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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Design Courses are offered/required in all programs: Aerospace Engineering Design, Biomedical Engineering Design, Chemical Engineering Design, Civil Engineering Design, Computer Engineering Design, Computer Science and Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering Design, Environmental Engineering Design, Materials Science Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering Design, and formal Design in Industry.

Design is composed of a logical process followed to meet a specific need. The design process encompasses most of the following activities:
1. Identification of a need
2. Problem definition
3. Search or literature review
4. Determination of constraints
5. Identification of criteria that are required and desired of the design
6. Alternative solutions
7. Analysis
8. Decision or selection from a group of potential solutions
9. Specification of the final design, and
10. Communication of the design
(Note: Fabrication of the design is not necessary.)
Research may involve design but it may be distinct from design. For example, the design of an experimental apparatus may be considered design, but the collection and analysis of data is not design.

Current UCI Senior Design Projects include:

Constructing an Artificial Eye for the Testing of Light Based Ophthalmic Measurement Devices
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Dr. Ferenc Raksi, Lensx Lasers
This project aims at the development and validation of an artificial human eye that can be used to test ophthalmic devices.

Medical Diagnostics on a CD: Applications in Centrifugal Microfluidics
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Kulinsky, BioMEMS Lab UCI
The goal in the development of such TAS devices is to design a disposable that combines multiple steps, such as for sample preparation, calibration, detection, or a number of other useful functions.

Therapeutic Wheelchair for Arm Movement Training
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: David Reinkensmeyer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
The goal of this project is to adapt a standard push wheelchair so that it can be used as a therapeutic exercise machine after stroke.

Prosthetic ring for heart valve repair
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Gary Sanders, Source Scientific
The device the students are asked to develop is a prosthetic ring for heart valve repair. The

Design of an advanced heart valve prosthesis that can be implanted through a minimal-size incision and easily attached to the patient’s heart
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Dr. Brian Conklin, HVT Research, Edwards Lifesciences

Developing Point of Care Diagnostics for Acute Myocardial Infarction
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Professor Michelle Khine
Goal is to develop a rapid, highly sensitive, and highly specific point of care diagnostic immunoassay.

Circular RF Ablation Catheter
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: David Chi, St Jude Medical
The goal of this project is to come up with design(s) that can ablate a circular lesion using RF energy.

Intelligent Oxygen Conserver Device
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Dr. Brad Sargent, Omnica Product Development.
The goal is to create a small, low-power device that can sense the patient’s breathing patterns and trigger a controlled release of oxygen into the nasal cannula just prior to the onset of inspiration.

Device to Measure the Degree of Cataract
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Dr. Tibor Juhasz, Lensx Lasers Inc.
This project will design and build a device that measures the mechanical hardness of the lens based on its light scattering properties.

Low-Cost Blood Analyzer for Malaria Detection
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentors: Professor William Tang, Biomedical Engineering
The goal is to develop a rapid, sensitive, and low-cost blood analyzer specifically to identify malaria and to diagnose the infection stages by leveraging the distinct changes in mechanical properties of infected RBCs and the use of microfabrication techniques.

Design of an Endoluminal Suturing Device
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Ralph Schneider, Edwards Lifesciences
This project aims to design an endoluminal suturing device that can be inserted into a blood vessel.

Non Contact Flow Measurement
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Project Mentor: Tessie Smith, Abbott Medical Optics
The project team will complete the prototype device that is capable of measuring fluid flow without contacting the fluid path directly.


2-story Commercial Center A
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Bill Thorpe, SE, KPFF Consulting Engineers
The structure to be designed is a two-story commercial building, 18,000 gsf total, structural steel framing with metal stud exterior, conventional shallow concrete foundations, with expansive soils supporting slab on grade.

3-story Mixed Use Development A
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Bill Thorpe, SE, KPFF Consulting Engineers
The structure to be designed is a three-story mixed-use building, 12,000 gsf total, commercial space at lowest story with 6,000 gsf of residential space at upper two levels, wood framing over concrete at lowest level, conventional shallow concrete foundations.

Reservoir Design
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Sal Sheikh, PE, RBF
The project will begin with consideration of reservoir need and siting, reservoir types and selection, physical and environmental construction constraints, related codes to include CBC, ACI 318 and 350, AWWA D100, D103 and D110; structural design requirements including load combinations and seismic loads, hydro dynamic loads, dynamic earth loads,

6-story Steel Office Building
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Howard Lam, Ryan Bishoff, Brandow & Johnston, Inc
Project Description: A six-story mid-rise office building framed from structural steel. Structural members consisting of steel girders, beams, columns, and connections will be used. Concrete over metal deck will be used for individual floors, with slab on grade typical at ground level.

Highway Bridge
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Majid Sarraf, Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng., Parsons Transportation Group
The project will involve the design of a new two-span bridge which will replace the existing Ward Street Bridge over I-405. The new structure is assumed will be about 350-ft long to span the entire existing I-405 plus additional two lanes in each direction of traffic.

Road Bridge Design
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Melad M. Hanna, Ph.D., P.E., URS Corporation
This is a two span bridge to be widened on both sides to accommodate the future traffic increase.

Traffic Signal Design
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Ramin Massoumi, PE, Iteris, Inc
An adaptive traffic signal design and evaluation project will be completed.

