Electrical Engineering Senior Capstone Design 2017
On April 27th, the Electrical Engineering Department hosted the 2017 Senior Capstone Design Poster Competition featuring seniors’ final projects as undergraduate students. Students from Computer Science, Computer, Biomedical, Biological, Agricultural, Chemical, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering presented their posters to students, staff, faculty, and industry during a two-hour event held in Bud Walton Arena.
Posters presented are the result of a year-long project undertaken by students in their senior year and represent the practical and applicable engineering skills developed by students throughout their undergraduate career.
Many posters were an interdepartmental effort while others cooperated with the Fort Smith campus. The total number of posters presented this year were 17, with 11 being industry sponsored by the likes of Black & Veatch, NASA, Tyson, No Magic, HFA, Challenge Technology, and AECC. Other posters were sponsored by engineering faculty or departments.This year’s top College of Engineering poster was presented by Computer Science and Engineering students under a project titled Autonomous Decentralized Indoor Robot Navigation Using Smart Cameras with ROS for Efficient Adaptability to Arbitrary Environments. Students in Biomedical Engineering took the second-place title with their design of an artificial mitral valve chamber, and an interdepartmental effort between Electrical Engineering students in Fort Smith and Mechanical Engineering students at Fayetteville took the third-place title with their Tyson Foods Inc. Plant Automation System. This batching device will henceforth be used as a recruiting/demonstration tool at STEM and job fairs.
The department of Electrical Engineering also awarded top places to two electrical engineering groups. The top poster for this section was awarded to Arielle Williams, Anne Laschober, Alicea Barnett, Isabelle Pumford, and Landon Taylor, who in cooperation with the Horticulture and Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Departments, designed three components for an interactive runway/fashion show, including runway lighting and enhancements, light-up garments, and a camera and communication system. The second-place departmental award went to Sarah Jagessar, Anas Alsayed, Drey Fickle, and Steven Brown who worked with Black & Veatch to complete a detailed protection and control design of a 115kV- 34.5kV radial bus distribution substation as well as a 60MW solar farm feed-in.