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18th annual expo awards ceremony

2011 EXPO Award Winners

Booth & Exhibit Awards
Exhibits are judged based on interviews with team members. Specific criteria include: thoughtful use of design methodology, knowledge of appropriate engineering standards and constraints, awareness of potential project impact on society and development of life-long learning skills in the course of the project.

Next Generation Hybrid Formula Car
Next Generation Hybrid Formula Car
Mechanical Engineering
As part of a directed study, a variety of innovative vehicle systems have been analyzed and refined for the Next Generation Hybrid Formula Car.
Team Members:  Zack Porter, Chris Eacker, Chris Enzler, Nathan Repp, Josh Foss, Josh Hartung, Justin Ruegsegger, Justin Shook, Steven Hieb, Bobby Jackson, Cody Brumett, Corey Adrian, Matt Montgomery, and Brian Norman
Advisor: Dr. Steve Beyerlein
Mentor: Sam Wos


Bacterial Removal From Cantaloupe Rind
Bacterial Removal From Cantaloupe Rind Using Golf Ball Washer Mechanism
Chemical Engineering
Bacterial contamination of cantaloupes is a recurring global issue. A device was built to remove bacteria colonies from cantaloupe rinds to detect the contamination level. Bacterial removal was done using nylon bristles and buffered water. The water used to wash the cantaloupe is then collected for bacterial count analysis.
Team Members: Karina Intan, Jo Scholkowfsky, Sarah Reichman and Keith Christopher
Advisors: Dr. David Drown, Dr. Wudneh Admassu
Mentors: Dr. Allan Caplan, Dave MacPherson, Charles Cornwall


Tensegrity-based Modular Robotic Unit
Tensegrity-based Modular Robotic Unit
Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
TensegriTeam is creating a tensegrity-based robotic unit that has six degrees of freedom, is lightweight, can be stored compactly, and is modular. Tensegrity structures are comprised of only pure tension and compression members, and are being evaluated for use in space.
Team Members: Kyle Brown, Chris Edwards, Jared Garrison, George Korbel, Andrew Smith, Sean Wagoner and Andy Wixom
Advisor: Dr. Jay McCormack
Mentors: Dave Gardner; Bryce Winterbottom


Hot Cell Tool for the Removal of Cadmium
Hot Cell Tool for the Removal of Cadmium
Mechanical Engineering
We have been contracted by the Idaho National Laboratory to design a tool to remove cadmium, a soft metal, from a shaft in a fuel reprocessing plant that can only be accessed remotely due to high radiation.
Team Members: Alan Chatterton, Joseph Seegmiller, Douglas Smith, and Walter Taresh
Advisor: Dr. Steve Beyerlein
Mentor: Jason Cyr



Poster Awards
Posters arejudged on the ability to communicate concepts to a technical audience. Specific criteria include: clear statement of purpose, organization of supporting content, appropriate style/format of presentation and use of visual aids.

Paradise Path - Highway 8 Pedestrian Crossing Moscow, ID
Civil Engineering
A design for crossing Paradise Path over State Highway 8. Our project will concentrate on an underpass design at the White Avenue Bridge.
Team Members: Timothy Bishop, Ted Sorenson, Zach Swafford and Jazmine Watson
Advisor: Dr. Fritz Fiedler, P.E.
Mentor: Dr. Mike Lowry

Mars Hopper - Conversion of Thermal to Electrical Energy
Mars Hopper - Conversion of Thermal to Electrical Energy
Mechanical Engineering
The team designed and fabricated a device that generates electrical power from a 1 kW radioisotope heat source to power the Mars Hopper Exploration Vehicle.
Team Members: Jacob Wood, Kacey Bowen, Tamara Minor and Travis Hunter
Advisor: Dr. John Crepeau, Dr. Jay McCormack
Mentor: Brittany Ballard


