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IDEAS: 2010 Projects

Capstone Senior Design Projects

Non-Capstone Projects


Water Distribution and Filtration System for Pajarillos, a Rural Community in Honduras
Water Distribution & Filteration

Ryan Clark, Molly Dunphy, Mindy Yoneshige
Advisor: Steven Chiesa

A water filtration and distribution system was designed for Pajarillos, a rural community in Honduras. The goal of redesigning this water system was to improve water quality and accessibility in Pajarillos. The filtration system was implemented into the Pajarillos existing water system in March 2010.




Kizzi Water Project

Myra Lovell, Emily Short
Advisor: Edwin Maurer

This project involved the design and implementation of a water retrieval, storage, and distribution system for Kizzi Village, a small village in Uganda.

Sustainable Building Design in Northern Ghana
Sustainable Building Design

Spencer Ambauen, Erica Fieger, Brie Rust, Laura Skinner
Advisor: Mark Aschheim, Sukhmander Singh

The team developed a cost-efficient and sustainable construction method for Northern Ghana using catenary arches and stabilized laterite clay bricks. The technique employs the use of local soils and reduces cement content. The buildings constructed during the site visit will serve as examples for future structures in the region.

Energy Bike
Energy Bike

Tori Chun, Jessica Scott, Ursula Uys
Advisors: Shoba Krishnan

Developed as an educational tool, the Energy Bike enables students to view and experience how much power they can generate while pedaling the bike. The bike was developed for Walden West Outdoor Science School, and will be primarily used by 5th and 6th grade students who visit the camp.

Non-Capstone Projects

Enhanced Educational Tool for Finances (SC Adult Ed)

Natasha Ahuja, Adesola Oshinoiki
Course: Engr 110, Fall 2010
Instructor: Maria Pantoja
TA/Advisor: Marco Echandi (member of project team, Educational Tool for Finances, Spring 2009)

This project involved the design and implementation of enhancements to “Educational Tool for Finances”, a software program that was completed as a Capstone project in 2009. The program was designed for use by adults with mental disabilities as a way to help them understand how to handle money while involved in real life activities. At the request of the client, the program was enhanced to include purchasing food items at their local cafeteria and the addition of several new photos to help guide users while using the program.

Solar Heating Sullivan Aquatic Center

William Gorin, Parker Honeyman, Robert Kozak, Andrew Lazaro, Bersabe Morales, Keegan Walsh
Course: Engineering 110, Winter 2010
Instructor: Maria Pantoja

This project involved a study to determine the optimum placement of a solar thermal cell array to help heat the SCU pool. The goal was to determine the most cost- and energy-efficient means to offset the natural gas used to heat the pool during sunny summer days. The study included a plan for connecting the current water control system to the solar panels, and calculations to determine the number of solar panels needed, associated costs, and the estimated efficiency of heating the pool with the solar panels.

Turtle Web Cam for Peterson Middle School

Jason Barry, Rodd Naderzad
Course: Engineering 110, Spring 2010
Instructor: Maria Pantoja

This project involved the consolidation of data and information from several webpages into a more organized form accessible from a single web page. The students combined a webcam stream with additional information including weather status and pond temperature information.

Solar Birdhouse Camera (for Peterson Middle School)
Solar Birdhouse

Arpan Bhattacherjee, Ryan Fatemi, Alex Perez, and Hope Sheffield
Course: Engineering 110, Spring 2010
Instructor: Maria Pantoja

This project involved the design and construction of a birdhouse with a webcam to provide a constant video feed of bird wildlife. The camera will be powered by a battery that is charged via the solar panels during the day, and discharged at night running the camera. The birdhouse has been setup within the Nature Center at Peterson Middle School and is used for study purposes.





Redesign of Interactive Exhibit for Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, San Jose

Refurbishment 1

Refurbishment 2

Rudy Rimland
Course: Independent Project, completed Summer 2010
Advisor: Shoba Krishnan

This project involved the redesign of all electronic circuits and electrical connections for the “Cool It” Animal Facts exhibit at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. The exhibit teaches visitors about how various animals stay cool (maintain body temperature). In this exhibit, the large elephant ears move back and forth to show how blood circulating in the ear can help to cool the animals blood. The interactive “Animal Facts” exhibit is one of seven exhibits which were designed and built by the Lawrence Hall of Science in the 1970's.

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