Fall 2019 Tech Symposium Electrical and Computer Engineering Senior Design I Projects

EPICS, EPICS UTSA- San Antonio Sports
Chris Garibay, Micheal Palacios, Ryan Revering, Robert Voorhis
Project Description here

EPICS, Tuned In
Caleb Burnett, Jordan Cotter, Isaac Mattson, Larry Smith
A project with the DoSeum with EPICs

Team Rocket, EPICS UTSA - Volunteer Tracking System
Kimberly Guerra, Alexander Ibarra, Mikayla Williams
The volunteer tracking system will sign-in volunteers and retain their information for reference to keep them updated on future volunteer opportunities; track their hours for incentives; and allow network opportunities to support the Salvation Army.

BADKids, Halo
Deep Bhakta, Angel Galvan, Kentrail Graham, Bianca Mak
The Electronic Muscle Roller will be a ring-shaped device one can place around their arm or leg in order to roll out their muscles without having to commit time to roll out their muscles. When the muscle roller is turned on, it will carry out a certain mode that the user can choose. The different modes will aid in different desires for the user, whether it be relaxing the muscles, getting out a tight knot, or massaging the muscles.

Electric City, The "Real" Slim Shady
Christie Carranza, Bryce Morgan, Annu Sibi, Corey Tiemann
A patio umbrella that automatically tilts based on sensors that recognize where shade is being applied and where it is not.

JDS Electric Engineering, Stand-and-Go Electronic Walker 
Sebastian Aguilar, Josemaria Gonzales, Daniel Shipman
Our project design is based on walkers. It will be electronically powered and controlled by a micro-controller. Our design will be developed with the subject to help elderly and/or disabled people to use less force on their upon the action of getting up from a sitting position. It will also help them decent into a sitting position bringing support to their weight.

LetSaveLives, In-Vehicle Alarm
Eldon Johnson, Jose Leon, Ryan Trejo
To provide an alarm that indicates that a person or pet is inside a car that does not have a driver present. Ideally, this will notify the driver or others that a potentially life-threatening situation exists. This is meant to prevent further deaths from occurring when a child, challenged individual or pet is left inside a vehicle.

Paradigm Engineering, rAWG - Renewable Atmospheric Water Generator
Edgar Acevedo, Brandyn Campos, Jasmin Sandhu, Tonelious Williams
Our project includes optimizing the power output for current AWG and combining this technology with renewable energy. This design will utilize sun energy and convert atmospheric humidity into the water via the AWG. Overall, this project will turn light energy into the water.

Salvation Squad, Salvation Squad
Travis Filla, Duy Nguyen, Brian Tomlin, Danny Torres, Chris York
Providing a system to assist The Salvation Army to keep track of their pantry inventory. Currently, The Salvation Army does not have an efficient method of monitoring their food storage, therefore we will design an inventory program to assist them.

Scott's Bots, Sleep Whale
Marcus Banks, David Chavez Morales, Oscar Manzano, Daniel Yeum
This project adds functionalities that are not found in conventional baby cribs such as, wearable monitors (heart-rate monitor, temperature sensor), application integration, and motor controls for crib stabilization. The purpose of this is to provide features that can increase the welfare of infants. Our project idea was thought of in response to the unfortunate and unexplained cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), there are many unknown factors related to this syndrome and in no way is this project supposed to definitively decrease the chances of SIDS, however, some factors associated with the syndrome suggest respiratory and environmental factors. For instance, babies sleeping on the stomach or side might affect respiratory functions. Based on these factors, we decided to create a project that may help parents reduce the environmental factors associated with SIDS as well as have monitors to alert suspicious physical factors.

Server 13, MVM LIDAR
Noah Bemisderfer, Myles Garcia, Joshua Gonzales, Ricardo Paucar
We approached New Earth Compost for a project idea, and they asked us if we could find a more cost-effective way to measure the volume of inventory in their facility on demand. The inventory is organized in large piles of material over 116 acres. Our proposal is to develop a low-cost LiDAR sensor that will be used to scan each pile and create a 3D model with the data to find and store the volume. The sensor will be portable and may be attached to a drone for aerial surveying.

Student Housing Engineered, The Residential Assistant
Erick Akins, Oscar Garza, Hunter Kim, Daniel Ramirez
The UTSA Housing Community Portal will serve as a digital hub for UTSA Housing Employees and Residents. UTSA Housing relies on student workers to document various business needs on paper, which include checking residents in/out, tracking temporary keys issued to residents, and others. Resident Assistants rely on third-party messaging applications like GroupMe to contact their residents and provide support, however, this method is tedious to set up and does not reach every resident. Residents often have difficulty locating/identifying their RA or the RA On-Call, they also don’t know where to direct their questions after hours regarding parking, quiet hours, and event information requests. Having a designated portal as a mobile app and website will provide an enhanced Housing Experience by providing solutions to the mentioned problems above.

T.H.E.M., Techture LCD Screen
Trey Balzen, Elisa Castro, Houston Smith, Mehron Moeni
For our project, we are working with Futurex to create a full-color LCD touch screen with a USB interface to improve on a system they have for interacting with their Hardware Security Modules (HSM). Their current design is a simple 4 line 20 character length LCD with 6 fully decoded buttons that have no user interface. We will use an LCD screen with a touch controller and a microcontroller/microprocessor to drive the LCD and act as a USB client device. We will develop a USB protocol, firmware to run the display, and a custom PCB that fits into the existing chassis. 

The Flux Capacitators, CLEAN-R
Alexander, Lopez, Anthony Lopez, Matthew MacKeil, Christian Tafolla-Gonzalez
For over a decade, we had roamed the surface of Mars with rovers. While these rovers were engineered to last a few months, they far exceed their lifespan and were on commission for years. The Opportunity rover lasted for over 14 years and travel 28 miles. The rover mission ended when its battery ran out and was unable to recharge due to martian dust covering its panels. Our idea is one that sends in small, light, and airborne vacuum drone(s) to help dust off the panel and perhaps revive the rover. Since conventional solar panels at Earth are cleaned with soap and water, our vacuum-drone will rely on airpower alone. Just like the vacuums we use here on Earth, our vacuum will have brushes and fans to blow the dust away. The vacuum will have drone propellers to help it “jump” from panel to panel. These propellers will have to retract into a hub and the vacuum will clamp itself onto the rover during wind storms. The vacuum itself can be solar-powered and will be able to clean itself with its fans and a motor to help shake the dust off itself. Reviving the Opportunity rover will get us to continue on the exploration of the red planet. We can also use the same vacuum-drone right here on Earth and have it clean our solar panel farms without the use of water and excessive manpower. 

The Frequencies, The Quiet Room
Antwoneous Bellamy, Patricia De La Torre, Aldo Mendez
The Quiet Room is an adaptive, portable large scale noise cancellation system, achieved by the use of multiple microphones and speakers.

The Machine, ProAssist
Elliot Aguilar, Brian Bandilla, Connor Carmichael, Josiah Rood
Our project is an automated basketball return machine that uses body motion sensors to determine where the machine should return the ball. The machine will be placed under the basketball hoop and will catch the ball with a net that will transport the ball into the machine. The machine will constantly follow the body it detects from the camera so it can know where to return the ball. We will also have a sensor to determine if the ball is inside the machine so it can be ready to be returned.

Notorious E.C.E., R.SCADA
Danielle Hall, Renn Leber, Evan Ryker, Mark Smith
SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems are a standard means of gathering and analyzing data in certain industrial and commercial processes but currently remain exclusive to these sectors, despite offering a high level of configurability and utility. We propose bringing SCADA systems to the residential sector as a tool for analyzing the comprehensive "ecological footprint" of a household. Real-Time monitoring and analysis of utility usage and waste output over time would allow homeowners to make more informed decisions regarding the more efficient use of their resources, allow cost-saving strategies, and provide sound environmental choices benefiting them now and in the future.

Celltech, RoboGuide
Allan Cruz, Lily Ebadi, Alexis LeBlanc, Miguel Lopez
Service robots meant to help guide the visually impaired.

Quad Box, Emergency Responder Prioritization Device (E.R.P.D.)
Michael Martinez, Antonio Nicanor, Travis Roberts, Christian Zolayvar
A two-way system of devices that mutes the audio of a vehicle and plays a message when the device in the vehicle detects a signal from the other device. The other device outputs the signal when the emergency vehicle sirens are on. The message that plays in the direction of where the emergency vehicle is coming from, this information is gotten from a GPS in the device that is in the emergency vehicle.

Wind Bats, Wind Turbine Power Conditioning Unit
Hannah Clark, Christian Hernandez, Austin Josey, Julian Salas
Power conditioner for a wind turbine.