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Investigating the Performance of 3D-printed Sorbents for Direct Air Capture of CO2

Since the industrial revolution around 1750, global emissions of CO2 have increased more than 46% being the major cause of global warming. In this research the moisture driven-cycle for direct air capture of CO2 is investigated. Physical sorbents will be manufactured using the Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing technique and then their performance will be characterized […]

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Autonomous Car Capable of Navigation and Interaction with Other Vehicles

The goal of this research project is to apply different model discrimination techniques (passive & active) to a pair of autonomous cars to create a “real world” simulation to test how optimal and robust each of the techniques is while identifying the intentions of the other car. This research presentation is focused on the application […]

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Functionality of an Octopus Arm

The purpose of this research project is to determine the functionality of each muscle group in an octopus arm. Quantitatively tracking the complex motion and electromyography signals produced by an activated arm, opens the door to unprecedented bio-inspired robotics that have an optimal motor control system. The research team is currently running experiments in which an […]

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Multivariate Analysis for Irrigation with Reclaimed Chlorinated Water

Gray water requires less filtration than black water, due to significantly less particles and organic material. This smaller requirement makes gray water much easier to reclaim. Chlorination has been shown to be the most efficient disinfection method for reclaimed water applications in irrigation. Using four factors; total organic content, turbidity, detergent concentration, and bacterial concentration, […]

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Robot Navigation using Wireless Signals in an Indoor/Outdoor Environment

This research is performed to enable aerial robots to navigate through indoor environments using wireless signals. This provides an important supplementary capability to vision and LiDAR-based approaches since wireless signals can be used irrespective of lighting conditions and possible occlusions. For movement of robots and analyzing the environment, Synthetic Aperture Radar is used for source […]

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Dynamic Thrust Testing Tools

The goal of this project is creating tools to more effectively and economically measure dynamic thrust, a measure of how the propulsive forces of an aircraft change with airspeed. By better understanding this information, parameters that can influence the dynamic thrust, such as propeller twist and number of blades, engine type and sizing, etc. can […]

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Metabolic Engineering for Ethyl Lactate Production in E. Coli

Ethyl lactate is a compound with great potential as a biodegradable solvent with no current efficient means of production. This research aims to create a sustainable pathway for ethyl lactate in Escherichia coli through recombinant plasmid transformation with genes for the necessary reaction substrates and enzymes. When successful, this biological means of production will allow […]

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