Tech Symposium

Mark your calendars for the next Tech Symposium on April 30, 2019! The event will include exhibitions of Engineering Capstone Projects and the Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship $100K Big Rowdy Idea Competition. Register here to attend and/or judge.

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 winners!

Big Rowdy Idea Contest:
1st Place: OTTRS (Oil Tital Technology Retention System): an engineering mechanism that uses oil separating technology and other collection devices that can assist response teams when cleaning up large amounts of oil spills in the ocean.
Nicholas Ballesteros-Velasco, Antonio Terrazas, Alex Groves, Jesus Almanza
2nd Place: C-CAM Technologies: developing a novel oxygen-blowby intubation device that will decrease intubation failures.
Albert Keam, Caleb Haeussler, Carlo Castaneda, Matthew Burgess
3rd Place: Daedalus: developing a new weapon detection software system using CCTV technology that will improve security and police response time.
Allen Herrera, Justice Montes, Miles Martinez, Rembrandt Bukowski

Senior Design II Overall Winners:
1st Place: FilaWorks - FilaWorks Filament Extruder
Sarah Robinson, Roberto Orrostieta, Blake Walthall, Jeremy Goldstein
2nd Place: AMU Engineering - Harsh Environment Research with Mobility Enhanced Spectrometry (HERMES)
Zachary Roussel, Diane Robertson, Nolan Erickson, Divyaansh Dandona
3rd Place: TNT Engineering - Chuck Norris
Craig Guttierez, Jonathan Delacruz, Eduardo Morales, Erick Rangel

Senior Design I Winners:
1st Place: Bug Off - Insect Elimination Device
Victoria Wahlen, Sabrina Hamdan Shepard, Jordan Traxler, Karen Aradillaz
2nd Place: DYJ Solutions - Smart Box
Daniel Mancera, Javier Gonzalez, Yenjea Jung
3rd Place: Wise Guys Roof Fastening Cart
Daniel Mendez, Joel Gomez, Stanley Nzeadible, Juan Garduno

Senior Design II Civil Engineering Winners:
1st Place: Integration Engineering Enterprises - L'Hopital Medical
Sarah Rodgers, Edher Luna, Nicholas Parker, Parfait Masungi, Francisco Martinez
2nd Place: Falconwing Engineering - YMCA City Base Landing
Evana Toll, Jordan Lee, Gabriel Diaz, Marco Garcia, Nayan Patel
3rd Place: Apex Engineering - Marksman Firing Range
Shivani Gupta, Aaron Sulton, Jesse Simon, Nick Jesse, Moses Kabasele

Senior Design II Electrical & Computer Engineering Winners:
1st Place: AMU Engineering - HERMES
Zachary Roussel, Diane Robertson, Nolan Erickson, Divyaansh Dandona
2nd Place: Noteworthy - Internet of Equalizers
Diana Dimitriu, Nayely Alvarado, Joshua Herrera
3rd Place: Open Handle
Christopher Corona, Layth Odeh, Steven Chavez Martinez, Alejandro Alvarez

Senior Design II Mechanical Engineering Winners:
1st Place: JKM^2 - The Kernal Destroyer
Kristen Reynolds, Moshe Lasky, Joshua Orth, Maria Medrano
2nd Place: SB Solutsion - EPBS - Emergency Powerchair Braking System
David Garza, Varghese George, Zaryaab Rashid, Shebin Sunny
3rd Place: FilaWorks
Sarah Robinson, Roberto Orrostieta, Blake Walthall, Jeremy Goldstein

The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium was held November 27, 2018 in the HEB Ballroom on Main Campus. This event showcased innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The symposium is designed to provide a public venue for UTSA senior engineering students to present advances achieved in their design projects to UTSA students, their parents, students around South Texas, industry and government sponsors, and the general public.

The Senior Design Projects are the culmination of the engineering undergraduate studies, enabling all engineering students, in their senior year, to apply the knowledge and skills they have accumulated throughout their programs to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant engineering products. The symposium will not only include work in engineering, but also advances achieved in business and science.

