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Student Design Projects Description

Aeronautical Design Team (aka "Aerobrick")
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Nesrin Sarigul­Klijn
On this team, students design, manufacture and flight test a fully composite, radio­controlled airplane. This year long project allows students to get hands on experience in structure and aeroelasticity, aerodynamics, propulsion, stability and control, and performance.
URL: http://mae.ucdavis.edu/aerobrick/

Advanced Modeling and Aeronautics Team (AMAT) Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty advisor: Valeria La Saponara & Steve Robinson The Advanced Modeling and Aeronautics Team explores the components and dynamics of airplanes by building RC airplanes from scratch every year. These completed RC airplanes compete in an annual SAE sponsored competition in which over 40 schools from all over the country enter. URL: http://amat.engineering.ucdavis.edu/

Baja Society of Automotive Engineers
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Steven Velinsky
Baja SAE is a college based team competition in which schools from all over the country compete against each other in off­road style racecars designed and built completely by students.
URL: http://www.davisaggiebaja.com/

Chemical Car
Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Faculty advisor: Tonya Kuhl
The Chemical Car Challenge is a competition between student teams from chemical engineering departments, sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The objective of this competition is for students to design and construct a small chemical powered model car with a chemical energy source that will carry a specified load over a given distance and stop. The load and distance is unknown ahead of time, and is given to the teams at the time of the event.

Concrete Canoe
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty advisor: Dawn Cheng
The National Concrete Canoe Competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The goals of the competition are to provide civil engineering students an opportunity to gain hands­on experience and project management skills, and to promote an awareness of the versatility and durability of concrete as a construction material. Students make a canoe out of concrete, and then race the canoe over a specified course. The competition consists of slalom and sprint races for men’s and women’s teams, a design report, and an oral presentation.

Eclipse Rocketry Rocket Team
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Nesrin Sarigul­Klijn
Rocket Club designs, builds and launches rockets on the field south of The Pavilion. They also have a long­term design project/competition using Hybrid L­motors with possible field trips to LUNAR in Livermore for High­Powered launches.
URL: http://ucdrocket.weebly.com/

Environmental Project
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty advisor: Thomas Young
The Environmental Engineering Project is an inter-collegiate challenge sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition requires students to design and construct a water treatment system that will contain, treat, and discharge a sample of water contaminated with organic and inorganic matter.

Formula Racing " Electric
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Jae Wan Park
Students design and build a small, electric powered formula style car from the ground up. Once they have designed and built the frame, drive assemblies, battery system, controls, and electronics, they test the vehicle and race it in competition.
URL: http://www.frucd.com/

GeoChallenge Competition Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty advisor: Bruce Kutter
MSE GeoChallenge is a student­run design competition in which a model reinforced­earth retaining wall is fabricated using sand and paper reinforcing strips. This wall must be designed to support weights placed on the surface, lateral loads and impact loads while minimizing the amount of reinforcing. Throughout the year, students will learn and apply important concepts from Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering while gaining valuable hands on experience and project management skills. The project culminates in national competition hosted by the Geo­Institute, the Geotechnical Engineering branch of ASCE, where students compete with other top­ranked universities.

Human Powered Vehicle ­ HPV
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Michael Hill
The Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Team designs an aerodynamic and highly­engineered land vehicle. They participate in an annual national competition which provides an excellent opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real­world applications. URL: http://hpv.ucdavis.edu/

Robotics Club
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Stavros Vougioukas
The Robotics Club provides hands­on experience in integration engineering. Through a partnership with the Integration Engineering Laboratory and CSTEM Center, the Robotics Club enters robotics competitions. They also partake in outreach events and programming competitions. This club allows students to work together with students of different majors, integrating mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science.
URL: http://roboticsclub.ucdavis.edu/index.html

Solarri (Solar Car)
Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty advisor: Chris Nitta
The Solar Car at UC Davis Team, is a non-profit student-run organization that designs, builds, tests, and races road-legal solar vehicles. It provides hands-on opportunities for students to create complex systems as well as become exposed to project management and real-world engineering. The goal is to compete in the American Solar Challenge/Formula Sun Grand Prix.

Solar Decathlon
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Frank Loge
Solar Decathlon is a competition put on by the U.S. Department of Energy challenging university students to design solar­powered houses that are cost­effective, energy efficient and attractive. UC Davis students perform the research, design, construction and operation of their home.
URL: http://solardecathlon2015.ucdavis.edu

Steel Bridge
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty advisor: Fabian Bombardelli
Technical advisor: Dawn Cheng
UC Davis competes each year in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition, an event that is co­sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Students design and build a scaled­down steel bridge to specifications that optimizes a variety of different scoring categories. The bridge is designed to carry a specified load, and is judged on speed of assembly, strength, lightness, design, appearance, and efficiency. Students gain practical skills in design, fabrication, communication and teamwork.

