Projects Taylor University Computer Science Engineering


At Taylor’s CSE department, we are intentional about pursuing real-world projects.

Our professors tailor many classes to include group projects. We place a great emphasis on group work because we believe it is important for our majors to be able to interact and communicate well with others.

All CSE seniors complete senior projects during their final J-Term. These projects are often ideas that students already have floating around, but their senior project time finally gives them the ability to sit down and bring them to life. Many of these examples came out of senior projects.



Taylor Satellite

Rocket launch photo

The rocket’s launch from Cape Canaveral. (Photo courtesy of NASA.)

The Taylor Satellite (TSAT) was selected by NASA in a competitive program with other universities and was the only undergraduate program chosen. To the best of our knowledge, TSAT is the first satellite developed in Indiana and launched into earth’s orbit.

▷ More about the Taylor Satellite


Extremely Low Earth Orbit Satellite

ELEO Satellite team

Meet the ELEO Satellite team!

Taylor University was granted the opportunity to complete a satellite from the United States Air Force. The Extremely Low Earth Orbit Satellite (ELEO-Sat) is a 6U nanosatellite with the mission of ionospheric, low orbit exploration and discovery. The purpose of the ELEO-Sat is to accomplish the goals of science data collection and technology demonstration.

▷ More about the ELEO-Satellite


Pocket Satellite

Pocket Satellite

The Envelope design for the Pocket Satellite

Pocket Satellites are small inexpensive satellites that, when launched, form a 3U Cube Satellite. Cube Satellites are usually used for space research and to explore new space technologies.

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Programming Projects

Autonomous Drone Project

Taylor University drone

Five seniors worked together to program this drone

Five seniors worked together to program this drone. Two of the students’ goals were to simplify commands like “fly upward 10 meters” from 100 to one, and be able to map geographical areas using graphics processing.

The drone filmed a gorgeous aerial video of Taylor University’s campus shot from the drone! (The video is 51 seconds long.)

▷ Read more about the Autonomous Drone Project from The Echo.

Futuristic Gaming

Zach Bethel

Zach Bethel has since worked for Pixar and Amazon.

Physics, algorithms and CPUs aside, it is too early to tell if an innovation that will impact future generations of computer games has been developed at Taylor University. But Zach Bethel believes the project he has worked on for the past year, or something like it, could lead to an industry standard for future generations of computer games.

Special thanks to Jim Garringer for allowing us to repost part of his article.

Maze Escape

Maze Escape

Maze Escape tests students’ creativity and logic.

Computer Science students build versions of Maze Escape during their second semester. The program’s goal is to place a robot in a maze and have it find the exit. With enough thought, planning, and skills, students solve this problem from scratch.

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Fish Sim

Fish are friends, not food.

FishSim simulates a 3D fish tank into which the user can place food and predator stimuli and watch the fish react. Students Grant Hollis and Nathan Ehresman created this artificial intelligence program during their senior years.

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Battle Bot Bonanza

Battle bot bonanza

It’s fun and educational.

Student Luke Ehresman created Battle Bot Bonanza to teach artificial intelligence programming in a contest environment. Contestants create virtual “bots” that compete in an arena using programming.

May the best bot win!

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Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion

Alien Invasion is a throwback to the old arcade days.

Written in Python and using some advanced features of basic programming modules, Alien Invasion features multiple difficulty levels and a basic collision engine to play some good old-fashioned space-shooting. Brandon Reppert and Trent Stegink created this game during the J-Term of their freshmen years.

▷ More about Alien Invasion

AI Checkers


Could you beat the Checkers AI?

In the introductory class for computer science students, students build an artificial intelligence that plays Checkers. At the end of the semester, the students have an opportunity to pit all of their automated players against each other in a tournament simulation. This project offers a rewarding chance for the intro students to show off the skills they’ve picked up throughout the semester.

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People from all corners of the globe have collaborated on Centrallix.

Centrallix features data abstraction, structural embedding, “pro”-DHTML generation, an SQL engine for multi-source queries, and object-based development. Several mission organizations have used the software to develop dynamic reports. Taylor University Computer Science graduate Greg Beeley created Centrallix in 1997.

▷ More about Centrallix

Missions Computing

Radio Missions

Radio missions

This project is a collaboration between CSE and HCJB.

The radio missions project was born out of our professors’ goal to increase real-world missions-related projects that Taylor students could work on. A missionary with HCJB Global approached us about building a Radio Planning and Development Database that would help them keep track of their partnership ministries worldwide. So began the collaboration between HCJB and Taylor University.

▷ More about our Radio Missions

Charitable Planning

Charitable Planning logo

Charitable Planning helps donors be more effective

Charitable Planning is a website that provides aid to people all over America. It aims to maximize the ability of donors to give to various organizations by educating them in the intricacies of charitable donations. Taylor’s CSE Department, a Taylor parent, and a Taylor alumnus teamed up to complete the project.

▷ More about Charitable Planning.


WordSurv screenshot

WordSurv aids Bible translators in their linguistic work

WordSurv is a linguistics computer program that aids Bible translators in the collection and analysis of word lists. It helps to shorten the amount of time it takes to translate the Scripture into a new language. Students and members of the CSE department worked together on this linguistic project.

▷ More about WordSurv.