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Spring 2017 EIRC Projects

Students from the Engineering Residential college present at the Senior Design Showcase. (L to R) Zach Taylor, Jake Halopoff, Jessica Burke, Spencer Pierce, Sean Weech

Students from the Engineering Residential college present at the Senior Design Showcase. (L to R) Zach Taylor, Jake Halopoff, Jessica Burke, Spencer Pierce, Sean Weech (Wankun Sirichotiyakul – Photo)

Spring 2017 Senior Design Showcase
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Welcome to our Spring Showcase! While the event is a place for our seniors to display their final projects, our students from the Engineering and Innovation Residential College also show off their accomplishments, too! Check out the great projects created by interdisciplinary undergraduate student teams this year.


#47 – Enhanced Jacket

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Olivia Coca (MBE), Kendra Guthrie(CE), Jacob Hanson (CS), Channelle Miller (MBE), James Nelson (ECE), Jesse Schimpf (MSE)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Brian Fenner

     Our team is designing a hard winter-wear jacket with multiple functions designed to keep users warm, safe, and entertained throughout their outdoor winter activities. The jacket is composed of a soft inner lining to keep the user warm, as well as a windbreaker outer shell. The two parts can be removed and washed separately. The outer lining will hold electronics, so it won’t be machine washable, but can be easily handwashed. The jacket will feature headphones and a microphone (built into the hood), lighting (for safety and guidance), electric heating, and portable phone charging capabilities. Our team is composed of mechanical, electrical, civil, computer, and materials science engineers. The variety of skills at our disposal will ensure the quality and efficiency of our design.


#48 Self-Swinging Hammock

Sponsors: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Leannah Castellano (MSE), Lyndee Manning (MBE), Kailey Nelson (CE), Ally Oliphant (CS), Andrew Peck (MBE), Kylie Stewart (MBE), Sydney Wyatt-Riddle (CS)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Zoe Fleischman
    Hammocks are a luxury that many people do not available to them. This project focuses on creating a new and inexpensive solution to the fact that many people do not have somewhere to hang their and do not constant access to a steady breeze to swing their hammock. This project brings the relaxing atmosphere of swinging in a hammock on the beach to your landlocked state. This stand has a single motor that allows the hammock to swing to simulate the affects of a breeze.


#49 – Barrel Drawbridge

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Willem Elsdon (MBE), Dusty Gyllenberg (MBE), Adam Raibley (CE), Brenden Wheeler (ECE)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentor: Sarah Knue
    This project is a unique take on the classic drawbridge. In order to embetter the concept of a drawbridge, we decided to find a different way to move a road up and down so vessels can pass underneath. Our group decided that this concept would be called a Barrel Drawbridge. With this new design the bridge has two massive main gears, one on each end, with a road connecting them so that when the gears rotate the road revolves with them. These giant gears are driven by the smaller drive gears that would be powered by hydraulic motors in the full scale model. The scale of this model has no set ratio because the actual size is completely dependent on the size of the water passage. Overall, our drawbridge design brings a futuristic belief to reality, as well as, solves a common problem known to vessels.


#50 – Custom Poker System

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Parker Crawford (CS), Matt Fuller (CS), Riley Larkin (MBE), Wyatt Reeves (CM), Matthew White (MBE)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Jared Guttromson
    The purpose of “Weight For It” is to encourage smarter gambling. The way the “Weight For It” system is trying to accomplish this is changing the way that we interpret the value of poker chips. The team decided that physical differences in the chips and a digital display would help the way that players interpret values of chips in terms of amounts of money they are putting on the table. The team researched load cells as a way that we could make a scale that would accomplish the task of weighing chips and converting the weight to a dollar amount. This was accomplished by using an arduino and load cell amplifier to create a computer that was relative to the team’s skill level of coding. The creators of “Weight For It” believe that this device will help people save money while still enjoying the fun of playing poker.


#51 – Lifted Dorm Beds

Sponsor:  College of Engineering
Team: Claire Adams (MSE), Katie Cudworth (MBE), Alvaro Morfin (MBE), Kendra Noneman (MSE), Jordyn Rogers (MBE), Paul Turcotte (CS)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Cooper McColeman
    College students deal with a lot of pressures. On top of having a heavy workload and other priorities, having a small dorm room can make one feel very overwhelmed and cooped up. In order to solve this problem, this group has created a dorm bed that can be raised and lowered using a complex pulley system. This will not only free up space in dorm rooms and reduce the burden on maintenance workers, but will also reduce stress on the college student. Our product is only a 1:3 scaled model including the base, bed, and pulley system, but represents the bigger picture and shows how convenient a maneuverable bed could be. This product incorporates concepts of practicality and accommodation, while being extremely safe and timely for college students. This project was mainly about navigating the engineering design process and will hopefully help college students in the future.


