Meet the 2021 Senior Design Teams

Senior Design is a year-long course required for all engineering seniors to graduate. Each team of 3-5 seniors is mentored by both the Engineering faculty and their project sponsor.

Sponsors gain the first-hand experience of working with potential future employees to see their project to fruition. Our seniors hone their collaborative team skills while fulfilling their commitment of creating real-life deliverables for their sponsors.


Check out the 2021 projects

  • DM Data Collection and Pattern Identification

    Sponsor: Ahead Wind

    Ahead Wind is building a machine learning (ML) platform for 3D Printing diagnostics and automation. More than ever, companies are using 3D printing technology to make final-production parts. However, achieving consistency among parts in production remains one the largest obstacles for industry. Ahead Wind’s SaaS based product solves this by connecting with FDM printers to predict and eliminate errors in real time. By building the most advanced FDM research machine, this senior project is conducting comprehensive testing on industrial FDM 3D Printers, leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and data analytics. The goal of this research is to discover exactly how the key process parameters (temperature, speed, volumetric extrusion, etc.) affect the qualities and characteristics of the final part being printed. 

    Team: Tim Bouraoui, Peter Frank, Thomas Rauner-Swan, Meier Werthan 

  • The Mad Dasher: Wearable Guide-Follower System

    Sponsor: Blind Institute of Technology

    Blind Institute of Technology (BIT) is a 501c3 Nonprofit which helps people with disabilities obtain dignity through employment. According to the World Health organization, there are approximately 280 million blind and visually impaired persons on the planet.  Physical activities are challenging for all blind people because truly accessible options are few and far between. BIT is working to create a more inclusive and active community through Internet of Things (IoT) technology and the blind/visually impaired person’s support network.  The student team is working to create a wearable Guide-Follower technology to enable a blind or visually impaired person to safely walk, run or ride a bike behind their sighted guide.  By not requiring a physical tether, the system will support independence.  The wearable system will be controlled with an accessible IOS application. 

    Team: Saud Belal, David Heinrich, Edmund Hoes, Amy Lavelle 

  • Non-Planer In-Shoe Pressure Sensing

    Sponsor: BOA Technology

    BOA® Technology Inc. is dedicated to improving the performance of athletes through the integration of its patented and award-winning BOA® Fit System.  The system consists of three integral parts: a micro-adjustable dial, super-strong lightweight laces, and low friction lace guides. Each unique configuration is engineered for effortless precision, delivering a connected, fast, customized, durable fit for ultimate athletic performance.  To understand critical elements of their product’s efficacy as it relates to fit and performance, BOA has identified a need to accurately and repeatably measure pressures over a contoured surface.  The student team is working to develop a system with the ability to measure pressures on 3D, morphologic foot shapes to capture the progression and distribution of pressure during activity. 

    Team: Cameron Curtiss, Theodore Heimann, Morgan Hovermale, John Sabin, Nathanial Vance 

  • Design of a Next Generation Luminaire

    Sponsor: Cooper Lighting Solutions

    Cooper Lighting Solutions (CLS) is a business unit of Signify, the world leader in lighting.  CLS delivers an industry-leading portfolio of indoor and outdoor lighting, lighting controls and smart lighting systems that make people’s lives safer, while making buildings, homes and cities smarter and more sustainable.  This project will develop a personalized environmental luminaire concept to address the wellness and personalization for each customer.  The project teams are working on designing and developing a luminaire prototype that improves visual comfort and customizes the overall workspace environment through an app-based control. 

