College of Engineering

Tech Symposium April 26, 2016



The UTSA College of Engineering invites you to it’s fourth annual Tech 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 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 UTSA Convocation 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. industry reps are invited to judge the students’ projects. The top three projects in each department will recieve a cash award during the awards ceremony.

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 and a tour of UTSA’s renowned Vizlab.

Contact Information

General Contact Information: Patty Espinoza at or 210.458.5526

Media Contact: Joanna Carver at 210-458-2087 or

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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

Barge Dock Development
Engineering Students: Oscar Ivan Gonzalez, Jesus Garcia, Matthew De La Cruz, Daniel Wall, Andrew Ortega, Rawan Almusaileem
The Barge Dock Facility will consist of the design of a steel structure, storage tanks, bulk heads, and site driveways. It will also include land development and utility specifications.

Martinez Dam Operations Center
Engineering Students: Jeff Leaf, Jizella San Adres, Anthony Lozano, Helen Cervantes, Eduardo Smith, Trent Fidone
SARA has proposed the design and construction of the Dam Operations Center to aid in the maintenance of 28 dams they currently oversee. To provide oversight and optimize accessibility to the dams, the location selected for this facility is at a centrally located dam in eastern Bexar County at 8203 Binz-Engleman Road. The project will require developing approximately 3.0 acres of land, placement of a prefabricated one-thousand gallon above ground fuel storage tank, and the construction of a multi-story office building, a pre-engineered metal shop building, and two pre-engineered metal storage buildings.

CFM Church
Engineering Students: Robert Rios, David Ramos
Teras Engineering has partnered with CFM to design a new church located at 8899 Potranco Road, San Antonio TX. The church is 15 miles from downtown San Antonio and 10 miles from the San Antonio International Airport. There will be a total of 3 offices, 3 nursery’s, a kitchen, a fellowship hall, and the church’s sanctuary will accommodated over 530 people. Other major aspects of the civil engineering process will include transportation design, structural design, utilities management, energy saving and environmental friendly aspects.

Commercial Center on Vance Jackson
Engineering Students: Stephanie Silvia, Roger Terrazas, Felipe Flores, Gianluca Genovesi, Mohana Almokhitah, Abdulaziz Alserbel
This project involves the construction of a commercial center on Vance Jackson and UTSA Boulevard. Consisting of two connected 2-story buildings, the first floor shall be reserved for retail, while the second floor for offices. Since construction will be done on the transition zone of the Edwards Aquifer, a bioretention basin shall be built. A right-turn lane will be added on Vance Jackson northbound onto UTSA Boulevard. Emphasis will be placed on green engineering and meeting LEED standards.

Cibolo Hotel
Engineering Students: Jose Lozano, David Rios, Fahad Alajmi, Alberto Perez, Abdulmalik Alshoabi, Samantha Martinez
The Cibolo Hotel establishment is a land development incorporating many disciplines of Civil Engineering seen in most if not all traditional land development projects.

Mechanical Engineering Capstone Projects

Automated Valve Test Stand
Engineering Students: Christian Veraza, Efrain Aquirre, Juan Maldonado, Emmanuel Ogoe
Lancer Corporation, a beverage provider, performs numerous tests of their dispensing valves to meet customer standards and provide quality beverages under multiple conditions. The current test procedure requires an operator to manually read and record the data for research purposes. This process is time consuming and introduces significant error in data. Team NGME developed an Automated Standalone Valve Tester (ASVT) to autonomously obtain test data for Lancer Corporation’s Research Laboratory. A flowmeter, a pressure transducer, a PID controller and data acquisition equipment were incorporated to the ASVT with the objective to reduce test time and increase accuracy and precision.

Passively Cooled Industrial Waste Heat Recovery Generator
Engineering Students: Sarah Bailey, Michael Been, Matthew Berry, Emmanuel De Leon
In many industrial processes, most energy is wasted into the environment as heat. To address this issue, Thermoelectric Solutions designed, analyzed, built, and tested a passively cooled thermoelectric waste heat recovery generator. The cooling system includes heat pipes that transport heat away from the cold side of the modules to external heatsinks and does not require any external power to operate. The prototype is capable of producing 24 V when heated to 150°C. A larger scale version of the design may be installed in an industrial setting to recover some of the energy that would normally be rejected as heat.

