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EPICS Current Project Teams at Purdue

Bio-inspired Nano-manufacturing Project Partner: Local middle and high school students through Biomedical outreach program. Facts: New team for Spring 2008. Team Sponsors: Eli Lilly and Company Mission: The mission of this team is to design and develop educational demonstrations and tools to educate middle school students about bio-inspired nano-manufacturing concepts. Projects include magazine series, DNA simulated nano-wire, and an interactive model of the molecular combing process. Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Science, Chemical Engineering, CGT, Mechanical engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Education Area: Education and Outreach

Boiler Green Initiative Project Partner: Boiler Green Initiative Club Facts: New team for Fall 2008! Team Sponsors: Shell Mission: This team will be working with the Boiler Green Initiative Club (www.boilergreen.com) at Purdue to help promote a more sustainable campus, including projects that develop and promote Green Roofs on campus, improving campus recycling practices, and the use of alternate transportation. Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Agriculture & Biology Engineering, Natural Resources & Environmental Science, Botany, Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Political Sciences but All Majors are Welcome!

Impact: Improving sustainability of Purdue campus Area: Environmental

C-SPAN Project Partner: C-SPAN Archives Facts: Began Spring 2005. Mission: To provide a publicly accessible video database containing local government and community agency meetings, modeled after C-SPAN.org such that all videos will be completely unedited. The team is developing a web-based resource including tools and methods to acquire, edit, stream and analyze video content automatically. Team members will have the opportunities to use/learn video editing, web development, and programming skills, as well as knowledge about the political process and image processing. Technologies: Image processing, history, political science Disciplines: Computer Science, All Engineering majors, Computer Graphic Technology, those interested in web page design, all Majors Welcome Impact: Improving access to public affairs programming. Area: Education and Outreach

Chemical Sensing Initiative Project Partner: The DEA and Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s department and other Local Law Enforcement agencies. Facts: Working with Local Law Enforcement, specifically the DEA and Tippecanoe County Sheriff's department, this team will be leading projects based on the use of sensors for law enforcement. Advisor Sponsors: Eli Lilly and Company - Tippecanoe Labs Mission: Working with local law enforcement, this team is developing projects to help prevent crime in the community, focusing on the detection and prevention of meth labs. Using advanced technologies the team is developing methods for detecting chemicals used to make meth, and computer databases to prevent the purchase of Sudafed. The projects include using chemical sensors, a mass spectrometer, and internet computer interfaces. Technologies: Sensors, sensor networks, chemical analysis, computer engineering, and computer technology. Disciplines: Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, C programming experience, Mechanical Engineering Area: Human Services.

Columbian Park Zoo Project Partner: Lafayette Columbian Park Zoo Facts: New team in Fall 1999. Advisor Sponsors: Wabash National Mission: Design educational materials to be used by the Columbian Park Zoo. The projects will be used to help the Zoo educate their patrons, in their outreach program, and for animal behavioral conditioning. Projects that are currently being designed are a lynx enrichment chasing system, an interactive kiosk, and primate behavioral conditioning system. A project with an interactive toy will be designed so that it can be used by a lynx or cougar and possibly replicated for other animals. An interactive donation box is also being designed. Delivered: Multimedia CD-ROM for the zoo's animal information. Wall kiosk to aid in learning at or around the zoo. Digital photo booth that produces custom, postcard-like photographs of a child with an image of an animal in the background. Technologies: Multimedia software, human-computer interfaces, education, structures, animal sciences Disciplines: Computer Science, Computer Graphic Technology, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Impact: A community learning center. Area: Education and Outreach

Community and Family Resource Center Project Partner: Community & Family Resource Center Facts: New team beginning Fall 2007 semester. Mission: This team does various projects to assist the Community Family Resource Center. Current projects include; volunteer management web application and building of a Mars Rover the K-12 kids. Technologies: Structures, construction, education, software development tools Disciplines: Child Development and Family Sciences, Communication, Elementary Education, Visual Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Computer Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management, Management, Special Education, Elementary Education, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Computer Graphics Technology Impact: Improved services for CFRC and an increased knowledge of engineering and science for all the youth in CFRC. Area: Human Services

Database and Innovative Software for the Community Facts: New team for Fall 2009!

Area: Education and Outreach

Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems Project Partner: Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems Facts: Team began Spring 2007. Mission: The C-SOPS team has been in progress for 4 semesters. The team’s goal is to educate K-12 students about Pharmacy and Engineering. The C-SOPS team is working on four parts of the tablet manufacturing process. These parts include: blending, roller compaction, milling and tablet press. Currently, the team is designing the mill and working on the electronics. Soon, the team will be constructing the mill. For the future, the team plans to finish the blending and milling components. Additionally, the team will start roller compaction again and start designs for the tablet process. Technologies: Pharmaceutical systems, Mechanical systems, electrical systems, Disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering and First Year Engineering. Impact: To promote and develop learning in and interest for engineering as it relates to the pharmaceutical industry Area: Education and Outreach

