Students in the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering participate in a senior capstone project that represents the culmination of their academic work at the University of Portland. Each capstone team shares their final presentation at the annual Shiley Showcase event at the end of the spring semester. Recordings of many of these final presentations are available below.
Tektronix - GNURadio Demonstration System
CJ Aipoalani, Paul Patrick Bellosillo, Andrew Tagawa, and Sam Warrick
The demonstration system showcases the broad capabilities of Tektronix’s Real-Time RF Spectrum Analyzers (RSA). Utilizing an open-source, signal processing software toolkit, GNURadio, the demonstration system promotes application development on the RSA system.
Multnomah County Drainage District - NE 82nd Ave Culvert
Desly Amurao, Hunter Cuaresma, and Wade Reynolds
The purpose of the project is to replace the existing metal pipe culvert that intersects NE 82nd Avenue and the south branch of the Columbia Slough. Main objectives include minimizing flooding and increasing the ease for fish passage.
Tektronix - Remotely Aimed Radio Frequency and Video Monitor
Mikey Antkiewicz, Nick Baldwin, Gregory Ka'ulu Ng, and Addison Raak
The project utilizes a Tektronix Real-time Spectrum Analyzer, directional antenna, and a high-resolution camera to create a tool for Field Engineers to remotely monitor radio frequency signals. The product the team created allows the Field Engineer to collect and analyze radio frequency data while being able to identify its source all within the software package.
ASHRAE Sustainable Building Design
Marcus Ariel, Drew Munechika, Jordan Byers, and William Eyre
This project is part of an ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) annual collegiate competition to design an energy efficient and waste conscious building. Based on provided designs from ASHRAE, the team was able to make architecture modifications and changes to the building's major systems primarily including the HVAC (Heating, Ventalation, and Air Conditioning) system to achieve the goal of optimizing building sustainability while ensuring high functionality.
Delaney Barnett, Joey Gabriel, Franklin Kuss, and Erik Liu
The Connect Four team designed a digital hardware implementation of the classic game Connect Four. The game is accessible, so children of varying mobility levels all have access to the game.
WildMe - Scout
Daniel Borg, Dylan DeGrood, Ashika Mulgada, Dylan Pascua, and Philip Robinson
The Wild Me Scout team designed and developed a multi-platform mobile app with the goal of providing a more accessible way to report sightings of endangered animals in the wild. Both conservationists and the general public can send valuable sighting information to help combat extinction.
Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant: Water Reuse System Upgrade
Ryan Bowers, Troy Membrere, Jared Miyasato, and Evan Yamamoto
The current water reuse system at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant has been very problematic, and a new system is necessary to meet the demands of the plant and reduce the plants use of city water. The objective of this project is to design a new water reuse system to provide reliable reuse treatment capacity at the CBWTP for design flows of 4 MGD average and 6 MGD peak.
SIGN Fracture Care - Survey App
David Campbell, Christopher Fishback, Niraj Mali, Kayla Moore, and Anthony Moran
The SIGN Fracture Care team developed an app that can be used by doctors to fill out surveys about their patients. The app will also be used by administrators for survey management and exporting data.
Tektronix - Heads-up RF spectral environment visualization and signal classification
Sizhe Cao, Benjamin LaFave, and Katlin Larson
The hands-free, heads-up real-time spectrum analyzer provides a versatile setup for detecting unauthorized signals and performing efficient RF signal analysis. Our team’s innovative software connects the Microsoft Hololens 2 augmented reality headset with a Tektronix RSA, allowing the user to gain a greater understanding of the RF spectrum through a modern lens.
SAE Aero Design
Patrick Carr, John Chiala, William Hunter, Grace McKeirnan, and Lillia Smith
This project is part of the SAE Aero Design competition that challenges participating teams to create, design, fabricate, and test a radio-controlled aircraft that can operate from short runways, while carrying outsized spherical cargo as well as regular boxed cargo. The team designed and built an aircraft that meets the designated mission requirements and maximizes the competition scoring parameters.
EVGP Go-kart Propulsion System
Blake Davis, Jake Greenlee, Lester Iwata, Conner King, and Dale King
This team designed and prototyped a boost system that can propel an electric go-kart out of turns during the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix collegiate competition. The system is driver actuated and utilizes compressed air to power a secondary motor connected to the go-kart's drive axle.
Market Leader - Real Estate Analytics
Olivia Dendinger, Andrew Lang, Srikavya Mandla, and David Vargas Puga
The Market Leader team implemented a machine learning model that clusters real estate agents into behavioral cohorts to determine how an agent's behavior influences their success and their longevity as a Market Leader customer.
