Student Projects 2018
A complete list of interdisciplinary student projects on display at EXPO. Projects are categorized by the engineering discipline of focus and or by student designation, i.e. Grand Challenge Scholars etc.
Biochar Production System
Lumber mills produces hundreds of tons of waste woody biomass that has almost no economic value. Turning these bio waste to biochar is economically and environmentally beneficial. Our team’s mission is to develop and prototype a scalable model to retrofit existing boilers in lumber mills to turn wood waste into valuable biochar.
Photobioreactor for Microalgae Cultivation
Microalgae is the fastest growing organism and can contain up to 60% lipid than can be turned into biodiesel. The team has designed and produced a bench scale photo-bioreactor (PBR) system to grow algae for research.
Team Crumbletech's Temperature Array
Biomass needs size reduction as pre-treatment before converting it to ethanol for fuel. The crumble head can get too hot if too much biomass is fed or the teeth are worn out. Our team is sponsored by ‘Forest Concepts LLC.’ to develop a non-contact temperature sensor to monitor temperature rise in those crumble heads. The team has developed an IR sensor array to profile the temperature along the scrubber head.
99.9 Percent High Purity Nitrogen Generator
The small-scale generation of nitrogen from atmospheric air utilizing a pressure swing adsorption approach will offer a stand-alone system that provides an inert sweep gas for a depolymerization process. The system will continuously produce high purity nitrogen while being reliable, versatile and economical.
Bench Top to Industry: Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) Starch Pasteurization Unit
Designed and fabricated a benchtop system to continuously pasteurize starch solutions at 150Â°C for 2 seconds. This system is able to pasteurize 1 liter per minute of sample and features an automated energy-saving pre-heat/cool down heat exchanger as well as the UHT heat exchanger.
Copper Recovery from Spent Hoof bath Solutions
Copper sulfate solutions used to treat hoof diseases in the livestock industry cost millions of dollars per year. It is desirable to find a cost-effective procedure for recovering copper, a valuable metal, from these solutions. The copper recovery process designed includes copper liberation from the biosolids matrix using an innovative oxidant system and copper ion recovery via electrowinning. This process provides an alternative disposal pathway for hoof bath solutions and recovery of a valuable metal resource.
Gypsos Sulfate Removal from Mine-Impacted Waters
An intricate process was designed and constructed to demonstrate an economical and environmentally friendly system that can reduce the sulfate concentration in mine-impacted water from around 1800 mg/L to less than 250 mg/L. Implementing this process in the mining industry would prevent sulfate from negatively affecting the environment.
Increasing Polystyrene Recycling with Small Scale Depolymerization Reactors
Only six percent of plastic ever produced has been recycled. A problem with polystyrene recycling is its low density makes it not economically feasible to transport to recycling centers. A small scale depolymerization reactor which could be distributed widely throughout municipalities to increase recycling of polystyrene was fabricated and tested.
LABRAT, Lead Acid Battery Research and Testing
Using GUITAR-coated ceramic fibers as the battery plate additive, the positive and negative active material was investigated and optimized. This data yielded a design and economic analysis for a facility capable of producing two million improved performing automotive batteries per year.
Production of Liquid Filled Polymer Microspheres
A system to create liquid filled polymer microspheres utilizing a piezoelectric droplet generator and photopolymerization was fabricated. These microspheres are intended for use as drug delivery capsules, specifically for long term dosage of pharmaceuticals via diffusion through the polymer microsphere.
Using NIR Spectroscopy to Control Coffee Roasts
A person's sensory perceptions judge coffee roast level is subjective, causing difficulties in comparisons and control of roasted products. Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy feedback of beans in the roasting process could reduce roasting variabilities. An improved roaster control method using onboard NIR monitoring for home roasters has been developed.
Best Hill Booster Pump Station
This purpose of this project is to design a booster pump station at the Best Hill Water Tank in Coeur d'Alene. The design will include booster pump selection, station design and site grading.
Commonwealth Lake Park Pedestrian Bridge
Our project is to assess the site conditions at Commonwealth Lake Park in Beaverton, Oregon and to replace the existing pedestrian bridge with an ADA compliant pedestrian bridge.
