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Electrical Engineering (2nd)

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


RFID Inventory System

Sponsor: NASA

Team Members: Cody Lovejoy, Ramsey Doany, Kyle Jones

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Harold Stern

The team choosing this project will be tasked with developing, testing, and implementing a technique to incorporate direct sequence spread spectrum technology into the current generation (Class 1 Gen 2) of passive RFID tags.  Success will provide the capability for a single RFID reader to simultaneously receive information from multiple RFID tags. 

Final Presentation


Networked orientation sensor (magnetic)

Sponsor: Freescale

Team Members: Pedro Quintanilla, Jay Richardson, Javier Rodriguez Cortes

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Semih Aslan

The SMART lab (RFM 5226) is a test bed for a variety of green and renewable energy technologies. It currently has nine small wind turbines. The goal of this project would be to use Freescale "internet of things" products and others to develop a system that would allow display of wind-turbine orientation in azimuth on a web page.

Final Presentation


Networked insolation sensor

Sponsor: Freescale

Team Members: Hayden Engeling, Antonio Estevis, Philip Fitzpatrick

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ravi Droopad

The SMART lab (RFM 5226) is a test bed for a variety of green and renewable energy technologies, including numerous solar panels. This project's purpose is to build a networked insolation sensor (sunlight intensity versus time) that will allow display of insolation on a web page.

Final Presentation


Temperature Signal Simulator

Sponsor: Emerson

Team Members: Taylor Nash, Travis Howell, Rey Perez, Victor Pinones

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Semih Aslan

Emerson Process Control makes data acquisition equipment that uses thermocouples. The purpose of this project is to build a system that simulates a variety of thermocouple outputs and is programmable, so that Emerson can use it to test the performance of their thermocouple sensor systems.

Final Presentation


DC power monitor

Sponsor: Emerson

Team Members: Nelson Chau, Cameron Compton, Georgie Maltes

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Larry Larson

The quality of 24 VDC power used by process control equipment is of great interest for troubleshooting and other purposes. The purpose of this project is to develop a DC power monitor that can capture over- and under-voltage events and provide a remotely accessible data readout.

Final Presentation


CW (Morse Code) decoding at poor SNR

Sponsor: FlexRadio

Team Members: Paul Jacob, Jaime Martinez, Monique Jones

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Harold Stern

CW signals (Morse code) are difficult to decode in the presence of noise. This project would apply a new algorithm to the problem and deliver decoded Morse code in the form of a character output from an audio input, using DSP hardware and software.

Final Presentation


Line monitoring thru relay

Sponsor: Emerson

Team Members: Daniel Ross, Santiago Soriano, Brittany Torelli

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Larry Larson

Control outputs from Emerson products that drive discrete loads (e. g. motors) often go through a relay. A need exists to monitor the condition of the circuit to the load on the far side of the relay. This project would develop a system to do this.

Final Presentation


Networked orientation sensor (optical)

Sponsor:  Freescale

Student Team: Monica Arroyo, Beth Beaver, Edward Buhidar

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Hassan Salamy

The SMART lab (RFM 5226) is a test bed for a variety of green and renewable energy technologies. It currently has nine small wind turbines. The goal of this project would be to use Freescale "internet of things" products and others to develop a system that would allow display of wind-turbine orientation in azimuth on a web page.

Final Presentation


Digital Logic Device Checker

Sponsor: Texas State University

Team Members: Adam Gonzales, Tyler Gray, Terry Hudson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Larry Larson

A challenge of the Digital Logic labs is that students will sometimes damage a chip and put it back in the drawer. As an aid to the lab instructors, this project will develop a microprocessor-driven tool that will check the 16-pin DIP package upon insertion into a test socket. Minimum capability would be to identify which of the set of stocked devices the 16-pin package is, and also if all gates in the package are working to spec. The system should also identify gates that may not work to spec.

First Semester Presentation