Research Opportunities

Does hyperglycemia promote cellular dysfunction in heart disease?

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ryan Pedrigi
Contact Email
Start Date
1/15/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

Conduct isolated cell experiments to examine how the response of cells to an applied load changes under increasingly hyperglycemic conditions. Explore a potential mechanism for why diabetics are three-times more likely to have a heart attack. Learn numerous techniques used in the field of bioengineering, including cell culture, microscopy, and nanorobotics. Join a team that is working in the exciting technical areas of mechanobiology, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering to make an impact in the fields of cardiovascular medicine, diabetes, wound healing, and ophthalmology.

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Ultrasound sonication as a treatment for heart disease

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ryan Pedrigi
Contact Email
Start Date
11/15/17 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

Design, build, and test an ultrasound system for sonication of cells.

Determine whether ultrasound can promote normal cellular behaviors that could be used to treat an atherosclerotic or diseased artery. Learn numerous techniques used in the field of bioengineering, including ultrasound, CAD, computational modeling, cell culture, and microscopy. Join a team that is working in the exciting technical areas of mechanobiology, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering to make an impact in the fields of cardiovascular medicine, diabetes, wound healing, and ophthalmology.

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Modeling the efficacy of an implanted artificial intraocular lens after cataract surgery

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ryan Pedrigi
Contact Email
Start Date
1/16/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10

Develop a finite element model of the post-surgical lens capsule with implanted artificial intraocular lens using the most widely used commercial software package available, Abaqus. Learn numerous computational techniques used in the field of bioengineering, including finite element analysis, Matlab programming, and adaptive modeling. Join a team that is working in the exciting technical areas of mechanobiology, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering to make an impact in the fields of cardiovascular medicine, diabetes, wound healing, and ophthalmology.

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Smart bandages for early detection of infection

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ali Tamayol
Contact Email
Start Date
4/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10-20

The goal of this project is to develop smart bandages that can be used for monitoring wounds in diabetic patients and early detection of infection. This smart platform consists of arrays of hollow microneedles to either uptake wound exudate or to deliver antibiotics if needed. The hollow microneedles transfer liquids from the live tissue to the sensors to measure the level of various markers. The information obtained from the integrated sensors will be wirelessly transferred to external sources.

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Handheld 3D printer for treatment of traumatic injuries

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Ali Tamayol
Contact Email
Start Date
4/1/18
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10-20

The project involved the engineering of a handheld 3D printer that can be used as a surgical tool for treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Biologically relevant printable polymeric materials have been developed that should be characterized. The printer should be designed and its suitability for printing on bone tissue should be evaluated.

The project involves cell culture and stem cell differentiation as well as material characterization and mechanical testing.

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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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Teaching Young English Learners

Teaching Learning and Teacher Education
Faculty Advisor
Guy Trainin
Contact Email
Start Date
9/30/17 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
6

We are looking for students interested in helping young English learners acquire language quickly so they can be integrated into their school. In this project you will  support elementary English learners’ vocabulary learning skills as they read widely in academic settings. You will work with a small group of elementary English language learners three time a week, 40-45 minutes per session, for a total of about 6 weeks. You will receive training to do it.

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Ultrasonic Evaluation of Thick Steel-Concrete Composite Wall

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Jinying Zhu
Contact Email
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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Highly Sensitive Child observations

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
Contact Email
Start Date
9/15/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
10 (flexible)

Volunteers will work on a project being conducted in partnership with colleagues at Queen Mary University to develop an observation protocol for use in early childhood classrooms to identify children who are highly sensitive. High sensitivity is a temperament trait; highly sensitive individuals process their environment more deeply, have heightened empathy, and are more sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as noise or light. In short, they are more easily overwhelmed than those with lower sensitivity.

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Teacher interactions with children with mental illness

Educational Psychology
Faculty Advisor
Kathleen Moritz Rudasill
Contact Email
Start Date
9/15/17
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 18-19
Hours Per Week
5-10

This student will read and search for articles on mental illness in the classroom and teachers' understanding/training in mental illness. The student will likely assist with data collection (surveys) and data entry, some data analysis (with assistance), writing and presenting results.

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