Design I Final Competition

Fall 2021

WELCOME TO THE DISASTER RAPID RESPONSE CHALLENGE

Welcome to the Fall 2021 Disaster Rapid Response Challenge where the top Design I teams (as picked in preliminary in-class competitions across 28 sections) showcased their final solutions and competed for prizes in a virtual pitch competition. The semester’s wicked problem was “Rapid Response to Disasters,” where we were seeking opportunities to improve information gathering, vulnerability reduction, detection, equipment, materials, smart technology, systems, and more that reduce loss of life and other undesired impacts throughout the disaster management cycle. Solutions designed by student teams should represent creative, novel responses to some facet of the challenge.  The brunt of solutions are technical in nature, but may touch on any technical field: electrical, mechanical, civil, environmental, computer science, chemical, geological, materials, mining, industrial, etc. (read the full Call For Proposals here).

Teams compete for cash prizes, including a special Subject Matter Expert Pick. Below you can see the grand prize winning teams as well as all of our finalists. Check out their poster presentations next to the team information below. For more information on Design I, click here.

THE WINNING TEAMS

1ST PLACE: P.A.T.H.

Problem Statement: How to best design a temporary housing structure that is durable, sustainable, and easily distributable?

Team Members: Christopher Currie, Robert Gorling, Eugene Lee, Dillan Miller, and Micah Peterson

Instructor: Odessa Gomez, Section I

2ND PLACE: SAM’S CLUB

Problem Statement: How can we decrease the negative physical effects on wildland firefighters from transporting necessary tools and equipment for fighting wildfires?

Team Members: Noe Avila, Alaina Clar, Samuel Eggers, Brianna Fava, and Sophia Mulholland

Instructor: Kelly Pickering, Section K1

3RD PLACE: WATER WRANGLERS

Problem Statement: How might the team reduce motor vehicle related deaths in floods?

Team Members: Noam Ayalon, Jacen Brown, Joshua Rouault, and Henry Sells

Instructor: Brian Johns, Section Z1

SME AWARD: P.A.T.H.

Problem Statement: How to best design a temporary housing structure that is durable, sustainable, and easily distributable?

Team Members: Christopher Currie, Robert Gorling, Eugene Lee, Dillan Miller, and Micah Peterson

Instructor: Odessa Gomez, Section I

THE FINALISTS

Section A

Team: Hogscape Mitigation

Problem Statement: How might we help mitigate the $52 million dollars of agricultural damage in Texas each year cause by wild boars?

Members: Mark Bedson, Cassidy Chvatal, Charles Holub, Joshua Lee, and Caleb McGrath

Professor: Ryan Meyer

Section B

Team: The Fish Gods

Problem Statement: How might we decrease the effects of global warming of high altitude streams by decreasing the pollutants and excess sediments that are released into water from agriculture?

Members: Kacie Arellano, Finn Loper, and Paige Yarbrough

Professor: Emily Sievers

Section C

Team: Team Life Savers

Problem Statement: How might we use technology to identify and locate victims in an emergency within a wide variety of conditions faster than current sources?

Members: Genesis Gonzalez, Andrew Price, Jack Culp, Rebecca Brown, and Weston Wall

Professor: Odessa Gomez

Section D

Team: FireBirds

Problem Statement: How might we improve response time in structure fires?

Members: Georgia Burns, Nicolas Carrasco, Katie Chiu, Jayson Martinez, and Ryan Pike

Professor: Bridget Wetzel

Section E

Team: The Bee Team

Problem Statement: How might we save the bees?

Members: Kyra Frank, Maximo Massa, Victor Viola, Ethan Roberts, and Cloe Emnett

Professor: Donna Bodeau

Section F

Team: MDOT

Problem Statement: How might we better manage traffic and minimize accidents at intersections when power is cut off?

Members: Michael Berg, Timothy Daigre, Nick Fernhout, Leland Heinicke, and Jack Martin

Professor: Garrett Erickson

Section G

Team: Snow Busters

Problem Statement: How might we improve emergency response efficiency in winter storm conditions?

Members: Chadin Groen, Elijah Gutierrez, Jaxon Kelly, Michael Kietzman, and Nathan Pierce

Professor: Garrett Erickson

Section H

Team: The Hotshots

Problem Statement: How might we reduce smoke exposure of wildfire firefighters?

Members: Neil Reich, Emma Benzie, Elliot Sakimoto, Haley Hansen, and Samuel Zadel

Professor: Cara Juergensen

Section I

Team: P.A.T.H.

Problem Statement: How to best design a temporary housing structure that is durable, sustainable, and easily distributable?

Members: Dillan Miller, Christopher Currie, Eugene Lee, Robert Gorling, and Micah Peterson

Professor: Odessa Gomez

Section J

Team: Clean Air Crew

Problem Statement: How can we improve the ambient air quality in the average household?

Members: Joseph Van Pelt, Brendan McLane, Cooper Eisman, and Gunnar Ulrich

Professor: Cara Juergensen

Section K

Team: Saving Soil

Problem Statement: How can we detect contaminated soil early?

