2018 Capstone Design Award Recipients

Our donors and sponsors provide valuable funding each year towards the Capstone Design projects. Congratulations to all the recipients of our Capstone Design Awards from 2018!

Baylis Medical Capstone Design Award 

SannTek (Program: Nanotechnology Engineering)

SannTek is developing a nanotechnology-based sensor that will determine a quantitative amount of THC (the psychoactive compSannTek team membersonent of marijuana). The end goal is to create a breathalyzer equivalent for marijuana detection.

Team members: Noah Debrincat, Thomas Dunlop, Karolyn Macowiak, Ben Milligan, Chris Taylor

PhysioBuddy (Program: Systems Design Engineering)

A wireless sensoPhysioBuddy teamr band that gives physiotherapy patients feedback to help and motivate them to do their exercises correctly.

Team members: Shirley Ng, Kassandra Predovic, Ritu Shah and Elizaveta Vorobieva

Intelligent Nurse Rostering at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Program: Management Engineering)Management Capstone Design Team

A decision support tool uses end-to-end analytics trained on historical surgical case data to optimize OR operating hours. Reducing both overutilization and underutilization of staffed ORs improves nurse schedule certainty.

Team members: Maisie Brown, Dale Drasnin, Michelle Indyarta, Patricia Hall, Connor O’Brien

Virtual Eyes (Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Virtual Eyes is an obstacle-detection system for visually-impaired people. The system is embedded into a walking cane and incorporates various sensors to provide inCapstone Design Teamformation about obstacles around the user. 

Team members: Yuhao Deng, Zi Li, Cheng Guo, Songlin Yang, Yuanping Xia

SeCure (Program: Systems Design Engineering)

seCure is a novel instrument for minimally invasive cardiac surgery, specifically, mitral valve repair. Its main objectives are tCapstone Design Teamo reduce duration and risk of surgery by improving access and visibility during the procedure, thus reducing the need for open-heart access. 

Team members: Angela Chao, Aye Chan Htun, Matthew Robichaud, Liyang Wang

Autodesk Capstone Design Award

Acculus (Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering)

The Acculus is a computer-interaction system that accurately and affordably tracks a stylus’ position and rotation in 3D spacAcculus Capstone Design Teame while providing positional and rotational haptic feedback. The system works using a robotic arm with a set of encoders for exact positional tracking and a gyroscope for precise rotational tracking. 

Team members: Zach Waterfield, Alexio Del Gobbo, Jackson Prange, Samuel Simpson

Bhattacharya Capstone Design Award

Purge Water Selection and Process Optimization (Program: Chemical Engineering)

Through selection and optimization of new/modified purge water system, the project goal is to eliminate purge water related defects, resulting in cost savings and reduction of overall carbon footprint. The project approach focuses on development of innovative quantitative paint/purge water test methods, and optimizaChemical Engineering Capstone Design Teamtion of process conditions for the selected purge water at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC).

Team members: Laura Terisno, Dawn Ng, Robert Ngunjiri

GM Capstone Design Awards

Students holding GM tshirts

SannTek (Program: Nanotechnology Engineering)

SannTek is developing a nanotechnology-based sensor that will determine a quantitative amount of THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana). The end goal is to create a breathalyzer equivalent for marijuana detection.

Team members: Noah Debrincat, Thomas Dunlop, Karolyn Macowiak, Ben Milligan, Chris Taylor

PATH (Program: Software Engineering)

Driver error accounts for approximately 94% of automobile crashes. With sufficiently robust software, Path can reduce damage and fatalities by eliminating the human fallibility. Within the larger WATonomous organization, we are members of the path planning team. Given a map of the surrounding environment, we make legal traffic decisions, plan short-term trajectories to execute these decisions, and provide inputs to the vehicle actuation system such that it follows our path. All of the software for WATonomous is contained in Robot Operating System (ROS) components, or “nodes,” of which our system spans three: one for traffic behaviour, one for trajectory planning, and one for feedback control. In the traffic behaviour node, we ingest the local map generated by a combination of sensors to determine our next goal while obeying traffic rules. We believe that we have created a path planning framework that will meet the increasingly complex demands of the second and third year competitions.

