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Preview the Spring 2021 Teams!
1. SWING IT ON
VME Jacob's Swing
2. SCORCHED NERF
Auger Screw Styrofoam Densifier
3. MORE THAN A PILE OF TRASH
Sorting Recycling via Resin ID
Our product is a remote controlled automated swing sized for a full-grown adult that gives the user a pleasant swinging motion. It was designed specifically for Jacob, a local teenager with physical and mental disabilities
Jacob Hogan, Sabrina Johnson, Sabrina Kim, Danielle Lawhorn, Ellenor Smethurst, and Michael Zimmerman
Styrofoam is extremely difficult to recycle due to its low density. Our product will allow homeowners an easy method to densify Styrofoam waste to make it more easily recyclable.
Colin Boice, John Lathrop, Anthony Moscato, Matt Walters, Jeffrey Wong, and Dmitriy Yarunin
Recycling is crucial to lowering global emissions and reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Our project recycles plastics based on resin ID codes, a government mandated label on plastics that is currently not being taken advantage of in recycling centers.
Kelly Ebner, Matthew Fletcher, Maggie Hathway, Jacqueline Kerlin, Anthony Mahshigian, and Ali Morsy
4. FIVE GUYS OYSTERS AND FRIES
Water Sample Collection
5. EYE TO EYE
Eye Disease Simulator
6. HYDROPONICS KINGS
Greywater Treatment for Hydroponic Systems
This product will take a daily water sample for famers and researchers to track the nitrogen levels in the water, and will cut down on having to pay a diver to collect samples.
Walter Joy, John Iannuzzi, Max Scott, Chris Spiess, and Jeremy Sweer
This headset is designed to simulate glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and retinopathy. Doctor’s using this device seek to educate their patients of the potential effects of their future possible condition without proper care and mitigation.
Abdurrahman Afeefy, Charles Akinmade, Samuel Owolabi, and Thomas Steele
The product collects, filters, and enhances household greywater to optimal contaminant and nutrient levels appropriate for residential hydroponic gardening. From the convenience of a bathroom vanity, the user will have a nutrient-rich water source that can be used to grow plants and food, promoting a sustainable environment.
Omer Bowman, Aditya Gupta, Antonio Karides, Nguyen Nguyen, Shankar Seharaseyon, and Andrew Shannon
8. BREAKING BIGIO
Viral Defense Unit
9. THE CHAIRMEN
Elderly Stand-Assist Device
10. ADAPTIVE PEN
Adaptive Pen to Stabilize Hand Tremors
The VDU will provide a COVID safe environment for in-person class within educational trailers. The system will increase airflow, filter, sanitize, and monitor the air with reactive capabilities.
Kian Memarzadeh, Griffith Speis, Ian Edmundson, Tommy Jurgens, and Sheanan Warner
The Elderly Stand Assist Device is a portable device that fits in many chairs and helps the user stand from a seated position. This device is designed to aid those who struggle to stand independently.
Salman Bhatti, Matthew Davis, Michael Elby,
Mordy Goldberger, and Daniel Kirchner
Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease affects millions of Americans and people worldwide by diminishing their ability to complete simple daily tasks; this includes being able to write legibly over a long duration. Our team’s design aims to eliminate most of the unwanted tremor during the writing process and allow patients more independence in writing.
Emily Kopp, Jordan Mwebaze, Diego Principe, Isaac Schlotterbeck, Sara Serrano, and Yelena Stuherck
11. WASHED UP (.-.)
Step on IT! (Human Powered Washing Machine)
12. TEAM NO LABEL
Adhesive & Label Removal Box
13. THE HAMPER HELPERS
SuperStair: The Ultimate Stairway Assistant
This Human Powered washing machine requires no electrical input to operate. By pushing onto a set of pedals, customers can wash clothes 5 times faster, with less required energy than hand washing.
Elizabeth Childs, Vsevolod Zhuravskiy, Matthew O’Connell, Alec Hall, and Daven Patel
Aims to remove the label and adhesive from recyclable bottles of various sizes. Eventually aims to sort the bottles and labels in different containers for eventual removal.
Joseph Ables, Nikita Dobkin, Ramez Kazartsav, Fares Kazartsev, Aaron Mendelsohn, and Marissa Pasquinelli
Users can control the SuperStair using our dual handle design to assist them in going up and down stairs, whilst transporting items within our removable container. The system is supported through a drivetrain with a worm gear and 10-20 beam.
Anthony Ferrara, Dustin Hartnett, Nina Horne, Victoria Marella, and John Ognisty
14. WALK N' RIDE
The Walk n' Ride Scooter
15. THE POTTERY PACKERS
Artifact Transportation Reimagined
16. TEAM HDS
Wearable Hand Disease Simulator
The Walk n’ Ride allows for users to have a supported walking experience, and when necessary, the ability to ride the device like a scooter. With its two-form feature, this product will enhance the user’s mobility, independence, and livelihood.
Stephen Cha, Anthony Chin, Benjamin Krohn, Wesley Nicholson, and Eugene Park
The diamondback crate is an artifact preservation device designed to ensure safe transportation of archeological artifacts. Our system utilizes damping for the artifact package and thermal insulation to ensure a safe and stable environment.
Fernando Argaez, Mohamed Bangura, Scott Hanna, Danyal Malik, Paul Nyirinkindi, and Andreas Osiander
The wearable hand disease simulator fits to a large range of adult hand sizes, and replicates the joint restricting effects of arthritis at adjustable levels of severity for use in accessible design studies. The assembly uses flexible strips along the finger with clamps that apply frictional resistance as they move, and is designed to be used in conjunction with disposable fingers cots that can be stacked to also simulate the tactile desensitization of peripheral neuropathy.
Spencer Adams, Lance Einfeld, Jamie Lawless, Zac Luc, Nathan Purnell, and Okubay Reda
17. LIFT AND MOBILIZE
Nik's Assistive Kitchen Device
18. SUPERSONIC HYDROPONICS
through Automated Hydroponics
19. ROOFTOP ROBOTS:
FARMING FROM ABOVE
Robotic Traversal System
Our product assists our client with cooking in his kitchen, despite a rare disability that limits him to only using his feet to perform daily tasks. Nik's Assistive Kitchen Device is catered to his needs, can raise to various heights, and is mobile, all to allow him to reach needed items and make meals in his kitchen.
Alexander Fowler, Lucy Hamilton, Mason Long, Saheli Patel, Zachary Weilminster, and Joshua Wood
Supersonic Hydroponics is an attachable device that serves as an autonomous water quality management system for existing hydroponics setups. The device removes the hassle of constantly monitoring plants by utilizing sensors, pumps, and a Raspberry Pi to ensure plants are always receiving the optimal nutrients they need.
Marcus Antomattei, Emma Cooley, Anthony Jones, Mike Mullee, Francis Sowande, and Quinn Wandalowski
Maximizing the efficiency and social utility of urban farming demands modern solutions that decrease labor and increase food production. To reach these goals, we have designed an autonomous system that can traverse rooftop farms with minimal user input, carrying equipment to manage individual crops.
Andrew Bentz, Nabeyat Getachew, Sam Giedzinski, Caleb McCoy, John Powell, and Blake Smith
Modular Floating Home Foundation
22. SHELTERING SOUTHEAST ASIA
Deployable Scissor Lift
Disaster Relief Shelter
Ultralight camping gear
As a result of rising sea levels and coastal overpopulation, housing availability has become a growing global concern. Our high-stability floating foundation, offering a customizable footprint with integrated utilities, will improve housing accessibility and promote sustainable practices.
Ben Eckley, Drew Lepre, Tim McIntyre, Robbie Nawrocki, Eric Tidd, and Bethany Wheeler
We designed a shelter that can be easily expanded/collapsed and mass-produced at a cheap cost for the people in Southeast Asia’s rural area, who often experience natural disasters like typhoons and floods. Our shelter consists of scissor lifts that allow users to easily expand and collapse the structure, water collection and purification system, bunk bed, and modularity.
Carl Allen, Isaac Carlson, Paul Davis, Yejin Moon, Zack Rufty, and Andrew Welch
Because of how niche the hobby is, ultralight backpackers can’t always find mass-market ultralight gear that is optimized for the performance they want to achieve, and the wide array of outdoor conditions and terrains they might experience; this requires them to DIY-build their gear out of existing products, which can be inefficient and expensive. Among the major categories of ultralight backpacking gear, this problem is most apparent with water filtration systems and sleeping pads.
Damian DeCandia, Reece Jones, Jared Kanik, William Menjivar, Nikolaus Meyer, and Phoebe Wong
24. THE GLAUCOMAMAS
Eye Disease Simulator
25. GREEN TEAM!
Plastic Sorting Machine
26. THE POTTY PALS
Assistive Toilet Seat
In order to test the usability of products for people with visual impairments, a device is needed to simulate those impairments in healthy subjects. Our device simulates the effects of glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy at varying severities in healthy subjects by using interchangeable lenses and a wearable goggle frame.
George Drewyer, John Freal, Peter Kuffel, Cole Mckenney, Jacob Saxon, and Joseph Weir
Revolutionizing the plastics recycling industry by developing a more effective and concise product for metropolitan areas with camera vision and material spectroscopy technology.
Ryan Bandy, Anshul Bharati, Zachary Spencer, Huan Wu, David Young, and Karl Zhao
The Potty Pal is an assistive device that is designed to help users with limited mobility transition from a standing position to a seated position when using the bathroom.
Yesica Arias, Rachel Moskowitz, Marina Pietri, Priscila Rubio, Cole Schneider, and John Uncangco
27. THE TRASHMASTERS
Assistive Trash Lift & Carrier
28. STILL THE SPILL
Self-stabilizing Anti-spill Cup
29. KNOCK YOUR SOCKS ON!
Autonomous Sock Aid
Our device will lift heavy trash into the user’s existing trashcan and allow the user to drive the trashcan to the curb using a remote control carrier. The device will allow the user to separate the trashcan from the carrier to meet county collection guidelines by dropping the trash can off at the curb.
