Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering Projects Day Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in the Center for Communications and Engineering on the Mount Carmel Campus.

School of Engineering Projects Day

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Project Listing

Below you will find a listing of all the projects and participants by program, as well as links to the live sessions.

Civil Engineering Projects

Civil Engineering Projects

Pine Rock Park Bridge Replacement Project

Goal: Design a pedestrian bridge that will replace an existing, deteriorating bridge within Pine Rock Park located off Brook Street in Hamden, Connecticut. A structural analysis was completed for three different design proposals regarding a long span design of 50 ft, a short span design of 27 ft, and an alternative short span design of 27 ft considering a maintenance vehicle. The analysis was completed through SAP2000 to determine the significant design features for each design proposal. 

Student Team Members: John DeMartinis, Keith Griswold, Matteo Longobardi, Ralph Arred, Antonino Cappello
Advisers: Priscilla Fonseca, Kimberly DiGiovanni
Client: Town of Hamden, Connecticut

Eli Whitney Museum Stormwater Management

Goal: Manage the stormwater runoff in the Eli Whitney Museum parking lot and ultimately preserve the quality of the Mill River. The team proposed a rain garden that would effectively help alleviate the issue. A rain garden is proposed to manage stormwater and AutoCAD design drawings presented. EPA SWMM (stormwater management model) was used for evaluation of the rain garden for appropriate design storms. 

Student Team Members: Kevin Thimotee, Jason Kearns, Gregory Giuliani, Dean Manetta, Nick Rajaratnam
Advisers: Priscilla Fonseca, Kimberly DiGiovanni
Clients: Eli Whitney Museum Workshop; Save The Sound

Greenway Recreational Trail

Goal: Design a multi-use recreational trail along a utility corridor in the northern part of Bloomfield, Connecticut. The multi-use trail will run from Day Hill Road in Bloomfield to and along Route 189, up to Simsbury. Horizontal and vertical alignments for the trail are presented, along with specification of a prefabricated steel bridge for a crossing, a parking lot design and intersection design. Required CT DOT (Connecticut Department of Transportation) inspections also are considered. 

Student Team Members: John Arteaga, Jimmy Mazich, Joe Tamburri, Robert Manetta, Dan Roth, Franco Cascarino
Advisers: Kimberly DiGiovanni, Priscilla Fonseca
Client: BL Companies

Computer Science Projects

Computer Science Projects

Basic Online

Goal: Develop an application to enhance computer literacy skills and reduce web navigation anxiety in inexperienced users. BASIC Online walks users through mock workflows that mimic common online tasks in order to give users a safe environment to learn and grow. This application is meant to be a companion tool for the Building Adult Skills in Computing (BASIC) project first initiated at Michigan Tech.

Student Team Members: Megan Forster, Reeda Hanif, Alexandra Martin
Advisers: Mark Hoffman, Christian Duncan
Client: Charles Wallace, Michigan Technological University 

strategysocial (@strategy)

Goal: With the rise of Instagram, we are beginning to see a shift in where people go to search for information on the Internet. The @ sign is starting to take precedence over the .com. As entrepreneurs, we are developing software to find and register generic domain names on Instagram. This project leverages these generic domain names to generate organic traffic through the domain bias phenomenon. 

Student Team Members: Kyle DeGennaro, Tyler DeGennaro
Advisers: Mark Hoffman, Christian Duncan

Bit Cruiser

Goal: Develop an audio wavetable synthesizer plugin with built in reverb, filter, and bit crusher effects in C++.

Student Team Members: Thomas Couto, Joseph White
Advisers: Mark Hoffman, Christian Duncan 

W.H.E.E.L.S.: Highway Traffic Simulator

Goal: To give users access to an accurate simulation of a highway system to facilitate learning through careful observation exactly what causes traffic, the best way to escape traffic, and which actions could help to prevent the traffic from getting worse.

Student Team Members: Jonathan Bryce, Kevin Maeder
Advisers: Mark Hoffman, Christian Duncan

Quinnipiac Positioning System

Goal: Create an interactive and easy to use visual display of the Quinnipiac campus map as well as aid in its navigation. The purpose is to facilitate the familiarization of the campus layout for visitors and newcomers.