Subsonic Wind Tunnel Renovation
Engineering Students: Joseph Ross, Matthew Carrillo, Sanya Singh, Adnan Yusuf
JEMS Aeronautics Inc. completed a Subsonic Wind Tunnel Renovation on an existing wind tunnel located at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The wind tunnel had a poor design which leads to undesirable flow conditions. Substantial research and testing located the sources of turbulence in the system. It was found that the diffuser section was the most significant source of turbulence. A newly designed diffuser and a larger motor were installed reducing the turbulence intensity to less than 5% and increasing the flow velocity to 30m/s, making this wind tunnel ready for research.

Increased Propulsion System
Engineering Students: Richard Aguilera, Philip Casso, Crystal Ramirez, Raul Lozano
CARL Engineering worked with a Minn-Kota 101 lbf lower unit trolling motor with a Marlin Wageningen series 37 Kort Nozzle for a one-man submersible. The Ka 4-70, a K-series propeller designed for underwater nozzles, has been included in the design. This custom propeller will have four blades and allow five different pitches with the variable pitch hub. The overall design will achieve the goal of an additional 10 lbf of bollard thrust relative to the Minn-Kota motor with MKP-33 propeller. Extensive data on thrust has been collected while future data will be collected from a custom bollard thrust testing apparatus.

Tri-Planar Adjustable Pallet Jack*
Engineering Students: Harvinder Singh, Kapil Rathod, George Pena, Seong Yun
Material handling and shop space are concerns that plague production shops. In production lines where different materials constantly require moving, pallet jacks serve an important role. Texas Rough Terrain Engineering offers an adjustable pallet jack that can fit a variety of pallets. Two double actuating hydraulic cylinders move the forks horizontally and a hydraulic pump lifts the fork vertically. The forks have a hand powered track system that allow them to extend out to different lengths. This eliminates the need for multiple pallet jacks that are currently used in the warehouse. Resulting in reduced indirect time and increase productivity.

Bracket Stacking Mechanism
Engineering Students: Jesse Martinez, Jeffrey Gimenez, Adam Hamed, Hunter Thompson
Manufacturing processes are under constant revisions to reduce time and monetary assets expended. This project aimed to reduce the production time consumed for a particular steel blank by fifty percent. Project justification was represented by the current process employed, manual collection and alignment of 7200 parts in stacks of 150. The approach taken aimed to allow the production process to continue without line interruption for manual collection. The implemented mechanism was successful in cutting production time from four to two hours. Overall gain for the company sponsor amounts to $400,000 per year of operation.

Robotic Mobility Platform for Data Acquisition Systems (RMP-DAS)
Engineering Students: Clinton Hopkins, Zachary Huber, Blake Kallemyn, Garrett White
R2D3 Engineering developed the Robotic Mobility Platform for Data Acquisition Systems (RMP-DAS) to mobilize the data acquisition software of the San Antonio based company Reckon Point. The former method of data acquisition consisted of remaining in one location for 30 seconds to acquire Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and magnetic signals for use in indoor positioning services. The remote controlled RMP-DAS has now mobilized the process through omnidirectional Mecanum wheels, a PID speed control system, and an 8 hour run time. The achievements of R2D3 Engineering have now increased the data acquisition rate through mobilization of the data acquisition system.

Formula SAE Drivetrain
Engineering Students: Jacob Hiller, Binh Hoang, Adrian Olmos, Don Chu
In SAE Formula-series racing, the endurance event bears the most weight in point scoring. The drivetrain undergoes the highest loads, transmitting engine torque into forward acceleration of the vehicle. This project was to redesign the drivetrain system of UTSA’s 2015 racecar with a 5 pound reduction in weight, 50% decrease in wheel hub angular deflection, and an achievement of a 7×106 cycle life. Specifications were confirmed through static torsional testing, dynamic testing, and 3 months of on-car testing. Future recommendations include moving to a 3-lug wheel design, a thinner wheel bearing, and a stronger material for the wheel hub.

