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James Arnold MORE Mechanical engineering

2D Variable Damping Control of the Robotic Ankle Joint to Improve Trade-off between Agility and Stability and Reduce Effort

Designing and testing a controller for wearable robots that is safe and stable will help improve their performance in stability, agility and effort.

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Health
Kadiatou Keita MORE Mechanical engineering

3D printed Oscillating Flow Mixers to Enhance Heat Transfer in Liquid Cooling Channels

Enhancing heat transfer in liquid cooling channels will contribute to the advances in heat exchanges and thermodynamic systems.

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Energy
Zachary Hoffmann FURI Computer science

A Probabilistic and Confidence-Driven Approach to Theory of Mind Models in Autonomous Agents

Creating a more accurate human prediction model in self-driving cars will account for the uncertainty in human actions.

Data
Zachery Shropshire FURI Biomedical engineering

A Self-Fluctuating Prosthetic AirActuator Liner With A Soft Memory Foam Design for Lower Limb Amputees to Improve Comfort, Stability, and Fluctuation in Prosthetic Sockets

Studying the comfort and pressure inside the sockets of amputees to give them comfort and stability could change the world of prosthetics.

Health
Amberly Ricks MORE Electrical engineering

Activation Energy Extraction of Electrodeposit Growth in Nanoionic Materials and Devices

Extracting the activation energy of the electrodeposit growth rate will help better understand the temperature dependence of nanoionic devices.

Security
Ben Bethke FURI Mechanical engineering

Active Self-Boring Robots that Enable Next Generation Dynamic Underground Wireless Sensing Networks

Optimizing self-boring robot design parameters decreases environmental impact and improves subterranean mobility for underground testing.

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Sustainability
Myung Chung FURI Biomedical engineering

Activity-Dependent Neuroplasticity Model in Response to Applied Electrical Stimulation

Studying the effects of applied potential on plasticity will help develop bioelectronics and neurotechnological devices for rehabilitation.

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Health
Mohammad Salah FURI Mechanical engineering

Aerodynamically Optimal Nose Cone Geometry for Supersonic Flight at Varying Altitudes

Designing a more aerodynamically optimized rocket will help improve the efficiency of space rocket launches and reduce overall costs.

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Energy
Shaurya Jaisinghani FURI Industrial engineering

Allocation of Funds in Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Operations

Conducting an economic analysis of fund allocation processes will improve disaster preparedness and mitigation operations.

Security
Camila Ibarra KEEN Civil engineering

American Society of Civil Engineering

Learning the foundation and technical aspects of civil engineering through hands-on applications will improve students' skills.

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Education
Ryan Szalanski FURI Electrical engineering

An Expandable Retractor Tool for Increasing Available Working Space During Neurosurgery

Designing a retractor tool that can be enlarged at the working end will allow neurosurgeons greater freedom of movement during neurosurgery.

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Health
Guangchi Lee FURI Computer science

An Investigation of the Different Approaches of Autonomous Traversal

Designing an algorithm for a rover to navigate itself in an unmapped region using GPS will help with rescue or discovery missions.

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Data
Fernando Rangel FURI Biomedical engineering

Analysis of Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Forces to Prevent ACL Tears

Researching ways to model anterior cruciate ligament tear risks and designing a smart knee brace device will help prevent ACL tears.

Health
Joseph de la Vara FURI Mechanical engineering

Analysis of Fracture Speed Under Changing Temperatures

Studying the fracture speed in a glassy polymer as a function of electric resistance and temperature can improve a variety of products.

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Security
Cole Truitt FURI Mechanical engineering

Analysis of PMMA Plastic Zone Size

Understanding a material's ability to deform plastically is fundamental in creating secure structures.

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Security
Olivia Christie FURI Electrical engineering

Analyzing Sensor Quantization of RAW Images for Visual SLAM

Developing energy-efficient localization and mapping methods will help low-power devices navigate.

Data
Molly Rhodes MORE Mechanical engineering

Analyzing the Effect of Contact Resistance on the Temperature Field Evolution During Resistance Spot Welding

Investigating the temperature field evolution during resistance spot welding can improve the durability of electric car batteries.

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Energy
Alexandria Ardente FURI Mechanical engineering

Anisotropic Friction in Soft Burrowing Robots

Self-burrowing robots can help with sensing individuals during search and rescue after a disaster and detecting nutrients in agriculture.

