About 50 students presented their semester-long research at the 4th Annual Senior Project Showcase hosted by the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. Presentations were judged by a panel of 18 industry professionals based on methodology, technological significance, ingenuity and presentation.
“The Senior Design Program provides our students with learning-by-doing exercises that enable them to use the concepts learned in the classroom to tackle real-world problems,” said Sina Rabbany, PhD, dean of the DeMatteis School.
First prize went to engineering science majors Avalon Nielsen, Karthiayani Vijayakumari and Kimberly Lewis. Under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Dr. Roche de Guzman, the team developed a noninvasive glucose monitoring system that used a red laser to detect glucose levels in blood vessels in the skin.
“You learn so much through hands-on research experience,” Lewis said. “I’m grateful to see all the work my partners and I put into our research rewarded.”
Engineering science majors James Muscarello, Matthew Linehan, Michael Bieniewicz and engineering science biomedical major Robert Adelson won second place. The team, also mentored by Dr. de Guzman, developed a gel therapy treatment for osteoarthritic articular cartilage repair of the bone.
Dr. de Guzman said, “It was a pleasure mentoring and interacting with the student groups during the development, assembly, and testing phases of their prototypes.”
Other research projects included an Arduino-based heart rate monitoring device, a solar system-based transporter, an algorithm for predicting successful television shows and an autonomous travel bag that follows the carrier via Bluetooth.
First and second place team members were awarded cash prizes.