Tech Symposium

The Fall 2019 Tech Symposium will be held Tuesday, November 26th! The event will include exhibitions of Engineering Capstone Projects and the Big Rowdy Idea Competition. Register here to attend and/or judge.

This event showcases 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
  • Posters featuring early stage Civil Engineering, 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 our student prize donors for their generous donation for student prizes!

The 2019 Tech Symposium will be held at the H-E-B 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 2019 Tech Symposium Sponsor

Schedule of Events

8:30 - 8:40 AM          Welcome

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

1:00 - 1:45 PM          Awards Ceremony

1:45 - 2:00 PM          Closing

Senior Design Projects

Projects by Department

JNST Solutions, Aqua Cool Prosthetic Socket *CITE Competitor*
Natalie Coppala, Brittany Calvillo, Maggie Gerety, Toral Khajanchi, Jesse Kluckman, Stefanos Roberts
JNST Solutions has created a portable external thermoregulatory device for lower extremity residual limbs. This device focuses specifically on cooling residual limbs for above-the-knee amputees who face elevated core body temperatures, which can result in excess sweating, leading to skin irritation, and infection. The Aqua Cool Prosthetic Socket works by running cool water through piping embedded in the inner socket, allowing the user to cool their limb as needed and receive relief from unnecessary perspiration.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor QL+.

Protonova Medical, Electrostimulation Posture Training Device
Edgar Cantu, Carlos Bedolla, Daniel Leibold, Thinh Phan
Protonova Medical's device utilizes functinalized E-stimulation for the discrete training and progressive overload of postural muscles in seated office workers.

BioTransplant Solutions, Frio-TEC *CITE Competitor*
Aaron Ruiz, Roxanne Cantu, Jorge Elizondo, Shannon Franklin, JB Gibbs, Wyatt Sheff
According to UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing), kidneys are the most transplanted organ in the U.S. Kidney transplants are believed to be more successful than dialysis since they can improve the patient’s lifestyle and drastically increasing their life expectancy. Based on these studies we have determined that there is a need for an innovative, portable, and inexpensive device that will improve the transportation of kidneys intended for transplantation. Our design seeks to resolve the urgency for organ transport in either expensive or unpredictable modes of transportation.

Helios Medical, Helios Sol *CITE Competitor*
David Hall, Mark Boots, Briana Garcia, Javi Love, Rudolfo Lozano, Angela San Juan
The Helios Sol is a rugged, wearable, patent device that calculates the vitamin D production of the wearer as a function of UV light exposure. As a secondary function, the device is able to warn of UV overexposure, which can lead to sunburn in the short term and potentially cancer later in life.

Zometis Innovations, Human Microbiome Sampling Device *CITE Competitor*
Mercedes Vidal, Elysa Jui, Samantha Mann, Cynthia Perez
Zometis Innovations is designing an ingestible capsule that will sample the microbiome within the human intestine. This device will provide gastroenterologists with a less invasive procedure that yields a more accurate diagnosis of diseases and infections from the highly concentrated microbial sample that is collected.

Mednovel Devices, Indentapen *CITE Competitor*
Vangelina Osteguin, Juveria Fatima, Melanie Foster, Divya Kamnani, Natalia Rafiq
Mednovel Devices is tackling a widespread speech and breathing problem that affects approximately 1 in 10 people. We estimate 10,000 ENTs, 150,000 speech pathologists, and 200 university medical centers would benefit from The Indentapen which allows observations to transition into numbers. This product will reduce the need for expensive tissue samples in the lab and reduce the number of post-op visits by 30% in the clinic, presenting opportunities for new patients to be treated. The Indentapen will revolutionize personalized medicine by providing patient data in real time. It’s easy to use, safe, reliable, and saves researchers and clinicians time and money.

C-CAM, Oxygen Blowby Video Laryngoscope *CITE Competitor*
Albert J. Keam, Matthew Burgess, Carlos Castaneda, Caleb Haeusslee
C-CAM Technologies is setting out to create a solution to address the deficits currently facing today's paramedics in the realm of pre-hospital intubation. We set out to design a device to improve the visualization of landmarks while performing pre-hospital endotracheal intubations. Paramedics currently use a laryngoscope to lift the epiglottis and provide direct view of the larynx. This basic technique can be modified with the use of a oxygen blowby video laryngoscope which can aid in intubating patients with difficult airways due to blockages consisting of excess tissue seen in obese patients, or bodily fluids such as nemesis, blood, and/or mucosal build-up.