Automated Sphincter Device
Engineering Students: Ricardo Pescador, Soufiane Mohand Kaci, Shane Norman, Fernando Pescador
The leading medical device used to treat male patients with severe urinary incontinence is difficult to use, requires an invasive surgical procedure, and often becomes ineffective. The purpose of this project was to produce an Automated Sphincter Device (ASD) prototype to support the future development of an improved, alternative treatment. The surgical implant device assumes the role of the deficient urinary sphincter. A hydraulic system with wireless control implanted within the abdomen supplies a prescribed fluid pressure to a urethral cuff. Activation of the cuff effectively allows or obstructs the passage of urine through the urethra, providing continence to the patient.

Carbon Composite Wheels*
Engineering Students: Geoffrey Chiou, David Cormier, Andy Plascencia, Tyler Rowe
Improved handling and faster acceleration times are some of the most important elements when it comes to a race. The carbon composite rims designed and manufactured by The Wheel Deal were installed on a Formula SAE style racecar in order to reduce the weight of the vehicle and improve handling while maintaining high strength. Composites analysis showed that 12 layers of twill weave carbon fiber fabric oriented at different angles were required for each rim in order to meet specifications. Testing the carbon rims on a vehicle shows an increase in the straight line acceleration time compared to aluminum rims.

Ice Blasting Containment
Engineering Students: Preston Gaines, Jeremy Krause, Jaclyn Kiehl, Max Estrada
A containment cabinet has been delivered to Continental Automotive Systems, solving significant time loss and cleaning problems created during dry ice blasting. Dry ice blasting uses non-abrasive pellets to shave unclean layers off various components. This was an overtly loud and outdoor process prior to the implementation of this cabinet. The design removed the need for personal protective equipment by confining the particulate into a collection basin for easy cleaning, was insulated with sound proofing material, and utilized a filtration system to purify the air prior to exhausting. Continental is now successfully using this cabinet in their Seguin, TX plant.

Filament Extruder and Recycler for 3D Printers
Engineering Students: Rodolfo Schmitt, James Prather, Jesus Ramon, Alasory Traore
The Filament Extruder and Recycler for 3D Printers takes waste plastic and recycles it into plastic filament usable by hobbyist 3D printers. The problem with having a 3D printer in your home, just like a normal paper printer, is that it requires “ink”, or filament in this case. Just like ink, filament is very expensive and needs to be refilled constantly. Our extruder lets you make your own filament out of already printed parts, or even most miscellaneous household plastics. At 1.5kg/hr of extrusion speed and $1000 in price, it surpasses the competition in speed and cost.

Bariatric Bed Caddy*
Engineering Students: Geoffrey Toombs, Alex Abreu, James Schopfer, Erica Williams
Bariatric patients require specially engineered over-sized hospital beds for support and to increase their comfort and healing. Because of design constraints some older hospitals cannot comply with current ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. Smaller elevators and smaller doorways complicate the delivery of these extra-large beds. Currently it requires two workers up to two hours to make a delivery. SWATECH’s uniquely designed Bariatric Bed Caddy (A.K.A. bariatric bed transportation device) allows one worker to do the job in less than one hour, saving 75% in labor costs.

One Handed Adaptive Handlebar*
Engineering Students: Gerardo Aguirre, Jackson Alexander,
John Craven, Gerardo Ramos
Salsita Fresca Solutions is a mechanical engineering group developed to design and produce an adaptive handlebar component that is compatible with the most popular bicycles in production and will be designed to be installed and be fully functional by users with single hand capabilities. The handlebar will cater to a large demographic of stroke victim survivors who suffer from some degree of hemiparesis and amputees. Designing an original adaptive handlebar will require meeting Consumer Product Safety Commission Standard and a set of functional requirements while keeping the design pragmatic and affordable.

Autonomous Braking System for Baby Strollers
Engineering Students: Fahad Almaghrabi, Abdullah Algoblan, Bader Alnafisa, Trevor Panozzo
The purpose of this project was to design, analyze, build, and test a sensor-based autonomous braking system for baby strollers. The Brakes were designed to engage upon the release of the handle bar to prevent runaway incidents. The concept was designed to be an aftermarket modification, so it does not prevent the functionality of any part that was working before installing the braking system. A sensitive sensor on the handle bar detects physical contact. Whenever this contact is lost, an emergency brake activates, preventing the stroller from moving further.

Motor Assisted Shopping Cart Kit
Engineering Students: Adrian Lopez, Ian Cone, Rashad Alqutub, Turki Alelweiwi
Through the use of a conversion kit, the burdens of maneuvering a heavy loaded shopping cart is reduced by motorizing the rear wheels of an existing shopping cart. The user is to control the cart by using a throttle connected to a motor powering a driveshaft that causes the wheels to produce a forward motion, and also has mechanical breaks to slow the cart to a stop. This kit was designed, analyzed, built and tested by Team R.A.I.T. according to the standards and specifications set out by the team.

Hydraulic Control Boom for Flail and Rotary Mower Heads.
Engineering Students: Germán G. Espinosa, David Martini, Lucas Chacon, Jake Huizar
Roadside vegetation and ground maintenance are traditionally accomplished by tractor mounted mowers. The company, Alamo Industrial, has many products with this capability; however they lacked a versatile option capable of mowing near the tractor and over guardrails. Three concepts were developed, each had their own functionality and after analysis the telescoping design was selected. The “D-Telescoping boom prototype” adapts to rotary and a flail mower heads. The boom mows over guard rails, met the minimum factor of safety of 1.85 and satisfied all reach specifications. The project was accomplished in the given time frame and within budget.

Foldable Electrical Wheelchair
Engineering Students: Rakan Alahmadi, Rayan Alahmadi, Moath Alsaqir, Saleh Alghamdi
The aim of this project is to make a foldable electric wheelchair in specific size that will not exceed 22” length x 14” width x 9” height which can easily fit in carry-on size for an airplane. The chair uses a unique folding scheme and complies with FAA carry on restrictions. Stress and deformation analysis show that this design is safe, which is confirmed by load testing.

Pipeline Pigging Indicator
Engineering Students: Tyler Denman, Lynette Garcia, Nishant Madhav, Arturo Perez
Pipeline maintenance or the pigging process sends a cylindrical device or “Pig,” through the pipeline to eject the built up residue in the line. Once a pig is launched the location is unknown, a device called a pigging indicator or detector is used to determine when a pig has reached a certain point. WeldFit Energy Group looks to manufacture a modern design of a pipeline pigging indicator, the approach was to use mechanical and electrical components to result in an automated indicator. The final product reduces number of parts, and creates a visual and electrical indication of pig passage.

High Five
Engineering Students: Ivelisse Negroni, Noah Trent, Michael Turasz,
Cesar Sifuentes
Current exoskeletons face power, size, and weight problems due to a design philosophy that requires large actuators to supply continuous power. However, supplying large amounts of power for short periods of time is a concept that has not been applied to exoskeletons, and would alleviate power and weight limitations. “High Five” is a jump apparatus that has been designed, analyzed, built, and tested to enhance an individual’s stationary vertical jump height by five inches as a proof of concept for this alternate design approach.

Convective Cooling Ice Chest*
Engineering Students: Julio Laureano, Keith Maslin, Austin Naranjo
Team MYAKON has developed a convective cooling, portable beverage ice chest that is capable of cooling 24 standard 12oz canned beverages from 80ºF to 46ºF in under 10 minutes. This is more than twice the speed of a standard ice chest. The ice chest also provides an internal light as well as an external power port to supply 5 volts for user accessories.

Low Cost Electromyography Controlled Robotic Hand
Engineering Students: Stephen A. Apolinar, Khalid Alliaf, Majed Baflah, Abdullah Bu Khader
Humanoid robotic hands, and prosthesis can be expensive devices to design, and manufacture. The purpose of this project was to design a low cost electromyography (EMG) controlled humanoid robotic hand. The robotic hand was required to grasp a 3-inch diameter ball, or cup. The grasping motion was accomplished through under-actuation, driving 17 degrees of freedom with two or less actuators. The device actuators are controlled by electromyography signal input by a human user. The robotic hand can be produced by any individual with project documentation, and access to a 3D printer. The design team was able to produce the robot hand device for under $1,500.00(US).

Low Speed Impact Bumper Testing
Engineering Students: Efrain Navarro, Alejandro Garcia, Maitham Humoud, Alireza Ahmadi
AAME has developed a testing apparatus that can test bumper systems at low speeds from 5 to 10 mph. The apparatus designed is a game changer in the accidental reconstruction world; this apparatus can successfully mount multiple bumper systems with minimal modification and run full frontal impacts. This will help aid the company, J.Eftekhar & Associates, in acquiring experimental data for their business. Using steel square tubing, steel plates, and trailer axles, AAME was able to build a sled that is not a mobile barrier like the ones in the market. Using an umbilical cord system wiring, the apparatus can successfully attain data.

Sustainable Biomass Fueled Stirling Engine
Engineering Students: Everardo Ruff, Roldan Dominguez, Manuel De LaConcha, Arexi Cavazos
The team is committed to improving the quality of life for underdeveloped communities all over the world through the implementation of appropriate technologies that are fully sustainable. To achieve sustainability, all components must be readily available in these underdeveloped areas with no dependence on western aid. The team has built a sustainable biomass fueled Stirling engine to be utilized in underdeveloped countries. The engine has been constructed using salvaged components along with readily available materials, not only to fulfill our design criteria, but to maintain an enduring life cycle.

Air Conditioning Zone Temperature Control*
Engineering Students: Ahmed Alsuwaie, Lictor Prianti, Brandon Gonzales, Luis Delapiedra
Team Fluid Works improved the conventional A/C system, which estimates the temperature of the total indoor area based on a single-zoned thermostat and fails to account for fluctuations in separate zones of a house. By increasing the number of thermostats, and thus measureable zones, separate areas of the structure, such as living spaces and active spaces, would be able to differentiate the relative temperature experienced in said zones, increasing the control and overall comfort of the user(s). Fluid Works designed, analyzed, built, and tested a prototype building with an A/C system capable of complying with a different, user defined, set temperature(s) in each zone. As the user defines a set temperature for a specific zone, the system will react accordingly and supply air to needed zones.

Cam-less Four-Stroke Internal Combustion Engine
Engineering Students: James Bennett, Abdalrahman Alteneeb, Shamlan Alali, Christopher Redmond
This project was the development and implantation of a new type of valve train for a four-stroke internal combustion engine. The concept involved redesigning the cylinder head, removing the camshaft and poppet valves from the design. In place of each poppet valve, a cylindrical sliding piston valve actuated by a common secondary crank shaft was used. This design yielded for a more unobstructed passageway in and out of the combustion chamber compared to traditional poppet valve design. This design was tested by modifying a single cylinder engine into a sliding valve engine; redesigning cylinder head and its corresponding dependent components.

Commercial Tilt-Over Door
Engineering Students: Steven Butler, Russell Zuber, Douglas Orta, Gerardo Barraza
The Commercial Tilt-Over Door Project, developed and tested by Alamo Door Engineering, creates a rigid Tilt-Over action door that allows various use of cladding. The team was able to create the Tilt-Over Door for Alamo Door Systems San Antonio in an attempt to introduce a rigid, commercial sized product into their lineup that included a mechanical safety mechanism that seize the door in the case of counterbalance failure. The design was based around a rigid door design that tilts using a torsion spring counterbalance system. Overall, the product was completed and tested to meet Alamo Door System’s and DASMA/ANSI’s specifications.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Projects

Multipurpose Perimeter Guard
Engineering Students: Jake Martinez, Jesus Maldonado, Rayan Othman, Abdullah Almuaywid
The Multipurpose Perimeter Guard is a proposed system that would monitor the outside of a non-residential building from the time the store or building closes, to the time the managers or owners open up for the next business day. The concept incorporates multiple motion detection sensors that will detect any person who comes within 6 inches to a foot of the building, stands in front of it for more than 10 seconds with the intent to burglarize the building, and deliver a warning spray of water while also sounding an alarm to alert the perpetrator that local authorities have been contacted.

Multi Effect Guitar Amplifier
Engineering Students: Raul Mata Jr., Cory Davis, Jorge Guiterrez, Lorenzo Sanchez
The design is a custom built head unit. This includes a pre-amp,a power amplifier with an output of up to 40W, a microcontroller for effect modulation, and a foot-switch to activate the 3 pre-selected effects.

Non-Contact Stress Analysis
Engineering Students: Dylan Mannion, Jonathan Martinez, Rajat Monga, Yon Lee
The Non-Contact Stress Analysis software detects a subject’s Cardiac pulse rate through the use of two RGB cameras at two separate locations on the body. The stress level is then calculated from the two pulse rates that were collected.

Engineering Students: Michael Vazquez, Nicholas Buchanan, Bin Tran, Luis Araujo
A user controlled robotic automobile jack that reduces labor and increases safety. This jack does not complete the entire job of replacing a flat tire, but will allow a user to lift their vehicle at a safe distance from the road. The design of the jack includes four wheels and will be motorized with DC motors, as well as the jack lever itself.

Smart Bow*
Engineering Students: Raafat Seif, Yonggun Lee, Carmina Francia, Ian Stubblefield
Business Students: Elizabeth Martin, Aaron Castellanos, and Federico Berlanga
Smart Bow is a platform that empowers people to become more accurate archers. It is a real-time feedback system providing valuable information to the user at the time of aiming. The features include detecting and tracking the desired target, target selection, target shot probability, and aiming guidance. These features are developed with safety, durability, battery life and customizable functionality in mind, with safety being the number one priority.

The Navigation Assistant*
Engineering Students: Holden Rios, Salome Briseno, Joshua Huerta
Business Students: Samantha Porres
Our device is designed to be wearable assistive technology for the navigation of the visually impaired. Using a series of ultrasonic sensors that will detect distance, we plan to communicate with the user via vibrating patterns that will correlate to a specific distance.

LIMA (Location Inference Mapping Analytics)*
Engineering Students: Bryan Deloeste, Tamara Natasya, Joel Rizner, Dilip Kotadiya
LIMA (Location Inference Mapping Analytics) is a data-driven platform that uses machine learning, natural language processing, and distributed computing to accurately predict the location of social media posts (tweets) without explicit geolocation data as well as assessing the sentiment (positive or negative) value of each post in real-time. The location inference and sentiment analysis models are integrated into a web application where the intended users can seamlessly visualize incoming data in real-time on a heat map of the United States depicting aggregate positive or negative sentiments in each region.

Plasma Clock
Engineering Students: Joe Alvarado, Reynaldo Gonzalez, Clemente Tovar, Emmanuel Chibundu
The Plasma Clock project is based on the technology of the Lumin Disk, which is a similar product to the popular Plasma Globes of the 1980’s. Instead of a chaotic display of lightning arcs, the arcs of our product will be controlled in a manner to resemble a standard wall clock. Lightning arcs will replace the typical metal hands of a wall clock, and the hour/min displays will glow when the arcs comes in contact with them. People have always been fascinated with lightning, and now they can appreciate it’s beauty in a clock.

Multicopter Test Bed
Engineering Students: Jonathan Lwowski, Zachary Guerra, Justin Cantu, Phil Owusu
The Multicopter Test Bed’s purpose is to create a standard for testing multicopters. This will allow researchers and hobbyists, that normally resort to makeshift test beds, to use a safe alternative with data collection and external disturbances.

Engineering Students: Wesley McDaniel, Alex Castro, Charles Dominguez
Business Students: Emmanuel Duran-Becerra, Aaron Castellanos, Tyler Johnson
This drone is designed to fly, autonomously, through a building after a fire to locate remaining fire hazards. It will create a map as it navigates, and place pins on the map indicating the location of these hotspots. The map will be transmitted in real-time to a laptop, via WIFI, that firefighters can view, allowing them to move directly to the hotspots and eliminate them.

Autonomous Subterranean Materials Detection Robot
Engineering Students: Miguel Medellin, Megan Wetegrove, Jonathan Upchurch, Taylor Eisman
This project is an autonomous navigation robot created to assist in materials detection underground and to relieve necessity of absolute remote controls. The robot will be activated by the user remotely and a scanning function will start. The robot will make multiple passes over the ground collecting ultrasonic sensor data on underground materials, navigating itself with little to no human assistance. After scan is complete, the robot will prepare the data for the user and send it to them.

Physical System for Coding Fundamentals
Engineering Students: Mikal Grotte, Daniel Barrera, Matthew Ogonowski
This project is an interactive puzzle solving station aimed at younger users with the goal of introducing and solidifying fundamental coding practices. The user executes a simple program using modular components and may modify it based on the setup of the maze.

Smart Pill Box
Engineering Students: Sergio Gamez-Puente, Alejandro Atilano, Anthony Vasquez
The Smart Pill Box will detect if a patient has skipped taking a medication, sending a reminder text message to the patient’s cell phone. Continued inactivity results in a secondary message sent to an emergency contact, preventing missed medications potentially leading to sickness or death.

Vehicular Awareness System
Engineering Students: Patrick Stockton, Vishal Sonthalia, Abel Miguel, Paul Avila
Utilizing LIDAR sensor technology to provide proximity and trajectory awareness of objects around vehicles. This data will be displayed to the user via an LCD display, to provide distance, speed, and video stream feedback. The module could also be implemented on older vehicles to provide integration into autonomous driving.
Engineering Students: Meghann Lee, John Doan, Victor Perez
A self-navigating security robot for home use. If the robot were to detect a human during it’s patrol, it will send a picture and short video of the potential threat to the user through a paired smartphone app.

Smart Cart
Engineering Students: Alonzo Bonilla, Almumen Abdulkarem, Abu Heeb Meshal, Alan Gomez
This design idea is to create a smart shopping cart that collects empty carts. Once collected the smart cart will return them to the assigned base. After doing research on our design idea, it was concluded that the idea has not yet been fabricated or patented. Moving forward, the global and local design constraints we exacmined. The global constraints we considered important were economic, sustainability and safety. For the local constrains, the ones that matter to the team were cost, manufacturability and being user friendly. These constraints are important to us because they will make the product reach the goals technologically and in the market.

Joo Janta Sun Glasses
Engineering Students: Kurt Oefinger, Aaron Osmar, Jimara Jackson
Joo Janta Sun Glasses are for the everyday commuter. The presenting problem is the sun in commuter’s face while trying to drive in traffic. The Joo Janta Sun Glasses use three positioning cameras to help display a black dot on two LCD screens mounted for lenses. This black dot that appears on the lens will prevent the intense sunlight from blinding the user. The Joo Janta Glasses, while using the sun spotting technology, are designed to last up to about three hours. They are easily recharged with the use of a micro USB cord.

Communications Balloon
Engineering Students: Brian Pearce, Matt Striegl, Jeremy Casper
The Low Altitude Communications Platform consists of helium balloons which elevate a communication package to an altitude of 150’ and is moored to the ground. Its purpose is to provide rapidly deployable and temporary communications to an area that is lacking communications coverage. Areas in need of such services may be refugee camps, natural disaster areas or rural entertainment venues. To demonstrate it’s effectiveness we equipped our communications balloon with a WiFi access point and a directional antenna. Coverage maps provide conclusive evidence that our platform provides a much greater coverage area than could be achieved from the ground.

Engineering Students: Wajdi Bazuhair
Technologies involving biometric identification are the fastest growing fields of information security. In this project, we attempt to develop an accurate biometric identification system based on the user’s heart electrical activity, commonly referred to as the electrocardiogram (E.C.G).

iRug Scale
Engineering Students: Abdulaziz Alshehri, Saud Alghamdi, Mann Alomair, Bander Alqahtani, Abdulaziz Alshehri
The iRug Scale is the proposed system, which contains multiple sensors inside it. The iRug Scale is connected to the Cell phone. When a person stands up on the iRug, it will measure the weight of the person and sends the data to the cell phone. The users setup the information of the person on the cell phone, it will be able to read the data and measure the body fat and more information related to health.

Biomedical Engineering Capstone Projects

Engineering Students: Chris Moreau, Rachel Brandt, Theo Thomas,
Adrian Cruz, Krysta-Lynn Amezcua
The Cappell-O2 – A rechargeable, wearable, wireless device to monitor vital sign changes in infants during sleep and alert parents of potential problems via a mobile device application.

Infant Health Monitor*
Engineering Students: Line Juul-Pedersen, Andres Morales,
Hernan Paz, MariPen Yeatts
One of the most easily preventable causes of death in infants is unintentional suffocation. Other health issues bring stifling discomfort to infants and create highly stressful environments for their care-takers such as Urinary tract infections. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of care for infants by assisting the care-givers in taking preventative action. The device attaches to infant clothing and monitors vitals including oxygen saturation and pulse, as well as screens for a common bacterial infection. A Smartphone App interface allows care-givers easy access to the reported data and continuously monitor the infant’s health.