Student Team Members: Christopher Fabiano, Jeffrey Lane
Advisers: Mark Hoffman, Christian Duncan

A Noninvasive Study of the Effects of Games on Cognitive Ability

Goal: Run a study to prove the beneficial effects of short-term video game playing on the problem-solving and critical thinking performance of the brain directly after play. By monitoring an individual’s performance on a cognitive test before and after exposure to games and comparing scores to individuals who are not given the opportunity to play a game, one can see the impact of games on mental performance. 

Student Team Member: Edward Maher
Advisers: Mark Hoffman, Christian Duncan

Automated Workflows

Goal: To develop automated workflows (“a bot”) via software programming to complete some of the daily – and often repetitive – tasks that the staff must do at Rigsby Search Group. The end goal is to have the bot be able to handle the front-end research for the firm in finding qualified candidates for a job opportunity giving the team more time to interact with these individuals. The bot will find possible individuals, save the names and information to an Excel spreadsheet, and then email that information to the other team members. 

Student Team Member: Evan Rigsby 
Adviser: Mark Hoffman 
Client: Rigsby Search Group, LLC

Mechanical Engineering Projects

Mechanical Engineering Projects

ASHRAE Design Challenge

Goal: Design a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system for a new archives storage facility in Mumbai, India. The final HVAC system selection and design for the proposed building will address the following major design goals: low life-cycle cost, low environmental impact, comfort and health, creative high-performance green design, and synergy with the building’s architecture.

Student Team Members: Madeline Chiapperino, Daniella DiZenzo, Colin Perry, James Stanger
Advisers: Grant Crawford, Ryan Martin (ENCON), and Chris Parker (ENCON)
Client: American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Project B.A.J.A.

Goal: Design and build a single-seat recreational vehicle, intended for sale to off-roading enthusiasts. The vehicle must meet all Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) rules and be rugged, safe, easily transported, easily maintained, and fun to drive. Students will compete in competition evaluations such as technical inspection, cost, design, sales, acceleration, hill climb, specialty (rock crawl, suspension), and a four-hour endurance race. The primary goals for this first-year team are to pass inspection and to compete in and finish all events at the SAE Baja 2021 competition.

Student Team Members: Alexander Petrarca, Jeffrey Davis, Chase Briggs, and John Crawford
Advisor: Jose Riofrio
Client: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Automated Premade Bag and Board Assembly Device

Goal: Baseball Card World, Inc (BCW) is a hobby supplies company based in Anderson, Indiana. One of its highest-selling items is a comic book collectors’ bag, which consists of a stiff cardboard piece inserted into a thin polypropylene bag. The company sells about 1.3 million preassembled units each year, and currently the units are assembled by hand. The goal of this project is to design a system/device that rapidly inserts card stock into a variety of plastic comic book storage sleeves. The final design solution must have a throughput of 500 units per hour and be managed by a single employee.

Student Team Members: John Crawford, Kyle Freitas, Tyler Hall
Adviser: Grant Crawford and Jose Riofrio
Client: Baseball Card World, Inc (BCW)

Glider Launch Mechanism

Goal: Design a system that can launch balsa wood gliders with consistent speed and angle. The device must offer adjustable launch velocities within a specified range, adjustable launch angles, reset quickly, integrate with the bleachers in Burt Kahn court, afford fast set up and break down, and be easily transportable.

Student Team Members: Kamil Dembinski, Liam Forbes, Matthew Johnson
Advisers: John Reap
Client: Prof. Crawford, Coordinator, MER 387 – Intro to Applied Aerodynamics

Medtronic Project

Goal: Medtronic is a global medical device company.  This project works directly with the engineers and technicians in their medical device testing laboratory.  To effectively test new medical devices, this project seeks to: Design a test fixture that will allow Medtronic to increase their bi-axial tester capacity from 60 RPM to 1200 RPM. The fixturing should be designed for use with an Instron 5965 Test Frame with torsional add-on and BlueHill 3 testing software. The fixture must be able to move with the Instron crosshead. Weight and size should be considered.