Greater Lafayette Area Special Services - Assistive Technology Project Partner: Greater Lafayette Area Special Services Facts: The team began in Spring 2004. It formed from the previous Wabash Center teams (WCECE and WCME) when the Children's Clinic closed. Team Sponsors: Advanced Microdevices Incorporated (AMD) William P. Corcoran Endowment Mission: Develop hardware, electromechanical and software solutions which enable students with disabilities ages 3 to 21 to function more independently and to enjoy a better quality of life. This includes projects aimed to accomplish daily living tasks, assist with communication or to help participate in educational or recreational activities. Technologies: electronics, computer controls, software development, electromechanical systems, motors, structures, and actuators. Disciplines: Audiology, Child Development and Family Studies, Education, Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Graphic Technology, Electrical Engineering, Liberal Arts, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Nursing, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Impact: Expanded capabilities and control of their environment for children with disabilities. Area: Access and abilities

Greater Lafayette Area Special Services - Preschool

Project Partner: Greater Lafayette Area Special Services Facts: The team began in Spring 2004. It formed from the previous Wabash Center teams (WCECE and WCME) when the Children's Clinic closed. Team Sponsors: William P. Corcoran Endowment Mission: Develop computer-controlled electro-mechanical toys and play environments for preschool-aged children with disabilities. Current projects include: a suite of computer games, an interactive play area, an interactive stuffed teddy bear and an interactive toy for children with hearing impairment. Technologies: Child development, education, motors, electronics, electromechanical systems, computer-based controls, multimedia software, structures, actuators, ergonomics, and safety. Disciplines: Child Development and Family Studies, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Graphics Technology, Child Development and Family Studies, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science, Education, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Liberal Arts, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Audiology, Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Technology Impact: Expanded capabilities and control of their environment for children with disabilities. Area: Access and abilities.

Habitat for Humanity Project Partner: Greater Lafayette Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Facts: Began in Fall 1996. Team Sponsors: Ford Motor Company URS Washington Division Mission: The EPICS-HFH team works with multiple levels of Habitat for Humanity - Lafayette, State of Indiana and International Headquarters. Our current projects include a habitat home in Biotown, USA that will lead the way in environmentally friendly and energy efficiency practices; inventing new hybrid building blocks in Haiti to reduce constructions costs; and designing universal house plans for natural disaster relief efforts around the world. Delivered: New design for house corners to minimize air leakage. Brochure for homeowners that describes how to compute the cost of using different types of light bulbs. Thermal imaging of Habitat homes to determine efficiency of Habitat construction techniques. Pressure door to detect areas of heat loss. Web-based home selection guide for prospective homeowners; analysis of projected annual utility costs for available floor plans, parametric studies on home options (led to the addition of central air conditioning for all homes in Lafayette). Solar powered attic fan for resale store. Technologies: Modern software development tools, Microsoft .NET framework, ASP, C#, Java, mySQL, Linux, wireless applications, construction, energy efficiency Disciplines: Building and Construction Management Technology, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, Construction Engineering Management, Environmental, Electrical and Computer engineering, Industrial Engineering, Interior/Industrial Design, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Social Science/International Cultures, and Technical CommunicationInterior/Industrial Design,

Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Social Science/International Cultures, and Technical Communication Impact: Lower cost houses and lower home operating expenses for the working poor. Area: Human Services

Haiti Facts: New team for Fall 2009!

Happy Hollow Elementary School Project Partner: Happy Hollow Elementary School Facts: Began in Fall 1997 at Burtsfield Elementary School; transitioned to Happy Hollow Elementary School in Fall 1998 when Burtsfield School closed. Winner of the EPICS Team Award Spring 2004, EPICS Leadership Award, FA 2004, AMD Design Award Spring 2000, and Spring 2000. Team Sponsors: BAE Systems Mission: Work in conjunction with the HHES science club to build fun projects for the school's science museum. The team has direct contact with children, building projects the kids enjoy most. The science museum projects encompass all disciplines. Current projects: trebuchet, robot arm/bicycle generator, and binary racecar/laser harp. Delivered: A large variety of projects have been completed and implemented into the interactive Rainforest Room: An Air Cannon that shoots tennis balls and helps apply concepts such as force, gravity, air pressure, friction, and trajectories; A Laser Harp that uses lasers in place of strings to play notes; The Memory Basketball Game that demonstrates how memory affects learning via shooting baskets off an electronic-based backboard with and without vision distorting goggles; A Weather Station and instrumentation that feeds meteorological data to the elementary school’s science lab; The Water Garden highlighting a waterfall that promotes environmental awareness; A Flash Wall that uses strobe lights and phosphorous sheets to capture a student's shadow cast on a phosphorescent wall; A Color Wall that demonstrates principles of colored light; The Tornado Box that simulates a miniature tornado in a Plexiglas box. Technologies: Electronic hardware and software, mechanical hardware, computers, and educational development. Disciplines: Education, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Impact: To promote and develop learning in and interest for engineering by creating a classroom where inner-active, inquiry based exhibits expand math, science, technology, and engineering concepts and applications to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students. Area: Education and Outreach

