A motorized arm, wall climbing robots and a non-invasive glucose monitoring system were a few of the senior design projects presented by DeMatteis School engineering students last month.
“It was wonderful to hear over 75 of our engineering students present their semester long efforts on solving a real-world problem,” Dean Sina Rabbany said. “The diverse array of projects demonstrated that through teamwork they can achieve product design and functionality for their discipline specific projects.”
Senior engineering science students Christine Crosfield and Meenu Jayakrishnan and biochemistry major Sarah Hussain worked with Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Roche de Guzman to create a 3-D printed basic prototype hand with a servomotor and a myoelectric sensor. The prosthetic hand digits respond to electrical stimulation and can be controlled by amputees with their residual limb.
“In addition to learning technical skills to enhance our project, working with a group of my peers helped me develop my time management skills,” Crosfield said. “We had to plan and schedule each part of our project, which was difficult since we all had demanding schedules and had to prioritize accordingly.”
Assistant Professor Edward Segal gave his civil engineering students a proposed $30,000 budget to create a design for an open-air education pavilion at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City consisting of elements such as arches, cables, nets, or membranes. Practicing engineers were invited to critique the projects throughout the semester and during final presentations.
“Design can be messy, nonlinear, and frustrating,” Segal said. “Ultimately, continuing to produce work despite setbacks and arriving at a refined design is very satisfying. By end of the semester students had multiple opportunities to practice communicating their design ideas with physical models, hand drawn sketches, calculations, and writing.”
Seniors Emily Root, Jonathan Dejesus, Nabeel Khan, and Nicholas Thorne designed a pavilion consisting of woven polyester ropes.
“The pavilion design project gave me great insight into what engineering design is and how challenging it can be,” Root said. “While working with a team, we were able to brainstorm, create, and solve real world problems together.”
Other undergraduate research projects included gel therapy for osteoarthritic cartilage repair, examining the effect of Lasik eye surgery on professional baseball players and the design of a blue tooth controlled circuit breaker system.