Senior Design Team Projects

Johns Hopkins - Mechanical Engineering - Senior DesignOur graduates have designed, developed, and built solutions to complex engineering problems that have resulted in real-world uses for industry and individuals alike.

Some have received patents for their work.

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  • * indicates team member is a Junior class member and a student in the Junior level Engineering Design Process course
    § Denotes students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Course – Leading Innovation Design Team (EN.520.251/463/663)

    Team ALL

    Sponsor: Allegion
    Members: Avi Gordon, Matthew Brandes, Matthew Heacock, Brendan Szuwalski

    Developed a hands-free door opening system.

    Team APL

    Sponsor: Applied Physics Laboratory
    Members: John Aguilar, Alexander Cohen, Grace Kuroki*, Jonah Muniz, Michael Swiercz

    Designed and built an articulated appendage that allows quadcopters to suspend from tree branches of varying sizes.

    Team ARL

    Sponsor: Army Research Laboratory
    Members: Daniel Jeong, Eugene Kang, Justin Kang, Gabe Maymon, Nate Welsh

    Developed a custom gimbal mount for a quadcopter.

    Team DDIM

    Sponsor: Direct Dimensions
    Members: Ryan Cummings, Alexander Cohen*, Alexander Doran*, Lucy Reider*, Miranda Grenville*, Stephanie Shirley*

    Developed a next-generation version of the photogrammetric scanner.

    Team DIX

    Sponsor: Dixon Valve and Coupling Company
    Members: Emily Bell Jessica Harsono, Shanaya Herbert*, Natasha Suri

    Developed and tested several iterations of a cost-effective, polymer based hose coupler.

    Team ECD

    Sponsor: ECD Lacrosse
    Members: Savannah Born*, Jeffrey Goldsmith, Sina Fahimi Hanzaei, Osama Khokhar, Alex Klyuev

    Continued work from the 2017 team to develop a robotic lacrosse ball thrower that mimics the motion of a human lacrosse player.

    Team GLO

    Sponsor: Globus Medical
    Members: Max Basescu, Amy Chi*, Jesse Miller, Emily Palmer

    Created a robotic rod-bending device for use during spine surgeries.

    Team HIOA

    Sponsor: Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture
    Members: John Chu*, Brandon Fielder, Jan Hagemeister, Davis Knox, Mark Wilson

    Developed a modular land-based oyster storage and farming equipment system.

    Team KRPT

    Sponsor: Kryptonite-Allegion
    Members: Elaine Asare, Huidong (Mona) Gao, Nevena Marinkovic, Guohao Sun

    Developed a medium security café lock.

    Team MAL

    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Dr. Shapiro Lab
    Members: Rachel Bang, Nick Covone*, Melanie (Gigi) Habiby, Sharon Maguire, Michael Pozin

    Improved existing laboratory equipment to allow for multiple simultaneous experiments.

    Team OUSD

    Sponsor: Office of the Undersecretary of Defense
    Members: David Austin, Amy Boulier, Martha Cervantes, Panth Patel

    Designed and manufactured 100 specialized rivet squeezers for use in aviation manufacture and maintenance.

    Team PRS

    Sponsor: Paul Reed Smith Guitars
    Members: Brett Caggiano, Kyle Doran, Zachary Jacobson, Connor Joyce

    Continued work from the 2017 team to develop a custom automatic fret-pressing system.

    Team SBD-F

    Sponsor: Stanley Black and Decker
    Members: Elizabeth Konopacki, Magdalene Koo, Nate McIntosh, William Whalen-Bridge

    Developed a pressure-measuring system to validate sponsor provided computational fluid dynamics results.

    Team SBD-I

    Sponsor: Stanley Black and Decker
    Members: Adrian Au, Chinmaya Kuduvalli, Matthew Ma, Gregory Munilla, Florian Pontani, Raph Santore, Daniel Tabas, Jessamy Taylor, Frank Waggoner

    Developed a complex system to print large-scale models.