Imagination Station Project Partner: Imagination Station - Children's Museum Facts: Began in Fall 1997 with Imagination Station and Burtsfield Elementary School as partners; split into two teams in Fall 1998. The two teams, Imagination Station - Black and Imagination Station - Gold, were combined in Spring 2009. Team Sponsors: Rolls Royce Mission: Applying new and innovative technologies, our team designs interactive and fun exhibits for a local children’s museum. Active projects include; the Mars rover, a sensor network, and the wind tunnel. Individuals on our team come from a diverse background of majors and allow us to not only stimulate children's interest but to educate them in a number of different fields as well. Our projects grant great exposure to digital design opportunities as well as manufacturing. Delivered: “History of the PC” exhibit; bicycle-driven generator with ergometer to demonstrate principles of gears. Interactive Well-Head protection display showing the progressing of pollutants using LED’s. Magnetism exhibit, Interactive Magnetic Tower which illustrates electromagnetism by levitating a permanent magnet with an electromagnet, Interactive Magnetic racer illustrating electromagnetism by propelling cars down two tracks using electromagnets (upgraded version delivered April 2003), interactive wind tunnel illustrating lift and drag. Technologies: Electronics, mechanics, electricity and magnets, computers, and human-computer interfaces. Disciplines: Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Education, Electrical Engineering, Technology, and Visual Design Impact: Improved science and engineering educational resources for the community Area: Education and Outreach

Information Management Systems for EPICS Teams Project Partner: EPICS Facts: Began Spring 2000. Winner of the Spring 2001 and Spring 2002 AMD Design Award. Mission: A team that develops online large scale software applications for EPICS students and faculty at Purdue and EPICS teams nationwide. The EPICS administration uses the tools to maintain student and advisor information, and

EPICS students use the tools to interact more effectively with their teammates. Delivered: Web-based registration tool and database. Scheduling tool. Weekly report system. Peer evaluation system. Administrative tools for advisors and EPICS administrators to access and respond to student reports. Technologies: HTML, CGI using PHP, MySQL, BSD, XML/XSLT/XPATH, XHTML and Subversion. A prior knowledge of these technologies is not required, but general programming knowledge (in any programming language) is necessary and will be applied in your tenure on this team. Disciplines: Computer and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Graphics Technology Impact: Greater productivity of EPICS teams Area: Human Services and Education and Outreach

Klondike Elementary School Project Partner: Klondike Elementary School Facts: Began in Fall 1997 Team Sponsors: PPG Industries Mission: Design custom educational products involving both hardware and software. Delivered: "Traffic light" system that uses an array of microphones to monitor noise in the school cafeteria. Repaired electronic message board; "Jeopardy" style wireless quiz response system for games and competitions. Remotecontrolled solar car to demonstrate energy conversion and alternative energy forms. Prototype of "SpellBowl" interactive quiz system to aid in studying spelling lists. Technologies: Educational and social development and analysis, multimedia systems, acoustics, electro-mechanical system, human computer interface, analog-digital electronics. Disciplines: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Impact: Improved educational resources in the county's most crowded school. Area: Education and Outreach

Lafayette Adult Resource Academy Project Partner: Lafayette Adult Resource Academy Facts: Began in Fall 1997. Winner of the Fall 2000 AMD Design Award and of the Fall 2001 AMD Design Award. Mission: Design software and hardware systems to help adults learn to read, write, develop job skills, and assist people in learning English as a second language. Delivered: An interactive English/Spanish guide to landmarks in the community. Prototype tutorial devices of a camera and ruler that integrate the physical system with a computer of vocabulary building and training. A custom desktop interface to simplify computer use for LARA staff. An interactive computer game that tests the user on the written Indiana Driver's Test. Interactive cash register to teach vocabulary and money-handling skills. Budget management travel game to teach budgeting skills. Language and spelling tutorials, including database-driven pre- and post-tests. Technologies: Software, computer interfaces, sensors, hardware. Technologies: software (Visual Basic, Access, Java, CAD, Flash, Macromedia), hardware (Design Antilog and Digital, Assembly Language) and human-computer interfaces. Disciplines: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, Education, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Economics, Management, and Computer Graphic Technology Impact: Improved services for the Academy and its clients. Greater literacy and job preparedness. Area: Human Services.

Lafayette Crisis Center Project Partner: Lafayette Crisis Center Facts: Began in Fall 1995. Winner of the Fall 1998 and Fall 2000 AMD Design Award. I2P (Idea to Product) Competition 2nd Place in 2004

Advisor Sponsors: TRW Mission: Design and implement engineering solutions to help the Lafayette Crisis Center better serve the community through stand alone kiosks, VIC (Visual Information Console), and scheduling software. Delivered: Kiosks fielded in the community at the Tippecanoe County Public Library, with automated update of the databases of human services and resources, automatic dialing of service agency phone numbers, touch-screen interface, and printer. Technologies: Hardware design, JSP, Java, PHP, MySQL, marketing, production planning, and web-based development. Disciplines: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Graphics Technology, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Engineering, Marketing, Management, and Social Sciences Impact: Improved accesses to community services and crisis information referral. Area: Human Services.

Learning Science and Math thru Engineering Facts: New team for Fall 2009! Area: Education and Outreach

Miller Child Learning Center Project Partner: Ben & Maxine Miller Child Learning Center (was Purdue Child Care Program) Facts: New team for Fall 2006. Mission: Develop classroom toys and other learning materials to teach preschool children (2 – 5 years) basic concepts in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. Project ideas will be developed in consultation with teachers and children during the first month. Possible project ideas suggested by teachers include; making: a robot, a working train and town, interactive dollhouse, exercise equipment for toddlers, or educational software. Disciplines: Early Child Education, Child Development and Family Studies, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, all School of Technology majors, Education, Psychology, Science, Sociology Area: Education and Outreach

