At the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University’s Demo Day capstone showcase event, 25 teams of graduating seniors showed off innovative demonstrations of the electrical engineering skills they’d learned during their degree programs.
One team from each of the Fulton Schools receives the Certificate of Achievement. The award is given to an outstanding team whose project receives the highest score from judging criteria.
Among the Fall 2023 electrical engineering capstone projects, one stood out most to the judges: a mobile power station for electrical devices created under the mentorship of Martin Reisslein, a Fulton Schools professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering graduate program chair.
The station contains batteries charged by a car alternator when it’s spun by bicycle pedals connected to it. With a shell about the size of two desktop computers that a bike seat folds into when not in use, the device has USB and standard 120-volt electrical outlets.
Anthony Liardo, one of the capstone team’s members who completed his work using ASU’s online delivery method, did most of the hands-on work building the device at his home in Florida. Liardo brought the power station to ASU’s Tempe campus during his trip to attend his graduation ceremonies.
“I’m happy to have proven to myself that I can take a concept and bring it into existence; this is what engineering is about,” Liardo says. “Being able to learn while creating and having the project acknowledged with this award means I am better equipped with the knowledge and experience to successfully enter the engineering workforce.”