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Electrical Engineering (1st)

These projects are at the midpoint of a two-semester sequence.  They are not complete.

Ingram Ready Mix Outflow Water Quality Project


Sponsor: Ingram Ready Mix

Student Team: Aaron Wiseman, Adrian Reyes, Luke Bradley, and Aaron Brown

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stan McClellan

A state agency called the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requires industrial facilities to obtain a permit which gives them the privilege to discharge storm and waste water not including sewage. A condition of this permit states that water samples must be taken not more frequently than once per calendar month within thirty minutes of the water beginning to exit the facility. The existing system requires a person to physically observe the retention pond during times of precipitation. This causes personnel to have to repeatedly stop what they are doing to return to the pond and make a visual assessment of the rate at which the water is rising and try to guess how long to wait before coming back to recheck the level. Our system will monitor the water level and transmit the information back to where personnel are already located within their roles at the workplace. We are providing a display inside the business or operations office which will provide real-time water level information. With knowledge of the water level personnel will only have to make a single visit to the retention pond when it is time to collect a sample. The goal is to free up the man hours required to continuously check conditions at the pond as well as help to ensure a sample gets taken within the thirty minute window in compliance with the state issued permit. A future iteration of the system will automatically pump the water sample into an appropriate container where the sample will be stored until the responsible party arrives to collect it for analysis.

Smart City Concept Garage System


Sponsor: IEEE

Student Team: Rhylie Hoyt, Case Winter, Muhammad Ahmed, Wesley Nicol

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Damien Valles

A smart city concept garage system is a system installed in a standard garage that allows for multiple control options for the garage door, access to sensory data, web browsing monitoring access, and pipeline of data warehousing. The garage system will react to sensor readings that indicate danger, such as opening the garage door for ventilation if the carbon monoxide concentration is high. The system will be integrated with other systems that together make up a smart home.

Smart Cities Patient Fall Detection


Sponsor: IEEE Central Texas

Student Team: Christopher Grassel, Marco Castro, Samuel Mckinney, Jack R Sargeant

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Semih Aslan

The project will utilize a web-based application to manage a network of digital and analog devices, which will create a smart environment to increase patient safety. The system will monitor patients and display a video feed and data from pressure sensors to a monitor at the nurses’ station.

Smart Street Lights


Sponsor: Keysight Technologies

Student Team: Kevin Mok, Ahmed Khawaja, Megan Law, Bhabya Singh

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rich Compeau

The Smart Street Lights project is part of an ongoing effort by Keysight Technologies to demonstrate the capabilities of their U3800A development board. The project’s outcome is a small-scale prototype that aims to prove the concept of using Internet of Things to control a network of street lights that adjusts in accordance with ambient light and when a pedestrian is detected. The network of lights adjusts to a lower intensity due to ambient light and when a pedestrian is detected it will increase to full brightness.

American Solar Challenge: Safety and Integration


Sponsor: Texas State University

Student Team:  Alfredo Balli, Chase Berndt, Alex Greer, Anthony Le, and Beau Smith

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stan McClellan

Our team will refine and integrate subsystems developed by previous student teams to produce a partially functional solar vehicle. We will also design a dependable safety system that is capable of monitoring a number of variables to ensure a safe experience for the driver. Using sensors connected to the Arduino, we will be monitoring the temperature in the battery and motor along with the voltage and temperature of the DC motor controller. Using the information gathered from these sensors, the Raspberry Pi will alter the performance of the vehicle to keep it within specified bounds while displaying relevant information to a display.

3D Tube Bender


Sponsor: RH Systems

Student Team: Brendan Forsman, Matthew Heinrich, Nicholas Warren

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Dustin Hardy

RH Systems produces humidity measuring and generating technology used in chemical and meteorological laboratories. The technology that RH Systems produces requires complexly bent tubing which is currently bent by hand. Our project is an automated 3D tube bender that is capable of bending complex shapes in 1/4” tubing which will improve the production process for RH Systems. Our team is creating the portion of the system which controls the feed of unbent tubing into the machine.

S.A.N. Mo (Self Assembling Network Monitor)


Sponsor: NXP Semiconductors, Dr. Kevin Kemp

Student Team: Brian Griffitts, Erik Majeski, Daniel Roland

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Harold Stern

Our project is a flashover monitor and warning system worn by frontline firefighters. The ambient air temperature characteristics measured by thermocouple will be sent to a master device over a self-assembling IEEE standard 802.15.4 mesh network. Our program will then determine if the firefighter is in a situation where a room flashover is impending and initiate a haptic warning for the firefighter and a visual warning for the Chief on site through a terminal application on a computer.

Click Sensor Hub


Sponsor: NXP Semiconductors

Student Team: Alfonso de la Morena, Dylan Dean and Mohamed Sghari

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. William Stapleton

The Click Sensor Hub will design a PCB that allows connection between the FRDM-KL46Z and four MikroBUS standard sockets. Having access to MikroBUS sockets allows users of the FRDM-KL46Z to gain access to over 250 Click sensors that can be used in a myriad of development projects.

Intelligent Lighting Control System (ILCS)

Sponsor: NASA

Student Team: Zachary Fox, Krystopher Frederick, Ignacio Gomez, & Kazuyuki Zukemura Witt

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maggie Chen

The ILCS will be a proof of concept that demonstrates an automated smart lighting source that will control up to four LED fixtures. The finished product will feature two standalone systems; one for human habitation and one for plant growth. The human habitat LEDs shall output light to assist in maintaining an individual’s circadian rhythm, and the plant life system shall output light in such a manner so that is aids in photosynthesis. The system will receive feedback based on the LED’s health and performance by monitoring the LED’s output for degradation of intensity or color spectrum; the system will flag these problems with visual and audible warnings. The goal of the project is to develop a system that is superior to the implementation in use on the International Space Station.

Spacecraft Lighting Network System


Sponsor: NASA

Student Team: Clayton Mullin, Levi Stalsworth, Heron Salinas, Patrick Caserta

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Harold Stern

The overall goal of this project is to see if it is feasible to implement the DMX-512 protocol in programmable devices as an alternate lighting-control approach to NASA’s current control model of switches and knobs. The team, along with the faculty advisor is developing a network system controlled by a GUI, that communicates over Ethernet to control RGB light sources that follow DMX-512 protocol. Additionally, a photosensor will be incorporated to report the health status of the lights to the GUI, so it can be monitored. It is anticipated that this system will save power, improve system reliability, allow for biological needs of passengers to be more adequately met i.e. circadian rhythm.

Drifter 3.1


Sponsor: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit and Jacobs

Student Team: Katherine Bilanski, Walter Bilanski, Brandon Robinson, Ben West

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Lee Hinkle

The Drifter Project is an ongoing endeavor to develop a low-cost, self-sustaining buoy that monitors water quality by measuring temperature, salinity, total dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids, and Ph. Drifter 3.1 is sponsored by Jacobs with support from the Earth Science and Remote Sensing unit (ESRS) at Johnson Space Center.

Software Defined Radio Build Kit


Sponsor: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit and Jacobs

Student Team: James Bell, Samuel Hussey, Zachary Schneiderman

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Semih Aslan

The Software Defined Radio Build Kit is to be used as an educational tool. The SDR will allow students of science and engineering to try their hand at crafting a valuable communications tool and in the process learn about a type of radio that is becoming increasingly popular in many fields. This will also open the door to many people for amateur radio communications on the high frequency spectrum which allows for signals to travel great distances, facilitating communications with people from all over the world.

Instructor-Course Assignment Application


Sponsor: Dr. Rich Compeau

Student Team: David Johnson, Kiana McDaniel, Phillip Tran

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rich Compeau

The Instructor-Course Assignment Application is a web-based application that allows University Program Coordinators to assign Instructors to the Courses that they are teaching for a certain school-year semester and export this data as an XML file. Currently, Program Coordinators use an outdated, hard-to-navigate Excel Spreadsheet to assign professors to courses. Our product will benefit the sponsor by having a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface that provides a clear guidance on the process of Instructor-Course assignment.