Office of the Dean of Students Project Partner: Purdue University's Office of the Dean of Students Adaptive Programs Facts: Began in Fall 1997. Team Sponsors: Caterpillar Advisor Sponsors: TRW Mission: The ODOS team works with the Adaptive Programs section of the Office of the Dean of Students. The team’s goal is to create innovative solutions for students with disabilities so these students may perform the same activities and take advantage of the same opportunities available to their peers. These solutions include designing software, furniture, and other adaptive products. Delivered: Determination of critical display refresh frequencies that trigger photosensitive epilepsy. Remote Classroom Captioning system that uses wireless microphones and networking to allow a remote transcriber to generate near-realtime class notes for hearing impaired students. Classroom furniture: adjustable chair for students with chronic back problems; adjustable table for students in wheelchairs. 75 chairs and 25 tables are placed in classrooms around campus as needed by Purdue students. In progress: The Interactive Campus Map is a web-based software system that will allow a student to find the best wheelchair-accessible path between any two points on campus. The first ICM kiosk will be deployed on campus in Fall 2003. The Global Positioning System Device for the Visually Impaired is a handheld navigation aid for students who are visually impaired. It will help students find the shortest path between two points on campus and will give audible directions via an earpiece as they walk to their destination. Technologies: Communications, GPS, human-computer interfaces, programming, ergonomics, mechanical advantage, linkages, machining, and CAD design. Disciplines: Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Impact: Improved accesses to the Purdue campus for students with disabilities. Area: Access and Abilities

Real-time Transportation System Performance Measurements Facts: New team for Fall 2009! Area: Human Services

Riley Advancement Team Project Partner: Riley Hospital

Facts: The initial projects of the Riley Advancement Team were begun as part of the St. Vincent Advancement Team in Spring 2008. The Riley Advancement Team became its own team beginning Spring 2009. Mission: Our Mission is to use our knowledge of health care and technology to design products that make the lives of patients and the community safer as a whole. We are currently working on 3 projects: a pill box with limited access designed to keep dangerous medication away from children, a re-designed cover for wall sockets (the current covers pose a choking hazard), and a website for safe driving practices geared towards new drivers. Disciplines: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Graphics Technology, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering Impact: To improve quality of life of patients of Riley Hospital, as well as the community as a whole Area: Access and Abilities

Soap Box Derby, Challenger Division Project Partner: Challenger Division, Greater Lafayette Soap Box Derby Facts: New team starting Fall 2007 semester! Team Sponsors: Indy Pro Series Mission: The Challenger Division of the Soap Box Derby is open to children 8-18 who have a disability. The mission is to increase the confidence and self-esteem of children with disabilities and encouraging their participation in social activities with their peers. Many of the children struggle with daily activities, but this one day they can soar. This team will be responsible for designing and building specially equipped cars which can accommodate a co-driver. Technologies: Mechanical, aeronautical, education, assistive technology Disciplines: Special Education, Business and Management, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Industrial Engineering Impact: The mission is to increase the confidence and self-esteem of children with disabilities and encouraging their participation in social activities with their peers. Area: Access and Abilities

Speech-Language and Audiology Clinics Project Partner: M.D. Steer Speech-language and Audiology Clinics

Facts: Began Fall 1995. Winner of the Spring 1997 AMD Design Award. Winner of the 1998 Burton-Morgan Entrepreneurship Competition (automated locker project). Team Sponsors: Motorola Mission: Projects primarily support the M. D. Steer Audiology Clinic at Purdue University. Projects either help the patients at the clinic (adaptive hearing devices, sound level alert meters), clinicians (diagnostic tools), or support teaching of students (tutorial software, large-scale model of the ear). Delivered: Infrared-controlled lock installed on a locker at a local school to allow a student with a physical disability to unlock her locker. Realistic tracheal model to help laryngectomy patients learn how to install in-dwelling prosthesis. Voice-activated children's software to motivate speech in developmentally delayed children. Software for computing speech rate of spontaneous speech. Prototype of glasses-mounted microphone array system to improve directionality of hearing aids. Technologies: speech recognition, signal processing, analog-digital electronics, acoustical design, software design, animation, engineering design, mechanical design, and hardware design. Disciplines: Computer Science, Acoustical Engineers, Electrical Engineers/Computer Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Speech Language and Hearing Sciences Impact: New services and devices for the clinic's clients; improved feedback on effects of therapy. Area: Access and Abilities

St. Vincent Advancement Team Project Partner: St. Vincent’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center Facts: To begin Fall 2005 Mission: To design and develop devices that assist caregivers and improve health care delivery through our talents, education, and knowledge of technology and the human body. We aspire to fulfill the needs of our community partner in correlation with our own goals, concentrating on health issues and development of patients and civilians, and maintain a long term partnership with the community. Disciplines: Bio-Medical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Pharmacy Impact: To improve quality of life of patients of St. Vincent's Pediatric Rehabilitation Center Area: Access and Abilities

University Place Retirement Community Project Partner: University Place Retirement Community Facts: Began in Fall 2004. Mission: Design, develop and implement programs and systems targeted to the unique environment of a senior living community. Enrich the lives of seniors through the use of technology in a closed circuit TV, communication and information sharing through the use of the Web, and optimization of acoustic environments. Technologies: Electronics, sociology, education, web design, computer engineering, psychology Disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Acoustical Engineering Computer Network, Computer and Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Technology, Computer Science, Speech, Language and Hearing, Audiology, Physics. All majors welcome, Sociology(gerontology focus)). Impact: Enriching the lives of the residents of the senior living community. Area: Education and Outreach