    Team SBD-R

    Sponsor: Stanley Black and Decker
    Members: Mina Banoub, Joseph Chung, Gavin Granath§, Duan Li, Paola Donis Noreiga§, Brian Prats*, Divi Rajput§, Andrew Ruas, Nagashree Shettigar§, Tyler Spoleti§

    Worked on the inaugural multi-disciplinary capstone project to develop a robotic platform for outdoor use.

    Team SPINE

    Sponsor: JHU School of Medicine, Dept. of Orthopaedics, Stephen Belkoff Laboratory
    Members: Matthew Gramuglia, Elizabeth Hallenborg, Ryan Kunzer, Rachel Rex

    Designed and tested a system to detect early signs and then prevent pedicle screw pullout during spinal surgery.

    Team STScI-A

    Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute
    Members: Kevin Chang, Abhinav Goyal, Ji Woong Kim, Evelyn McChesney*

    Worked closely with world-renowned researchers to develop and install multiple high-precision optical systems on an experimental platform.

    Team STSci-E

    Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute
    Members: Andrew Colombo, Andrew Holliday, Matthieu Le Cauchois, Courtney Schmitt

    Developed a large self-sealing enclosure with removable panels for use around an environmentally sensitive optical experimental platform.

    Team TMD

    Sponsor: JHU School of Medicine – Transfusion Medical Division
    Members: Eric Feldman, Matthew Huhn, Neil McCarter, Poojan Moody

    Further designed and developed a temperature-controlled cart to transport blood products from the blood bank to operating rooms.

    Team WSE

    Sponsor: JHU Whiting School of Engineering Manufacturing
    Members: Geordan Gutow, Kim Koon*, Stephane Teste, David Samson

    Designed and installed a digital system that tracks usage details of manufacturing machines such as mills, lathes, wire EDM, etc.

  • * indicates team member is a Junior class member and a student in the Junior level Engineering Design Process course

    Team AFRL

    Sponsor: Air Force Research Lab
    Members: Avi Gordon*, Florian Pontani*, Nick Morton, Max Novick, Ryan Selig, Nastasia Winey

    Built a device that allows soldiers to quickly and safely transport a minimum of 350lbs across rough terrain.

    Team ALL

    Sponsor: Allegion
    Members: Arturo Brito, Amanda Canezin, Ashley Canezin, Ana Elechiguerra, Samuel Pallay

    Researched, built and tested different material methods to improve security of electronic door locks against potential thieves.


    Team APL

    Sponsor: Applied Physics Laboratory
    Members: Zachary Bredl, Sofia Diez, Samuel Einhorn, Emily Hadley, Elizabeth Mark

    Developed an exoskeleton that supports the weight of heavy lead vests worn by interventional radiologists, thereby reducing back and other joint pain.

    Team BAB

    Sponsor: JHU Center for Injury Research and Policy
    Members: Matthew Johnson, Danielle Matusiak, Conor Reynolds, Zachary Robbins, Emerson Walsh

    Designed and built several CO2 detection systems that were installed in vehicles to test for the presence of a small infant.

    Team BAC

    Sponsor: Baltimore Aircoil Company
    Members: Andrew Backer, Daniel Bregman, Jonathan Yi

    Developed a system that would monitor lifespan of components in a cooling tower and predict when failure would occur.

    Team CBID

    Sponsor: exoRise and JHU Center for Biomedical Innovation and Design (CBID)
    Members: Ronann Carrero, Baxter Eldridge, Matthew Gramuglia*, Suzie Kellogg, Mary Nahill

    To reduce the risk of injury to nurses and occupational therapists during patient transfers, the team further developed a motorized knee brace that was originally built by undergraduates in CBID.


    Team ECD-A

    Sponsor: East Coast Dyes
    Members: Joseph Peine, Josh Gilbert

    Performed an aerodynamic analysis of high performance lacrosse heads using instrumentation and computational fluid dynamics.

    Team ECD-R

    Sponsor: East Coast Dyes
    Members: Clara Aranguren, Matthew Bailey, Caitlin Clancy, Anna Goodridge, Erez Krimsky, Alexandre Laloum

    Designed and built a robotic mechanism to mimic an elite lacrosse player’s throw.

