Engineering

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
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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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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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