Roadway Design
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Kash Hadipour, PhD, PE, Kleinfelder Inc. Chris Bretall, PE, AECOM
This project involves designing the optimum roadway network for a portion of PA6 as well as the associated road geometric and pavement designs for the forecasted traffic loads and patterns.

Traffic Impact Analysis and Design
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Catherine Higley, Cordoba Corporation
The traffic impact analysis will evaluate traffic circulation in a specified portion of PA6.

Interchange Design and Analysis
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Kekoa Anderson, PE, Tetra Tech
The project objective is to design an optimum roadway network component within Planning Area 6 to provide safe and standard transitions between freeway and arterial segments.

Well Water Supply
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Zeki Kayiran, PE, AKM
This project concerns the drilling and equipping of a potable water well in the Orange County Groundwater Basin.

Trunk Sewer Design
Project Mentor: Ray Lyons, PE, Kennedy Jenks Consultants
The project consists of the design of a new trunk sewer and water transmission main.

Storm Drain System
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Steve Baine, PE, Psomas
This project will design a storm drain system, within the City of Irvine's PA 6, to collect runoff from the proposed commercial and residential development in addition to off-site flows entering the site.


Storm Water Detention Basin
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Roger Chung, PE, VA Consulting, Inc.
Marshburn Retarding Basin modification to accommodate the change in watershed land use.


Bio-filtration Storm Water Treatment
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Mentor: Ted Grove, PE, Stantec
A client’s new retail site project has been conditioned to construct a Low Impact Development (LID) treatment control Best Management Practice (BMP) to meet the new storm water discharge permit (MS4 permit) requirements issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board.


Automated Robotic Arm Design and Implementation for 60 GHz Application Measurement
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Filippo Capolino

AM transmitter
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Ender Ayanoglu

"Remote image acquisition, coding, transmission and processing"
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Glenn Healey

Design and Implementation of 2.4GHz Class E Power Amplifier
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Payam Heydari

Interactive immersive environments
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Mark Bachman

Wireless personal area networks for first responder
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Mark Bachman

High power programmable DC power supply
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Franco De Flaviis

RFID for biosensors and environmental monitoring
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Peter Burke

Cache memory: performance, reliability and power
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Ahmed Eltawil

Micromouse
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Said Jafar

A Power system that uses solar panels
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Ozdal Boyraz

A SW-defined radio implementation for video transmission over wireless Ad-Hoc Networks
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Hamid Jafarkhani

Digital Electronic Cooling System
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Chin C. Lee

Automotive Clutch-stall prevention device
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Chin C. Lee

DC to DC Boost Converter
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Keyue Smedley

Patient monitoring system via pulse oximetry
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Michael Green, Zoran Nenadic (BME)

Formula Hybrid 2010
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Henry P. Lee, J. Michael McCarthy (MAE)

The UC Irvine Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, James Bobrow (MAE)

Wireless ID Card Scanner System
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Project Mentor: Pai Chou, Stephen Jenks
Design components of the system (1) Magstripe Scanner, (2) Barcode Scanner, (3) iPodTouch, (4) Gateway, (5) Access Control protocols and (6) Database Interface.

Cargo Airplane
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: John LaRue
Design and build an aircraft that can lift as much weight as possible while observing the available power and aircraft’s length, width, and height requirements

Stirling Engine
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Farghalli Mohamed (ChEMS), John LaRue
Development of components and design and construction of a Stirling Engine that uses sunlight heat to provide zero-emission energy.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Autonomous Airport
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Kenneth Mease, Benjamin Villac, John Garman
Configure the unmanned-aerial-system (UAS) to fit the military ISO-20 box and configure the UAS to include autonomous launch, capture, and storage systems.

Rocket Project
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Kenneth Mease
Design, build, launch and recover a rocket with a 10 lb payload that will reach a minimum of 10,000 feet using a liquid biopropellant motor.

Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Yun Wang
Design, fabricate and optimize a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

Wind Energy Design Project
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Yun Wang
Construct a vertical wind turbine.

Design/Build/Fly
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Robert Liebeck
Design, fabricate, and demonstrate the flight characteristics of a remote controlled airplane to meet strict rules and mission goals.

Design and Fabrication of Novel Composite Materials with 3D Reinforcement
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Lorenzo Valdevit, Marc Madou
Develop a novel approach to the design and manufacture of delamination-resistant carbon-reinforced polymer composites.

Steel Bridge
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Ayman Mosallam (CEE), J. Michael McCarthy
Design a bridge that includes a decking support on each side where the loads will be placed.

Concrete Canoe
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Ayman Mosallam, CEE
Design, build, and race a canoe composed of concrete and reinforcements.

Racecar Engineering
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: J. Michael McCarthy, Robert Smith
Design and manufacture a formula hybrid racecar.

Autonomous Submersible
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: James Bobrow
Design and manufacture a submersible that will be entered in the AUVSI competition.

Stand Assist Rehabilitation Apparatus
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: David Reinkensmeyer
Design, build and test a robust model of the Stand Assist Rehabilitation Apparatus to facilitate learning by the spinal cord during stand training.

Satellite Project
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Project Mentor: Benjamin Villac
Design, build, and launch a small satellite into Low-Earth Orbit to photograph the Earth and transmit captured images back to UCI ground station.