Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Steven Durbin

Second Advisor

Robert Makin


When designing models for quantum systems, researchers are often limited to computer models to develop a large pool of data. This has always been the case until the discovery was made that bouncing droplets of silicone oil can provide a decent representation of quantum mechanical particles. A system to model this representation was created. It is designed to run continuously for a large number of trials without the need for human interaction, as well as collect motion data from generated oil droplets. The droplet generator system is composed of a fluid reservoir, pump, piezoelectric buzzer, fluid chamber, and a nozzle to generate the oil droplets. The droplets move from the generator to an experimental setup where their location is tracked using an OpenCV driven image processing algorithm on a Raspberry Pi. This system will be a tool for studying quantum systems on a macro scale.

Western Michigan University’s Senior Design Presentation can be found in the following YouTube link:

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access