Student Design and Innovation Day

Announcing the 5th Annual Engineering Innovation and Design Day Competition

The James and Patricia Anderson Engineering Ventures Institute presents the Fifth Annual Student Innovation and Design Day, a showcase of our students' cutting-edge solutions to engineering challenges and commercial and social needs. Undergraduate and graduate students, student teams, student organizations, and faculty members are invited to present engineering innovations and development projects to the College of Engineering community, industry representatives, faculty, current and prospective students, employers and more.

The event will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Wayne State University Student Center, Hilberry ABC

How to participate

Participant Guidelines:

The Anderson Institute will offer several prizes to Design Day participants.  Prizes will include a first place award of $1,000, a second place award of $500, and a third place award of $250.  In order to be eligible for a prize, you must do the following:

  • Register to participate by completing the online registration form.
  • Submit your poster electronically by Monday, April 1, 2019.
  • Submit a 3 minute video presentation of your project by Monday, April 1, 2019.
  • Be present at the Design Day event on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Your 3 minute video presentation must include answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the problem you are solving?
  2. How the problem is currently solved?
  3. What did you accomplish?
  4. Why is this important?

Poster Information:

Design Day Poster Template

All posters must be electronically submitted to by Monday, April 1, 2019.

This is an opportunity to display your work to the entire Wayne State University community, so please pay attention to detail when creating your content. Be sure to use spell/grammar check and to include quality images (posters will be printed to 36" x 24" size). Please see the poster examples below for a better understanding of expectations.

  • Sample poster - A leg for Brock (2016 award recipient) 
  • Sample poster - A GSM Technology ( 2016 award recipient)
  • See posters from last year's event below

3 Minute Video Presentation Information:

All video presentations must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2019. Further instructions for submission are forthcoming.

Questions? Contact Kierstin Fiscus. Email:

2017 award recipients

first placeFirst place
Stair Climbing Hand Truck – A three-wheeled hand truck which would allow an operator to climb stairs while transporting boxes and other bulky or heavy objects easily, smoothly and safely.
Students: Andrew Abdulnour, Charlie Wilson, Fawaz Yono, Ghadi Kanso, Omar Alzuhd
Advisor: Golam Newaz


Second place

Low-Cost and Scalable IoT Sensor Packages for Environmental Sampling – Users can test environmental criteria using IoT sensors, an option which is less expensive, low weight, easy to use, and capable of transmitting data from anywhere to a cloud-based platform.

Students: Javad Roostaei, Hamid Sadeghi, James D. V. Wagnen, Zohreh Doosti
Advisor: Yongli Zhang

Third place (two teams)

  1. PMEAS – A modulation application which can be loaded onto a small, affordable computer (i.e. Raspberry Pi) to replace expensive hardware modulation effects pedals, making musicianship more widely accessible.

    Students: Matthew Gaertner, Zein Hijazi, Lee Lazarecky, Joshua Walters
    Advisors: Khayyam Hashmi, Sam Bryfczynski

  2. Project Iris – A self-cleaning camera housing for various automotive applications including backup cameras and autonomous vehicle systems.
    Student: Brandon Matesic
    Advisor: Mohsen Ayoobi