Moscow Well 10
Moscow Well 10 is a new, undeveloped well on the west side of town. For out project we will aid in well 10's development by: selecting a pump for the well, designing a Process and Implementation Diagram (P&ID), and designing a storm water system.
Rio Grande Dam Low Level Outlet Works
Due to excessive vibrations of the current gate flow control system during operations, the existing outlet is unable to meet its full discharge requirements. The objective of this project is to relocate and redesign the low level outlet to provide reliable operation up to 2,500 cfs. The new outlet system will consist of piping, valves and a valve house downstream of the existing gates. In addition, a transition between the existing outlet tunnel and new outlet structure, and downstream channel protection will be designed.
Design and plan an electrical substation along with the required distribution and transmission lines to service an information data center in Reno, NV.
Ustick & Lake Intersection Improvement
The City of Caldwell has planned to improve the intersection of Ustick Road and Lake Avenue in Caldwell, Idaho. The project objective is to design a larger capacity intersection to meet increasing traffic volume while improving traffic operations, safety and accessibility.
Water for Families "Where there is Nothing"
Students partner with a small Bolivian community to design and construct a sustainable freshwater distribution system. This project team is a part of the Humanitarian Engineering Corps, a student-led nonprofit based at the University of Idaho.
Application for Speech Visualization
Our team's project was to create an audio visualization application with phoning level speech recognition. The program provides feedback through multiple visualization methods, such as graphs and text. The program is designed to serve as a base for future speech therapy applications.
Personality Analysis Using Machine Learning
Our overall project is to design software that can perform personality analysis on a large amount of text samples that we have mined from social media. There are three aspects to this project; web/data mining, a local database and a machine that is trained using the mined data.
Project A.R.M.: Assistive Rehabilitation Monitor
Individuals recovering from post-stroke arm impairments can spend more time conducting therapeutic exercises at home than during supervised in-clinic sessions. To facilitate better qualitative and quantitative monitoring of therapy, the goal of the project is to develop a system that will track arm movements, including repetitions of prescribed exercises.
Design and implementation of a secure database that communicates securely and dynamically with a web interface. The database is fully encrypted with read only access from the web interface. The interface follows accessibility standards and works on a range of hardware. Communications are encrypted in both directions.
Sightless Navigation and Perception (S.N.A.P)
Our goal is to create an easily distributable standard testing environment for gathering data and metrics to find the best possible acoustic navigation algorithm
VandalForge Printer Software
Our team is customizing existing open-source 3D plastic printing software for use with the UI VandalForge 3D metal printer. The goals of this project are simplifying the graphical user interface by focusing on the main controls and adding functionality for devices and peripherals.
Virtual Control System Network
We will create a virtual control system network to simulate large-scale, reconfigurable industrial control systems for testing and research.
Wireless Tower of Lights
The University of Idaho's Tower Lights system currently runs on unused Cat 5 wiring in the Theophilus Tower. Our team has renovated the outdated Tower Lights control system into a battery powered wireless system.
Mitigating Cyberattacks Caused by Fast Acting Hardware
This project goal is to design a nearly undetectable hardware trojan capable of disabling targeted integrated circuits by breaking down the circuit at the transistor level and developing defensive schemes to prevent a widespread flash fatal trojan attack.
Modeling and Measurement of Permittivity for Near Space Communications
Designing a circuit and package that can measure the permittivity, permeability and conductivity of free space as a function of altitude, temperature and pressure.
Non-Wire Solutions to Traditional Power Grid Upgrades
Utilizing locational value and integration capacity analysis in current power grids we are looking into non-wire solutions to traditional upgrade projects. These non-wire solutions are aimed at reaching a compromise with residents to ensure a power quality that is unmatched in the least intrusive method possible.
Solar Powered Flywheel Energy Storage System
The objective is to develop a model of a PV (Photovoltaic) panel array using MATLAB and to then verify that model using hardware. The PV panel array will be used to supply power to a Flywheel Energy Storage System that NASA is developing for energy storage on the lunar surface.
TATER (Tamper Analysis via Transient Electromagnetic Responses)
This project monitors and characterizes the electromagnetic emissions of a microprocessor during boot to determine potential foreign modification in either software and/or hardware. The product consists of a system with an antenna, amplified in conjunction with a data acquisition platform to a Linux machine for processing by a custom algorithm.
