Sean Burke created the ESCan wristband to gather data during E-Week
Sean T. Burke, president of the Engineering Student Council (ESC) at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, developed the ESCan wristband system to control attendance and gather data about attendance at events throughout National Engineers Week (E-Week) in an effort for ESC to improve planning for future events.
The ESCan system uses barcode wristbands that participants wear and are scanned at each event providing the demographics of attendees. Burke developed the code for the software in five weeks during winter break. The resulting website is able to track registered users throughout E-Week and allows ESC to know how many people attended each event, which majors participated in each event, what level of students were present and identify what time of day they attended.
At the conclusion of E-Week, the data was analyzed and ESC discovered new information that will assist in planning next year’s events. It was learned that there needs to be better advertising to the freshman class as only 21 of the approximately 1000 participants during E-Week were freshmen. It was also learned that many graduate students attended, even though advertising was focused on undergraduate students.
In addition to the ESCan system, Burke also developed the current websites for ESC and his fraternity, Sigma Nu. He is a double major in both electrical engineering and business information management and plans to attend graduate school to pursue an advanced degree in computer science.
Burke is currently developing applications to improve the chemotherapy experience for pediatric patients with cancer in a joint project with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the UC Irvine Center for Pain Management with funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).