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Capstone Video Showcase 2020

We are proud to present the innovative final year capstone projects from our engineering students. The following videos demonstrate these projects, which represent the culmination of a year’s work and a chance to demonstrate both theoretical and applied skills.

We know this is a stressful time for our students, so we will keep submissions open and you can share a video about your capstone any time! SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO HERE

 You can also see the entire Capstone playlist on YouTube.

Bachelor of Technology Program

Project title: Multi-Residential Low Rise Structural Steel Affordable Housing

Description: Our project integrated all aspects of Civil Engineering and personal experience gained through our program of Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology. The main components were Steel Design, Geotechnical Design, Foundation Design, Passive Design, Green Roof Design, Revit Design, LEED certification. Our project provides affordable housing that is sustainable and economical.

Team: Josh Self (presenter), Holly Brown, Klodjan Xhemala

Course: ENGTECH 4SD3   Instructor:  Michael Justason

What makes your project unique? Our Project is a LEED-certified structural steel building that will have a green roof and sustainable design. The project also is a rehabilitation of existing land that is not in use.

Chemical Engineering

Project title: A Greener Future for Northwestern Ontario

Description: Our project examines Ontario Power Generation's biomass thermal generation station in Atikokan, Ontario and the feasibility of incorporating carbon capture of the flue gas, hydrogen electrolysis, and methanol production. Economic, safety and process design analyses will also be conducted along with environmental considerations.

Team: Conor Marshall (presenter), Daniel Khokhlov, Ahmed Elmoursi, Ali Mahmoud, Folarin Ologunagba

Course: CHEMENG 4W04   Instructor: Thomas Adams II

What makes your project unique? This project produces methanol from entirely renewable sources (wood pellets, water for electrolysis), or better known as "green methanol." There is also the challenge of maneuvering around Atikokan's low capacity factor of 8%, where we assume it operates for roughly 1500 hours per year.

 

Project title: Real-Time Sulphur Dioxide Air Dispersion Model for a Petrochemical Refiney

Description: Our project is the design of a modelling system that models the transport of sulphur dioxide through the atmosphere from a petrochemical refinery in real-time using onsite measured process emission and meteorological data.

Team: Evan Ubene (presenter), Erik Frechette, Kyle Heyblom,  Alex McKay, Tracy Savery

Course: ChE4WO4   Instructor: Thomas Adams II

What makes your project unique? Models air dispersion in real time which no other currently available product is capable of doing.

Project title: Waste-to-Energy

Description: The waste-to-energy project was developed in collaboration with Emerson Canada to assess the feasibility of a system that creates energy from kitchen food waste.

Team: Janine Hidalgo (presenter), Ratul Matin, Nelson Mok, Arujala Thavendrarasa, Henry Zhou

Course: CHEMENG 4W04   Instructor:  Shelir Ebrahimi

What makes your project unique? This project has a unique focus on implementing a circular economy by recovering lost material and converting it into valuable products.

Civil Engineering

Project title: Aurora Go Station Rehabilitation and Expansion

Description: In this project, Transit Core Solutions proposes to build the Aurora Go Station structure as well as the pedestrian bridge connecting it to the existing indoor parking garage, by taking into account the loads, designing all the steel members, and verifying with the regional standards. Moving further, the company will re-engineer the current transportation system to improve the safety problem and redesign the municipal groundwater system to accommodate for future development.

Team: Kristian Hartono (presenter), Tasfique Ahmed, Cyril Alex, Andrew Chan, LinBin Zheng

Course: CIVENG 4X06A/B   Instructor: Mohamed Ezzeldin

What makes your project unique? As a team of 5, we managed to cover a wide variety of projects; adding the insulated pedestrian bridge for the convenience during wintertime, redesigning transportation system to tackle the current congestion and safety problem within the entrance and intersection, and designing a sloped roof for a more modern touch in our aesthetic.

Project title: Glanbrook Recreation Centre and Sporting Facility

Description: In our final year capstone project, group 3 designed an updated Glanbrook Recreation Centre and Sporting Facility . The project focused on structural design, transportation design, municipal servicing design, and storm water management.

Team: Jessica Middleton (presenter), Kerianne Hagan, Brett Pajor, Stanley Qian, Mahnoor Qureshi, Shibo Zhao

Course: 4X06   Instructor: Mohamed Ezzeldin

What makes your project unique? The design of the recreation centre is unique as the hockey arena was designed on the first floor as opposed to slab on grade as seen in most Canadian hockey arenas. Additionally, complex design was completed for the large spanning OWSJ over the hockey arena (45m span) and basketball court (20m span).

Project title: YHMC - Hamilton International Airport Expansion Project

Description: YHMC's Hamilton Airport Expansion sought to address the influx in passenger and cargo air traffic at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM). YHMC focused the upgrades to the airport on the design of a new terminal building and pavement upgrades to the runway.