    Team 1: Daniel Madry, Ian Mungai, Yi-Cheng Lin, Charles Sears, Andrew Swift, Zane Travis 

    Team 2: Vincent Aldana, Tarkin Eckersley, Anni Heck, Eduardo Navarro, Celina Wilkerson 

  • Design of a Capillary Zone Electrophoreses System

    Sponsor: DU Knoebel Institute of Healthy Aging

    The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA), a multi-disciplinary institute on the University of Denver campus, leads and support research on aging across a variety of aging-related disciplines with a vision to improve the quality in life, wellness and community.  The risk for progressive neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), increases with aging and it is clinically presented with motor skills impairments. Currently there is not cure and treatments target only the symptoms.  During the 15-20 years preceding the diagnosis of PD, many physiological and molecular changes occur, and these changes can be identified with bioanalytical technologies such as Capillary Electrophoresis with Laser Induced Fluorescence (CE-LIF).  Unfortunately, the current CE-LIF systems used in research are too complex for universal implementation in the medical field.  The goal of the student team is to optimize the CE-LIF system such that it is viable for medical diagnostic use; wide scale deployment of this system has the potential to result in a considerable quality of life improvement for individuals with neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease by allowing for earlier and accurate detection and enabling more effective treatments.   

    Team:  Bobby Chopra, Noah Elfenbein, Lesley Figueroa, Kenna Holder, Jordan Smith 

  • Smart Home – Heat and Energy Modeling System

    Sponsor: DU Solar Decathlon Team

    DU’s Solar Decathlon Team was founded on the desire to share the collected knowledge of energy efficient building practices with the surrounding community by renovating a single-family-residence into a Net-Zero home for the 2021 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.  This project serves as a model for homeowners by demonstrating budget-conscious options to update existing infrastructure to reduce energy usage.  Utilizing mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering perspectives, the student team will develop a “smart home” energy monitoring system to assess the usage/efficiency related to heating/cooling, electricity and water usage. An interactive touchscreen surface in the home will display usage, create awareness of which appliances and outlets are power hungry, and identify ways to reduce energy consumption. 

    Team: David Crider, Luca Gacy, Madi Hardy, Alex Nguyen, Xuan Khai Nguyen 

  • Neurosurgical Drill Guide

    Sponsor: Dr. Andrew Romeo

    Dr. Romeo, a neurosurgeon in the Denver Metro area, performs state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment procedures on patients with a wide range of brain and spinal disorders.  Stereoelectroencephalography is the practice of recording electroencephalographic signals via depth electrodes and is rapidly becoming the most common surgical procedure for epilepsy worldwide to control seizures.  The procedure involves percutaneous placement of many depth electrodes (e.g. 6-12).  Precise drilling through the skull to place electrodes requires a surgeon’s haptic feel and is time consuming and demanding.  The student team is working to develop an automated drill guide system that will significantly decrease drill time (and overall surgical time) and reduce the risk of catastrophic hemorrhagic complications. 

    Team: Destan Norman, Malk Rafik, Emma Young 

  • Micro-Grid Design

    Sponsor: NRGlytics

    NRGlytics is a network of facility management experts that provide strategic planning for sustainable solutions with the use of advanced technology for large multi-building campuses and single buildings alike.  Their expertise focuses on data integrated solutions that maximizes renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and optimized controlled systems.  They are providing sustainability consulting services for a planned off-grid ski community in Utah where the student team will design and demonstrate a micro-grid energy system that utilizes distributed energy generation and storage across multiple structures 

    Team: Jesse Kahn, Peter Rowe, Lucas Smeds 

  • Robotic Dave

    Sponsor: Trimble

    Trimble Autonomous Solutions is a division of Trimble Inc. and performs research and product development for autonomous machines in agriculture and construction. An important development area is perception and situational awareness for autonomy in the agriculture and construction off-road environments.  When testing autonomous systems, a “Dave” is the shape of a minimal obstacle used to assessing the ability to detect a human for agricultural machine safety.  The project team is developing a robotic version of Dave that will be used in testing and development of these systems.  Robotic Dave will replicate the shape per the ISO standard, but also have the ability to navigating uneven terrain and move to designated locations in the testing zone.  Further, the ability for the human-like obstacle to move during testing adds a degree of realism and will support advances in the development of safety-related perception systems. 

    Team:  Tevin De La Garza, Sam Mattei, Quang Nguyen, Christian Ramos, Lucas Rininger, Matthew White