Spring 2013 Capstone Projects


Design of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

Team Member(s): Brett Haymans, Chris Ratliff, Derek Jeter
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
Wind generated power has become increasingly relevant in recent years due to rising environmental and economic concerns. A resolution to wind generated power for relatively low-wind receiving areas i...

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Design of an Autonomous Balancing Inverted Pendulum Control System

Team Member(s): Brett Henne, Samuel Hall, Spencer Winders
Semester: Fall 2013

End-Product Description
The autonomous balancing inverted pendulum control system is used to maintain balance on two DC motor driven wheels. The system is controlled via an ARM microcontroller, and the pendulum angle is calc...

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Design of an Object Detection/Recognition System for the Rhino Robotic Arm

Team Member(s): Mark Hallberg, Stephen Kennedy, Jefferson Sharon
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
The project achieves interface and control of the Rhino robotic arm using LabVIEW to detect, determine, and place objects based on the specifications of the end-user. The end product is capable of al...

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Design of Electromagnetic Lock with Fingerprint Identification

Team Member(s): Brad Klimek, Michael Vasek, Marienel Finkley, Laura Strickland
Semester: Fall 2013

End-Product Description
This is a fully operating security system that allows entry by the use of fingerprint identification. A valid fingerprint releases an electromagnetic lock, triggers the webcam to record a video feed a...

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Design of a Machine Learning System for Sign Language Recognition

Team Member(s): Michael Parlato, William Mackie
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
An interactive software system which utilizes a user calibration to extract the hand from a video frame, compiles a mathematical model of the hand, and attempts to recognize the gesture in the image. ...

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Sun Tracking Array with Maximum Power Point Tracking

Team Member(s): Mike Barret, David Snyder, Brad Whitfield and Travis Wilson
Semester: Fall 2013

End-Product Description
The end product design is a device that can track the sun, keeping the solar panels perpendicular to the sun and thereby maximizing the output of the array. The power output was further maximized thr...

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Design for Interior Temperature Regulation for Stationary Vehicles

Team Member(s): Jon Kelly, Elias Argaw, Anthony Simpson
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
This design implemented a feedback system to monitor the ambient and interior temperatures of a closed volume. Upon a +10F difference interior to ambient, a microcontroller would activate a fan syste...


Design of a Solar Flight Extender for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

Team Member(s): Michael Benbow, Don Coleman, Justin Rumbach
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
Solar powered aircrafts are not used in everyday applications; however the solar panels can extend the average commercial battery run time. Solar panels are mounted on the top of the wings and down ...

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Design of a Solar Array Positioning Controller

Team Member(s): Andrew F. Potter, Christopher A. Hayes, Nathaniel M. Eubanks, Vadim S. Ilin
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
Traditional fixed solar panel installation fails to optimize solar energy collection when the sun is not at its peak position. Maintaining a perpendicular angle with the sun optimizes the energy coll...

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Design of a GSM GPS Vehicle Tracking System

Team Member(s): Aster Pastoral,Chris Doorbal, Jon Lister
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
The ability to track the whereabouts of people or property has always been a luxury. Whether someone is tracking a stolen car, maximizing corporate fleet vehicle productivity, or finding a lost indiv...

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Design of a Solar Powered Charging Station

Team Member(s): Travis Hanna, Tony Shoupe, Wade Thornhill
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
This solar powered charging station is designed as a portable, stand-alone power source for the majority of consumer electronics (i.e. iPads, iPhones and Android devices). Target markets include the ...

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EMG Controlled Robotic Arm

Team Member(s): Joseph Smith, Gary Spann
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
An Electromyography(EMG) controlled robotic arm utilizes the electrical signals transmitted in the user's muscles along the arm to control the robotic arm in a similar fashion. The user is attached to...

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Design of a Solar Tracker Utilizing an Embedded Monitoring System

Team Member(s): Tyler Bowman, David Swick
Semester: Spring 2013

End-Product Description
To create a portable embedded solar tracking device w/ power output optimization. We wanted to implement a system that was small scale, low-cost, easy to use, and that would provide a high efficient ...

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