FAMU Awards Google Endowed Professorship to FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Professor

Shonda Bernadin from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and three faculty from the College of Science and Technology (CST) made history as the first faculty from Florida A&M University to be designated Google Endowed Professors by the university. Bernadin is an associate professor in the joint engineering college’s department of electrical and computer engineering.

College Awards Night Celebrates Engineering’s People and Accomplishments

On April 7, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering honored outstanding faculty and staff at the annual College Awards Night Banquet at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida. Ditching their sneakers, the engineering campus community celebrated the success of their students and peers on a warm night of fellowship.
The awards recognize employees who go above and beyond their day-to-day duties to serve the engineering campus community. Students from several top senior design teams were also honored at the event.        

Smart home technology, also known as home automation technology, has changed our lives since its invention in 1975. The purpose of smart home technology is to give homeowners the ability to have remote access to monitor and manage household devices and systems. This includes devices such as thermostats, security systems, lighting, and entertainment systems. The X10 system was seen as the birth of smart home technology. It was a system that used a home’s electrical wiring to control lights, appliances, security systems, pools, and more from a distance.

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Team 313 L to R: Justin Cheesborough, Alleana Jacob, Dalik King, Robert Suggs, Delbert Sutton

Solar energy is the key to a clean energy future and is important to our society for reducing carbon emissions. The sun produces more energy each day than is needed by the entire planet. Solar energy is a limitless resource, is carbon-free, and requires little maintenance—making it ideal for creating clean energy. Thus, we need to find new and innovative ways to harness solar power. We designed a digital Wi-Fi canopy that uses solar energy to power much of its equipment.

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Team 312 L to R: Alana Brandt, Hetanshu Patel, Victor Perry, Angel Salges Valoz

3D printing has become a reliable tool for printing custom parts. However, errors within the printing process can misshape and damage the final product. These errors include warps, loose strands, thin printed parts, weak filaments, or issues within the STL file, which holds the 3D image. We aimed to create a reliable scan of a 3D-printed object and print the results. This can help users compare their scan to the original to check for mistakes in the printing process. The project focuses more on 3D image processing than finding printing errors.

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Team 310 L to R: Ana Achurra, Tatiana Barton, Nicholas Graffeo, Jacob Myers