    Team FUS

    Sponsor: Fusiform
    Members: Kiran Jagtiani, Panth Patel*, Raph Santore*

    Developed a mechanism to automatically palpate a residual limb so as to identify soft and hard regions to improve prosthetic limb manufacture.

    Team JHPT

    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Pediatric Transport
    Members: Haein Kim, Yadel Okorie, Oludunsin Samuel-Ojo, Jeremy Tsao

    Studied the behavior of EMTs during transport calls; specifically, to determine the amount of time EMTs are ‘seated and not belted’ and ‘seated and belted’.

    Team KRPT

    Sponsor: Kryptonite Schlage Lock Company
    Members: Veronica Boswell, Austin Bridges, David Dominguez, Nathan Green, Jan Hagemeister*, Evan Holder

    Developed a new way for Kryptonite’s bicycle u-locks to be transported on a bicycle frame.

    Team PRS

    Sponsor: Paul Reed Smith Guitars
    Members: Marc Buzelli, Thomas Fiorelli, Elyse Lance, Chris Scherz, Camden Schreeder

    Studied several manufacturing processes at PRS and identified 3 areas where increases in efficiency could be made. Performed case studies and built new wood pressing equipment for one of the identified areas.

    Team ROCK

    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and JHU Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Members: Jimmy Chen, Glen Knight, Patrick Rose, Walter Saine

    Built a module to collect micro-meteorites from sub-orbital space flights.


    Team SBD-C

    Sponsor: Stanley Black & Decker
    Members: Stefan Arnold, Andrew Bartnett, Brandon Fielder*, Kevin LeBlanc, Andrew Phipps

    Developed a new way to maneuver under a vehicle while doing auto work.


    Team SBD-PW

    Sponsor: Stanley Black & Decker
    Members: Sumukh Bharadwaj, Jalen Doherty, Elizabeth Hallenborg*, Miles McKey, Nic Ulm

    Developed a low powered pressure washer.


    Team STScI

    Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute
    Members: Cora Dimmig, Daniel Dembner, Blaine Miller

    Investigated and mitigated sources of vibration to a highly-specialized optics table.


    Team USA

    Sponsor:  U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity and Johns Hopkins University Military and Veterans Health Institute
    Members: Sapreen Abbass, Elijah Baum, Emily Mancuso, Natasha Suri*, Sebastian Yllanes

    Developed a system to heat and insulate IV bags and lines against extreme cold temperatures for use by medics on missions in cold environments, like Alaska.


  • * indicates team member is a Junior class member and a student in the Junior level Engineering Design Process course

    Team AFRL

    Sponsor: Air Force Research Lab
    Members: Teo Gaudin, Rachel Hegeman, Ari Messenger, Christian Richardson, Amanda Canezin*, Kevin LeBlanc*

    Build a device that allows soldiers to descend from a hovering aircraft at heights varying from 20 feet to 90 feet. The descent must occur as quickly as possible, as soldiers may be in compromised situations.

    Team ALL

    Sponsor: Allegion
    Members: Katharina Ertman, Rachael Guess, Trevor Holmgren, Christopher Naco, Jacqueline Roche

    Information on this project is restricted.

    Team BAC

    Sponsor: Baltimore Aircoil Company
    Members: Rohan Agarwal, Alexi Bennink, Joshua Harris, Jorge Rivera, Simon Rojas

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team CBID

    Sponsor: JHU Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
    Members: Glenn Balbus, Minjea Jo, Dmitriy Kats, Kyle Kirwan, Stefan Arnold*

    Develop a personal cooling unit for use with the Ebola suit previously developed at Johns Hopkins.


    Team HRA

    Sponsor: Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
    Members: Fernando Concepcion, Keith Pallo, Michael Scarlato, Alex Schlink

    Develop a device to electrically emulate the accelerator pedal of modern vehicles, to facilitate full vehicle testing and control in a proving ground environment.