Community Vision - Project Letterboard
Haley Diment, Noa Leslie, and Anna Pietsch
A communication tool was designed for an individual whose only form of conversation is through a letterboard. This device converts user input into a digital format, acting as a Bluetooth keyboard for tablets, laptops, etc.. Having a digital output interface will lessen the need of a human aid to verbalize what is being said by the user, thus promoting a new level of independence for the user.
SIGN Fracture Care - UVC LED Wound Care
Spencer Fix, Kevin Liang, Paul Meister, and Eric Nzayiramya
The UVC LED Wound Care team developed a handheld, battery operated device capable of disinfecting acute open fractures. Using LEDs in the UVC region of the electromagnetic spectrum, the device has the ability to kill various virus and bacteria in an open wound, limiting the chance for infection. This device will primarily be used in economically disadvantaged countries with unreliable access to sufficient medical treatment.
Heart Valve Testing Device
Graham Foster and David Sperling
Artificial heart valves provide relief for a growing subset of the population that suffers from heart disease. Artificial valves may fail in certain fluid flow conditions that contribute to cavitation. This team designed and prototyped a benchtop testing device that is capable of visualizing fluid flow and cavitation through artifical heart valves.
Air Compressor Restoration
Tom Fritz, Travis Matsukawa, Brennan Van Deren, and Trey Yogi
The purpose of this project was to restore a dilapidated air compressor, collect from the compressor real-time pressure data, and create a fluid dynamics lab manual using the data collected. Due to the compressor's advanced age, original replacement parts, instructions, and maintenance manuals were unavailable. The team engineered custom solutions to restore mechanical and electrical systems that would ensure the safe operation of the compressor.
Chloe Gan, Haley Davis, Maxwell Parker, Alex Schendel, Kevin Hoser, and Sam Kreifels
The Robotics capstone is a competition-based capstone, hosted by the NASA Robotic Mining Competition: Lunabotics. The team is tasked with building a Lunar rover that is capable of navigating and excavating for materials on the surface of the Moon.
Maria Grossen, Olivia Prymak, Nora Smith, and Sam Winston
Pre-hospital arrival is a critical time for many injured patients, especially those in respiratory distress, and the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that care for them. Through the utilization of affordable and accessible components, the team designed a low-cost ventilator that minimizes improper ventilation and allows EMS personnel to focus on multiple facets of patient care.
Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting
Michael Hamilton, Kimberly Marcelo, and Cole Pobanz
A shoe insert was designed that utilizes piezoelectric transducers to charge a rechargeable battery. The battery can then be used to power simple circuits.
Electric Vehicle Grand Prix (evGP) Competition Team
Kevin Henderson, Ian Legge, Ryan Szto, Chandler Lau, and Tyler Gilliland
The project team built and tested an electric racing go-kart for the national evGP Collegiate Competition. Despite the competition being cancelled, the team has built and tested a racing kart with over 18 HP, a top speed of over 55mph, and a full speed endurance of over 30 minutes.
Kittelson and Associates Inc. - Crestview Crossing Traffic Impact Analysis Report and Design
Becca Hoffman, Ben Slakey, Henry Hayes, and Jonathan (JR) Leonard
The project focused on a proposed rural development project in Newberg Oregon. The team analyzed the traffic impact of the proposed site, mitigated any potential transportation problems, and designed the in-site intersections to meet the traffic demand.
Community Vision - Morse Code Web Application
Jordan Ho, Pelenalako Kamala, Meredith Marcinko, Huy Nguyen, and Stephen Nguyen
The Community Vision team designed and created a website that teaches children Morse code through web games. Children interact with the website through a mouse, the space and enter keys, and switches.
Helvetia Creamery - Team Cheese
Joshua Ito, Cole Green, Evangeline Muyano, and Elijah Nishihira
This team designed and created a semi-automated "cheese washing machine" that will be used to wash swiss alpine cheese wheels with a salt brine. This process is usually completed manually every day to ensure cheese quality, so our innovation aims to save time and energy throughout this process.
City of Milwaukie - International Way Stormwater Study
Mason Jarvis, Erin McConville, and Joseph Tarabochia
International Way is a major arterial in Milwaukie, OR that has experienced frequent flooding. The City of Milwaukie has tasked UP students to evaluate the area's current stormwater system and develop design alternatives to mitigate the flooding while also including transportation improvements along the corridor.
Anti-Virus Interference Design
Samuel Lemly, Benjamin Pirkl, Kamalei Simon, and Geryl Vinoya
The team created a malware loader that can effectively bypass signature-based anti-virus systems using a variety of different techniques. The intent of this project is to demonstrate the shortcomings of such systems.