Senior Theses

Publication Date


Document Type

Thesis (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physics



Faculty Advisor(s)

Tianbao Xie (Thesis Advisor)
Jennifer Heath & Joelle Murray (Committee Members)

Subject Categories

Applied Mechanics | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Energy Systems | Engineering Physics | Physics | Power and Energy


A smart trashcan has been designed which can bring convenience to people for throwing their garbage away during the COVID-19 pandemic. A prototype is made from cardboard to demonstrate its function. This trashcan can sense people who are coming and leaving, and it can open and close automatically. The trashcan is powered by solar energy. A solar panel is mounted on top of the trashcan supporter. This design is specifically for use in China.