Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Graduate Exam Abstract

Daniel Ball
M.S. Final
Jul 06, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Microsoft Teams (remote)
Design and Implementation of the SBX1: A Smart Environment Chamber for Biological Research and Discovery
Abstract: Modern biomedical laboratories make significant use of environmentally controlled chambers for incubation and examination of live cell samples. They require precise control over temperature, humidity, and gas concentration to mimic natural conditions for cell survival and growth. Many incubators and live cell imaging systems exist as commercial products; however, they are prohibitively expensive, costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on capabilities of the system.
This thesis presents the electrical, optical, mechanical, and software design of the SBX1 Smart Environment Chamber. This device aims to fulfill the needs of most users at a lower cost than current commercial offerings, providing an opportunity for less funded labs to pursue biomedical research and development. The chamber provides temperature, humidity, and gas concentration controls, an internal microscope with an automated stage, and an integrated ARM microcomputer to with a graphical user interface for control and monitoring of the system.
Adviser: Tom Chen
Co-Adviser: N/A
Non-ECE Member: Adam Chicco, Biomedical Sciences
Member 3: Jesse Wilson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Addional Members: N/A
Patent Application No. 16/846,330
Program of Study: