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Electrical Engineering

These projects are at the endpoint of a two-semester sequence.  They are "functionally complete".

Note:  First-semester EE projects were also presented during the Spring 2015 event, but are not listed here.  Please refer to the Fall 2015 event for complete listings of these projects.


Smart Watch

Sponsor:  NASA - Avionics Architectures for Exploration Program (AAE)

Student Team: Garet Curry, Derek Fancher, and Steve Hoffman

Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Stapleton

NASA is working to identify and develop the human interfaces of future space habitats that will be critical to performing the required technical tasks and maintaining healthy crew physical and mental health on long duration missions beyond low earth orbit.  One tool that NASA would like to explore is the use of smart watches for astronauts.  Most smart watches to date have not been viewed as “something we can’t live without”.  This project involves, first, a deep assessment of the smart watches on the market and in development.  After the state of the technology is established, the challenge is to create vision for the “life changing” smart watch and design the watch capabilities and associated technologies.  In particular, design use cases for the watch for life onboard a space habitat.  The ultimate goal of the project is to build an early prototype of the watch.

First Semester Presentation

Second Semester Presentation


PixelSense Interface

Sponsor:  NASA - Avionics Architectures for Exploration Program (AAE)

Student Team: Alex Leon, Tyler Lyssy, and Kyle Paul

Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Stapleton

NASA is working to identify and develop the human interfaces of future space habitats that will be critical to performing the required technical tasks and maintaining healthy crew physical and mental health on long duration missions beyond low earth orbit.  One tool that NASA would like to explore is the use of a large multi-touch display with object recognition, called PixelSense.  The project goal is to design software to be used with the PixelSense to help perform several tasks identified by NASA and evaluate their effectiveness through human in the loop testing.  The tasks will involve activities such as: monitoring and interacting with the spacecraft systems and signals via the PixelSense, performing an upgrade to physical hardware with the assistance of the PixelSense, and two astronauts collaborating on a solution using the PixelSense.  A variety of different gravity environments should also be considered (0-G, Moon, Mars).

First Semester Presentation

Second Semester Presentation


Networked Weather Sensor

Sponsor: Freescale Semiconductor

Student Team: Stephen Frank, Nick Speir, and James “Dean” Thomasson

Faculty Advisors: Drs. Hassan Salamy and William Stapleton

Freescale Semiconductor is developing a state-of-the-art implementation of the “Internet of Things” (IoT).  As part of this effort Freescale has donated an IoT infrastructure to Texas State University and is sponsoring two Electrical Engineering Senior Design Projects suring the Fall 2014-Spring 2105 cycle.  These projects are to utilize the IoT infrastructure in support of the green energy platform in the SMART laboratory. 

The Networked Weather Sensor project involves designing and assembling a networked weather station that will monitor various sensors such as temperature, rain precipitation, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, and solar luminosity.  All sensors from this project and the networked AC & DC Voltage/Current sensor project (above) will operate over the IoT network infrastructure and will serve as reference designs for future Freescale products.

First Semester Presentation

Second Semester Presentation


Networked AC & DC Monitoring Solution

Sponsor:  Freescale Semiconductor

Student Team: Lauchen Bouhou, Samuel Chabot, Alan Henderson, Kelsey King, and Brian Samuels

Faculty Advisors: Drs. Hassan Salamy and William Stapleton

Freescale Semiconductor is developing a state-of-the-art implementation of the “Internet of Things” (IoT).  As part of this effort Freescale has donated an IoT infrastructure to Texas State University and is sponsoring two Electrical Engineering Senior Design Projects suring the Fall 2014-Spring 2105 cycle.  These projects are to utilize the IoT infrastructure in support of the green energy platform in the SMART laboratory. 

The Networked AC & DC Monitoring Solution project develops a networked DC voltage and current sensor for applications with the solar panels in the SMART laboratory and a networked AC voltage and current sensor for use with the wind turbines in the SMART laboratory. 

First Semester Presentation

Second Semester Presentation


Simulator for High Speed Discrete Control

Sponsor:  Emerson Process Management

Student Team: Lacey Latour, San Nguyen, and Andrew Roessler

Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Stapleton

The process industries include both continuous and batch products.  These are traditionally controlled by a Distributed Control System.  On the periphery of product creation are several high speed discrete control applications which typically use PLC (Programmable Logic Controllers).   Application include bottling, packaging (for example blister pack), and conveyer belt control.   These border on motion control, but only in 1 or 2 axis.  The goal of this project is to create a working model of a process that could be controlled by a PLC or logic controller.  This would be a scale model of a machine or conveyer to control.  Would require electro- mechanical design of a device to be controlled.  Emerson would use such a control solutions to end user and OEM customers.

First Semester Presentation

Second Semester Presentation


Authentication Model for Accessing a Remote Radio

Sponsor:  Flex Radio Systems

Student Team: Cody Clark, Miles O’Keefe, Samuel Pesek, and Daniel Scarlett

Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Stapleton

The goal of this project is to develop an authentication model for accessing a remote radio via smart phone, iPad or remote computer.  The planned development is for an easy-to-use authentication method that ensures that unwanted third parties do not transmit from a radio they are not authorized on.  The key is to have a methodology that is very easy on customers and that proves that they are who they say they are.  Non-repudiation is not required, but security of authentication and ease of use are.  Passwords alone are insufficient are emailing X.500 certificates is cumbersome.  The authentication model must also be able to bridge the NAT-NAT problem.

First Semester Presentation

Second Semester Presentation