack Hill - Civil Engineering
  • Lauren Millard - Civil Engineering
  • Sam Reagle - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • College of Natural Resources

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Greg Fizzell

NASA Flywheel Energy Storage System

Funded by the NASA Steckler Space Grant, our team is developing a flywheel energy storage system geared towards lunar colonization. Flywheels provide an efficient, reliable, and low maintenance method for storing energy.

Team Members:

  • Vincent Colson - Mechanical Engineering
  • Nick Frazey - Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrew Ivy - Mechanical Engineering
  • Trace McGrady - Computer Engineering
  • Gregory Parker - Computer Engineering

Client:

  • NASA Glenn Research Center

Faculty Advisers:

Mentors:

  • Chris Eacker, Christopher Mirabzadeh, Kysen Palmer, Dan Mattewson, Brent Kisling, Bridget Wimer and Kevin Ramus

Native Fish Species Restoration with Remote Incubators

The purpose of this project is to optimize current stream side and in-stream fish incubators to create optimal living conditions for different fish species. The incubators will simulate a stream-like environment. This project will increase the native fish species in the streams and rivers in which the incubators are introduced.

Team Members:

  • Parker Burton - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Cailin Penberthy - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Ruth Reeber - Mechanical Engineering
  • Nora Sedgwick - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Ujjwal Shrestha - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • Natural Resources Tribal Cooperative Aquaculture Research Institute

Faculty Adviser:


Near Space Engineering

Near Space Engineering is a high school program designed to stimulate student interest in engineering. Students design experiments that are to be sent up on a high altitude weather balloon into near space conditions. Students conduct pre-flight testing and experimental protocols. Summary results are presented to the University of Idaho's sister class, Project RISE.

Team Members:

  • Helen Donelick -
  • Mikaela Hannon -
  • Kenny Weaver -

Client:

  • Moscow High School

Faculty Adviser:

  • Pat Blount

Pelton Wheel Assembly and Load Revision

The purpose of this project is to attach an electrical load to one of the Pelton wheels supplied by the civil engineering department. In addition, the tank and frame assembly for the wheel were redesigned. This gives civil engineering students a higher learning value from the hydraulics laboratory than they previously received.

Team Members:

  • Kenneth Fletcher - Electrical Engineering
  • Ian Haynes - Electrical Engineering
  • Jennifer Jones - Electrical Engineering
  • Phillip Spinden - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • Civil Engineering Department

Faculty Adviser:


PHEV battery project

Design a lead acid battery management system and compartment that can manage battery temperature, and voltage. The compartment must be able to ventilate hydrogen and sulfate gases. The purpose is to create a research test bed for future testing of lead acid batteries in application to Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

Team Members:

  • Heinrik Goettsche - Chemical Engineering
  • Sushant Ksheti - Materials Science Engineering
  • Tshering Sherpa - Materials Science Engineering
  • Nikunja Shrestha - Materials Science Engineering

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Dean Edwards, John Canning and Caleb Morgan

Pneumatically Operated Knife Assembly Apparatus

Our team redesigned an existing piece of pocket knife assembly equipment to be used on a live production floor. Eliminating alignment issues, increasing efficiency, and improving existing systems will allow for higher production volumes and a safer working environment.

Team Members:

  • Brian Bond - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jesus De La Cruz - Mechanical Engineering
  • Colby Nahas - Mechanical Engineering
  • Matt Sjoren - Mechanical Engineering
  • Eric Sprague - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • Buck Knives

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Chris Eakert

Practicality of Grade 91 Steel For Nuclear Pressure Vessel Applications

Grade 91 steel has been identifed as a possible new material for Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPV) in Very High Temperature Reactors (VHTR). A detailed economic and engineering analysis of Grade 91 steel for use in nuclear reactor pressure vessel design was undertaken.

Team Members:

  • Kyle Fickenwirth - Materials Science Engineering
  • Sweta Khanal - Materials Science Engineering
  • Robert Meine - Materials Science Engineering

Faculty Advisers:


Prius PHEV Conversion

For this project, the goal is to expand the range of a Toyota Prius using a new lead-acid battery developed at the University of Idaho. This project is to design a package for these batteries that can fit into the back of a Prius. The package will have a cooling system, charging system, and a battery management system.

Team Members:

  • Benjamin Barr - Electrical Engineering
  • Mark Eisenhuth - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jun Li - Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Louis Litzko - Electrical Engineering

Faculty Adviser:


Process and Facility for Potassium Drawdown Reaction

Development of a process that will minimize the volume of nuclear waste and maximize re-usable material. Design of a facility that has the capability of separating molten salt mixtures used in electrorefiners to separate components of nuclear waste streams.

