USU Engineering Senior Design Night

Written by: Quentin Casperson
The College of Engineering hosted their first Senior Design Night on May 1.
“We really want to see big crowds here and invite the community to come up and see what we’ve put together,” Jeremy Littlewood said. “There were different shows engineering shows before, but this is the first time all engineering projects are together under one roof.”
Littlewood presented his team’s “Smart Shower” project, a low-cost automated shower compatible with Amazon’s home automation system. Shower users can ask their Echo device to begin the shower, as well as track and limit shower times.The 80 projects represented the wide scope of USU’s engineering departments: civil and environmental engineering, biological engineering,  electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and aerospace engineering.

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Wearable LED Vest
Blake Johansen created a wearable LED vest. “Sometimes it’s easy to miss things but the human eye is keen on tracking things that are bright that move,” Johansen said. “So having a little short burst of animation whenever there is that person on the road makes a little easier to see him.”

Besides practical uses such as construction workers, Johansen is interested in the fun and entertainment applications.

Affordable Special Needs Tricycle
“One of our sponsor’s Mike Stokes works with people who have special needs, and can’t afford a tricycle like this,” Conner Toone said. “We created an alternative that costs just $580 with open source available parts. That’s the cost to purchase the materials. From there, friends and family can assemble it.”
That cost is quite a savings compared to alternatives which cost up to $4,000. The project’s plans are open source, with the goal of expanding options for those with special needs but limited financial resources.
Robotic Platooning 
The lead robot is remote-controlled by a human operator. The other robots follow behind and adjust course, following leader. This has applications for military or industrial use, as a way to decrease the number of human operators when delivering cargo.