Student Team Members: Michael Austin, Hunter Lotierzo, Simona Panno, Cameron Weber
Advisers: Mary Phillips, John Reap, Joseph Festa (Medtronic), Alex McGuigan (Medtronic) and Joshuah O'Brien (Medtronic)
Client: Medtronic

Wheeled Walker Project

Goal: Design a mobile walker to assist patients who have abnormality of motor control in addition to hemiparesis.  This situation can come from a person who was born with cerebral palsy and then suffers a traumatic brain injury.  Normal equipment on the market does not work well for these types of patients.

Student Team Members: Megan Gold, Anthony Leoce, Rae Mergenthaler
Advisers: Lynn Byers
Client: Prof. Lisa Kaplan

Software Engineering Projects

Software Engineering Projects

Operator Dashboard & Gemba Board Standardization

Goal: Quinnipiac industrial engineering and software engineering students collaborated to design an effective method for accessing manufacturing operations’ dashboard in a virtual environment after improving the dashboard display structure for a well-known aerospace company in Connecticut. Prior to this work the operators and upper administration could only access the dashboard data on the factory floor. The design of the improved dashboard has the flexibility to view multiple operations in the virtual environment. These digital dashboard displays are optimized by eliminating waste such as transportation, over-processing, motion, waiting and overproduction existing in dashboard displays and operations. The suggested improvements are expected to yield to significant savings for the company and ease of access to analyzed data on operations.

(Multi-Disciplinary Project: Industrial and Software Engineers)
Student Team Members: Sydney Bark, Daron McIntosh, Joseph Passanante, Rachel Piscitelli, Janine Zumerchik
Advisers: Emre Tokgoz, Ruby ElKharboutly
Client: An aerospace company located in Connecticut (name hidden due to a non-disclosure agreement)

Improving the Quinnipiac Cardiovascular Perfusion Simulator

Goal: Rewrite the Quinnipiac cardiovascular perfusion simulator to improve its maintainability, add new features, and fix bugs in the version developed by a previous team. The Quinnipiac cardiovascular perfusion simulator aims to support accurate simulation of cardiovascular perfusion that professors can control in real time and observe the reactions of their students. It allows perfusion students to obtain realistic practice before their time in a surgical procedure, thus training them to handle various situations that may arise.

Student Team Members: Alexandra Sazhin, Julianna Shevchenko
Adviser: Stefan Christov
Client: Michael Smith, Quinnipiac School of Health Sciences

NARAP Website and Live Data

Goal: Build a new website for the National Alliance of Research Associates Programs that maintains the static textual and visual information of the existing website and adds substantial new features. These features include a new live data page that displays research data as they are collected in real-time and making the web site responsive so that it automatically scales for viewing in devices with various screen sizes.

Student Team Members: Matt Chieco, Kyle Horton, Mark Russo
Adviser: Jonathan Blake
Client: Keith Bradley, The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs

Major and Minor Intron Database

Goal: Create a repository for U12-type introns and build a website that allows researchers to access intron information. The site will also contain the functionality to allow admins to upload transcript GTFs to be added and then searched using our repository.

Student Team Members: Kyle Gorman, Will Eccles
Adviser: Ruby ElKharboutly
Client: Sahar Al Seesi, Smith College

Improving the Quinnipiac Weather Website

Goal: The team has taken over a previous team’s web application with three goals in mind: 1) rewrite that application in a widely supported and adopted web framework to improve the application’s maintainability;  2) add functionality to obtain weather data collected outside Quinnipiac (i.e., from New Haven weather sensors) and display that data; 3) add the capability to crowdsource the collected weather data. 

Finalist in the undergraduate research competition category at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Conference.

Student Team Members: J. Eamon Duffy, Ryan Hanlon
Adviser: Stefan Christov
Clients: Kimberly DiGiovanni, Quinnipiac School of Engineering, and Stephen White, Project Manager for the City of New Haven

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

The faculty and students would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for the generous and selfless support of our student projects:

  • Administrative Support: Kathy Flyntz, Therese Canuel
  • Technical Assistance: Dennis Hanlon
  • IT Support: Rick Brownell
  • Office of Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Funding by Sponsors and Office of the Provost/EVP