College of Engineering

Tech Symposium April 25, 2017


The UTSA College of Engineering invites you to the 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 $100K Technology Venture Competition to give students hands-on experience as early stage entrepreneurs, which is produced by the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE).

The Tech Symposium will be held in the UTSA Convocation Center on UTSA Main Campus. Free Special Event Parking for guests of the Tech 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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Program with project descriptions

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Senior Design Projects

The Senior Design 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 receive a cash award during the awards ceremony.

Poster Projects

Senior Design 1 students will present posters summarizing their projects and where they are in the design process.

Contact Information

General Contact Information: Pierce Shivers at or 210-458-5195

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

Event Sponsors Boeing and Union Pacific
















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.

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

TPC Parkway Hotel
Engineering Students: Ghazi Alosaimi, Abdulwahhab Alali, Jorge Medina, Abdullah Albrinji, Ricardo Ramos, Arnulfo Escamilla
Our project is a resort hotel project which is planned to serve the visitors of north-east of San Antonio. The project will take place in the North side of san Antonio at 2214 TPC Pkwy San Antonio, TX. 78549. The hotel will be a 5 story building, it will have commercial shops and a total of 180 room. It will have one main entrance and two more in the North and South side of the building. A second building is utilized to serve the guests which is a two-story gymnasium building. A bridge will be built to connect the second floors of both building.
Little Stars, Big Dreams: A Two Story Day Care on Stone Oak Parkway
Engineering Students: Pat Vargas, Vicky Sanchez, Trey Resendez, Ricky Chien, Nick Strope
The site for the proposed day care is located at 20523 Stone Oak Parkway in San Antonio, Texas. The project is located over the Edward’s Aquifer Recharge zone, and it will accommodate approximately 150 to 300 children, with multiple age dependent rooms for child care. The day care will made of mostly masonry. The soil is mostly limestone, and we will be designing a slab-on-grade foundation. A roadway will need be implemented at the intersection of Stone Oak Parkway that will connect to the day care. The project will cost over 8 million and will take 12-15 months to complete.
SH 21 West Widening
Engineering Students: Daniel Sanchez, Chance Lane, Jacob Holguin, Erik J Christianson, Christian Rubio
Our team was tasked to design the widening of SH 21. The job begins at the intersection of SH 21 and HWY 130 and stretches 2.66 miles North East. Our design will include a new road alignment along with a new pavement and drainage design. Also included in the design is an expansion of an existing bridge along our roadway.
San Antonio College Veteran’s Outreach Center
Engineering Students: Dalia Nevarez, Maureen Gonzalez, Ivette Gonzalez, Yajaira Costilla, Matthew Saldivar, Ilse Malagamba
Our project consists of the design of the San Antonio College Veteran’s Outreach Center. This building will include educational, career development, and general office space for San Antonio College’s veterans. The design will meet low impact development requirements, LEED standards, and use cost effective alternatives.  We will be providing the design of civil engineering services including land development, utility, drainage, structural design, and traffic analysis.
Redland Roadway Improvements & Bus Depot
Engineering Students: David Marotta, Manuel Barrera, Kevin Sipos, Joel Nino, Rene Cardona, Yaser Alghufaly
Design to reconstruct and widen Redland Road to five lanes with shared-use path, curb,sidewalks, driveway approaches, traffic-signals and drainage improvements as needed.  Also, we will propose a VIA bus depot with a parking lot.  The idea is a VIA park and ride, to make public transportation in the Redland Road area more accessible.
The Row on Roosevelt
Engineering Students: Matthew Solum, Cody Cockayne, Matt Baker, T’andre Smith, Anjulie Hira, Poni Loponi
We will be presenting civil plans for developing a 4 story, low-income apartment complex.

