Annual Engineering Design Expo set

ANGOLA, Ind. – Visitors can step into the world of the future during Trine University's annual Engineering Design Expo on Friday, April 26.

Senior students in the Allen School of Engineering & Technology will show or demonstrate their projects from 1 to 3 p.m. April 26 in Fawick Hall on the first and second floors. Projects range from new or improved designs for existing items to robots to a hands-free shower system.

The hands-free shower system was developed for an amputee, and would be helpful for any individual with disabilities, the team said. A full list of projects and names of students involved are below.

"Many of the student teams tackled projects to fill a need or void, such as the hands-free shower system," said VK Sharma, dean of the Allen School. "Students paired their intellect with what they have learned to generate engineering solutions to challenging problems or situations. A look at their efforts makes it exciting to think about what the future holds for these talented seniors.

"This event is made possible by the faculty and staff who work with our students, the dedicated sponsors for the team projects and the industrial partners and exhibitors," Sharma said. "I hope people from the area and future engineers will get a chance to check out the expo."

Partners are Biomet of Fort Wayne; Burr Oak Tool, Sturgis, Mich.; Chapman's Brewing Co., LLC, Angola; Trine's Innovation One; JM Equipment, Krontz General Machine & Tool and NW Welding & Fabricating Inc., all of Sturgis; Parker Hannifin, Albion; Steuben County Economic Development Corp., Angola; and Vulcraft Corp., St. Joe. Exhibitors include Inovateus Solar, LLC, of South Bend, and Univertical, Angola.

Student projects

McKetta Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering

Baghouse Design -- Greg Diefenthaler of Graytown, Ohio; Donald Myers, Camden, Mich.; and Emily Myers, Bicknell.

The team developed an air-filtration system for a local steel plant.

Component Design for a Local Cider Company -- Hatham Aldrees, Saudi Arabia; Michael Beck, Griffith; Nicholas Bohlander, Milton; Tyler Boscoe, Gouverneur , N.Y.; Matthew Burgess, Valparaiso ; Jacob Honkomp, Richmond ; Ethan Lundquist, Rockford, Ill.; Robert Mauck, Elkhart; Emily Sidwell, Fremont; Elizabeth Wentz, Berkey, Ohio; Patrick Wolcott, East Lansing, Mich.; and Mitchell Wyss, New Haven.

The team tackled four projects that dealt with the retrofit and operation of a reverse-osmosis (RO) , product pasteurization; simulation of the brewing process and chemical analysis and product quality assurance.

Production of Non-Alcoholic Beer Using a Reverse-Osmosis-Membrane Process – senior class of 2012.

The class developed a reverse-osmosis system that used a membrane system to separate molecules by differences in molecular size.

Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

I-80/90 Toll Road Interchange at State Route 327 in Orland -- Team 1, Kayla Criswell of Kouts ; Daniel Desper, Kendallville; Sara Lelli, Angola; Kale Popp, Rensselaer; and Timothy Thielka, Fremont. Team 2, Jordan Diemer of Byron Center, Mich.; Jessica Heydinger, Norwalk, Ohio; Dylan Mann, Decatur; Henry Waring, Avilla; and Samantha Willmann, Anderson.

Each team designed a new interchange at the Indiana Toll Toad and State Route 327.

Infrastructure Impact Study -- Ali Al Jaffar of Angola; Brian Bashore, Antwerp, Ohio; Coty Crawford, Fremont; Scott Flory, Goshen; Curtis Holcom, Converse; and Matt Zurbriggen, Crown Point.

The team studied how a 500-acre industrial development would affect the infrastructure of the city of Orland.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Competition -- Jared Adams of Sand Creek, Mich.; Jay Carey, Cadillac, Mich.; Harrison King, Wauseon, Ohio; Timothy Lang, Marietta, Ohio; and Jared Stanek, Angola.

Students designed a 16-foot steel bridge for the annual ASCE competition.

ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition -- Kelly Canter of Angola; Zach Dean, Portage; Ben Lengerich, Sheridan; Andrew Stein, Lindenhurst, Ill.;  and Cody Watkins, Belleville, Mich.

Students designed a concrete canoe for competition at the annual ASCE Great Lakes Conference.

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Pianobot -- Kenny Kill of Cromwell; Devin Leas, Montpelier, Ind.; Kristeena Sarver, Whitehouse, Ohio; Jared Trimble, Gas City; and Seth Ware, Utica, Ohio.

The "Piano Bot" is a robot that will be able to hear a string of notes through a microphone and recognize the notes that were played. It can then strike the notes in the order in which they were played.

Portal Turret -- Awad Alanazi of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Abdullah Alkhurayyif, Angola; Joe Hamilton, Angola; and Andrew Siebert, Columbia City.

The goal of this project was to recreate a security turret from the video game "Portal."

Maze Robot (Dr. Jones) -- Hisham Alrabayyea of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Jordan Henschen, Wolcottville; Sean Robb, St. Louis, Mo.; and Nick Smith, Omaha, Neb.

The team created a robot that will navigate a maze without touching a single wall. The robot is also autonomous which makes it intelligent, enabling it to know which way to go without any human interaction.

