2020 ECE Capstone Awards

Thank you to all the students, advisers, faculty, and judges who took the time to join us today for the virtual capstone award ceremony!

Special thanks to Dr. Mandayam and Dean Thomas Farris for opening the award ceremony and for their address to our capstone students.  

Before we announce the top ten projects, I would like to thank everyone involved with this year’s capstone program:

Capstone advisers: Many undertook students guidance this year. We would like to thank the ECE faculty who supported the program and advisers inside and outside of Rutgers who contributed their time and effort to help our students. Their efforts and support are key to the success of our capstone program and the students learning experience. Thank you to all capstone advisers for your support!

Capstone sponsors: We would like to acknowledge the support of the following industry sponsors through funding and mentorship: Siemens, Blackrock, JP Morgan, L3Harris, 7x24 Exchange Metro New York Chapter, Interactions LLC and MongodB. Special thanks to Elmer Galbi for the generous projects awards sponsorship.

Our panel of judges: Many thanks to our judges for their effort and time taken to support and celebrate our students’ achievements. The panel included: Nikhil Shenoy (Siemens Healthineers, BS’16), Ashwin Sampath (Qualcomm Inc., PhD’97), Daniel Arkins (Blackrock), Don Bachman (ASCO, BSEE, MBA), Stephen Wilkus (Spectrum Financial Partners), Salman Hoque, (L3Harris Technologies, BS’19), Anand Bhagwat (JP Morgan, MS’91, MBA’94), Dafna Shochat (Blackrock, BS’19), Kamal Abburi (Microsoft), Richard Huber (AT&T), David Galbi (Galbi Research), Soyab Khatumbra (L3Harris, BS’15), Ed Cordero (Protiviti), Srinivas Bangalore (Interactions), Donald Levy (AT&T), Marina Eskander (Stantec, BS’17), Ahmed Turk (Samsung Electronics America, BS’02, MS’05), Douglas Galbi (FCC), Gihan Oraby (US Army, BS’02), Ludwig Randazzo (Juniper Networks, Govindaraj Muthukrishnan (Morgan Stanley, BS’17), Harry Li (MIT Lincoln Laboratory, BS’18), Jonathan Ksiezopolski (KAMTech Solutions, BS’16), Marc Campos (JP Morgan), Mareesh Kumar Issar (WINLAB, Rutgers University), Umama Ahmed (L3Harris, BS’19), Bill Marushak (Lutron Electronics), Kshitij Minhas (SRI International, BS’16), Teddy Brown (Verizon), Shahab Jalalvand (Interactions), Zeid Abdulrazeq (Verizon Wireless, BS’19), Nazmul Islam (Qualcomm, PhD’14), Keon Kim (Verizon Wireless, BS’19), Nicholas Frost (Morgan Stanley, BS’17), Samuel Ramrajkar (Ford Motor Company, MS’15), Daniel Romero (Verizon, BS’19), Franke Hubertus (IBM), Sarah Hallac (Blackrock), Akanksha Pathak, Verizon (BS’18), Jane Luo, Qualcomm (PhD’04), Mhammed Alhayek (Bloomberg, BS’18), Ed Knapp (American Tower), Mike Dolan (L3Harris, BS’99), Joseph Conticchio (L3Harris), Jon Pucila (Blackrock), Nagi Naganathan, and Neharika Bhandari (NBCUniversal, BS’18).

Your expertise, care, and insights where priceless in making the hard decisions as for the top projects.

Capstone team: A very warm thank you to our wonderful ECE team Arletta Hoscilowicz, Pamela Heinold, John Scafidi, Kevin Wine, and Christopher Reid. As always, their commitment and hard work throughout the year is the force behind the program. Many thanks to Diksha Prakash who worked tirelessly to support the capstone program around the year and to all the graduate and undergraduate students who helps with capstone events.