    Team JHPT

    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Pediatric Transport & Lifestar Medical
    Members: Madeleine Abelson, Joonghyun (Peter) Ahn, Kyle Candela, Theophilus Moss, Oritsetimeyin Moju

    Improve the safety of the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) performing ambulance transports by increasing the time the EMTs remain seated and seat-belted during patient care.

    Team KRPT

    Sponsor: Kryptonite Schlage Lock Company
    Members: Sydrake Abdi, Edward Kunkel, Alexander Lambert, Adrian Pearl, Christopher Scherz*

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team MASK

    Sponsor: JHU Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design
    Member: Laura Scavo

    Improve the design of the hood portion of the JHU Ebola suit to passively provide defogging and air circulation.

    Team OUSD

    Sponsor: Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Corrosion Policy and Oversight
    Members: David Gorman, Samantha Lott, Patrick Reilly, Rachel Tsao

    Develop a fast, modular way to mask off large or small areas, both inside and outside an airplane, for painting.

    Team RIZK

    Sponsor: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
    Members: Michelle Camacho, Alexander Griffith, Alexander Kearns, Rodrigo de Costa*, Thomas Keady*

    Develop a safer and more comfortable robotic device for aiding colonoscopies.


    Team SBD

    Sponsor: Stanley Black & Decker
    Members: Niki Entin, Ryan Howarth, Michael Howland, Luke Moloznik, Miles McKey*

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team STScI

    Sponsor: JHU School of Physics and Space Telescope Science Institute
    Members: Carlos Benavides, Devin Conley, Nicholas Garcia, Zachary Bredl*, Sebastian Yllanes*

    Develop a test system to verify functionality of a modern digital micro-mirror device (DMD) at cryogenic temperatures. Then use it to confirm that these micro-arrays are reliable.


    Team TEX

    Sponsor: TEXTRON Systems
    Members: Rami Bedewi, Byron Benjamin, Kyle Johnson, David Levi, Thomas Fiorelli*

    Develop hardware to allow a quadcopter to land on a tree branch of nearly any size at nearly any angle.


    Team UA

    Sponsor: Under Armour
    Members: Matthew Re, Valeria Vasconcellos, Jared Wang, Pawel Malicki*, Zachary Robbins*

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team WRVL

    Sponsor: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins University Military and Veterans Health Institute
    Members: Luke Brown, Devin Holladay, Benjamin Keyser, Katelyn Koons, Joey Tilson, Clara Aranguren*

    Design a foot and ankle prosthesis that would allow veterans to quickly adapt to different footwear, specifically adjusting the heel height from 0 to 4 inches.

    Team WRVU

    Sponsor: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
    Members: Kiana Duncan, Colin Egan, Colin Friedman, Joseph Hirsch, Suzie Kellogg*

    Develop a new version of a patented elbow prosthesis for use with active duty and veteran amputees.

  • The Senior Design Class of 2015

    The “*” indicates the team member is a Junior class member and a student in the Junior level Engineering Design Process course.

    Team AAI

    Sponsor: AAI Textron
    Members: Greg Langer, Alexander Spinos, William Wagers, Martha Whiting, Kiana Duncan*

    Designed a mechanism to allow a quadcopter to land in, and take off from, a tree


    Team AFRL

    Sponsor: Air Force Research Laboratory
    Members: Yvana Adhab, Samuel Frishman, Maxwell Yaron

    Designed a system to keep soldiers cool in hot, humid climates.

    Team APL

    Sponsor: JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
    Members: Tucker Kearney, Jack Riley, Jonathan Ung, Ian Wilkes

    Demonstrated new methods to improve modularity, vibration attentuation and thermal management in spacecraft electronics packaging. This team’s project information is restricted.

    Team ATK

    Sponsor: Oribtal ATK
    Members: Roger Banks, Ronald Caspers, Ted Staley, Alex Szigeti

    Designed a robotic lighting system to replicate the motion of the sun within the Robotic Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) lab.


    Team BAC

    Sponsor: Baltimore Aircoil Company
    Members: Jacob Dooling, Catarina Neves, Demilade Obayomi, Ned Samson

    Designed and constructed a full-scale, pump test stand to simulate the water distribution systems on a variety of cooling products.