Team: Merat Goharshadi (presenter), Andres Alvarez, Chankavi Karunanandan, Justin Lawrence, Nital Prajapati, Milan Schuck

Course: CIVENG 4X06   Instructor: Mohamed Ezzeldin

What makes your project unique? The L-shaped terminal building was required to adequately fit three passenger jet bridges, while the open concept lobby was structurally designed to accommodate modern architectural standards. The runway extension features a 300 m Runway End Safety Area to prevent airplane overruns, and the parallel taxiway system allows for tighter scheduled arrivals and departures.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Project title: Autonomous On-Campus Vehicle (AOV)

Description: Autonomous vehicle for on-campus accessibility for those in need. Using the fusion of various cameras, lasers, sonars, and GPS sensors, the vehicle is able to autonomously navigate to pick up and drop off locations, while dynamically avoiding pedestrians and vehicles, and abiding to street regulations.

Team: Anoop Gadhrri (presenter), Sohaib Al-Emara and Harjeevan Maan (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
Mohammad Mahmood Dawood, Yih-Chyuan Hsiao (Software Engineering/Mechatronics)

Course: EE4OI6A   Instructor: Shahram Shirani (Fall Semester) / Jun Chen (Winter Semester)

What makes your project unique? We believe it's the first of its kind here at McMaster University. Although there have been interdisciplinary capstones in the past, this is a unique capstone that brought multiple departments together on a greater magnitude.

Project title: Data Drizzle

Description: We created a way to realistically implement a mesh network of ground weather stations to collect micro weather data for meteorological prediction uses and research. (In more basic words, having a ground weather station at every street corner.)

Team: Ethan Kanowitz (presenter), Derek Dip, Adam Guo, Darren Huynh, Timmy Tsai,

Course: ELEC ENG 40I6B   Instructor: Aleksandar Jeremic

What makes your project unique? As of now, weather data is collected using radar, satellite, and very few ground weather stations. Radar and satellite is not effective on smaller scales. We created a consumer friendly ground weather station to collect data at each street corner.

Project title: dREM: the Sleep Monitoring Headband

Description: Our project monitors the user's sleep, analyzing their EEG signals in order to determine the sleep stage they are in. That data is compiled and put through further analysis, after which a summary of their sleep pattern and sleep quality is displayed to the user.

Team: Michal Roztocki (presenter), Elishia Diokno, Grace Fu, Elsa Tomy

Course: ELEC ENG 4BI6   Instructor: Hubert de Bruin

What makes your project unique? Our project is unique in that it is a consumer sleep tracking product that relies on the EEG signal coming from the user, as opposed to contemporary solutions which are based around heart rate and oxygen consumption.

Project title: TL;DR

Description: Our project could compress a long sentence to a shorter sentence which summarize its meaning. It’s based on natural language processing which could analyze, manipulate and generate a human language.

Team: Peijie He (presenter), David Najda, Xikang Zhang, Yuming Zhao

 Course: EE 4OI6B   Instructor: Aleksandar Jeremic

What makes your project unique? By creating this program, individual users can now make use of our project embedded in web browser extension to summarize any selected paragraphs.

Engineering Physics

Project title: 2unify

Description: Welcome to 2unify. The world's first "hands-free" guitar tuning stand that operates on the principles of robotics and artificial intelligence. The future of music has arrived today.

Team: Michael Jobity (presenter), Curtis Graham, Ryan Ng Cheong Ton, Michael Salamaszek, Mitchell Wong

Course: 4A06   Instructor: Matt Minnick

What makes your project unique? This project placed 3rd at the OCE competition and has been invited to Dubai to pitch the product. We recently won 1st at the Idea2Life pitch competition ($5000 paid trip to South Korea Innovation expo & prototype funding), auditioned for Dragon's Den, won $5k at the Forge Pitch Competition.

 

Project title: ADAM - the Automated Dispenser for Accessible Medication

Description: ADAM is an automated pill identifying and dispensing system that sends notifications to its user when it's time to take their prescribed medication. ADAM aims to eliminate the need for traditional pharmaceutical blister packs, which have no method of ensuring medical adherence and are non-recyclable

Team: Matei Banica (presenter), Duncan Clackdoyle, Ryan Clark, Michael Howorucha, Amit Rao

Course: ENGPHYS 4A06   Instructor: Matthew Minnick

What makes your project unique? ADAM's use of image processing and robotics makes it a unique solution to solving the problems associated with traditional pharmaceutical blister packs

Project title: Flora

Description: Introducing Flora, the convenient saver of both time and plants. Have comfort in knowing that no matter how busy your life gets, you never have to worry about watering your plants.

Team: Jayson Chaykowski (presenter), Nicholas Bagnato, Jonathan Favero, Sherwin Hassan, Martin Zelikovsky

Course: 4A06   Instructor: Matt Minnick

What makes your project unique? For those that do not have a green thumb.

Project title: Handy Pantry

Description: Handy Pantry is a food storage solution designed for the modern kitchen. A mechanical system allows dry food items to be efficiently stored beneath the kitchen corner counter while minimizing time spent by the user. The Handy Pantry aims to reduce food waste and streamline the food storage and retrieval process.