Terror of the Skies -- Shadley Cripe of Fort Wayne; Trent Gutting, Fort Wayne ; Kyle Lidster, Griffith; Jake Rightnowar, Genoa, Ohio; Phil Stakely, Ostrander, Ohio; and Greg Whelan, Shaftsburg, Mich.

Terror of the Skies is an aerial, remote-controlled drone that has several functionalities.

Wade Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Wheelbarrow Machine -- Wahhaj Amboon of Saudi Arabia and Steven Hice, Burr Oak, Mich. Project sponsors are Krontz General Machine & Tool, JM Equipment and NW Welding & Fabricating Inc.

This project employs a 7.5 horse-power engine to modernize and enhance the manual design of a wheelbarrow. The goal of this project was to create a low cost, powered wheelbarrow capable of hauling 300 pounds over long distances.

Automated Sprayer -- Eric Allen of Clinton, Mich.; Jake Allen, Medina, Ohio; Zachary Jenkins, Sidney, Ohio; and Nick Scheumann, Hoagland. Project sponsors are Parker Hannifin Integrated Seals Division, Syracuse, Ind., facility.

Parker Hannifin requested a process solution involving its rubber injection mold press. The company seeks  to reduce the amount of cycle time for the press by using a release agent onto the mold.

Supercharging a Race Car -- Matthew De Jong of Fort Wayne;  Kyle Etchen, Hicksville, Ohio; Elias Larson, Orland Park, Ill.; and Sean Wagoner, Woodburn.

The team developed a cost-effective improvement to the performance of a race car's engine.

Hands-Free Shower System -- Kegan Crawford of Sheridan; Ryan Kikkert, Fair Oaks ; Rachel McGuinness, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Chris Propp, Warsaw; and Danielle Reenders, Grand Haven, Mich. Project sponsored by the Haffner family.

The purpose of the Hands-Free Shower System is to help amputees and those with disabilities shower independently.

Cast Iron Spectrometer Standards --  Christina Dillich of Chattanooga, Tenn.;  Benjamin Dvorak, Midland, Mich.; and Mark Young, Galveston. Sponsored by Burr Oak Tool and an anonymous sponsor.

The purpose of this project was to develop a repeatable process and design equipment necessary to achieve these standards.

Computer Program for Wind Tunnel Design -- Patrick Campbell of Battle Creek, Mich;, Jaxon Justice, Austin, Minn.; and Solomon Reynolds, Noblesville.

The goal for this project was to design a computer program that will simplify the task of building wind tunnels.

Multipurpose Equipment Tent -- Ben Mohr of Boggstown and Chris Wilson, Indianapolis.

The main goal of this project was to find a solution that incorporates a portable shelter system that could be used for various reasons, such as to cover a vehicle or to shelter idled  farm equipment in a field.

Department of Design Engineering Technology

Andrews Sleep Device -- Steve Crouch of Hobart; Daniel Grabill, South Bend; Preston Moudy, Angola and Morgin Stell, Huntington. Sponsor was Innovation One.

The team advanced a local entrepreneur's concept to reduce cost and increase the comfort of sleep apnea and anti-snoring devices.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Remote Inspection Device -- Nicholas Cocanower of Elkhart; Grant Feldhake, Mooresville; James Green, Cloverdale; and Jason Luzader, Angola.

ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) holds annual Student Design Competitions for students to create their own design to real world problems, such as the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The Remote Inspection Device is designed to read radiation levels without endangering individuals.

Bone Impact Hammer -- Nathan Fuller of Auburn;  Matt Grove, Plymouth; Michael Lackey, Warsaw ; Matt Leonhardt, Kendallville; and Dan Nix, Leo.

Biomet, an orthopedics company based in Warsaw, Ind., asked Trine University to have a team of students design and prototype a bone impact hammer.  The device would aid in preparing the femur bone for installation of a hip implant. By using a power tool, surgeons are able to operate on the patient with greater control and less fatigue; the patient benefits with reduced recovery time and discomfort.

Next Generation Fill/Drain Valve -- Daniel Coppola of South Lyon, Mich.; Steven Gullette, Granite Falls, N.C.; Joshua Ramsey, Columbia City and Joseph Tiseo, Romeo, Mich.

The team used simulation software to revise a fill/drain valve designed by GoVentures of Gaithersburg, Md. that is trying to make such valves easier and safer to service.  The valves are used on many types of spacecraft, but are difficult to service and issues have caused injuries and death.  The revisions will enable GoVentures to move forward with the project.

NASA Great Moon Buggy Race -- Josh Duran of Bryan, Ohio; Ryan Holsten, Hartford City; Mike Huesman, New Palestine; Chris Karbon, Coldwater, Mich.; Cody Nash-Kiffen, Holt, Mich.; and Nick Springmeyer, Greensburg.

The NASA Moon Buggy Race is a competition that NASA holds every year. The team was challenged is to create a human-powered Moon Buggy that will be used for competition. Students also had to think of problems that might be encountered when the Buggy is in use and to produce a design with durability in mind.

RV Windshield Scrubber -- Christopher Fieldhouse of Auburn; Marcus Grazen, East Amherst, N.Y.; and Chris Malacina, Homer Glen, Ill.

The design team has developed a motorized scrubber to expedite the cleaning process of recreational vehicle windshields with downward strokes instead of scrubbing.