Mechanical Engineering Capstone Projects

ASME Human Powered Vehicle Frame
Engineering Students: Bryan Berkenkamp, Andrew Waterreus, Brian Bassett, Yassmeen Zabalawi, Miguel Guerrero
The frame for a human powered vehicle was designed, manufactured, and tested, for the use of UTSA ASME to compete in the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition. The frame was designed and manufactured according to all rules and specifications set by the ASME HPVC organization. In addition, further specifications were declared by the UTSA HPVC teams, to ensure that all subsystems of the vehicle interfaced properly with one another. The manufactured design underwent thorough testing to ensure that it complied with all specifications, and the team  delivered the frame to UTSA ASME before the competition date of 04/21/2017.
The Martian Ice Mole
Engineering Students: Amro Eltayeb, Aksel Magirl, CeCe Kyler, Rudy Jimenez
The discovery of ice deposits on Mars has promoted the development of a water extraction system to support in-situ resource utilization programs. AARC Theory seeks to develop a prototype of an Earth tested, remote controlled water extraction system design that has merit on Mars. The Martian Ice Mole utilizes a coring drill, an induction heating system, and 2 stage filtration to drill through a simulated Martian overburden layer, extract the subsurface ice, melt, filter, and store the product. Path to flight modifications have also been developed and recommended for Martian operation such as using a hybrid drill bit.
T – Pro 21.0
Engineering Students: Levi Jordan, Ivan Paredes, David Rodriguez Jr., Travis Horstman
The purpose of this project is to design, analyze, build, and test a device to determine the load bearing capabilities of threaded inserts set within wooden specimens.  Threaded inserts used in woodworking applications are subjected to both twisting and pulling forces.  These forces must be quantified to properly select a threaded insert to ensure a final product will maintain integrity in working environments.  The T – Pro 21.0 will test threaded inserts to determine their maximum loading capabilities before failure occurs.
Gator Lift – X1
Engineering Students: Connor Giddings, Theresa Thompson, Dylan Pyka, Jonathon Gleinser
The Gator Lift-X1 car lift design is a portable car lift specifically designed for a Porsche 911. The innovative design minimizes the packaging height while maximizing the available lifting height so that it can be utilized for field maintance and be stored within a racecar trailer. Before coming to us with this project, our sponsor searched for portable car lifts currently on the market; however, he was unsuccessful in finding one that made field maintance more convenient. The Gator Lift-X1 solves this issue while being light in weight and easy to store.
Adjustable Automotive Rear Mounted Airfoil (AARMA)
Jonathan Gwinn, Clifford Labowsky, Lukas Cotugno, Eligio Molina
The goal of the project is the design of an automatically adjustable automobile airfoil that is actuated to driver control. By employing this actuation scheme, the driver can control the amount of downforce exerted on the rear of the vehicle by adjusting the angle at which the wind hits the airfoil. Materials chosen for the fabrication of the airfoil are Carbon Fiber with a high density foam core with Aluminum brackets.
Engineering Students: John Stevenson, Nubia Sánchez, Levi Toweh, Amanda Hydar
Millions of people worldwide depend on cassava root as a vital source of food. In African countries, cassava root is pounded in a large mortar and pestle into a dough-like food called fufu. This is a strenuous, time-consuming task, often taking two or more people to complete. Thus, the purpose of this project was to design a human-powered device that performs the process of pounding cassava by a single operator. This was accomplished with a Scotch-Yoke mechanism. The lack of non-electric products available and the difficulty of pounding were key driving factors in the solution design process. The design was built and tested to confirm its performance.
The Pecker
Engineering Students: Matthew Perez, Kevin De La Rosa, Erik Jackson, Brian Martinez
Team INOV8 collaborated with three other senior design teams to design, construct, and test a human powered vehicle for UTSA ASME. The vehicle takes the form of a recumbent tricycle which was entered into the 2017 ASME Human Powered Vehicle Competition (HPVC), thus promoting the development of viable alternative forms of sustainable transportation. INOV8’s responsibilities included the drivetrain and driver integration subsystems equipped with a chain driven, nine speed transmission, mechanical disk brake system, and four-point harness mesh seat. These subsystems meet all specifications set forth by the ASME HPVC rule book and INOV8 making suitable for competition.
Aerodynamic-shell of Human Powered Vehicle for ASME competition
Engineering Students: Robert Oakes, Jose De La Garza, Samer Baraz
Aerodynamic drag has become a primary focus in many industries involving transportation to increase fuel efficiency. The Aero-shell system has been designed to make the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Human-Powered Vehicle highly competitive in the upcoming HPV competition in Cookeville, Tennessee in April, 2017. The purpose of the Aero-shell is to increase vehicle efficiency by reducing drag force on the vehicle. The Aero-shell was designed to have streamlined half-body shape to obtain low drag profile. The Aero-shell is made of papier-mâché material composited with fiberglass stucco mesh and fiberglass cloth to strengthen the material.
Camelbak Cooler
Engineering Students: Daniel Portillo, Matthew Bryant, Jordan Wolff, Parker Bradshaw
Kryo Systems and Technologies has developed the Camelbak Cooler; a device that will cool down the water being consumed by military personnel in desert environments. The Camelbak Cooler will easily clip onto a Camelbak backpack, which is the typical personal water supply for troops. The Camelbak Cooler reroutes the water being consumed by the user from the backpack through a wound-up copper coil that is submerged in ice/water. The copper coil is contained in an aluminum housing, which is itself contained in an insulated carbon fiber housing that rejects environmental heat and environmental hazards.