#52 – Project Nessie

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Spencer Adams (CS), Mac Beers (MBE), Robby Davis (MBE), Kolin Hawkins (MBE), Hayden Johnson-Waskow (CS), Athen Pellicci (CS)
Advisor: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentor: Andee Morton
    Many Americans use too much water while showering. To help combat this issue we have developed an effective and affordable method to track individual water usage. This project allows consumers to be more conscious both economically and environmentally of their water usage while showering. Our current small scale project is a battery powered water meter, that records the amount of water while showering. It features a touchscreen for ease of use, and real time data output. While this may seem quite small, this design has potential for implementation to larger industries, such as agriculture. This would allow for farmers, and agricultural companies to monitor and reduce their overall water use. Project Nessie, a shower tracker, incorporates many different aspects of the engineering field from Computer Science to Mechanical Engineering. This diversity of knowledge used to make the product has allowed it to fully develop into a technology that goes beyond any single methodology.


#53 – Boat Pack

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Preston Bellville (MBE), Alicia Bradley (MBE), Jasmine Jess (CS), Philip Magnanimo (MBE), Atticus Rosenkoetter (MBE)
Advisor: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Zoe Fleischman, Brenna Leonard
    This team has designed and constructed a portable boat intended to withstand river crossings. The boat has the ability to collapse into a backpack with straps, making it easy to carry around wherever the user goes.. The Boat Pack is made of a lightweight yet durable plastic material and is flexible enough to fold up. The idea behind the Boat Pack was to create a device that is easy for hikers, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to pack up and take with them into any situation, whether it be a simple outing near water or an emergency situation.


#54 – Custom 3_D Printer Rebuilt

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Kameron Erb (ECE), Hayden Golay (MBE), Zach Hudson (ECE), Henri Kunold (MSE), Elijah Rogers (CS)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Hannah Johnson
    Our 3D printer started life as a old Mendel frame with 4 disconnected stepper motors and an empty Aurdio Mega 2560 with a 3D printer ramps board and stepper motor drivers. The firmware is based on marlin firmware written in C++. The stepper motors were attached to the frame then gears and belt pulleys were connected in order to get x y and z direction moving. Stepper motors, end stops, a hot bed, a hot end, an extruder, and other components were connected to the new board. The firmware was uploaded and the printer was connected to printer control software and slicer software. Test cubes were printed and the printer was properly calibrated. The final product is a fully function rebuilt custom 3D printer capable of printing medium sized objects at 0.4 mm resolution.


#55 – Pathfinder De-Icer 3000

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Trenton Buster (CE), Jake Carson (MBE), Alex Lakatos (CS), Daniel Richardson (CE), Parker Wilkinson (CS)
Advisor: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Cooper McColeman
    Our team has designed a snow removal device that will be more effective and efficient than a snow shovel and cheaper than a snow blower. To do this we have constructed a metal frame with a custom made snow plow connected to the front. It has two wheels that will make it easy to push and easier on your back. Essentially what we did was took a two wheel, push fertilizer spreader and attached a metal frame (with the snow plow) that we have constructed out of metal. What makes this invention so special is that you can push the plow without straining your back. This plow will also work as a de-ice salt dispenser. Our ultimate goal was to make removing snow easier than with a snow shovel and to be able to do it at a cheaper cost than buying a snow blower. Some said this would be impossible. The Pathfinder De-Icer 3000 is living proof that it is possible.


#56 – Heated Bicycle Seat Cover

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Jasmine Cox (ECE), Katie Jaramillo (MBE), Carlee Miller (MBE), Amanda White (MBE)
Advisor: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentor: Sarah Knue
    The average university student is required to travel to many buildings throughout a large campus. Many students utilize small vehicles such as bicycles and skateboards in order to lessen travel time. A big problem in the later months of the year is that it becomes too cold for students to ride bikes. In order to combat this, a heated cushion to slip over the seat of a bike can be utilized so that riding will be a more comfortable experience. In order to accomplish, the design of the cushion seat must be quick and convenient for the user. The bike seat will be heated using an Arduino system with a heating pad and temperature sensor. In order to ensure that the battery components stay protected from the weather, the fabric is to be waterproof and durable.


#57 – Automatic Light Switch

Sponsor: Boise State College of Engineering
Team: Brian Morck (ECE) Jacob Stutzman (MBE), David Vogel (ECE), Karington Watkins (GIMM), Brady Yarbrough (MBE)
Advisors: Dr. Krishna Pakala
Mentors: Zach Taylor
    Our project is an automatic light switch. The purpose of this device is to be turned on and off a simple toggle or rocker switch without having to physically approach the switch or modify the circuitry of the building. Our device can be operated remotely via a mobile device with a Bluetooth signal, thus the user no longer needs to move the switch manually. To accomplish this, our device utilizes an arduino and a Bluetooth receiver to receive and interpret signals from a mobile device, which can be accessed through a mobile app. Once a signal is received, the arduino directs power to a motor which then moves the switch to change its state based on the command the user sent.