After hours of diligent work our panel of judges selected these top ten projects and winners of special awards:

2020 ECE Capstone Award Presentation slides

Top ten projects:

#1 place (awarded $600, sponsored by Siemens)

Project S12-61: Agora VR: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy of Agoraphobia & Social Anxiety Disorders

Team members: Aryeh Ness, Daniel Nguyen, Michael Truong, and Ted Moseley

Adviser: Dr. Grigore Burdea

 

#2 place (awarded $400, sponsored by Blackrock)

Project S20-14: Refrigerated Delivery Drone System

Team members: Peter Doroshenko, Alex Ameri, Eric Kraut, Philip Jeszeck, and Williear Glimniene

Adviser: Dr. Laleh Najafizadeh

 

#3 place (awarded $300, sponsored by 7x24 Exchange Metro NY)

Project S20-56: 2020Vision

Team members: Roshni Shah, ​Shruthi Sureshkrishnan, and Nithyasree Natarajan

Adviser: Prof. Kristin Dana

 

#4 place ($100)

Project S20-51: Nephroto: Kidney Modeling App

Team members: Christopher Basilio, Andrea Dumalagan, Parker Fisher, and Christian Remolado

Adviser: Dr. Deborah Silver

 

#5 place ($100)

Project S20-47: Low-Cost Ion-Selective Sensing for Hydroponics Solutions

Team members: Jacob Battipaglia, Andrew Cecil, Krishna Gotur, and Einar Magnusson

Adviser: Dr. Richard Howard

 

#6 place ($100)

Project S20-35: Eagle Eye – Multi UAV Reconnaissance

Team members: Kaavya Krishna-Kumar, Sagar Shah, Harmit Badyal, and Abhishek Kondila

Adviser: Dr. Narayan Mandayam

 

#7 place ($100)

Project S20-70: Smart Sweet Spot of Your Home Stereos

Team members: Zhenzhou (Tom) Qi

Advisers: Dr. Xiaoran Fan and Dr. Richard Howard

 

#8 place ($100)

Project S20-45: hARk - The Next Generation Hearing Aid?

Team members: Joshua Siegel, Aditya Verma, Shantanu Laghate, and Phurushotham Shekar

Adviser: Dr. Waheed Bajwa

 

#9 place ($100)

Project S20-12: Smart Hair-Clipper

Team members: Urmil Bhansali, Jovan Konatar, Eric Roberts, and McWilliam Mawuntu

Adviser: Dr. Yingying Chen

 

#10 place ($100)

Project S20-01: Phased Patch L-Band Antenna Array

Team members: Alexander Cid, Daniel Toth, Marissa Navarro, Cameron Greene, and Stephen Dahl

Advisers: Dr. Anand Sarwate, Dean Telson (L3Harris), and Alejandro Pieroni (Cellgain)

 

Best in Research Award (awarded $200)

Project S20-14: Refrigerated Delivery Drone System

Team members: Peter Doroshenko, Alex Ameri, Eric Kraut, Philip Jeszeck, and Williear Glimniene

Adviser: Dr. Laleh Najafizadeh

 

Best in Impact Award (awarded $200, sponsored by Interactions LLC)

Project S20-51: Nephroto: Kidney Modeling App

Team members: Christopher Basilio, Andrea Dumalagan, Parker Fisher, and Christian Remolado

Adviser: Dr. Deborah Silver

 

Best in Commercialization (awarded $200, sponsored by JP Morgan)

Project S12-61: Agora VR: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy of Agoraphobia & Social Anxiety Disorders

Team members: Aryeh Ness, Daniel Nguyen, Michael Truong, and Ted Moseley

Adviser: Dr. Grigore Burdea

 

The Galbiati Entrepreneurial Awards:

First place with $2,500:

Project S12-61: Agora VR: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy of Agoraphobia & Social Anxiety Disorders

Team members: Aryeh Ness, Daniel Nguyen, Michael Truong, and Ted Moseley

Adviser: Dr. Grigore Burdea

 

Second place with $1,500:

Project S20-51: Nephroto: Kidney Modeling App

Team members: Christopher Basilio, Andrea Dumalagan, Parker Fisher, and Christian Remolado

Adviser: Dr. Deborah Silver

 

Third place with $1,000:

Project S20-56: 2020Vision

Team members: Roshni Shah, ​Shruthi Sureshkrishnan, and Nithyasree Natarajan

Adviser: Prof. Kristin Dana

 

Congratulations to the students and advisers!!!

Hana

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Hana Godrich, PhD
ECE Department, Rutgers University
Office: CoRE 617
e: godrich@soe.rutgers.edu