Magnetically Mediated Destruction of Tumors by Hyperthermia Using Engineered Nanowires
Magnetically Mediated Destruction of Tumors by Hyperthermia Using Engineered Nanowires
Materials Science and Engineering, Physics and Animal Science
Our previous in-vitro studies have shown that pancreatic cancer cells were eliminated by heated nanowires. Thus, we will investigate whether heating nanowires can eliminate tumors in an in vivo system. We will inject nanowires into the mice with xenographed pancreatic cell tumors by using small gauge needle and syringe.
Team Members: Xiaoping Hopkins, Kyle Fickenwirth, Rosemarie Kringel, Dominic Nwoke, Mohamed Islam, Zhikan Zhang, and Jamie Jabal, Jamie Hass and David McIloy, Daniel Julien, Guankui Wang, and Suresh Acharya
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Choi, , Dr. Rod Hill and Dr. Eric Aston
Mentors: Xiaoping Hopkins, Jamie Hass and Guankui Wang



Technical Session Awards
Technical sessions are judged on the ability to communicate concepts to a technical audience. Specific criteria include: clear statement of purpose, organization of supporting content, appropriate style/format of presentation and use of visual aids.

Titan Rain Detector
Titan Rain Detector
Biological Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Our team is creating a sensor to determine presence, amount, and size of precipitation on Titan, a moon of Saturn. This sensor will be space-qualified, attached to an aerobot space probe, and capable of surviving Titan's atmosphere.
Team Members: Allison Tucker, Tim Kunz, Kysen Palmer, Hieu Truong, and Gabe Wilson
Advisor: Dr. Tom Hess
Mentors: Dr. Jason Barnes, Dr. Dave Atkinson


Intel Fluid Chiller and Control System
Intel Fluid Chiller and Control System
Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering
Our team is creating a fluid chiller and control system for testing chip performance at a given temperature.
Team Members: John Behrend, Curtis Bower, Drew Flerchinger, Skyler Hoeft, Achyut Lamichhane, and Kegan Pankratz
Advisor: Dr. Jay McCormack
Mentor: Brittany Ballard


Next Generation Microprocessor Development System
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Modernizing the microcontroller development tools used for computer and electrical engineering education and research by designing a new experimental platform that emphasizes scalability, sustainability, usability, maintainability, observability, and affordability.
Team Members: Sean Robertson, Timothy Melton, and Chenchen Li
Advisor: Dr. Greg Donohoe
Mentors: Dr. Richard Wall

Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team
Clean Snowmobile Challenge (CSC) Team
Mechanical Engineering
The CSC team designs and modifies an existing snowmobile chassis in order to meet strict EPA and NPS standards while maintaining power and agility.
Team Members: Austin Welch, Dylan Dixon, Drew Hooper, Alex Fuhrman, Cole Bode, Amos Bartlow, Ty Lord, Amanda Bolland, Eric Buddrius, David Erickson, Ian Lootens, Jeremy Nichols, Niel Miller, Chris Hill, Dallyn Lord, and Sambingo Smith
Advisor: Dr. Karen DenBraven
Mentors: Austin Welch, Dylan Dixon


Reverse Osmosis Membrane Flux Recovery
Cleaner, Greener and not Chemically Meaner Reverse Osmosis Membrane Flux Recovery
Chemical Engineering
Fouling of reverse osmosis membranes by large organic molecules is a common problem and leads to reduced capability of the membrane. We have developed a unique solution utilizing an inline backflush system that incorporates heated and pressurized water to clean the membrane without the use of any chemicals.
Team Members: Seth Gibbon, Alex Tate and Brett Kilcup
Advisors: Dr. David Drown; Dr. Wudneh Admassu
Mentor: Dr. Dave MacPherson



People's Choice
This award is based on votes cast by all EXPO registrants (including exhibitors) and has no specific criteria.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Sports car
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Sportscar
This team is designing, fabricating, and testing the structural elements and charging equipment for a series hybrid electric vehicle for use as a research test bed for lead acid batteries.
Team Members: Kyle Gray, Kyle Griner, Aldo Lopez and Cameron Gordon
Advisor: Dr. Jay McCormack
Mentor: Dr. Dan Cordon