Quick & Dirty Engineering, Advanced Athletics Commercial Development
Anthony Guevara, Jonathan Gonzalez, Muhamad Madhat, Katie Marshall, Ryan Mundt, Tyler Newlin
Comprised of six team members, Quick & Dirty Engineering performed land development and structural services for the establishment of a recreational health and fitness facility. A proposed two-phase development process allows the client to offset in part the infrastructure costs associated with the initial phase. Q&DE has provided engineering design for the following features to be included with Phase 1 of Advance Athletics Commercial Development: storm water management and water quality pond; right turn lane entry; structural design of facility; building foundation design; 12" water main, fire line, and water services; and sanitary sewer services.

Engineering Tomorrow, Chuze Fitness Center Development
Amy Lewis, Emily Brown, Eric Bueno, Cristian Martinez, James Wilcox 
The Chuze Fitness Center project was designed to display the engineering and development process of a commercial gym from land acquisition to final built product. 

RCX, FM 3351 at Cibolo Creek Bridge Improvement Project
Jordan Griffis, Ali Alhawaj, Sergio Gamboa, Juan Lozano, Shahryar Selky, Sam Tawil
The FM 3351 at Cibolo Creek Bridge Improvement Project consists of the redesign of the existing low water crossing. At present, the water level rises above the surface, causing closures and major traffic delays. The existing bridge is not designed in accordance with the 100-year ultimate flood level.
This project involves increasing the level of the deck above this level in addition to roadway expansion, sidewalks, and intersection improvements. Major design considerations include: traffic control plan, stormwater pollution prevention plan, roadway and pavement design, signing and striping, bridge structure design, and hydrology.

SIBED Engineering, Indoor Soccer Facility
Isaiah Adams, Edwin Duggirala, Sergio Patino, Brennan Watson, Denzel White
SIBED Engineering will be designing a new Indoor Soccer Facility at the University of Texas at San Antonio Park West Athletics Complex. The site location is situated below the northwest corner of TX-Loop 1604 and near the intersection of Kyle Seale Pkwy. and Hausman Rd. A portion of the land is currently utilized for an outdoor track and field stadium. The new facility will be erected on just over 5 acres of undeveloped land. It will enclose two full-sized soccer fields with seating for the audience, an entrance lobby, party rooms, restrooms, storage, and locker rooms with showers.

Brushland Oaks Engineers, MAX OUT Storage Solutions
Victor Manuel Reyes, Kariell de los Reyes, Hector Garcia, Joseph Gaskey, Eddie Mendiola, Nadia Sanchez Martinez
MAX OUT Storage Solutions is a storage facility with more than 500 units located half a mile away from the UTSA 1604 Campus, serving the storage needs of students and the growing population of San Antonio. The Brushland Oaks Engineering Team utilized their knowledge and experience in the fields of Land Development, Structural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Transportation Engineering in order to provide the community with some extra space to store their goods.

PC Engineers, S.A. Brewery
Merrit Preis, Mohammed Araffi, Arantza Arrieta, Delany MacDonald, Mason Richardson, Melissa Villasenor
PC Engineers, LLC is in the process of developing a micro-brewery, S.A. Brewery, in the RIM/La Cantera area near the intersection of Camp Bullis Rd. and IH-10. The client owns an approximately 2-acre lot, where the micro-brewery will be built. S.A. Brewery will consist of a brewing room, where the main production of beer will take place. This will be open to the public for tours. It will also have a main room that will serve as a bar and restaurant with a patio area for people to enjoy a glass of beer while listening to live music, reading a book, or just socializing with family and friends. PC Engineers, LLC will be providing comprehensive engineering services from the undeveloped land through completion. Services will include permitting, utilities, structural design, and traffic assessment to compliance of governing authorities.

Alamo City Industrial Solutions, Sand Processing Plant
Kyle Carnett, Nolan Bremser, Justin Cravatt, Paul Dart, Shawn Huetter, Jacob McNew
This project is a proposed design for a plant that will process fracking sand into a product that is dried, sorted into diameter tolerances, stored, and loaded into sand transportation trucks. Frac sand demand is currently high, as it is needed in the fracking process that creates fractures in underground rock for onshore oil drilling. This plant would process the sand product at 150 tons per hour and be sold as a product for hydraulic fracturing companies in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale areas.

Cobra Kai Engineering, The Museum
Chris Lopez, Michael Clayton, Eden Hinojosa, Chris Lopez, Kassandra Martinez, Robert Martinez, Tyler Surles
Cobra Kai Engineering is designing a museum to educate and inspire the public in STEM areas. The museum will house several exhibits with the purpose to intrigue the mind and pass on knowledge.

Champs, Sinusoidal Fin
Kevin Ibarra, Kevin Hemati, Dorian Montes, Isidro Trujillo
The Sinusoidal Fin is designed to operate as a mechanical knife fish. Its purpose is to provide movement to floating vessels and replace propellers with the intention of eradicating the environmental impact caused by a moving fan to the ecosystem. We expect to recreate the same sinusoidal wave the fin makes in order to replicate its movement.