Members: Richard Agyemang, Hector Carrete, Michael Hess, Aliya Marillo, and Camille Neuder

Professor: Mark Florida

Section K1

Team: Sam’s Club

Problem Statement: How can we decrease the negative physical effects on wildland firefighters from transporting necessary tools and equipment for fighting wildfires?

Members: Alaina Clar, Samuel Eggers, Brianna Fava, Sophia Mulholland, and Noe Avila

Professor: Kelly Pickering

Section L

Team: The Anti-Pyros

Problem Statement: The Catex: Vehicle Fire Suppressant System

Members: Noah Hendricks-Hernandez, Gazi Md Iftakher Morshed, Benjamin Vander Ploeg, and James Watts

Professor: James Watts

Section L1

Team: Mighty Magnitudes

Problem Statement: Decrease the probability of injury and death of occupants inside buildings during an earthquake.

Members: Brandon Bayer, Max Shepherd, Malcolm Andersen, and William Bobby

Professor: Brian Johns

Section M

Team: Dream Shakers

Problem Statement: How might we reduce the impact of hydrological hazards on petroleum pipelines in order to minimize the amount of chemical spills?

Members: Raistlynn Baros, Joel Diaz, Matthew Eich, Madeline Inge, and Millenni Lucero

Professor: Traci Case

Section N

Team: Project O.S.R.

Problem Statement: How can we improve the response time of oil spills in the ocean to speed up environmental recovery time?

Members: Brock Ewing, Luke Jensen, Adam Nussbaum, Carson Richardson, and Jarod Schahrer

Professor: Cindy Athanasiou

Section O

Team: Team Smolder

Problem Statement: Campers in the backcountry lose control of their fires, causing catastrophic wildfires

Members: Justin Collier, Ethan Paul, Ross Hodson, and Colton Wall

Professor: Chris Rusin

Section P

Team: Mud Dawgz

Problem Statement: How might we minimize or prevent highway damage and closures from mudslides?

Members: Jonah Bertolino, Caleb Frink, Timothy Hoffman, Ethan Kunze, and Isaac Wallen

Professor: Cindy Athanasiou

Section Q

Team: CA$HE Design Team

Problem Statement: How might we reduce the loss of pet and human life from domestic house fires, wildfires, natural disasters or emergencies?

Members: Cole Patton, Alfonso Serna, Erik Biggins, Salem Bin Zaqr, and Hasan Alhajrasi 

Professor: Mark Orrs

Section R

Team: The Five Fives

Problem Statement: Reducing time needed to repair electrical power lines post disaster.

Members: Hunter Bayles, James Colbert, Michael Hargraves, Theodore May, and Alexa Semeyn

Professor: Mirna Mattjik

Section S

Team: Safety Net

Problem Statement: How can we provide improvements upon existing navigation and communication infrastructures?

Members: Aaron Nguyen, Dylan Cormican, Lakin Moser, Shawn Muhr, and Trevor Harms

Professor: Yosef Allam

Section T

Team: South Table Solar Team Engineering (Grand Challenges Section)

Problem Statement: EGC addressed: Make Solar Energy more economical: “How might we optimize solar panels to increase efficiency and require less maintenance?

Members: Dean Plummer, Tim Zitzman, Eugin Pahk, Matt Lizak, and Garrett Thompson

Professor: Alina Handorean

Section U

Team: The DESIIGNERS

Problem Statement: How can we minimize the physical damages experienced by schools during flooding?

Members: Emily Knight , Sara Larson , Kurtis Quant , Shay Smith , and Sidney Wilson 

Professor: Sue Anderson

Section W

Team: M.I.L.K.

Problem Statement: How might we help prevent wildfires caused by campfires?

Members: Lucas Baker, Camilla Potz, Van Holmstrom, Nico Gonzalez, and Jace Lasater

Professor: Trish Littmann

Section X

Team: Sigma Solutions

Problem Statement: How can we reduce the number of seat belt related fatalities on highways?

Members: Alex Hansen, Bradley Harrod, Caden Stickens, Iain Hamilton, and Lewis Weaver

Professor: Mirna Mattjik

Section Y

Team: UR Ready?

Problem Statement: How do we help U.S. residents prepare their homes and themselves for natural disasters based on their geolocation?

Members: Bayard Cadwell, Widney Gay, Sovann Sam, Svetlana Sedova, and Adam Soileau

Professor: Brian Johns

Section Z

Team: Team Non Mech-E

Problem Statement: How might we help identify if the water level in the aftermath of flooding is safe to traverse for both civilian and emergency vehicles during times of emergency?

Members: James Leishman, Finn Burns, Julianna Glover, Stephen King, and Erik Swanson

Professor: Kim Trenbath

Section Z1

Team: Water Wrangler

Problem Statement: How might the team reduce motor vehicle related deaths in floods?

Members: Henry Sells, Jacen Brown, Joshua Rouault, and Noam Ayalon

Professor: Brian Johns