Engineering

Vulnerability of Structural Systems to Natural Hazards

Civil Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Christine Wittich
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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
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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
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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
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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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Nanoscale behavior of polymers

Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Joseph Turner
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Start Date
2/1/17
Paid or Volunteer
Paid

The study of the new materials requires measurements at the micro- and nanoscales. The interphase of the composite materials, biological cells, and 2D materials are just some examples that illustrate the demand for of the measurement techniques at small scales. Nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are two popular techniques which can be applied for characterization of mechanical properties. More specifically, polymers (synthetic and bio-based) exhibit time-dependent behavior that is more challenging to quantify.

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Sand Hills Stream Water Quality: implications for downstream users

School of Natural Resources/Biological Systems Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Troy Gilmore
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Start Date
5/9/2017
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or apply for UCARE
Hours Per Week
20+

The export of DOC from the Sand Hills may have major implications for downstream water quality. Recent studies have shown an inverse relationship between organic carbon and nitrate across a wide range of environments (Taylor and Townsend, 2010), including streams draining a broad range of terrestrial settings. We hypothesize that water originating in the Sand Hills is relatively low in nitrate due to sufficient DOC supply.

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Nanoscale understanding of polymers for sustainable energy applications

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Shudipto Konika Dishari
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Start Date
3/1/2017 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
20 max, can vary depending on your availability

Ion containing polymers or ionomers are widely used in many renewable energy based applications which can help us to achieve clean energy economy. Ionomers in several tens of nanometer (nm) thick films behave very differently as compared to several tens of micron thick bulk membranes. The polymer chains and water molecules when confined in sub-micron systems, the ion conduction properties drastically decrease influencing the efficiency of many energy applications, such as fuel cells, water electrolysis, supercapacitors and many more.

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Genome-scale metabolic model development of methylomonas

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Rajib Saha
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Start Date
11/1/16
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer, can apply for UCARE 17-18
Hours Per Week
10

Questions regarding the ecological and functional characteristics of natural microbial consortium under dynamic environmental conditions can be addressed using comprehensive mathematical models and ‘omics’-based data analysis.

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Genome-scale metabolic model development of Methylobacter

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor
Rajib Saha
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Start Date
11/01/16
Paid or Volunteer
Volunteer
Hours Per Week
10

Questions regarding the ecological and functional characteristics of natural microbial consortium under dynamic environmental conditions can be addressed using comprehensive mathematical models and ‘omics’-based data analysis.

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SNRG OPENING # 16016 Java/J2EE/JSP/Node.js Web Service Developer

Sociology
Faculty Advisor
Bilal Khan
Contact Email
Start Date
10/1/2016 but flexible
Paid or Volunteer
Paid or via UCARE
Hours Per Week
10-20

We seek a junior researcher/programmer to develop a novel web service that will be used to serve and aggregate dynamic surveys from a custom app on user cellphones.  The novel approach incorporates a custom environment capable of updating survey rules and logic.  The web service will be hosted on Amazon to be part of a large distributed system.    (Developing the app mentioned here is separate project: SNRG project 16014).

 

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