Projects Day 2011–2012

Computer Science Clinic

The Aerospace Corporation

Improving Security for Android Smartphones

Liaisons: Joseph Betser, Jandria Alexander, John Nilles, Peter Reiher, Luke Florer, Adam Jackson
Advisor: Geoff Kuenning
Students:Kathryn Lingel (PM-F), Steve Matsumoto, Oliver Ortlieb, Adam Cozzette (PM-S)

As smartphones become more widespread and powerful, they are becoming a more common target for attacks and malware. To help address these growing security threats, we are building a defense mechanism that strengthens the security of Android-based smartphones by making it more difficult for malicious applications to interfere with the communications of other applications. In particular, we are modifying the Android source code to better handle messages sent between applications and testing our defense on both simulated and real-life applications.

Apatite to Zircon, Inc.

Automated Characterization of Fission Tracks in Apatite Crystals

Liaison: Ray Donelick, PhD
Advisor: Zachary Dodds
Students: Calvin Loncaric (PM), Thea Osinski, Colin O’Bryne, Leif Gaebler

Our goal is to develop an application to help geologists find and characterize fission tracks and fission track tips in apatite crystals as efficiently and reliably as possible. This involves computer vision algorithms for automatic identification, the creation of a usable human interface, accurate models for the data, and a library for storing and retrieving results.


Quantitative Measurement of Consumer Electronics Recycling Processes

Liaisons: Rebekah Griffiths, Jeff Gothard
Advisor: Ben Wiedermann
Students: Sarah Ferraro (PM), Kevin Riley, Rahul Swaminthan and Carl Walsh

eRecyclingCorps provides a service to collect used consumer electronics for recycling or reuse. Other companies run their electronics trade-in programs through eRecyclingCorps, but are not currently receiving detailed feedback on the total environ-mental savings of the program. Our goal is to report this information to eRecyclingCorps customers by collecting relevant data from the trade-ins and synthesizing it into interactive report pages. These pages can be tailored to a specific user based on their role within their company.

Intel Corporation – Hillsboro

Rethinking Modern Media

Liaison: Jack Weast
Advisor: Melissa O’Neill
Students: Chris Beavers (PM), Richard Porczak, Richard Truong, and Yoyo Zhang

Despite advances in picture clarity and screen size, the traditional television experience has remained largely unchanged for over 50 years. In this project, we have reimagined how core parts of the TV experience could and should be improved to take advantage of modern technology and lifestyles. In the first, we’ve broken from the shackles of linear time based seeking and have given users complete freedom to seek intelligently and contextually within the content they are enjoying. In the second project, we’ve re-imagined the TV “viewing party” experience for the modern age, where participants are rarely in the same physical room together but instead are staying connected virtually through social media and other networks.

Intel Corporation – Santa Clara

Physics Simulation using JavaScript with Data-Parallel Extensions

Liaisons: Stephan A. Herhut, Tatiana Shpeisman, Jaswanth Sreeram
Advisor: Melissa O’Neill
Students: William Bulk (PM), Daniel Lubarov, Paul Hobbs, Phil Aelion-Moss

Like a car using only one cylinder, much of the potential of today’s multicore computers goes unused — especially browsing the web. Intel’s “River Trail” provides data-parallel extensions to JavaScript, offering the potential unprecedented parallel speedup for tasks running in the browser. In this project, we have built a multi-object physics simulation to provide a compelling demonstration that showcases the data-parallel approach, and offer valuable feedback to Intel on the design and implementation of their River Trail prototype.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Supercomputer Stress Test

Liaisons: Scott Pakin, Randal Rheinheimer
Advisor: Christopher Stone
Students: Adam Novak, Benson Khau, Camille Marvin, Kimberly Sheely (PM)

As supercomputers increase in scale and utilize an increasing variety of hardware, there are more failures and fewer off-the-shelf test suites for finding them. The goal of this project is to design, implement, test, and deliver to Los Alamos National Laboratory a system that includes a test suite that can be used to find failures. The system can also be used to reduce the possible source of a failure from the entire supercomputer to a small set of components.

