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Table of Contents WELCOME FROM THE DEAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 event locator MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ENGINEERING SERVICE LEARNING SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 INNOVATION AND DESIGN CLINIC SCHEDULE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 ENGINEERING DESIGN EXPO (GYM MAP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 AfTERNOON schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Innovation AND Design Clinic (IDC) Team DESCRIPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-16 ENGINEERING SERVICE LEARNING (ESL) TEAM DESCRIPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Mobile App challenge (mac) team DESCRIPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ATTENDEES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 SPONSORS THANK YOU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-23

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Welcome from the Dean Welcome to the fifth annual Innovate to Grow event. Innovate to Grow started as an idea outlined on the back of a napkin, and has grown to be a highlight of the year for the School of Engineering and one of UC Merced’s biggest annual events.

We are privileged to work with our students, faculty, staff and generous supporters to create new knowledge and technologies that have direct application to solving the challenges faced by the region, the state and the world.

Innovate to Grow is an opportunity to not only showcase the work of our students, but also to help our friends and the community see how their investment in the School of Engineering and UC Merced is paying off.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are hallmarks of the education we offer at UC Merced and the School of Engineering. The three signature undergraduate experiential design programs showcased in this event are:

w The Innovation and Design Clinic, which is the capstone class for many of our engineering majors; w Engineering Service Learning, which is our class that focuses on solving socio-economic challenges; and w The Mobile Application Challenge, which is aimed at addressing needs and solving problems by developing mobile applications.

We greatly appreciate the outstanding support we receive from our external partners — companies and organizations in the San Joaquin Valley and from other parts of California. These partners generously provide the design opportunities for our students and provide insights and mentorship regarding how the “real world” works. These opportunities enable our students to gain real experience dealing with real problems, and that have real impact.

We are proud to have this opportunity to highlight our students’ projects, and we believe you will enjoy seeing the fruits of our research, teaching and applications that affect our community and our society.

MARK MATSUMOTO Dean, School of Engineering

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Friday, May 13 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Student Services Building (SSB)

LeGrand Parking Lot GUESTS, SPONSORS AND JUDGES PARKING

Classroom and Office Building (COB) Shaver Lake Road

Joseph E. Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center (GYM)

PROGRAM AND LOCATIONS Le Grand Parking Lot: GUESTS, SPONSORS AND JUDGES PARKING Rancher’s Road

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens (COB FOYER)

8 a.m.

Engineering Service Learning (ESL) Student Presentations (SSB 130)

9 a.m.

Capstone Student Presentations (IDC) (COB)

Rancher’s Road ENTRANCE

11 a.m.

Engineering Design Expo (GYM)

1 p.m.

Final Presentations Innovation Design Clinic (COB 102, 105) Engineering Service Learning (COB 116) Mobile App Challenge (SSB 130)

2:30 p.m. Final Award Ceremony (COB 102) Lake Road

3:15 p.m. Reception (SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING 2 ACTIVITY CENTER AND COURTYARD)

Bellevue Road 4 p.m.

Conclusion

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Friday, May 13 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

(COB FOYER)

Engineering Service Learning (ESL)

(SSB 130)

8 a.m.

SEE PAGE 7 FOR SCHEDULE

9 a.m.

Capstone Student Presentations (IDC)

(COB)

SEE PAGES 8 – 9 FOR SCHEDULE

11 a.m.

Engineering Design Expo

1 p.m.

Final Presentations

(JOSEPH EDWARD GALLO RECREATION AND WELLNESS CENTER – GYM)

INNOVATION DESIGN CLINIC (IDC)

(COB 102, 105)

ENGINEERING SERVICE LEARNING (ESL)

(COB 116)

MOBILE APP CHALLENGE (MAC)

(SSB 130)

2:30 p.m.

Final Award Ceremony

(COB 102)

3:15 p.m.

Reception

(SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING 2 ACTIVITY CENTER AND COURTYARD)

4 p.m.

Conclusion

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SHUTTLE AVAILABLE FOR GUESTS TO AND FROM PARKING LOT.


Engineering Service Learning FINAL DESIGN REVIEWS >> SSB 130

TIME

8 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:05 a.m.

Get S.E.T.

8:20 a.m.

Naturalist App

8:35 a.m.

LEED Lab

8:50 a.m.

Engineers for a Sustainable World

9:20 a.m.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

9:35 a.m.

Vernal Pool Reserve

9:50 a.m.

Project Protect

10:05 a.m.

Bobcat Radio

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Innovation and Design Clinic >> Capstone Projects >> FIN

WELLS FARGO CLEAN TECH AND INNOVATION TIME

IMPROVING WATER USE EFFICIENCY COB 102

POULTRY FARMING OPTIMIZATION COB 105

9:15 a.m.