Caging the Can
Engineering Students: Alex Belcher, Brandon Marr, Trevor Scott, Joseph Zapata
Killian Calderon Disposal (KCD) is in need of an improved method to transport 96-gallon trash containers to their clients. ABJT Inc. has designed a cage-like device to be attached to the rear tailgate of a side-load trash vehicle which assists in lifting and transporting these containers effectively. Through vigorous design development and analysis, a final design was chosen for fabrication and testing. Once constructed, the device passed a variety of static and dynamic tests to prove that it would function as intended. Design specifications and criteria were met to ensure that the final product met the expectations of KCD.
Cooling Helmet
Engineering Students: Ahmed Alsharfa, Mohammed Shawikhat, Dalal Almomin, Ali Alyousif
A cooling helment, typically used by construction workers, has been developed with unique cooling features to maintain cool temperatures on the top of the head.  The cooling unit contains heat sinks, thermoelectric modules, and gel packs.  This unit will remove the equivalent of 40 watts of heat from the head.
Wet Clutch Test Conditioning System
Engineering Students: Daniel Hernandez, Raul Hernandez, Xavier Martinez, Thanh Tran
Our client is currently conducting an experiments to obtain drag loss data of a wet clutch. This drag loss is due to the interaction between ATF (automatic transmission fluid) and a rotating clutch pack. This Wet Clutch Test requires a conditioning system to reach and maintain four different inlet conditions governed by mass flow rate and temperature to obtain valid data.  The WCT-CS was designed, analyzed, built, and tested to improve the current conditioning system by effectively reaching and maintaining the inlet conditions. The WCT-CS will provide the required temperature and mass flowrate conditions needed within its tolerance range to deliver useful data for the client.
Variable Surface Stiffness Treadmill
Engineering Students: Kyle Lamoureux, Isaac Sanchez, Whitney Matthews, Essie Lee
The number of research and development projects aimed at building exoskeleton suits have been increasing at a rapid rate. Current testing methods are unable to simulate the various surface conditions that might be encountered. The Variable Surface Stiffness Treadmill aims to solve this problem by allowing for a dynamic adjustment of the treadmill’s effective surface stiffness. This will allow researchers to not only test exoskeletons on varying surface stiffnesses, but to examine and simulate how humans walk and compensate at various surface stiffnesses. This will allow mechanized bipedal locomotion to better mimic movements and minor adjustments humans find intuitive.
Transportable SCBA Re-Certification System (TSRS)
Engineering Students: John Burt, Andrew Hartley, Jeremy Holt, Babajide Ogunbanjo
The Transportable SCBA Re-Certification System, sponsored by American Ocean Systems Services, Inc., mitigates the dilemma of Military Sealift Command firefighters having to send Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) cylinders overseas to have their structural integrity certified. The Etheric Design features a combination of feasible portability and user functionality so that SCBA’s can be tested on-site, and in remote locations.
Ice Boundary Quantifying and Regulating System (IBQRS)
Engineering Students: Ruben Herrera, Ryan Kinsey, Thomas Miller, Jose Perez
For cold-beverage vendors, it is important that expensive dispensing equipment produces profits by dispensing quality beverages with little to no downtime.  To do so, a system must be designed to better control the ice formation produced within the chilling reservoir of a cold-beverage dispenser so that ice does not form over components, causing malfunction.  Our project is a monitoring and control system used to maintain the geometry and mass of the ice formation produced within  a cold-beverage dispenser.  Monitoring is done with sensors, a controller, and customized software.  Control is accomplished with a customized convection system to direct flow evenly throughout the reservoir, which produces ideal, uniform erosion of the ice.
Human Muscle Simulation Using a Soft Actuator
Engineering Students: David Olazaba, Hector Martinez, Harrison Del Hierro, Quan Nguyen
The field of soft robotics is a new growing field, as the demand for intricate autonomous systems and human-like robots continues to increase. Soft robotics will not only overcome the fundamental assumptions that robots are chains of rigid links, but will also open new perspectives by representing a variety of solutions for robot design and control.  The purpose of this project is to design, analyze, build and test an electromagnetic soft actuator that can reduce the weight, input power, and relative stiffness of a traditional actuator, while replicating the expansion and contraction of a collection of muscle fibers. The soft actuator is able to generate 3 N of force and 12 % displacement of its original length.
The Body Dryer for the Disabled
Engineering Students: Naser Alazmi, Mohammed Alali, Fahd Alajmi, Salem Alsanan, Mashwat Almeshwat
The aim of the project is to design a simple yet effective device to help facilitate the process of drying the body of the elderly and disabled persons.
Engineering Students: James Harbuck, Ana Macias, Josh Weber
Data gathered on current refrigerated vaccine management practices within the medical field reveal a need for a low-cost method that would mechanize and computerize the storage, inventory, and retrieval of refrigerated vaccines. The resulting solution is VacMAPS, which stands for vaccine management and preservation system. VacMAPS can be retrofitted into existing medical refrigeration systems to store, inventory, and retrieve refrigerated vaccines, meeting the design criteria put forth by healthcare industry professionals. Vaccine inventory and dispensing systems exist in the current market for healthcare providers, but widespread adoption is hindered by cost and large logistical overhauls. The functional design of VacMAPS was created and refined after input from medical professionals working in hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies. VacMAPS accurately tracks, monitors and stores 175-300 single vaccine doses.
Breast Intentions
Engineering Students: Leo Drew, Evan Veregge, Briegette Garcia, Gustavo Contreras
The current methods of measuring infant breastmilk intake are crude and inaccurate. Breast Intentions provides accurate measurement and a non-intrusive breastfeeding experience to maintain the important bond between mother and child. Infant malnutrition occurs in 10% of infants in the US alone, and over 50% of mothers surveyed feel unsure about the amount of milk their infant receives through breastfeeding. The inaccuracy of current measurement methods stems from the disruption of the typical breastfeeding process and the tendency of a baby to expel bodily fluids unexpectedly. Breast Intentions is used during the normal breastfeeding routine and measures the volume of breastmilk transferred in real time to avoid these issues.
Mobile Veterinarian Exam Table
Engineering Students: Lilian Johnson, Maesan Carley, Richard Conine, Cameron Reynolds
Oaks North Animal Hospital has charged ACME Engineering with the design and construction of a mobile veterinarian exam table. The table was designed to lift and transport animals up to 150 lbs. The table also features an electrical outlet, IV tower, and digital scale as prescribed by the client. The intent of this product will increase the efficiency of veterinary procedures at Oaks North Animal Hospital and improve the quality of patient care.
Full-Cock Cast Net Launcher
Engineering Students: Eric Jung, James Gilligan, Matt Meier, Vilvesh Srinivasan
Cast nets require proper technique to open the net to full bloom, otherwise the improper use of cast nets increases bait costs and disrupts fishing tranquility. The Full-Cock Cast Net Launcher will mitigate this issue by providing a reliable mechanical launch of the cast net, simplifying the technique necessitated for a manual net throw. To achieve a mechanical launch, the net is contained and accelerated with rotational and translational motion. The FCNL provides a less complex launch procedure at the expense of added mass, providing a new way to catch bait more consistently from a stable location.
Reverse Osmosis System
Engineering Students: Abbas Qasim, Sayid Almusawi, Ali Jeraq, AlBraa Alandanousi
Water Purification using solar cell powered Reverse Osmosis represents a low cost solution for providing clean water using clean energy.  The project makes a good use of the energy of the sun to convert it to electrical power through a solar cell to operate a hydraulic system that utilizes an RO element and two secondary filters to purify water. A survey had been made to select efficient solar cell manufactures (150 watts /m^2) and the highest efficiencies pumps (85%). The system in this project is capable of purifying 100 GPD with a total power consumption of 330 watts. The project is expected to provide a good solution for isolated and far areas of the world where Electric Power sources are limited.
Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Frame
Engineering Students: Christian Frausto, Matt Fox, Hector Serrano, Josh Glasgow
The Lower Extremity Exoskeleton Frame (LEEF) is a mechanical prototype that will be used for research purposes by Professor Jafari and the ARMS lab. The frame will be used to supply torque to the hip, knee, and ankle joints of the human operator. Effects of the supplied torque will then be recorded, and used to further the UTSA ARMS lab’s research into assisted movement.
Steering and Suspension: Human Powered Vehicle
Engineering Students: Jeremiah Musser, Jonathan Campos, Aldo Hernandez, Will McRae
Four senior design teams are working together on a human powered vehicle that will represent UTSA, for the first year, at a national competition hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. JJAW Engineering is the steering and suspension team with the other teams being referred to as the frame, drivetrain and driver integration, and aeroshell teams.  The steering and suspension components support and control the vheicle in both static and dynamic scenarios.
Automated Concrete Depth Gauge *
Engineering Students: Martin Lopez, David Lindsay, Louis Hernandez, Alberto Munguia • Business Students:  Carlos Rodriguez, Hugo Fernandez
The methods of measuring concrete thickness and reinforcement bar placement during the concrete placement on a bridge deck currently practiced do not yield accurate or repeatable results. The Automated Concrete Depth Gauge has been developed to provide an accurate and repeatable method of acquiring these measurements. Analysis was done to ensure that the components utilized are sufficiently accurate. The Automated Concrete Depth Gauge provides an accuracy which exceeds the Texas Department of Transportation’s standard of ±1/16th of an inch.
Porcine Eye Material Properties
Engineering Students: Alex Germane, Jeff Hutchins, Ryan Ramirez, Justin Tobler
This experiment tests the material properties of porcine eyes under tension and compression loads in order to verify parameters beings used for a finite element analysis model. From testing it will be determined whether the data is consistent with previous findings for material properties and if there is a significant difference in the directional material properties. The tissue from the cornea and sclera are considered anisotropic. To isolate the directional material properties, two different devices are used. A tension device tests the tissue sample in the transverse directions, while a compression device tests in the axial direction.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Projects