Highlights this semester:

  • Senior design team projects from students in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Big Rowdy Idea Competition team competitors
  • Posters featuring early stage Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering senior design projects

Cash prizes will be presented to the top three teams for Senior Design I and Senior Design II accordingly:

  • Senior Design I: 3 cash prizes of $1,000 each
  • 1st Place, Senior Design II: $4,000
  • 2nd Place, Senior Design II: $3,000
  • 3rd Place, Senior Design II: $2,000

Special thanks for George Karutz for his generous donation for student prizes!

The 2018 Tech Symposium will be held at the UTSA HEB Ballroom at the UTSA Main Campus at 1 UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249.

Event parking is available in the Ximenes Avenue Garage (parking map).

Fall 2018 Tech Symposium Sponsors

Schedule of Events

8:00 - 8:10 AM          Welcome

8:10 - 8:45 AM          Keynote Address

8:45 - 12:00 PM        Projects Display & Judging

12:00 - 1:00 PM        VizLab Tour

1:00 - 2:00 PM          CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition

2:15 PM                    Awards Ceremony

Senior Design Projects

Projects by Department

Abdo Jamali, Angel Gallegos, Gerardo Gonzalez, Roberto Gallegos, Rogelio Chapa, A.H. Beck Foundation Project
Abdo Jamali, Angel Gallegos, Gerardo Gonzalez, Roberto Gallegos, Rogelio Chapa
Our project is a warehouse located at 9014 Green Rd., Converse, Texas, with a paved parking lot. We are studying drainage impact, traffic impact, and we are following the Bexar County requirements, and the City of San Antonio requirements to achieve a complete report for reviewers

Trident Engineering, Draper Brewery
Doug Lynch, Gabrielle Carranza, Clayton Mooney, Ramiro Hernandez, Andrew Garcia
Our design is a brewpub, a 20,000-square foot building composing of tilt wall panels and a steel roofing system. One half will house the brewing operations, and the other will be a restaurant.

Integration Engineering Enterprises, L'Hopital Medical
Sarah Rodgers, Edher Luna, Nicholas Parker, Parfait Masungi, Francisco Martinez
The L'Hopital Medial Center is a four-story building designed for general medical care as well as emergency surgical services. The project sits on a 56-acre plot and includes the redesigning of a channel through the middle of the lot and the preparation for future parking garage.

Engineers of Bexar County, Marbach Subdivision and Community Center
Brandy Bruschett-Chalfant, Andrew Martinez, Ethan Greene, Silvia Perez
We are desigining a samll subdivision of 45 lots with a community center, covered basketball court, and outdoor pool. The subdivision will be on the southwest corner of Marbach and Marbach Oaks. We will present the design on two to five placards placed on easels.

Apex Engineering Consultants, Marksman Firing Range
Shivani Gupta, Aaron Sulton, Jesse Simon, Nick Jesse, Moses Kabasele
Theoretical Design Plan for the construction of an indoor shooting range located at 1604 and Nacogdoches Rd. Plan details will include an analysis of structural design, utility plans, city improvements, and storm water/drainage requirements.

Correcaminos Engineering, Gold's Gym
Malcom Gonzalez, Dimas Camacho, Clay Kansteiner, Travis Lansford, Brandon Longoria
We are developing the plans, specification, and estimate for the construction of a new Gold's Gym in the far west side of San Antonio.

Falconwing Engineering, YMCA City Base Landing
Evana Toll, Jordan Lee, Gabriel Diaz, Marco Garcia, Nayan Patel
We are designing a new YMCA facility and all of the land development requirements that would be required if this were an actual civil engineering design project within the City of San Antonio. We will hav ea miniature scale model of our property and building and a 3D interactive rendering of our project that we will be presenting from a laptop.