E&J GALLO

9 – Steam Optimization of Fresno Stills

PITMAN FAMILY FARMS

2 – Robot Optimization

9:45 a.m.

BLUE DIAMOND GROWERS

7 – Blanched Almond Wet Room Optimization

AGRECOM

4 – Robotic Bedding Cleaner for Poultry Farm

10:15 a.m.

OLAM

16 – Effective Rinsing of Empty Jars

POULTRY BREEDER BUSINESS

1 – Pullet Transfer

GRAND CHALLENGE TRACK TIME

ADVANCES IN HEALTH AND SAFETY COB 120

9:15 a.m.

UC MERCED

18 – MicroCT Scanner Calibration

HILMAR CHEESE

11 – Testing Well Water for Contaminants

9:45 a.m.

UC MERCED

19 – Design of an Integrated Minimal Power or Power-Free Medical Diagnostic Tool for Use in Resource Limited Settings

DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

5 – Continuous ion-Exchange Hardness Removal Phase II

10:15 a.m.

UC MERCED

23 – Microfluidic System for Rapid Quantification of Microbial Adaptation to Oil Spills

UC MERCED

20 – Mobile Biological Treatment System Design

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MODERNIZING WATER TESTING AND TREATMENT COB 263


ojects >> FINAL DESIGN REVIEWS

r

NT

MANAGING ENERGY RESOURCES COB 113

SUSTAINABILITY AND FOOD PROCESSING COB 116

UC MERCED CITRIS

21 – Solar Powered Mobile Charging Station Kiosk

FRITO-LAY

13 – Sun Chips Tote Accuracy

UC MERCED BLUM CENTER

24 – Commissary Energy Conservation System

CENTRAL VALLEY FRUIT PROCESSOR

12 – Peach Peeling Efficiency

PG&E

6 – Long Distance Unmanned Aerial System

HILMAR CHEESE

10 – Application of Salt to Cheese Curds

AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT COB 265

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTS AND OPERATIONS COB 267

RED ROOSTER TOMATO

17 – Tomato Harvester for Fresh Market Tomatoes Phase II

OLAM

15 – Trash Compactor Bin Design

ge

UC MERCED SIERRA NEVADA RESEARCH INSTITUTE

22 – Improved Efficiency and Safety Design for Wilderness-Use Composting Toilets, Phase III

CAL WELD

14 – Universal Clutch

tment

TUOLUMNE COUNTY 3 – Woody Bio-Mass Utilization ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (TECDA)

E&J GALLO

8 – L12 Optimization, Modesto Bottling

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Engineering Design Expo WELLS FARGO CLEAN TECH AND INNOVATION TRACK

21 – UC Merced CITRIS

Solar Powered Mobile Charging Station Kiosk for UC Merced

The Naturalist App

Get S.E.T. (Science, Engineering, and Technology)

6 – PG & E

Long Distance Unmanned Aerial System IMPROVING WATER USE EFFICIENCY

Project Protect

Merit Partners

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Vernal Pool Reserve

24 – UC Merced Blum Center

Commissary Energy Conservation System

10 – Hilmar Cheese

Application of Salt to Cheese Curds SUSTAINABILITY AND FOOD PROCESSING

LEED Lab team

Bobcat Radio

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Engineering Service Learning (ESL) ENTRANCE

12 – Central Valley Fruit Processor

Peach Peeling Efficiency

13 – Frito-Lay Modesto

Sun Chips Tote Accuracy

16 – Olam

Effective Rinsing of Empty Jars

7 – Blue Diamond Growers

Blanched Almond Wet Room Optimization

T

2

Effici ness

MANAGING ENERGY RESOURCES 9 – E & J Gallo

Steam Optimization of the Fresno Stills

1 – Poultry Breeder Business

Pullet Transfer

POULTRY FARMING OPTIMIZATION 4 – Agrecom

Robotic Bedding Cleaner for Poultry Farms

2 – Pitman Family Farms

Robot Optimization

Innovation Design Clinic (IDC)

Tes


Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center (GYM)

GRAND CHALLENGE TRACK

17 – Red Rooster Tomato

Tomato Harvester for Fresh Market Tomatoes, Phase II

22 – NPI, YNP, SNRI, HSRI: Improved Efficiency and Safety Design for Wilderness-Use Composting Toilets, Phase III AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 3 – Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority (TCEDA)

Woody Biomass Utilization

11 – Hilmar Cheese

Testing Well Water for Contaminants MODERNIZED WATER TESTING AND TREATMENT

15 – Olam

Trash Compactor Bin Design

14 – Cal Weld

Universal Clutch

Abji

Game Buddies

Samurai Courses

Dryve

Conn Cat

InventStory

Shower Time

Up Note

Craze

PEACH

Study Buddy

Vitals

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTS AND OPERATIONS 8 – E & J Gallo