Veterinary Medical Team Facts: New team beginning Fall 2009! Area: Education and Outreach

http://epics.ecn.purdue.edu/ Project Partner: Indiana Space Grant Consortium Facts: New team for Spring 2009! Mission: The goal of the team is to design and build scale models of the solar system on campus so visitors on campus, especially school-aged children, will have a fun and interactive way to learn about the Solar System. Disciplines: Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, Education, Science, Earth and Atmospheric, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Communication Impact: Providing educational resources for visitors to Purdue's campus Area: Education and Outreach

Water Resources Management

Facts: New team for Fall 2009! Area: Environmental

Web-based Interactive Software Engineering Facts: New team for Fall 2009! Area: Education and Outreach

West Lafayette Public Library Project Partner: West Lafayette Public Library Facts: Began Spring 2003 Team Sponsors: Motorola Mission: The WLPL team works with the West Lafayette Public Library, providing engineering solutions for the library's technology setup. Among the many projects of the WLPL team is the Kid’s Interactive Display, which allows juvenile patrons to interact with a virtual environment using green screen technology. The project will also present an interactive dinosaur game. The Music Kiosk project is a "try before you borrow" music-database system that consists of a Javabased client application that patrons use to view and preview the library's database of music. Together, these project teams intend to better equip the library with the necessary resources to continue serving the West Lafayette community with unmatched media access. Technologies: Java, JSP, JSF, JavaScript, Linux, CVS, MySQL, C, C++, PHP and development tools. Disciplines: Elementary Education and Engineering Education Impact: Increase access to the West Lafayette Public Library resources. Area: Human Services

Young Women's Christian Association Project Partner: YWCA Greater Lafayette Facts: New team starting Fall 2007 semester!

Mission: The gymnasium at the YWCA has outlived its usefulness as designed. The YWCA team is redesigning the existing gymnasium to expand floor space and consolidate remote office locations. They are planning to add a second floor within that portion of the building, turning the ground floor into office space while maintaining a multi-functional space on the second floor. This project includes creating floor plans as well as completing technical drawings. Technologies: Structures, construction, architecture Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, First Year Engineering and Landscape Architecture Impact: To improve the YWCA's ability to serve its clients. Area: Human Services

EPICS Past Project Teams at Purdue

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Project Partner: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (Palo Alto, CA) Facts: Began in Fall 1999. Team Sponsors: General Motors Mission: Design new products to spark the interest of girls in technology. Bring together students from many backgrounds to explore and identify needs of new technologies for adolescents. Projects include creation of an educational video game, as well as a small light up accessory illuminating when it is in the vicinity of another similar accessory. Delivered: Seven software games: Genie Lamp, M.A.S.H., Balloon-Blast, periodic table, math match numbers game, U.S. state capitals, Great American Women. Educational website and an online environment for the girls. Technology workshops for middle school girls in Lafayette, Indiana and Indianapolis, Indiana. Technologies: JAVA, software, RF, hardware, networking, Flash Disciplines: Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, Consumer and Family Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Marketing, Psychology, Elementary Education Impact: Giving girls a new perspective on and involvement in technology; mentoring; role models. Area: Education and Outreach.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Project Partner: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Facts: Began in Fall 2002 Mission: Design and develop an environmental monitoring system for the museum to better preserve their collections. Design and develop interactive activities for patrons of the museum. Create an attractive environment for the museum while implementing outreach and educational programs. Technologies: Electronics, sensors, networks, software, user-interfaces, databases Disciplines: Art Education, Art History, Art and Design, Building Construction Management, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Public Relations Impact: Improved preservation of the museum's collections; aid with museum accreditation. Improved educational resources for the community. Area: Education and Outreach

Brownfield Environmental Education Project (was OTP) Project Partner: Our Town Program Facts: Team began in Fall 2004. Mission: BEEP Team members will participate in the development of tools which enhance the Our Town Program, a K12 curriculum designed to introduce students to need for redevelopment of contaminated sites within their community. Projects include a website to provide information for the students to use to gain knowledge, as well as the development of a software program that will allow students to identify sites within their community, and create a redevelopment plan for the identified sites. Technologies: Education, Environmental, GIS, Software development Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer Science, Computer Technology, Science Impact: Teach elementary, middle, and high school students to problems of Brownfields in their community and show the students how they can make changes Area: Education and Outreach

Classroom Communication and Academic Resource Technologies

Project Partner: Purdue Department of Education's Dean's Office Facts: New team in Spring 2000. Mission: Develop prototypes for using new computation and communication technologies in pre-college classrooms and collaborative learning environments. Design networks of specialized tools to facilitate group learning and problem solving focused on "real life" situations or simulations; design systems to report the results of these problem-based learning experiences. Delivered: Rotating web camera for large class interactions, prototype software for networked classroom. Technologies: Software, networking, education Disciplines: Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Education Impact: Educational systems for K-12 classrooms that integrate technology, problem solving, and collaborative learning. Area: Education and Outreach