EyeR Spectacle*
Engineering Students: Kristen Hamalainen, Sanjiv Patel, Andrew Shiels, Kreg ZImmern
Business Students: Rachel Loeffler, Cody Baker, Alexis Morales, Ileana Gonzales
EyeR Spectacle is a hands-free vein imaging device which reduces the number of needle punctures required for successful vein access. The EyeR Spectacle system is targeted to first response and combat medicine markets, where quick and decisive action is necessary to save lives. EyeR Spectacle is durable and portable, with a light, rugged housing and hardened, redundant components that work together to ensure a long device lifetime.

Engineering Students: Ilse Valencia, Ngoc Mayout, Farheen Hussain, Natalie Casso
Business Students: Julie Moore, Danika Molnar
Heart Innovations has created a new method to collect blood clot debris from the blood circulation and remove it from the body. This device will be operated outside the body connected through a catheter; It will be used in conjunction with the thrombectomy procedure.

Aurora Vein Finder
Engineering Students: Megan Horadam, Maria Loyola, Tina Rodgers, Isis Soto
Vascular access procedures are the most commonly performed medical procedure in the U.S. Medical research shows these procedures are the top patient complaint due to pain experienced when veins are missed. Our senior design project, Aurora Vein Finder, is aimed to help practitioners solve this problem. Given the existing methods to increase the effectivity of this practice, our top priorities for this device are to make it portable and user-friendly. It will be small, disposable, and cost effective. These qualities are meant to assure this device would be used more frequently to avoid discomfort on patients of all kinds.

Earrigation Device
Engineering Students: Yasmin Alkusari, Jose Arredondo, Tia Flowers, Christopher Nguyen
The accumulation of earwax in the ear canal is prevalent in over 12 million American citizens. Such a condition can lead to complications such as loss of hearing, rupture of the eardrum, tinnitus, chronic cough, and vertigo. In many patients, it may be difficult to remove earwax from their ear canals without assistance from another person. The product is thus aimed at assisting in removing earwax such that there is no need for an assisting person in order for effective evacuation of the ear canal. The device irrigates the ear canal and is designed to maximize coverage of the ear canal in a safe and efficient manner.

Life Lever*
Engineering Students: Tyler Daniels, Kyanoosh Broumand, Andre Cleaver, Ismael Sagredo
Business Students: Charlene Reynoso, Nathan Lopez
There is a need to reduce the energy expedited during cardiopulmonary resuscitation to allow emergency medical technicians to provide effective chest compressions and alleviate rescuer fatigue. The purpose of our design is to make a cardiopulmonary resuscitation device to standardize and reproduce mechanically sound chest compressions that are more efficient than normal human produced chest compressions. The Life Lever accomplishes this task by providing a simple, portable device that can be set up in less than a minute and allows an untrained bystander to produce accurate compressions to save a life.

College of Science CITE Competitors

Science Students: Taylor Brauer, Brandon Snow, Zachry Rodriguez
Business Students: Aljon Lu, Jake Federico
This project is an e-sports news, betting and community website. Some of the current games that will be supported for betting are CSGO, DOTA, Hearthstone, and League of Legends. At this point, fake money will be used for betting. The team will be inquiring with a legal team and Valve to see about integrating the website into ecosystems that involve but are not limited to trading in-game skins, donations, and trading in money for website currency for betting and then trading back for gift cards and prizes. The team will keep track of user statistics (e.g., # of bets won, lost, etc.). These statistics will be saved for use by sponsors and other vendors for data mining. Users will interact with gaming streams through twitch, sponsored streams events, and possibly Users will have ability to track and see recent bets placed and converse with other users of the site so they can learn and understand the betting environment of their game of choice.

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CITE $100K Student Technology Venture Competition Teams

Vita Ingenium Solutions was the Spring 2015 CITE Winners and was made up of members Xabier Basañez, Analaura Villarreal Berain, Alejandra Hernández Molina, David Zhang, Maria Acevedo, Ryan Quinn.

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.