The Kickstars, Aquifer Water Filtration System
Wayne Walker, Kimberly Rios, Kevin Toscano, Kieleo Shaw
It is estimated that 844 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinkable water; consequently, every 2 minutes a child dies from a water-related disease. In third world countries, water retrieval requires a daily routine that involves multiple hours searching for water. By incorporating a manual pump, water filter, and a four-wheel cart system, communities and/or families can acquire and transport clean water from local streams and lakes. Utilizing the Aquifer will reduce the number of trips and time acquired for an individual to provide clean water and eliminate the risk of obtaining waterborne illnesses.

SB Solutions, EPBS - Emergency Powerchair Braking System
David Garza, Varghese Geroge, Zaryaab Rashid, Shebin Sunny
An emergency powerchair braking system (EPBS) that acts independently of the user in the event of an emergency has been developed. This is made possible using strategically placed sensors around the powerchair, while utilizing the OEM electromagnetic brakes currently installed on the powerchair. EPBS scans areas in front of the chair using a light detection and ranging sensor (LIDAR) and provides a breaking response to an immanent impact situation when the user is unable or fails to react in a timely manner.

FilaWorks, FilaWorks Filament Extruder *Big Rowdy Idea Project 
Sarah Robinson, Roberto Orrostieta, Blake Walthall, Jeremy Goldstein
The FilaWorks filament extruder is a benchtop-style multi-material filament extruder designed to manufacture multi-material filament for use in standard fused deposition modeling (FDM) printers utilizing 1.75mm filament. This project was proposed by WidgetWorks 3D with the goal of producing an affordable, small-scale, filament extruder capable of producing customized filaments and able to compete with commercially available filaments both in cost and quality.

LH Labs, Joule's Constant Determination
Luis Sosa, Jr., Hector Alonso, Chisolm Ibeh
The fluid-thermal teaching laboratory at UTSA is in need of an experiment to demonstrate the first law of thermodynamics.  Therefore LH Labs has developed an experiment with associated apparatus to measure Joule's Constant of 778.17 ft-lbf/Btu. This is accomplished by heating a bronze bearing with mechanical work.

TNT Engineering, Chuck Norris
Craig Guttierez, Jonathan Delacruz, Eduardo Morales, Erick Rangel
TNT Engineering has developed a tube notching machine that is used for cutting tubes to mate with each other in the production of handrails and tubular structures.  By using a chuck mechanism which incorporates a plasma cutter and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, The Chuck Norris sculptures uniform cuts with high accuracy for various mating angles. The chuck mechanism locks the tube into place and a plasma cutter is adjusted to fit over the tube for optimal cutting. Two motors are used for rotational and linear movement to create the notches.

BAAB, Micro-Feeding System (MFS) for Cell Culture Studies
Brandon Durham, Adrian Alapag, Andrea Afanador, Bruno Amaro
The Micro-Feeding System aids cell cultivation by automating the delivery and extraction of media or any treatment of in vitro cell culturing processes. The device replaces the need to manually pipette nutrients for cell growth by employing an advanced reusable lid that is adaptable to any standard six-well plate and thereby improve process effectiveness and efficiency.  The lid system enables the user to control the delivery rate of fluid agents’ inflow and outflow for each well; allowing optimization of performance rate flow, nutrient availability, and culture treatments.

OTTRS (Oil Tital Technology Retention System), Oil Tidal Technology Retention System *Big Rowdy Idea Project
Nicolas Ballesteros-Velasco, Antonio Terrazas, Alex Groves, Jesus Almanza
Every year there are large amounts of oil spilled into oceans and the communities that rely on the coastal areas are most effected. The companies that spill the oil are, by law, required to collect it. However, only a fraction of what was spill is actually collected. The reason for this is because of the use of expensive, slow and non-efficient oil collection. The OTTRS (Oil Tidal Technology retention system) team has engineered an apparatus that uses oil separating technology and other oil collection devices that can greatly assist the response teams. The low energy and easy deployment of the OTTRS makes it ideal for cleanup efforts.

