Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Design of a Tracking Collar Enclosure for Use in the Wild by the USDA
Dr. Steve Tennyson
The purpose of this engineering design project is to design a more efficient enclosure to house animal tracking equipment for the USDA, making it fit for smaller animals. The USDA currently uses various tracking devices on animals, both domestic and wild. The enclosure that houses the electronic equipment is a standard box attached to a collar. The current collars are sized appropriately for cattle-sized animals; however USDA researchers want to use the same devices for smaller animals, such as wolves. In order to track these smaller animals without interfering with their day-to-day activities, the current standard box needs to be redesigned.