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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

S.U.R.E. Projects for 2017


UD School of Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience 2017
Faculty Mentor Undergraduate Students Research
Kristen Comfort, bioengineering Cameron Crasto, Maggie Jewett and Jacob Reynolds

Elucidate the presence of negative combinatorial responses in a mammalian lung model (A549) following exposure to aluminum oxide (Al2O3) NMs under normal and reduced oxygen levels.

Kimberly Bigelow, biomechanical

Sarah Hollis Project focuses on improving the effectiveness of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs) to improve mobility and balance while preserving strength and energy for individuals with multiple sclerosis and stroke. 

Timothy Reissman, biomechanical

Kevin Nowacki Project is a mechanical design of an omnidirectional treadmill to be used as an advanced biomechanics research tool by my lab and our biomechanics / physical therapy faculty. 
Kellie Schneider, engineering management, systems, and technology Alexis Wingfield In addition to the development of a risk assessment methodology, this source water protection project will include an evaluation of the need for future data collection, analysis and potential best management practices.
Sidaard Gunasekaran, aerospace Nathan Thomas A new approach to increase aerodynamic efficiency (lift-to-drag ratio) by allowing the air to pass through inbuilt channels in certain areas of the wing and will be tested on a 2D wing and a 3D finite wing. 
Kevin Myers, chemical Shannon Hoffman Goal of this project is to gather sufficient performance information to develop a design procedure that would permit optimized a priori design of agitators for future applications without the need for additional experimentation.
Robert Lowe, mechanical, and Thomas Whitney, civil Alex Elsbrock and Rocky Bowman Goal of proposed research is to lay the basic theoretical and computational groundwork for developing an appropriate specimen geometry, or representative unit volume, for high-rate testing of WFRPs.
Erick Vasquez, chemical Connor J. Evans, Duquesne University, and Hannah E. Sims First part of this project will consist on a unique method for the separation of ethanol from water use an economic, environmental friendly and non-toxic solvent as the extractant phase. The second part of this work will involve multi-phase flow analysis of water and air.
Sandra Furterer, engineering management, systems, and technology Baxter Rechtin The project goal is to apply the process architecture meta models and the process architecture mapping tool to the healthcare industry, and subsequently develop a standard healthcare process architecture reference model. 
David Myszka, mechanical, and Andrew Murray, mechanical Joseph Raffoul The objective of this project is to create principles for the design of automation mechanisms that have reduced energy needs. 
Feng Ye, electrical and computer James Althoff The project is to conduct research on wireless security in body area network and study energy efficient security protocols/mechanisms that can better support wearable devices based on IEEE 802.15.4 (Zigbee) technology.
Imad Agha, electro-optics, and Jay Mathews, electro-optics Anna Mathews Support an on-going project involving the periodic poling of lithium niobate crystals for nonlinear optical applications. The poled crystals will be used as part of a larger project for lifetime measurements of infrared emitting materials via upconversion detection.
Andrew Murray, mechanical, and David Perkins, mechanical Luke Schepers Rapidly locating and accurately tracking the center of mass (COM) in human beings is an ongoing challenge. The DIMLab is developing a method that is fast, accurate and inexpensive to implement.
Allison Kinney, biomechanical Kayla M. Pariser The purpose of this study is to use simulation and optimization methods to optimize placement of the shoulder implant, and therefore, the deltoid muscle force for fourteen RTSA patients. A model of the shoulder joint, implant, and muscles and an optimization framework will be used to calibrate muscle parameters and predict the shoulder muscle forces.
Robert Penno, electrical Joe Vinci The work proposed will more accurately predict the onset of these spurious modes by modeling its operation in the active region as an ungrounded, multi-conductor coplanar waveguide. 
Robert Wilkens, chemical Ronald Knapp Specifically, the student will analyze the electromigration of sodium and chloride ions through model soils and field soils. Contaminated soil samples will be exposed to a low voltage gradient to induce ionic migration. Pore water outflow at the cathode will be analyzed for composition over time. In-situ monitoring along the migration path will also be conducted to monitor concentration profiles and soil resistance with time. An end-of-study homogenization of soil regions will be used to verify the concentration profiles.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.)

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0254