Team Re:Engineering, Plastic Bottle Recycle Ecosystem
Robert Oakley, Kristopher Boyle, Jake Klausmeyer, Christopher Loeffler
Team Re:engineering, sponsored by re:3D, has created and open source ecosystem for the recycling of plastic regrind into usable pellets for 3D printing. The processing unit is the combination of a novel vacuum dryer and off the shelf plastic extrusion components to create an easy to replicate system for recycling plastic bottles.

JERN-E, Rock N Roll
Emily Keer, Jacob Prado, Jonathan Morales, Roberto Mejia
Residential landscaping companies move dirt/sod as a part of typical job duties, usually requiring many man hours per job site.  For our sponsor, two laborers typically move 6 cubic yards of earthen materials 30 feet. The newly developed Rock N Roll front loader has load capacity of 7.5 cubic feet or 800 lbs., and completes the dirt moving task 1.44 times faster than a shovel and wheelbarrow. Finally, an overall materials cost of approximately $3000 is  47% the cost of the closest competition.

Road Runner Aero, RR19 Aerodynamic Package
Ivan Gomez, Reagan Murray, Edgar Guajardo, Nuttakitt Thongsuk, Muayyad Al Mulla
The purpose of this project is to improve the on-track performance of a Formula SAE competition racecar to increase its competitiveness for the 2019 competition. The dynamic performance of the racecar is limited to the mechanical grip generated from the contact patch of the tires. The best way to further improve the vehicle’s performance is to aerodynamically increase the loading on the tires to improve the available grip through corners. The aerodynamic package was constructed out of carbon composite materials to be as strong and lightweight as possible. The aerodynamic package improved the dynamic performance of the vehicle.

SwRI SDS, Sample Delivery System (SDS) for Gaseous Sample Introduction into Analytical Instruments
Amanda Korzekwa, Laura Adame, Melissa Escobar-Amigon, Ricardo Galindo
The SDS is a Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) sponsored project to redesign a Sample Delivery System (SDS) for gaseous sample introduction into analytical instruments in the Powertrain Engineering Emissions laboratories. The SDS is to accommodate all sample medias used at SwRI®. As gas analyzers require samples to be introduced at atmospheric pressure, the novel SDS is to regulate and control sample media pressures regardless of the samples’ initial pressure. The overall objective of the new system is to surpass the functionality of the current system.

33 Inches, Shock Compressor
Garrett Wellman, Nidia Sanchez, Sahil Ahmed, Jose Pecero
Aftermarket shocks come pressurized from the manufacturer and It can take several persons to compress the shock to the desired height. The installation time, as a result, is about 30-40 minutes on average per vehicle. A handheld tool to improve this process has been developed to reduce the number of persons needed for installation to a single person and reduce installation time to less than 10 minutes.

Binks Solutions, Shuttered Implantable Capsule
Eryk Rios, Isidro Guzman, Phillip Franklin, John Effiom
The Shuttered Implantable Capsule (the SIC) is a prototype device intended to disburse drugs into a greater body of fluid. Our prototype demonstrates how automated diffusion technology can be applied to drug treatment, and thus eventually be implanted in the human body.

Stratos, Sky Transporation Attachment System
Daniel Jiwani, Chad Parker, Crisitan Morales, William Hinojosa
Team Stratos has worked on a research project as an initial first step in the development of a UAV Human Transportation System. An under vehicle carriage has been developed to account for safety factors that may occur during flight mode and cause critical failures. The main safety parameter focused on is under carriage oscillation. With the use of an electromagnetic damper, the team was able to study the behavior of the system and find a reduction in oscillation for when the UAV is in motion.

Atlas Engineering, Solar Panel Roof Lift
Esma Shahin, Benjamin Jacobsen, Luis Aguilar, Vivian Romero
Solar photovoltaic capacity is predicted to triple in the U.S. in the next 5 years and demand for solar panel installations will increase accordingly. The residential solar panel installation process is currently 100% manual, with laborers having to carry each panel on a ladder to the residential roof, creating a high cost in labor and safety risk. The Solar Panel Roof Lift drives down labor cost and safety risks by replacing the manual component of residential solar panel installations with a transportable, pannel lifting system.