    Team BGE

    Sponsor: Baltimore Gas & Electric, Division of Exelon
    Members: Andrew Ceruzzi, Jacob Enterlin, Alexander Naticchia, Austin Stecklair, Trevor Holmgren*

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team CIRP

    Sponsor: JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Injury Research and Policy
    Members: Megan Carney, Joseph Hajj, Joseph Heaney, Welles Sakmar

    Designed an anti-theft and tamper-resistant portable opioid pill dispenser.



    Team HFD

    Sponsor: JHU Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Members: Lucas Broganer, Patric Carney, Kanav Kathuria, Omar Randall

    Developed a research-grade etching rig for a powerful acid enabling quality etching with much less liquid volume.


    Team HRA

    Sponsor: Honda R&D Americas Inc.
    Members: Abdulmohsen Al Belushi, John Bacon, Wesley Cohen, Kyle Wall

    Designed a system to determine the heat transfer coefficients of automotive radiators.



    Team IIRU

    Sponsor: JHU International Injury Unit
    Members: Yun Ahn, Young Jae Hue, Karen Kim, Sean Lee

    Designed a low-cost helmet impact testing system for use with helmets manufactured in developing countries.


    Team JWST

    Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute
    Members: Nicole Cade-Ferreira, Wesley Ericksen, Bailey Hannon, Michael Levidy, Rami Bedewi*, Colin Egan*, David Levi*, Bailey Surtees*

    Designed a one-fifth scale deployable model of the James Webb Space Telescope. The model captures the complicated folding and deployment of the real telescope and will be featured by STScI in exhibits worldwide.

    Team KRPT

    Sponsor: Allegion
    Members: Jonah Eidman, Gideon Hou, Thomas Liu, Ryan Stoltz

    Information on this project is restricted.



    Team LIFT

    Sponsor: Walter Reed National Military Center
    Members: Jorge Alvarado, Matthew Daum, Ryan Johnston, Walter Mayfield, Samantha Lott*

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team LMC

    Sponsor: Lockheed Martin
    Members: Alexander Demas, Joshua Freidman, Dev Patel, Thomas Schwietz, Luke Moloznik*

    Information on this project is restricted.


    Team MAL

    Sponsor: JHU Military and Veterans Health Institute & JHU Clinical Pharmacology
    Members: Racheal Guess, Juan Carlos Villalonga

    Developed a biochamber with drug concentration control for malaria research.



    Team STAR

    Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute
    Members: Bobak Kiani, David Morra, Evan Rodbell, Sri Krishna Uppaluri, Joonghyun Ahn*

    Developed an atmosphere light attenuation measurement system which is carried aloft by a balloon, and returns autonomously to “home base.”



    Alexander Caffee, Aric Rousso, Vincent Wang, Daniel Willen (Sponsored by the Air Force Research Lab)

    Developed a compact, custom, lightweight lift airbag and human-powered pump that provides Air Force para-jumpers with the capability to get a crashed aircraft off the ground during a rescue.


    Team ANT2

    Rebecca Lazarus, Deane Schofield (Sponsored by JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering)

    Developed a tool that enables a client with very limited arm and hand mobility to dine with her family at the table with minimum assistance.


    ANT3Team ANT3

    Mario Nakhle (Sponsored by JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering)

    Developed a “mousing” device for use with tablets and cell phones that allows a client with limited hand and arm mobility to browse the Internet and work online.


     Team APL

    Terence Casey, Nathaniel Dordai, F. Robert Ferris III (Sponsored by the JHU Applied Physics Lab)

    Information on this project is restricted (no photo is available).

    ARL 2Team ARL

    Johann Choo, Sheehan Hsu, William Kim (Sponsored by the Army Research Lab)

    Developed and built a high-pressure gas-powered launcher that features remote operation, various elevation settings and velocity control and is capable of launching experimental projectiles for ballistics research.

