University of Cincinnati and Miami University Senior Project Presentations

DATE:     Thursday, April 27, 2017

PLACE :  Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME :    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 8:45 p.m. – Presentation
COST:      $10- $15, See information in Reservations


University of Cincinnati and Miami University Senior Project Presentations

Each year the engineering students at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University complete thir senior projects.  We are amazed at the talent and creativity of these students as they present their projects to us. These presentations are typically an interesting mix of hardware and software, solving problems, improving efficiencies, and creating new opportunities.

The two Miami presentations are:

Solar Powered Irrigation System

Miami University’s Institute for Food has farm land dedicated to research in sustainable agriculture. The site has no access to electricity nor municipal water. A well and 1 HP pump system is installed on the property to water the crops. Electricity is currently provided from a 6500 W gasoline powered generator. It is desired to replace this fossil fuel system with an off-grid photovoltaic (PV) based electrical system. Electrical engineering students will be responsible to design, build, install, and troubleshoot the photovoltaic power system for an irrigation system. The system will be automated using a PLC and HMI.

Sports Hexacopter Design

The objective of the Sports Hexacopter Design Team is to prototype and implement a drone capable of direct or autonomous flight control, real-time video transmission, and tracking items of interest while adhering to strict safety protocols. The mechanical team is designing and producing a lightweight frame, waterproof shell, and rapidly interchangeable battery cartridges. The software team is implementing an on-site black box equipped with a computer and WiFi router for communication with the tablet application, hexacopter, and wearable indicators of items of interest. Our team is responsible for developing the hexacopter to maintain safe autonomous flight control, carry out user pilot control commands, produce a stable video feed of the environment, and communicate with the on-site server and tablet application.


Advisor: Dr. Anca Ralescu;  Students: Jacob Allex (CS), Amber Watripont (CS), and Andrew Welch (CS)

Educational and Therapeutic Gaming Application for Children within the Autism spectrum to Learn Facial Expressions and Emotions. We would like to explore solutions to help children (aged 7-10) with Autism Spectrum Disorder overcome some of their educational and/or therapeutic disabilities, with a focus in social interaction. The final goal of this project s to create a mobile gaming application that allows the user (a child with autism) to have fun and engage with their peers, family members, and therapists while also testing themselves and improving the social skill of being able to identify and understand another’s facial expression and emotion.

Network for Autonomous Vehicles (N.A.V)

Advisor: Dr. Max Rabiee;   Students: John Cooker (EET), Katy Yoder (EET), and Mark Young (EET)

Our project is designed to demonstrate the sharing of sensor data and traffic information amongst autonomous cars. We have three battery powered model cars controlled by Raspberry Pi’s which navigate a 54 sqft (6’x9′) rack. By wirelessly sharing information, these model cars can avoid both forward and side collisions.


Advisor: Dr. Max Rabiee;  Students:Bill Abersold (CE), Justin Nutting (CE), Raymond Peng (CE), and Christopher Wilson (EE)

SHIELA is the first low cost, standalone smart home system. SHIELA is the beginning solution to a smart home market that is flooded with many different devices that do not integrate with one another.

Controllable Engraver

Advisor: Dr. Carla Purdy;  Students: Erik Henderson (EE), Adam Fornalcyzk (EE), Dan Loudin (EE)

The project is to make a micro-controller that can run an engraving machine that can make outdated engravers work like new. The project also includes a software package to run the engraver and allow it to engrave simple pictures.


Buffet Menu: Herbed Grilled Chicken Breast, Baked Ham with Pineapples, Quinoa w/ Shiitakes & Snow Peas, Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables, Spinach Salad, Fresh Cut Fruit Salad, Dinner Rolls & Butter

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 click on the appropriate link and complete the reservation.  (Note: Meeting list on webpage is slow to load on some browsers)

Reservations close at midnight on Sunday April 23, 2017. DINNER RESERVATION CANCELLATION POLICY 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 23, 2017

WALK-INS (those without reservations): You are welcome to attend this meeting and/or enjoy the dinner even if you did not register in advance. Walk-ins pay a higher $15 dinner fee. Raffel’s determines our cost based on the number of plates used; if you choose to have dinner, please pay the fee if you eat even if you arrive late or didn’t pre-register.

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 if qualified!  The Section Meetings also provide a great opportunity to network with fellow engineers in the area.


MAY MEETING:    Amazon Alexa/Echo

An overview of the rapid evolving state around internet of things, voice command and response, internet, and the hardware and platforms that support it. What this means for the rapidly expanding set of solutions and products in both commercial and customer spaces in these areas.

Thursday May 25, 2017