       List of 2017 Projects - view posters here

  2. ACE Therapy WebApp
  3. Advanced Note Taking on Geneset Analysis
  4. A microfluidic chip for encapsulating liver cells
  5. A real-time EMG based controlling system for Upper Limb Prostheses
  6. Assessing Detroit Regional Traffic Condition Using Intelligent Transportation System Data
  7. ATCOQRS- Quality Inspection
  8. Automated UAV Food Delivery System
  9. Automatic Fall Alert System
  11.  Benchmarking of a Personal Air-Sampling Device
  12.  Bicycle Crash Data Analysis – Detroit
  13.  Combined Photoacoustic and Fluorescence Imaging as a Dual-Modality
  14.  Comb-Push Ultrasound Shear Elastography (CUSE): 2D Shear Elasticity
  15.  Imaging in One Data Acquisition Using a Mechanical Source
  16.  Condition Assessment of End-of-Use Products for Remanufacturing
  19.  Design of Arithmetic Processor in Molecular Quantum-dot Cellular Automata
  21.  Diabetic Heart Rate Monitor
  22.  Diesel Spray Rate of Momentum Measurement
  23.  Electrically Heated Snow Shovel
  24.  Encouraging Entrepreneurship Among Engineering Students
  25.  Fresh Water Quality Monitoring
  26.  Fuzzy-Based Integrated Customer Satisfaction Index to Enable Engineering Change
  27.  Giv: A Donation Application
  28.  GM Big Data
  29.  Graphene Synthesis Using sCO2
  30.  Harnessing Wind Energy in Urban Canyon Industrial & Systems Engineering
  31.  Histological Analysis of Nerve Regeneration in Nerve Conduits
  32. Enhanced with Growth Factors and Aligned Fibers
  33.  iCanvass
  34. Industrial Scale Production of Neural Stem Cells
  35.  Intraoral Tongue Drive System (iTDS) For Physically Challenged People
  36.  Regained Mobility: A Low-Cost 3D Printed Myoelectric Prosthetic Hand
  37.  Lightweight Infant Carrier
  38.  Low-Cost and Scalable IoT Sensor Packages for Environmental Sampling
  39.  Manual Wheelchair Modification Device for Leg Propulsion
  40.  MEAS
  41.  Mini Elliptical Exercise Machine
  42.  Modeling Flame Propagation of Fuel and Air Mixture Inside a Constant Volume Chamber
  43. Mower Bike
  44. Effects of UV-Long Wave Exposure on Mechanical Properties of GAG Hollow Fibers
  45.  Optical Coherence Tomography as Applied to Skin Care in Humans
  46.  Optional Practical Training Reporting
  47.  Portable Can Crusher
  48.  Portable Oxygen Concentrator
  50.  Project Gekko
  51.  Project IRIS
  52.  Rehabilitative Boxing Device
  53.  Robust Deep Reliable Image Classification from Corrupted Labels
  54.  S4 Navigator
  55.  Smart Crown for brain imaging
  57.  Stair Climbing Hand Truck
  58.  Super Thin Ultra-Light Posttensioned Flat Plate Floor Systems for Affordable Urban Housing
  59.  Surgical RoboVision
  60.  The Cement Whisk
  61.  The Effect of TGFβ-1 on Adipose-derived Stem Cell (ASC) Ring Constructs
  62.  The effects of exercise and an enhanced nerve conduit on peripheral nerve injury
  64.  TTF-X Nanorods For Enhanced Gas Sensing Applications
  65.  Ultrasonic Echolocation Device for Assisting the Visually Impaired
  66.  Utility of Ultrasound/Photoacoustic Imaging for Accurate Catheter Tracking and Temperature Monitoring During Endovenous Laser Ablation
  67.  Vaginal Speculum
  68.  Virtual Fan Telepresence System
  69.  Wearable Connected Health Platform


2016 award recipients

first placeFirst place
Scalable Intelligent Air Quality Monitoring – a drone that uses Internet of Things technology to monitor air quality and pollution

Students: Pranav Chokda and Kamaljit Chahal, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Chris Gregory, Engineering Technology

Team statement: "We learned many things while taking on this endeavor, from the basics of IoT (Internet of Things) to Convoluted Networks, machine learning, drone programming and cloud analytics. There were many impressive entries, and we were honored simply to compete with our peers and friends. We can't wait to see what will be showcased next year!" 

Second place

Project Telehealth – an app created to measure vital signs of patients with chronic diseases and communicate with doctors

Students: Anthony Azzi and Jon Swiercyznski, Computer Science

Team statement: "We are very grateful to both Urban Science and Wayne State for providing us with this opportunity to learn and showcase our skills. The work was both challenging and difficult, and it feels awesome to be recognized by the College of Engineering as one of the top projects!"

Third place (two teams)

  1. A Leg for Brock – as part of their freshman biomedical engineering design class, three freshmen designed a prosthetic leg for a dog that could be mass produced for other dogs.
    Students: Tiffany Raetzel, Ammar Chishti and Darpan Sodhi, Biomedical Engineering
    Team statement: "Designing a prosthetic leg for Brock was a gratifying experience. We learned a great deal, and in the process, we were able to help a dog walk again."
  2. Automotive Control to Monitor Driving Behavior – an alert system that lets parents know if their teenagers are driving dangerously.
    Student: Bashar Najjar, Electrical Engineering
    Team Statement: "Design Day is a great learning experience that allows students to meet engineers from the entire College of Engineering to learn from each other. It was an amazing experience for me, and I sure learned from it."

