Projects


Send us an email or speak to an officer at a General Body Meeting to let us know if there's a project you'd like us to fund, a workshop you'd like us to sponsor, or a talk you'd like us to arrange. We'll do our best to make your dream a reality.


Current Projects

Recently we were contacted by NASA and NSA calling for students to compete in the RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops competition to prototype and test rovers at NASA Johnson Space Center's Rock Yard. There is design experience and $12,000 in prize money up for grabs.

We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to form interdisciplinary teams and enter this prestigious competition.  First, review the competition basics, and then form a team under the advisement of a faculty member. A Notice of Intent (NOI) must be completed and submitted by September 23, 2015 and project plans must be submitted by October 3, 2015, so don't wait

View more information from IEEE at NYU here

Visit the competition website for more information. 


Past projects have included:

  • Sentry Gun/Motion Tracking Defense System - The key to an engineers success in the industry is his or her ability to apply their knowledge in all fields of engineering into a practical machine. The main goal of IEEE is to advance its members to this goal, and thus help them with their career. The motion tracking defense system accomplishes this goal for our members in a way that is interesting, practical, and fun to build. A motion tracking defense system is an autonomous projectile system that automatically detects motion, tracks the direction of the motion that is placed in front of it, and then fires upon it. It accomplishes this task by using a camera to capture a live image, and then analyzes it to see whether or not there is a moving object in front of it. The mechanics of the projectile system will then be controlled by a computer and servocontroller, which will perform the mechanical operation of positioning the projectiles, and actually firing them. This system incorporates concepts from Computer Science, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. Knowledge of Computer Science will be needed to translate the images from a camera to an algorithm that a computer can understand, then back to the servocontroller in order to feed proper directions on how it is to act. Knowledge of Electrical Engineering will be needed to wire and power the servocontroller, and knowledge of Mechanical Engineering will be needed to properly house all the components needed for this system. With all these concepts and different areas on engineering being utilized, a worthwhile machine can be created.
  • Wii Remote Project - An interactive whiteboard is a large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface, where users control the computer using a pen, finger or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or on a floor stand. They are used in a variety of settings such as in classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, broadcasting studios and more. The interactive‐whiteboard industry is expected to reach sales of $1 billion worldwide by 2008; one of every seven classrooms in the world will feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011 according to market research by Futuresource Consulting. Now these whiteboards cost between $2000‐$3000 each. Imagine building one for under $100. Using the Wii remote’s sensor capabilities, a laptop with Bluetooth and a specially made pen this is possible.
  • High Performance PC - As engineers, we will not be building computers from off the shelf parts; we will be designing the hardware, and software that governs computer operation. Before we can do this, we must have a complete understanding of all the components of the machine, why they are needed, how they are used, and what will happen if a design change is implemented. Any Joe can walk into a Best Buy a purchase an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, but only an engineer in IEEE will know that the purpose of the processor is to do numerical calculations on data in the registers, the clock cycle controls how much data can be computed per second, and instead of buying a dual core, a single processor with 64‐bit registers and larger cache memory will most of the time out perform two processors which cannot be used efficiently with today's software without going virtual. When engineering anything, we will always come to crossroads where you have to make compromises. Sometimes this can be due to budgets, performance, reliability, etc. How well we understand a system directly relates to how well you can design a system.
  • Liquid Cooling PC - Overclocking is the process of forcing a computer component to run at a higher clock rate than it was designed for or was designated by the manufacturer. All electronic circuits produce heat generated by the movement of electrons. As clock frequencies in digital circuits increase, the heat generated by overclocked components also increases. Due to increased heat produced by overclocked components, an effective cooling system is necessary to avoid damaging the hardware. In addition, digital circuits slow down at high temperatures due to changes in metal–oxide–semiconductor field‐effect transistor (MOSFET) device characteristics. Wire resistance also increases slightly at higher temperatures, contributing to decreased circuit performance. Because most stock cooling systems are designed for the amount of power produced during non‐ overclocked use, overclockers typically turn to more effective cooling solutions. Water cooling carries waste heat to a radiator. Automobile engines and nuclear reactors use the same method, and both with water. (for cars ethylene glycol is often added to prevent freezing, and reactors can use heavy water) Water cooling is extremely powerful, especially in comparison with air cooling. With the addition of water cooling we can push this computer to the limits and allow its performance to reach that of a computers 2‐3 times the price.

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