Team: Jana Strizak (presenter), Haley Glavina, Nash Shrestha, Jackson Tarlin, David Xing

Course: EngPhys 4A06   Instructor: Matthew Minnik

What makes your project unique? Handy Pantry helps maximize your storage for dry/canned foods with an easy to use system for all ages.

Project title: LightO

Description: LightO is an autonomous drone that can follow you and provide a light source.

Team: Keru Chen (presenter), Mengshi Wang

Course: EngPhys 4A06   Instructor: Matthew Minnik

What makes your project unique? LightO can help with lighting whatever you need by following and leaving you hands free.

Project title: ShopLyfter

Description: ShopLyfter is a device that aims to improve your shopping experience by attaching to any standard shopping cart and autonomously following you as you shop so you can skip the boring part of grocery shopping.

Team: Ty Kerr (presenter), Sage Monteith, Manav Sood

Course: 4A06   Instructor: Matthew Minnick

What makes your project unique? This video has a great parody of Dr. Minnick and would be a very useful tool under current circumstances.

Project title: WokBot

Description: WokBot is an autonomous cooking assistant designed for busy individuals who want to eat Chinese cuisine at home without wasting time with meal preparation. Simply load the ingredients, choose a dish and WokBot will inform you when your meal is ready.

Team: Andreas Hitzler (presenter), Ali Kore, Raj Patel, Eric Yang, Jiupeng Zhang

Course: EngPhys 4A06   Instructor: Matthew Minnik

What makes your project unique? Making cooking at home easy for those who don't have the time.

Materials Science & Engineering

Project title: Design of a Mobile Corrosion Inspection System

Description: Piper is a mobile corrosion inspection system for use in hard to access natural gas pipelines. Piper uses sensors and cameras to be able to detect and evaluate the degree of corrosion.

Team: Reli de Sosa (presenter), Cole Becker, Sam Paknia, Vincent Popovich

Course: MATLS4Z06   Instructor: Andre Phillion

What makes your project unique? Piper is a project that uses a combination of mechatronics and materials engineering to develop a system intended for use in remote evaluation of corrosion.

Mechanical Engineering

Project title: Design and fabrication of a cross-tension test tooling for assessment of sheet joint strength

Description: Our project is design and fabrication of a cross-tension test tooling. The cross-tension test could be used to test the strength of a join, such as riveting, or spot welding.

Team: Yanqi Yang (presenter), Shichun Li, Jia Kang, Himanshu Mistry

Course: ME 4M06   Instructor: Mukesh Jain

What makes your project unique? The highlight of this project is that now we could test the normal strength of join instead of shearing stress in a uniaxial tensile testing machine. And we optimize the shape so most of the energy will be used to separate the join, so it could make collecting the mechanical properties data of a joint easier for researchers.

Project title: Design of a cooling vest

Description: The objective of this project is to design an innovative wearable cooling device. This device will be able to adequately cool military personnel carrying out a 4-hour mission in low humidity 45℃ ambient temperature.

Team: Juan Ortiz (presenter), Nigel Chui, Chi Zhang

Course: ME4M06   Instructor: Chan Ching

What makes your project unique? No other product in the market is able to remove as much heat under protective equipment.

Software Engineering/Mechatronics

Project title: Autonomous On-Campus Vehicle (AOV)

Description: Autonomous vehicle for on-campus accessibility for those in need. Using the fusion of various cameras, lasers, sonars, and GPS sensors, the vehicle is able to autonomously navigate to pick up and drop off locations, while dynamically avoiding pedestrians and vehicles, and abiding to street regulations.

Team: Mohammad Mahmood Dawood, Yih-Chyuan Hsiao (Software Engineering/Mechatronics)
Anoop Gadhrri (presenter), Sohaib Al-Emara and Harjeevan Maan (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Course: EE4OI6A   Instructor: Shahram Shirani (Fall Semester) / Jun Chen (Winter Semester)

What makes your project unique? We believe it's the first of its kind here at McMaster University. Although there have been interdisciplinary capstones in the past, this is a unique capstone that brought multiple departments together on a greater magnitude.

Project title: Bot Ross

Description: Painter Bot that recreates images as paintings on a physical canvas.

Team: Marlee Roth (presenter), Patrick Frankiewicz, Salik Hashmi, MJ Lindsay, Winky Luo, Francesco Rao, Sophia Tao

Course: 4G06A   Instructor: Alan Wassyng

What makes your project unique? Our project allows people of all levels of skill to bring their artwork to life. Bot Ross makes artwork more accessible for all people

Project title: RETINA

Description: We provide accurate tracking and navigational directions in real-time to assist those with visual impairment.

Team: Chris Adams (presenter), Mostafa Ayesh, Bradley Kohler, Steve Chiu, Jasper Zhang,  ,  ,

Course: 4TB6   Instructor: Dr. Wassyng

What makes your project unique? There is no system currently available to help those with visual impairment navigate through an indoor environment