Engineering Students: Amjad Alnefai, Sulaiman Alotaibi, Shaq Cherry, Nolan Manteufel
ValidMesh is a monitoring system kit which contains different sensor modules that are connected to a hub module. The hub module is connected to a smartphone application via Bluetooth. The system will send the data to the smartphone application whenever the user is within Bluetooth range and log the data when they are away. The users will be able to pair their phone to the system whenever they are within Bluetooth range and receive alerts about the status of the sensors and review logged data.
The Magic Cane
Engineering Students: Jesus Guerrero, Paul Lundberg, Ray Trevino, Jose Velazquez
The magic cane is a walking cane with extra feedback for the visually impaired. This is achieved through a camera module located at the end of the cane and image processing. The magic cane will be able to detect obstacles and supply the user with vibration as well as audio feedback through the handle of the magic cane.
Autonomous Wheelchair *
Engineering Students: Luis Valdez, Marco Almanza, Jorge Alarcon, Areski Adjoudj • Business students: Mario Cedillo, Fernando Garcia
A standard wheelchair will be optimized to be able to travel on its own from a location to another in a local area. In order to achieve this the addition of several electronics such as motors, controller, camera, and sensors will be needed. The wheelchair will transport the user from point A to point B in a designated local area without the user needing to control it. The possibility of obstacles and dangers is always present but the controller will interpret these dangers and avoid them. The system of the wheelchair will not be linked to any wireless system such as GPS or wifi in order to move in the designated local area. All movement of the wheelchair will be done through the control of motors with the controller.
Zoner Time
Engineering Students: Abdul-Hamid Saaka, Daniel Robitaille, David Rodriguez, Brady Emokpae
The goal of the project is to detect a player entering the endzone to score a touchdown. The IR sensor circuit will be used to detect if a player has crossed the endzone line. The cameras will be used to detect the ball and take images of the player scoring a touchdown. The cameras and circuit will work together to determine if the player has properly score a touchdown.
Smart Mosquito Trap
Engineering Students: Edward Rodriguez, Mona Daraei Ahwazi, Antonio Lopez
The Smart Mosquito Trap or “SMT” is designed for those who want more control over their outdoor experience with minimal interaction. The SMT uses UV lighting as the main attractant similar to traditional charged netted traps with one major advantage. It is more power efficient and aware of nearby pests. This allows for the netting to be active only in the presence of a flying pest. A handheld unit will offer an easy to use option for wireless monitoring of the SMT.
NFC Data Manipulation *
Engineering Students: Kethan Narsimhalu, Daniel Sidhu, Julian Nandin, Jason Flores • Business Students: Karina Colon
Our project involves the development of two devices that allow for NFC data transfer between devices. The first device is an NFC hub that will connect to a computer via USB and give the computer NFC capabilities. The second device is a card that uses and SD card to store user data. This Card will interface with a computer via the hub to allow a user to transfer files from one device to another.
Mobile Motion Capture *
Engineering Students: Nolan Robertson, Daniel Estrada, Hirton David James Yanes, Brian Martinez • Business Students: Isaac Benavidez, Jade Polsey
With our software specific applications, we have developed a highly versatile system which captures data and provides professional analysis in multiple industries. Our system works to save lives by autonomously detecting falls. Become a better athlete by analyzing acceleration and angular performance. Physical therapy? With our 3D models, we can detect the precise location from which a problem originates allowing for faster healing time and stronger communication. Entertainment? The universe of virtual reality is open and easier to explore. In retail, advanced marketing data produces information to increase revenue. With our revolutionary product possibilities are now endless.
SanRack *
Engineering Students: Sohaib Siddiqui, David Abraham
SanRack is an automated sanitizing system created for dumbbell racks at the gym. Using UVC and sensors SanRack will automatically sanitize dumbbells to help create a safer and healthier environment.
Emotion Sensor Perceiving Network
Engineering Students: Heath Spidle, Michael Amaya, Garrett Hall, Matthew Bradshaw
Detect an emotional state in a person using an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset. These readings are visualized and can be applied to neurofeedback applications in a virtual environment immersive gaming atmosphere
Safety Garage
Engineering Students: Hassan Alsharif, Ahmed Albattah
The purpose of this project is the development of an automatic garage door system that opens with a certain angle with the detection of carbon monoxide in the garage. If the percentage of carbon monoxide is more than 30%, the door opens with 10 inches to allow fresh air to flow in and reduce the percentage of carbon monoxide to 5% where the garage door closes automatically. The process can be monitored or controlled using an android application. Real time monoxide concentrations can be used to observe it. The android application module can either be used to close and open the garage door remotely.
