Atmospheric Microbial Sampling System

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Sponsors Joseph Law, Ph.D., P.E
Team Name High Sky
Duration Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Faculty Adviser Dev Shrestha, Ph.D
Mentor Andre Corpus
Client Joseph Law, Ph.D., P.E
Team Members
  • Carissa Hambidge
  • Peiyang Xu
  • Brandon Gomez
  • Yikai Tian

The goal of the project is to aseptically collect microbial samples from the jet stream using a simple and efficient sampling device.


Problem Definition[edit]

Little research or information is known about the microbial life in the jet stream. For the purpose of the project a sampling system will be developed in order to collect microbial samples while being contaminant free for further analysis.

Background[edit]

Studies speculate that microorganisms, some being pathogenic, can travel through the jet stream. In order to learn more about the atmospheric microorganism content, a method of sampling must be developed.

Deliverables[edit]

Specifications[edit]

This sampling system is intended to collect microorganisms from the jet stream. For the purposes of this project, the design must keep the samples sterile before the flight and protect them from contamination after the flight. The preferred launch platform is a high altitude balloon.


Design Considerations[edit]

Project Learning[edit]

Final Design[edit]

Validation[edit]

Team Members[edit]

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Major: Biological Engineering Hometown: Deer Park, Washington Responsibility: Team Recorder, Microbiology Researcher, Prototype Developer Email:hamb6110@vandals.uidaho.edu


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Major: Electrical Engineering Hometown:Suzhou City, JIANGSU Province, China Responsibility:Software developer, System Tracker Email: tian4953@vandals.uidaho.edu


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Major:Biological Engineering Hometown:Mountain Home, Idaho Responsibility:Wikimaster, Prototype Developer Email: gome4964@vandals.uidaho.edu


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Major:Electrical Engineering Hometown: Responsibility:Software Developer, Sensor Technician Email: xu4964@vandals.uidaho.edu


Additional Documentation[edit]

Project Schedule

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Meeting Minutes

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Client Interview

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