Agri Techs, AgriBot
Angelly Reyna, Marco Chapa, Eduardo Coronado, Nhu Huynh
AgriBot is designed to be an autonomous agricultural robot intended to increase farming efficiency and productivity. Our autonomous agricultural robot will be capable of performing the functions a human operator would be tasked in the farming process, such as preparing the land and planting seeds.

Daedalus, Automatic Weapon Detection System (AWDS)
Allen Herrera, Rembrandt Bukowski, Miles Martinez, Justice Montes
The Automated Weapon Detection System (AWDS) is a software security upgrade that will automatically detect concealed and/or unconcealed weapons using current CCTV technology and an IR camera sensor. AWDS incorporates Deep Learning, Computer Vision, and image processing techniques to analyze real-time surveillance footage and IR images. Once a weapon is detected, an alert, image, and video are streamed to a mobile application that can be used by law enforcement or security departments, reducing response time and improving situational awareness.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor National Security Agency (NSA).

6Wheel, Autonomous Patrol Vehicle
Jonathan Saenz, Wenjian Huang, Qianbo Sang
6Wheel has designed a vehicle used to patrol both indoor and outdoor autonomously. It combines the readings of various sensors to localize itself within an environment and find the best path to navigate throughout that environment.

REGS (Reliable Engineers Generating Safety), Curae Car Seat
Augustine Reyna, Joshua Edwards, Yaritza Gomez, Brian Sims
REGS has designed a child car seat that emits an emergency alarm signal that notifies the parent that was driving the vehicle that he/she forgot his/her child in the vehicle. This car seat will also have a cooling system that can maintain the child’s temperature in a normal range until help arrives, while meeting the safety standard according to the FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards).

Kyle and Friends, Diggiwiggler
Dustin Huffman, Juan Gomez, Kyle Grossie, John Kijanka
The Diggiwiggler utilizes machine learning and biosensors to quickly and accurately detect intended actions of a prosthetic user.

B.I.K.E., Give Me a Break
Hamad Alhamoudi, Ricardo Hernandez, Connor Lathrop
The design of Give Me A Brake concentrates on creating smart bikes by adding functions found in modern cars to regular bicycles. A braking system to help prevent accidents and rolling over from excessive braking. Whenever either tire locks up, the brakes will begin to pulse until the tires regain traction. The system includes front, rear and turn signal lights that react to rider input and ambient light. Functionality is controlled through a user interface that displays speed, time and other relevant info.

Greater Ambition, Guru
Jacob Haskell, Tyler Creamer, Zachary Watson
A force feedback system designed for non-invasive surgical robots, The Guru is a concept feature designed to provide non-invasive surgical robots the ability to visually indicate, with an abstract magnitude, forces experienced at the point of physical interaction and operation.

Solar Energy Development, Helios Thetis
Danny Espinoza, Raymond Downing, Kenneth Sherman
Helios Thetis will be an autonomous self-cleaning device for new and preexisting residential solar systems. Its aim is to minimize human interaction as much as possible while still achieving maximum potential in efficiency. To achieve this, the project will monitor and compare the output of the solar system with sun exposure and deploy a water based cleaning device when efficiency drops below a set threshold.

Current Static, Helping Hand
Conor Wallace, Alfredo Cornejo, Ryan Decker, Darrius Greaves
Helping Hand is a mobile robotic platform designed to organize a house for disabled individuals by recognizing requested objects and placing them in designated bins.

Scorching Eagles, Inferno Drone
Tulan R. Sampath Bandara, Shannon Greenup, Omar Rodriguez, Katy Velligan
The Inferno Drone will be able to detect chemicals in a fire. For the design, we are implementing a thermal camera to identify the source of the fire, using a thermal sensor to detect the temperature, and a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ camera to to detect chemicals. The live feedback from the Raspberry camera will be analyzed through a chemical database to identify the color and the chemical.

Ah'Migos, JARMedi
Justice Yao, Albert Djikeng, Ramon Ruiz
JARMedi safely and securely transmits and creates patient data over a mobile application that is HIPPA compliant.

Light Speed Power Systems, Project Photon
Luis Longoria, Jr., Jason Commander, Mario Moreno, Van Tran
Light Speed Power Systems has built a transmitting light source that will channel through 50 micron strands of fiber. The remote receiver has been designed to contain multi junction photovoltaics which will transmit the light to DC power. The design will provide power to remote locations, avoiding the presence of electromagnetic interferences and to guard against ignition factors in highly explosive environments.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Data Optics, Inc.

