College of Engineering

Technology Symposium April 28, 2015

The UTSA College of Engineering invites you to it’s third annual Technology Symposium showcasing innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium will not only include work in engineering, but also advances achieved in architecture, business, and science. The event will include the biannual Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) $100K Student Technology Venture Competition.

The Tech Symposium will be held in the H-E-B University Center on UTSA Main Campus. Free Special Event Parking for guests of the Technology Symposium is located in the Ximenes Ave. Garage. A Parking Attendant will be stationed at the entrance to the garage, please pick up a special event swipe card to gain access and exit from the garage.

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Capstone Projects

The Capstone Projects are the culmination of the engineering undergraduate studies, enabling all engineering students, in their senior year, to apply the knowledge they have accumulated throughout their programs to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant engineering products.

CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition

The CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition focuses on student entrepreneurial activities, to give students hands-on experience as early stage entrepreneurs. Teams of senior business and engineering students work throughout the semester to develop a technology demonstrator and business plan to successfully develop a new company.

The symposium will also feature renowned business and engineering leaders from San Antonio, including Gabi Niederauer, CEO and president of Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, Inc. (BVT), and a tour of UTSA’s renowned Vizlab.

Contact Information

General Contact Information: Yvette Rivas 210-458-6817 or

Media Contact: Christi Fish 210-458-5141 or

Event Sponsors



The Capstone Projects are the culmination of the engineering undergraduate studies, enabling all engineering students, in their senior year, to apply the knowledge they have accumulated throughout their programs to design, develop, and implement innovative and relevant engineering products. Some of the projects have external sponsors and some are also part of the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition, neither of which is a requirement for course credit.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Projects

Devine golf subdivision
The Devine Golf Village Subdivision is located in the city of Devine, Texas. It is a 40.51-acre lot, with utilities provided by the City of Devine. The subdivision will be designed with larger size lots to increase value. To get approval from the city, the project has to control the flow by putting in a detention pond at the lowest elevation of the lot.

The Offices at Broadway
Development of a three-story mixed use building in the downtown area. The building will offer retail spaces on the ground floor, as well as office spaces on its second and third floor. The design of the building is aimed to engage the thriving art culture that exists in its surrounding area. The site is located immediately south of I-37, between Alamo and Broadway streets.

Living Waters Community Church
Morgow Engineering Inc. is constructing a church and day care so that the surrounding neighborhoods can have a non-denominational church to worship at as well as a trusted place to take care of their children. The church and day care will be located near the interstate 35 and loop 410 intersection in south east San Antonio. This is a 20-acre development.

Warehouse/Distribution Center
This project consists of the construction of a warehouse set for incoming and outgoing industrial and automotive parts. It will be designed in the NE corridor of San Antonio, Texas. The warehouse will be a 60,000 sq. ft. property. The one-story warehouse will be compiled of storage racks throughout, and will have a dock for the receiving merchandise and outgoing as well.

The Ridge Big Engineering Firm Inc.
This retail centeris  located on a 5-acre property with more than 40,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The retail center will be located at 19031 Ridgewood Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78259. The five acre site will accomodate suites that will cater to a variety of needs from hair salons, cafes, restaurants, departments stores and more.

Fire Station No. 52
The City of San Antonio is looking to build a Fire Station on the corner of Kyle Seale and Babcock Rd. This will be used to fight the growing population in Northwest San Antonio. The fire station is approximately 11,500 sq. ft with three dorm rooms for a total of 15 firemen. The fire station includes amenities such as a full kitchen, classroom and three full drive through bays at 4,500 sq. ft.

USA Football
The University of San Antonio (USA) is constructing an athletic stadium so that they can begin to host games for its football and track teams. The stadium will be located northeast of the Kyle Seale Parkway and Hausman Rd. intersection in San Antonio Texas, 78249. The 40-acre development will include a field house, two concession areas, and seating to accommodate a capacity of 15,000 people.

Idea Public School
321 Engineering is developing a k-5 school for the Idea Public School Organization. The School will accommodate five hundred students. On site they will have a playground and soccer field. The location is in San Antonio on Kyle Seale Pkwy., about two miles north of 1604 on a 10.18-acre lot.