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Sustainability
Anshul Krishnan FURI Biomedical engineering

Ankle Flexion Data as a Differentiative Measure in Orthotic Device Prescription for Stroke Survivors

Using ankle strength data as a criteria for prescribing the right type orthotic device to stroke patients will help prevent falls.

Data
Elikplim Gah MORE Mechanical engineering

Ant-Inspired Control Strategies for Collective Transport by Dynamic Teams with Temporary Leaders

Designing a "temporary leader"-based swarm controller could allow for whole new ways of achieving tasks in limited information environments.

Data
Daniel Anderson FURI Mechanical engineering

Aperiodic Surface-Based Structures for Additive Manufacturing

Developing a method to design and test certain structures for additive manufacturing will help better understand their potential applications.

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Education
Margaret Miller FURI Biomedical engineering

Arteriovenous Malformations

Designing a new device for treating tangles of blood vessels in the brain will allow for safe delivery of embolic agents for treatment.

Health
Kaley Yazzie FURI Environmental engineering

Atmospheric Water Capture Using Photothermal Nano-Enabled Desiccants

Studying atmospheric water capture and the effects location has on water quality parameters will create a source of drinking water when it is otherwise unavailable.

Sustainability
Cole Brauer MORE Engineering

Automated Design of Graded Material Transitions for Educational Robotics Applications

Studying the performance impact of computer-generated material transitions will allow for the design of stronger educational robot components.

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Education
Marcus Gambatese FURI Mechanical engineering

Basilisk Lizard Interactions with Fluid Environments

Studying the forces that a basilisk lizard exerts on the surface of the water will improve robots designed to traverse complex terrain.

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Security
Jonathan Bush MORE Engineering (robotics)

Bicycle Rider Pose Estimation from Physical Human-Robot Interaction Forces

Designing a system to collect and analyze data about how people ride bicycles will help make this activity more accessible through balance and steering assistance.

Data
Tannis Breure FURI Environmental engineering

Biochar’s Ability to Remove Escherichia Coli

Determining the effectiveness of biochar as a soil amendment to remove E. coli will prevent future outbreaks.

Health
Amanda Tran FURI Chemical engineering

Bioengineered Space-Like Protein Crystals on Earth: Implications to Regenerative Medicine

Studying ground-based, microgravity protein crystallization unit operation will lead to regenerative medicine applications on Earth and in space.

Health
Mark Nguyen FURI Chemical engineering

Biosynthesis of Ethyl Lactate with Escherichia coli as a microbial host

Synthesizing ethyl lactate through E. coli will increase its sustainability and offer an alternative to petrochemical derivatives.

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Sustainability
Cody McMahon FURI Mechanical engineering

Blame All vs. Blame Me in AVs

Studying the ability for an autonomous vehicle to determine another vehicle's intent or loss of function will promote safer executions of traffic scenarios.

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Data
Toan Nguyen MORE Biomedical engineering

Cas9 Mediated Adenosine Transient Reporter for Editing Enrichment

Enriching for edited stem cells using gene editing tools can generate disease-relevant stem cell lines for disease modeling.

Health
Emily Nugent MORE Materials science and engineering

Characterization of Glass Beads: Flowability and Angle of Repose Part II

By studying the critical size range of particles, the amount of energy used to produce products in a variety of industries can be minimized.

Sustainability
Dillon Jayanthan FURI Computer science

Combined Interfacial and Solvothermal Synthesis to Study the MOF Growth Process

Writing a graphical user interface with text mining code will help our chemical engineering lab get information from articles more efficiently.

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Data
Andrew Hredzak FURI Electrical engineering

Complementary Wireless Vision Test Bed

Tracking wireless users by training a neural network to associate 5G signals with their position captured by RGB/Depth cameras will overcome limitations of 5G technology.

Data
Vincent Davis FURI Chemical engineering

Computational and Experimental Studies of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids in Organic Solutions for MET Sensor Devices

Using molecular dynamic simulations to model ionic liquids for low-temperature sensors will improve understanding of their use for space applications.

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Data
Shashank Ginjpalli FURI Computer science

Connecting the Dots: Towards Automated Dataset and Visualization Recommendation from News Articles

Using natural language processing and machine learning to automatically create and recommend visualizations will help show related data for news stories.