Team members: Evan DeVrieze, Jacob Greenan, Dhruv Lal, Sam Maier, Matthew Lapointe, Navin Mahabir, Shiranka Miskin  

TA Works: Improving end-to-end TA assignment process (Program: Management Engineering)

TA Works is a new system that is proven to shorten the length of this process while creating a higher quality TA to course match. To obtain these results an end-to-end application system for Teaching Assistants, Professors and Administrators has been developed with an improved TA to course matching algorithm.

Team members: Laura Dobson, Kan, Johnson, Amy Leblond, Sarah Watts

WatVision (Program: Mechatronics Engineering)

WatVision’s mission is to make touch screens accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals. WATVision has created a system for a blind individual to navigate a touch screen using only their smartphone with the WATVision App and a wearable device.

Team members: Jennifer Kim, Craig Loewen, Joseph Lundy, Lior Lustgarten, Elizabeth Morrow, Jake Rampertab

GreenSorbs (Program: Chemical Engineering)

The scope of this project is to design a workable sorbent boom prototype made from tire landfill waste. Sorbent booms are used to absorb and contain oil from oil spill incidents. Preliminary results showed that the waste material absorbs oil well enough to be commercialized.  This project allows for a complex environmental clean-up to be dealt with using an environmentally responsible product.

Team members: Jack Anderson, Skylar Bone, Olsi Goxhaj, Kien Tran

Kayak Stability (Program: Mechanical Engineering)

Solutions for Outdoors Sports (SOS) has created a kayak stabilization system, with the objective of improving the overall safety of kayaking. The SOS system actively stabilizes kayaks by using deployable fins, reducing the risk of lateral rolls. 

Team members: Ben Harding, Scott Hicks, Jacob Moore, Grant Mosekjaer, Brian Ross

ASTM (Program: Civil Engineering)

ASTM Consulting is committed to designing an innovative wildlife crossing consisting of timber arches to accommodate the safe passage of animals. Our team will undertake a detailed structural design and economical assessment.

Team members: Avirup Kar, John MacKenzie, Smit Patel, Tajinder Singh

QuantPath (Program: Systems Design Engineering)

QuantPath is a system for pathologists that aims to improve the information available to them at the time of diagnosis. QuantPath makes use of digitized pathology images and together with machine learning algorithms surfaces information that pathologists may not have been able to find previously. The results of the machine learning algorithm are then presented to the pathologist in a manner that assists them in making a diagnosis.

Team members: Matthew Gougeon, Nehal Kanetkar, Brady Kieffer, Meghan Yabsley​

FortePiano--The Piano Sheet Music Transcription System (Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering)

FortePiano is a system that transcribes a live piano performance into sheet music with the corresponding finger mappings and dynamic annotations used, so that another musician can learn performance techniques more efficiently. 

Team members: Yuxuan Chen, Joanna Chu, Kevin Tuong, Wei Xin, Bei Cong Zheng

​Adel Sedra Capstone Design Award

Hiza (Program: Systems Design Engineering)

A system to detect risk factors for non-contact ACL injuCapstone Design Teamries among collegiate athletes. 

Team members: Sanhar Balachandran, Sadruddin Hashmani, Bainian Liu and Nabeel Shahid 

MTE Consultants Inc. Design Pitch Award 

WaTerre Engineering Ltd. (Program: Environmental Engineering) 

Robust Water Treatment Solutions for Remote Communities: Neskantaga First Nation

Through consideration of source water, treatment, operations & maintenance, monitoring, and distribution, Waterre Engineering Ltd. seeks to provide a long-term drinking water solution for this community. We will deliver a robust solution with an emphasis on physical Capstone Design Teamtreatment methods and feasible operation.

Team members: Megan Dicks, Samer Elhallak, Jody Lee, Rachel de Jong

Palihapitiya Venture Creation Fund

Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards for Capstone Design