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Towards Portability of Pneumatic Wearable Devices using Low-Volume Inflatable Actuator Composites and a Portable Pneumatic Source

Common drawbacks of pneumatically-actuated soft wearable devices include tethered air supplies and slow actuation speeds. The design of efficient and portable soft-pneumatic systems necessitates new soft actuators and pneumatic sources. This work presents the design of low-volume inflatable actuator composites (IAC) for faster actuation and a portable pneumatic source for use in wearable  systems. Finite […]

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Thermogalvanic Brick

The huge amounts of waste heat and the constant demand for electric energy makes this an appreciable research topic, yet at present there is no commercially viable technology to harness the inherent energy resource provided by the temperature differential across buildings. Electricity is generated with this temperature gradient using 3D printed triply minimal surface structure; […]

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Developing a Multimodal Node Graph Tool

This overall research serves to create a tool to improve accessibility to node graphs for students that are blind or visually impaired. The tool will implement a multimodal approach utilizing haptics and audio, with the aim of allowing users to easily explore and create node graphs. The research team is currently studying various audio (speech […]

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Streamlining Rocketry: How to Cut Costs Without Compromising Performance

The objective was to design, simulate, and launch a rocket for Spaceport America Cup 2019. This design was focused on developing new manufacturing processes that would cut costs and streamline manufacturing. Due to administrative and financial difficulties, the rocket itself was unable to be built in the given timeframe. However, the team was able to […]

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BrainTracker mHealth Application: Monitoring the Comorbidities of Pediatric Neurological Disorders

Children with chronic disorders such as epilepsy are at an increased risk for cognitive and psychosocial problems. Clinical assessments of these comorbidities are resource intensive and typically not gathered from a diverse population. Development of a mobile health application that integrates current standard assessments would be a resource effective way to mass distribute a point-of-care […]

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SAE Baja Sun Devil Racing

Sun Devil Racing (SDR) is a student-run organization that competes annually in the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Competition. Members of SDR are challenged to take knowledge from the classroom and apply them to real-world scenarios; engineering, problem-solving, and teamwork are used to design, manufacture, and test an all-terrain vehicle. Members also gain business skills […]

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Designing Better Wireless Experiments through Screening

Today’s computer networks are complex engineered systems. Due to the large number of parameters available, an important question is Which parameters should be selected for experimentation?  Screening experiments are conducted to answer this question. The approach used here is based on a locating array, a new combinatorial design whose size grows logarithmically. We set up […]

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Innovative Additive Manufacturing 3D – Hovercraft Vehicle Disaster Relief System

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has designed and manufactured a remote-control hovercraft vehicle using additive manufacturing techniques that will collect a payload for rapid delivery to a set destination. A larger scale of this hovercraft will deliver care packages to areas affected by natural disaster. The design of this vehicle considers the environment […]

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