Red McCombs Toyota Dealership
Koontz McCombs Developers, a San Antonio based company, owns 6.6 acres of land on the access road of I10 East UTSA Blvd exit. This site is located near the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as a large business district and community on the North side of San Antonio with attractions such as Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and high profile hotels and golf courses.

Bulverde Recreation Center
The owner of a 4.5-acre site near the intersection of Bulverde Road and Wilderness Oak Road just north of the San Antonio city limits is proposing a family fitness club or health center to be designed. The rec center at Bulverde road with one story building will have 54,000 square feet, it will have two basketball courts, fitness center, yoga and dance studio, and storages, café, salon and locker rooms.

Cyrus One Data Center
A data center is a centralized repository, either physical or virtual, for the storage, management, and dissemination of data and information organized around a particular body of knowledge or pertaining to a particular business. The Cyrus One Data Center is in San Antonio near the Sea World area. Special considerations must be payed attention to for the traffic analysis, geotech, drainage, utilities, environmental, and structure of this massive, modern, and innovative building.

Mechanical Engineering Capstone Projects

Robert Brothers, Raquel de la Garza, Eric S. Sanchez, Christian Trevino
A robotic leg named Ein incorporates a unique slider crank mechanism, to convert rotary motion to linear motion and provides a leg ground clearance for achieving “steps”. This unique and advanced leg design can be incorporated into bipedal and multi-pedal robotic systems.

Daedalus Recovery
An Industrial Waste Heat Recovery Generator WH2E (Waste Heat to Energy) System will recycle wasted energy back into the plant, or be stored for commercial distribution to the electric grid. The prototype produces 500 W of power with the use of 96 TEG’s (Thermoelectric Generators) and a hot – cold side temperature gradient of 180°F.

Dynamic Engineering
A portable self-cooling cup has been developed to cool a 12 oz. beverage from room temperature to 40°F within 20 minutes and keep a beverage containing no ice for one hour. This unit has vacuum insulation, three thermoelectric coolers, a control unit, and is battery powered.

AXIS Engineering
A Tow Pin Release System (TPR) has been developed for controlling the connection between engine test carts and an in-floor conveyor system that is used by an industrial client during an engine test assembly process. The TPR will reduce downtime, increase safety, and aid the manufacturer by increasing output from 290 to 430 motors per day.

A reliable and functional rear-wheel-drive gearbox was developed and tested for the UTSA Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Electric Vehicle. The design encompasses all mechanical elements beginning with the electric motor output shaft and ending with the wheel hubs and also includes all mounting structures.

Aircraft Resurfacing Solutions
The Articulating Robotic Aircraft Sanding End-Effector (ARASE) has been developed for automation of aircraft depainting operations using surface-contact abrasives. The end effector is fully functional with an industrial 6-axis robotic arm.

James’ & Guy
To remedy beverage dilution from ice cube use, the ChillBot 5000 has been developed to cool a 12 fluid ounce beverage from room temperature (80°F) to an average temperature of 40°F. The ChillBot 5000 utilizes the Peltier effect from thermoelectric modules, heat conduction and convection to invoke the necessary heat transfer in cooling the fluid.

Engineering Creative
Small communities in third world countries suffer from dehydration and disease due to limited or contaminated water resources. For pumping well water, a human powered bicycle driven device with energy storage via a flywheel was developed to power an India Mk II pump.

CJ3 Engineering *
COB students: Bernardo Barrera, Drew Dyer
A Durable Automated Air Sampler, DAAS, has been developed to autonomously collect discrete air samples from the Robber Baron Cave. It is hypothesize that CO2 is created by an interaction between the water of the Edwards Aquifer and the lower rock layers of Robber Baron Cave. This instrument will provide critical information leading to the discovery that the Aquifer and the Robber Baron cave may be connected.

The Albaneers have partnered with a local manufacturer to design, analyze, build and test a die exchange cart for removing and inserting the die/coffin assemblies in the hot presses used for the Joint Strike Fighter 35 project (JSF 35). This cart will help to increase production capacity and eliminate risks associated with the current stationary coffin setup.

Transfer Engineering *
The process of transferring patients from one bed to another has been a struggle for health-care workers, causing back and other musculoskeletal injuries. To address this problem, a portable and easily configured air cushion transfer device has been developed for use by hospital staff.

An aerodynamic package for the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Formula SAE racecar was developed incorporating a two element front wing and a three element rear wing. By increasing aerodynamic downforce, vehicle handling and performance is enhanced during racing competition.

