Bagley College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosts senior showcase, announces winners

November 29, 2023

ECE Design Showcase

An assistive technology system for wheelchairs, a hands-free automatic attic temperature regulator, and a self-propelled acquisition robot all took top prizes at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Design Showcase.

The showcase, which occurs in the fall and spring semesters, featured twenty teams from the department’s Capstone Design I and Capstone Design II classes. Students in these courses used their knowledge and skills to incorporate appropriate engineering standards, all while fabricating designs, testing projects, and demonstrating fully functional projects. During the showcase, each team had the opportunity to present their projects to those who attended. First through third places were chosen.

First place winners: Garrett Bradshaw, Slade Hicks, Kyler Smith and Brandon Waldrup

The team that placed first in the showcase received the Ed Blakeslee Senior Capstone Design Award and $1,000. The Ed Blakeslee Senior Capstone Design Award was made possible through the generous donation of electrical engineer alumnus Ed Blakeslee. All projects and descriptions are listed below, starting with first, second and third place.

First place: The first-place team and winner of the Ed Blakeslee Senior Capstone Design Award was Train and Go. Team members include Garrett Bradshaw, Slade Hicks, Kyler Smith and Brandon Waldrup, and the team’s project advisors were Lalith Dabbiru and Adam Jones. The team developed Train and Go, an assistive technology for wheelchairs that enables virtual reality training and features a custom object detection system to protect users.

Second place winners: Chiedo Atuegwu, Jesse Harrison, Michael Tabb and Grant Williams

Second place: In second place was the senior design project Attic Cool. Attic Cool is a hands-free automatic attic temperature regulator that prolongs the lifespan of attics while also lowering electricity costs. The project was designed by team members Chiedo Atuegwu, Jesse Harrison, Michael Tabb and Grant Williams, who Masoud Karimi advised.

Third place winners: Lauren Childres, Sam Cooper, Hayes Haff, and Taylor Holley

Third place: SPEAR (Self-propelled Equipment Acquisition Robot) received third place. The powerful and highly mobile robotic logistics platform was designed by Lauren Childres, Sam Cooper, Hayes Haff, and Taylor Holley, whom Bryan Jones advised. SPEAR is operated by a remote control.


Participating teams:

Workout Buddy

Team Members: Logan Dubuisson, David Lock, Austin Polk, Marlon Sims and Joseph Taylor

Project Advisor: Ali Gurbuz

The Workout Buddy is a free-weight tracking system designed to identify and rate user workout quality based on repetition and set completion, workout form, and user-defined fitness goals. The Workout Buddy fills the void that ordinary, wearable fitness trackers cannot.



Team Members: John Arnoult, Robert Fleming, Dylan Johnson and Joseph Miller

Project Advisor: Umar Iqbal

The project is an in-cooler solution to restaurant waste that utilizes a Raspberry Pi-controlled inventory tracking system with a barcode and scanner.



Team Members: Collin Beech, Josh Edoff, Cody McDoniel, Thach Nguyen, Jalen Noles and Cooper Robertson

Project Advisor: John Ball

AlertSense is an alarm system attached to the bed and designed to protect individuals, especially those with hearing impairments, during nighttime emergencies. It utilizes a combination of sensory alerts, visual cues, and user-friendly interfaces to provide comprehensive protection and peace of mind while sleeping.


Team Members: Will Baker, Grayson Godbold, Matthew Hathcock, Tucker Medlin and Jonathan Windham

Project Advisor: David Wallace

The InfraSound+ Hyper-SHIELD is a portable device that verifies the function of an infrasound sensor and sends data from the sensor to a web app.



Team Members: Lance Fielder, Chad Mobley, Ryan Parker and Josh Stewart

Project Advisor: David Wallace

ScoreShark is a PVC pipe scoring machine that helps with safety and time management in the flat-rolled steel industry. Scoring (360-degree indentation) a PVC pipe weakens the stability of the pipe so that it snaps off and leaves the technician unharmed if it is stuck in the machine.