Team Members:

  • Kristofer Dole - Materials Science Engineering
  • Jeffry Fergen - Materials Science Engineering
  • Darren Greer - Materials Science Engineering
  • Mirna Hurtado - Chemical Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

Faculty Advisers:

Mentors:

  • Charles Cornwall and David MacPherson

Project GREEN: Going Renewable, Energy Efficient and Natural

Project Green aims to power the YMCA Camp near Horsethief Reservoir in Cascade, Idaho using renewable potential available in the camp. The team plans to tap their solar, hydro, biomass, geothermal and possibly wind resources. The primary goal is to provide an educational aspect to Renewable Energy while aiming for a net-zero annual generation.

Team Members:

  • Matt Baker - Electrical Engineering
  • Isaac Cowger - Electrical Engineering
  • Gage Gallagher - Electrical Engineering
  • Michael West - Electrical Engineering

Client:

  • Y-Camp at Horsethief Reservoir

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Rishabh Jain

Raspberry Pi Controlled LED Display

Developing software to remotely control an expandable LED matrix driven by a Raspberry Pi.

Team Members:

  • Josh Armstrong - Computer Science
  • Brian Bowles - Computer Science
  • Nathan Krussel - Computer Science

Client:

  • Computer Science Department

Faculty Advisers:


Rose Garden Hill Intersection Redesign

The goal of this project is to redesign an intersection in Caldwell, Idaho due to the closure and rerouting of traffic from a nearby intersection. This includes designing a retaining wall in addition to adding turning bays and a traffic signal, storm drainage design, pavement design and cost analysis.

Team Members:

  • Kelsey Benscoter - Civil Engineering
  • Nathaniel Hayden - Civil Engineering
  • Callan McGriff - Civil Engineering
  • Marvin Ramirez - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • City of Caldwell

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Michael Kyte and Sunil Sharma

Rotor Pole Temperature Sensor Network

To help ensure safe and efficient operation of the generators at Noxon Dam the design team was tasked, by Avista with developing a temperature sensing network that would monitor the temperature of the poles on the generator. The design features proof of concepts for self-powering the network and circuitry for wireless transmission of temperature data.

Team Members:

  • Danu Hankins - Electrical Engineering
  • Jay Hartshorn - Electrical Engineering
  • Justin Postma - Electrical Engineering

Client:

  • Avista

Faculty Adviser:


Rules-Based Object Placement Plugin for Google Sketchup

Creating models in SketchUp can be complicated, since users need to develop objects and manually ensure that they interact properly. This project aims to develop predefined shapes which may be assembled per a specific set of user-defined rules. This will greatly increase the efficiency of the modeling process.

Team Members:

  • Jason Fletcher - Computer Science
  • Maxine Major - Computer Science

Client:

  • Mechanical Engineering Department

Faculty Adviser:


Second Generation Pumpkin Cannon

We were tasked with resolving safety and usability issues with the 2011-12 pumpkin cannon. Key improvements include the implementation of a reliable sabot design, automated control system, and safety precautions. The cannon will entertain and inform those attending the Clearwater Corn Maze.

Team Members:

  • Michael Fujikawa - Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeff Reznicek - Mechanical Engineering
  • Amey Shigrekar - Mechanical Engineering

Client:

  • Clearwater Corn Maze

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Dan Mathewson

Sheep Creek/Hangman Creek Realignment

The junction of Sheep Creek and Hangman Creek near De Smet, Idaho is hydraulically unstable after a 2008 straightening project. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has requested that hydrologic and hydraulic analysis be conducted to yield multiple realignment designs to stabilize the creek bed and provide habitat for native Redband Trout.

Team Members:

  • Nate Seal - Civil Engineering
  • Bradford Tower - Civil Engineering
  • Mike VanLydegraf - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • Coeur d'Alene Tribe

Faculty Adviser:


Simply Solar, Pure Water

Solar distillation has long been a technique for producing potable water from brackish ground water or sea water. A unique design utilizing a Fresnel lens concentrates intense heat over a small area on a hot cell. Steam is condensed and collected while leaving behind the reject minerals.

Team Members:

  • Ben Cook - Chemical Engineering
  • Brandon Hardie - Chemical Engineering
  • Connor Hill - Chemical Engineering
  • Jake Knox - Chemical Engineering
  • Kevin Tolman - Chemical Engineering

Client:

  • WERC Environmental Design Contest

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • David MacPherson and Charles Cornwall

Spokane IO7 Combined Sewage Overflow System

The project is necessary to regulate stormwater and sewage flow to prevent inundation of the wastewater treatment plant in Spokane during large storm events. The project consists of evaluating the existing pipe network and designing a system of regulators to moderate flows into the IO7 interceptor during peak flows. This will prevent sewage from backing up into houses.

Team Members:

  • Marliese Bruer - Civil Engineering
  • Sean Christen - Civil Engineering
  • Mitchell Harder - Civil Engineering
  • Roger Iveson - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • AECOM

Faculty Advisers:


Team Formula EV

The purpose of this project is to design/construct an all electric power train for future senior design teams to build off of and have a complete vehicle to compete in the SAE speed and endurance competitions in the next 2-3 years.

Team Members:

  • Blazen Ingram - Electrical Engineering
  • Antonio Telleria - Electrical Engineering
  • Chihan Wang - Electrical Engineering

Client:

  • NIATT

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Jaz Veach

Tower Light Show Power Supply Design

The purpose of this project is to make a more efficient and modular power supply for the tower light show. Key features include adjustable current, voltage, and regulation, as well as modularity for future expansion.

Team Members:

  • Dave Miller - Computer Engineering, Computer Science
  • Jake Wagner - Electrical Engineering
  • Jesse Walson - Electrical Engineering

Client:

  • Computer Science Department

Faculty Adviser:


U.S. 93 Curve Re-alignment Mackay, Idaho

Idaho Transportation Department has requested a vertical and horizontal curve re-alignment for U.S. Highway 93 west of Mackay, Idaho. Project also includes a hydrologic analysis to assist in a box culvert redesign under the roadway leading to Mackay Reservoir. The designed curves and box culvert will be provided to ITD sponsor Tracy Bono upon completion of project.

Team Members:

  • Julio Gonzalez - Civil Engineering
  • Brett Seely - Civil Engineering
  • Clint Thome - Civil Engineering
  • Casey Walton - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho Transportation Department

Faculty Adviser:

Mentor:

  • Tracy Bono

University of Idaho Lot 35 Redesign

UI Lot 35 is an unpaved Gold parking lot adjacent to the Student Health Center with significant slope and grading issues. This project aims to decrease these issues using the cut and fill technique to minimize soil transportation and disposal. The overall functionality of the lot will be improved through the installation of pavement and retaining walls.

Team Members:

  • Tanner Jared - Civil Engineering
  • Jordan Winkelseth - Civil Engineering
  • Katie Wisdom - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • University of Idaho Parking and Transportation Services and Architectural and Engineering Services

Faculty Adviser:

Mentors:

  • Fouad Bayomy and Sunil Sharma

US-2 Corridor Analysis and Design in Priest River, ID

The US-2 corridor in Priest River, ID has a deteriorating safety record due to excessive access points and the main intersection of US-2 and SH-57 being undersized for the large trucks that frequently use the corridor. This project redesigns the intersection geometry, addresses access management problems, and designs new road and pavement profiles.

Team Members:

  • Briana Bradley - Civil Engineering
  • Joe Eiras - Civil Engineering
  • Ismael Medina - Civil Engineering
  • Matt Sipple - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho Transportation Department

Faculty Adviser:


Ustick Road - Bryson Drive Canal Crossing

Due to increases in traffic volume the Ada County Highway District will be widening Ustick Rd from a two-lane rural section to a five-lane urban section. This widening requires the replacement of the North Slough bridge across Ustick Rd. The design of this bridge is included in the project.

Team Members:

  • Thomas Allen - Civil Engineering
  • Scott Fraser - Civil Engineering
  • Nick Hanson - Civil Engineering
  • Spencer Johnson - Civil Engineering
  • Jason Lorentz - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • WHPacific

Faculty Adviser:


Wendy's Fast Food Restaurant

The purpose of this project is to incorporate a new fast food restaurant into an existing site plan for a shopping center in Henderson, Nevada. The team will design necessary site improvements for access, grading, and utilities, and will update existing drainage and traffic studies. Based on these designs, the site can be prepared for construction of the new restaurant.

Team Members:

  • Rashell Beckman - Civil Engineering
  • Robert Herrera - Civil Engineering
  • Taylor Nufer - Civil Engineering
  • Ashley Vincent - Civil Engineering

Client:

  • Lochsa Engineering

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Wind-Powered Reverse Osmosis Nitrate Removal

Well water in agriculture communities has been found to contain high levels of nitrates. To alleviate this problem, reverse osmosis and catalytic reduction methods were investigated to determine the best denitrification system for these communities. A wind-turbine powered reverse osmosis system was found to successfully reduce nitrate concentrations from 20 mg/L to a safe level below 10 mg/L.

Team Members:

  • Samantha Buttram - Chemical Engineering
  • Benjamin Carleton - Chemical Engineering
  • Darby Hoss - Chemical Engineering
  • Grant Howard - Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry
  • Kylie Jarvis - Chemical Engineering

Client:

  • WERC Environmental Design Contest

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Mentors:

  • David MacPherson, Charles Cornwall and Eric Aston

Zirconium and Uranium Electrochemistry in Molten Salt

Experiments have been performed with zirconium and uranium in molten salt at 500 °C to aid in the recovery of these species from the electrochemical treatment of used nuclear fuel. Electrochemical and thermodynamic properties have been determined, which help explain the behavior of the different ions of these elements, and can be used to optimize the overall process.

Graduate Student:

  • Robert Hoover - Chemical Engineering

Client:

  • Idaho National Laboratory

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