2018 ISE Senior Design Winners

The 2018 senior design project competition challenges senior ISE students to apply everything they've learned as Rutgers engineers to an innovation that addresses a challenge or problem. This year's projects demonstrated the diversity and flexibility of an industrial and systems engineering degree.  

Projects were judges by a panel of experts who evaluated the students on originality, proof of concept, and presentation. Judges included ISE professor Susan Albin; Binnur Altiok, finance manager, AT&T Business and ISE Industry Advisory Board member; Don Cronin,  president and CEO of Alternative Technologies, Inc. and a member of the Material Handling Society of NJ; Esra Sahiner, application manager, IBM and ISE Industry Advisory Board member; and James T. Luxhøj, ISE professor and undergraduate director.

Congratulations to the winning teams:

Scaffold Girls.jpegFIRST PLACE
Statistical Analysis of 3D Printed Porous Scaffolds for Biomedical Applications 
Caitlin Munson, Alexis Mooney, Labiba Sharif, Brittany Yesner

Artificial scaffolds are an innovative treatment for spinal disk injuries and are becoming increasingly utilized in the medical field. An efficient method of manufacturing these scaffolds is by 3D printing. These scaffolds must be porous for cell regeneration and must be able to withstand compressive stresses. This project explores two porous structures and varying printing parameters through a designed experiment. This project also provides a testing methodology to determine the optimal geometry and printing parameters that maximize the strength of porous spinal scaffolds.

GEC: Goose Excrement Collector 
Nader Elsayed, Brenda Reyes, Nicholas Sasso, Andrew Yong

Goose excrement is a common problem at college campuses and public parks. The excrement itself contains pathogens, such as bird flu and E.coli, that can infect humans and contaminate waterways. The GEC will solve this issue by collecting waste using a combination of image processing and an autonomous collection process in combination with a teleoperation mode for longer distance travel.

Ronit Hemrajani, Suraj Rathod, Sam Seal

Every single day, an item either gets removed or added to your backpack, and somewhere along the way, an item is bound to be out of place. That’s why we created the MīBag: an integrated smart scheduling bag that keeps track of the items you need, when you need them most. Our easy-to-use platform would adapt the user’s daily schedule and understand the required items needed in the MīBag each day. The bag is meant to become a part of your lifestyle, and help you better regulate your schedule - ultimately relieving stress on the consumer, so they can focus on more important tasks on their agenda.

Senior Design Projects

BARR System

Bangaly Diane, Arjun Pawar, Rushiraj Parikh, Ran Wei

BARR System is a multi-layered service that helps patients throughout their knee recovery process. A patient is now able to wear a one-size-fits-all device to monitor their performance throughout recovery. The device collects 3D motion data and displays it in real time on a user interface. With the assistance of visual aids and an alert system, the user is able to correct their motion during each exercise. Such recovery assistance helps patients improve their fitness level while also reducing the amount of visits needed to their therapists.

Automated Solar Panel

Nathan Balcos, Lorenzo Borromeo, Kevin Moon, Kevin Shen

Providing the world with necessities such as shelter, food, and water, is becoming harder with the cost of energy. The use of fossil fuels can become not only expensive, but dangerous for the environment. To reduce the cost of energy and to supply hot water for more people in the world, this automated solar panel will use the sun’s heat to heat up water and store it for future use in a regular home without the use of fossil fuels or much electricity. By using the sun’s free energy, this solar panel could reduce the cost of living for many, and can be implemented in countries around the world that do not have hot water everyday.

Block Relocation Robot

Zhanhang Li, Hongchen Wen, Yisha Zheng

The block relocation robot will solve a problem related to the handling of loading and unloading containers. Logistics facilities such as seaport container terminals are now facing such problems. According to the arrangements of containers, the robot can retrieve all containers from the bay using the minimum number of moves through an algorithm.  Such an efficient robot can be an important assistance in global supply chain management.

Stowage Optimization using Gantry Robot

Scarlet Dominguez, Patrick Favis, Tsunchieh Wen, Dahong Yin

Our optimization for container vessel operations provides a new cost efficient way of loading and unloading containers on a vessel using a gantry robot. This was made possible by processing user-input data about the containers through a MATLAB-coded algorithm that runs the stacking logic and outputs the commands needed to control the Gantry Robot automatically. The goal of this optimization is to minimize the time for loading and unloading in contrast to the time spent by randomly loading and unloading containers.

