Twentieth Annual Engineering Design EXPO Announces Winners

Friday, April 26 2013

U-Idaho Engineering EXPO 2013
MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Student Union Building was home to robots, snowmobiles, submarines and other student-built engineering projects April 26 for the 20th annual Engineering Design EXPO. 

Teams of senior students from U-Idaho’s College of Engineering displayed and presented their hands-on projects to the university community and the public. 

The EXPO is the culmination of the U-Idaho College of Engineering’s senior design capstone program, which requires students to tackle every aspect of a design or research project. Industry or government sponsors support most projects. The National Academy of Engineering has recognized the capstone program as one of the best in the nation.

Judges recognized the following student teams for their achievements, in no particular order:

Awards for Excellence in Technical Presentation:
“Custom Integrated Circuit to Control a Wireless Digital Camera System” by Darren Allen, Daniel Mazo and Kyle Swenson, computer engineering; Lyle Johnson and John Lamb, computer science; and Daniel Micheletti, electrical engineering.
“Hydrocarbon Removal Water Treatment System” by Jeff Fischer, Shawn Murphy, Genaro Rivera and Nathan Suhr, chemical engineering.
“NASA Flywheel Energy Storage System” by Vincent Colson, Nick Frazey and Andrew Ivy, mechanical engineering, and Trace McGrady and Gregory Parker, computer engineering.
“Clean Snowmobile Challenge” by Amos Barlow, Cris Farnetti, Alex Fuhrman, Crystal Green, Drew Hooper, Tony Keys, Joel Long, Trevor Lutz, Dillon Quenzer, Dillon Savage, Tygh Weyland and Alex Wright, mechanical engineering.
“Foliage Extracting Tele-Controlled Helicopter” by Kora Barnes and Eric Johnston, electrical engineering; Elliot Dickison and Brian Lee, computer engineering; and Cable Johnson and Theora Rice, computer science.

Awards for Excellence in Booth Presentation:
“Affordable 3D-Printing and Prototyping” by Joshua Burns, electrical engineering, and Josh Jenkins, Zhao Liang, Jake McLean and Chad Nuxoll, mechanical engineering.
“Automated Bullet and Case Sorting Prototypes” by Ryan Bowen, Chris Doudy, Adriana Foreman, Ryan Kahre and Jordan Maag, mechanical engineering.
“Hydrocarbon Removal Water Treatment System” by Jeff Fischer, Shawn Murphy, Genaro Rivera and Nathan Suhr, chemical engineering.
“Infinitely Variable Transmission for Precision Planting” by Isaac Bass and Alec Wyland, mechanical engineering, and Vincent Phillips and Corey Wagner, biological and agricultural engineering.
“Simply Solar, Pure Water” by Ben Cook, Brandon Hardie, Connor Hill, Jake Knox and Kevin Tolman, chemical engineering. 

Awards for Excellent in Poster Presentation:
“Fabrication and Characterization of Ag Nanowire-based On-Chip Capacitor” by Khaled Abdel-Rahim, chemical engineering, and Darren Greer, Nikunja Shrestha and Sanjeet Shrestha, materials science engineering.
“Rose Garden Hill Intersection Redesign” by Kelsey Benscoter, Nathaniel Hayden, Callan McGriff and Marvin Ramirez, civil engineering. 
“Courthouse Road/US-93 Intersection Redesign” by Charles Guthrie, John Lampert, Tyson Larson and Molly Loucks, civil engineering.

People’s Choice Award:
“Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Development” by Brandon Bakken, Kurran Kelly, Brandt Pedrow, Silas Van Natter and Josh Van Patten, mechanical engineering.

For more information about these projects or the EXPO, visit

Media Contact: Tara Roberts, University Communications, (208) 885-7725,

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