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Electrical Engineering (1st)

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


Ingram Concrete

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Sponsor: Ingram Ready Mix

Student Team: Ahmed Al Qaysi, Andres Oliva, Nicholas Holleman

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stan McClellan

Ingram Readymix Inc. currently owns 23 concrete plants around San Marcos, Texas. All these plants must follow the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Permit requirements (TXR050000) which requires the company to collect a water sample within 30 minutes of an outflow event. With the remote system at the facility, workers will no longer be requested to go outside to check on the retention gate. One will now be able to monitor the outside system from the office and will prevent possible fines in the future.

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HoverGames: Flight Management Unit Port

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Sponsor: NXP Seminconductors

Student Team: Tyler Corn, Alexander Hawkins, Juan Pablo Tierradentro

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Mark W. Welker

The flight management unit (FMU) used in this project was initially released for drone use. The FMU is programmed with PX4 open source software. This project will test the functionality of the FMU ported to a rover. The capabilities/inefficiencies will be noted and reported to NXP engineers. A Pixy2 camera will be incorporated with the FMU and the rover will be capable of following a line or staying within a lane semi-autonomously.

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Smart Firefighter Support System

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Sponsor: TXST & SM FD

Student Team: Jonathan Naranjo, Robert Wells, Summer Abdullah, Kristopher Perales

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stern

Giving the stressful and life-threatening environment our firefighters are faced with there is a need to have a product that can monitor movement and heart rate levels. This project provides a way for monitoring the firefighters heart rates and assess whether the rate of change or the heart rate itself is at a concerning value, and the project can detect movement. With these applications coupled together, it can help determine whether assistance is needed for the wearer in the event they become incapacitated.

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Multiband Nyquist Fold Exploitative Receive Preselector

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Sponsor: FlexRadio Systems

Student Team: Kenneth A. Barbee, Albert Nandin, Liliane Nzukou

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Khan Tarik

The development of this project will have the team design and test an ultra-high and very high frequency preselector based on proper Nyquist folding as well as develop optimal lowpass/bandpass filters designed via software that will feed into a direct sampling receiver. This product will allow the radio to display multiple frequencies (at least three) at a single time on the console of the radio.

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Smart Wear

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Sponsor: Keysight Technologies

Student Team:  Tringa Krasniqi-Islami, Mohammed Hossain, Christopher Jew, Stephanie Lopez

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Lee Hinkle

This project will utilize Keysight’s Internet of Things (IoT) development kit and tools to design the Smart Wear bracelet. The team will develop an affordable IoT bracelet to help a group of children to stay in range during field trips and ensure their safety by sending an alert if a child wonders off out of range. This device can be implemented different ways such as during guiding outdoor activities, school recess etc. It will include features such as LEDs for color-coded group identification and the ability to communicate back and forth using a buzzer. Wireless communication will be achieved using the WeMos D1 Mini with ESP8266 Wi-Fi module located on the bracelet and the built in Wi-Fi on the base station (Keysight’s U3800A IoT kit).

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Transfer Inrush Limiting Device

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Sponsor: Mr. Stephen Frank, Aggreko 

Student Team: Gustavo Madero, Alex Ramirez, David Lozano, Jacob Mylius 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rich Compeau 

This Project entitles researching, designing, and implementing a transformer inrush limiting device (TILD), that will limit the inrush current to a 1.5 MVA transformer. The overall goal of this project is to help Aggreko avoid long-term degradation to the equipment such as the inline fuses and the transformer itself. The TILD will be a more cost-effective solution in the long-run. The teams stretch goal is to implement a touch screen interface that will control all of the components and have real time voltage and current values. The team also wants to create a wireless interface that allows Aggreko to control the TILD and monitor real time values. 

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Battery and Power Management System for Hovergames

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Sponsor: NXP

Student Team: Jason Blackert, Mustafa Bahrani, Paul Fonseca, An Nguyen

Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Stapleton

The NXP Sponsor desires a Battery and Power Management System (BPMS) for the Hovergames challenges and prior to the challenges the safety of battery cells will be tested and validated for safety. Our task for this project will be to ensure NXP’s prototype BMS is fully operational alongside its communication with Drones and other UAV’s. Some of the features to be tested in this project include battery cell cycling, interfacing with MAVLink, and communication with UAVCAN. Once fully operational we will test the state of charge and health of battery applications developed in use and in storage.

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Chef Bots - Topping Identification Cobot

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Sponsor: Dr. Hooper

Student Team: Alex Tejada, Yahaira Cueva, Armando Gallegos

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Damian Valles

The collaborative robot chef (cobot) will be an autonomous robot that will be developed to identify toppings for a burger, classify the freshness of each topping, and reach for the identified topping. Through the use of computer vision, the cobot chef will locate the toppings in a given space and acknowledge their presence with a robotic arm. Currently cobots are specialized into specific tasks that are not efficiently assisting chefs. Our cobot will set the foundation to the comprehensive cobot that will assemble and cook a burger. The finished product will showcase the cobot‘s ability to aid chefs in Restaurant and Commercial kitchens (RC kitchens) around the world.

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Pedestrian Acknowledgment Smart System (PASS)

Sponsor: Ingram School of Engineering

Student Team: Mark Jones, Ryan Thompson, Zachary Rangel

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Mark Welker

The Pedestrian Acknowledgment Smart System aims to help keep pedestrians safe by broadcasting a message to nearby vehicles when a pedestrian is at an intersection. A person will be detected with multiple sensors and an MCU. The MCU will relay the confirmation to the base station, the base station will emit a broadcast, and the receiver module will raise a pin high when that confirmation has been received. This project serves as a proof of concept for a smart intersection system that is extensible for the 5G C-V2X standard.

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3-D Motion Capture For Response Training

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Sponsor: Texas State University

Student Team: Bo Heyse, Matthew Healea, Karina Paz

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stan McClellan

Active shooter training is limited due to lack of funding and man hours for certain municipalities, leaving many first responders untrained in critical mitigation techniques. Texas State University’s ALERRT Center has sponsored this project in efforts to automate active shooter training to increase availability for municipalities that would otherwise go without. Our product is a three-dimensional motion capture system which implements sensors to capture and record data. The system will be used in a virtual reconstruction of an active shooter simulation. This project will greatly enhance the availability of training in addition to drastically lowering the cost.

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