Poster Competition 2009

Steve Laguette Addresses the Crowd at the 2009 Post Competition

Held on Friday, June 5, 2009
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Engineering II Courtyard

Capstone Course Projects Range from Spacecraft Deployment to Medical Devices.
Showcasing the Students' Creativity and Efforts to Address Real-World Challenges.

Baja buggyWith faculty and industry leaders as judges, Mechanical Engineering students competed in teams for top awards in innovation, technical content and marketability among about 20 complex projects. The competition is part of the College of Engineering’s capstone courses, geared to challenge the students’ ability to apply their knowledge to solve pressing real-world problems.

On June 5, 2009, students presented their projects and posters to the judges, the campus community, and interested representatives of industry and the media.

These projects have been supported by gifts from local industry including Northrop Grumman, Medtronic Neurosurgery, Conmed Linvatec, Renco Encoders, Clipper Windpower, and SEIR.

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The competition is headed by Stephen Laguette, a lecturer at UCSB, a mechanical engineer and a former executive in the medical device industry. He and his team of faculty advisers have helped guide the students through months of design and development of innovative devices for a wide range of industries.

2009 Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the 2009 Poster Competition. All of your hard work and dedication was more than evident in the many brilliant posters and products. We would also like to thank the judges who graciously undertook the unenviable task of compiling the following results:

ME 189 Poster Competition Winners

Most Marketable Design:

Team 4 - Automated Testing System for Hydrocephalus Valves

Team Members:
Cris Goebner, Janine Hicks, Ashley MacInnis,
Timothy Reed, and Jeffrey Tse

Most Innovative Design:

Team 9 - Retractable Wind Turbine Rotor Blade

Team Members: Adam Donald, Rusty Harrington, Michael Ringen,Ryan Sass, and Adam Sutton

Best Technical Presentation:

Team 25 - Automated pH Buffer System (ApBS)

Team Members: José Guevarra (Team Leader),
Jaime Del Rio, Stephen Bayer, and Virginia Shields

ME 153 Poster Competition Winners

Most Marketable Design:

Team 11 - GO-LOCK

Team Members: Sean Dolan (Team Leader),
Brian Hoffman, Arden Rosenblatt, Mike Schmiess,
and Juan Soto

Most Innovative Design:

Team 4 - Phoenix Deployable Stretcher

Team Members: Wil Haynes, Jose Alcala,
Caitlin Anderson, Ashley Hoch, and David Murphy

Best Technical Presentation:

Team 14 - Balance Cam: Video Camera Stabilization Device

Team Members: David Herrick (Team Leader),
Amy Kinney, Michael Watson, and Sean Merrifield

View All 2009 Posters (PDF Format)

ME 189

Team 2: Spacecraft Deployable Hinge
Team 3: Production Robotic Gantry with Renco Encoders
Team 4: Automated Testing System for Hydrocephalus Valves
Team 7: FPA Clamp Optimization
Team 8: Magnet Polarity Test System
Team 9: Retractable Wind Turbine Rotor Blade
Team 11: White Mountain Morphable Mirror Telescope Panel
Team 12: Cercariae Sampling System
Team 13: Swarm Robots
Team 14: Dipole Transmit Antenna Mount
Team 15: SAMPE Super Light Weight Bridge Building Contest: Team UCSB
Team 17: UC Santa Barbara Supermileage Vehicle: Fuel Delivery
Team 18B: UCSB BAJA SAE – Front Suspension
Team 19: Human Powered Vehicle
Team 20: ME 189 Soccer Playing Robots
Team 21: EWB –Human Powered Sorghum Press
Team 22: The Wheelchair Buddy –Automated Wheelchair Mount
Team 23: Solar Water Purification System
Team 25: Automated pH Buffer System (ApBS)

ME 153

Team 1: Wonder-Fold
Team 2: The Compact and Collapsible Clipboard
Team 3: Easy-Up Window Blinds
Team 4: Phoenix Deployable Stretcher
Team 5: Ladder Stability System
Team 6: Multi Use Truck Table (MUTT)
Team 7: Water Polo Cage Stabilizer
Team 8: “The Titan” LCD TV Wall Mount
Team 9: BriteBoard LED Safety System For Skateboards
Team 10: Kitchen Fluid Measurement Device
Team 11: GO-LOCK
Team 12: Ergonomic College Student Backpack
Team 13: The Atlas Brace – Hand Truck Attachment
Team 14: Balance Cam: Video Camera Stabilization Device
Team 15: Cruiser Bicycle Chain Tensioner
Team 16: Super Awesome Notebook Cooling Case

Congratulations to all who were involved in the competition! It was another fine representation of the Mechanical Engineering Department and its hardworking students. 

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