Senior Design Expo Spring 2015

Date Published: 
May 1, 2015

The William States Lee College of Engineering held its Spring Senior Design Expo on April 30, 2015. Forty-five teams presented their completed two-semester projects, and 30 teams presented their first-semester design-concept posters. A photo gallery of the winners and the Expo is here.

The three completed projects judged to be the best were:

First Place – Combat Heat Stress Prevention Kit
Supporter – U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
Students – Justin Beach, Benjamin Fischer, Nicholas Kolk, Noah Robertson, Todd Robes and Madison Traynham
Mentors – Peter Schmidt and Rod Handy
Description – The project goal was to design and build a system to safely, rapidly and effectively remove undesired heat away from body exteriors during special operations in hot and humid environments.

Second Place – Duke Distribution Management System; and Automatic Reconfigurable Scheme and Load Management System
Supporter – Duke Energy and Schweitzer Engineering
Students – Cara Decoste, Brandon Madden, Jason McCall, Ajay Scaria, Dustin McKenzie, Robert Sherretts and Sean Zilberdrut
Mentors – Valentina Cecchi and Sukumar Kamalasadan
Description – Design and test a Distribution Management System (DMS) comprising a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for the UNC Charlotte CRI campus; and design and test of a Protection and Control system for the electrical grid on UNC Charlotte’s campus power distribution network.

Third Place – Quad Copter for NDE
Supporter – EPRI
Students – Stanton Apple, Louis Brooks, Derek Roberts, Bradley Stiles and Kaitlin Zarcone
Mentor – James Conrad and Meg Harkins
Description – Creation of hardware, software and processes that can be implemented to make the overall automated inspection task of major components and structures in power plants more efficient and safe.

Providing students with an innovative, hands-on learning experience, the Industrial Senior Design Program at UNC Charlotte is educating engineering students, supporting industry partners and benefiting the State of North Carolina. The program teaches students how to apply their years of math, science, and engineering knowledge to solve the unique problems presented by many progressive North Carolina companies. The William States Lee College of Engineering encourages multi-disciplinary projects that involve engineering and technology solutions in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, computer, systems, environmental and civil engineering.