Apps, Drones Part of FAU's Senior Design Showcase

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will host its Senior Design Showcase on Wednesday, May 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at FAU Tech Runway, 901 NW 35th St., in Boca Raton.

By kelsie weekes | 5/4/2016

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science hosted its Senior Design Showcase on Wednesday, May 4, from 4 to 7 p.m., at FAU Tech Runway, 901 NW 35th St., in Boca Raton. The event was sponsored by Aerotek.

Teams of students began working on their projects last fall, and presented them as their final project before graduation. More than 40 projects were showcased.

Below is the list of winners from the showcase:

Ocean Engineering (tie)
Autonomous Amphibious Delivery Vehicle
Pedro Amirato, Mark DiRoma, Andrew Long, Howard Nolan, Patrick Osborne, Catherine Streit
The project objective is to develop an autonomous amphibious delivery vehicle that can, after deployment from surface, ship at least 300m from shore, autonomously maneuver to a user-programmable location on shore at least 5m from shoreline, release payload of at least 2kg on shore at programmed location, and return to user programmable off shore location at least 300m from shore and transmit via RF modem vehicle location for surface recovery.

Semi-Autonomous Burnside Buoy
Kevin Alexander, Jamani Balderamos, Sarah Black, Erik Erton, Eric Fulleda, Ryan Stiglbauer
The project objective is to develop a semi-autonomous Burnside Buoy or SABB (for search and rescue applications) that can either remotely control or autonomously maneuver the SABB from water close to shore (about a foot deep) to pre-programmed offshore waypoints, relay audio messages to the pre-determined offshore locations, and collect videos below the waterline to seafloor.

Mechanical Engineering
Concentrated Solar Power Absorption Refrigerator
Rebecca Carmody, Karen Gonzales Bastidas, Ricardo Ricaurte
The solar panel consists of a cylindrical parabolic mirror and a similar length absorber tube. A water and mineral salt mixture is heated as it circulates through the absorber and then travels through a tubing system to the heat exchanger of the absorption refrigerator. As the heat exchanger is heated, the refrigerators cooling process begins. The fluid then travels to a phase changing materials container, which serves as a heat storage medium before it circulates back to the solar panel. By using phase changing materials, the refrigerator can be powered at night in the absence of solar energy.

Computer Science
Abdullah Alajmi, Hussain Albaldawi, Jonathan Amaral,  Zaylin Arata Figueroa, Regynald Augustin, Sebastian Balboa
This application allows FAU students to find and interact with course tutors. The students will be able to create an account using their FAU credentials, find a tutor, see the tutor’s ratings and comments, get an answer to their questions, upload documents to send the tutor, contact the tutor by video if they cannot meet in person, edit their profile, and see the courses they are enrolled in.

Computer/Electrical Engineering
Smart Helmet
Frankie Cotten, Phillip Pascasio, Peter Walecki, Samuel Warren
The Smart Helmet provides a user with a hands-free smart environment. It is designed to change the way the user thinks by expanding his/her senses using modern technology. With a focus on motorcycle riders, the system offers multiple safety features and increased visibility along with device connectivity. In addition, an on-board impact detection system allows for real-time alerts whenever a collision occurs. 

Civil/Geomatics Engineering
S.E. Wimberly Library Major Renovation
Wilhelm Desliens, Kansas Goodrum, Javier Leiva, Gary Noel
This design for the new Wimberly Library is to create an interactive living library where students can easily meet to collaborate, study and socially interact together.   The goal and vision of this renovation is to address issues identified by both the university’s student body and staff including meeting space, study areas, lack of power outlets, bathroom deficiencies, HVAC deficiencies and space allocation.  The proposed floor plans open more space and create flexible spaces that can be used for more than one purpose. Through this renovation, MFD Engineering intends to receive an LEED ®  Gold Certification for the library.