Senior Design Expo Winners

Monday, May 11, 2020

Lee College of Engineering student teams had to work remotely for the final six weeks of their Senior Design projects, which added a new challenge to the two-semester projects. The traditional Senior Design Expo in the UNC Charlotte Student Activity Center could not be held, so all teams had to present their projects virtually for judging.

The Spring 2020 Virtual Expo was held April 29, 2020, with more than 540 students participating. There were 25 Senior Design II second-semester project teams presenting project videos and/or a poster. There were 34 Senior Design I first-semester teams presenting voice-embedded posters.

Some highlights of the virtual Expo included:

Jim Hartman, director of the Senior Design program, presented Lee College of Engineering Dean Bob Johnson a special appreciation award for all his years of support of the program. Dean Johnson will be stepping down as dean in June.
 

Best Overall Project Award Winners – for Senior Design II projects.

1st Place
Project – DIXON MOD 
Descriptions – Modular Plates for Connection of Multiple Hydraulic Couplers
Industry Supporter – Dixon Quick Coupling
Students – John Fridy, Jordan Kalenian, Thomas Lawe, Shane McManus, Ryan Page, Malia Reid, Michael Whittaker
Tech Reps - Josh Money, Jesse Nelson
Mentors – Jerry Dahlberg, Sherman Mumford

2nd Place
Project – LOWE’S TEST  
Descriptions – Burst Pressure Test Apparatus
Industry Supporter – Lowe’s
Students – Georgia Cooke, Cole Cooper, Gramiani Diaz, Nicholas Hopper, Scott Willard
Tech Reps - Matthew White, Peter Ehart, Scott Munksgard
Mentor – Yamilka Baez-Rivera

3rd Place
Project – CARR MIST 
Descriptions – Development of Water Mist System for Evaporative Cooling in Chiller Application
Industry Supporter – Carrier
Students – Adriana De Oleo, Luke Foushee, Casey Henriksen, Jacob Ingram, Austin Perez
Tech Reps - Biswajit Mitra, Jeff deRoos, Mike Wasner
Mentor – Dan Hoch
 

People’s Choice Award - for best Senior Design I first-semester poster presentations. 

Project - CAT Lift
Description - Redesign of Remotely Enabled Crane Lifting Mechanism for Front End Loader
Industry Supporter - Caterpillar
Students – Mitchell Berthelot, Brian Borgia, Tyler Cowan Karina D’Abruzzo, Willie Gran, George Stewart, Andrew Wilkerson
Mentor - Ashley Spry
 

Pivot Award – this new award was presented to recognize the second-semester Senior Design II project that did the best job changing the original scope of work because of the virus circumstances.

Project – DUKE 7 KV
Descriptions - Dynamic Modeling of McGuire Nuclear Station 7KV Switchgear and Pump Motor Loads
Industry Supporter – Duke Energy-McGuire/Zachry Engineering
Students - Tyler Beach, Andy Christovale, Magie Wyatt
Tech Reps - Brian Casey, Jason Perry, Neal Simmons
Mentors – Rob Cox, Nan BouSaba
 

Best Project Videos – for second-semester Senior Design II projects.

1st Place
Project – LOWE’S TEST
Descriptions – Burst Pressure Test Apparatus
Industry Supporter – Lowe’s
Students – Georgia Cooke, Cole Cooper, Gramiani Diaz, Nicholas Hopper, Scott Willard
Tech Reps - Matthew White, Peter Ehart, Scott Munksgard
Mentor – Yamilka Baez-Rivera

2nd Place

Project – DIXON MOD
Descriptions – Modular Plates for Connection of Multiple Hydraulic Couplers
Industry Supporter – Dixon Quick Coupling
Students – John Fridy, Jordan Kalenian, Thomas Lawe, Shane McManus, Ryan Page, Malia Reid, Michael Whittaker
Tech Reps - Josh Money, Jesse Nelson
Mentors – Jerry Dahlberg, Sherman Mumford

3rd Place
Project – PTC FILL  
Descriptions – Automation of a Precision Weighing Station
Industry Supporter – Polymers Technology Center
Students – Eric Adkins, Joseph Anderson, David Jessick, Gregory Lay, Antonio Tanzella Davila
Tech Reps - Tom McHouell, Doug Desimone, Brandon Burnette
Mentor – Thomas Koch