Puck It!, Puck It!
Christian Garcia, Felicia Pastrano, Justin Talamantez
Puck It! will consist of numerous interactive devices for use in a classroom environment. A "swarm" of devices will allow students to press buttons for certain functions. These “swarm” devices will also be able to measure noise levels in an effort to discourage cheating during tests. The information from the “swarm” devices will be transmitted to a main device which will be connected to a computer. A GUI will allow the instructor/teacher to observe the transmitted data as well as provide a certain level of interaction.

IE^3, Renewent
Mikayla Molinar, Josue Alcaraz, Jessica Vaquera
Renewent is a control and inverter system that stabilizes asymmetrical power waves from a large photovoltaic grid utilizing real-time simulation software integrated with commercial products.

Trash Bot, Self-Driving Trash Can
Bryan Kelps, Dennis Mathew, Jonathan McDonnell
Trash Bot is a self-driving trash can that will be able to open a garage door, move itself to a particular location while avoiding obstructions, open/close the garage door, detect it has been emptied, and drive itself back to its starting location.

Team Detectors, Shop T-1000
Eduardo Valadez, Lawrence Hedrick, Scott Magnuson
The Shop T-1000 scans human traffic inside businesses and observes hot areas over a period of time to help improve sales and marketing tactics using the collected data.

WPOST, Smart Recycling
Sabrina Bhattarai, Sunjana Amin, German Barrera, Sumanpreet Kaur
The purpose of this design is to create a smart recycling bin with base features that include smart technologies to report the usage of the bin and a detection system that utilizes sensors to sort the material disposed. The sorting capabilities of our device seeks to prevent the pollution caused by improper disposal and inefficient recyclable sorting facilities and minimize time spent sorting by factory workers. To impact large populations, our design will be implemented in populated metropolitan areas in collaboration with local city governments.

DYJ Solutions, SmartBox
Javier Gonzalez, Yenjea Jung, Daniel Mancera
The goal of DYJ Solutions is to shift the traditional mail receiving system to an intelligent, user friendly, and safekeeping device, called SmartBox, to provide peace of mind and convenience for users. SmartBox will integrate RFID technology, electromagnetic safelocks, and data communication systems to ensure security of the users' mail. A website will link these systems together to give the user information regarding the delivery and safeguard status.

ProbablY Millennials, Tech-Presso
Michael Washburn, Peata Ameperosa, Yessenia Garner
Tech-Presso is designed to be a semi-automated coffee machine intended to give people access to a cup of coffee with a minimal amount of time. This product is capable of taking the user’s preferred serving size, heating the water quickly, and using a pressing style similar to a French-press. For this to be possible, the product will use inductive heating to reach a temperature between 185 °F - 200 °F. Tech-Presso will press the coffee, after it has been steeped, through the brewing chamber and into a disposal bin. The product will use a linear actuator for this process.

Dynamic Developers, The Help Force
Edwin Ybarra, Jonathan Buchanan, Patrick Rafols
The Help Force is a device that monitors traffic intersections for motor vehicle accidents and then alerts emergency services when an accident is detected. The device will be trained to identify different types of accidents during different times of the day by using an algorithm that will come from a neural network. Our device distinguishes between a normal busy intersection and an accident. The goal is to cut down the time between the occurrence of an accident and the time emergency services are first contacted.

Overdrive, Visionaire
Miguel Aguilar, Braulio Afonso, Jean-Luc Mbonayo, Thomas Struxness
Visionaire is a handheld device that will help the visually impaired detect objects in front of them through the use of an array of pins that will be raised based on an object's distance and location. This will be detected through the use of a camera.

Ninkasi Industries, AUTOKRONE *CITE Competitor*
Sierra Baumbusch, Stephanie Garcia, Cindy Jiang, Evangeline Tuason, Bethany Campos, Justine Trevino
The AUTOKRONE, a crown sorting replacement for the Meheen M6 Bottling Machine. The AUTKRONE is comprised of three main components: the crown sorter, Single-to-Six, and the connecting track. The crown sorter works as a compact rotary wheel that efficiently sorts crowns and delivers them onto the connecting track. The track transports the sorted crowns to the Single-to-Six which releases and distributes 6 crowns simultaneously into the Meheen crown slides, providing a more efficient and reliable delivery to reduce errors and losses during production.

The Wise Guys, Automated Roof Fastening Machine
Daniel Mendez, Juan C. Garduno, Joel Gomez, Stanley Nzeadibe
The roofing industry is experiencing a labor shortage and needs a solution to expedite the roof installation process. Roof insulation fastening is one procedure to improve. The Automated Roof Fastening Machine will reduce the number of back injuries by reducing worker stress, reduce the number of laborers required, increase accuracy by using an automated feed system for screws and plates, increase productivity by increasing the speed of fastener installation, and improved quality by using sensors to monitor the correct torquing of screws. This design is the first step to an exciting future for technology in the roofing industry.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Beldon Roofing Company.

Cox Inspection, Automatic Inspection System
Daniel Cottingham, Nicholas Comeau, Quadri Onikoyi, Maximilian Pittman
The Automatic Inspection System uses a combination of high precision robotics and high definition cameras to inspect machined parts. An operator loads parts into the machine and selects the desired inspection via the computer monitor. Utilizing its integrated vision system, the robots pick and present individual parts to an array of cameras. These cameras are specifically designed to inspect features less than .001" in size. After processing the images, the camera software will signal the robots to place the part in a pass or fail bin. This machine is designed to replace a $500,000/year manual process for Cox Manufacturing Company.
Special thanks for Corporate Sponsor Bill Cox, President and CEO, Cox Manufacturing Company.

TGP Research, Auto-Suturing Device
Elizabeth Pillar, Frank Garcia, Julian Gonzalez, Zachary Taylor
To reduce the difficulties of laparoscopic surgeries, Team TGP Research designed a device to reduce the difficulty to complete the suture, shorten operating time, and create consistent sutures during laparoscopic surgeries. TGP Research’s Auto-Suturing Device is designed to close internal incisions during a laparoscopic surgery using an automated continuous chain stitch. The design solved the issues by automating the suturing process, which made consistent stitches and reduced the suturing time by 25%, making laparoscopic surgeries easier, quicker, and in turn, safer.

Dreamcatcher, Dreaming Rehabilitation System *CITE Competitor*
Doyoung Yoon, Andrew Kim, Bryan J. Ottinger, Blas Telles, Jr., Daniel Clough, Chris Dickerson, Trey Heliton
The purpose of the project lies in the rehabilitation of post-stroke patients. There are two problems we've found that offer opportunities for improvement. First is the low retention of patients due to strenuous experience of rehab. The second is the reliance of visual examination when assessing patients' progress, which is inconsistent despite the established protocol. Our solution consist of a virtual reality game that is designed to guide the patients through rehabilitation all while providing visually stimulating experience, and a sensory sleeve designed to track arm movement and record quantifiable data for therapists' use.

Enginerds, Electromagnetic Soft Actuator
Byron Hairston, Ashford Ashiofu, Frances Martinez, Walter Slominski
Changing the world with human-like actuators! The objective is to create an actuator comprised of only soft, lightweight materials with biocompatibility. The electromagnetic soft actuator (ESA) ushers in a new era of alternatives for industries such as robotics, prosthetics and medical devices. The ESA is fabricated with polymers and soft magnets. Materials chosen are approximately 1/3 the weight of comparable aluminum actuators and have a high elasticity with elongation ranging from 430% to 725%. This project demonstrates the ability to create such an actuator, being highly flexible, lightweight and capable of generating a force to obtain a 10% displacement.

NKT², eLIMEnator *CITE Competitor*
Ty Palowski, Tucker Garcia, Nick Haney, Ke'Yana Scott-Tyler, Rachel Jendrzey, Brett Sepulveda
The eLIMEnator is a device which automates the processing operations of lemons and limes targeted towards bars and restaurants. The device delivers consistently wedged and center-sliced pieces of fruit ready to be placed on the edge of a glass, plate, or simply squeezed over your favorite meal.

Team Doom Guy, Front Wheel Suspension System (FWSS) for Manual Wheelchairs
Ruben Hernandez, Tony Amaro, Jan Boeck Jusbasche, Ruben Hernandez
Team Doom Guy's project is redesigning the front caster forks of manual wheelchair to make room for a shock absorber to be implemented and provide suspension and road bump isolation at the front casters.

Road Runner Gear Co., Gearrunner
Sergio Rios, Ivan Leal, Jesus Madrigal, Andre Sirhan
The Road Runner Gear Co. Gearrunner converts a traditional car H-Pattern manual transmission into a sequentially shifted transmission. This means the driver simply has to push or pull a lever to change gears instead of maneuver the gear shift in a H pattern. With these quicker and easier gear changes, the driver can worry more about the road ahead instead of what their hand has to do to change gears. This is a cost effective alternative to purchasing and retrofitting a sequential transmission into the car.

Comfort Solutions, Heated and Cooled Steering Wheel Cover
Dhruv Patel, Ali Allsatam, Gzai Clark, Yomi Mabiaku
This project is a heated and cooled steering wheel cover made from leather. The heating component is a nichrome wire and the cooling agent is an air pump in which the air is pumped through the tube inside the cover cooling it down. Both heated and cooling systems are powered by a battery.

Wheely Fast, HoverChair Electric Wheelchair Powertrain
Sean Salazar, Isaac Cervantes, James McGehee, Talha Siddiqi
Team Wheely Fast has developed a Powertrain unit for TriniCorp's HoverChair electric wheelchair. The project was designed with the intent of giving wheelchair bound individuals greater freedom. The powertrain development consisted of designing and manufacturing various components for a direct motor drive to the wheelchair wheels. With the completion of this project important data was collected such as torque and acceleration curves. This data will allow the HoverChair to be further optimized to give the best possible results.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor TriniCorp Robotics Inc.

Power Rangers, HoverChair™ Battery Pack and Control Interface Assembly
Patrick Morris, Ryan Hadley, Blake Howell, Rodolfo Toscano
TriniCorp Robotics, Inc. is developing an intermediary Sub-$5,000 electric wheelchair to bridge the gap between the current electric and manual wheelchairs in the market. There are no current battery packs on the market that meet the performance requirements for this new wheelchair development. The HoverChair™ Battery Pack gives TriniCorp the battery pack and control interface that they need. This new battery pack design consists of 80 18650 LiFePO4 battery cells that give the wheelchair 7.68 kW and 281.6 Wh of power and energy, along with a dock assembly to mechanically and electrically interface the battery to the wheelchair frame.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor TriniCorp Robotics Inc.

StarWolves, Journey Patient Transfer Redesign
William Pope, Sam Keeler, Vincent Vasquez
When in a hospital setting, patient safety and swiftness of care are of the utmost importance. During the customer discovery process, it was found that the current procedure for moving patients from one bed to another was often times challenging. This led Team StarWolves to design, build, and test adjustable handrails. These handrails, which can withstand static loads of 500 lb with minor deflection, could be folded down between two surfaces that would allow the patient to be safely moved across. Using these newly developed handrails it was found that patient transfer time, comfort, and safety were all improved.

Team Liftoff, Lifting Apparatus and Modified Teeth Aligning Tool
Connor Gallagher-Moore, David Bolerjack, William Carroll, Jose Ruiz
Engine overhaul can easily cost $75,000. Our product will enable lifting of the RB211 engine during any stage of assembly or disassembly with a lift incorporating an adjustable center of gravity mechanism so engines can be balanced during movement on the shop floor, streamline the movement of engines. Our tool also allows for the technicians to aligning the teeth with more certainty and will decrease the amount of the test cell rejects.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor StandardAero.

Brobotics Inc., Lil'Bro: An Open Source Quadrupedal Robot
Steven Zuhair Farra, John Carroll, Mario Navarro, Emiliano Rodriguez
At UTSA's Robotics and Motion Laboratory, researchers are contributing to the field of legged robotics with their work in agile gait locomotion research. One problem that researchers face is the inaccessibility of the robot they are currently using, which greatly limits the extent of testing they can conduct with the robot. Brobotics Inc.'s solution, otherwise known as Lil'Bro, is an open-source four-legged robot that solves this issue by providing an operational platform while also reducing the price of the currently used robot by more than 75% of its total price.

Green Mountain Co., Meru Mowing
Yisvi Aroche, Eric Chavez-Solis
The Meru Mowing is a lawn mowing device created for the purpose of facilitating an everyday task. Our machine eliminates the need of boundary wire while relying on its obstacle detection and infrared sensors which will identify the work area. The Meru's main power source comes from a battery with supplemental power coming from the solar panels located on the top of the machine all operated by Arduino. The Meru also comes with boundary detection stakes for non-fenced areas and a phone app that allows the user to schedule the cutting times and monitor the work being done. In addition to the stakes, the machine also comes with a charging station that will let the machine know when to come back to home base when the battery gets to 15%.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Veco-Pias S.A. de C.V.

Salty Solutions, Mobile Pier *CITE Competitor*
Nicholas Lopez, Brenton Clark, Francisco Medina, Jacob Thornbury, Dallas Mamalakis, Brian Paul
Current pier structures stay stationary and are left vulnerable to hurricane and flooding forces. This results in repair costs that generally range from $25K-$50K. Salty Solutions aims to construct a 30-foot retractable and portable pier to minimize repair costs caused by hurricanes and flooding phenomenon. This pier will withstand a minimum of 400lbs and retract in under 30 minutes. The three main features displayed by this prototype are: retraction, portation, and extension. Come see the prototype and hear everything that went into bring this project into reality!