Microsoft Corporation

Stroke Rehabilitation with the Microsoft Surface

Liaison: Dr. Cati Boulanger
Advisor: Elizabeth Sweedyk
Students: Kiley Sobel (PM), Russell Transue, Andy Kearney, Lilian de Greef

The Microsoft Clinic team designed and developed a computer game for the Microsoft Surface, a large multi-touch display, to aid in stroke rehabilitation. The patient controls sea creatures in a virtual aquarium through gestures that are part of their physical therapy. The game is designed to motivate patients to perform their exercises and to provide an assessment of their progress.

The MITRE Corporation

Pose Correction for Automated Facial Recognition

Liaisons: Dr. Mark Burge, Josh Kontz ’10
Advisor: Zachary Dodds
Students: Emma Taborsky (PM), Emily Myers-Stanhope, Elliot Godzich, Dylan Marriner, Heather Williams

MITRE is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered to work solely in the public interest. Our clinic project has investigated and implemented algorithms for determining image locations of facial landmarks such as the eyes, nose, and corners of the mouth. These landmarks, in turn, con-tribute to applications including pose-identification, pose-correction, and facial recognition.

Parasoft Corporation

Automated Record and Playback within Silverlight Applications

Liaison: Nathan Jakubiak ’99
Advisor: Ben Wiedermann
Students: Eric Aleshire (PM), Alexa Keizur, Bea Metitiri, Stuart Pernsteiner

In this project, we develop a library that allows for recording and playback of user interactions with Silverlight web applications. Using this library, it is possible to automate flexible and rigorous testing of Silverlight applications, without requiring prior modification. Additionally, our library is designed to be simple to use and integrate into larger testing frameworks.

Sandia National Laboratories

Parallelizing and Enriching AtC, a Finite Element Extension for the LAMMPS Molecular Dynamics Code

Liaisons:  Dr. Jeremy Alan Templeton, Dr. Reese Jones, Dr. Jonathan A. Zimmerman
Advisor:  Ran Libeskind-Hadas
Students:  Sean Laguna (PM), Fiona Tay, Aaron Gable, Tselil Schramm

The Atomistic-to-Continuum (AtC) package ex-tends a classical molecular dynamics code, pairing atomic-scale simulation with the Finite Element Method (FEM) to model the effects of molecular behavior at a larger scale. Currently, the AtC pack-age supports neither parallel computation nor the desired methodological flexibility. We will profile and optimize AtC, then extend its functionality to include parallelization of computation, more complex element geometries including tetrahedra, and support for higher-order shape functions in the FEM.

Engineering Clinic

Avalon Premium Tank Cleaning: A Division of Chemtrans

Designing a Device to Better Clean Mobile Liquid Bulk Tanks

Liaisons:  Sarajane Williams, Arnell Maxey, Reginald Lathan
Advisor:  Mary Cardenas
Students: Bryan Chow (TL-S), Julie Kraus (TL-F), David King, Allie McDonnell, Lowell Reade, Brady Sutton (S)

The Avalon Clinic team was tasked with designing and building a device to better clean the interior of mobile liquid bulk tanks by extending spinners towards the bulkheads of the tank. The team de-signed an articulating pipe that extends inside of the tank, bringing the spinners nine feet closer to each bulkhead when compared to the current process. This extension shortens the cleaning time and cleans more effectively.

Barling Bay, LLC

Dimmable Overhead Lighting Fixture

Liaisons:  Dr. Michael Joost ’72, Ronald Houser
Advisor:  Karl Wang
Students:  Matthew Brown (TL), Matthew Davis, Harry Lenahan, Leslie Forrester (F), Kenny Huang (S), Kim Kilday (F), Michael Loy (S)

Current high bay light fixtures, such as those used in warehouses, are energy inefficient because they are slow to warm up and cannot be dimmed. The Barling Bay Clinic team designed, built, and tested a multiple-bulb, energy-efficient light fixture that automatically adjusts to ambient light and alerts the user to when bulbs need to be replaced. These features allow the fixture to provide the same brightness as older light fixtures but with reduced energy use with a more efficient maintenance system.


