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Senior Projects from 2013

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Measuring the Mechanical Properties of a Newly Developed Discontinuous Carbon Fiber and Epoxy Composite, Morgan Adams

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Design and Construction of a Simulated Evaporative Heat Exchanger for Testing the Mitigation Effects of Pipe Coatings on Mineral Scale Deposition, Taylor J. Anderson

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EVALUATION OF CORROSION PROPERTIES OF PROPRIETARY METAL ALLOY STENTS FOR IN-VIVO USE, Michael David Bremner

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Evaluation of High Phosphorus Electroless Nickel Platings to Protect Carbon Steel Heat Exchangers in Seawater Service, Nathan Brink

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A Design Methodology for Buoyant Prescription Sunglasses, Katherine Burzynski

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Design and Implementation of a Micro Force Displacement System, Evan Cate

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The Optimization and Packaging of Materials Safari Science Educational Tool for K-4 Grade Levels, Elizabeth Chandy

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Strength Testing and Material Characterization of Cactus Spines, Mary Cooper, Jeff Goldstein, and Thomas Tarlton

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QL+ Body Temperature Regulating Vest Design Report, Ritesh Desai, Brad Gausewitz, Mira Atiya, and Jaison Machanickal

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ANALYZING THE FLEXURAL PROPERTIES OF SELF-CONSTRUCTED BAMBOO LAMINATES, Brett Dorren

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Development of a Production Line Appropriate Test for Teflon Adhesion on 304 Stainless Steel 0.01-0.03" Diameter Coronary Guide Wires, Danielle Dunham

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Analyzing the Acoustical Properties of Alternative Materials in Guitar Soundboards to Reduce Deforestation, Chris Dunn

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Application of Quantum Dots onto Glass Wafers as a Feasibility Test for the Spectral Down Conversion of UV Light for Solar Cells, Anthony Fong

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Mechanical Properties and Microstructures of Incoloy 909 Rolled Rings Subjected to a Modified Forging Cycle, Colin Lee Elliott Glaves

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Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy Under Atmospheric Conditions to Characterize A Tungsten Tip STM System For Use With Hydrogen Desorption, Ross Gregoriev

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Fluorescence Characterization of Quantum Dots for use as Biomarkers, Logan M. Grimes

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LunaLight - Bringing light to the expanding world, Gabriela M. Igel, Daniel J. Patrick, and Kimberley M. Smith

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Comparison of Polyurethane and Polysiloxane Coating Systems in Marine Environments, Jake Jarman and Jessica Salvatin

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Tensile Properties of Adhesive Joints Between Alclad 2024-T3 Aluminum Sheets and Extruded 6061-T6511 Aluminum for Use in Ultralight Personal Aircraft, Kevin Jones

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The Effects of Heat Treatment on the Grain Growth, Phase Evolution, and Hardness of Newly Developed Steel-based Hardfacing Alloys for Industrial Applications, Renee Kuzniar

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DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH PRECISION QUANTUM DOT SYNTHYSIS METHOD UTILIZING A MICROFLUIDIC REACTOR AND IN-LINE FLUORESCENCE CELL, Harry Lafferty and Jonny Hoadley

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The Relationship of Barcol Hardness and Interlaminar Shear Strength in Glass Reinforced Polyester Composite Laminates, Ann E. Livingston-Peters

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Thermally Insulating Coating for Steel Drill Pipe, Matthew McCaffrey

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Automatic Site Reconstruction with a Mobile Robot and Scanning Laser Proximity Sensor, Erik Nelson, Sean Willis, and Nathan Lucero

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Low Velocity Impact Tower Feasibility, Setup, and Impact Testing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Thermoset and PEEK Thermoplastic Matrix Composites, Brent Plehn

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DESIGN ALLOWABLES RE-EVALUATION OF TEN COMPOSITE MATERIALS; MECHANICAL TESTING AND POROSITY EXAMINATION OF M55J FABRIC COUPONS, Andrew Quayle

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Preparation of a Polylactic Acid with Hydroxyapatite Reinforcement Composite, Odessa N. Quezon

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Effect of Carbon on Primary Alpha Percentage in Ti-6Al-4V as Temperature Approaches the Beta Transus, Kyle Savage

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Simplifying the Testing and Calculation of Fracture Toughness of Thermoplastic and Thermoset Matrix Composite Materials, James Shedden

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Grain Size Control in Post-Forged C263 Seamless Rolled Rings, Christopher Smith

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An investigation of arabinan and cellulose based nano-composite fabrication methods, Marianne Smithfield, Carl Petterson, and Robert Miller

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Evaluation of Forging Strain for Maximum Grain Size in Open-Die Forged 6061 Aluminum, Eric Strehl

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Design of a Children’s Earth Science Exhibit for the Exploration Station in Grover Beach, California with an Emphasis on Fog Collection, Kathryn Thomas