List of 2016 Projects - view posters here

  1. A Leg for Brock
  2. Analysis of Low Impact Kitting Strategy
  3. Aquatic Gait Rehab Device
  4. Arduino Activated Barbie
  5. Array-Based Ultrasound Photoacoustic Tomography for Breast Cancer Imaging
  6. Automotive Control to Monitor Driving Behavior
  7. Auto-Techs Car Repair Facility in Nigeria
  8. Big Data Analytics to Predict Commodity Pricing
  9. Bluetooth Street Hockey Ball Return
  10.  Carbon Fiber Chassis in Vehicles
  11. Computer Controlled Lower Limb Exoskeleton Ambulation System
  12. Dentin Bone Graft and Vascularized Tissue
  13. Diffusion of Innovation in Professional Networks
  14. Driver Drowsiness Detection System
  15. Fast Actuation for Exoskeleton Joints
  16. Fast Electronic Medical Record System for Transient Medical Teams
  17. Handcycle
  18. Iceless Wiper Blades
  19. Improvements to Interchange at US-23 US-12
  20. Improved Methods to Stabilize Dirt Roads
  21. Integrated Endovaginal Ultrasound, Photoacoustic, and Elasticity Imaging System
  22. Intelligent Sensor Node Deployment for Border Security Systems
  23. KDM Big Data Modeling Tool for Apache Cassandra
  24. KDM Business Model Canvas
  25. League of Legends Bible
  26. Make Your Date
  27. Market Basket Analysis With Graph Methods
  28. Memocatch
  29. Models and Metrics for Soldier Safety
  30. Multifluidic and Multi-Electrode Device for Brain Bioreactor
  31. New Interchange Design for US-23 US-12 Intersection
  32. Non-Newtonian Cut Resistant Neck Guard for Ice Hockey
  33. Prediction Analysis With Twitter Sentiment
  34. Price Comparison and Optimization
  35. Project Telehealth
  36. Reaching Aid for Spinal Fusion Recipients
  37. Real-Time Pothole Detection and Reporting
  38. Research on Instructional Technology
  39. 3Robot System Gripper Sensor Analysis
  40. Scalable Intelligent Air Quality Monitoring
  41. Six-DOF Dynamics for Fanuc Robot
  42. Spatially Explicit Integration of Life Cycle Assessment of Algae Cultivation With Wastewater
  43. Treatment for Biofuels
  44. Systems Engineering Workflow Modeling
  45. Thermal Signature Tracking System
  46. Turbo Encoder Module Design
  47. Two Way Communication With Baxter Robot
  48. VR Tactics
  49. Waste Exhaust Heat Recovery System
  50. Improving Proactive Coordination Between Emergency Department and Inpatient Units With
  51. Predictive Analytics
  52. Nanowire Sensor Applications
  53. Chem-E-Car
  54. Inverted Pendulum
  55. Ultrahigh Resting-State Functional Connectivity Imaging Using Photoacoustic Tomography
  56. Thermoelectric Car Cooler
  57. Heat Pump System In EV
  58. EcoCAR3 PHEV Thermal Management System
  59. Providing Instantaneous Heat to an Automobile Cabin
  60. Thermal Fluids System Design
  61. Fast Electronic Medical Records

2015 Award Recipients

  1. First Place
    Project Porta – an augmented reality motion comic book 
    Students: Michael Simons, Mary Desjarlais, Mahmoud Eraqi (all senior computer science students), Scott Kreutzkamp (College for Creative Studies student), Horacio Hall (College of Creative Studies student)
  2. Second Place
    Potential Energy Storage Floor Mat for Pedestrian Use – a fluid system used to capture energy from foot traffic
    Students: Joseph Pisani, Randy Mathiesen, Steve Murphy, Andrew Lozen (all senior mechanical engineering students)
  3. Third Place (two teams)
    1. Big Data Analysis: Predict Commodity Pricing (a General Motors sponsored project) - the infrastructure for a machine that can predict commodity pricing by leveraging Twitter as a big data source and utilizes an advanced sentiment analysis and taxonomy to determine market trends
      Students: Joshua Davis, Alex Czarnik, Maria Ferreira, Sravan Nerella, Mohammad Anwar, Zaid Nackasha (all senior computer science students)
    2. Outboard Boat Motor Service Tool – a hoist that allows a single individual to remove an outboard boat motor of up to 750 pounds from a boat loaded on a trailer
      Students: Andrew Skupien, John VanHouten, Jeffrey Meng, Jose Varela (all senior mechanical engineering students)

Projects by Department

Basic Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Engineering Technology

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Student Organizations/Competition Teams

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