Lab Exhibits 2020

Every year, as part of Mizzou Engineers’ Week, the College of Engineering invites faculty and graduate students to showcase some of their incredible research as part of our mission to Educate Engineering Leaders. This year our Lab Exhibits are going digital! We will still judge labs and award prizes for first, second and third place. This year’s Lab Exhibits are listed in alphabetical order below.

Biomodulatory Materials Engineering Laboratory

Bret Ulery | Chemical and Biological Engineering

Biomaterials are created specifically for introduction into a biological system, primarily for a medical purpose. Artificial joints, bone cements, contact lenses and heart valves are just a few examples of biomaterials in today’s medical landscape. This lab will demonstrate ways we can usher in a new generation of biomaterials, which interact with the body in novel ways through bioactive components.

“Candy Trail” – Optimization

Alpha Pi Mu

Finding the optimal path is a problem that logistics companies around the world face every day. The optimal path results in saving time, money and valuable resources. This game will simulate the shortest path problem by challenging the user to find the optimal path to the end of the candy trail.

CornZone: AI and Machines for Maize

Dewi Kharismawati, Behirah Hartranft, Madeline Hartranft, & Toni Kazic | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This research group has worked on methods to develop better corn faster using drones, deep learning and simple machines. Farmers and researchers in Missouri and around the world will be able to use these methods to manage their crops more efficiently and develop new, more resilient varieties for their local conditions.

Demonstrating Model Rockets using Air and Water Propulsion

Mizzou Space Program | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mizzou Space Program will host a rocket demonstration, either with pressurized air or water. Weather permitting, they will demonstrate the engineering displayed with rockets and various forms of power/thrust.

Demonstration of Stratified Lake in Summer and Engineering Mixing

Environmental Hydraulic Group | Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineering mixing can help remediate water quality issues in water systems like deep lakes and reservoirs. This lab will demonstrate how deep lakes and reservoirs are stratified in summer.

Ecuador Engineering Project

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders focuses on low-cost methods to tackle problems in developing areas of the world. Their well demonstration will showcase their current water project in Ecuador, with a demonstration of the methods they are using.

Electronics Cooling and Coffee Mugs

Phase Change Heat Transfer | Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

This exhibit will show how to remove the heat generated in electronics systems or components, and how an innovative coffee mug can cool hot coffee to the perfect drinking temperature in a couple of minutes.

Environmental – Climate Sensors

Andrew Williams, Thakshajini Thaasan, & Damon Hall | Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Aloysius lab exhibit focuses on components of the Water Budget both above and below the earth’s surface through the use of physical watershed and groundwater models. Practical monitoring of the hydrologic cycle through environmental-climate sensors allows forecasting of ever changing conditions on the earth. Understanding a system can help mitigate the human footprint on nature while enhancing the industries of agriculture and natural resources.

Functional Electronic Stimulation

Apaala Basak & Paige Martinez | Chemical and Biological Engineering

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technique to enable patients with paralysis to move their paralyzed muscles by electrical stimulation. In this exhibit, they will demonstrate the FES with a fun example where muscle signals from one person’s arm controls the muscle movements in another person.

Lean 5S – “The Quick Search”

Alpha Pi Mu

Being organized is a major quality to have in life, but especially in a working environment. To showcase the 5S technique of lean engineering, students will be given a packet of three different sheets of paper, each with different levels of “messiness.” The objective of the task is to find numbers in order as fast as possible, starting with 1, 2, 3 and so on. They will be given 30 seconds each round to circle as many numbers as possible.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

Omega Chi Epsilon

Omega Chi Epsilon is the Chemical Engineering honors fraternity. They will demonstrate and aid tours in making liquid nitrogen ice cream while explaining the science behind it.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Sensors

Microsystem Research Laboratory | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Microsystem Research Lab (MRL) encompasses projects such as (1) Micro-electromechanical Systems (MEMS) biosensors for detection of viruses (Zika, and Influenza), foodborne pathogens (Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7), and (2) Lab on-a-chip biosensing devices for detecting malaria, studying red blood cells, and  enhancing the ability to defeat camouflage using uncooled infrared detectors for night vision applications.

Mizzou SURF Presentation

Student Underwater Robotics Foundation (SURF)

SURF will display their organization’s submarine and 3D-printed components. There will be interactive examples of their working propeller motors.

Presentation of 2019-2020 Formula SAE car and designs

Mizzou Racing

The Formula team will highlight fabrication methods and designs used in the production of the competition formula race car.

Queueing Theory: “Hurry Up and Wait!”

Alpha Pi Mu

Students will observe an industrial engineering technique called simulation using the software Simio to see which kind of waiting line is more efficient. Do you think two short lines, each with their own server, will be faster? Or will one long line feeding to both servers be faster? As students watch the simulation, they will see one of the options is faster and more efficient. We know this because of the Queuing Theory.

Reality Virtually

Fang Wang

This lab will showcase AR and VR projects that we have developed for education and training purposes. The projects include a Virtual Lab developed for engineering online education, an AR Meteorology app for large lecture hall engagement, and a Vive eye tracking project that was developed by students who attended the MIT XR hackathon.

Robotics and Virtual Reality

Computer Graphics and Image Understanding Lab | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This lab group will demonstrate their recent research on AI-enhanced Robotics for smart city and VR for precision and next generation medicine.

Science Big Data Applications in Cyber Research and Education

Virtualization, Multimedia and Networking Lab (VIMAN Lab) | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Big Data, Cloud Computing, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality and Cyber Security research projects will be highlighted with live demonstrations. View how Big Data applications in Visual Cloud Computing, Usable Artificial Intelligence with Chatbots, Social Virtual Reality for special education, and Cyber Security can be transformed within “living labs” of the future. Also, learn how such research is being used in undergraduate/graduate classrooms.

Simulating Supporting Paths for Movement of Wetland Species

Ashkan Gholamialam | Civil and Environmental Engineering

Learn how wetland species move among wetlands, understand policy implications for natural conservation and see the results through an interactive geographic information system (ArcGIS Pro).

“The Workstation Lego Race” – Workstation Design

Alpha Pi Mu

When up against time, what type of workstation can produce more products? The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate how an organized workstation that is user-friendly is much better for efficiently producing products compared than a station that is not ergonomic. For this activity, it will be a race to see which workstation, ergonomic or not ergonomic, can produce more Lego products based on specific guidelines. Will the station that is not ergonomic be able to produce any parts at all? Will the ergonomic station complete all the manufacturing?

Your Blood Moves… But Does it Move You?

Giovanna Guidoboni, Marjorie Skubic, James Keller, Mihail Popescu, & Laurel
Despins | Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

With each heartbeat, blood is propelled into our arteries causing our body to move. This phenomenon, called thrust, also allows airplanes to fly and rockets to take off. In the case of our body, the motion caused by the heart thrust can be detected by devices placed under the mattress or under the bed posts and used to monitor cardiovascular function.

ZouSim – Mizzou Transportation Simulators

Carlos Sun, Praveen Edara, Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, & Sabreena Anowar | Civil and Environmental Engineering

The exhibit showcases the use of transportation simulators (driving, trucking, bicycling, walking, wheeling, and e-scootering) for improving transportation safety, efficiency and sustainability.

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