Senior Design Presentations from UC College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Updated 4/18/2013)


Thursday, April 25, 2013 



Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)


5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. –  Social Time


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. –  Dinner


7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. –  Presentation


$10- $15, See information in Reservations



This annual meeting is the best senior design teams from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, electrical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering Technology.  They will present and demonstrate their senior design projects. 

 IEEE Awarded UC Senior Projects    2013

Intellibrella: The Smart Umbrella

     Students: Timothy Bueno (EE) and John Hickey (EE)

     Advisor:  Dr. Fred Beyette

Project Summary: The Intellibrella is a device that attaches to umbrellas of all sizes. When placed near a doorway, the Intellibrella will quickly and conveniently notify you of impending rain. It also intuitively recognizes when you leave the house, and keeps you from leaving it behind. We believe the Intellibrella is a great solution to staying dry on rainy days.


          Students: Justin Best (EET) and James Pignatiello (EET)

          Advisor:  Professor Mike Haas

Project Summary: Intelligrated, established in 2001, has provided material handling solutions for businesses throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Conveyor systems are used for many of these applications and provide services such as the storing, sorting, labeling, and shipping of products. A major component of these systems are Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), up to 100 VFDs may be utilized for these services and communicate via a wired PROFIBUS network. Each VFD requires a unique set of parameters that are programmed prior to operation. Intellisense consists of a hardware component with a software interface that uses the existing PROFIBUS network to set and modify these unique parameters from a central and safe location. This alleviates an engineer from traditionally visiting the physical location of each VFD to program these parameters using an onboard keypad located on the VFD.

 iOS Based Voice Analysis Application for Speech Therapy

     Students: Kyle  Lippert (CET) and Robert  Pfister (CET)

     Advisor:  Dr. Xuefu (Frank) Zhou (Engineering) and Dr. Eva Von Leer ( Medical)

Project Summary: The iOS-based Voice Analysis Application for Speech Therapy consists of a software application built to run on the popular Apple mobile devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. These devices are significantly cheaper in comparison to the clinical devices, and many patients already own one of these devices for one of its numerous other uses, so the cost of running this application is a fraction of its counterparts. The software allows the patient to perform his or her exercises and get immediate feedback at any time or in virtually any place, in the form of readouts for jitter, frequency, and cepstral peak prominence. By providing this feedback, the patient can use his or her practice time optimally, knowing that he or she is doing the exercises precisely as prescribed by the therapist.

Students: Vinson Butler (EE), Justin Cox (EE), and Brittany Jones (CE)

Advisor: Dr. Carla Purdy

Project Summary: Upon investigating existing bible search websites, it has come to the attention of this team that little emphasis has been placed on search engine usability. strives to make searching the bible easier by going beyond just simple word matching and rather start searching scriptures based on context. What this means is that individuals should be able to search the bible without having prior knowledge of its content. Individuals should also be able to perform bible searches in their native English tongue. They shouldn’t be forced to mimic the archaic language of the bible.

 UC CoursePlanner

Student: Tom Bachmann (CS), Britney Bogard (CS), and Joe Conrady (CS)

Project Summary: Scheduling courses is a critical activity that all university students engage in every semester. In addition to satisfying their degree requirements, students must find a course schedule that does not conflict with their other obligations. These include non-academic obligations such as a job, extracurricular groups, sports teams, and family requirements. Finding a schedule that satisfies both of these requirements can be very challenging and time consuming, especially with the way the existing tools are designed. UC CoursePlanner simplifies this process by focusing on how each class fits into the student’s calendar. The application includes a modern, responsive web interface coupled with integration to UC’s central database. By combining a calendar-based schedule view with the robustness of the existing course search functionality, UC CoursePlanner makes course scheduling much easier.

 MENU SELECTIONSBuffet Menu: Hot Sliced Roast Beef in Gravy, Parmesan Style Chicken Breast, Parmesan Crusted Spaghetti Squash, Sautéed Vegetables, Tossed Salad, Dinner Rolls and Butter, Chef’s Choice Dessert

 LOCATION:  Raffel’s is located at 10160 Reading Road, south of Glendale-Milford Road on the east side of Reading. Take I-75 to the Glendale-Milford Rd. Exit, go east on Glendale-Milford Road approximately ¾ of a mile to Reading Rd. and turn right on Reading.

RESERVATIONS:  Please make reservations for each meeting by going to:  Please click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  Members (Advance Registration): $10.00 Non-members, members w/o registration: $15.00

Reservations close at Midnight on April 21, 2013.

An email to prior to the close of reservations is required to properly cancel your reservation.

All Reservations must be made by Midnight, Sunday April 21, 2013

PE CREDITS:  Depending on the subject matter, attendance at IEEE Cincinnati Section Meetings now qualifies the attendee for Professional Development Hours towards renewal of Professional Engineers Licenses. Required documentation will be available following the meeting!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.