2018 Senior Design Expo
Friday, April 27 | 2:30-4:30 pm | Epstein Family Plaza

The Senior Design Expo gives seniors a chance to show off what they’ve done in their capstone classes. Seniors present their projects to a judging panel of faculty, staff, and industry partners, with winners receiving cash prizes. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors can learn what types of projects they will work on and vote for their favorite, as well as see how their current classes can be applied to future engineering projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

When and where will the KIUEL Senior Design Expo take place?
The 2018 Expo will be held on Friday, April 27, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Engineering Quad.

When is the deadline to register for the KIUEL Senior Design Expo?
The deadline to register is 11:59 p.m. on April 13.

How do I register for the KIUEL Senior Design Expo?
Complete the online registration form by 11:59 p.m., April 13.

What is the purpose of the KIUEL Senior Design Expo?
The Senior Design Expo allows seniors to showcase their capstone project to their peers, faculty, and classmates, as well as show Viterbi undergraduates the types of projects they will work on during their senior year.

Who is invited to participate?
All Viterbi seniors graduating in May, August, and December 2018 who were enrolled in a senior capstone classes are invited to participate.

Who is invited to attend?
All members of the USC and Viterbi community are invited to attend, including faculty, administrators, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, friends, and family. Industry members are also invited to attend.

What type of projects should be presented?
All types of projects are welcomed as long as they were developed for a senior capstone/design class. Groups or individuals can either bring their physical project or display the details of the project via laptop presentation or poster.

Does my submission have to be a project designed during my senior capstone class?
Yes, all projects need to be affiliated with a senior design capstone class from either fall or spring semester in the current academic year.

What if the project is incomplete or failed?
That is fine! All projects are welcomed at various stages. It is important for engineers to appreciate all phases of project design as well as to learn various challenges and mistakes.

Day Of

What time should I arrive for set-up?
You can start setting up an hour before the Expo begins, and all exhibitors should be ready 15 minutes before the Expo beigns. Each project team will be provided one 6-foot table, tablecloth, two chairs, an electrical outlet (if requested), an easel, and a sign with the project title.

Do all team members need to be present during the entire event?
No, all team members do not need to be present; however, at least one member of the team needs to be present throughout the program.

What is the dress code for the Senior Design Expo?
Business casual attire is appropriate.

Presentation Guidelines

What if my presentation requires special set-up needs?
We will try to accommodate special set-up requests as best as we can, however we cannot guarantee being able to accommodate the request. Please indicate all special needs required in the “Special Set-Up Needs” section on the registration form. We will confirm your request prior to the event. If you need to make a change to your request after you submit your registration form, please email vugrad@vsoe.usc.edu with your request. Requests submitted less than 1 week before the Senior Design Expo will not be accommodated.

Will I be reimbursed for the cost of my poster? 
Yes, all teams may be reimbursed up to $100 for their posters. In order to be reimbursed, a receipt and expense form must be handed into RTH 110 no later than May 11, 2018. Expense forms will be provided at the Expo. Reimbursements take between two to three weeks to process.

What materials should I have with me at KIUEL Senior Design Expo?

  1. The physical project, a poster, or laptop presentation of the project.
  2. Handouts, if applicable, to enable attendees to learn more about your project.
  3. Any other items you feel will aid you in presenting your project.

Judging Process and Prizes

Who are the judges?
The judges will be a mix of representatives from Viterbi’s Industry Advisory Board members, Viterbi alumni, and Viterbi faculty.

What criteria are the projects judged on?

  • Originality in either scientific concept, new approach to old problem, or new interpretation of data.
  • Effort and motivation placed towards working on the project to include reading and learning about the subject matter.
  • Comprehension of theories, terms, techniques, principles, and practices applicable to the subject matter.
  • Organization and completeness of the project by way of a well-defined goal or objective and thorough responses to the various questions that arose during the project.

How should my team prepare for the judging process?
Each team will be given five minutes (you will be timed) to present to the judging panel. Criteria that will be evaluated include creativity, design, effort, theory and principle comprehension, and overall organization of both the project and presentation. Please remember that the judges will be from different engineering disciplines, so be sure to clearly articulate your project for all audiences. You should practice your presentation prior to the Expo. Handouts are not required but will be accepted.

How many prizes will be awarded?

There will be prizes given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will be determined by the judges. There will also be a prize given to the team who wins the “fan favorite vote” which is open to all attendees and exhibitors. All winners receive cash prizes and a certificate.

When are prize winners announced?
Winners will be announced at the Viterbi Undergraduate Awards, which will be on May 10, 2017. If your project is one of the winners, you will receive an invitation to the Viterbi Undergraduate Awards. Prizes will be available for pick-up at the conclusion of the program.

2017 Senior Design Expo Winners

1st Place: Drops – Bring Change, With Change (CSCI 401)

Team Members: Chaitanya Pilaka, Dana Thomas, Alex Yang, Anush Kadoyan, Josue Campos

Roundup your transactions to the nearest dollar and donate the spare change to a charity of your choice. Your everyday purchases become everyday donations!

2nd Place: The EDSSerciser: Digitizing Your Respiratory Health (BME 405)

Team Members: Dina Levashova, Simone Frusina, Elizabeth Brosseau, Shi-Hao Hong

Over 30,000 abdominal and chest surgeries are performed nationally each year in addition to 11 million COPD patients seeking to restore their lung capacity. Currently, volumetric exercisers are tedious and unstimulating, creating a need for a digitized and engaging renovation. The EDSSerciser uses lights and sounds to guide users in their prescribed, daily respiratory exercises and conveniently presents the necessary data electronically to be viewed by the user or physician.

3rd Place: Design of an Autonomous Cage System for Identification and Tracking of Mice Near Darkness (AME 441)

Team Members: Brian Chen, Alex Huang, Charlie Yang, Alex Chung, Alicia Jang, Tiffany Li, Sora Prakash, Justin Tang, Chelsea Vera, Jeffrey Chau, Daron Lee, Kenneth Nursalim,

Commonly used tracking systems for biological scientific research studies are often expensive and can influence the results of a behavioral experiment. A cost effective, non-invasive, autonomous infrared tracking system and smart cage were designed for an experiment studying the nocturnal behavior of mice. The cage system had a computation time of 0.28 ± 0.08 seconds per frame, an identification accuracy of 100 – 5% and a complete cage system cost $422.37, which is significantly less expensive than traditional off-the-market tracking systems.

Fan Favorite (TIE):

Chem E-Car Design (CHE 480)

Team Members: Prin Harinsuta, Joseph Stiles, Mason Wong, Hefzi-ba Camilo, Hannah Adams, Jonathan Fuentes, AnnaLaura Arredondo, Anna Peccin, Kyler Correia, Jose Ruiz

Chem-E-Car is a team-oriented, hands-on design project. We work throughout the year to design and construct a car powered by a chemical energy source (Aluminum Air Battery) that will carry a load over a given distance. The car stops exactly at that distance using an Iodine-Clock reaction.

Skyshot (CSCI 491B)

Team Members: Izzy Benavente, Wenfei Cao, Zach Chaco, Charles Hankins III, Aaron Hong, Nathan Iskandar, Eu-Ann Liu, Kyle San, Steven Truong, Jasmine Ying, Albert Yue

Skyshot is a first-person ball and hoop game with grappling hooks. Players play online with their friends, compete in teams to outmaneuver opponents, steal the ball, and score.

For a list of all the projects and their descriptions, check out the 2017 Senior Design Expo Program.