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Data
Kiarash Ranjbari MORE Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering

Controlling Silver Release from Antimicrobial Surface Coatings for Biofouling Control

Controlling the rate of silver release will help to increase efficiency in water treatment systems on the International Space Station.

Sustainability
Matthew Chrest MORE Biomedical engineering

Creating a Multi-Modal Near Infrared Photoacoustic Fluorescence Microscopy System for In Vivo Imaging

Creating a near infrared multi-modal photoacoustic fluorescence microscopy system will enable in vivo cellular imaging at a larger imaging depth.

Health
Natalya Gage FURI Mechanical engineering

Cross Contamination Prevention on Mars Rovers

Designing a Mars soil sample collection system that prevents contamination will improve the ability to study the planet.

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Security
Sarah Soaf MORE Biomedical engineering

Deep Brain Stimulation

Developing a system for deep-brain stimulation that uses cerebral blood flow rates will help optimize the efficacy of the treatment.

Health
Tiffany Hertzell FURI Mechanical engineering

Design and Characterization of Variable Stiffness Soft Actuators for Lateral Ankle Support

Designing a soft robotic exosuit with inflatable fabric-based actuators will provide better lateral support for the ankle in walking rehabilitation.

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Health
Sanjay Kumar Vijaya Kumar MORE Engineering (electrical)

Design of High-Frequency Large Intelligent Surfaces using Reflectarray Antennas

Designing advanced antenna surfaces for efficiently redirecting radio waves will enable more efficient wireless communications.

Energy
Stanton Burnton FURI Mechanical engineering

Design Optimization of the Active Ankle-Foot Orthosis (AAFO)

Optimizing a motorized ankle-foot orthosis will assist in the rehabilitation process for people suffering from neuromuscular conditions.

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Health
Matilda Koa KEEN Mechanical engineering

Develop Polymer Composite from Silica Aerogel for Heat Insulation

Developing a polymer composite from silica aerogel to be used as heat insulators will reduce the cost of heating and cooling of homes.

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Energy
Devika Dileep FURI Biomedical engineering

Development of a Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Control System For Hand Muscle Therapy

Designing a therapeutic hand device that utilizes electrical stimulation will help improve hand dexterity in people with spinal cord injuries.

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Health
Christopher Amarquaye MORE Mechanical engineering

Development of A Polymer Composite With Conductive Abilities For Sensor Application

Studying the effect of nanofiller to elastomer ratio in a conductive polymer composite will help determine its electrical conductivity.

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Energy
Wesley Groves FURI Biomedical engineering

Development of Active Movement-Damping Mechanism for Implementation in Knee Brace

Developing a mechanism to actively assist the knee joint during high-risk movements will reduce the risk of joint re-injury.

Health
Shae Diaz FURI Biomedical engineering

Development of Surgical Device to Aid in the Decortication Procedure for a Trapped Lung

Developing a surgical instrument to assist surgeons with the complicated decortication procedure will help increase the effectiveness of trapped lung treatments.

Health
Shaun Victor FURI Biomedical engineering

Development of the SmartPad System for Energy Expenditure Detection

Creating a system to track a person's energy expenditure under free-living conditions will lead to more effective weight management.

Health
Gabrielle Wipper FURI Biomedical engineering

Discovering Factors That Drive the Migration of Immune Cells Into Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Tumors

Discovering factors driving immune cell migration to mesothelioma tumors using computational biology can benefit patient immunotherapy studies.

Health
Earl Brown KEEN, MORE Biomedical engineering

DNA Repair Capacity of NRAS-Mutant Melanoma 3D Spheroids Under Oxidative Stress and DNA Repair Inhibition

Developing a novel cancer treatment for resistant types of melanoma will help improve therapeutic strategies.

Health
Gautam Sharma MORE Robotics and autonomous systems

Drone Swarms in Search and Rescue Operations

Using deep reinforcement learning to control a platoon of drones will assist first responders in search and rescue operations.

Data
Diego Barra Avila FURI Biomedical engineering

Effect of Growth-Feedback on Adaptive Synthetic Gene Circuits

Analyzing the effect of host-circuit interactions in cells will improve how people robustly design synthetic gene circuits.

