Engineering

Vulnerability of Structural Systems to Natural Hazards

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Christine Wittich
Contact Email
Start Date
1/1/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20

The overarching goal of this research group is to identify and quantify vulnerability of structural systems (e.g. buildings, bridges, mechanical equipment, agricultural components, etc.) to natural hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tornadoes, etc) and to further design methods of mitigation. Studies within this research group include field reconnaissance following nearby tornadic activity, computer simulations of structures to extreme loads, and experimentation of structures in the laboratory.

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Ultrasonic Evaluation of Thick Steel-Concrete Composite Wall

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jinying Zhu
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Start Date
10/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

My research group is currently looking for one or two highly motivated undergraduate researchers to assist research projects in NDT lab in civil engineering.  We develop and use advanced ultrasonic sensing technologies to identify defects and characterize damage in steel and concrete structures.

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Treatment of air pollution at ethanol plants

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
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Start Date
9/4/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

This is an air pollution application using bacteria. The overall goal of this study is to minimize water and energy utilization as part of emissions control at ethanol plant by studying the feasibility of biotrickling filters (BTF) as a green biological alternative. BTF utilization has the potential of water quantity reduction to 1/20 of that of the scrubber.

 

You will be assisting a masters student working on this project. Tasks include: operation and maintenance and measurements. If interested please contact me for an in-person meeting to discuss the project.

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Biological System For The Treatment Of Nitrate And Atrazine From Groundwater In Rural Areas Using Immobilized Algae

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ashraf Aly Hassan
Contact Email
Start Date
9/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19

The main project goal is to improve the drinking water quality in rural regions that use groundwater as water source while producing valuable biomass, which can be used as a sustainable energy resource. The objective is to develop and evaluate the performance of a low-cost system using immobilized algal cells for nitrate and atrazine uptake.

 You will be assisting a PhD student working on this project. Tasks include: growing algae, manufacturing immobilization medium, measurements. If interested please contact me for an in-person meeting to discuss the project.

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Vulnerability of Structural Systems to Natural Hazards

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Christine Wittich
Contact Email
Start Date
1/1/2018
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-20

The overarching goal of this research group is to identify and quantify vulnerability of structural systems (e.g. buildings, bridges, mechanical equipment, agricultural components, etc.) to natural hazards (e.g. earthquakes, tornadoes, etc) and to further design methods of mitigation. Studies within this research group include field reconnaissance following nearby tornadic activity, computer simulations of structures to extreme loads, and experimentation of structures in the laboratory.

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Explore Living Cell Growth in 3D Micro-scaffolds for Regenerative Medicine

Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty
Faculty Advisor
Ruiguo Yang
Contact Email
Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18

Physical and mechanical interactions govern biological systems at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. The fundamental mechanisms of these interactions converge on mechanobiology, an emerging field of scientific inquisition at the intersection of physics, engineering and biology. At the cellular level, mechanical interaction regulates every facet of the cell cycle. Modulating cellular micro-environment has been regarded as key to potential therapeutic interventions for many diseases, including cancer.

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Turbulent Drag Reduction for energy-saving engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jae Sung Park
Contact Email
Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10

Turbulence control is of great importance in many engineering applications thanks to the potential benefits associated with it, particularly with regard to energy savings. For examples, ocean shipping consumes more than a billion barrels of oil worldwide per year and transportation via road consumes about a billion barrels of oil per year.

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Breast Cancer Cell Metastasis to Bone Cells: Role of Mechanical Loading Milieus

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jung Yul Lim
Contact Email
Start Date
8/17/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

Breast cancer (BC) is one of the most prevailing malignancies in women with bone being the most common site to which BC metastasizes. The BC metastasis to bone results in serious consequences including bone pain, pathological bone fracture, and dysregulated bone destruction, leading to critical impairment in the quality of life. Studies have determined the mechanisms and outcomes of BC cell metastasis to bone cells to some extent.

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Video microscopy study of swimming of Vorticella convallaria

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
2/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

The project investigates the swimming of Vorticella convallaria using video microscopy and microscale channels. This ciliated protozoan has two swimming forms (similar to microscale submarine), and our preliminary observation is that V. convallaria shows different swimming capability depending on the mode. The goal of the project is to record swimming patterns of V. convallaria in various viscous media and microscale geometry. The UCARE student will culture V. convallaria cells in the laboratory, capture swimming of V.

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Engineering and Japanese visual pop culture

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
Contact Email
Start Date
6/1/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid via UCARE
Hours Per Week
10

Japanese visual pop culture, especially anime and manga, is becoming more popular in the US, and they include very interesting and useful examples of science and engineering education. For instance, “Neon Genesis Evangelion” features intriguing designs of Angel and Eva, some of which can be controversial in terms of science and engineering, and Japanese monster movies such as “Godzilla” violate basic scaling law of mechanics.

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