L12 Optimization, Modesto Bottling

18 – UC Merced

MicroCT Scanner Calibration

Current

19 – UC Merced

Fern

20 – UC Merced

23 – UC Merced

Food Quest

Mobile Biological Treatment System Design

TestSecure Calculator

What’s Good

R&R

True Posture

WiPark

Ride Over:

UCM Mentor

Wuz Happenin'

ADVANCES IN HEALTH AND SAFETY

5 – Department of Water Resources

Continuous Ion-Exchange Hardness Removal, Phase II

Well-Being

Design of an Integrated MinimalPower or Power-Free Medical Diagnostic Tool for Use in Resource Limited Settings Microfluidic System for Rapid Quantification of Microbial Adaptation to Oil Spills

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FINALISTS AND PRIZE WINNERS

WELLS FARGO CLEAN TECH AND INNOVATION TRACK COB 102 1:00 1:15 1:30 1:45

GRAND CHALLENGE TRACK COB 105 1:00 1:15 1:30 1:45

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FINALISTS AND PRIZE WINNERS

ENGINEERING SERVICE LEARNING COB 116 1:00 1:15 1:30

MOBILE APP CHALLENGE SSB 130 1:00

DRYVE – Most Environmentally Aware

1:12

UpNote – Best Design/UI

1:24

Craze – Best Pitch/Demo/Poster

1:36

Vitals – Most Safety Oriented

1:48

ConnCat – Most Market Ready

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Innovation Design Clinic (IDC) Teams Team 1 – Pullet Transfer

Currently, a vapor compression distillation (VCD) unit that emphasizes energy conservation is used to treat the water. The VCD Sponsor: Poultry Breeder Business unit is mobile and has treated a wide range of water qualities, but UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Gerardo Diaz The pullet-transfer process includes the physical movement of live the VCD unit cannot accommodate calcium. We are designing an ion-exchange method to pretreat the water. pullets from one facility to another. New, more efficient methods of transporting birds could help the industry financially, including by minimizing bird injury, cutting down on time and labor and by Team 6 – TeleCheck (Long Distance UAS) enhancing animal welfare. The goal of this project is to analyze Sponsor: PG&E the current methods of bird movement and design more efficient UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor YangQuan Chen methods of transportation. TeleCheck works with PG&E to develop a more suitable way to inspect long, linear pipelines and power lines. PG&E is looking toward an unmanned aerial system (UAS) for more efficient, safer Team 2 – Robot Optimization pipeline inspection. We’re designing a system that can control a Sponsor: Pitman Family Farms UAS on long-distance missions — greater than 100 miles — while UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Gerardo Diaz ensuring reliable control. TeleCheck aims to develop and test a Two robotic arms have been installed at Pitman Family Farms reliable, standalone telecommunications and video system to (PFF) processing facility in Sanger. The goal of the Automated Robotic Motion Solutions (ARMS) team is to maximize the use of reach long distances for such applications. these robotic stacking arms and minimize the manual staking by analyzing PFF production data and creating an efficient algorithm Team 7 – Blanched Almond Wet Room Optimization that will assign the highest volume code during any given day or Sponsor: Blue Diamond Growers time to the robotic arms. UC Merced faculty mentor: Robert Rice, Ph.D. At the Blue Diamond Grower’s Turlock processing plant, raw Team 3 – Woody Biomass Utilization almonds are introduced into the processing line, rinsed with 160-degree water, then pasteurized at 190 degrees Fahrenheit Sponsor: Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority UC Merced faculty mentor: Robert Rice, Ph.D. in a steam scalder. From there, the almonds continue through Every year, about 80,000,000 board feet of woody biomass are the line to be blanched, cut, dried and packaged. We are focusing generated in the national forest within Tuolumne County. There on the pre-rinse water delivery system, which currently causes are more than 2,000,000 tons of woody biomass (pine needles, downtime in the blanched-almond lines. The primary issue is the branches, barks and dead trees) on the forest floor. This sets stage length of time that is needed for the supply tank to reach the opfor record-breaking fires like the Rim Fire. It is our goal to design erating temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Secondary quality a method to remove the woody biomass and use it as sustainable concerns relate to the color of the recirculating rinse water, which source of energy while minimizing the cost of removal. darkens continuously in the current system. Our mission is to design a system to supply hot water to the production line, meeting quality standards, and reducing downtime by at least 50 percent Team 4 – Robotic Bedding Cleaner for Poultry Farms over the current system. Sponsor: Agrecom, Inc. UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Gerardo Diaz

Agrecom, a commercial poultry-cleaning company, needs a replacement for the manual rototilling of large poultry houses, and would like a robot that performs the same operation without disturbing the poultry and can run continuously within the poultry house. This device needs to rototill and treat poultry bedding which is made of wood chips, paper pellets or rice hulls and is a breeding ground for bacteria and disease. Team 5 – Continuous Ion-Exchange Hardness Removal, Phase II Sponsor: California Department of Water Resources UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Wolfgang Rogge

The California aqueduct provides water for the west side of the San Joaquin Valley from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. During drought years, water for farming is expensive and/or unavailable. Shallow groundwater exists throughout the farming area, but is of little value due to elevated salt concentrations.

