Second-year Projects

In the second-year design course IGEN 230, students are assigned one project per term. The first-term project involves structural systems and sensing. The second-term project involves control systems and fluid mechanics. Teams of three students design and build a device to given specifications. Prizes are awarded for the device that best performs to specifications each term.

Past projects:


Tim Hollenberg, Zoë LeHong, Nicholas Toglia, Matthew Behan-Fossey, Panashe Mapokotera, Armaan Singh Ahluwalia

HydroGen is a portable hydroelectric generator geared towards outdoor enthusiasts as a way to charge a battery pack that can be used to charge some devices, such as a mobile phone


Barrista Backpack

Sean Hudson, Mathew Chow, Stephan Halbedl, Thomas Elgie, Tyler Dickens, Riley Springer

The Barista Backpack is a coffee dispensing mechanism aimed at providing speed and convenience to the everyday coffee drinker. Using a pressurized tank and inline cream addition, the backpack will dispense coffee prepared to the customers exact order. The backpack is ideally suited to serve a large volume of customers in crowded areas where speed and accuracy is key. A fresh cup of coffee served with just the right amount of cream and sugar is the Barista Backpack promise.


ASP (Automated Submersible Platform)

Jeremy Zimmerman Festinger, Andy Luu, Madeleine Yeskoo, Rene Rao, Gayle Laird, Brian Zhu

The ASP, which stands for Automated Submersible Platform, is a streamlined, automated submarine capable of carrying a variety of research or search and rescue technology. This submarine is able to dive down to 5 meters underwater, covering a square or circular area under water based on given parameters. The submarine is designed to travel at high speeds, making it a valuable asset in time sensitive situations.

Medical Gas Flow Sensor and Alarm

Patrick Crawford, Mathieu Haiart, Gabriel Lessard-Kragen, Mariel Plummer, Rhea Sideris, Oliver Xie

Our design project solves a significant problem in the medical environment; it will save lives and save hospitals money. We have built a medical gas flow-rate sensor and associated alerting system intended for use primarily within hospital and ambulance-based portable oxygen tank fleets. With the current systems, patient safety is at significant risk. Oxygen tanks run out on patients during transport and/or ambulatory procedures, and often no one will notice until patients are in medical distress. Our device measures the flow and ensures any degradation in oxygen flow alerts a medical professional within a moment’s notice.