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Engineering innovation and problem-solving on display at senior showcase

From a prosthetic limb for a dog to drones delivering food, engineering and computer science students have spent their senior year working to solve everyday problems. Graduating students presented their final projects at the annual School of Engineering and Computer Science Senior Project Day on May 6.

The event showcased over 40 innovative research and engineering projects designed by students representing all eight SOECS programs.

One team designed and built a prosthetic limb for a dog who lost its leg in a car accident. Although the project was a great hands-on and collaborative experience, being able to work out a real-life solution was the best motivation for participating students.

“Having an overall goal to help this dog be able to walk was definitely a motivation for us,” said bioengineering major Evelyn Sanchez. “And it definitely felt like the work that we were doing was fulfilling something greater than just a senior project.”

Student’s work was judged by the SOECS Industrial Advisory Board, made up of SOECS alumni and other industry professionals. The seven winning projects were:

  • Bioengineering: Joaquin Gonzalez, Vicky Guan, Chelsea Igtanloc and Kaung Khant Pyae Sone
    Gradiotronics – a pressure sensor array that can be used for rehabilitation purposes
  • Civil Engineering: Joseph Quarshie, Max Ninomiya, Alejandro Aguilera and Robert Gibbons
    Fairfield Fire Station No. 39 – an eco-engineering approach to renovation and relocation of a local fire station
  • Computer Science (individual project): Murad Haider
    Futures Trading Algorithm – an algorithmic trading system that navigates complexities of high frequency futures trading
  • Computer Science (group project): Jordan Somers, Sage Lee and Michelle Vu
    Chrome Wrapped – a Chrome extension to improve browsing history experience
  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering & Engineering Physics: Michael Dubie, Will Efstratis, Thor McAvenia and Daniil Vassiliev
    Hands Free Human Computer Interface Device – a device that improves accessibility to computers for people with impaired mobility
  • Engineering Management: Yu Chen Hsiao, Nabeel Hussain, Amelia Nish and Jeyrik Paduga
    Shakey Wakey – an alarm clock integrated with a pillow
  • Mechanical Engineering: Richard Jerue, Leon Tran, Brian Winchester and Ryan Zapp
    Hurricane Powered Wind Turbine – a turbine capable of producing energy harvested from extreme hurricane winds

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