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Engineering research showcased at MU forum

Nearly 40 engineering research projects will be showcased during the 2006 MU Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum.

Student presentations start at 1 p.m. May 1 at Memorial Union and are open to the public as well as faculty and staff members. Below are the names of participating engineering students and their projects. Project abstracts are available online.

Student Name Project Title Major Mentor Mentor Department
Jonathan Bailey Thermal conductivity of unsaturated sand Civil Engineering Dr. William J. Likos Civil Engineering
Anurag Bajpayee Analytical model for space constrained optimization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells Mechanical Engineering Dr. Gary Solbrekken Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Christopher Beach Analysis of horsepower and consumption in a diesel engine using different blends of ethanol, diesel, and biodiesel Agricultural Systems Management Dr. Leon Schumacher Agriculture Engineering
Matthew Bellassai Pupillary light reflex (PLR) as a noninvasive functional vision test Biological Engineering Dr. Gang Yao
Dr. Bo Lei
Biological Engineering
Ophthalmology
Elizabeth Claycamp Soy protein meat analog high moisture extrusion Biological Engineering Dr. Fu-Hung Hsieh Biological Engineering
Colleen Dansdill Evaluation of a steel sheet system for blast retrofit under static pressure Civil Engineering Dr. Hani Salim Civil and Environmental Engineering
Peter Dempsey BioAnalyzer: A tool for RNA local secondary structure prediction and visualization Computer Science and Mathematics Dr. Dong Xu Computer Science
Nick Harvey Mizzou steel bridge design Civil Engineering Dr. Hani Salim Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sasson Haviv Positioning cells on a microchip using dielectrophoresis Biological Engineering Dr. Kevin Gillis Biological Engineering
Thomas Hiles Designing blast-resistant walls Civil Engineering Dr. Hani Salim Civil and Environmental Engineering
Robert Jinkerson Bioprinting: From self-assembling multicellular spheroids to three-dimensional tissue structures Biological Engineering Dr. Gabor Forgacs Physics and Astronomy
Rhett Johnson Blast retrofit of concrete walls using polymers Civil Engineering Dr. Hani Salim Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jill Jouret Imaging reticulospinal neurons in the lamprey brainstem using calcium indicator Biological Engineering Dr. Andrew McClellan Biological Sciences
Timothy Keim Metered poppet valve Mechanical Engineering Dr. Roger Fales Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Brian Kliethermes Autonomous vehicle platooning using the Global Positioning System Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Systems Management Dr. Brian Adams Agricultural Systems Management
Grant Luckenbill Material testing for precast prestressed road panels Civil Engineering Dr. V.S. Gopalaratnam Civil Engineering
Joseph McCrate Calcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite nanofiber fabrication Chemical Engineering Dr. Hao Li Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Adam Mummert LabVIEW for Hall Effect Measurement System Electrical Engineering Dr. Gregory Triplett Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Heather Nelson Efficiency and accuracy validation for incremental changes of a large-scale protein structure database Computer Science Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu Computer Sciences
Matthew Oesch Fatigue evaluation of mast-arm system under simulated wind loads Civil Engineering Dr. Hani Salim Civil and Environmental Engineering
Matthew Pais Calcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite nanofiber fabrication Mechanical Engineering Dr. Hao Li Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Matthew Parsons Analysis of laster-irradiated silicon crystal using x-ray topography Mechanical Engineering Dr. Robert Winholtz Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Emily Pfautsch Ultra-fast, ultra-intense lasers for use in surgery Mechanical Engineering Dr. Robert Tzou Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Joseph Philipps Non-destructive evaluation for structures Civil Engineering Dr. Glenn Washer Civil and Environmental Engineering
Josh Ronco Low pressure hydrogenolysis of glycerin to propylene gycol Chemical Engineering Dr. Galen Suppes Chemical Engineering
Rebecca Rone Making the Cvt pathway/autophagy in vitro Biological Engineering Dr. Per Stromhaug Biological Engineering
John Steiber Preliminary design of high pressure testing apparatus for consolidation properties of deep sea sediments Civil Engineering Dr. William Likos Civil and Environmental Engineering
Erik Stone Building 3D SIFT point clouds for object recognition Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Marjorie Skubic Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lee Strickert Fingerprint recognition Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Guilherme Nelson DeSouza Electrical and Computer Engineering
Richard Stringer Feasibility of an optical biosensor for detection of calpastatin Biological Engineering Dr. Sheila Grant Biological Engineering
Dustin Sullivan A ferroelectric atmospheric plasma source Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Scott Kovaleski Electrical and Computer Engineering
Darren Swarts Pulse poser test stand for water voltage divider calibration Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Scott Kovaleski Electrical and Computer Engineering
Daniel Tappmeyer Improving the burn-rate of thermite reactions using mesoporous copper-oxide and aluminum nanoparticles Chemical Engineering Dr. Shubhra Gangopadhyay Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nathan Textor Measurement of slope deformations using photographic images Civil Engineering Dr. J. Erik Loehr Civil and Environmental Engineering
Derek Vap Investigation of innovative technique for measuring roundabout parameters Civil Engineering Dr. Carlos Sun Civil and Environmental Engineering
Christopher Vincent Design of a miniaturized nano-fluid pulsating heat pipe Mechanical Engineering Dr. Hongbin Ma Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jennifer Zans Optimization design for blast resistant walls Civil Engineering Dr. Hani Salim Civil and Environmental Engineering


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