Student Research & Projects
The opportunity to participate in experiential learning is deeply empowering and is pervasive in all ten departments in the College of Engineering. Students learn early on what it means to be an engineer and the societal impact of the discipline.
Student research showcase
These research projects offer a glimpse into the many important, innovative projects that our students are pursuing — from a noninvasive apparatus to measure breathing distress in infants, to drones that will provide safer and more effective fire monitoring.
Electrical & Computer Engineering | Foster School of Business
This team has developed a battery-free, wireless home security solution that uses sensors mounted on doors or windows to harvest energy.
When a newborn struggles to breathe, every moment is critical. Because hospital workers are often not alerted until other symptoms appear, the resulting delay of treatment can lead to complications and, in severe cases, death. Thanks to this student team, that could change. The students worked with pediatric cardiologists from Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop a new kind of infant monitor — a noninvasive apparatus that measures changes in infant breathing, chest wall volume and contractions, and greatly reduces medical response time.
Team members include: Nina Reese, Lok To, and Namratha Potharaj
Intravenous arm trainer
This student team has developed a new arm trainer with four-layer tissue and rolling vein behavior to provide a more realistic training experience.
Amazon Fulfillment centers process over a million orders per week. Packaging is the most complex process in order fulfillment, and while automated solutions exist for single-item packages, multi-item packing remains a manual process. Industrial robots could be the answer to automating multi-item packing, and this student team aimed to develop a logic system to guide these robots.
Team members include: Lucas See, Zach Lawless, Matt Lunde, Verina Dinata, Tianyu Ge and Wenhao Zhang
Chemical Engineering | Aeronautics & Astronautics
The SWARMFx team aims to revolutionize wildfire fighting by implementing drone-based monitoring that provides firefighters with images and data.
Team members include: Angela Kimber, John Gangi, Zoe Kootstra, Ashraf Faraj, Abdul Jmaileh, Dilraj Bal, Longji Yan, Anya Raj, Kibaek Jeong, Zhikun Lin and Hirotoshi Maeda
Past Student Research Projects
A-10 Retrofitting for Firefighting
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Students have been working with Boeing engineers to evaluate the possibility of modifying retired US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II planes to work as water bombers for fighting fires.
This team is developing an inexpensive teabag-style sachet that can decaffeinate a standard cup of coffee without chemicals or affecting taste. Their product, a personal "in-cup" decaffeination technology, consists of natural adsorbents enclosed in teabag-like sachets. To use, simply place the packet into a freshly brewed cup of coffee, wait less than a minute, and then enjoy a cup of decaf coffee knowing it wasn’t tampered with chemical solvents.
Team members include: Chun-Chia Kao, Archana Narayan, Yu-Liang Liu, Muhamad Said and Matthew Willett
Mechanical Engineering | Materials Science & Engineering
The EpiForAll student team has developed an automatic injection device that utilizes readily available, affordable epinephrine ampules.
Completing a challenging level in a video game can feel truly satisfying. Whether a tough opponent is defeated or a racecourse is conquered, that sense of accomplishment pushes players on to the next level of the game. For patients undergoing stroke and traumatic injury rehabilitation, this motivation—combined with the immersive aspect of virtual reality—could also serve as encouragement during a long and slow recovery process. This student team is working to make this idea a reality through a device featuring a series of video games that double as rehabilitative exercises.
Team members include: Brian Mogen, Tyler Libey and Dimi Gklezakos
ROV for Georeferenced Underwater Imaging
Electrical & Computer Engineering
In collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, this student team designed and implemented the imaging system hardware to create a sort of "Google Earth" for underwater imaging.
Team members include: Philip David, Kevin Fukuhara, Kyle Lashbrook, Shruti Misra and William Thing