Smart Speed Bump
Engineering Students: Mohammed alibrahim, Abdulrahman Alhakami,, Khalid alzahrani, Saeed Alghamdi
The design will consist of a camera that is lining the sidewalk to detect number of individuals are waiting to cross the street. The micro controller will send the information to an LED screen, which will display alert messages to drivers that a speed bump is ahead to slow down. Furthermore, motion and distance sensors will be installed to insure vehicles from accidentally damaged during the operation process. When there are no vehicles near the speed bump, it will rotate 180 degrees to let the pedestrians cross the street safely. Finally, once the road is clear, it will rotate again 180 degrees (flat-side).
Perfect Parking *
Engineering Students: Andrew Spalenka, Faithful Alabi, Christian Leos, Robert Martinez
Phone application paired with a camera detection algorithm that displays open parking spots on a parking lot. Will also include an exchange feature where a student who is leaving campus can trade spots with a person arriving on campus. The functionality of the app will be tested on our own mock parking lot.
The Magic Cane
Engineering Students: Jesus Guerrero, Paul Lundberg, Ray Trevino, Jose Velazquez
The magic cane is a walking cane with extra feedback for the visually impaired. This is achieved through a camera module located at the end of the cane and image processing. The magic cane will be able to detect obstacles and supply the user with vibration as well as audio feedback through the handle of the magic cane.
Air Violin
Engineering Students: Jorge Campos, Daniel Fernandez, Yat Ching Shiu, Jorge Zapata
The Air Violin is intended to be a low-cost, easily transported alternative to an actual violin. It consists of a pair of embedded gloves that can closely simulate the feeling of playing an actual violin. The first glove is the “Bow Hand” which acts as the hand that holds the bow while playing the instrument. The second glove will act as the “Play Hand” and its functionality is to determine which note the user wants to play. A compatible android application will also be included to provide record and playback functions.
O.R.C.A Submersible Quadcopter
Engineering Students: Steven Sprouse, Jacob Olvera, Jhonatan Guerrero
The O.R.C.A Underwater Quad-copter will be an innovative new take on modern Quad-copters. The O.R.C.A will act be able to act as a normal quad-copter, taking in controls from the user while in the air. The difference between the O.R.C.A and normal quad-copters is that the O.R.C.A will be able to float and submerge beneath the surface of a body of water. While floating, the user will be able to give the O.R.C.A a command to dive underwater and autonomously complete a set pattern.
Bluetooth Audio Splitter
Engineering Students: Leonardo Lopez, John Osborne, Michael Warmke
Our project is a bluetooth audio splitter that will take audio from a single audio source (phone, laptop, etc.) and transmit the audio to multiple bluetooth speakers regardless of branding and bluetooth version. This will allow the user to listen to music across the room and not restrict the user to one speaker like they currently are.
MemMigo *
Engineering Students: Shiloh Fraijo, Hasan Tharwani, Ben Garrett, Evan Wright • Business Students: Trevor Thompson, Devin Lewis
MemMigo, (Memory Friend), is a system designed to conveniently inventory products in residential & light commercial applications. It will catalog items and send notifications to the user based upon the relative expiration of the product. MemMigo also acts as a user friendly database to keep track of a large range of items residential & light commercial settings.
Wearable Multi-modal Caution and Warning System
Engineering Students: Carlos Aceves, Ryan Doemel
The Wearable Technologies laboratory at NASA JSC asked us to develop a prototype for a wearable & multimodal caution and warning system. Our platform will allow a test conductor to outfit a test subject with multiple wearable nodes that will engage in two way communication with a central server using bluetooth low energy protocols. Our prototype will serve NASA JSC in their early development stages, namely body placement and reaction time testing.
Engineering Students: Yujen Liao, Noah Hunter, Sinan Abraham
E-Fidget Cube can help in different scenarios, like in a class, medical or work settings in order to let users better cope with their stress.
Water Consumption Data Collector
Engineering Students: Simon Baraz, Pedro Romero Navarre, Manuel Aguilar
The Water Consumption Data Collector is designed to calculate the amount of water used in any appliances the user chooses to select. It is designed to greatly improve the consumer’s water consumption awareness, and it will protect the environment from the excessive use of water that can lead later to drought.
Engineering Students: Atenea Lopez, Jonathan Martinez, Joel Tellez, Fred Morsy
Koozie-like device that measures the amount of water the user consumes by scaling out a bottle and weighing the water each time a drink is taken. The data processed and analyzed by the hardware is through sent through Bluetooth to a companion app that is designed in Android Studio. Data is then displayed graphically on the app, showing how much water has been drunk throughout the day, week or month.


