engineering - 2007 ece senior projects

Senior Projects

Automated Bottle Carousel
Laboratory Power Supply
Oil Level Indicator
Safe Lanes
Sirius Radio Module
Wireless Computer Monitor

 


 

Automated Bottle Carousel


Members
Christopher Orr
Christopher Ranere
Faculty Advisor
Peter Csaszar

Project Description
People who work for businesses that offer mixed specialty beverages (such as cocktails and flavored coffees) often spend too much time trying to find the bottles they need to mix the drinks. The time spent searching for ingredients frequently results in delays for the customer, who has already waited some time to be served. This automated bottle carousel eliminates the need to search for bottles and thus saves the business time and money and improves customer service. When mixing a drink, the counter person simply inputs a code into the carousel’s keypad, which sends a signal to a microcontroller that controls a stepper motor. A location check system made up of LEDs and photodiodes ensures that the carousel is in the correct position. The user then can dispense the desired amount of the chosen liquid.

 



Laboratory Power Supply

Members
Ben Anderson
Tim Grzankowski
Larry Quiqq
Faculty Advisor
Thomas Dragon

Project Description
The purpose of this project was to design and fabricate a new internal regulator for the Protoboard 203A in the electrical engineering lab. The regulator is programmed to shut down the power supply if a short occurs to prevent internal damage. An LED indicator light lets the user know when the voltages are at the desired level.

 


 

Oil Level Indicator

 

Member
Joseph Dallo
Faculty Advisor
Leonard Moriconi

 

Project Description
The oil level indicator lets a driver know how much oil is in the vehicle when it is started, thus improving the vehicle’s safety features. A switch installed in the oil pan is connected to LEDs, which determine the oil level.


 


 

Safe Lanes

 

Members
Yassin Alata
Tarek Obeid
Faculty Advisor
Leonard Moriconi

Project Description
The Safe Lanes blind spot detector reduces—and, it is hoped, will eventually eliminate—accidents caused by blind spots. This system is activated when the driver uses a turning signal to indicate that he or she is about to change lanes. Sensors on the sides of the car warn the driver if there is a vehicle in the blind spot.


 

Sirius Radio Module

Member
Neil Tidmarsh
Faculty Advisor
Leonard Moriconi
 
Project Description
Sirius Radio Module for integration into a satellite-capable radio head unit.

 


 

Wireless Computer Monitor

 

Members
Andrew Byberg
Adam Cianfarani
Adam Hardwood
Matt Heinisch
Faculty Advisor
Hassan Hassan

Sponsor
Kern Foundation

Project Description
This wireless computer monitor combines the benefits of desktop and laptop computers by allowing customers to use their computer from anywhere in their home – without the hassle of setting up and maintaining another computer (a laptop). This monitor, with a companion keyboard, connects to a desktop computer via 802.11G network standards to transmit screen images to the monitor and also input signals back to the desktop computer.

Designed to be partnered with a desktop dock that will allow for extended periods of heavy use, battery charging, and other activities which may not be possible wirelessly. When docked, the monitor will offer all of the functionality of a standard desktop monitor, including utilizing a local VGA connection for optimal video quality. The wireless video transfer will be integrated and realized with a commercially available adapter manufactured by Addlogix.


 


In Appreciation...

The College of Engineering gives special thanks to the people and organizations who have contributed many hours of their time, outstanding talent, and extensive material support to this year’s Senior Project program. It is an outstanding success, and the students’ project results make us all very proud.

Many of the projects required significant material resources. This is a natural consequence of the practice element of Lawrence Tech’s theory and practice approach. We express our gratitude to the industry organizations that have contributed materials and financial support for the student projects.

Each project team has a dedicated faculty advisor. Many other members of the Lawrence Technological University family have given their support to the teams, and we are indebted to them for their help. We acknowledge the strong project support given by the following members of the Lawrence Tech administration, faculty, and staff. Their involvement in this year’s Senior Projects program has been a key component of the students’ successes.

 

John Boyse, chair, electrical and computer engineering
Donald Carpenter
, civil engineering projects coordinator
Kenneth Cook
, chair, engineering technology
Lewis Frasch
, associate dean, College of Engineering
Nabil Grace
, chair, civil engineering
Steven Howell
, chair, mechanical engineering
Leonard Moriconi
, electrical and computer engineering projects coordinator
Patricia Shamamy
, mechanical engineering projects coordinator
William White
, engineering technology projects coordinator


Sincerely,

Laird E. Johnston, ScD
Dean, College of Engineering

Innovation Showcase Committee
Angelina Card
Lewis Frasch
Elin Jensen
Martha Thompso
Kingman Yee

Fabrication Lab Technicians
Lee Keshishian
Ray Ziegler

Engineering Technicians
Charles Elder
Thomas Powder
Mark Schmidt
Martha Thompson 


Civil Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering