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Seniors Show They Mean Business at Design Day 2016 Whether harvesting energy from power lines or nuts from farms, 100 teams of Engineering seniors offered their project sponsors designs to improve products and cut costs. Nearly 500 Engineering seniors presented their design projects May 3 in the annual showcase of Wildcat ingenuity that is Engineering Design Day, held in the Student Union and on the UA Mall.
The interdisciplinary student teams demonstrated projects they designed, built and tested for their sponsors – along with their teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills. Several of the seniors got job offers and won cash prizes.
Biomedical Engineers Win Big Nearly 130 working or retired engineers and tech specialists participated as judges in the 14th annual UA Design Day, selecting winners in several categories for prizes totaling nearly $20,000. More than $7,000 of the money went for projects with biomedical themes. Tiana Velez
Moveable Feast—Biosystems engineering senior Brooke Conrardy shows lettuce grown hydroponically in a shipping container that can be trucked into urban food deserts.
Design Day Prizes & Winners Raytheon Missile Systems Best Overall Design • $2,000 On-Slide Reagent Concentration Feedback and Control Design Team: Collin Andrew Gilchrist, Jamie Lynn Hernandez, Shawn Michael Iles, Pete Joseph Moya, Tyler Daniel Toth, Danton Xixo Whittier Project Sponsor: Ventana Medical Systems Inc. Bly Family Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use, First Prize • $1,500 Energy-Harvesting Power Supply Design Team: Tareq A.A.M. Alsalem, Juan Carlos Castillo, Jared Christian Guglielmo, Michelle Victoria Gutierrez, Justin Javelosa Project Sponsor: Tucson Electric Power Bly Family Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use, Second Prize • $500 Ethanol Plant Repurposing Design Team: Michael Gabriel Bauman, William M. Blair, Joseph Daniel Gaul Project Sponsor: UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Rincon Research Best Presentation • $1,000 Nasogastric Tube Placement Verification System Design Team: Christopher Gallo, Summer Garland, Nathaniel Husband, Gary Tyree, Hang Van, Andrew Reid Werchan Project Sponsor: Xeridiem 8 ARIZONAENGINEER 39:1 spring 2016
The top prize, for best overall design, went to a team that developed a noninvasive slide-staining technique for Ventana Medical Systems using an infrared laser, Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest • $1,000 Deep Water Sensor System Design Team: Matthew Ray Barragan, Austin Anthony Nawrocki, Nikitha Ramohalli, Alexander Yudkovitz, Yi Zhang Project Sponsor: Texas Instruments Ventana Innovation in Engineering • $1,000 Nasogastric Tube Placement Verification System Design Team: Christopher Gallo, Summer Garland, Nathaniel Husband, Gary Tyree, Hang Van, Andrew Reid Werchan Project Sponsor: Xeridiem ACSS/L-3 Communications Most Robust Systems Engineering • $750 Microfluidic-Based Human Lung Model Design Team: Elisa Camille Calabrese, Kristin Nicole Calahan, Christopher David Larkin, Emily Masterson, Mary Irene McIntosh, Kristina Rivera Project Sponsor: UA Department of Biomedical Engineering
Boatload of Talent—Team 15008 won the W.L. Gore & Associates Most Creative Design Award for its project to fit the EMILY robotic rescue boat with sonar. Project sponsor Hydronalix has used EMILY in migrant rescue missions in the Mediterranean.
semiconductor sensor and graphical interface. “Our project will help Ventana increase the reliability and consistency of histology-based disease diagnostics,” said Danton Whittier, systems engineering major and team leader. “If our prototype Design Team: Jeremy Burris, Jordan McKinley Driggs, Uriel Garcia, Matthew Sybrant, Jessica Nell Vickers Toll Project Sponsor: Hydronalix Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Best Use of Prototyping • $750 Robotic Knee Extension Simulator Design Team: Czarina Lizette Aguilar, Eze Ahanonu, Ian Seamus Hoffman, David Mendoza, Brian J. Nicodemus, Daniel Palomares, Zachary Jordan Remer Project Sponsor: UA Department of Biomedical Engineering Arizona Technology Council Foundation Best Engineering Analysis • $750 X-56A Aeroelastically Scaled Modular Aircraft for Research Design Team: John Alexander Casey, Dustin Taylor Leighty, John Meersman, Nicholas Robert Merendo, Salvatore Antonio Vitale Project Sponsor: UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Edmund Optics Perseverance and Recovery • $750 High-Throughput Curing Oven Design Team: Allison Nicole Bronstein, Jesus Damian Chavolla, Yanjun Liu, Corina MacIsaac, Yaroslav Valerievich Pilipenko, April Proft Project Sponsor: Ventana Medical Systems
Arizona Technology Council Foundation Innovation in Manufacturing • $750 Process Improvement to Minimize Fractures in WaterSoluble Mandrels Design Team: Matthew Nathaniel Bahr, Phillip Befus, Matthew Allen Fry, Juan Jose Sandoval Project Sponsor: Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing
W.L. Gore & Associates Most Creative Design • $750 Sonar Module Integration for EMILY Rescue Robot
RBC Sargent Aerospace & Defense Voltaire Design • $750 Toilet Leak and Flood Prevention