    ATKTeam ATK

    Jason Cheu, Brandon Lee, Raymond Tuazon, Jeffrey Yu (Sponsored by ATK Space Systems)

    Developed horizontal thrusters and mechanisms to reduce ground-induced drift for simulated satellites that float on a thin cushion of air.


    BABTeam BAB2

    Ben Chello, Abigail Flock, Max Robinson (Sponsored by the Jhu Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Injury Research and Policy)

    Developed a sensor that uses CO2 measurements to detect a child left in a hot car.


    BACTeam BAC2

    Christopher Caniglio, Johannes Frey, Cassandra McClure (Sponsored by Baltimore Aircoil Co.)

    Developed a research-scale cooling tower to optimize performance through detailed measurements of temperature, air and water flow.


    CSATeam CSA2

    Steven Lin, William Rothkopf, Robert Schneider III, Aman Shah (Sponsored by CSA Medical)

    Developed a new test stand for characterization of a cryotherapy liquid nitrogen spray.



    Team HIP

    Ryan Downing, Michael Lysak, James Teasley, Jonathan Wang (Sponsored by HIP-Tec)

    Developed a drop test rig – modeled on the body, head and neck of a human being – that measures for angular and linear acceleration in helmets during impact.


    IDITeam IDI

    Edwin Alicea, Steve Park, Dongsuk Shin (Sponsored by the Identification International)

    Developed an autonomous robotic document feeder to relay archival cards into a flat bed scanner.



    Team IMBB

    Zachary Carter, Drake Fisher, Jessica Ruhl (Sponsored by Baltimore Gas & Electric)

    Developed a drain cover that allows water to flow through freely but which prevents environmental leakage of accidental oil spills from large transformers or other equipment.



    Yunuscan Sevimli (Sponsored by JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering)

    Developed a new bioreactor for a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions research team that studies malaria.


    IRCO 2013-14

    Team IRCO

    Harmeet Dhingra, David Kilgariff, Kerry Moriarty (Sponsored by the Allegion)

    Developed a new, very quiet “crash bar” door exit device for use in hospitals.




    Jennifer Herchek, Shelby Strauss, Madalyn Vershay (Sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (AT&L), Corrosion Policy and Oversight through the Systems Engineering Research Center)

    Developed a hand-held profilometer to assess suitability of surfaces for painting in a ship’s most confined spaces.

    ROCKTeam ROC

    Edward August, Brandon Fishman, Adhiraj Goel, Vinay Jyothi (Sponsored by the JHU Applied Physics Lab, Hopkinauts with funding from the Maryland Space Grant Consortium)

    Developed a research-scale experimental payload to capture and return microparticles on a commercial suborbital flight.


    Joshua Meyerson, Kevin Quinn, Aaron Rips (Sponsored by Turkey Hill Dairy)

    Developed a prototype of a new material handling system for bags of empty drink bottles that is designed to eliminate a low value and repetitious human job.



    Max Okinow, Timothy Ouellette, Patrick Tamm (Sponsored by Turkey Hill Dairy)

    Designed a way to remove damaged or oversized crates from a dairy supply line.



    WRVTeam WRV

    Joshua Charest, Andrew Frazier, Matthew Jorgensen, Michael Leddy (Sponsored by JHU Military & Veterans Health Institute, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center)

    Developed a custom prosthetic liner with forced-liquid cooling to improve comfort and heat management for active people with prosthetic limbs.

  • 2013AAITeam AAI

    Nicholas Dee, Matt Parman, William Patterson (Sponsored by AAI Textron)

    The 2013 AAI Team developed a small UAV that can deploy from the cargo bay of a full-sized UAV and perform up to a 60-minute objective mission while the parent UAV is flying at 80 mph. The prototype utilized a folded-wing design and was made of composite materials to be lightweight and strong. Shown in the picture is the folded UAV in a volume similar to that of the parent UAV.


