The Beta Project

The Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science is eager to cultivate student innovation. Anyone can apply as long as one of the team members is an engineering or computer science major at Portland State. You bring the idea, and the motivation to see it through and the College will provide the resources. Twice a year Maseeh College provides an opportunity for students to obtain funding and other resources to support their own project ideas.


A panel of faculty, students, and mentors will select a limited number of projects for an award up to $1,000 based upon innovativeness, opportunity for student learning, and potential impact. Successful projects may be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional funding. Below are examples of past projects and you can also see examples of posters summarizing these projects in the corridor at the lower level between the Engineering Building (EB) and the Fourth Avenue Building (FAB).

Learn more about how to apply.

Link to proposal application.

Proposals due by noon 
Friday, October 25, 2019






Examples of previously funded proposals:

Portland ACE: a Portable, Low-cost, and Networked Device for Assessing Cyclists’ Exposure

Alex Bigazzi

Few tools are available for bicyclists in urban areas to quantitatively assess the impact different travel options such as route, mode, or time-of-day choices have on their health. Alex Bigazzi, a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering who studies the exposure of urban bicyclists to traffic-generated air pollution, designed and built a first-generation prototype device that can collect travel, physiology, and environmental data for bicyclists, and connect wirelessly with a smartphone. Alex plans to continue development of the device with additional sensors, a smaller form factor, and additional features for the mobile application.


Robust Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Autonomous Navigation in GPS Denied Environments (aka Quadcopter)
Stewart Allison, Garrison Jensen, Tom Hathaway, Osten Palmrose, Erich Schafermeyer & Jamie Wong

The Quadcopter team consists of mechanical, computer science, physics, and computer engineering students. Working off original hardware components and code built by previous members who recently graduated, the team focused their effort on ways to was to improve stability and integrate a high-performance laser range finder that enables detection and navigation indoors.



Adam Tischner, Stoney Rose, Kyle Bocian & Martin Beyl

Brewing a cup of loose leaf tea is a process often underestimated for its complexity. If the water is too hot you scorch delicate leaves. Steep too long and your tea grows bitter and tannic. With the TeaMeister the perfect cuppa is as simple as pressing a button. Scan a QR code pre-programmed with the precise water temperature and steeping time for a specific type of tea, and the Tea Meister will heat the water and steep your tea at the optimal temperature and timing.


Dog Car Seat Belt
Kristina Rodgers & Nick Spaulding

After the death of a friend’s dog, Kristina Rodgers and Nick Spaulding, Mechanical Engineering students, investigated dog car seat belts currently on the market. Their conclusion was not reassuring. Current seat belts are not designed with canine physiology in mind and often cause serious damage to a dog’s shoulder joint. They were awarded an Innovation Program grant to design a seat belt that would better distribute the force of impact.