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Team 8 – L12 Optimization, Modesto Bottling Sponsor: E&J Gallo Livingston Winery Faculty Lead: Professor Anand Subramaniam

E&J Gallo’s Fresno distillery has distillation columns for recovering and concentrating alcohol from waste streams and producing brandy. But a lot of steam is needed to drive the separation in both processes. We’re working to help Gallo reduce production costs by evaluating technologies and operations strategies that that can reduce steam use by a minimum of 5 percent reduction, and find available an appropriate technological solutions. We’ll offer detailed calculations and cost estimates to support our recommendations.


Team 1O – Application of Salt to Cheese Curds

Team 14 – Universal Clutch

Sponsor: Hilmar Cheese Company

Sponsor: Cal Weld

UC Merced faculty mentor: Robert Rice, Ph.D.

UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Ala Qattawi

Hilmar Cheese Company needs an efficient and effective way to distribute and apply salt continuously through the cheese-processing system. Our project is to develop a cost-effective system to evenly apply salt across a 12-foot-wide bed of loose cheese curds. The current process applies salt at four separate points across the bed, but we’re designing a way to apply salt continuously across the entire width with a system that is easily cleaned.

High-precision and high-purity welds are an integral component of semiconductor equipment and production. To achieve industry standards, skilled workers need precision equipment such as variable speed turntables to properly, quickly and accurately weld components. But current turntables lack integrated clutches, so welders cannot freely rotate parts or assemblies. In addition, the high-frequency electric motors on the turntables can interfere with certain welding equipment. We are designing an easily integrated clutch that allows welders to seamlessly engage or disengage turntables from their motors during operation, so the parts or assemblies can be moved freely without interfering with welding equipment.

Team 11 – Testing Well Water for Contaminants Sponsor: Hilmar Cheese Company UC Merced faculty mentor: Robert Rice, Ph.D.

Aqua Remediation & Technologies is partnered with Hilmar Cheese Company to design a water filtration system that can be applied at the main facility in Hilmar. Hilmar Cheese’s factory uses groundwater pumped from two wells on site. Contaminant levels in the well water must be lowered to meet the California Primary Drinking Water Standards. We are designing a new filtration design. Team 12 – Peach Peeling Efficiency Sponsor: Central Valley Fruit Processor UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Ashlie Martini

The Peach Perfect team aims to optimize a commercial peach-peeling process that uses a lye solution to remove peach skins. We’re providing an analysis of the current system to pinpoint inefficiencies and try to quantify the deterioration of the recirculated lye over time. During peach-peeling season — from about June 15 to Sept. 15 — the system is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a day taken every two or three weeks to manually clean the system. Major areas of concern in the process are the effluent neutralization, where acid is added to the basic effluent, and yield loss, or the difference in weight between a batch of peaches before and after they are peeled. Quantitatively being able to determine when the recirculated lye is no longer efficient at peeling would enable our sponsor to better plan for the neutralization of effluent from the process and minimize yield loss. Team 13 – Sun Chips Tote Accuracy Sponsor: Frito-Lay UC Merced faculty mentor: Robert Rice, Ph.D.

The Frito-Lay Modesto facility creates large totes of Sun Chips in the processing area of a line that produces upwards of 3,000 pounds per hour. The Sun Chips processing line moves the product up an incline to feed into packaging. The product falls into a spiral, through a foreign-matter detector and into a large tote. These totes are sent to co-packers to create additional products for consumers. When the operators switch between totes, there is currently no way to temporarily stop the flow of product. This creates waste and breakage. Our mission is to create a mechanism that can improve accuracy product weighing, create a temporary stop of flow and improve efficiency.

Team 15 – Trash Compactor Bin Design Sponsor: Olam International UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Gerardo Diaz

Olam’s Hanford facility uses two separate waste-disposal systems: one for disposing of lighter material and one for heavier materials such as rocks. Our objective is to combine the two systems into one while addressing preventative issues such as new disposal rates and sizing issues. Team 16 – Effective Rinsing of Empty Jars Sponsor: Olam International UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Gerardo Diaz

The empty jars that will later be filled with products need to be very clean and free of any dust or even broken glass. The rinsing process currently uses fresh water that is immediately disposed of after use. Olam would like to make the process more sustainable and environmentally friendly, so we are exploring alternative technologies to reduce the use and waste of water. Team 17 – Tomato Harvester for Fresh-Market Tomatoes,

Phase II

Sponsor: Red Rooster Tomato UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Ashlie Martini

Fresh-market tomatoes are conventionally hand-picked when green, with an emphasis placed on appearance and quality. Because processing tomato harvesters have the potential to puncture and scratch the fruit during the mechanical separation phase, they are not suitable. However, our team is looking at modifications that could result in a less physically demanding, more efficient and more tomato-friendly harvester.

