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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 twelve groups. The details are given below.

Senior Design Instructors:
Dr. Vance McCollough

 Project Title
Group 1  Short Circuit Finder
Group 2  Precision Positioner
Group 3  Durfee Chime Controller
Group 4  Dot Drill Training System
Group 5  Portable Grill
Group 6  SkyWarn Portable Station and SW Enhancement
Group 7  Cooktop Alarm
Group 8  Refrigerator Door Alarm
Group 9  COMET (Multimedia Communications Testbed)
Group 10  Chess-Playing Robot
Group 11  Honeybee Monitoring System
Group 12  Audubon Land Survey

 

Group 1

Student Members:
Matthew Edward Duncan*, David Michael Austin, Michael Scott Dugas

Project Title:
Short Circuit Finder

Project Description:
Continued work on short circuit finder to identify faults in armored cable remotely.

Faculty Advisor:
Mr. Donald Foster, Mechanical Engineering

Customer:
Dr. Michael Vertente, AFC Cable

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Group 2

Student Members:
Brent Rubell*, Chandler Mitchell, Matthew B. Rapoza, Fabio M. Sousa

Project Title:
Precision Positioner

Project Description:
Finished the design and calibration of a precision positioning system to support optical medical research.

Faculty Advisor:
Mr. Donald Foster, Mechanical Engineering

Customer:
Dr. Kameran Lashkari, Eye Research Institute

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Group 3

Student Members:
Yuriy Sokayev*, Joseph Frank Costa, Alex William Louis, Tanner J. Studley

Project Title:
Durfee Chime Controller

Project Description:
Continued the development of the remote interfaces to the chimes at Durfee HS Fall River, MA.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Benjamin Viall

Customer:
Dr. Lester W. Cory,
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Faculty Emeritus

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Group 4

Student Members:
Edward Gerard Purtell*, Victoria Lynn Hathaway, Jose J. Junior, Paul A. Shipley

Project Title:
Dot Drill Training System

Project Description:
Design an improved Dot Drill evaluation system for athletic training. Improvements included lighter weight, a wireless interface, and improved user interface.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Lance Fiondella

Customer:
Mr. Gregory Homol,
UMASS Dartmouth Fitness Center

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Group 5

Student Members:
Lucas De Lima Dos Santos*, Niko Fabian, G Malek Marcus Smith

Project Title:
Portable Grill

Project Description:
Developed a Portable Grill for marine use that does not use compressed gas.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. David A. Brown

Customer:
Mr. Gregory Homol,
UMASS Dartmouth Fitness Center

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Group 6

Student Members:
Jacob George Duarte*, Matthew Bessette, Anthony Michael Ciotti, Kyle Lee Page

Project Title:
SkyWarn Portable Station and SW Enhancement

Project Description:
Extended an earlier project- developed a remote collection platform to complement the web-based collection system and database to collect and disseminate observations from weather spotters.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Hong Liu

Customer:
Customer: Mr. Robert Macedo, Skywarn Amateur Radio

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Group 7

Student Members:
Riordan Thomas McCole*, Matthew Irving Sherman, Jarred Trottier

Project Title:
Cooktop Alarm

Project Description:
Designed an alarm system to detect a cooktop that has been left on.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Karen Payton

Customer:
Mr. Christopher Granata,
Granata Electrical Consulting

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Group 8

Student Members:
Michael Anthony Florio*, Aruedy Alexandre Andrade Teixeira Dias, Richard Lee Harrison, Rache T. Yaeger

Project Title:
Refrigerator Door Alarm

Project Description:
Designed an alarm system to detect a refrigerator door left open.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Karen Payton

Customer:
Mr. Christopher Granata,
Granata Electrical Consulting

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Group 9

Student Members:
Eric Pires*, Kevin Francois, Jeffrey Michael Kobza II, Tobias A. Young

Project Title:
COMET (Multimedia Communications Testbed)

Project Description:
Designed a testbed to support the test of multimedia communications systems.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Liudong Xing

Customer:
Dr. Honggang Wang,
ECE Department
UMASS Dartmouth

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Group 10

Student Members:
Patrick Oluremi Oyede*, Usman A. Afzal, Fabio G. Araujo, Chamberlin Egbunike, Rebecca Elizabeth Field

Project Title:
Robot Hand and Controller

Project Description:
Built a prototype controller for a robot hand.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul Fortier

Customer:
Dr. Howard E. Michel, UBTECH Education

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Group 11

Student Members:
Brandon Langton*, Colby Evan Anderson, John Lamanuzzi, Nathaniel D. Nasman

Project Title:
Honeybee Monitoring System

Project Description:
Developed a system to monitor the environment in the vicinity of beehives to identify and alert beekeepers to environmental conditions that could affect the hives.

Faculty Advisor:
Professor Philip Viall

Customer:
Dr. Paul J. Fortier,
ECE Department
UMASS Dartmouth

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Group 12

Student Members:
Jessica Lynn Carreiro*, Jawanza Kadeem Foster, Onelis Ivette Sanchez, Gilson R. Teixeira

Project Title:
Audubon Land Survey

Project Description:
Developed a system that enables the Audubon Society of RI to monitor land condition and use for their 100+ properties.

Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Paul Gendron

Customer:
Mr. Don Heitzmann and Ms. Terry Meyer,
Audubon Society of Rhode Island

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