Constructed Wetlands/Water Quality Project Partner: Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Facts: Began in Fall 1998. Winner of the Spring 1999 AMD Design Award. Mission: Work with one of various sub-teams to monitor and improve local water quality. Design devices to monitor flow in the constructed wetlands. Work with the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District to educate the public about water quality. This team also works on improving the state of the wetland and makes sure it functions properly. Delivered: Design of the four-cell constructed wetland with two sets of parallel cells, plantings of wetland plants in all four cells, pumping system from adjacent stream, inlet and exit weir boxes for flow measurement, analysis of flow measurements, storage shed, observation platform for visitors to the wetland. Technologies: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Surveying, Environmental Chemistry, and Biology. Disciplines: All Majors Welcome, Civil Engineering, Agriculture & Biology Engineering, Natural Resources & Environmental Science, Botany, Forestry, Natural Resources, and Entomology Impact: Improved water quality. New techniques for mitigating agricultural runoff. Community facility for environmental education. Area: Environmental

Dare to Dream Camp Project Partner: Dare to Dream Camp

Facts: New team for Spring 2009! Mission: This team will be working with the Kenny Irwin Jr. Foundation "Dare to Dream" Camp. They have summer camps available for abused, neglected and children in need. Kenny Irwin Jr. was a winning stock car driver who was killed in a practice accident in 2000; this camp is dedicated to his memory. The camp has a race car theme and will have approximately 20 go carts for the children's use. The purpose of this team will be to work with the foundation on designing the specifications for the go cart race track. Disciplines: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering Management, Landscape Architecture, and Building Construction Management Impact: Greater impact on kids participating in the camp. Area: Human Services

Discovering Engineering Careers Project Partner: Dean of Engineering Facts: Began in Fall 1998. Mission: Develop portable, hands-on demonstrations of engineering principles and practice and web-based games that will spark interest in engineering careers among elementary, middle, and junior high school students and teachers to be used by Freshman Engineering and the Minority Engineering and Women in Engineering Programs. Delivered: Fourth- and eighth-grade classroom presentation modules for engineering design scenarios (planned community, amusement park). Working museum-quality hands-on display of a portable audio CD player. Portable digitalsignal-processing-based voice transformation demonstrator. Technologies: Software development, educational assessment/evaluation, marketing, educational curriculum development, hardware development, object oriented programming Disciplines: Engineering, Child Development and Family Studies, Computer Science, Computer Graphics Technology, Education, Electrical Engineering Technology, Family Studies, and Mechanical Engineering Technology Impact: Helping youths make decisions about high school course selection, attending college, and career choices. Increased awareness of and interest in engineering among K-12 students and their teachers.Helping youths make decisions about high school course selection, attending college, and career choices. Increased awareness of and interest in engineering among K-12 students and their teachers. Area: Education and Outreach

Elliott Ditch Project Partner: Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Facts: Began in 2001. Mission: Work with one of three groups to monitor and improve local water quality. Design and create new weir boxes for Purdue’s constructed water-treatment wetland to improve its function. Work with ALCOA and the Tippecanoe County Soil and Water Conservation District to monitor water quality in Elliot Ditch and other local waterways to improve the ecosystem and educate the public. Work with the Colony Pines Home Owners Association to improve aesthetics and prevent erosion by planting native vegetation in the Colony Pines retention pond. Delivered: Community newsletter about environmental issues concerning Elliot Ditch; water quality educational brochure for the Soil and Water Conservation District. Technologies: Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Surveying, Environmental Chemistry, and Biology. Disciplines: Agronomy, Botany, Civil, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Forestry and Natural Resources. Impact: Increased awareness of local environmental issues, improved environment along the Elliot Ditch. Area: Environment

Historic Centennial Neighborhood Association Project Partner: Historic Centennial Neighborhood Association Facts: Team began in Fall 2004. Mission: Design and implement strategies to reduce skyrocketing heating and cooling costs in older historical buildings, primarily houses. Older houses’ construction creates technical challenges not experienced in new construction. Successful retrofit protocols will make older homes more affordable and will attract home owners to older (usually urban) neighborhoods; important in revitalizing such neighborhoods. Technologies: Heat and mass transfer, sensor instrumentation, engineering economics, building construction

technology, and communications. Disciplines: Building and Construction Management Technology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Information Technology, Education, Technical Writing, Computer Graphic Technology, Landscape Architecture, History, and Mechanical Engineering Impact: Revitalize this neighborhood and the surrounding community by controlling energy costs Area: Human Services

Homelessness Prevention Network Project Partner: Eight Agencies of the Tippecanoe County Homelessness Prevention Network. Two agencies in Anderson, Indiana. Facts: Began in Fall 1995. Concluded in 2003, with statewide initiative to establish a commercially-supported homelessness management information system. Winner of the Spring 1998 AMD Design Award. Mission: Design and implement a centralized database that allows agencies to coordinate their services, track their clients, and assemble accurate reports without violating clients. confidentiality. Delivered: Client machines and server deployed with agencies. Version 5.0 of the software included security and encryption features, full report generation capability, duplicate client-file merge algorithm on server, and custom, private email system to enhance interagency communications. In 2001, the county, in conjunction with the EPICS team, was awarded a Federal HUD grant to participate in a study of homelessness, because the county was one of only 19 in the US that had a homelessness management information system that met their qualifications. Technologies: Databases, cryptography, communications software Disciplines: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Sociology Impact: Improved coordination of agencies serving the homeless; more accurate understanding of homelessness in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and Anderson, Indiana. Area: Human Services