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Residual Stress Measurement of 7050 Aluminum Alloy Open Die Forgings Using the Hole-Drilling Method, Alexandra Viksne

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Interactive Museum Exhibit to Introduce K-6 Grade Students to Circuits and the Electric Conductivity of Various Materials, Thien Vu-Nguyen

Senior Projects from 2012

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Design and Development of an Interactive Materials-Based Learning Kit for K-4 Grade Levels, Thomas Agasid, Santiago Caceres, and James Woodhead

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Bond Strength Characterization of SU-8 to SU-8 for Fabricating Microchannels of an Electrokinetic Microfluidic Pump, Nash Anderson

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The Effects of Concentration, Stir Rate, and Processing Temperature on the Iridescence of Polymethyl Methacrylate Nanoparticles, David Baruela

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Residential Water System Circuit Breaker for Monitoring of Abnormal Use, Griffin Beemiller

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Characterization and Analysis of Low Room Temperature Ductility Nickel-Based Superalloy 718 Plus for Aircraft Engine Forgings, Jonathon Bracci

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The Design and Fabrication of a Silicon Membrane for Electrostatic Actuation, Elizabeth L. Brooks

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Improving Solar Cell Performance Using CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Quantum Dots in a Spectral Conversion System, Buddy Bump

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EFFECTS OF ALTERNATE CEMENTITIOUS MATERIALS ON COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF CEMENT MIX DESIGNS., Mitchell R. Bush

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Morphology and Roughness of Al2O3 on Ferritic Stainless Steel Foil for Diesel Catalytic Converter Applications, Megan Butala

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THE EFFECT OF FORGING TEMPERATURE ON CARBIDE PRECIPITATION AND DUCTILITY OF HAYNES 230 NICKEL-BASED SUPERALLOY, Thomas Chludzinski

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Analysis of Failed Forging Saddling Mandrels and Process Improvements for Increased Mandrel Lifespan, Brock Costalupes

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Discontinuous Grain Boundaries of Forged René 41, Steven Crump

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LunaLight Project: Solar-Rechargeable LED Lantern and Cell Phone Charger, Sean C. Dawson, Michael E. Deagen, Francisco N. Dye, Brian S. Mircheff, and Ryan O. Ramelb

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Wireless Temperature Monitoring System for the Cal Poly Pilot Winery, Caitlin Devaney

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BIAXIAL & TWIST TESTING OF COMPOSITE CARBON-FIBER SANDWICH PANELS FOR AUTOMOTIVE RACING VEHICLES, Erik Eckberg

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Creating a Solar Cell Array from a Single Silicon Wafer, Samyukta Gade and Roderick Marstell

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Supermileage Chassis Dynamometer, Jose Garcia, Steve Janning, Timothy Lui, and Kyla Purvis

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Fabricating Replacement Glass Prisms for the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, Daniel Garcken

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Microstructural Characterization of Ti-6Al-4V and its Relationship to Sample Geometry, Blake Gaspar

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DETERMINING AN INORGANIC MINERALIZATION PROCESS TO INHIBIT ORGANIC DEGRADATION AND PRESERVE THE DIMENSIONAL STABILITY OF BAMBOO, Eric Hahn

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THE CHARACTERIZATION AND COMPARISON OF BIOCHAR PRODUCED FROM A DECENTRALIZED REACTOR USING FORCED AIR AND NATURAL DRAFT PYROLYSIS, Leah Herbert, Ian Hosek, and Rishi Kripalani

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Corrosion of Stainless Steel 316L and ASTM F75 Cobalt Chromium Alloy during Immersion Testing in Silver Salt Solutions, Meagan Higgins

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EFFECT OF HEATING TEMPERATURE, HEATING TIME AND INITIAL MICROSTRUCTURE ON RECRYSTALLIZATION OF WASPALOY DURING HEATING FOR FORGING, Marissa Hill

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Analyzing the Corrosion Resistance of Ni-Shield 200 Coatings at Different Temperatures When Exposed to Sulphuric Acid, Alex Hussinger

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Effects of Abrasive Particles on the Projected Fatigue Life of Nylon Climbing Rope, Casey Johnson and Charlie Klonowski

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Correlation Between 90o Tensile and 90o Flexural Properties for Thermoplastic Based Carbon-Fiber Composites, Amy Lautenbach

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Effects of Beta Stabilizers on Quench Delay Susceptibility of Ti-6Al-4V, Kyle Logan

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Artificial Alveolar-Capillary Membrane on a Microchip, Keith Male

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Wolfpack Gear Inc. Composite Frame Firefighter Backpack, Gabriel Mountjoy, Blair Ridings, and Carl Drummond Buchenroth

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Synthesis of White Cadmium-Selenium Quantum Dots, Kyle Reilly

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Effects of Annealing/Solution Treating and Aging on Longitudinal and Transverse Properties of Ti-6Al-4V Forgings, Blake Reller

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The Mitigation of Eutrophication Using Microporous Polymer Membranes to Control Algae Growth, Christopher R. Riley

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An Exploratory Investigation into How Cold Working Can Affect the Acoustic Performance of Thin Aluminum Foil in a Ribbon Microphone, Alexander (Alex) Stanley

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Al2O3 Oxide Morphology for Two Fe-Cr-Al Stainless Steel Foils Used in Gasoline Engine Catalytic Converters, Jennifer Suiter

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EVALUATION OF CORROSION PROPERTIES FOR USE OF AZ31B IN BIOABSORBABLE STENTS AND IN VIVO CORROSION RATE PREDICTION USING FEA, Jared Vidales, Austin Schader, Jenna Jerman, and Michael Turovskiy

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DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF SERPENTINE-HINGED SILICON MICRO-MIRROR DEVICES, Nicholas Wiswell

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The Synthesis and Characterization of Gold and Silver Nanoparticles in Formal and Informal Settings, Mathew Wynn

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Characterization of Positive Macrosegregation at the Subsurface of Direct-Chill Cast 7050 Aluminum Forging Billets, Aaron Youril

Senior Projects from 2011

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Final Design Review: Design of an Integrated Solar Cell Array to Power a Solar Ear Hearing Aid Battery Recharger, Christina (Chrissa) Blattner, Scott Carey, Jared Myren, and Faye Siao

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The Effects of Colorant Oxides and Firing Rate on the Nucleation and Growth of Zinc Silicate Crystals in Crystalline Glazes, Nicolas Coffey

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Migration Models - Comparison of PVC, PET and PLA Diffusivity, Combined with a Production Cost Model for Westridge Laboratories, Shelley Cooke and Sarina Surrette

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Characterization of the Relationship Between the Microstructure and Tensile Strength of Annealed Ti-6Al-4V, Aldo Corona

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The Effects of Heat Treatment on Area Percent Porosity and Corrosion Behavior of High-Nickel Thermal Spray Coatings, Travis Crowe and Alec Guraydin

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Artificial Muscle Project: Process Development of Polydimethyl Siloxane Thin Films for use in Dielectric Electroactive Polymer Artificial Muscle Actuators, Vincent J. Gayotin, Richard W. Morrison, and Paul A. Preisser

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The Design and Manufacture of a Microfluidic Reactor for Synthesis of Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots Using Silicon and Glass Substrates, Peter Gonsalves

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Design and Characterization of a Process for Bulk Synthesis of Cadmium Selenide Quantum Dots, Susan Harada

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Characterization of a PDMS Microfluidic Reactor for Synthesizing Quantum Dots, Brian Harley

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Investigating The Mechanical Properties of Compression Molded Carbon Fiber Reinforced Sheet Molding Compound , Bradley A. Jones

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The Effects of Cure Schedule on Properties of Glass-Fiber Reinforced Epoxy Matrix Composites, Trevor J. Lee

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Processing PDMS Gecko Tape Using Isopore Filters and Silicon Wafer Templates, Boris Luu

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Determining a Method for Rendering Low Cost CdSe(ZnS) Core(Shell) Quantum Dots Aqueous Soluble via Amphiphilic Polymer Wrapping, Patrick McBride

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Oxidation Kinetics of Silver Thin Films for Antimicrobial Applications in the Health Care Industry, Sean D. Morham

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Understanding the Effects of Temperature Extremes on the Tensile and Short Beam Shear Strength of Epoxy-Based, Glass-Fiber Reinforced Composites, Jonathan Blake Patterson

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Materials Characterization of Bamboo and Analysis of Bonding Strength and Internal Strength as a Structural Member in Reinforced Concrete, Nithi Plangsriskul and Nicholas Dorsano

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DISSIMILAR METAL WELD VARIABILITY DUE TO LOT DIFFERENCES IN NITINOL/ STAINLESS STEEL INTERFACE, Matthew R. Rudow

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Characterization of the Oxidation Kinetics of FeCrAl Ferritic Stainless Steels at 900°C for Catalytic Converter Applications, Stacy Stamm

Senior Projects from 2010

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Characterization of Aluminum-Boron Carbide Particulate Metal Matrix Composites, Eric Blank

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Effects of A Solution Anneal Quench Delay on the Heat Treatment Response of Aluminum 2219-T6, Daniel James Filomeo

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The Effects of Carbon, Boron and Vanadium on the Microstructural Evolution and Hardness of Steel-based Hardfacing Alloys, Kyle Rafa

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Validation of a Secondary Fabric Supplier and Characterization of Alternate Cores for use in the Aptera 2e Sandwich Core Composite, Bryan Rogers

Senior Projects from 1989

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Using Living Materials to Intervene in the Natural Succession Process to Accelerate the Re-Development of a Self-Sustaining Ecosystem that has been Damaged by Human Intervention, Eric Jorgensen