Current Projects

Waterproof Electric Wheelchair


The Timpany center is a water rehab and therapeutics organization.  They currently have a ramp for their clients to roll wheelchairs into the pool.  However, the wheelchairs are not electric, and many clients have difficulty rolling out after their exercises. 

The EPICS students will design and build a waterproof electric wheelchair to support their clients. 

Community Partner: Timpany Center


Underwater Image recognition

The Guadeloupe River is home of endangered Steelhead trout and Chinook salmon.  Each year, salmon come to the streams to spawn.  The community partner needs a way to have volunteers, with minimal training, to take images (with geolocation and time stamps) of the fish as well as sample the plankton level along the stream. 

In past years, students created buoy ROV with a camera and used AI and image recognition software to identify fish.  However, the teams have faced a number of issues that has limited project success, such as murky water and too few of fish to create appropriate training for the software. 

The key aspect of the design this year is to distinguish what technology would be most appropriate to use to meet the organizations’ needs.

Community Partner: South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition


Automated Color Imaging Testing

Last year, an EPICS team designed and built an aquaponics tank for the Tech. The system is designed to be autonomous – having sensors that measured the water conditions, such as PH and temperature to the Cloud.

This year, the EPICS team is asked to create an automated water testing kit that will use color imaging sensor to test water quality, such as nitrates.  The only automated system currently available on the market is very expensive, and not appropriate to small scale aquaponics systems such as the one at the Tech.

There is also opportunity to also work with aquaponics farmers in the region.

Community Partner: The Tech Experience


Plastic Recycler for 3D printer

The SJSU engineering makerspace would like to have a system to collect, process, and reuse plastics such as PET. This will help the college of engineering’s community by supplying a renewable material for 3D printing; thus, reducing the environmental impact of the campus community and saving resources by reducing the expenses of purchasing those materials.

In this project, EPICS students will design and build a machine that shreds these plastics into feedstock that can then be used in a filament extruder to turn that feedstock into 3D printer filament. This filament can then be used for most 3D printed projects manufactured in the community at only a small fraction of the cost on the college of engineering.


Community Partner: SJSU Makerspace


Two other projects are being explored and will be included if student enrollment increases


Learn about past projects.