VISSIM Traffic Simulation

Thai Duy Do, Yuchen Wang, Derya Yenigun, Xiu Xiu Zheng

Traffic congestion is a growing and unavoidable concern which developing cities are experiencing. Drivers are often frustrated by policymaker’s unwillingness to take action to solve this challenge. The VISSIM Traffic Simulation project’s goal is to provide a service to all roadway users around George Street area in New Brunswick that will help reduce their average travel time to their desired destinations.

Smart Container

Marvin Funes, Shivanee Hendre, Jennifer Jones, Shawn Sandhu

As the world grows increasingly connected and online retail grows in popularity, millions of dollars in products are being shipped around the world, on everything from small delivery trucks to cargo ships. The Smart Container helps to prevent problems that routinely plague the industry by notifying the shipping companies before it is too late. It features safeguards against smuggling, loss, and theft that together form an alarm system and ensure that products get to the customer.

My Personal Retail

Zariah Ahmed, Xingye Feng, Suyang Zhang, Marah Raslan

With a new creative and innovative system, “My Personal Retail” offers solutions to traditional in-store retail shopping. By combining both online shopping and retail shopping together, we are providing a service to customers and retailers to optimize the in store shopping experience, as well as increasing customer satisfaction and store profitability.

Design & Integration of End Effectors

Alana Easterbrook, Joshua Sosoo, Jose Vivar, Aneeq Zia

Currently, there is a large gap in the quality of end effectors that are available. Custom-made end effectors costs thousands of dollars and are task-specific. Adversely, hobbyist end effectors are cheap but are very fragile and typically serve general purposes. Our goal is to bridge the gap by creating a open source, durable, interchangeable end effectors that can be used for pick and place operations with different shapes and temperature. They are designed to be ideally used in academic settings, allowing for a myriad of uses without spending exorbitant amounts of money.

Ping! Live Monitoring for Sustainable Farming Systems

Ivana Chu, Joanne Dallagnese, Aimee Prendergast, Nahian Taskin Promee

Sustainable farming, though innovative, suffers from a lack of technology designed to improve the process. This creates a void in the market, where farmers must utilize many components to accurately track the health of the system, which require excessive time and a presence on site. Ping! is a comprehensive monitoring system and database which tracks and stores vital information, and sends data to our live monitoring website. When values are reported outside the acceptable range for the system requirements, the user receives an alert via text or email, as well as a recommendation to remedy the current situation. All of these features working together allow for sustainable farming systems to be more efficient and controlled, thus becoming a viable option to produce food for the future. 

Ship Smarter Inc.

Salvatore Severini, Elijah Pierre, Matthew Zakowski, Neil Vora

Distribution companies are plagued with daily errors and mishaps that can affect the quality of their service to their customer. As we know, a company is only as good as the customer perceives it to be. Ship Smarter Inc is a company providing a quality assurance system that tackles these problems with a two fold system. By 3D modeling the distribution plant, management will have the ability to track and effectively show the flow of their warehouse. This, along with an implemented quality assurance system within their physical system makes sure that each package goes to the right customer, every time.


Dimple Patel, Nathan Moser, Jenali Patel, Saumya Salhotra

Smartbarx is a smart pet collar with health and wellness tracking capabilities, allowing an owner to keep up with their dog’s life. It will track various factors such as location and orientation in order to understand a dog’s health by analyzing its eating, sleeping, and bathroom patterns. Using the data collected from the smart collar, we are able to develop an algorithm capable of determining if the dog is eating, sleeping, or using the bathroom based on its location and orientation.

Robot for Applications in Security Environments (RASE)

Hannah Fitzgerald, Brian Gao, Alex Mandic, Ryan Onoshko

Through a combination of virtual and physical simulations, RASE provides in depth security modeling, analysis, and recommendations to better secure valuable property. RASE accomplishes this through the use of game theory algorithms in defender-thief scenarios. Given a floor plan, RASE models the layout virtually and performs analysis on alternative defender paths to determine the one which results in the lowest value of property stolen in an attempted theft. The physical system allows a human player to act as the defender in a real time continuous simulation performed with a Turtlebot in a rearrangeable cardboard maze. The thief that the human plays against is simulated virtually using the game theoretic algorithms.