Imagination Station-Gold Project Partner: Imagination Station - Children's Museum Facts: Began in Fall 1997 with Imagination Station and Burtsfield Elementary School as partners; split into two teams in Fall 1998. Team Sponsors: Advanced Microdevices Incorporated (AMD)

Mission: Assist in educating children about Science, Math, and Engineering by creating fun, interactive displays for a children’s museum. Delivered: “History of the PC” exhibit; bicycle-driven generator with ergometer to demonstrate principles of gears. Design for physics playground, 8 foot tall dinosaur-shaped kiosk invites children to play custom-designed educational computer games. Technologies: CAD, digital and analog electronics, electromechanical devices, fluids, mechanical design and fabrication, microcontrollers, optics, power electronics Disciplines: Communication, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, Education, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Liberal Arts, and Visual Design Impact: Improved science and engineering educational resources for the community. Area: Education and Outreach

Indiana Division of Family and Children Project Partner: Two service agencies comprising the Indiana Division of Family and Children Facts: Began in Fall 1997. Retired in 2000, upon completion of partner's tasks. Winner of the Fall 1999 AMD Design Award. Mission: Develop database systems to help the agencies coordinate activities and share information. Delivered: Database system for IDFC Transportation Services; database to aid IDFC Visitation Agency track activities related to at-risk youth and their families. Technologies: Databases, cryptography, communications, software Disciplines: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Sociology Impact: Improved and less expensive social services for at-risk children and their families. Area: Education and Outreach

Judicial Database Systems Project Partner: Tippecanoe County Probation Department Facts: Began in Fall 2000. Winner of the Spring 2001 and Spring 2002 AMD Design Award. Team Sponsors: General Motors Mission: Design, build, and support a sophisticated database-driven business software for Tippecanoe County Probation Departments to track their clients. The future of JDS is expanding as additional counties and agencies have expressed interest in the system and as we launch new features such as the web-based client interface. Our product won First Place Award at the 2004 EPICS Entrepreneurship Competition.

Delivered: User-friendly database system for the Tippecanoe Probation Department Handling Adult Probation services. A prototype that that will track both juvenile and adult offenders is currently being user-tested in Jasper County. A webbased software prototype, called "JDS2Go," is being user-tested in Tippecanoe County; its deployment is projected for Fall 2003. Technologies: JAVA, ATPSwing, web services, SOAP, Unix, SQL Server, SSL, JAVA Enterprise Server, Eclipse, CVS Disciplines: Computer Science, Computer and Information Technology, Electrical and Computer Engineering Impact: Improved and more accurate system for tracking client information and delivery of services. Area: Human Services.

Lafayette School Corporation Project Partner: Lafayette School Corporation Facts: Began in Fall 2002. Mission: To discover, and pursue ways in which engineering science can contribute to the educational growth of students in the Lafayette School Corporation. Current projects include traffic flow studies, and a volunteer matching system. Technologies: Hardware design, sensor equipment, data acquisition and communication systems. Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering Impact: Improved Educational experience and opportunity for Lafayette area students. Improve the ability of special education students to communicate and participate in the school environment. Area: Education and Outreach

LEGO Scanning Probe Microscope Project Partner: The Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University Facts: Began in Fall 2003 Mission: Utilizing LEGOs and the Mindstorm line of products, develop larger than life, LEGO-based scanning probe microscopes to be used for display in museum exhibits and outreach for K-12 students. Technologies: Hardware design, software development, visual graphics, science education Disciplines: Computer and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Liberal Arts, Science, Science

Education, Visual Arts, Material Science Engineering Impact: Introduce K-12 students to state-of-the-art technology. Area: Education and Outreach

Lincoln Neighborhood Association Project Partner: Lincoln Neighborhood Association Mission: Develop a safe, creative, and interactive attraction for the families of Lincoln Neighborhood.

Purdue Cooperative Extension Information System Project Partner: The Tippecanoe County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service Facts: Began in Fall 2001 Mission: This team works to promote the benefits of 4-H membership and activities to youth and parents through interactive games and web-based material developed using multimedia software. Technologies: Computer programming, electronics, interface design, educational game development Disciplines: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Technology Impact: Improved services to the citizens of Tippecanoe County. Area: Education and Outreach

Tippecanoe County Historical Association Project Partner: Tippecanoe County Historical Association Facts: Began in Fall 1997. Winner of the Spring 1999 AMD EPICS Design Award. Mission: Develop and maintain projects for the Tippicanoe County Historical Association to reflect the history of Tippecanoe. Current projects include: 3-D model and interactive demo representing the Battle of Tippecanoe, feature extraction and other imaging processing projects, a searchable image and video database, and Web development. Delivered: On-line history quiz and memory game. On-line arrowhead classification system. Prototype of searchable image database. Prototype of a virtual tour of the main TCHA museum building. IPIX 360-degree multimedia images of historical re-enactment. Kiosk for portable delivery of team's software. Web-based searchable database of watermarked digital images of the museum's collection and events. In progress: Moving electromechanical+computer interactive display of the Battle of Tippecanoe for the Battleground Museum. Technologies: Video and image processing, image database management, virtual reality, structures Disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Graphics Technology, Computer and Information Technology, Anthropology, History, Photography, Liberal Arts, Visual Arts Impact: Enhanced access to and use of historical archives and site. Area: Education and Outreach