Auto-ID Device for Increasing Safety of IV Medication Delivery

Liaisons:  Bob Butterfield, Dr. Robert Siefert
Advisor:  Philip Cha
Students: Kristen Schunter (TL-S), Andrew Ho (TL-F), Elissa Leonard, Karen Beaty (S), Thomas Carey (S), Efren Huerta-Ruiz (F), Lauren Lieu (F)

Fatal mix-ups too commonly result from the complexity of managing the multiple simultaneous intravenous drug infusions of hospital patients. Manual tracing of each IV tube is time-consuming and error-prone, and as such it is easy for a nurse to deliver an incorrect dosage by programming the pump for the wrong medication. The CareFusion team is designing a system that will help the nurse verify which IV bag is attached to each pump, thereby reducing the incidence of incorrect pairings.


Ethernet Testing Device

Liaisons: Johnny Shum, John Norin ’90/91
Advisor:  Katherine Candler
Students:  Alena Rau (TL-S), Chris Abella (TL-S), Grant Ukropina (S), Katie Hauser (S), Brett Burley (F), Braden Neufeld (F)

In order to streamline the installation process of new High-Definition home receivers, DIRECTV has tasked the Harvey Mudd clinic team with creating a handheld device that provides the status of a customer’s home Ethernet network. The device performs six main tests in order to identify common installation problems. The team will deliver a product that allows for an installer un-trained in Ethernet networking to accurately assess the customer’s network, providing assistance to the customer in connecting to the DIRECTV home receiver.

Intel Corporation

3.5-D Blocking Optimization for Stencil Computations on Modern CPUs

Liaison: Jatin Chhugani, PhD
Advisor: Sarah Harris
Students: Stanislas Sebag (TL-S), Meera Punjiya (TL-F), Johnathan Chai (S), Steven Hang (S), Max Korbel (F), Trevor Apple (F)

The Intel clinic team is exploiting the architectural features of the Intel processor to decrease the execution time of a stencil operation. Stencil operations are used in simulations including seismic simulations or to compute large data grids. Typical stencil operation algorithms are bound by the available memory bandwidth and do not scale with rapidly increasing processor speed. To take advantage of increasing processor capability, the team designed a 3.5D blocking algorithm that uses caching, data-level parallelism (SIMD), and multi-threading on a multi-core, multi-socket platform to reduce the execution time of the stencil operation.

Isilon Systems

Benchmarking Solid State Drives

Liaisons: Ben Melhuish ’94, Steve Hubbell ’95
Advisor: Anthony Bright
Students: Mark Ellis (TL-S), William Grabill (TL-F), Allison Card (S), Jeff Steele (S), Gurchetan Singh (F), Paula Ning (F)

Isilon Systems provides large-scale network attached storage to data-intensive industries. As Isilon incorporates a growing number of Solid State Drives (SSDs) into their storage solutions, they must develop a qualification process for these devices. To this end, the clinic team has developed an application called Isibench to benchmark Solid State Drives. The team has defined metrics for SSD performance and investigated causes of their performance degradation.

KLA-Tencor Corporation

Rapid Silicon Wafer Temperature Conditioner

Liaisons: Steve Cui, PhD, Anoop George, PhD
Advisor: Adrian Hightower
Students: Kirby Haraguchi (TL-S), Dalar Nazarian (TL-F), Niger Washington, Kevin Tham, Tiffany Liu (S), Matthew Kweon (F)

The KLA-Tencor Clinic Team was tasked to de-sign, build and test a rapid silicon wafer temperature conditioner (RSWTC) for use in KLA-Tencor’s current geometry inspection process. The goal of the RSWTC is to decrease error in geometry measurement caused by temperature variation between wafers when inspecting the dimensions and characteristics of silicon wafers. The RSWTC must take in a wafer, near room temperature, and heat it to a user specified temperature, without physically contacting the wafer, within 10 seconds.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Measuring and Modeling Wind Turbine Dynamics

Liaison: Curtt Ammerman
Advisor:  Ziyad Durón
Students: Evann Gonzales (TL-S), Joseph Min (TL-F), Richard Coronado, Andrew Jennings, Kyle Carbo (F), Kevin Leyden (S)

This Harvey Mudd College (HMC) Clinic Project is designed to directly support the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Intelligent Wind Turbine Program, an engineering research effort focused on improving wind turbine reliability. The HMC team was tasked with obtaining operational dynamic data from a Whisper 500 residential-class wind turbine and using this information to develop and validate a multibody dynamics model.


