Sleep, or lack thereof, was the big winner at Georgia Tech’s Spring 2022 Capstone Design Expo. Three of the top 13 prizes, including the overall winner, were tied to a good night’s rest.
The Expo is the culmination of Capstone Design, a series of courses offered to undergraduate students of all disciplines. Senior graduates work in teams throughout the semester to design and test solutions with real applications. Many projects are sponsored by companies, including Google, Norfolk Southern, the Mayo Clinic and Texas Instruments.
The 218 teams this semester spanned four colleges — Engineering, Computer Science, Design and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts — and 12 schools. Seven engineering disciplines were represented: aerospace, biomedical, electrical and computer, industrial and systems, materials science, mechanical, and nuclear and radiological.
One in four teams was interdisciplinary, the highest number in Expo history. This includes big winner Tired Techies, a team of computer, electrical and mechanical engineers who developed a sleep monitoring mask and smart alarm to wake a person during the correct sleep cycle. The device measures eye movements throughout the night and processes the data to classify sleep stages.
The team won $3,000 and attributed their success to many nights of sleep.
“Our team had an idea of where we wanted things to go,” said Anth Kumar, a computer engineering student from Pleasanton, Calif. “After hours and hours of work, things have exceeded what we thought we could achieve.”