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Team 18 – Micro CT Scanner Calibration UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Changqing Li

Computed tomography (CT) is used to image the internal structure of living organisms through X-ray emission. A CT scanner must be calibrated before use for good imaging quality. MicroScan is working to calibrate the sponsor’s CT scanner and provide a semi-automatic solution to retrieve images. After this mission, the MicroScan team can provide a template research platform for UC Merced and allow research labs to use the CT scanner to make their research convenient. Team 19 – Design of an Integrated, Minimal-Power or Power-Free Medical Diagnostic Tool for Use in Resource-Limited Settings Sponsor: UC Merced UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Anand Subramaniam

Successful biosensors are sophisticated pieces of technology, requiring optimized device design for signal processing and fluid handling, material properties and biological interactions to obtain reproducible readouts of disease markers. Our goal is to develop innovative solutions for integrated, quantitative, easy-to-use, low- to no-power point-of-care diagnostics that can be applied in all settings —including in the field and when resources are limited. The technology centered around magnetic levitation will allow for quick, economical and accurate results. Team 20 – Mobile Biological Treatment System Design Sponsor: UC Merced UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Ashlie Martini

The goal of this project is to design and construct a mobile biological treatment system that can be used for pilot testing in the field. Example applications include municipal wastewater treatment, dairy/ cattle farm runoff, food processing wastewater and pump-and-treat groundwater remediation. Team 21 – Solar Powered Mobile Charging Station Kiosk for UC Merced Sponsor: UC Merced CITRIS UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Anand Subramaniam

The UC Merced campus doesn’t have enough charging ports for the electronic devices of a growing number of faculty members, students and staff members. This is most evident in the library, where students are often seen charging in the most awkward places. We plan to design and manufacture a mobile charging kiosk to allow students to power up their devices in an environmentally responsible manner. Charging stations exist commercially, but none provide all the desired features. The first goal in designing the kiosk is sustainability through solar panels. The second goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to study while charging. The third goal of this project is to promote CITRIS to the UC Merced campus through interactive media. Team 22 – Improved Efficiency and Safety Design for Wilderness-Use Composting Toilets, Phase III SponsorS: National Parks Institute (NPI), Yosemite National Park, (YNP),

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The goal of the project is to design an off-grid reliable and inexpensive solution to existing, commercially available composting toilets. The goal is to design a rugged, effective, solar-powered, modular product that can easily be transported to and assembled in remote wilderness areas. The toilets have to be sturdy and able to withstand extreme temperatures, weather, wind and even seismic activity. The team is also developing a collateral benefit through adaptation of this solar-based system that will produce safe drinking water from snow in cold climates without the use of fossil fuels or forest products for energy. A successful design will have positive consequences for public-park waste-management challenges around the world, and positive applications through organizations such as the United Nations and poverty-fighting field programs of non-governmental organizations, such as the World Bank, which work to help emerging societies with remote communities face the challenges of human-waste management, clean water, disease reduction and human conflict. Team 23 – Microfluidic System for Rapid Quantification of Microbial Adaptation to Oil Spills Sponsor: UC Merced UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Wei-Chun Chin

The explosion of Deepwater Horizon (DwH) drilling rig in the northern Gulf of Mexico in 2010 was the largest U.S. petroleum industry accident in history. It spilled 4.1 million barrels of oil, 60 percent of which reached the gulf’s surface. The goal of this project is to design a microfluidic device or devices that create concentration gradients of different values for microbial adaptation studies. The devices should generate a concentration gradient of 1-100 ppm/mm, have a temperature range of 0-30 Celsius, accommodate sample sizes of 200µl-2 ml, have easy access to sample ports, be compact for microscope use and be made of a oil-resistant polymer. Crude oil releases are treated with dispersants, which solvated crude oil deeper into the ocean, furthering exposure of marine life that lives in the water and on the ocean floor. Very few studies have analyzed the interaction between crude oil and microbes. Our particular interest is microbial adaptation to heterogeneity (concentration gradient) caused by the crude oil still present in the ocean/ocean floor. Team 24 – Commissary Energy Conservation System Sponsor: UC Merced Blum Center UC Merced faculty mentor: Professor Anand Subramaniam

The goal of this project is to create a replicable and scalable method of making restaurants more energy and water efficient. Specifically at Gateway Gardens in Merced, the team is developing solutions to reduce fossil-fuel emissions by 50 percent. The main solution for addressing this issue is by controlling the ventilation system and the water pressure, and installing a photovoltaic system on the building, all of which will reduce fossil-fuel emissions and decrease building operation costs. Gateway Gardens is launching one of the region’s first commissaries — a shared kitchen facility to allow local chefs, caterers and other food entrepreneurs easier startups by sharing resources and costs. The overall goal is to improve food options and access for Merced and surrounding areas.


