Engineering

Educational Robot for Controls Engineering

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Benjamin Terry
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Start Date
5/20/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-15

Off-the-shelf educational robots are commercially available; however, they are expensive and difficult to repair and maintain.

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Supporting Study to Transform En-Route Care System

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Benjamin Terry
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Start Date
1/8/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
10-15

We will develop and validate proof-of-concept peritoneal and thoracic microbubble oxygenation as a mitigation strategy for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Previous studies have demonstrated this technology has potential to augment oxygenation via bypass of damaged lung parenchyma.

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Automated Internet protocol testing

Computer Science and Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Lisong Xu
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Start Date
03/01/2018 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid
Hours Per Week
5-10 (flexible)

Profs. Lisong Xu and Sebastian Elbaum are looking for an undergraduate student to participate in an interesting and cutting-edge NSF research project on automated testing and verification of network protocols. For example, if you have an Android smartphone, we have just found several bugs in the TCP protocol of Android, which is the protocol used for browsing web-pages and sending/receiving emails .

 The student will work with the professors and other students in the project starting from Spring or Summer 2018, and may continue to the fall semester.

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Drop coalescence in limited confinements

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
6/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

The goal of the research is to experimentally investigate coalescence of liquid drops (in air or immiscible liquid) in limited confinements such as Hele-Shaw cells (two-dimensional confinement). Upon touching each other, drops coalesce or merge because interfacial surface tension tries to minimize surface area between liquid and gas phases. We expect that such coalescing behaviors will be affected by how drops are confined and by surface wettability of confining surfaces.

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Fluid dynamics of toys

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Sangjin Ryu
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Start Date
6/1/18 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

Toys offer amusement to not only kids but also adults, and various toys are based on scientific principles. The goal of this research is to find fluid dynamic principles of selected toys. Examples of such toys are soap bubble guns and liquid drop timers, both which employ the pinch-off phenomenon of bubbles and drops driven by surface tension. In this project, we will experimentally investigate fluid-dynamics-related phenomena of selected toys and understand underlying working principles.

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Does hyperglycemia promote cellular dysfunction in heart disease?

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Ryan Pedrigi
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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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