Team Robot Leg Motion

Senior Project team F11 Robot Leg Motion is composed of 4 graduating mechanical engineers: Patrick Ward, Ben Spin, Connor Bush, and Tai Mitchell. This team is dedicated to working with our sponsors, Charlie Refvem and Simon Xing, to develop a control system for the motion of a jumping robotic leg.

Inverted Fluorescence Microscope

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Inverted Fluorescence Microscope (IFM) senior project team continued the work of last years IFM team. The goal was to complete the design and testing of a low cost IFM for use in undergraduate research. The microscope is designed to be capable of brightfield and fluorescence illumination, with electronic actuation of the microscope stage.

CNC Feed Drive

The goal of this senior project was to design a linear actuator, similar to a CNC feed drive to be used as an educational tool in the Cal Poly Controls Lab and for graduate-level research.

Autonomous Foreign Object Remover for Glass Mat Fiber Feeder

The GAF, Shafter facility produces glass mat to be used as insulation for roofing. During this production process, foreign objects such as wood or fasteners can fall into the fiberglass strands. These foreign objects can damage the machines, tears in the glass mats, damage expensive components, and halt production for days. The scope of this project is to create an autonomous machine to be integrated into the GAF, Shafter production line that will consistently remove all of these foreign objects.

Reading Robot

HAPI is a socially assistive robot that we created with the goal of helping students practice their reading comprehension skills. HAPI enables a student to improve their reading skills without an educator present, while providing positive and constructive feedback. Our device also enables educators to review the student’s performance remotely.

Thermal Energy Storage for Load Shifting

Physics Professor Pete Schwartz has a hot tub in his backyard and four 425 Watt solar panels on his roof. Currently, his panels heat his hot tub directly using resistive heating elements, and he cannot use his hot tub in the evening. Our team, Ra Energy, designed a thermal energy storage system, so Dr. Schwartz can use his hot tub after the sun sets. Energy storage can shift electrical load away from the late afternoon when people return to their homes, and it is a crucial technology necessary to create a sustainable future.

Electromagnetic Actuator for Camless Engines

The purpose of this project was to design, build, program, and test an electromagnetic actuator that could be implemented on modern-day automobile engines. This project acts as a year-long senior project for four Mechanical Engineering majors at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO)