University Place dining Table

Project Goal: To design a battery powered amplifier that will amplify the surrounding conversation within a specified radius while blocking out unnecessary noise that automatically shuts off when not in use.

Introduction: University Place is a retirement home in the greater Lafayette area. A large portion of the residents use hearing aids. During meals in the cafeteria many of the individuals turn off their hearing aids due to the fact that they pick up so much unwanted background noise. We hope to develop a device that can sit at a designated dining table and only amplify nearby sound.

Project Objective: Deliver our product to University Place and test its effectiveness.

Project Start Date: Spring 2014

Project Delivery Date: Spring 2017

Project Team Members: Steven Clark, Shiije zhang, Jason Yu, Binuri Samarawickrama

Wiley Hall

Project Goal: To reduce excessive room reflections in West Entrance of Wiley Hall

Introduction: The vestibule in Wiley Hall (West Entrance) was newly constructed for handicap accessibility. It was a convenient addition but it was quickly found to present excessive reverberation to a point where conversations are hard to be had in that particular area. This project aims to reduce the echoes using absorption materials on the parallel walls.

Project Objective: Deliver possible solutions to the reflection problem while keeping the aesthetics of the space appealing.

Project Start Date: Spring 2017

Project Delivery Date: Summer 2017

Project Team Members: Eric Slingo, Victor Lee, Zhendong Tu

Agape App

Project Goal: To design and build an application to assist the Agape Riding Center

Introduction: The Agape Riding Center is a non profit organization that helps children with learning disabilities and behavioral issues develop and learn in a unique environment. At the riding centers, the instructors are tasked with helping the children and tracking their progress as well as any information about the horses.

Project Objective: Design and build an app for Agape that allows the instructors to more easily enter information on the students and horses so less information is lost due to time or other reasons.

Project Start Date: Spring 2017

Project Delivery Date: Spring 2018

Project Team Members: Ethan Pappas, megan Boyd, Illana Roth, Jeb Burnet, Abby Walz

Project Hillenbrand

Project Goal: To propose a solution to reduce the noise created by the piano in the Hillenbrand hall lobby which causes disturbance for the other people in the lobby as well as the staff working at the Hillenbrand main office.

Introduction: The sound created from playing the baby grand piano placed in the Hillenbrand lobby is extremely loud due to the accoustics of the lobby itself. It poses a cause of disturbance for the other people sitting in the lobby who are trying to accomplish other work. Moreover, since the piano was placed in the main lounge, it was problematic for the staff working in the Hillenbrand main office because they would not be able to hear their phone calls. Thus, the solution currently in place is to keep the piano in the study room (which is where the piano is currently located). This is obviously still an issue since the people sitting in the study room need a quiet place to work. The Hillenbrand administration is open to all sorts of ideas and we hope to present appropriate and adoptable solutions to the problem.

Project Objective: Deliver possible solutions to the Hillenbrand management which fit the Project Partner's mission of decreasing the sound from the piano while continuing to keep the room aethetically appealing.

Project Start Date: Fall 2016

Project Delivery Date: Fall 2017

Project Team Members: Tasnova Khandker, Sahiyya Harrison, David Kuenzel, Megan Boyd, Pratiksha Tewary, Sarah Rasche, Jeb Burnet

Deaf Kids Code

Project Goal: An instructional computing website that uses ASL and interactive videos to teach deaf students how to code. 

Introduction: The goal of this website is to fulfill Deaf Kids Code's mission to create an environment where deaf students can foster their abilities and harness a skill so profound to society: being able to code. This interactive website is a national open source effort to create full coding curriculums in multiple coding languages where supplementary ASL instruction will be provided.

Project Objective: Deliver our product to our Project Partner.

Project Start Date: Fall 2015

Project Delivery Date: Spring 2016

Project Team Members: Adam Walt, Joseph Mynhier, Maxwell Molnar, Heya Kaakeh, Wentai Cui.

Office Of Future Engineering

Project Goal: Design and implement a solution to improve the acoustics in the Office of Future Engineering (ARMS 1085) to make speech more intelligible when multiple sources of noise are present in the room, geared towards our project partners individual needs.

Introduction: The office is directly off of the atrium in Armstrong Hall and they try to keep their office door open as much as possible. The room’s architecture along with the close proximity to the large atrium causes problems regarding sound and speech intelligibility. The office has parallel walls, a tall ceiling and is composed of mostly glass, concrete and drywall materials. . The full-time and student staff/interns find it difficult to hear due to noise outside and inside of the office during busy times of the day. Our solution will be completed through the use of various acoustical tests and calculations. The semester objectives listed below includes the various tests and calculations that will be conducted throughout the course of this semester.

Project Objective: Improve the room acoustics for the Office of Future Engineers to provide an intelligible listening environment.

Project Start Date: Fall 2015

Project Delivery Date: Spring 2016

Project Team Members: Adam Walt, Robert Lingenfelter, kaitlyn Prather, Maia Wehling, Schyler Curtice, Autumn Lee.