Engineering Service Learning (ESL)Teams Naturalist App

G.E.T Set

Field guide app for our reserve

Revolutionizing K-12 instruction in Merced County

Faculty Adviser: Thomas Hothem

Faculty Adviser: Professor Christopher Viney

The Naturalist App team is creating a digital resource for users of the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. The searchable, digital handbook of collected scientific information and observations about the reserve highlights the area’s flora, fauna, geology, history and climate. The app will also be able to accept crowd-sourced, tagged descriptions and photographs from the reserve to expand a growing research library of observations.

The Get S.E.T. (Science, Engineering, and Technology) team works with the Merced County Office of Education to develop supplementary science curriculum to support local K-12 teaching efforts in Merced County schools. The educational supplements cover basic math, physics and other sciences, as well as various aspects of technology, such as robotics and rocketry. Team Get S.E.T. designs labs and educational projects that improve learning outcomes with the goal of increasing students’ interest in these subjects.

Project Protect Reducing the effects of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Faculty Adviser Professor Miriam Barlow

Informing agricultural practices through automated scanning

In cooperation with Healthy House, the Project Protect team is working to reduce the negative effects of antibiotic-resistant bacteria within the diverse ethnic cultures of Merced County. Through the use of high-quality, easy-to-understand information about the use of antibiotics and infections, the Project Protect team will identify the complexities of the use and misuse of antibiotics in Merced County, and provide analysis of the proposed solutions.

Faculty Adviser: Professor YangQuan Chen

Merit Partners Improving rehabilitation among incarcerated youth

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team, along with the Merced County Cooperative Extension, is designing and implementing a a UAV solution to help local, small-scale farmers solve ongoing problems with pest management. This precision-agriculture solution will result in healthier, higher-value yields. Through the Identifications Leaf Scorching project, the team is designing an autonomous UAV system that scans and identifies signs of leaf scorching from visible spectrum imagery and notifies vineyard managers of the disease.

Faculty Adviser: Professor Tanya Golash-Boza

Vernal Pool Reserve

The Merit Partners team works to empirically validate the rehabilitation rates of incarcerated young men who participate in the Merit ePartners program, and increase capacity of Merit ePartners to affect more young lives. The Merit Partner team is identifying the components of the Merit ePartners program that lead to success through detailed sociological studies and engineering strategies and tools that will allow Merit ePartners to increase the number of participants in the program.

Restoring historic landmarks

LEED Lab Leading the way toward sustainability

Faculty Adviser: Professor Martha Conklin

The Get S.E.T. (Science, Engineering, and Technology) team works with the Merced County Office of Education to develop supplementary science curriculum to support local K-12 teaching efforts in Merced County schools. The educational supplements cover basic math, physics and other sciences, as well as various aspects of technology, such as robotics and rocketry. Team Get S.E.T. designs labs and educational projects that improve learning outcomes with the goal of increasing students’ interest in these subjects.

Faculty Adviser: Professor Tanya Golash-Boza

In partnership with the UC Merced sustainability council, the LEED Lab team is performing the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification audits for the Classroom Office Building at UC Merced. Using technical and design principles, the LEED Lab team is gathering technical data on operations and the maintenance as part of the application process for a LEED E-BOM certification that demonstrates that a building’s ongoing operations meet strict sustainability standards. Participation in this project satisfies LEED Accredited Professional certification requirements.

Engineers for a Sustainable World Empowering small-business success

Bobcat Radio Putting UC Merced on the air Faculty Adviser: Professor Jayson Beaster-Jones

Bobcat Radio is destined to become the voice of UC Merced and the surrounding communities over the airwaves. The Bobcat Radio Team is working toward creating an FM radio station for UC Merced, broadcasting new trends, and host events for the Merced community. To prepare Bobcat Radio for FCC licensing, the Bobcat Radio team will identify the technical challenges that must be met to complete the licensing application. Students will utilize technical design and media production principles to identify and provide solutions to the meet the needs of our burgeoning radio station.

Faculty Adviser: Professor Elliott Campbell

In partnership with Kiva, a leader in the microfinance lending industry, the Engineers for a Sustainable World team is working to improve the environmental sustainability of small businesses. The team is designing an assessment tool to certify “green” zero-interest loans within the Kiva platform. The KivaGreen project merges engineering design, environmental policy, regulatory standards and finance to increase small-business growth throughout the world. INNOVATE TO GROW – UC MERCED | 17


Mobile App Challenge (MAC) Teams Abji: Abji is a free ridesharing app. Enjoy your ride while you save mon-

SamuraiCourses: A course-schedule planning app and hub for

ey, make new friends and help encourage a green society. Use it for your everyday commutes and errands as well as your long-distance trips. It’s simple to add a ride or search for one and negotiate the fare if needed. The transactions are hassle free and fast.

services related to those courses.

