PAWS Spring 2019 Welcome to the EPICS-PAWS website!

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The Almost Home Humane Society is hoping to make their shelter more efficient for its volunteers who work to maintain the health of the animals until they are adopted. The volunteers constantly need to wash the blankets and toys that the animals use. Their washing processes are outdated and slow and in need of improvement. This is where our Purdue Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) team can help. We are working on projects to streamline their processes to make the volunteers’ important jobs easier.

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Ali Almakhmari
Noise Reduction Team: Design Lead

First Year Engineering 2022

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Yichen Fan
Dog Toy Team

Industrial Engineering 2019

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Grant Hengsteler
Dog Toy Team

Nuclear Engineering 2021

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Xi Hu
Noise Reduction Team

Electrical Engineering 2019

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Abigal Jones Financial Officer
Dog Toy Team

First Year Engineering 2022

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Carol Lo
Noise Reduction Team

Electrical Engineering 2019

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Natalie Zamiechowski Webmaster
Dog Toy Team

First Year Engineering 2022

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Anthony Kowalczyk
Team Door Holder: Design Lead

First Year Engineering 2022

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Kole McGinn
Noise Reduction Team: Design Leader

Mechanical Engineering 2020

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Jongwon Min
Door Holder Team

Electrical Engineering 2020

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Martina Macaggi
Dog Toy Team: Design Lead

First Year Engineering 2022

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Callum Pennock
Noise Reduction Team

Mechanical Engineering Technology 2019

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James Ro
Door Holder Team

Electrical Engineering 2020

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Rishi Verma Project Manager
Door Holder Team

Mechanical Engineering 2021

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Ben Wagoner
Door Holder Team

First Year Engineering 2022

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Jake Zuckerman Webmaster
Door Holder Team

First Year Engineering 2022

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Tim Strueh Advisor

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Damji Heo Teaching Assistant


We currently have three ongoing projects.
1. A paneling system to reduce the animal noise.
2. A door holder device that will automatically hold a door open for 10 seconds before releasing it to be closed.
3. Creation of a system to maintain the dog toys to improve the efficiency of the shelter.

Previous teams worked on improving the shelter’s laundry carts to meet the volunteers’ specifications. Springs, rubber linings, properly torqued wheels and a sliding door were implemented.

We are working directly with Almost Home Humane Society

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If you have any questions about PAWS please contact Tim Strueh (Advisor) at: tstrueh@purdue.edu
If you need to contact the webmaster please email Jake at: zuckerma@purdue.edu

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