Design of an Infotainment Interface

Liaisons: John Schussler, David Coleman, Elvis Matsuo
Advisors: Okitsugu Furuya, Sarah Harris
Students: Renee Gittins (TL-S), Alexa Noxon (TL-F), Moriah Gelder (F), Richard Hsieh (F), Martha Cuenca (S), Tracey Luke (S), Christine Rhee (S)

The Mazda Clinic team’s project goal is to design, build and test several options for a human machine interface for the “infotainment” system in Mazda vehicles. This interface must be predictive of user inputs, work for a variety of users and be as intuitive and comfortable as possible.

Medtronic Diabetes

Miniaturization of Lifetime Optical Reader Device for Glucose Monitoring

Liaisons: Soren Aasmul, Alexander McAuley ’11
Advisor: David Money Harris
Students: Kristen Waren (TL-S), Isabel Bush (TL-F), Liana Boraas (S), David Maragoni-Simonsen(S), Kathleen Vinnedge (S), Kacyn Fujii (F), Ellery Burgess (F), Kate Crawford (F)

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems allow patients with diabetes to read their blood glucose levels in real time. Medtronic has already designed and produced a working fluorescence based CGM system, but it is too large for patients to wear comfortably. The 2011-2012 Medtronic Clinic team aims to reduce the size and power consumption of this system by exploring and testing changes to the signal processing algorithms and hardware of the glucose reader device.

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Life Improvement for Airborne Electronics

Liaisons: Todd Uramoto, Angelo Jefferson
Advisor: Katherine Candler
Students: Stephen Kwong (TL-S), Josh Rowe (TL-F), Sam Ettinger, Alex Ross, Tyler Smelt (S)

In this project the Clinic Team has applied the concepts and methods of Reliability Engineering,

Developmental Testing, and Design Enhancement on an actual electronic subsystem to be deployed on an electronic surveillance helicopter. This en-tails following a systematic top-down approach including planning the project, gathering technical information, implementing the plan, executing the test regimen, analyzing the results and, time permitting, incorporating the design changes and retesting, which is close to the project approach in use in the aerospace industry.


Exploration of Oracle NUMBER Addition Hardware

Liaison: Michael Dayringer ’08
Advisor: Karl Wang
Students: William Koven (TL), Sandrine Dang, Dylan Stow (S), Aaron Atzil (S)

The Oracle clinic team explored the design space of hardware to perform addition on Oracle NUM-BERs, a type of floating point number used in Oracle databases. There are currently no hardware solutions for the addition of Oracles NUMBERs in use. The team implemented several different architectures focusing on tradeoffs between energy, speed, and area. The hardware developed is faster and uses less energy than Oracle’s current soft-ware implementation.

Oregon Biomedical Engineering Institute (OBEI)

Toxic Agent Countermeasure Technology

Liaisons: Kenton Gregory, M.D.; Teresa Pineda ’06; Lisa Lucchesi, M.S.; Jian Guo, PhD
Advisor: Elizabeth Orwin
Students: Vincent Pai (TL-S), Annie Jensen (TL-F), Divina Allan, J. Emery (S), Alyssa Siegman (S), Crystal Bong (F)

The OBEI Clinic team is investigating the effectiveness of several formulations of an organic polymer for radioisotope decontamination. The team will test the organic polymer, already shown to bind to radioisotopes in in vitro studies, on an intact skin model, to inform future designs for skin, and possibly wound, decontamination, in both military and civilian applications.