ShowerTime: This app is a shower timer that trains people to take shorter showers and save water and energy.

ConnCat: ConnCat is a way for students and others to stay up to date

Study Buddy: This app allows users to merge their calendars with oth-

on the latest events at UC Merced and in the Merced community.

ers to facilitate study groups, business partnerships and social events. It will have a calendar merger, chat room and the ability to share files like notes and event fliers.

Craze: Craze aims to change the way society hosts interviews, we as an application want to help those without jobs find jobs. Sixty percent of interviewers say the job interviews are failed because the interviewee wore the wrong outfit or dressed inappropriately to the interview, this is more apparent when the subject of Millennials comes up or those applying to their first job and or career. Our application gives a safe place to get feedback on your outfit before the interview is started. Users will get immediate feedback on their outfits allowing them to have a much better chance at the job. Sixty-five percent of all people applying for their first job or career say that they do not know what to wear, this number grows to eighty five percent when the Millennials group is asked. We want our fellow peers and everyone to have a fair chance at a job opportunity, which is in turn why we created this app. The application will have Facebook and linkedin connections to allow for further networking.

Current: Current is an app aimed at helping new students bridge the gap between going to an event and getting involved with an event. Everyone at UC Merced knows well the flood of information known as Happenings. Current understands how easily it is to get drowned in Happenings without ever finding an event that interests you Our platform allows you to specify your passions, and sort events accordingly. Dryve: Carpooling made easier for college students. Fern: This app helps students plan what classes they will take over their time at college.

Food Quest: Here’s an app for everyone. Food Quest provides quick and easy recipes for people who have little time, money and cooking experience. The app incorporates your personal budget and ingredient constraints to design healthy meals.

Game Buddies: The app is for gamers who want to find other people

Test- Secure Calculator: This app is a fully functional graphing calculator that auto-enforces airplane mode so it can be used on exams. Each professor will have the ability to monitor each student’s activity on his or her phones to ensure the student is not cheating. True Posture: This app will improve your life by detecting bad posture. It will inform people of their posture habits and notify users of the bad habits they are practicing. UCM Mentor: Working with the Success Mentor Program to link freshmen to mentors to help them get used to and enjoy life as students at UC Merced.

UpNote: This app helps students with their studies with user-submitted course materials, sorted by class, that are upvoted based on helpfulness by other users.

Vitals: This app connects with many common wireless medical devices to compile data for communication with primary care physicians and EMR systems. The user-populated forums provide credible answers to many medical questions, and offers connections to live doctor interpretations.

Well-Being: The app will be a simple and easy-to-read resource that contains information on the most prevalent Central Valley bacterial and viral illnesses, symptoms of those illnesses and information on common treatments and antibiotics prescribed and their side effects, etc. The app will also contain general questions patients can address to their own doctors, allowing patients to be more proactive and bridging a gap that often exists between patients and healthcare professionals.

to game with and have fun. Sign in with Facebook, Gmail or Steam or create your own Game Buddies account, then choose the number of games you want to play and find your fellow gamers!

WhatsGood: A simple app that provides a business platform for

Invent-Story: Invent-Story is designed to assist any company, research facility or startup by increasing efficiency, organization and communication.

WiPark: WiPark allows users to find empty parking spaces safely and effortlessly.

P.E.A.C.H.: Health tracker and promoter

student can go to based on their school schedule. WuzHappenin aims to be a medium which helps people find or create events, lectures, etc. When trying to find out about events people can be overwhelmed by the mass amounts of information thrown at them. When trying to create an event, people don’t know what could attract others to attend their event. This mobile app helps streamline both processes. So not only does this help save a person’s time finding events, but it also gives them the opportunity to find events based on their interest. For the event creator, the app helps guide them in creating an event that will attract people. This app provides what people crave, convenience.

R&R: A mobile app designed to make hospital care more simple and efficient with four easy-to-use modules.

RideOver: I’ll Be Right Over: This app provides a ride-sharing service: a friendly way to commute in a way that saves time and money.

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students to find or offer expertise and/or services to their campus communities, promoting community building and networking.

WuzHappenin’: Our application will determine which events a


Attendees Kelli Abrescy, UC Merced

Munir Khan, Fresno State SBDC

Robert Rice, UC Merced

Dado Banatao, Tallwood Venture Capital *

Steven Kidd, E. & J. Gallo Winery *

Tony Rocha, Castle Air Museum

Maria Banatao

Gary Kremen, Clean Power Finance *

Wolfgang Rogge, UC Merced

Roseanna Barrón, UC Merced

Patricia LaCroix, UC Merced

Martin Rojas, TCB Industrial Inc. *

Marco Bell, Merced Irrigation District

Linda Lagace, Retired *

Francois Rongere, Pacific Gas & Elecric Co.