Senior Design Project
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Faculty advisors: Anthony Passerini, Angelique Louie, Jennifer Choi
In their senior year, students in Biomedical Engineering complete an engineering design project in a three quarter sequence. In the first quarter, the students complete a machining project qualifying them to use the Engineering Fabrication Laboratory and BME prototyping facility. They also complete a laboratory in the use of SolidWorks tools to create engineering drawings. The students then work in teams of 4 and follow the product design process through the steps of client needs assessment, concept generation and selection, prototyping and validation. Progress is assessed through a series of formal written reports and design reviews. The students are required to deliver a working prototype to the client and present in poster and oral symposia. Topics in FDA regulation, risk analysis, design for manufacturing, and other concepts pertinent to the design of medical devices are discussed. The projects are provided by clinical (veterinary and medical school), industrial, and non-profit partners. In addition to student lab fees, project funding has been provided by industrial or clinical sponsors, funding from the Clinical and Translational Science Center, an NIH award, and departmental sources. Extensive interdisciplinary interaction with other majors may be pursued in the form of joint project teams.

RF/Microwave Systems Design (EEC 134A/B)
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Xiaoguang “Leo” Liu
Board-level RF design, fabrication, and characterization of an RF/microwave system, including the antenna, RF front-end, baseband, mix-signal circuits, and digital processing models.

Electronic Design Project (EEC 136A/B)
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty advisor: Andre Knoesen
Optical, electronic and communicate-engineering design of an opto-electronic system operating under performance and economic constraints. Measurement techniques will be designed and implemented, and the system will be characterized.

Senior Design Project (EEC 119A/B)
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty advisor: Rajeevan Amirtharajah
Not offered in 2014-15. Design course involving architecture, circuit design, physical design, and validation through extensive simulation of a digital or mixed-signal integrated circuit of substantial complexity under given design constraints.

Digital Systems Design Project (EEC 181A/B)
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Soheil Ghiasi
Digital-system and computer-engineering design course involving architecture, design, implementation and testing of a prototype application-specific processor under given design constraints. This is a team project that includes a final presentation and report.

Senior Design Project (EEC 193A/B)
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Team design project for seniors in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Project involves analysis, design, implementation and evaluation of an Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering system. Project is supervised by a faculty member. (Projects vary from year to year).


Chemical Engineering Capstone Design Project
Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
All chemical engineering majors complete a three-quarter design sequence (ECH 158 A/B/C) in their senior year. The first course focuses on the design process, process economics, life cycle assessment and green chemistry. The second course covers unit operations, unit operation sequencing, and unit operation design and analysis. The third course requires students to work in teams to design a complex chemical plant, with emphasis on flow-sheeting, computer-aided design simulation, costing and economic evaluation, and optimization analysis.

Biochemical Engineering Capstone Design Project
Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
All biochemical Engineering majors complete a three-quarter design sequence (ECH 158A, ECH 161C and ECH 158C) in their senior year. The first course focuses on the design process, process economics, life cycle assessment and green chemistry. The second course covers biochemical unit operations including fermentation and purification operations, utility systems, and regulatory compliance and documentation. The third course requires students to work in teams to design a complex biomanufacturing plant, including conceptual design, design simulation, environmental, health and safety assessment, and plant economics. This course also includes a group design project in which groups of three students complete a detailed design of a piece of equipment in a biopharmaceutical facility over the course of the entire quarter.

Materials Science Capstone Design Project
Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
All Materials Science majors complete a two-quarter capstone materials design sequence (ECH 188A/B) in their senior year. Various principles of materials science introduced in other courses in the curriculum are integrated into a team design project. Projects are selected from real applications of materials in a wide range of cutting edge technologies where an understanding of structure-property-processing relationships is important in optimization of materials for improved functionalities. Students will consider the application of materials within constraints imposed by economic, manufacturability, ethical, intellectual property and safety considerations. Deliverables for the project may range from optimization solutions for materials and/or processing to fabrication of small devices with functionalities for specific applications. Final grading is based on the planning and execution of the project, the deliverables, presentations and reports made by the students.

Capstone Design Project
Department: Biological and Agricultural Engineering
In their senior year, students in Biological Systems Engineering complete a year- long engineering design project in a three-quarter sequence (EBS 170 A/B/C). Projects are suggested by faculty are generally related to their research activities. The first course introduces the design process, professional responsibilities, project electives and proposal. In the second course, student teams complete an independent design project, taking projects to the point of fabrication and testing. The final course is for evaluating techniques and executing the design.


Senior Design Capstone (ECS 193A)
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Under the supervision of a faculty member, each project team will research the solution to an open-ended interdisciplinary computer-science-related design problem, develop a precise problem statement, propose a design that solves the problem, implement a prototype design, validate the design and report on the results. The project is supervised by a faculty member.