Senior Projects Exposition Showcases Student Achievement at Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ, April 30, 2011 --( On April 27, Stevens Institute of Technology hosted its annual Senior Projects Expo, a showcase of the senior year design projects of the graduating seniors from the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science, the Howe School of Technology Management, and the School of Systems and Enterprises.

The showcase is the culmination of the undergraduate education experience at Stevens. It allows students to apply the knowledge they have learned over four years to address a significant challenge in the areas of engineering, science, computer science, engineering management, and technology marketing and management.

Working together, teams tackle a practical problem initiated by the faculty or an external sponsor. Designing real-world devices and systems fosters creativity and innovation, attributes that align with the Stevens goal of imbuing an entrepreneurial orientation in its students to prepare them to succeed in their careers in a globally competitive environment.

"Every year, it is exciting to see the progress, teamwork, and execution of these concepts as ideas become reality," says Dr. Keith Sheppard, Associate Dean of Engineering and Science. "A number of these projects will go on in competitions, while others will make positive changes as industry applications. These students look forward to an incredible future."

Projects that premiered April 27 involved a wide range of disciplines and different applications.

Alternative energy projects included highly-efficient microreactors that convert fossil fuels into pure hydrogen to fuel cell batteries, platforms that generate energy from the motions of waves, and wireless devices that harness piezoelectric energy to charge through use.

Vehicles on display included model airplanes built from scratch, submersibles, a Formula SAE car constructed for competition, and an Autonomous Surface vehicle that uses stereoscopic vision to traverse waterways unmanned.

Biomedical applications were aimed at audiences like surgeons, battlefield medics, and handicapped shoppers. The TechnoTriage team designed a computerized triage system with wireless location finder capability to assist first responders during large-scale disaster scenarios. The Thermal Domination Team created an electrocautery device that improves surgical results, enhances blood coagulation, and is safer to use than existing tools. Another team developed a knee goniometer device that monitors the angle of knee movement in injured patients, a device to aid athletes as well as the general public.

Other projects sought to increase efficiency, such as the ID8 team, which pioneered unique ideation software to facilitate the process of developing ideas for businesses and schools. Another team worked with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ DOT) to develop Ped-Aware, a traffic signal and detection system that detects and protects pedestrians without interrupting traffic flow. A Business and Technology team worked to streamline Stevens recycling program, resulting in 1/3 more recycling this year.

Multi-disciplinary teams, including Stevens Solar Decathlon team, bridged gaps between engineering disciplines and engineering management to effectively bring sustainable technology and design to market. Another team, composed of students from Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, and the Product Architecture Engineering Master's program, collaborated with the Department of Defense to create an efficient and sustainable Advanced Expeditionary Housing System (AEHS) for remote combat operations and disaster relief.

"The hands-on Senior Design process is very helpful," says Biomedical Engineering student Dalia Shendi, whose "Heat Wave" Senior Design team created a portable device to re-warm patients suffering from hypothermia, with applications for both the U.S. Army and New Jersey Physicians. "Before Stevens, I had little real experience, and now I know I can research a problem, look at the market for a product, and build and test a successful prototype."

"It feels really good to have this on display," said Alessandro Di Leonardo, a Mechanical Engineering student who worked on AEHS. "The project required a lot of hard work and patience, but now we have put everything together and it has paid off. It is great to have a product that we can show to people."

About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University(™), lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Keep up to date at

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