Publication Date

Fall 2018

Document Type

Final Report

Embargo Date


Problem Statement

We are Alexander, Oscar, Alan, and Daniel, four engineering students who have created a product called The Photosynthesizer. Dr. Rachel Penczykowski is a professor and biologist at Washington University in St. Louis, studying the concentration of powdery mildews that grow on a plant species called Plantago lanceolata. In assessing the impact of climate on parasitic growth, she manually takes multiple photographs throughout the afternoon, documenting her research in an organized, but time-consuming, manner. We hope to provide for her an automated camera system that can procure data for Dr. Penczykowski on its own, thereby saving her time and/or yielding much more relevant research.

Author's School

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)

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