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Senior Engineering Majors Present Capstone Prototypes

May 13, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Graduating students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences showcased their capstone class prototype projects with live demonstrations and presentations. Through the Capstone Projects class as well as the preceding Project Management classes, seniors conceptualize, design, build, test and improve a working prototype.

“We are excited to showcase our students’ work to several industry representatives who include several alumni as well as Industry Advisory Council members,” said Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, Associate Professor of Engineering. “The Capstone Projects class and the oral presentations are designed to showcase the technical as well as professional knowledge and skills the students have acquired in all their University courses.”

The students are graded on not only their oral presentation but also on a written final report. The independent judges’ scores are incorporated into the final as well. 

“We have received positive feedback from our judges on both the technical presentations and professionalism of our students,” Mehrubeoglu said.

Below are the student teams and a brief description of their project.

Kevin Crisp, Benito Rodriguez, Nicholas Leal and Eric Thetford designed a basic utility vehicle for rugged tasks such as carrying water in developing countries.

Jeffrey Bonham, Mark Ebertowski, Brent Hendry, Joshua LeBlanc, Matthew Pickett and George William presented a kayak-launched buoy that uses ocean current and wave action to generate renewable energy.

Kaytryn Stevenson, Vanessa Tromm and Ty Cheatham developed an accessory to allow for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to carry cargo.

Dustin Brown, Bran Jaksik, Mark Janneck and Cassandra Manzato presented an analysis of optimal generator performance to improve the functions of a generator.

Sean Whetstone, Mike Rink and Aaron Johnson worked on a UAS platform that allows a UAS to hover over and detect methane leaks in pipelines.

Ruben Rodriguez, Lance Bornstein and Codey Massey modified a UAS to lengthen flying time.