Next Gear Solutions

Team Members: Tyler Baber, Frank Cardona, Matt Dougherty, Willie Hedrick and Mohamed Obid

Project Advisor:  Jane Moorhead

The project is a universal e-bike conversion kit. Installing this kit allows you to convert almost any bike to a hybrid e-bike.



Team Members: Andrew Bonner, Jade Geiselman, Bryce Harrison, Bradley Rivers and Siddhraj Padhiyar

Project Advisors: Lalitha Dabbiru and Christopher Hudson

Our product, HandsInSync, is a wearable device that converts ASL to audible speech.


Basket Bully

Team Members: Laura Lee Boyles, Lewis Czamanske, Murilo Grifoni, Ethan Kilpatrick and Avery Triplett

Project Advisor: Xin Fang

The Basket Bully is an automated basketball return system. The product tracks a player and returns made and missed shots to the player's general direction.



Team Members: Joseph Coker, Ryan Harper, Emily Miller and Colby Stevens

Project Advisor: Chaomin Luo

SafeStep is a shoe designed to assist in the caretaking of the elderly and people with cognitive disorders. This shoe will monitor the wearers' environment and send reports of any danger to the caretaker via cell phone.


Transformer Inspection Robot

Team Members: Jon Michael Barnett, Wil Gordon, Jacob Holt, Tyler Strobel and Alex Wall

Project Advisor: Bryan Jones

The Transformer Inspection Robot is an alternate solution to inspecting transformers. This product eliminates human risk and is more efficient.



Team Members: Shenna Booker, John Box, Eric Duncan, Brit Miranda and Roy Whitenton

Project Advisor: Ed Swan

Gestura controls smart home devices with specific hand gestures. This technology involves the use of cameras and a recognition algorithm that interprets the gestures made by the user and translates them into commands that smart home devices can understand and execute.



Team Members: Victor Gonzalez, Terry Jenkins, Clayton Lott, Nathan Phan and DeArirreis Vance

Project Advisor: Vuk Marojevic

The SafePaws project is a smart health-monitoring vest and associated mobile app that allows pet owners to track their dogs' heart rate and body temperature remotely.



Team Members: Spencer Bull, Adam Bushman, Kirby Heathcock, Judd Kasper and Steven Vaughn

Project Advisors: Phyllis Beck and Jamie Dyer

Our product is a weather station that gives a short-term weather forecast based on an artificial intelligence data analysis.




Team Members: Blayne Brister, Robert Carver, Kylar Fielder, Peyton Jackson and Hunter Reinike

Project Advisor: Ali Gurbuz

VRDS is a virtual reality driving simulator for people with disabilities.


Protein Pal

Team Members: Shayne Ford, Jackson Lewis, Tate Mascari, Joe Nelson and Ethan Tisdale

Project Advisor: Chaomin Luo

Protein Pal is a fully autonomous countertop appliance for creating protein shakes and other powder drinks. It adds convenience to your daily routine and your fitness goals.


Guardian Eye

Team Members: Caleb Anderson, Daniel DuBois, Trace Sweeney, Adam Thompson and Adam Wofford

Project Advisor: Jean Mohammadi-Aragh

The Guardian Eye is a highly advanced driveway monitoring system designed to identify motion and alert the homeowner. Using image processing, our product can quickly and effectively identify potential threats.


Halo Helmet

Team Members: Ben Brooks, Judson Cavanaugh, Lucas Fisher, Kyle Russell and Gregory Smith

Project Advisor: Jean Mohammadi-Aragh

The Halo Helmet is an addition to a motorcycle helmet to make the rider more visible. This addition also adds blind spot detection so the rider is more aware of what is behind them without constantly turning and looking.


Beach Boys

Team Members: Ryli Cruz, Nick Gray, Saurav Josan, Garrett McLaurin and Christian Watson

Project Advisor: David Wallace

The Beach Mule is a beach cart with two modes: assisted drive and autonomous.

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