Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering

Senior Design Projects

If you are interested in any of the Senior Design Projects I propose below, please contact me.

New Senior Design Projects

I'm interested in advising senior design projects on the following topics.
  • Raspberry PI based Internet Radio with 2.1 channel amplifier.
    Fill old speakers with new life. Design a 2.1 channel amplifier for 2 x 50W at 4 Ohm for the speakers and 1x 100W at 4 Ohm for a passive sub woofer, with crossover, sub woofer volume control and 192 kHz 24 bit DAC circuit for the Raspberry Pi. It should be able to play music from a network drive (NAS), attached USB drive and of course Internet radio stations. It should be controllable from a cell phone and/or buttons and an LCD with touch screen. The project requires that all circuitry is placed in an enclosure (ready made) with a custom front panel and the design of a PCB for the Pi-Hat that includes the DAC and the amplifier. Special attention has to be paid to the heat created by the Pi and the audio amplifier. The device should have standard speaker connectors as outputs. Existing open-source software can be used but has to be configured for your setup.
  • Programmable 2 Channel Lab Power Supply
    Lab or bench power supplies that are computer controlled typically cost upward of $200 and are therefor not affordable for at-home labs. Though they would be very useful. In this project you will design a lab power supply that is computer controlled and cost between $50 and $100. In order to reduce the price, it will be less powerful, but still perfectly suitable for at home labs. The output voltage per channel should be adjustable between 0-10V. The maximum current available per channel should be 500mA. The output voltage per channel should be adjustable using a keypad and a knob (rotary encoder). A current limit should be settable for each channel. If the current limit is reached, the outputs should be switched off. The power supply should have digital readouts for voltage, current, and current limit for each channel and show if the current limit was reached. The power supply should be control able from a computer using a USB connection using Standard Commands for Programmable Instruments (SCPI). In this project you need to know power regulation, voltage and current measurement, microcontroller interfacing and software design. The project requires that all circuitry is placed in an enclosure (ready made) with a custom front panel and the design of a PCB for all components.

Currently in Progress

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Previous Senior Design Projects

  • H. Turner, A. Scanlan, C. Hassak, and O. Bates, Programmable two channel lab power supply, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2021, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • T. Nguyen, J. Rodriguez, V. Guevara, and B. Webb, Side channel analysis on microcontrollers, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2020, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • T. Bullock, A. Ali, E. Hoffman, U. Aslam, and Z. Gauher, Open source high-speed oscilloscope (oshO), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2019, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • S. Lombardo, R. Minter, J. Samuels, and J. Whitesell, Gmu logic analyzer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, Dec, 2019 [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • A. Wozneak, R. Nagpal, and R. Meruvia, High-speed analog capture device (hacD), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2019, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • K. Riley, S. Afrad, S. Kim, and D. Phelps, Rf detector for shielding effectiveness testing (rf dseT), George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2019, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • S. Iqbal, G.R.D. Cardozo, and R. Thomas, Over the air updates for an iot security device, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, Dec, 2018, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • I. Nur, L. Robson, J. Esquivel, M. Marjan, H. Tran, and I. Malik, FPGA enhanced wireless sensor node for IoT applications, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2017, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • T. Cao, D. Jin, S. Kiflemariam, M. Mekonnen, and B. Pierre, Secure USB storage, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2015, Senior Design Project Report [Bibtex]
  • K. Briggs, S. Carlson, C. Gibbons, J. Page, A. Paris, and D. Wernli, Vocal command recognition utilizing parallel processing of multiple confidence-weighted algorithms in an FPGA, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2015, Senior Design Project Report [Bibtex] (Outstanding ECE Senior Design Project Award)
  • M. Damico, C. Bacon, and D. Luu, Nanogigapixel, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2014, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • D. Nguyen, G. Kidanu, D. Pham, T. Zewdie, Controlling a Temperature Controller, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2014, Senior Design Project Report
  • M. Nasri, M. Shabbir, M. Mehta, and G. Tewelde, Smart living room LED, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, Dec, 2012, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • E. Andia, F. Ta, and M. McGivern, Benchmarking hash functions on the MSP430, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2011, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • P. Adams and L. Walton, Differential power analysis testbed, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2011, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • K. Sato and G. Paudel, EducáTable: An interactive multitouch table for young children, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2010, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex] (Outstanding ECE Senior Design Project Award) (advised with Dr. Jill Nelson)
  • M. A. Huynh, J. Lapato, D. Burtner, and A. Morsy, Design of a FPGA-Based Hardware Platform to Support Software-Defined Radio, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2010, Senior Design Project Report (advised with Dr. Brian Mark)
  • A. V. Nguyen, S. Flood, D. Pham, and C. Nguyen, FPGA Integrated Sensor Node, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, May, 2010, Senior Design Project Report
  • A. Behnaz, B. Loop, E. Foroudi, and S. Dhawan, Behavioral algorithm sensor suite, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, Dec, 2009, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • K. Rizvi, J. Pham, M. McDermott, and R. Brown, Energy and power comparison of cryptographic algorithms on sensor nodes, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, May, 2009, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • B. Thomson, J. McCall, and S. Kaur, Cryptographic coprocessor for wireless sensors, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, December, 2008, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex]
  • J. Higgins, P. Patel, and P. Anderson, PDIS – Print data insertion system, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, April, 2008, Senior Design Project Report [pdf] [Bibtex] (Outstanding ECE Senior Design Project Award)