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Student Projects

Student Design Projects Description

Electrical and Computer Engineering: Ten projects are being undertaken.

1,2,3) Three teams are working toward the 2017 IEEE Southeastern Region competition to be held in Charlotte, NC.

The theme of IEEE SoutheastCon 2017 is "Star Wars: The Engineering Force Awakens." It challenges engineering students in the South East to compete.
The robot must complete four consecutive challenges under four minutes. For the first challenge, the robot must decipher the code by measuring five
conductive plates. Secondly, the robot must detect a magnetic field four times and hit a light saber when the field is detected. The third challenge involves
the robot inputting the code received from challenge one by spinning a dial to take down the force field. Finally, the robot must then shoot three darts
through the target hole to complete the entire competition.

The other project teams are working on

4) A system for converting a two-wheeled internal combustion engine vehicle into a fully electric vehicle using a motor controller of their own design and
implementation. The hardware for the motor controller will consist of a microprocessor, along with a power electronics distribution network
that will use a series of sensors to give the controller feedback signals. The feedback will assure smooth motor operation even at low speed/ high torque scenarios.
5) A Child & Pet Safety System designed at mitigating heat-related fatalities in automobiles. The team is attempting to design a low-cost and easily integrable
device that can be used by any modern day automobile manufacturer to accomplish said feat. The system will first monitor if there is a child or pet left in the
car. There will be several different layers of monitoring to prevent false positives. It will also monitor internal car temperature. When the given conditions
are met, it will trigger both safety mechanisms and alert the car owner/driver.
6) A Corrosion Exploitation System that will be a user-friendly system with the ability to enter, monitor, and exit difficult-to-access areas. The objective is to
gather crucial corrosion data within the areas, in particular, inside steel pipes. Also, CES will have the capability to maneuver in and out of corroded areas
and communicate the data it collects.
7) A functioning and affordable (low-cost) home security system that is easy to install and maintain. The system will possess many features that modern systems
have such as break-in alarms, text alerts, and reprogrammable code pad. The team also proposes to improve existing systems using short-range wireless intrusion
8) An integrated system called CubeSat, which utilizes software defined radio and a flight control computer. CubeSat is a brainchild of NASA’s CubeSat Launch
initiative (CSLI) aiming at providing access to space for small satellites. It will allow CubeSat developers access to a low-cost pathway to conduct research
in the areas of science, exploration, technology development, education or operations. Overall completion will be marked by sending a command signal to the
CubeSat in order to either operate a given peripheral or having the satellite upload its data.
9) A smart sprinkler to vary the distance of spray according to a mapping of the yard and its position by utilizing an electronically controlled platform driven off of a single board computer. The system will alleviate the need to manually position the sprinkler head for efficient yard coverage.
10) A remote-controlled toy car that make fireworks safer while simultaneously increasing the enjoyment experienced by firework users. Safety features implemented into the design include remote firework ignition capabilities, a back shield to shield users from potential malfunctions, and a mechanism to prevent ignition of the fireworks when users are within the designated area of the explosive effects of the fireworks.

Civil and Environmental Engineering:
1) Design and construction of steel bridge for AISC contest
2) Design and construction of concrete canoe
3) Structural design of a building
4) Design of a major intersection and roadway expansion which includes coordination with US Army Corps of Engineer’s wetland permitting process
5) Design of highway interchanges alternatives. Activities include traffic signalization and structural, geotechnical, environmental, and drainage analyses
6) Smaller design projects include environmental design of a drinking water sedimentation tank, influent pumping station, elevated storage tank, and sanitary sewers; torsion shaft design, beam design, design of a truss support structure for a drive-in movie theater, design of a crane runway beam, and road design for coordinated projects in the area
Projects include coordination between the structural, environmental, transportation and geotechnical engineering design areas including construction costs and work phasing.

Here is the input from Mechanical Engineering. Four projects are in progress:
1) Liquid dispenser control for automated medical equipment, designed for quicker and more autonomous production.
2) Refrigeration cycle test equipment to measure pressures and temperatures to calculate cycle efficiencies. Equipment must be suitable for demonstrations and repeatable for laboratory exercises.
3) Development of a multifunctional “Rover” robot chassis that can traverse terrain and perform simple tasks related to surveying at specified locations.
4) Development of an autonomous gate / door control to automatically open / close as specified by the customer to minimize the opportunity for unwanted intrusion.