Tippecanoe Soccer Association Project Partner: Tippecanoe Soccer Association Facts: Began in Fall 2004. Mission: Design new soccer complex for Tippco, a local youth soccer club, to use for practices and matches on new land available located roughly 5 miles northeast of the Purdue campus. The facility will require the design and construction of soccer fields of several different sizes to accommodate youth soccer teams of various ages. In addition, several ancillary components will need to be designed and built, including small buildings, parking and access. Technologies: Civil Engineering (hydraulics/hydrology, geotechnical, transportation, structures, geomatics), Agronomy (proper turfgrass species selection, developing appropriate long-term management strategies like soil and turfgrass cultivation recommendations, fertilizer, irrigation and mowing programs and suggesting methods for dealing with excessive traffic and use, also consulting with the hydraulic engineers on appropriate sloping of the fields for drainage and use) Disciplines: Civil Engineering, Agronomy, Construction MGMT, Marketing Impact: To allow for more kids to participate in soccer in this area and to provide a venue that will support statewide competition.

Area: Social Services

Volunteer Resource Infrastructure Project Partner: Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau Facts: Began Spring 2003 as VRI; previously the HPN team. Mission: The VRI works with the Greater Lafayette Volunteer Bureau to develop web based systems that assist the bureau in its mission of matching volunteers with social service agencies. The software applications are developed using industry standard practices and software engineering methodology. Technologies: Java, JSP, JSF, JavaScript, Linux, CVS, MySQL, and development management tools. Disciplines: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Electrical Engineering (Fr. – Sr.) Impact: Improve the ability of the Volunteer Bureau to match volunteers to opportunities to serve in the community. Area: Human Services

Wabash Center Children's Clinic ECE Emphasis Project Partner: The Wabash Center Children's Clinic Facts: First team began in Fall 1995; second in Fall 1996. Winner of the Spring 1998 AMD Design Award (WCECE). Finalist in the 1999 Burton-Morgan Entrepreneurship Competition (.Hold Your Head High. posture project). The clinic closed January 2004. Mission: Develop interactive toys and multi-sensory play environments for children with disabilities utilizing computercontrolled and electro-mechanical technologies. Provide ways for children with disabilities to control their environment and to play with peers.

Delivered: Dollhouse kitchen, bath, and bedroom with electronically controlled refrigerator door, lights, swimming duck, lighted mirror, and sounds. Track-based dump truck with large-format, four-button wireless control. Custom cap and RF controller to monitor posture and to control toys and software. Spaceship structure in which a child in a wheelchair may play computer games at the control console. A four-button phone adapted for children with disabilities. Modifications to commercially available electric car to allow safe use indoors and provide back support for children with disabilities. Modified toy record player with easy-to-use handle. Custom multimedia software for playgroup activities and interactive software for American Sign Language. Internet access, custom web page, and tutorials on computer use for the clinic. Toy switch that is activated by an isolated finger to develop fine motor skills. Technologies: Motors, electronics, electromechanical systems, computer-based controls, multimedia software, structures, actuators, ergonomics, safety Disciplines: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Child and Family Studies, Material Science, Nursing, Freshman Engineering, Liberal Arts Impact: Expanded capabilities and control of their environment for children with disabilities. Area: Access and Abilities

Wabash Center Children's Clinic ME Emphasis Project Partner: The Wabash Center Children's Clinic Facts: First team began in Fall 1995; second in Fall 1996. Winner of the Spring 1998 AMD Design Award (WCECE). Finalist in the 1999 Burton-Morgan Entrepreneurship Competition (.Hold Your Head High. posture project). The clinic closed January 2004. Mission: Develop interactive toys and multi-sensory play environments for children with disabilities utilizing computercontrolled and electro-mechanical technologies. Provide ways for children with disabilities to control their environment and to play with peers. Delivered: Dollhouse kitchen, bath, and bedroom with electronically controlled refrigerator door, lights, swimming duck, lighted mirror, and sounds. Track-based dump truck with large-format, four-button wireless control. Custom cap and RF controller to monitor posture and to control toys and software. Spaceship structure in which a child in a wheelchair may play computer games at the control console. A four-button phone adapted for children with disabilities. Modifications to commercially available electric car to allow safe use indoors and provide back support for children with disabilities. Modified toy record player with easy-to-use handle. Custom multimedia software for playgroup activities and interactive software for American Sign Language. Internet access, custom web page, and tutorials on computer use for the clinic. Toy switch that is activated by an isolated finger to develop fine motor skills. Technologies: Motors, electronics, electromechanical systems, computer-based controls, multimedia software, structures, actuators, ergonomics, safety Disciplines: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Education, Child and Family Studies, Material Science, Nursing, Freshman Engineering, Liberal Arts Impact: Expanded capabilities and control of their environment for children with disabilities. Area: Access and Abilities

Wabash Center Greenbush Industries Project Partner: Wabash Center Greenbush Industries Facts: Began in Fall 1998. Team Sponsors: William P. Corcoran Endowment Mission: The WCGI team designs and develops devices that enable new tasks or enhance the productivity, safety, and efficiency of WCGI employees, many of whom have disabilities. Delivered: A machined platform to aid workers with cerebral palsy in feeding a clamp onto plastic tube. Prototype of an electromechanical tube-winding device. Technologies: Electronics, materials, electromechanical devices, ergonomics, manufacturing processes. Disciplines: Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Special Education, Industrial Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering and Psychology Impact: Job experience and employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. Area: Access and Abilities

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