Engineering capstone design showcase winners announced

May 15, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the shift to a virtual format for this year’s College of Engineering Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, students shared their semester’s hard work on the showcase’s newly developed website. The showcase took place entirely online from Friday, May 1, to Friday, May 8. 

All capstone design projects, intended to help solve real-world challenges posed by industry sponsors and other clients, were displayed on the website. All projects were then judged by a panel of industry experts, comprised of current and past sponsors as well as members of the Learning Factory Industry Advisory Board.

Three projects received the first place Lockheed Martin Design Excellence Award for best project:

  • Custom Vacuum Ergonomic Design with Plastic Injection Molding” for Curbicus, by Ryan Angle, Roberto Cao Vieira, Daniel Cavinee, Jake Kolessar, Jung Min Park and Ryan Pertusetadvised by Donghai Wang, professor of mechanical engineering

  • “3D Printed Incision Guide for Spine Surgery” for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – Radiology, by Kiersten Bradnam, Yue Tu, Colm Parrish, Brendan Murphy, Winnie Li, Joseph Gregory and Brandon Kong, advised by Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering  

  • “Solar wharf garage (Global with Chalmers)” for Volvo Penta, by Logan Confer, Harlan Collins, Michael Forstmeier and Emma Frost, advised by Daniel Cortes, assistant professor of mechanical engineering

Second place for best project went to:

  • “Pressure Drop Orifice Design” for Flowserve, by Tiffany Powell, Khush Kapadia, Daniel Garton, Jack Medzorian and Sparsh Agrawal, advised by Ashok Belegundu, professor of mechanical engineering 

  • “Cage and Spring Redesign for Bottom Hole Spring Assembly” for Well Master Corporation, by Michael Harshell, Luke Hess, Jeffrey Wang, Yang Rae Cho, Brett Rosoff-VerbitShuhao Lu and Shunguang Cheng, advised by Gary Neal, director of mechanical engineering capstone design projects 

  • “Lincoln Aviator Console Latch Redesign” for Ford Motor Company, by Apurva Main, Max Moran, Allen Shmurak, Jonah Vitale and Trevor Waldman, advised by Sean Knecht, assistant teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs 

Third-place best projects recipients were: 

  • “Drone Delivery Test Kit: An Efficient Way to Remotely Diagnose Contagious Diseases” for the Penn State Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory, by Emma Christensen, Jacob Danko, Thomas Day, Lindsay Mitchell, Stella Talamo, Samantha Tracy and Erica Winegardner, advised by Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering

  • “Underwater Towed Sensor Platform” for the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, by Anthony Paiva, Wen Chen, David Lank, Jack Mench, Raymond GirroirYunfan Tang and Xinze Li, advised by Mark Bregar, research and development engineer in the Applied Research Lab

  • “Knee/Hip Data Surgical Procedures Data Collection” for the Penn State College of Medicine, by Maria Haddad, Blaine Hoak, Alexandra Kuma, Simran Lala, Rohini SarkhelVraj Shah and Manya Wadhwa, advised by Charles Purdum, professor of practice and director of industry relations in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Three teams received best poster awards: 

  • First place: “UVC Self-Sanitizing Sink Faucet Knobs” for Sarah Ritter in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, by Michelle Carney, Emma Daly, Pranay GudurK’Ashe McKinney, Molly Smith and Alexander So, advised by Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering 

  • Second place: “Tail Rotor Proximity Warning System” for Bell Flight Inc., by Thomson Sauer, Caitlin Kelly, Zeyu Zhao, Rashed Alshamsi, Justin Sparhawk and Chaojiang Zhu, advised by Gary Neal, director of mechanical engineering capstone design projects 

  • Third place: “Sheetz Confined Space/Silica App” for Sheetz Inc., by Milan AbramovitzRotem Bornstein, Fahad Aljindan, Elena Vasquez Arango, Jingxin Wang and Jason Waterfield, advised by Charles Purdum, professor of practice and director of industry relations in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Three teams received best video awards: 

  • First place: “Search and Rescue Drone with Adaptive Landing Gear” for The Boeing Company, by Stephanie Latona, TJ Miraglia, Matthew Holowsko, Jorge Oliver, Wesley Huff, Eric Lopez and John Hall, advised by Donghai Wang, professor of mechanical engineering

  • Second place: “How might we bring nature into the interior of the automobile experience?” for Ford Motor Company, by Lucas SainburgYoudai Wang, Ziqiang Cui, Allison Brown and Katherine Martin, advised by Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering

  • Third place: “IV Blood Bag Spike Optimization” for B. Braun Medical Inc., by Emma Angotti, Kathryn Chesnick, Brianna Frederick, Evan Lomis, Hector Millan Cotto, Rui Yang and Zeshen You, advised by Scott Medina, assistant professor of biomedical engineering

Two teams were awarded for best corporate sponsor as voted by students: 

  • “Valve clean out device to reduce time on roadways for maintenance workers” for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, by Evan Mowery, Arman Bhardwaj, Justin Lake, Congyuan Zhang and Douglas Wise, advised by Sean Knecht, assistant teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

  • “Lincoln Aviator Console Latch Redesign” for Ford Motor Company, by Apurva Main, Max Moran, Allen Shmurak, Jonah Vitale and Trevor Waldman, advised by Sean Knecht, assistant teaching professor in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

Three teams received people’s choice awards:

  • BP People’s Choice Best Project Award: “Dynamic Mechanical Environment Tendon Tissue Culture System” for Daniel Hayes in the Penn State Department of Biomedical Engineering, by Erica Vasti, Nicholas Borsch, Maria Carolina Carolos Freire de Araujo, Connor Ilgenfritz, Rahul Shah and Thomas Gerhart, advised by Spencer Szczesny, assistant professor of biomedical engineering

  • People’s Choice Best Video Award: “Search and Rescue Drone with Adaptive Landing Gear” for The Boeing Company, by Stephanie Latona, TJ Miraglia, Matthew Holowsko, Jorge Oliver, Wesley Huff, Eric Lopez and John Hall, advised by Donghai Wang, professor of mechanical engineering

  • Gangnam Stylish Video Award: “Predicting busy times in campus dining facilities” for Penn State Food Services, by Alex Salzinger, Peyton Bayer, Chaoyi Zhu, Kaleb Swift, Matthew Chan, Anh Nguyen and Rahul Kerjriwal, advised by Marc Rigas, assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology 

The awarded capstone design projects can be viewed here. All capstone design projects from the spring showcase can be viewed here.

The College of Engineering is looking for industry sponsors for fall 2020 capstone design projects. For more information on how to become a sponsor, including how to sponsor a successful project, visit http://bit.ly/LFprojects. The final deadline to submit a project is Aug. 3.

 

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Last Updated May 15, 2020