senior project

Sonoma EMS Process Improvement

Sonoma County’s EMS is serviced by a number of public ambulance providers and the company AMR. Ambulances have an average response time of 7-9 minutes depending where they are responding in Sonoma County. Different regions of the county constitute compliance areas, and each area has a set response time standard. Failure to meet these standards routinely costs AMR $30,000-$50,000 per month in compliance fines while delaying delivery of critical medical care to the patient. By outlining the EMS process and modeling it in a simulation program our team gained important insights in ways to improve response times.

Lunar Sample Container Dispensing Device

The Lunar Sample Container Dispensing Device senior project was developed for participation in the 2021 NASA Micro-g NExT design challenge. The objective was to design, build, and test a device that will hold sample bags as they are being filled during lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) operations in NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions. Once complete, the device will be tested in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab by professional divers, with the potential to become the baseline design for the actual mission hardware.

Tensile Testing Environmental Chamber

This project is to design an environmental chamber for an existing tensile testing machine in the Cal Poly composites lab. The sponsor for this project, Dr. Elghandour, needs to control the temperature of the environment chamber in order to test the material properties of samples under different thermal conditions. Grad students such as Marius Jatulis and Abdul Mohamed will use the environmental chamber to perform these tests, as well as any future Cal Poly student interested in learning about material properties in different temperatures.

Two teams will collaborate to create this project: one focusing on the physical structure of the chamber (Structures Team), and one focusing on the temperature control components (Controls Team).

Team Mountain Arm

Welcome to the Team Mountain Arm Senior Project Page! Team Mountain Arm was tasked with designing and manufacturing a new prosthetic arm to allow Cassie (on far left) to go backpacking comfortably.

Doggone It

Peter is a retired military veteran who had his right leg amputated above the knee. He uses a wheelchair to get around and needs a way to get his service dog in and out of his truck safely and easily. Our product will assist with prolonging the dog’s life and mobility.

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)