Voltage Source Converter Fault Protection
The objective of this senior design project is to design and test a power system protection scheme that combines voltage and possibly measurements from different locations in or near a wind farm to detect, identify and determine an approximate location for electrical faults.
Advanced Communications System for Suborbital Flight
Team ACOM is developing the next generation communication system for NASA's tube-deployed re-entry vehicles (TDRV's) and small-form satellites. Additionally, the team is adapting the design of the TDRV's for housing this system.
Aerogel Insulation Study
Aerogel is known for its light weight and superior insulation properties. the goal of this project is to test the insulation ability of Aerogel by gathering performance data. A temperature gradient will be observed and compared between aerogel and standard insulation.
An Aerodynamic Study of Bulk Commodity Trailers
Our mission is quantifying fuel economy impacts of different aerodynamic features on tractor trailers based on wind tunnel testing with scale models.
Boeing Sidewall Lighting Installation
The sidewall lighting installation for the Boeing 737 is a time-consuming and exhausting process for production line workers. Our objective is to propose hardware modifications and alternative assembly procedures that make this process faster and more ergonomic.
Coffee Roaster Filtration System
Our project team is designing and testing an affordable air filtration system for industrial coffee roasters that will reduce odors and visible smoke.
Combat Food Insecurity
In order to help combat food insecurity, it is our team's goal to create a marketable product that is accurate, durable and user friendly to the agricultural industry that will allow plant breeders to create stronger plants that will thrive in harsher growing conditions.
Compact Robotic Wheel Drive
The goal of this project is to design a compact electric drive unit for automated material handling equipment. The design utilizes a custom 6:1 planetary gearbox and high torque-density motor which reduces the overall size of the drive unit while delivering the required torque and speed outputs.
This project is an exploration of the essence of design, where we focus on the why as well as the how of design. Areas of inquiry include Stirling engine design and fabrication, reverse engineering legacy designs and exploration of an artifact of antiquity.
Discover Bot: Discovery Center Telerobotics Exhibit
Our goal is to develop a single-user prototype of a telerobotic master/slave system and validate its function and durability. This robot has 7 degrees of freedom and is controlled from a distance to interact with its surroundings.
Inconel Tubing Pre-Pullout Grinding and Visual Test System
The goal of the project is to dramatically improve the sample preparation procedure for tubing cutouts prior to executing pullouts. The team has developed a more ergonomic and consistent way to provide grinding of the tubing material, while also providing a visual feedback mechanism for the operators.
INL Grinder Water Filtration System
The objective of the project is to redesign the water circulation system for a sample preparation grinder/polisher in the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) at Idaho National Laboratory. The upgraded solution includes a new pump and filter system which optimizes functionality and servicability.
ME 301 Final Projects
Student teams in the introductory solid modeling class will demonstrate CAD artifacts from their final projects. The final project involves reading and interpreting legacy drawings of a model internal combustion engine in order to build a 3D model of the assembly and create detailed drawings for manufacturing.
ME 421 Final Projects
Student teams in the advanced solid modeling technical elective will show off a variety of final projects.
Design, package and fabricate a portable biodiesel production system that implements variable mixing ratios, flow rates and active/passive safety features. This will be a portable showcase for plasma reactor demonstration.
RoboCodo: Post-Surgical Elbow Rehabilitation Device
The project goal is to create a robotic device that a therapist can use to perform a semiautonomous humeroulnar distraction (mobilization of the elbow joint after surgery). The device would allow therapists to focus on other aspects of the rehabilitation process, decreasing therapy time and maximizing recovery outcome.
SEL Thermal Card Guide
Our team is combining experimental studies of heat conduction, thermal simulations and design for manufacturing to propose new card guides that maximize heat transfer from circuit boards to the chassis that contains them.
Two-Stroke Exhaust Design
The goal of this project is to create a custom exhaust system for a reduced-speed, two-stroke snowmobile. This includes a tuned exhaust pipe, a custom muffler, addition of a catalytic converter and an exhaust throttle to regulate backpressure.
U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge
The U of I Clean Snowmobile Challenge (UICSC) team, made up of freshmen through senior students, modifies a modern snowmobile in an attempt to improve emissions, reduce noise and increase fuel economy. Each year their entry competes in an International Collegiate Competition in Houghton, Michigan.
U of I Steam Plant Combustion Instrumentation
Design and integrate a pre-combustion measurement system on the U of I Steam Plant. This iteration of the project will focus on wood chip mass flow fuel moisture content.
VandalForge Metal Additive Manufacturing - Hardware
Prototype metal parts can be labor intensive to fabricate. Our goal is to develop an affordable wire-arc additive manufacturing machine capable of producing on-demand parts, with reduced effort and costs. Our design is a modular prototype to enable this capability at the University of Idaho and allow for future iteration.
Wireless Forklift Height Encoder
The objective of the project is to develop a forklift sensor which displays the exact height of the forks to an operator. The interdisciplinary team has created a solution which measures the height of the forks, operates wirelessly while harvesting its own energy and transmitting data to the truck for display to the operator.
Card Playing Robot Arm
Our goal is to create a robot arm that can play the card game Crazy Eights. The arm will use computer vision to identify cards and then will decide what card from its hand is best to play next. The robot will be able to play against four opponents.
Educational Modules for College of Engineering Ambassadors
This project is aimed at developing educational modules and engaging demonstrations for the College of Engineering Ambassador team to present to potential students.
Regenerative Electric Go-Kart
Our goal is to design and build an electric go-kart with a modular regenerative braking system. This serves as a test bed for multiple energy storage solutions, and allows us to determine the best regenerative braking configuration for any application.
3D Printed Eye Phantom for Astronaut MRI study
Nearly half of all astronauts who have experienced long duration space flight have suffered severe eye damage. Using MR images of a group of astronauts, these visual changes can be quantified, and an optic phantom is necessary to validate the MR data coming from multiple sources.
Biogas Feasibility Study for the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow
Biogas production feasibility was determined from using the University of Idaho and the City of Moscow's organic wastes as a source of energy. Biogas production estimation and a economic analysis was conducted. This renewable energy has great pertinence to campus sustainability.
Emotiv Game Development
Students in Moscow High School's computer science class are partnering with Gautam Kumar of U of I's chemical and materials engineering department and his student researcher Jackie Martinez-Alvarez to develop a game based application for an Emotiv mobile EEG device.
Improving Tissue Preparation to Preserve Inhibition in Adult Cerebellar Brain Slices
To study how neurons work together, it is necessary to isolate pieces of brain tissue in a way that preserves connectivity and function. This project endeavors to identify optimal tissue preparation procedures to improve the viability and function of neurons in the cerebellum to study this network.
Making Stronger Wheat
The main focus of this project is to build a machine that can measure how much force a stalk of wheat can take before breaking. The design that we decided would work best is a rolling trailer with a force sensor fastened to the front.
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Delivery of Carbon Nanotubes
This project shows the migration of carbon nanotube (CNT) and human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) complexes toward a tumor mimicking chemo-attractant. The CNT-hMSCs were previously attached as a master's thesis. This study also shows the intermediate carbon nanotube complexes through FT-IR. Carbon nanotubes have potential in photothermal therapy.
This project focuses on the production of nitrate and nitrite using non-thermal liquid plasma technology (NTLP) and investigation in its efficiency and development of models to demonstrate nitrogen cycle with emphasis on nitrogen fixation. The research aspect will focus on development of nitrogen fixation device using NTLP.
Photolithographic techniques for semiconductors
This research project will explore the possibilities of patterning nanoparticles of a tin selenide semiconductor. The impacts of the research will span many applications and contribute to an ever-growing need for semiconductor research.
Solar Skis are designed with solar lights on the tip to enhance visibility during low light and flat light conditions.
My invention, Winter Warmer, is an adaptation of a boot dryer into a snow clothes dryer. If you love to play in the snow but hate wet snow clothes this invention is for you. It uses warm air to dry the clothes evenly and is safe for kids to use.
Chemical and Materials Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Patricia Colberg — Department Chair
- Kevin Chang
- Erik Coats
- Fritz Fiedler
- Ahmed Ibrahim
- Jim Liou
- Sunil Sharma