Heat X-changers, Modified Heat Exchanger Leak Detector
Adriana Tabler, Andres Guerra, Monique Lopez, Victor Palos
The Modified Heat Exchanger Leak Detector provides a simplified, streamlined process for workers in Ultrafryer’s finishing department to test heat exchangers for leaks. The previous leak detector failed to accommodate newer heat exchanger models making the leak detection process complex, leading to stalled workflow. The Modified Leak Detector solved this problem by presenting a universal design with easily configurable supports and less need for interaction. This new device successfully brought the standard leak detection time to an average of under five minutes, fits all eleven heat exchanger models produced by Ultrafryer, and complies with their budgetary requirements.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Ultrafryer.

Team D.E.B.T., Pro-Jack
Theresa San Andres, Dylan Martin, Brandon Perez, Edgar Ramirez
Pro-Jack is a vehicle powered car jack and jack stand combination. The Pro-Jack is designed to offer a safer and more reliable way to alleviate stressful roadside emergencies.

JEA, Quasi-Static Hydraulic Press
Colten Rodriguez, Canyon Headrick, Joseph Tak, Corey Tong
The hydraulic press is used for evaluating and quantifying the stiffness values and the energy to deform vehicle components. The main focus on the design is to evaluate vehicle components that are similar to low speed collisions, using the principal of quasi-static deformation. The press has the application for testing components to replicate the amount of damage energy induced on vehicles. The design allows technicians the ability to evaluate and render opinions on post-crash data, by having a given methodology and process which can experimentally test and evaluate vehicle components in an ideal test environment for quantifying vehicle change in velocity.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor J. Eftekhar & Associates.

Team Mars Engineering, R2D2 Mini 3D Printer Base Structure
Steven Hope, Arbee Arceo, Adriane Garza, Raj Patel
Team Mars Engineering was tasked with creating a 1/3rd scale 3D printer base structure to compete in the NASA HexHab competition. However, due to time constraints outside of their control, TME decided to create a 1/9th scale prototype that would fully show how the larger scale printer would work.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor WEX Foundation.

soloMotion, Roofing Material Conveyor
Joseph Rose, Tiraja Blake, Nicholas Martinez, Ryan Thornberg
The Roofing Material Conveyor transports shingle packages that weigh up to 80 lb and handles up to two packages as a system. It runs off residential power, has speed control and reversibility, a holding rack, and a roof support. It is an add-on system to an extension ladder, which keeps the weight 30 - 40 lb lighter than similar products on the market and is the only stand alone system capable of adjusting between 1st and 2nd story product delivery.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Premier Roofing and Contracting.

Shield Security Alarms, Shield Security Alarms *CITE Competitor*
Victor Nelson, Sergio Alva, Alexis Gonzalez, Elizabeth Hersman, Cole Lavoy, Julia Watkins
The Shield Security Alarm is an active shooter detection and deterrent system. Each alarm in the system will acoustically detect gunshots in the vicinity, relay the location to the clientele's chosen security official and initiate emergency lights and sirens to alert bystanders. Also transmitted will be a live video feed from the alarm which will be used to aim and discharge a canister of pepper spray. 

IronCLAD, Silverware Sorting and Rolling Machine *CITE Competitor*
Austin Trevino, Landon Adams, David Mata, Catherine Nuncio, Alberto Huezo, Jared Vanaman
IronCLAD is a gravity fed silverware sorter and rolling machine that is simple to use and more space efficient than other devices. It automates both processes while producing 2 full rolls per minute. The machine works similar to a coin sorter; feed the top of the machine with clean silverware, load the napkins, and then the machine takes over from there. Its sorts forks, spoons, and knifes into separate containers that then drop the silverware into our napkin roller. The machine was able to successfully meet our specifications and comply with restaurant standards. The IronCLAD machine will save time and money, alleviating a major headache in the restaurant industry.

Innovative Solution Recycling, Smart Recycling Bin System
Toechukwu Udegbue, Brandon Ard, Jonathan Mayberry, Jenna Pyle
The goal of The Smart Recycling Bin is to initiate and localize the material recovery process. It separates non-ferrous metals within a single recycle stream to be sold to manufacturing plants. The device includes a permanent magnet, a changing induced magnetic field, conveyor, 2 motors, and magnet frame.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor I&C.

Stellar Dynamics, Soil Aggregate Separator
Jose Alfredo Moreno, Mark Anguiano, Panchajanya Karasani, Luke Story
A prototype that automates the sieve analysis process for various classifications of soil has been designed, built, and tested. This sieve analysis separates soil by particle size, a process that is manually conducted with sieves in current models.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor InTEC of San Antonio.

BASH Engineering, Spindle Redesign
Samuel Lee, Bryant Le, Allison Toms, Hector Trejo
The project objective is to modify an existing CNC swiss lathe to perform milling/drilling operations in parallel to reduce cycle time. A strong, rigid spindle must be designed to produce a smooth surface finish and a motor with sufficient torque and RPM must be selected.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Cox Manufacturing.