Paramount Pictures

Implementing Regenerative Braking on Launched Roller Coasters

Liaisons: Charles Myers, David Thornton, Dave Rossi
Advisor: Erik Spjut
Students: Margaret Brier (TL-S), Chelsea Fischbach (TL-F), Scott Ogilvie, Johnson Qu, Ayyappa Vemulkar (S), Kenny Buyco (F)

The 2011-2012 Paramount Pictures Clinic team was tasked with making improvements to the energy efficiency of launched roller coasters. At the beginning of braking, launched coasters maintain as much as 70% of their initial kinetic energy, so significant recapture potential exists for regenerative braking systems. We pursued an electro-magnetic system, which could be implemented on existing roller coaster designs. We produced a proof-of-concept design and collected and analyzed experimental data to support our conceptual design parameters.

Sandia National Laboratories

Z-Accelerator Cleaning Robot

Liaisons: Mike Lopez, PhD, Decker Spencer
Advisor: Anthony Bright
Students: Maximillian Gonzalez (TL-S), Alyssa Paulson (TL-F), Brian Soe, Jonathan Schwartz (S), Hannah Groshong (S), Andrew Loeb (F), Edward Ruan (F)

The team designed, developed, and tested an operator-controlled robot which cleans the insulator stack of the Z-Accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories. The team machined and built a functioning first prototype of the robot that removes any metal “slag” from the insulator ring surface by sanding it off. The robot provides consistent, full-surface sanding to increase the performance of the stack and reduces the turnover time for experiments by speeding up the cleaning process.

Silfur Capital, LLC

High-Performance Hardware-Accelerated Exchange Matching System

Liaison: John Benediktsson ’01
Advisor: Ruye Wang
Students: James Parks (TL-S), Eric Zhang (TL-F), Chris Lauinger (S), Nash Witkin (S), Max Friefeld (F), Parker Martin (F)

The Silfur Capital team is tasked with the implementation of a hardware-based financial exchange matching engine. The team investigates the potential optimizations of financial exchanges, particularly in the area of latency and throughput, by utilizing the hardware design space. By creating a low-latency high-throughput exchange, the project aims to increase the efficiency of our financial markets in a cost-effective manner.

Skyline Eco-Adventures

End of Line Zipline Braking System

Liaison: Mike Teske
Advisor: Lori Bassman
Students: David Golay (TL-S), Nick Hill (TL-F), Mira De Avila-Shin, Sam Meyer, Ilona Phipps-Morgan

The team designed, built, and tested an end-of-line braking system for Skyline Eco-Adventures zipline tour operations. The design, which relies on fluid drag from a turbine to safely and consistently brake incoming riders of varying weights over a range of speeds, can be easily retrofitted or adapted to Skyline Eco-Adventures’ existing and future installations.

Space Systems/Loral

Active On-Orbit Shapeable Spacecraft Antenna

Liaisons: Colin Francis, Simon Hodgson
Advisor: Philip Cha
Students: Katherine Lownsbery (TL-S), Ryan Williams (TL-F), Winnie Ding, Alec Storrie-Lombardi, Logan Kroloff (S), Matthew Cummins (F)

The Space Systems/Loral clinic team designed, built, and tested a system to actively and remotely control the shape of a satellite sub-reflector. This system meets the need for remote real-time control of the projection area on the earth of a satellite broadcast signal. The system is composed of computer-controlled piezoelectric linear actuators that manipulate the sub-reflector surface to a high degree of precision.

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Digital High Voltage Power Supplies for Space Applications

Liaison: Dr. Jörg-Micha Jahn
Advisor: Ruye Wang
Students: Tynan McAuley (TL-S), Sara Sholes (TL-F), Frederic Hour (EX), Will Ferenc (S), Stephen Cefali (F)

Southwest Research Institute has tasked the Harvey Mudd College clinic team with designing and implementing a proof-of-concept digital controller for high voltage power supplies. Currently, these power supplies have complex analog controllers that add extra cost, complexity, and power consumption to the power supply systems, which power scientific instruments on spacecraft. SwRI hopes to replace these analog controllers with digital controllers such as those designed and explored by the Harvey Mudd clinic team.