Stimson Facilitator, Stimson Facilitator
Zach Fallon, Isaac Libson, Toan Nguyen, Abner Pascual
Anterior dislocations comprise of up to 95% of all shoulder dislocations. The most common symptoms are weakened shoulder muscles and limited range of motion (ROM) which can persist for up to 3 months post-injury. The Stimson Facilitator’s main objective is to gradually strengthen shoulder muscles and improve ROM by up to 20% over a four-week time span. Applying heat therapy, electrical stimulation, and low level light therapy over a recommended treatment interval will gradually improve mobility in the shoulder region. In effect, this will lead to being more comfortable, reduce pain, and improve quality of life to complete daily tasks that would otherwise be difficult to complete unassisted.

Rowdy Suspension Systems, Suspension for FSAE 2018 Vehicle
Monica Villarreal, Osbaldo Gonzalez, Luke Townsley, Steven DeLorenzo
Rowdy Suspension Systems is set to improve the Society of Automotive Engineer’s front suspension design for the 2019 Formula SAE competition. This includes a redesign of key components such as wheel hubs and uprights, and geometric consideration surrounding the suspension linkages to improve lateral acceleration capability and thereby reduce lap times.

JKM^2, The Kernal Destroyer
Kristen Reynolds, Moshe Lasky, Joshua Orth, Maria Medrano
JKM2’s Kernel Destroyer is a texture removal tool. Our device removes unsightly popcorn ceiling texture with ease. The Kernel Destroyer can extend to 15 feet and with an articulation joint at its base can reach even the tallest vaulted ceilings. With its unique head attachment, the Kernel Destroyer is able to collect the falling debris to reduce the mess on the floor. Our device was made for the homeowner that wants to tackle their home projects by themselves.

Group 9, AMPD
Tyler Neatherilin, Selamon Habtegiorgis, Stephanie Cueva, Jeremy Solis
Our design is an automatic medication dispenser. The user will be able to pur their medication into the device and have the medication sorted, then dispensed at the desired time.

Team 13, Automated Drink Dispenser
Ismael P. Rosa, Hammad Malik, Zangah Malik, Chukwuka Imbuogu
Automated Drink Dispenser with voice command to facilitate drink beverage. With the use of sensors, motors, and raspberry pi, project will be able to pour desired drink by using voice recognition.

Group 08, Automated Waste Segregation System Using an Image Processing Application and Sensor-Based Object Recognition Assisted by Deep Machine Learning
Mukunda Subedi, Obed Hernandez, Gerardo Bilbatua
This design project summarizes the automated waste segregation system which marries three major engineering junctures. They are: Phase 1: Sensor based motion control conveyor belt system; Phase 2: Processing-box for applied image-processing application, deep machine learning, and sensors-based object type detection; Phase 3: Segregation repositories encompassed with a photo-resistor sensor based message system.

B.A.G.E.L. (Bluetooth, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope Entwinced for Localization), Bluetooth and IMU Localization for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
James Nelson, Sean Ackels, Abraham Marcos-Toache
Using Kalman filter algorithms for state estimation of accelerometer and gyroscope outputs, and supplementing said outputs with Bluetooth Received Signal Strength Indicators (RSSI) values, we developed a localization method which is crucial for control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This makes this information available for direct feedback control and routine development. This is accomplished by trilateration to derive a position from the RSSI reading with a low update rate, and consequently is used in conjuction with the faster accelerometer and gyroscope readings.

T10, Noninvasive Arterial Stiffness Detection Device
Yuri Unterreiner, Sherry Hurtado, Elijah Hendrix, Lance Nadon
Small cost effective device that assists in the early detection of arterial stiffness using electrocardiogram and phyotoplethysmography.