Steady Instruments, Stabilizing Instrument
Brandon Cox, Naser Alajmi, Ty Morrison, Mary Tong
A handheld self stabilizing tool that has an interchangeable piece at the front that allows for different tools to be stabilized has been built. The target audience is people with active tremors with a max magnitude of 5 cm and a frequency of 3 Hz. This device operates by having a sensor sense movements in the operator and counter acts the movements by use of 2 servos that move the devices attachment.

TES Team 28, Temporary Emergency Shelter
Anuraag Shah, Victor Avila, Joshua Saenz, John Wilson
Every year, thousands of people are relocated due to natural disasters. The TES is meant to be a portable, quick-deploying, low cost shelter that bridges the gap between FEMA trailers and building temporary housing on location.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Enemtech Capital.

The Hypersonic Crew, The Design of a Mach 7 Nozzle and Test Section for UTSA's Hypersonic Wind Tunnel
George Michael Gonzalez, Dalton Bell, Anmar Jabbar, Christopher Kunz
The Hypersonic Crew, under sponsorship of Dr. Christopher Combs, is leading the design, fabrication and testing for two crucial components to UTSA's new hypersonic wind tunnel. The rectangular cross-sectioned Mach 7 nozzle and accompanying modular test section are designed for withstanding the pressures and temperatures experienced throughout testing. The nozzle will be able to produce Mach 7 flow conditions at its exit while minimizing unwanted disturbances. The test section can be modified for future view ports and diagnostic taps and can be orientated for different methods of access. The project overall implements a low-cost method to researching hypersonic flow.

Crank Bros., The Double Dipper
Juan Contreras, CJ Agbanlog, Jesus Garcia
Crank Brothers has designed and delivered a hybrid transportation device that incorporates human power and regenerative power. The device is capable of swift city transportation through a variety of terrains. Its capability is attributed to its versatility; accomplished by dynamic riding positions and an atypical and unique frame design.

Bug Off!, The FRIED (Frequency Radiating Insect Eliminating Device) *CITE Competitor*
Victoria Wahlen, Karen Aradillaz, Sabrina Hamdan Shepard, Jordan Traxler
The Frequency Radiating Insect Elimination Device, commonly known as the FRIED, is an insect elimination device that specifically targets mosquitoes through selective wavelength attraction. The focus of the FRIED is to create an insect elimination device that is portable, durable, and environmentally friendly. Utilizing prior research, the FRIED will be able to maximize the attraction of mosquitoes and minimize it for beneficial insects, such as bees. This device will not only target a nuisance to the human population, but also help to lower diseases carried by mosquitoes, including Malaria and Zika, in the long term.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Ridabug.

Live:Stats, The Pedal Counter
Sailor Metz, Yosef Habtegiorgis, Victoria Lopez, Harper Luczka
The purpose of the Pedal Counter is to increase the efficiency of sports statisticians by allowing them to utilize their feet instead of their hands to record statistics. By transferring device operation to the feet, statisticians are able to record stats at a faster rate and commit fewer errors than when using traditional stat keeping equipment. The device consists of two pedals that rest on the floor and relay information to an Android device via Bluetooth. That information is then recorded as a statistic and displayed in real time in an Android application.

Sludge Solutions, Toyota Sludge Separation System
Ryan James Thompson, Jereel Cooper, Sean Nolen, Alex Uribe
Sludge Solutions is working with the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas paint shop to reduce cost, improve safety, and reduce environmental impact. Sludge Solutions has created a system that separates sludge, a waste from the paint booth, from filter media. Initially, the sludge and filter media were disposed of in one container. The container consisted of 60.9% air, 33.9% sludge, and 5.1% media, while the only material that requires special treatment is the sludge. With the sludge separation system, Toyota now sends 100% sludge and doesn’t require an operator, reducing cost by $336,000 a year.
Special thanks to Corporate Sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas.

Statera Engineering, Vibration-Reducing Self-Stabilizing System (VRSS) - Stasis Cup *CITE Competitor*
Fernando Maya, Abdullah Al-Adwani, Olivier Chaussonnet-Dorsett, Alex Cruz
We at Statera Engineering are excited to share our solution for people that struggle to pick up a glass of water. The Stasis cup is a dual purpose system aimed at assisting Parkinson's patients in the mild-moderate spectrum consume a beverage without spilling. The system is intended to mitigate vibrations produced by a hand tremor, while simultaneously maintaining the beverage container upright. The Stasis cup is the most efficient solution to consume a beverage, while maintaining your dignity and a returned sense of independence.