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Wideband Microwave Radar for Autonomous Navigation

This research aims to develop a deeper knowledge of how radar systems are used for autonomous navigation. Small on chip radar systems can be implemented in various technologies, such automobiles, in order to improve safety for the general public. Imaging at millimeter wave frequencies can provide high image resolution of the objects in question. Radar


Augmented reality computing environments further the richness of the mobile experience by providing applications a continuous vision experience, where visual information continuously provides context for applications. In a modern mobile system, the typical user is exposed to potential mass aggregation of sensitive information, posing both privacy and security deficiencies.To address such deficiencies, the team proposes

Study of Exfoliation Steps for Copper 2D MOFs

2D MOFs (metal organic frameworks) have shown promise in applications such as separation, catalysis, and medicine due to their tailorable structure and function, a result of high aspect ratios. This study aims to examine the exfoliation procedure of CuBDC MOFs under various tip sonicator conditions. Results have shown that sonication time and power are the

Hydrogen Storage Techniques in Fuel Cell Vehicles

Hydrogen is becoming increasingly an important fuel for transportation applications. The storage of hydrogen in fuel cell vehicles has been problematic to date due to low energy density of contemporary technologies. Therefore, research to compare state-of-the-art technologies and determine which, if any, meet targets released by the U.S. Department of Energy is the objective of

Utilizing Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Conjugated to Biocompatible Gold Nanorods to Enhance Synchronous Beating and Functional Characteristics Similar to in vivo Cardiac Tissue

Myocardial infarction (MI), also known as heart attack, is one of the main causes of death in the United States. Cardiomyocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC-CM) are a potential strategy for repairing damage from MI. Electrically conductive nanomaterials, such as graphene oxide and siNWs, have been promising with improving adhesion and functional

Force Measurement of Basilisk Lizard Running on Water

The goal of this research is to characterize the force interactions of a basilisk lizard exhibiting its unique ability to run across a body of water. A rigid testing structure is being fabricated from carbon fiber and aluminum, with six-axis force sensors attached at three statically determined points. The structure will be immersed in water,

Investigation of Underlying Mechanisms for the Modulation of Multi-dimensional Ankle Stiffness

Characterization of multivariable ankle stiffness is important for better understanding how the ankle supports lower-extremity functions. The purpose of this research project is to further investigate the underlying mechanisms for the modulation of multi-dimensional ankle stiffness; specifically, the relationship between ankle stiffness and the independent variables: ankle center of pressure and ankle modulating muscle activation.

Lizard Inspired Tube Inspection Robot

The environmental conditions within the boiler tube can be highly aggressive, which can alter the micro-structure of tubing. Ultrasonic sensors have the capability to scan through these tubes and detect these defects at early stages. In this work a Lizard Inspired Robot with ultrasonic sensors embedded in its fingers is being developed for boiler tube

Sex Differences in Voluntary Control Dynamics of the Knee and Ankle

Ever since Title IX in 1972, females have been known to have an increasingly higher rate of musculoskeletal injuries occurring while playing sports than in males. This study focuses on quantifying the voluntary neuromuscular control of the knee for each gender during a range of set frequencies. If dynamic knee stability and motor control is