AMU Engineering, Harsh Environment Research with Mobility Enhanced Spectrometry (H.E.R.M.E.S.)
Zachary Roussel, Diane Robertson, Nolan Erickson, Divyaansh Dandona
The project revolves around mass spectrometry and the needs of real-time analysis, possibly with GPS location, of the Boerne City Lake, Robber Baron Cave, or a Lunar surface simulator, Our solution will be an all-purpose HEMS (Harch Environment Mass Spectrometry) support in the form of a hiking backpack for potentially any HEMS study. The backpack will have many modifiable features, such as CF flanges for universal instrument mounting, and portability features, such as a light-weight and safety-regulated on-board power supply. Furthermore, an on-board touch screen will provide the options for GPS location, specific mass range scans, and a full survey scan up to mass 44.

ITL, Intelligent Task Light
Dillon Villarreal, Michael Boyd, Luis Ruiz-Morales, Juli Williams
The Intelligent Task Lighting system uses intelligent sensing of ambient light levels and identification of the subject to create the ideal illumination for the task at hand. The system uses a camera to capture the scene, then processes this information along with custom selections to manage an array of lights with variable position, intensity, and color. The system consists of a camera, base processing unit, database, and LED array panels. The microcomputer will process the data collected by the camera and sensors. The LED panels will then adjust to the color tone and intensity set by the control system and user interface.

Noteworthy, IoE: Internet of Equilizers
Diana Dimitriu, Nayely Alvarado, Joshua Herrera
The project focuses on the feedback suppression portion of equilization of a room. The project uses a pic, a raspberry pi, and a machine learning algorithm located in the cloud to automatically suppress feedback in a given venue. This will be used to assist audio engineers in the initial set up steps of equilizing a venue and will respond quickly to any unforseen feedback that may occur during a live event.

Team 6, Holobase
Kasai Omar, Patrick Hogan, Aires Ngunza
The design concept is an interactive hologram-based system that improves the visualization of three-dimensional objects, leading to a better understanding of abstract concepts. This will be accomplished using a base station that projects images into acrylic panels, creating a hologram effect that allows a user to perceive and interact with an object from multiple angles. The system will allow for gesture-based input, resulting in greater interactivity and learning.

Handle, Open Handle
Christopher Corona, Layth Odeh, Steven Chavez Martinez, Alejandro Alvarez
The handle is a motion controller that connects to your pc and allows user to interface with their windows machine using hand gestures. Handle uses accelerometers to track a combination of finger and hand positions. Our software Handle Recognition turns these gestures into inputs that our other software Open Handle is able to use to execute PC commands such as Keystrokes, Mouse movements/clicks, and macros.

Portable Production Coil Accelerator, Portable Production Coil Accelerator
Clayton Stewart, Wesley Bribach, Erek Salinas
An electrical alternative to chemical propellants designed for ease of use, ruggedness, and safety. Demo will be video.

Elite Radial, Radial Firearm Disabling System
Juan Tapia, Zachary Fulmer, Katrina Gasataya
The focus of the Radial Firearm Disabling System is to provide an extra level of security in cases of life or death when related to gun violence. The system consists of a transmitter/receiver-based system. The transmitter will broadcast a signal within a set radius. Said signal will be sent to all receivers on firearms within the radius. Upon receiving the signal, the receiver will trigger a locking mechanism and disable the firearm. Targeted cases would consist of concerts, events, and schools.

Team 5, Wild Game Trap
Carlos Caldera, James Zinsmeister
The Wild Game Trap utilities machine learning to alert a user when a human or animal is in the vicinity. With remote control we can close the trap door. Along with this we will have a live feed, and GUI. It’s a state of the art trap.

Team 4, Electric Bike Kit
Simon Yanta, Nicole Kalt, Michael Reynes
The design is a universal kit to turn a normal bike into an electrically assisted one with dual motors and regenerative braking. Also included are batteries and a charging circuit for the batteries using a standard wall outlet.