Computer Engineering Computer Science Capstone Recap

April 27, 2018

Held in the evening of April 26th, the Computer Engineering Computer Science Capstone served as a platform to allow emerging and soon to graduate developers an opportunity to publicly discuss their capstone projects. While there was some obvious anxiety in speaking in front of people, each presentation saw the students, listed below as developers discussing the constituent efforts that comprised their project, a glimpse into not only how their product would work, but in the interworking of the group dynamic.

While not every project yielded the intended result, each presenter was eager to build on their findings. Each project was treated as if it were a step in an overall process, rather than a finite opportunity, undercutting the urgency of the capstone project by placing the emphasis on process, not product, and team building.

Teamwork

Hunter Bohannon worked as part of a team of developers on the Traffic Crash Data Visualization project. The project was an attempt to find the impact of autonomous cars on the total number of traffic related deaths and how that affects the organ donor market. Using a program named Power BI, Bohannon and his team were able to visualize the data to show the relationship between traffic deaths, self-driving vehicles, and available organ donation.

He says, “It’s a really good link between the business and engineering world. Having those together, it helped me get the job that I have now.”

Beyond that, Bohannon felt that the modular relationship of his team, each who specialized in one or another aspect of the project, benefited everyone involved. It was that teamwork that Bohannon hopes to take with him into the workforce.

“Working on a team and becoming a leader, when we were working, we all had to work together at some point, we all had to be a leader at some point, we all had to teach each other something," explains Bohannon. "It really taught you the business aspect, the leadership aspect and it even tied it all in with the engineering."

Professional Development

While every project attempted to solve a real world problem, some were less sensitive than others. Senior Bryan Evans worked on the”What’s Teddy’s Name?” app, which is an android application that stores a collection of toy animals in a database. The application is able to use the camera to identify the toy, which is hosted on the AWS mobile hub, using Amazon Dynamo DB to keep track of adding and removing things.

Built for families to track who gave a present and when, and to maintain some general idea of where things are, the project allowed Evans and his team to create and manage a database that utilizes smart technology. Evans believes that regardless of the use of his research for his project, that the experience is what matters.

“Capstone in general is a very good chance for students to get access to a lot of projects that are real life," says Evans. "My project specifically focused a lot on what I want to do as a profession, so I thought it was a good preemptor to add to a resume and list in a portfolio.”

You can read the full list of projects including the developers and clients below:

 

Project TitleClientDevelopers
What’s Teddy’s Name?Dr. James Lewis
  • Spencer Goff
  • John Le
  • Geordie Ayers
  • Dane Copple
  • Bryan Evans

Traffic Crash Data Visualization

Dr. Monica Gentilli
  • Hunter Bohannon
  • Akhil Warier
  • Kishan Patel
  • Daniel Graham
  • Robel Daniel

AuctionIT 

Dr. James Lewis
  • Alex Helm
  • Daniel Karem
  • Ellie McLaren
  • Ewen Cameron
  • Tyler Schreiver

Drone Swarm

Dr. Adrian Lauf
  • Alex Hinkle
  • Brandon Sparrow
  • Kennedy Bowman
  • Dennis Sturgill
  • Shyam Patel
  • Pinhao Guo
  • Nick Pond
  • Nick Zinner
The Cryptocurrency Trading BotBrandon McMillan
  • Brad Hoffman
  • Davis French
  • Samual Chesak
  • Jared Gillespie
High- throughput Sequencing Data SearchDr. Juw Won Park
  • Martin Heil
  • Grant Park
  • Samuel Furguson
  • Adam Eliasen
  • Alay Patel
IGeaOnline Diagnostics ServiceRob Toole
  • Bill Walden
  • Jon Centers
  • Logan Payton
  • Luis Suarez
Jarvis MDDr. Brandon Wuerth
  • Zack Higdon
  • Oleg Poyan
  • Thomas Scott
  • Jonathon Stout

Alumni DB

Dr. Adel Elmaghraby
  • Jacob Santana
  • Steven Cloud
  • Zachary Shumate
  • Glen Amante