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Youssef Abdelhalim presented at The Sixth Polygence Symposium of Rising Scholars. Interested in the next Symposium? Fill out the interest form here for more information.

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Youssef Abdelhalim

Northwestern UniversityClass of 2021


- Hillsborough High School (Class of 2021) - **Northwestern University** (Class of 2025) - Majoring in mechanical engineering (with a concentration in aerospace engineering) (2021-2024) - Minoring in Physics (2021-2024) - Pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering (2024-2025)


  • AutoMelter: An Anti-Snow System for Driveways with mentor Hebert (Oct. 4, 2021)

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AutoMelter: An Anti-Snow System for Driveways

AutoMelter: An Anti-Snow System for Driveways

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AutoMelter is an automatic device that uses an Arduino along with a variety of sensors to melt snow whenever it senses its presence. AutoMelter has a few different applications, I will be discussing its two main ones. The first one is melting snow off driveways. There are three options for clearing snow off driveways: shoveling manually, using a snowplow, or owning a heated driveway. AutoMelter is the best alternative to all three of these options since it is the least expensive and most time-efficient. AutoMelter combines the advantages of each option and eliminates the disadvantages of any. AutoMelter could also be seen as an update to the outdated system of gritters (salt trucks). Salt trucks have also been proven to be expensive since they are seasonal, and since they only start operating after the snowstorm starts, many accidents can still occur. 2,000 deaths and 140,000 injuries occur every year in the US due to snowy and icy roads despite gritters. AutoMelter would eliminate most of these accidents since it starts working instantly as soon as it senses snowfall, preventing snow from even sticking in the first place. It works by spraying a solution that melts the snow.