    2013ANTsTeam ANT

    Kristin Spera, Ryan Thompson, Allison Tse (Sponsored by V-LINC)

    As part of an ongoing partnership with V-LINC, the team developed a prototype to assist their client with a task many likely take for granted: eating. With limited mobility in her hands and arms, this prototype enabled the client to join her family and eat at the dinner table with minimum assistance. The final prototype consisted of two major components. The first component would push food from a rotating plate to a specialized “plate-spoon,” nicknamed the “ploon.” The second component would raise the ploon up so that the food could be eaten using only the chin and mouth. The team worked intimately with their client to develop this prototype, and have continued researching and designing in 2014.


    T2013APDseam APD

    Kyle Fitzsimmons, Qais Feroz, Shijit Dasgupta (Sponsored by the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Technical Services Division)

    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab experienced an issue in one of its buildings when very heavy drums were required on a floor higher than the building’s elevator ran. Lugging the heavy drums up flights of stairs turned out to be incredibly difficult and ultimately too unsafe to do. Team APD developed a custom lift device to facilitate the transport of these 800 pound loads up the stairs. The team’s designs involved an automatic dolly attached to a rigid track that ran the length of the staircase and could maneuver the tight staircase turns.


    2013APLsTeam APL

    Andrew Kelly, Tiras Lin, William Shepherdson (Sponsored by the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory)

    Another project from within the JHU Applied Physics Lab, Team APL developed a Schlieren photography system to validate a computational fluid mechanics model for supersonic flow. The system used high pressure tanks to produce supersonic flow in the test section and captured high-resolution images to characterize the flow, all while minimizing vibrations and allowing for the safe discharge of compressed air at supersonic speeds.


    Team BAB

    Jeffrey Kamei, Yejin Kim, Anshul Mehra (Sponsored by the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Injury Research & Policy)

    2013BABsPartnered with the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, Team BAB developed this prototype, the first version of a vision-based system designed to prevent children from being unintentionally left in hot cars. The system was developed using hardware from Microsoft’s motion-sensing input device, Kinect. Using the Kinect’s infrared and RGB cameras, the system could accurately detect minute motion from within a vehicle. Motion as small as the chest expansion and contraction of a breathing baby could trigger the system’s motion sensors. Since the system used infrared cameras, the system was able to operate without interruption of false-positives from motion outside the vehicle. This research project has been continued in 2014.


    2013BACsTeam BAC

    Sarah Dodge, Michael Leibel, Patrick Luckett, Matthew Addis (Sponsored by Baltimore Aircoil Co.)

    As part of an ongoing partnership with Baltimore Aircoil Co., team BAC build a research-scale cooling tower hot water basin to quickly measure the flow distribution from a water nozzle. With their test rig, the team optimized and tested new nozzle designs. Within cooling towers, a common problem is the efficient and complete distribution of hot water over the entire area of the basin. If nozzles do not completely coat the basin, then there is unused area within the tower and the system being cooled will run at lower efficiency. The team’s research provided significant data for the future design of nozzles in cooling towers, which will help improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprints.


    2013BGEsTeam BGE

    David Leff, Nir Rattner, Yoshitaka Sei (Sponsored by Baltimore Gas & Electric)

    As part of an ongoing partnership with Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., Team BGE developed a vision-based method to classify overhead electrical conductors without de-energizing the system or touching the live conductors. The team’s prototype combined clever optics with a high-resolution digital camera and a set of matching algorithms. The prototype enabled a field engineer to enter a substation with only a tablet and a camera, take pictures of the lines to be classified, and receive instantaneously on the tablet information about the conductors.


    Team BRX

    William Crawford, Daniel Fischer, Renata Smith, Benjamin Wasser (Sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory)

    2013BRXsAs part of the Air Force Research Lab’s University Design Competition, Team BRX designed a lightweight, portable, inflatable bridge for use by Air Force Special Operations soldiers. The prototype was constructed using composite air beams and was covered in rip-stop nylon. As part of the competition, the team demonstrated the load capacity of the bridge (over 350 pounds at ~16 psi) and ran an obstacle course to show its versatility in the field. The competition also involved an elevation change obstacle. The entire inflatable bridge could fold into a package the size of a backpack for easy transportation. Shown in the picture, two of the team’s members pose on top of the deployed prototype. This was the second of three years that JHU will be entered in the AFRL UDC.