Biomedical Engineering Capstone Projects

RightTEMP Swaddle
Engineering Students: Mubeen Sultana, Thao Nguyen, Khoa Nguyen, Mahlet Melese • Business Students: Matthew Boyd
Ninety percent of newborn deaths could be saved if warmth and breastfeeding are provided immediately. Hypothermia can affect healthy newborns as well as at-risk newborns. Our invention called “RightTEMP swaddle” is to address hypothermia issue related to babies born out of hospital. This portable and inexpensive device uniquely utilizes a combination of phase change material and fabric to capsule the heat and keep a baby stay warm at 370C for few hours. This thermal device is also composed of a simple temperature monitor system. It is simple enough to be used at home, or birth center, or even on ambulances.
Engineering Students: Daniella Bojado, Steven DeLeon, Frank DeLuna, Alan Kosub • Business Students: Destanee Miller, Alexis Arteaga
Our design project utilizes UV light-induced fluorescence for the detection of dental cavities. Early detection can reverse tooth decay and prevent future treatment expenses. The goal is to provide elevated sensitivity and specificity to detect cavities with a simple user interface designed for non-technical users, all with high feasibility of manufacturing. Expanding the use of this device to dental health screenings and clinics promotes legitimate market potential for this project.
Engineering Students: Rodolfo “RJ” Garcia, Brant Bennett, Carter Baumgartner, David Jackson
The purpose of the Re-breath device is to control hyperventilation in a prehospital setting including Military and Emergency medical services (EMS). The device is mainly focused on patients who have been involved in an injury where onset trauma is a major factor. Re-Breath comes into action when a patient desperately needs oxygen and is unable to supply their own. In critical situations Re-Breath maintains the air input into the patient by using a pressure controlled timing system to ensure that the medical personnel is not hyperventilating the patient and administering the correct amount of air that is needed. By preventing the medical personnel from hyperventilating the patient, the traumatic injury is not escalated in the patient, which helps prevent further issues.
Vibrational Ultrasound Feedback Device
Engineering Students: Alice Hsieh, Joseph Turrubiates, Jorge Villarreal, Joaquin Rodriguez • Business Students: Gerardo Patino, Zach Josey
This device will assist patients who are visually impaired to recognize their locations in space as well as sensing close-by objects in space in an improved manner.
Engineering Students: Kristin Steinke, Tiffanny Bunnell, Erin Pollet, Carol Cordova • Business Students: Tara Powers, Nicole Powers
quadTECK has developed a sock that detects skin integrity for the early detection of diabetic foot ulcers.
On-time Bolus
Engineering Students: Angel Alcala, Brenda De Leon, Kathy Carrizales, Steven Payan • Business Students: Nick Ramos. Jacob Gilchrist
An external infusion pump is a medical device used to deliver fluids into a patient’s body in a controlled manner. Infusion pumps are capable of delivering fluids in large or small dosages and can be used to deliver nutrients and medications such as insulin, antibiotics and pain relievers, among other fluids. The problem is that when patients use a controlled method of administration of drugs which is by having a continuous infusion, it results in poor sensory blocking and a large dose of Anesthetic is usually needed, which could lead to events of toxicity. By using a programmed intermittent bolus it may result in reduced total anesthetic patient consumption, fewer manual boluses, and greater patient satisfaction.
Pressure Sensor Vein Finder
Engineering Students: John Tapia, Jenna Price, Hector Paredes Zertuche, Guillermo Silva
Venipuncture is necessary for various medical practices. IV misplacement can lead to medical complications.  Therefore, a device that is able to detect and alert the user of successful venipuncture will reduce complications. Functional requirements for the device were obtained from customer requests and engineering variables to create a design to address the requirements. The design for this device is to use a pressure sensor.  The device will work by measuring the pressure increase created by the blood entering the needle.  When the pressure sensor detects this pressure difference, a LED will turn on alerting the user of successful venipuncture.
Engineering Students: Madeleine Farrer, Hannah Jones, Brian Ruliffson, Jose Trevino • Business Students: Alex Sutcliffe, William Baldridge
In recent years, there has been an increased use of explosive devices in modern warfare which has led to a rise in military injury. Due to the prevalence of explosive induced trauma, there is a need to manage external hemorrhaging of traumatic amputations in a prehospital environment. Chiron Innovations has developed an innovative hemostatic wound bandage that combines hemostatic gauze, super absorbent polymers, and an endothermic reaction to reduce overall rate of bleeding across a large wound surface area. This device has an increased absorbency when compared to the current combat gauze and initiates three different pathways to reduce bleeding.
Engineering Students: Kennedi Wilson, Katie Alex, Travis Kotzur, Jasmine King • Business Students: Abbey Vela
The medical device, abRISE, is used for pre-hospital treatment of trauma-induced hypothermia. The device includes an internal portion to be inserted into the peritoneal cavity and an external potion to be wrapped around the abdomen. Both components together allow for effective heat transfer increasing the core body temperature. The system is infused with saline fluids that will flow through the peritoneal wrap then peritoneal pouch by means of a pump and will be warmed to 40°C using a heating element. The device is intended to be portable and applicable to all environments.
Pressure Ulcer Prevention using the Uprep Device
Engineering Students: U-Ter Aondo Jia, Mario Hernandez, Meryem Bousfiha, Casey Whitney • Business Students: Spencer Arispe
Halberd has developed a device that can detect and prevent the formation of pressure ulcers in immobilized patients. Unlike any competitors, it is affordable, disposable, easy to use, and does not require electricity. Our design consists of a fluid chamber containing a chemiluminescent agent or dye, and is positioned between the patient and the bed.  As pressure builds within the sachet, the force exerted causes it to open at a predetermined threshold and over a predetermined time. This warning indication will allow healthcare providers with valuable information to reposition a patient, therefore preventing the development of a pressure ulcer.
Cricothyrotomy Assistive Device
Engineering Students: Hong Nhung T. Nguyen, Omar A. Alrufaiee, Doug K. Smith, Alisa I. Isaac • Business Students: Dylan Archer, Devin Sanders
“Airway obstruction due to maxillofacial trauma or other tissue damage is the second leading cause of preventable death in a combat setting. Establishment of an artificial airway is paramount in the prevention of death from obstruction of the airway. The current method of establishing an emergency airway is cricothyroidotomy, where an incision is made through the cricothyroid membrane and an airway catheter inserted through the incision. This method, however, is a very intricate procedure that requires much time and a skillful surgeon. The aim of this project is to develop a device to identify and cannulate the airway in a timely and easy process.”



What’s your Big Rowdy Idea? Business Model Competition

The expressed purpose of the CITE Business Model Competition is to prepare participants to launch scalable entrepreneurial ventures while simultaneously pursuing their degree program or working at UTSA.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Open to all UTSA students (undergraduates, graduates, doctoral) of any major, postdocs, staff and faculty.
Team Formation Maximum of 6 members. We encourage interdisciplinary teams.
Nature of Idea/Venture The business submissions must be the team’s own original work and ideas.
We accept any type of project/idea as long as it is scalable.
We do not accept buyouts, expansion of existing companies, real estate syndications, tax shelters, franchises, licensing agreements for distribution in a different geographical area, or spinouts from an existing corporation.
Investment and Revenue Team/companies who have received more than $100K of investment (of any source) prior to the current academic year are not eligible to compete.
No revenues should be received by competing teams/companies prior to the current academic year.