FOA Engineering
A multi-legged robot, characterized as a rimless wheel, capable of running at a minimum speed of four miles per hour has been developed. The legs are 3D printed using ABS plastic and incorporating springs to soften impact collisions. Careful consideration of the dynamics produces a highly efficient device.

SR Cubed *
Gas-dynamic lasers are capable of sizable power outputs in the infrared spectrum. A portable proof-of-concept model has been developed that demonstrates the potential of using such a device for industrial and military uses.

JDOT Innovations *
Teeth cleaning in assisted living facilities and among the elder population are greatly neglected especially for the physically impaired, and neglect is a gateway to poor dental hygiene. A unique mouthpiece that removes plaque from teeth surfaces using water jets without risk of injury was developed and the system requires minimal training for use.

Team Baja
Team Baja has been commissioned by the UTSA Baja SAE Team to design, analyze, build, and test a vehicle space frame for the Society of Automotive Engineers International competition to be held in the summer of 2015. The developed frame adheres to the 2015 Baja SAE rules and all specifications with regards to weight, torsional and flexural rigidity, and most importantly driver safety.

EAK Engineering
Students of Mechanical Engineering at UTSA need hands-on-experience with pumping systems as part of their education. A laboratory facility that includes series and parallel pump arrangements was developed to promote the understanding of pump performance and their applications.

The Creamy Creators
There is a shrink wrap machine at the end of the HEB ice cream production line. The shrink wrap machine must be readjusted to accommodate differing container sizes running through the production line and machine. Production line changes have been greatly simplified and require less time with the development of a cam operated change over system.

A bladeless turbine, known as a Tesla Turbine has been developed and a flow bench for demonstrating the attributes of this technology to students performing experiments in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory. The experiment will show students the practical impact of fluid shear stress and the boundary layer, while simultaneously demonstrating the fundamental mechanics of turbo machinery.

Delante Engineering
Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) is a process where pressurized air is stored in an air vessel at one time and used/discharged at another. A proof-of-concept system has been developed for residential applications where the objective is to store 10% of peak energy usage of a 1500 sq. ft. home. Information gained from the system will be used for future development of larger systems.

Traditional helicopter designs use a tail rotor for stabilization, but the same stabilization torque can be generated using a coaxial design. A transmission and a rotor control mechanism for a contra-rotating UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle) helicopter was developed and will be used for research of aerodynamic performance of such helicopters.

Four Guys
A foldable x-frame device for placement on the seat of a standard mechanical wheelchair has been developed to assist people in and out of the wheelchair. The detachable lifting mechanism consisting of two electrical actuators, battery and a controller weighs less than 40 lbs.

Tibia fractures often result in bone loss at the fracture site due to the induced trauma. External fixators are used to align and stabilize the fractured bone segments for proper healing but require considerable effort to adjust for the bone growth process. A new external fixator with automated distraction has been developed to eliminate the inconveniences associated with the daily adjustments and greatly reduces the possibility of an adjustment error by the patient and practitioners.

Kraken Innovations
A device for internally scanning small diameter pipes, ranging from 2 to 3 inches, that supports a phased array detection system has been developed. The device will eliminate the need for a technician to manually position the phased array probe and decrease the time spent on phased array ultrasonic inspections.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Projects

M.A.D. Max (Mobile Automated Directory)
A robotic interactive device with an automated directory to guide people through audio and visual commands and either take the user to the destination or simply display the route for the user.

Javier Gonzalez, Thilo Janssen, Roberto Mexquitic-Saavedra, Stacy Pech
Creating UTSA‘s first “Smart Humanoind Used for Silencing Humans“ Bot with the primary task of navigating the 3rd floor of the JPL monitoring the noise level and taking corrective action when necessary. As a secondary function, it might allure new students to apply to the university as well as draw more students into engineering.

MECA (Meter Calibration Appliance)
Stanislav Gankov, Alan Hutsell, Tacito Loschiavo, Daniel Staudt
An automated pipeline flow-meter calibration technique to be implemented on top of an existing flow meter valve manifold used to automate the equalizing process.

Focus *
The device will stimulate specific functional regions and lobes in the human brain to induce an enhanced state of being that increases concentration and minimizes distraction through auditory and visual cues.