Marc Beutel, UC Merced

Jeff Laird, UC Merced

Stergios (Steve) Roussos, UC Merced

Benjamin A. Bocanegra

Vikram Lakireddy, M.D., Private Practice *

Mysty Rusk, UC Merced *

Gerry Bong, Pacific Gas & Elecric Co.

Sayan Lala, ZcureZ

Peter Schuerman, UC Merced *

Sherri Brennan, Tuolumne County

Sayeri Lala, ZcureZ

Adam Selvin, Pacific Gas & Elecric Co.

Kathy Briggs, UC Merced

Tapan Lala, ZcureZ

Steve Shackelton, National Parks Institute

Mike Browkowski, UC Merced *

Brandon Latham, Yosemite National Park

Neeraj Sharma, UC Merced

Toxie Burriss, Modesto Irrigation District *

Paul Laymon, Yosemite National Park

Robert Smith, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Christopher Butler, UC Merced

Dorothy Leland, UC Merced

Miranda Stelfox, Wells Fargo Bank *

Oscar Cabello, Wells Fargo Bank *

Riley Lewis, Hawk Ridge Systems

Roger Sturdevant, Bank of the West *

Elain Carroll, Bank of the West

Changqing Li, UC Merced

Breeana Sylvas, UC Merced

YangQuan Chen, UC Merced

Haipeng Li, UC Merced

Ibolya Tarsoly, CleanTechOpen *

Ben Christensen, SAP *

Kai Liu, Visiting Scholar

Kathrine Teresi, Engineering Service Learning

Moses Chun, UC Merced

Henry Liang, AECom *

Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, UC San Francisco

Mauricio Cifuentes, Wells Fargo Bank

Yanbao Ma, UC Merced

Adrian Toscano, UC Merced

Randall Cole, Pacific Gas & Elecric Co.

Ahmed Mahrois

Corinne Townsend, UC Merced

Phung Colvin, UC Merced

Gigi Marr-Mitchell, UC Merced

Dena Traina, Provost and Pritchard*

Brittany Conn, UC Merced

Ashlie Martini, UC Merced

Bethany Trindade, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Larry Cope, TCEDA

Mark Matsumoto, UC Merced

David Tucker, Retired

Karen Creighton, MUHSD

Christina Mayo, UC Merced

Doug Van Diepen, Del Monte Foods

Paul Creighton, C-33 Painting

Steve McCain, TopCon *

Raul Vazquez, Oportun

Rob Cruz, Wells Fargo Bank

Colleen McCormick, UC Merced *

Joshua Viers, UC Merced

Shaun Cuaron, Blue Dolphin Design & Engineering

Steve Melander, Greater Merced Chamber

Elizabeth Whitt, UC Merced

Ed Dunlavey, Yosemite National Park

of Commerce

David Wood, Castle Air Museum *

Libao Deng Gerardo Diaz, UC Merced Nadia Dwidar, UC Merced Rosy Flores, Wells Fargo Bank Stefano Foresti, UC Merced Neve Foresti, Modesto High School Germán Gavilán, UC Merced * Robert Goodman, UC Merced Jessica Gray, UC Merced Petia Gueorguieva, UC Merced * Jason Hallett, Topcon* Brendan Heinichen, Pitman Farms Kyle Hoffman, UC Merced Tracy Holmes, Bank of the West John Holtz, UC Merced Heather Hopkins, E. & J. Gallo Winery Thomas Hothem, Writing Program, UC Merced

Angel Mendoza, E. & J. Gallo Winery Joe Mendoza, Blue Diamond Growers * Ernesto Mora-Lua, E-Mora Construction Eduardo Munoz, ArqBravo Group David Needham, Oportun Charles Nies, UC Merced *

George Yamashita, Dole Lydia Zabrycki, Precision Civil Engineering Lun Zhai, Visiting Scholar Bo Zhuang, UC Merced * Judges

Brian O’ Bruba, UC Merced Raymond O’connor, Topcon Tony Oliveira, Oliveira Advisory * Ann Padilla, Blue Diamond Growers Tom Peterson, UC Merced Jeff Porto Jr., UC Merced Joe Pruzzo, Castle Air Museum Luanna Putney, UC Merced Ala Qattawi, UC Merced D.B. Quan, UC Merced Stuart Rawling, Schneider Electric *

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Innovate to Grow Program_Spring 2016  

5th Annual Innovate to Grow Program Book from Spring 2016 (http://innovatetogrow.ucmerced.edu) Encompasses the following three signature t...