Key Dates and Activities

August 15 Applications open
October 2 Application deadline
October 8 Announcement of Top 15 teams advancing to the First Round – Kick off Meeting
October 9-29 1. Watch all required Lean Launchpad Videos
2. Create your first Business Model Canvas (BMC) in Launch Pad Central (LPC)*1 Platform. Minimum required sections: Value Proposition & Customer Segments
3. Conduct Customer Interviews to validate assumptions stated on your BMC.
October 30 Mid Program Presentations*2
1. Submit a 3-minute video stating your “Business thesis”: What is your product/service?, Who is your customer?, and Why would they buy it?. And provide a summary of what you learned about your Value Propositions & Customer Segments: (Hypothesis) Here is what we thought…, (Experiment) Here is what we did…, (Results) Here is what we found/learned…, (Iterate) And here is what we are going to do next.
October 31-November 18 1. Continue improving your BMC
2. Continue testing your assumptions stated on your BMC.
3. Prepare and submit presentation for Second Round Live Pitches: Lesson’s Learned and What’s Next?
November 19 1. Second Round Live Pitches*2 (5’ pitch & 2’ Q&A) –

Teams that watched all required LPC videos, completed “Value Proposition” and “Customer Segments” Sections of their BMC, and conducted & uploaded good quality customer interviews*3 to LPC will have the opportunity to pitch in this round.2. Top 5 finalists will be announced.

November 20-28 Practice pitch sessions with mentor
November 29 Final Round Public Competition – Top 5 Teams pitching at the Tech Symposium Day – 7’ Pitch – 3’ Q&A*2
*1 UTSA CITE will reimburse subscription to LPC Platform. Instructors and mentors will be providing guidance on your BMC and Customer Discovery Process through LPC Platform.
*2 Sample presentations and pitch decks will be provided.
*3 There are several ways to conduct interviews and we will guide you on the different types of customer interviews that you can do. Your team might be able to easily conduct 5 to 10 customer interviews in one weekend depending on your project. More customer interviews = Better Business Model = Better changes of winning the competition.


1st Place $5,000 Cash
$5,000 Investment
In-Kind Services*4
2nd Place $1,500 Cash & In-Kind Services*4
3rd Place $1,000 Cash & In-Kind Services*4
Note: Projects that are technology enabled will qualify for an award of up to $2,000 for prototype/proof of concept expenses related to their project. Condition for the award: watch all LLP Videos, BMC complete, uploaded a minimum of 30 (valid) customer interviews to LLP , and pitch in the Second Round on November 19. More details about the award will be provided at the Kick off Meeting.
*4 Office space at SATC or Geekdom membership, incorporation documents, possibility to protect invention through UTSA  (Valued at ~$75k).

Judging Criteria

1st Round: CITE administration will select 15 projects/ideas based on how innovative the idea is and how well the team was able to state the pain of the customer, market potential, solution and market entry strategy in their Big Idea Hypothesis.

2nd and Final Round: Each of the elements below will be scored on a 5-point scale by judges independently, and then those scores will be tallied and compiled for a total possible score of 25 points per team. The teams will then be ranked according to their aggregate score.

  1. How well did the team identify the assumptions crucial to their business?
  2. How well did they design and carry out their tests? (test with customers and/or partners)
  3. How well did the team take action based on the results of the test? (pivot, retest assumptions, etc.)
  4. Did they arrive at a viable business model?
  5. How unique is their value proposition and have they identified barriers to entry? (Who are your competitors? How are you different? What tests show that customers would prefer your solution?)

The following criteria will serve as tiebreakers:

  1. Is the team solving a significant problem (defined in terms of money or impact)?
  2. Does the team/company have a proof of concept/prototype built?
  3. Does the team have significant evidence that the solution is validated (includes letters of intent, purchase contracts, sales and partners)?


Click here to fill out the Application Form (log in using your UTSA Credentials) and download the Big Idea Canvas that will help you develop your Big Idea Hypothesis. After you submit your application, please send an electronic copy of your completed “Big Idea Canvas” (both pages) to Your submission won’t be considered “complete” until we receive your canvas. You will receive a confirmation email when your canvas and application have been received by the CITE Administration Team.

Don’t have an idea but want to be part of a project? Teams are always looking for passionate entrepreneurs with any background to form a diverse and interdisciplinary team that can increase their chances of succeeding. Please fill out this form and we will connect you with teams that are looking for people like you.

If you have any questions or problems submitting your application, please contact Diego Capeletti at or at (210) 458-6559.

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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 each spring semester, 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 Geekdom, the Santonio Technology Center, Startech, Rackspace, Humphries Medical Media, The Whittington Group, Targeted Technology Fund, 80/20 Foundation, SA Economic Development Corporation, SA Tech Boosters, 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.