    2013CSAsTeam CSA

    Andrew Berrodin, Andreas Gubler, Ada Sierraalta (Sponsored by CSA Medical)

    CSA Medical produces a successful cryotherapy product called the TruFreeze. Cryotherapy is used in endoscopic ablation surgery to eradicate tissue inside the body. This project was aimed to explain some behavior seen in the liquid nitrogen flow within the machine, and then to further improve the flow by redesigning the flow path. As part of the project, Team CSA was able to visualize the flow in different sections of the device and eliminate unnecessary components to improve the output of the device.


    Team FLU

    Cameron Ahmad, Rick Fenrich, Ted Grunberg, Adam Weiner (Sponsored by the JHU Department of Mechanical Engineering)

    2013FLUsA continuation of the 2011-2012 FLUID team’s project, Team FLU designed, manufactured, tested, and installed a particle image velocimetry (PIV) device for use in a Johns Hopkins Mechanical Engineering undergraduate lab. PIV is an optical method to visualize the flow in or around test sections and is often used in education and research. Small particles in a fluid (typically water) are illuminated using powerful sheets of light while successive photographs are taken of a test section. By taking the photographs in pairs, software can identify and track each particle in the flow in order to develop a visual representation of the flow. With this device, undergraduates in John Hopkins’ fluid mechanics courses will be able to observe and examine real-life fluid motion and apply concepts learned in class. The photo shows the team’s test section with an acrylic airfoil as the test geometry.

    2013HIGsTeam HIG

    Ryan Keating, Nicholas Kisley, Jay Spence (Sponsored by Highland Machinery & Crane)

    Team HIG was tasked with diagnosing and improving the design and control of very large, powerful hydraulic machines used to hoist, lower, and remove massive cranes from industrial buildings and warehouses. The team built a prototype scale-version of the hydraulic lift, shown in the photo, in order to demonstrate their improved control scheme.


    2013LOCsTeam LOC

    Thomas Ayotte, Kielan Crow, Jennifer Zuza (Sponsored by Ingersoll-Rand, Security Products Division)

    Ingersoll-Rand is a manufacturer of many products and devices encountered on a daily basis, including door locks and security devices. Team LOC was tasked with improving the capabilities of Ingersoll-Rand’s electronic security locks by incorporating stand-alone, regenerating energy sources, allowing for the security system to be completely removed from any electrical grid. The team experimented with many prototypes and technologies, including photovoltaic cells, turbines, and piezo-electrics. The final prototype, shown stripped away in the photo, incorporated many different energy generating components to provide their client with an grid-independent electronic security lock system.


    2013STEsTeam STE

    Bernard Cheng, Noah Dennis, Elyse Edwards (Sponsored by NASA)

    Team STE was tasked with solving the difficult problem of enabling NASA astronauts with little knowledge of internal medicine with the ability to quickly and easily check and record their own vitals. Additionally, the team was faced with the challenge of minimizing error in their measurements despite the noisy environments of spacecraft and space stations. The team developed an electronic stethoscope equipped with headphones and a suction cup which allows operators to check hear their own body sounds while using their hands for other tasks. The final prototype, powered by 4 AA batteries, is shown in the photo.


    2013THDsTeam THD

    Kimberly Ashman, David Carasiti, Keith Graeff Jr., Tracey Vill (Sponsored by Turkey Hill Dairy)

    Team THD was tasked with improving the process of transporting and loading heavy rolls of plastic in an ice cream packaging production line. After closely examining the existing process, the team identified areas for improvement and set out to design and implement improved methods. The team’s solution consisted of two parts: an improved cart for efficient transportation of the heavy plastic rolls, and a lift/hoist system for loading the rolls onto the production line. The cart designed by the team was capable of efficiently storing multiple rolls (of varying sizes) horizontally for transportation, but could also swivel so as to reorient the rolls vertically for loading onto the line. Once in the vertical orientation, the rolls are hoisted mechanically onto the production line with minimum physical effort.

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