Example Intramural Projects

Need some intramural inspiration?

Check out some of the projects our students have worked on and the problems they've helped to solve for our industry partners.

Development of a Career Fair Sign-up Android App for M&T Bank

Software engineers from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering developed an Android application that allows collecting contact information from students for future follow up on career opportunities. The application is deployed on Android-based tablets.

The application allows students to provide basic contact information: name, email address, major, year of graduation, and area of interest (internship, permanent position, and field). It also contains a comment section, hidden from the applicant, where the recruiter can make notes on each applicant. The application is also customizable, allowing recruiters to upload logos and change colors to match the branding of the school where recruiting is taking place.

The application provides the capability of pulling out the data from multiple tablets running the app, in the form of a spreadsheet that can be used by the Human Resource recruiting systems.

Development of a CubeSat Control Algorithm Testbed

CubeSat project team holding device.

NASA Goddard challenged students from electrical and mechanical and aerospace engineering to develop an Arduino-based control algorithm testbed for a CubeSat. Students worked to develop a desktop educational technology capable of sensing a light source and tracking that source as it moves. Designing such a testbed would allow other students to develop and test various control algorithms as a way to learn about the engineering and math behind a variety of systems that must be precisely controlled in support of numerous applications.

The students successfully designed and built an alpha-prototype system and presented the results to NASA. However, they did not stop there. Instead, the students spent the next 18 months furthering the development of the system and creating a Version 2.0, with support from UB’s CURCA (Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities). They are continuing their effort, working to finalize the design as part of an interdisciplinary senior design project.

Characterizing Human Movement Using Wearable Device (Curbell Medical)

Collect and process data from a wearable device to reliably differentiate between different human movements

Truck-Bridge Collision Analysis

Energy Efficiency Assessment (with guidance from Wendel)

Apply standards of energy conservation and efficiency to a UB campus building


Design and develop a product that autonomously removes snow from properties

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Competition

Design and build a drone that can navigate an obstacle course

Design 3D Printed Tissue Scaffolds

Create a highly porous scaffold structure using 3D printed materials to grow tissue samples.

Students assembling 3D printed parts of prosthetic hands.

e-NABLE Projects

Multiple projects to design, optimize and test engineer 3D printed upper limb prosthetics

Optimization and Redesign of Saeboflex Rehabilitation Device

Design a more affordable rehabilitative device alternative to the current marketed product, Saeboflex

Design a Distillation Column

Design an atmospheric-pressure distillation column used in a chemical plant to produce bioethanol

Silo City, Buffalo, NY.

Demulsifier Addition Optimization (NOCO)

Determine if changes in the injection design and/or changes to the operating procedures can reduce the amount of demulsifier consumption

Silo City Pedestrian Bridge Design

Design a walking/biking bridge to connect the First Ward and Silo City.