Tsunami Early Warning System
The design will monitor and analyze infrasound waves to determine potential tsunamis and warn local coastline communities.

A low cost imaging device/multi-tool system for home and industrial inspection that will provide the user with a thermal image and calculate the monetary cost of the heat loss in an enclosed environment.

Electric Car Control System
The design of a control system for the UTSA formula SAE electric racecar.

M7 Annunciator panel
The primary objective of this system is to replace an antiquated annunciator panel (warning/hazards/etc.) with a state of the art equivalent.

A multi-sensor home security system for the detection of intruder unmanned airborne vehicles.

Portable Power Plus
A portable solar and windmill package deliverable to isolated cabins and small houses.

Vehicle Indicator, Monitoring, and Diagnostic System
The device will provide better access to vehicle information that includes oil level/temperature, coolant level/temp, tire pressure, and a more accurate battery health status. The device will also track and analyze long term trends to provide the user with advanced warnings of potential hazards/maintenance.

Solar Powered UAV
A Tri-Copter driven by solar energy harvested on board.

Biomedical Engineering Capstone Projects

Conceptum Biologics – CledBam*
Team Conceptum Biologics has designed a site identification tool to create emergency airways in people who are suffocating from asphyxiation in emergency medicine situations. The device allows for greater accuracy of decision at lower operational costs and is intended for in-field use by paramedics, firemen and military medics.

MicroAuxilium is a device that would be deployed within the blood vessels of the brain using catheters to mechanically characterize blood clots. This will allow surgeons to take a prompter and more informed decision on how to treat and remove the clot, thus minimizing procedure time and improving efficiency.

Ankle Brace by Medatron INC.
Team Medatronic has designed a customizable ankle brace that provides added support, is efficient, stable, and cost effective. This brace allows the patient to gradually move the foot while injured and will shorten recovery time, especially for active users with sports injuries from skiing, biking, athletics or soccer.

Vita Ingenium*
Vita Ingenium has designed a contact lens removal, storage and disinfection device. This device will allow for easy portability and use in situations where cleanliness of surroundings or a persons’ hands is questionable. Low cost and small dimensions allow for portability and the device is meant for extended use, comparable to contact lens cases.

OCU INC have designed and developed a custom surgical forceps to be used in cataract surgeries by incorporating ergonomic improvements for ease of handling by surgeons.

CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition Teams

Artemis Care developed an indoor tracking system called Apollo’s Eye that safeguards special need individuals while respecting their freedom and privacy. Student members include Jose Alanis, Amy GarciaHector GreenRobert MorrisChris ReyesManuel Serrata and Edgar Villansenor.

Ten UTSA teams comprised of business and engineering students will compete for $100,000 in cash and business-related services at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, hosted by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). Competitors will be scored on the viability of their proprietary new technologies and the business plans they developed to market those technologies.

Held semi-annually, the $100,000 tech competition at UTSA offers the largest award of all undergraduate business planning competitions in the nation. The competitors will offer new technologies poised to enhance health care, fitness and energy conservation.

The teams will be judged by local academic, business and entrepreneurial experts on their technology, business plan and presentation. At the close of the daylong competition, the winning teams will have the opportunity to pitch their companies to potential investors. In addition to a cash prize, the winning teams will receive consulting services, marketing services, office space and other benefits to support them in getting their projects off the ground.

UTSA established the competition in 2007 when it observed that its engineering students were developing new technologies and its business students were writing business plans, but neither group of students continued their efforts beyond turning in their projects for a grade. With the competition in place, UTSA’s students are now developing marketable technologies and forming viable new companies based on those technologies.

UTSA’s $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition founding sponsor is the Texas Research & Technology Foundation. Additional sponsors are Cox | Smith, the San Antonio Technology Center, Startech, Rackspace, the UTSA Colleges of Business and Engineering, and the UTSA Vice President for Research.

CITE, an interdisciplinary center in the Colleges of Business and Engineering, was established in 2006 to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures. Through a process of education, experiences, resources and support, CITE is focused on fostering the growth of new technology-based ventures. Through hands-on activities, projects, internships and competitions, experiences are created that help unlock the inner entrepreneur in students, faculty and the public. CITE also coordinates resources for supporting early venture execution within the university or in collaboration with companies and provides linkages to IP protection, incubation and funding that support the successful launch of new technology ventures.