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. Project suggestions by other faculty can be found on the ECE 492 web page.

New Senior Design Projects

I'm interested in advising senior design projects on the following topics.
  • Secure USB Storage
    Most USB storage devices, commonly called Pen Drives or USB Sticks, do not offer any protection of their content toward unauthorized access. That means, if the drive is lost or stolen, it is fully accessible. Encrypting the files is an option, however, that requires installation of additional software on every PC on which this device should be used. Therefor, secure USB storage devices provide on-board encryption which is transparent to the computer with the exception that the user will be prompted for a password in order to unlock the device. Unlocking the USB device on a not trusted machine can be dangerous as a password sniffer / keyboard logger could capture the password to the USB device. The most secure USB storage devices are therefor equipped with a built in keyboard. All secure USB storage devices however are as vulnerable to viruses, malware and unwanted access once they are unlocked. The goal of this senior design project is to develop a secure USB storage device which encrypts all data, contains a keyboard for password entry, allows the user to select read only access, and also allows the user to release files only when the user acknowledges access. To facilitate this, a small LCD screen should show the filename that the computer is requesting. An MSP 430 with USB interface and integrated AES encryption hardware would be an ideal platform for developing a secure USB storage device. Otherwise AES can be implemented in software. After successful prototyping a PCB has to be made.
    Prerequisite: At least one team-member must have successfully completed ECE 447.
  • FPGA enhanced Wireless Sensor Nodes based on MSP 430
    A wireless sensor network is a system of individual sensor nodes, each equipped with a processor, wireless transceiver and sensor. Each node collects information about its environment through sensors and passes it on to the base station. The goal of this project is to develop an FPGA enhanced wireless sensor node similar to the one developed by a group from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain but based on the MSP 430 microcontroller. MSP 430 based open source motes are the Telos Mote and the newer EPIC Mote. The group has to study the schematics of the open source motes, prototype one and develop an FPGA interface (e.g. SPI, I2C or better). After successful prototyping a PCB has to be made for the new sensor node.
    Prerequisite: At least one team-member must have successfully completed ECE 447 and one ECE 448.

Currently in Progress

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Previous Senior Design Projects

  • 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)