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Senior Design Projects (2017)

ECE 457/458 Design Project I/II is the capstone design experience where students expand their abilities and develop important real world engineering problem solving skills. The students were divided into ten groups. The details are given below.

Senior Design Instructors:
Dr. Vance McCollough

 Project Title
Group 1 Honeybee Monitoring System
Group 2 Car Mounted Sensor Network
Group 3 Robotic Snow Plow
Group 4 Underwater Acoustic Modem
Group 5 SKYWARN Weather Spotter Database
Group 6 INS Tracking Accuracy Measurement System
Group 7 Chime Simulator and Practice Clavier
Group 8 STAR Multi Channel Audio Calibration System
Group 9 Unmanned Ground Vehicle Navigation System
Group 10 Remote Controlled Lawnmower

 

Group 1

Student Members:
Daniel Salvador Garcia*, Ryan Frank Sutcliffe, Miles Tristan Wilhelms-Tricarico, Shuti Wu

Project Title:
Honeybee Monitoring System

Project Description:
Developed a system that monitors key parameters related to honey bee hive health. The system has the capability of storing data or transmitting it to a remote computer.  

Faculty Advisor:
Professor Philip H. Viall

Customer:
Dr. Paul J. Fortier, UMASS Dartmouth

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Group 2

Student Members:

Murilo Souza Silva*, Keith Ambar Albergaria, Devin Allard, Andrew J. Botelho, Zadan Ly

Project Title:
Car Mounted Sensor Network

Project Description:
Design and Build a proof of concept prototype for a virtual reality headset to provide the driver 360 degree feedback around their vehicle.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Liudong Xing

Customer:
Dr. Paul J. Fortier, UMASS Dartmouth

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Group 3

Student Members:
Murat Terzi*, Clovis Alves, Leonardo Asseph, Samuel De Freitas, Jonathan Gifford Leidhold

Project Title:
Robotic Snow Plow

Project Description:
Build a prototype robot snowplow that can plow a specified area either without human intervention or under human control from a tablet. Either mode of operation will enable senior or disabled users to plow their driveway independently.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul J. Fortier

Customer:
Mr. Osman Terzi, UMASS Dartmouth

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Group 4

Student Members:
Hanna Ann Desilets*, Joshua DeTerra, Andrew Joseph Goncalves, Robert Donald Mushrall III

Project Title:
Underwater Acoustic Modem

Project Description:
This project demonstrated successful communication and control over an underwater acoustic link.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David A. Brown

Customer:
Dr. Corey Bachand, BTech Engineering

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Group 5

Student Members:
Tyler J. Pereira*, Oliver Wayne Asker, Nelson Alves Fernandes, Ryan Todd Johnson, Conner Reed Medeiros-Sweet, Kaleb Matthew Stupalski

Project Title:
SKYWARN Weather Spotter Database

Project Description:
This project developed a collection system and database to collect and disseminate observations from National Weather Service weather spotters. It provides a substantial improvement in data throughput, accessibility, and analysis capability.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Hong Liu

Customer:
Mr. Rob Macedo, SkyWarn Amateur Radio Network/NWS

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Group 6

Student Members:
Dery DelsonTeixeira*, Ashley Linnea Carlson, Everette E. Gonsalves Jr., Thupten Jigme, Brian R. Plourde

Project Title:
INS Tracking Accuracy Measurement System

Project Description:
Design and construct a system and method to test the accuracy of the INS module that approximates the conditions of a beacon descending from a known surface location to the ocean floor.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul J. Gendron

Customer:
Dr. Steven C. Nardone, MIKEL Corporation

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Group 7

Student Members:
Robert Francie Davis*, Andrew Scott Mele, Christopher Anthony Parks, Joseph Hamilton Lane

Project Title:
Chime Simulator and Practice Clavier

Project Description:

Project objectives were to:

  • Build a practice clavier that accurately simulates the feel of a real one at Durfee HS.
  • Design and build an electronic simulator for the bells that accurately replicates their sound.
  • Be able to play the actual bells remotely from a distance of a hundred feet away.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Benjamin Viall

Customer:
Dr. Lester Cory,
Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation
Engineering (SHARE)

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Group 8

Student Members:
Robert Francie Davis*, Andrew Scott Mele, Christopher Anthony Parks, Joseph Hamilton Lane

Project Title:
STAR Multi Channel Audio Calibration System

Project Description:
Develop and demonstrate a system to calibrate a four-channel audio system.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Benjamin Viall

Customer:
Dr. Lester Cory,
Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation
Engineering (SHARE)

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Group 9

Student Members:
Kyle Douglas Jewers*, Henry Acquah, John Francis Cyr, Terry Dang, Emily R. De Boer

Project Title:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Navigation System

Project Description:
Defined the hardware and software needed for a UGV to perform navigation functions.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Vance McCollough, Adjunct Professor

Customer:
Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian,
UMASS Dartmouth

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Group 10

Student Members:
Treg Michael Dembitzki*, Brian Philippe Etienne, Richard Joseph Muri, Nicholas Andrew Valm, Oscar Lainez

Project Title:
Remote Controlled Lawnmower

Project Description:
Develop a system that enables an elderly or handicapped user to control a lawnmower remotely.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Dayalan Kasilingam

Customer:
Dr. Ramprasad Balasubramanian,
UMASS Dartmouth

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