Wyatt Ahern, Wyatt Element, Caroline Griffin, Andre Leonor, Lance Morris, and Sahaj Shah
The cup counteracts undesired hand tremors from the user during operation. An inner receptacle swings in a gyroscope, secured to an outer shell which the user holds.
Our product puts a sock on a user's foot eliminating the need for the user to bend over or pull up the sock. The autonomous device uses tracks, motors, and linear actuators to easily slide the sock onto the user’s foot.
Manuel Bascolo, Kathleen DeLeonibus, Chavin DeSilva, Robert Eby, Eric Riley, and Brendan Ziegler
30. TEAM SHUCK IT
Autonomous Oyster Shucking System
31. HELP YOUR SHELF
Automated Lowering Hanging Cabinetry
Remote Automated Medical Percussion Device
Our autonomous oyster shucking system partially automates the oyster shucking process. Using a combination of conveyor belts and programmable arms, our system shucks the oyster and severs the muscle holding the two shells together.
James Busey, Nicholas Embrey, Bobir Nasafi, David Nehf, Yuri Marsov, and Matthew Mason
The Help Your-Shelf uses scissor lift technology to achieve horizontal movement out of the cabinet and over potential obstacles like microwaves or refrigerators while a winch lowers the items to a reachable level for the user. The Help Your-Shelf features a hinged door which allows it to maintain the functionality and aesthetics of a normal cabinet when fully retracted.
Bradley Evans, William Mann, Dylan Mariano, Kyle Mummey, Eric Patel, and James Vouzikia, Jr.
Through the use of auscultation and percussion, our device will detect diseases that typically require identification via a manual percussion test. To do this, our device will perform a remote percussion examination using a pneumatic cylinder within a medical kiosk.
Kelly Caulfield, Dimitri Fotopoulos, Luca Greco, Kasia Kane, Jeffrey Klepper, and Arjun Mahal
34. THE BOTTLE BOYZ
The Dark Plastic Sorting Machin
35. WATER TRIBE
Hydroponics Harvesting Robot
36. HOT ROD ENGINEERING
Existing recycling machines struggle to detect dark plastics causing millions of pounds of desirable plastic to end up in the landfill each year. The Dark Plastic Sorting Machine will reduce waste plastic through a unique object recognition system designed to increase both sustainability and profit.
Rylan Flint, Jared Kaplan, Nathan Rex, Charles Shearman, Thomas Sorteberg, and Anthony Tavarez
Cilantrobot harvests herbs from A-Frame vertical hydroponic systems. Our product automates one of the few remaining manual tasks in hydroponic farming, to reduce our customers' labor costs.
Jacob Croker, Peter Mnev, Wilson Orlando, Dhananjay Naranayan, Ryan Utz, and Ze'ev Yehuda
This semester, Hot Rod Engineering partnered with Volunteers for Medical Engineers (VME) to design and fabricate a hand crank tricycle for children with lower limb deficiencies. This project improves upon previous VME designs to standardize the manufacturing of these tricycles and make them adjustable.
Heather Ailinger, Patrick Brogan, Angelo DeLuca, Yoni Ferneau, Abigail Meyer, and Zachary McDonough
37. FANCY PANTS
Pants Dressing Aid
for Wheelchair User
Our product is an electronically actuated support bar that assists people in wheelchairs while putting on their pants. The bar allows them to lean over and put their pants over their ankles and then uses underarm supports to lift the user out of their wheelchair so the pants can be hoisted to their waist.
Parker Bagshaw, Ryan Brewer, Zachary Chase, Ryan DeBello, Brandon Fayne, and Nathan Scott
Oyster farmers in Taiwan replace their oyster raft’s Styrofoam buoys every year. To prevent this material from going to waste, our Styrofoam Buoy Recycler takes old, degraded buoys and recycles them back into a usable buoy.
Kahlil Alexander, Erik Blautzik, Kush Kharod, Collin Kobel, Andrew Reggettz, and Will Washburn
Our tool is designed to assist physical therapy treatment for facial paralysis, specifically focused on Bell's Palsy. Our lightweight tool provides suction massage treatment with varying suction heads and widely customizable massage settings.
Adam Ahmed, Stephen Bray, Jeremy Brown, Joel Lee, and Evan Michaels
and Throwing Machine
41. DOOR BOYS
Hands-Free Automatic Door Opener
Our project gives football players a way to practice catching and throwing without the need of another person. The product uses a net to catch the ball, actuators to load it, and a pneumatic system to propel it downfield.
Nicholas Harris, Nathaniel Owens, Amy Trembly, and Keegan Wolf
An automatic electromechanical door opener that unlocks, opens, closes, and locks a door completely hands-free. The mechanism is operated via Bluetooth activation by a smartphone or similar Bluetooth capable device.
Triston Eirich, Joshua Smith. Devin Williams, and Wayde Yeager
Honoring Dr. George Dieter and Dr. Linda Schmidt
This year’s Design Day is dedicated to the memories of Dr. George Dieter (1928-2020) and Dr. Linda Schmidt (1958-2021). Dr. Dieter and Dr. Schmidt were visionaries in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as significant supporters of Design Day and its mission. We strive to honor their legacy through our commitment to learning and the student experience.