Technip USA

Dynamic Simulation of the Kalex Multi-Component Binary Cycle System

Liaisons: Michael Mugerwa, PhD; Teddy Hartono, PE; Gary Eagleson, PE, Sanjeev Sekhri
Advisor: Mary Cardenas
Students: Nicole Peck (TL), Jinhwa Chun, Joyce Lin, Brianna Posadas (F), Andrew Hilger (S), Monica Hwang (S)

The Kalex cycle is a unique ammonia-water binary cycle that can generate up to 30% more electric power than traditional binary systems at the low temperatures of many geothermal resources. The clinic team has developed and analyzed a transient model for the Kalex cycle. This transient model has been used to study the performance of the cycle in response to changes in ambient temperature, offering insights into the performance of a Kalex power plant under realistic operating conditions.

Engineering/Mathematics Clinic

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Modeling Cooling System Alternative for LANL’s Data Center

Liaisons: Josip Loncaric, Farhad Banisadr, Carolyn Connor, Park Fields, Richard Rivera
Advisors: Patrick Little, Lisette dePillis
Students: Roxie Bartholomew (TL-F), Daniel Furlong, Mary Sullivan (TL-S), Michelle DeRienzo (S), Abby Korth (S), Jaclyn Olmos-Silverman (F)

Managing energy consumption is a critical problem in maintaining large data centers. The team developed a mathematical model to quantify the energy consumption for alternative cooling systems, specifically for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) facilities. This model was created by developing a comprehensive engineering analysis which minimizes the power consumption of the cooling system based on changing heat loads and weather given some set temperature inputs. Model outcomes have been validated against efficiency data provide by LANL and a sensitivity analysis. The model will aid LANL in renovating their cooling system to be more energy efficient.

Dynamic Network for Aquatic Robots (DYNAR) in Collaboration with Claremont Graduate University

Shark Tracking Outreach Program

Liaisons: Rachel Levy, Allon Percus
Advisors: Weiqing Gu, Erin Byrne
Students: Sarah Warkentin (PM-F), Spencer Tung (PM-S), Matthew Richman, Sydney Hanson (F), Hannah Kastein (F), Kevin Kim (S), Michelle Fenxiao Chen (S)

The DYNAR Clinic team has developed a self-contained educational activity that uses robotics to introduce high school students to engineering and related mathematics. The high school students will build an inexpensive, aquatic, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), then use mathematical techniques to track a target using the ROV.

Engineering/Physics Clinic

Artemis Innovation Management Solutions, LLC

Microwave Power Transmitter-Receiver for Application to Space Solar Power

Liaison: John C. Mankins ’78
Advisor: Qimin Yang
Students: Alex Hall (TL-S), Ethan Ritz (TL-F), Ben Jones, Ozzie Gooen (S), Garrett Menghini (S), James Anderson (F), Liya Temin (F)

The Harvey Mudd College Artemis clinic team will design, build, and test a mobile prototype of a microwave transmitter and receiver system for wireless solar-generated power transmission operating at 2.45 GHz. The clinic team will construct a prototype capable of transmitting 100 watts of power at a distance of 100 meters. The prototype will be modular in design and possess beam directional control capability.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Design of a Hybrid Antineutrino Detector using Scintillation and Wavelength-Shifting Materials

Liaisons: Dr. Nathaniel Bowden, Dr. Gregory Keefer
Advisors: Richard Haskell, Adrian Hightower
Students: Ethan Susca (TL-S), Brianna Blanchard, Karen Heinselman (TL-F), Wylie Rosenthal, Christopher Cotner, Carlo Vaccari (S), Rebecca Streitz (F)

Sensitive monitoring of antineutrino flux from nuclear power plants documents the consumption of fissile materials, thereby enhancing nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation. In the team’s newly designed hybrid scintillation detector, energy depositions from prompt gamma rays and delayed neutron capture events provide an unambiguous signal for antineutrino detection. Dual scintillation materials are used with wavelength-shifting plastics to direct light to photomultiplier tubes most efficiently. Material characterization tests and Monte Carlo simulations were used to optimize the design of the detector.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Femtosecond Laser Timing Measurement

Liaisons: Dr. Josef Frisch, Dr. Alan Fry, Dr. Justin May, Dr. David Schultz, Dr. Steven Smith, Dr. Tonee Smith, Dr. William White
Advisors: Qimin Yang, Richard Haskell
Students: Kevin Samrick (TL-S), Susan Tan (TL-F), Robert Hoyt, Michael Bowerman (S), Say Young (Josh) Cook (F), Chuhyon John Eom (F)

The SLAC clinic team is working with researchers from the LINAC Coherent Light Source, the world’s brightest X-ray laser. Our goal is to reduce timing errors that occur when synchronizing laser pulses in their pump-probe experiments. Since researchers believe the current 250 femtosecond

(2.5×10-13 s) timing error is primarily caused by their photodiodes, the team built a timing platform to characterize the errors introduced by these de-vices.

Trivec Avant

Compact Planar, Omnidirectional, Ultrawideband Antenna

Liaisons: David Macy, John Fenick
Advisor: John Molinder
Students: Gregory Fong (TL), Stephen Lowery, Matthew Goodwin, Chet Corcos (S), Bennett Naden (F)

While modern software radio systems are compact and capable of output across a wide frequency range, existing antenna designs capable of transmitting across a wide frequency range in all directions are too large and unwieldy for many mobile platforms. Trivec Avant Corporation team has tasked the Harvey Mudd team with designing a compact, planar, and ultra-wideband (225-2000MHz) antenna that radiates omnidirectionally in azimuth.

Global Clinic

Broadcom in Collaboration with Kogakuin University

Non-Intrusive Monitoring System for Isolated Elderly Individuals in Japan

Liaison: Jacob Rael
Advisors: Lisette dePillis, Okitsugu Furuya, Patrick Little, Yukio Nakajima (KU), Masanori Shiomi (KU), Yoshihito Yasaki (KU), Sebastian Brooke (KU)
Students: Benjamin Liu (PM-SU), Noah Duncan (PM-F), Edward Wang (PM-S), Samantha Ipser (S), Masahiro Kato (KU), Yohei Katayama (KU), Kazuma Ouchi (KU), Kyosuke Kusaka (KU), Shinsaku Nakamura (KU)

Japan has an increasing proportion of isolated elderly individuals, a situation likely to continue into the future. The goal of this joint project with Kogakuin University in Tokyo is to design, build and test a monitoring system to report their physical state to family and friends. Our ultimate goal is to give the elderly a greater sense of security, integrate the monitoring system seamlessly into their lives, and communicate their condition to others who care about them.

Mathematics Clinic

E. & J. Gallo Winery

Livingston Cooperage Optimization Model

Liaisons: Joseph Allen, Deepak Tirumalasetty, Ambarish Acharya, Bryan Weiner
Advisor: Rachel Levy
Students: Kevin Black, Keiko Hiranaka (PM), Leon Liu, Maksym Taran

E. & J. Gallo Winery is the largest winery in the world. Our project focuses on developing a mathematical model that finds an optimal combination of processing and storage tanks at the Livingston Winery, one of E. & J. Gallo’s largest winemaking facilities. In addition to accommodating future grape harvests, these tanks must also meet the transfer and storage requirements of the winemaking process. To solve this problem, our team has developed a computer-based application that will return a cost-optimal tank mix.

Shell International Exploration & Production Inc.

Algorithms to Automate the Drilling Monitoring Process

Liaisons: Don Sitton, Jose Mota ’95
Advisor: Talithia Williams
Students: Emil Guliyev, Lindsay Hall (PM), Brandon Wei, Rebecca Young

In 2002, Shell Oil began monitoring real-time drilling data from offshore rigs in order to detect and respond to potential problems as early as possible. In this project, we aim to design and implement an algorithm which monitors key drilling parameters in real time, automatically detects abnormal behavior, and alerts rig monitors of potential issues. This algorithm is intended to assist rig monitors in detecting deviating trends in drilling data and recognizing impending issues quickly.