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Health
Jason Green FURI Chemical engineering

Effect of Particle and Environmental Variables on Flowability of Granular Materials

Analyzing the properties and performance of natural materials will create more efficient methods of handling and storing them.

Data
Amy Holladay FURI Industrial engineering

Efficient Methodology for Assessing and Improving Secure Shredding Bin Service Sizing

Studying the benefit and cost structure of paper recycling methods will assist large corporations in improving their sustainability efforts.

Sustainability
Dylan Ellis FURI Chemical engineering

Efficient Naringenin Flavonoid Biosynthesis via Metabolically Engineered Corynebacterium glutamicum

Altering the metabolic pathways of bacteria will aid in the sustainable production of medicines and other value-added compounds.

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Sustainability
Aurausp Maneshni KEEN Engineering (electrical systems)

Efficient Plant-Health Analysis Through Cost-Effective Image Processing With Broad Applications

Farmers would sample their crops by sectioning their land and running sample tests. This method is time-consuming and costly and it also comes with inaccuracies as it would be impossible to cohesively analyze every single plant.

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Sustainability
Sahil Badyal MORE Computer science

Efficient Policy Iteration Architecture for Learning Rollout Policy in POMDP

Using reinforcement learning to enable a team of robots to plan search and rescue missions will enable them to become effective tools.

Data
Christian Polo FURI Electrical engineering

Electrolyzer Application of a Load-Managing PV System

Designing an electrolyzer application for a load-managing system will lead to a new, more efficient power transfer system for solar panels.

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Energy
Tanya Nanda KEEN, MORE Biomedical engineering

Engineering an Encapsulated 3D Tumor Dormancy Model In Vivo Using NRAS-Mutant Melanoma Cells

Tumor cells cultured in the form of spheroids and encapsulated in polymers can provide insight into studying their in-vitro dormancy.

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Health
Omar Abed GCSP Chemical engineering

Engineering of High Yield Production of L-Serine in Cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002

Metabolically engineering cyanobacteria will lead to the efficient production of renewable chemicals using sustainable resources.

Sustainability
Yaritza Cahue FURI Chemical engineering

Engineering Safe Carbon Nanomaterials: Role of Morphology and Surface Chemistry in the Interactions of Carbon Nanomaterials with Microorganisms

Studying the possible effects of carbon-based materials on microorganisms will help create safe production of these substances.

Sustainability
Kaci McMillin FURI Engineering (mechanical systems)

Engineering, Border Walls and Wildlife

Studying how engineers and their firms consider the impact of border barriers on wildlife will show the sustainability of such projects.

Sustainability
Alexandra Dent FURI Computer science

Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction

Creating new algorithms using EEG, biological and environmental data can help predict epileptic seizures before they occur.

Health
Kristina Luong FURI Chemical engineering

Evaluating the Efficiency of a Cold Trap Condenser

Discovering the effectiveness of a cold trap condenser can lead to its use to collect clean water from a pervaporation system.

Energy
Shane Skinner FURI Mechanical engineering

Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Composites

Studying the strength of composites will enable cheaper, safer methods of space travel and more effective warfighting capabilities.

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Energy
Pallavi Shrinivas Shintre MORE Electrical engineering

Experimental Analysis on the Effect of Human Learning on Physical Human-robot Interaction

Studying human behavior in collaborative tasks will help develop robots that effectively and intelligently work with humans.

Data
Nicole Sluder FURI Mechanical engineering

Experimental Demonstration of Tunable Near-field Radiative Heat Transfer Exceeding Blackbody Limit with VO2 Thin Films

Studying near-field radiation with phase-shift materials will create more efficient thermal rectifiers for energy transfer.

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Energy
William Mulkern FURI Aerospace engineering

Experimental Study of Optical Force Modulation using Tunable Materials

Studying the optical force produced by materials will further advancements and implementation of electronics and space exploration technology.

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Energy
Bhaumik Bheda MORE Chemical engineering

Experimentally Validated DEM Simulations for Conduction Based Heat Transfer in Rotary Drums Filled with Monodispersed Particles at Slow Rotational Speed

Studying the effects of particle size, fill level and rotational speed on heat transfer in rotary drums will enable reduced energy usage.

Energy
Nicole Martin FURI Chemical engineering

Exploring the Connection Between Particulate Composition and Mean Granule Size

Exploring properties that affect the granulation of pharmaceutical materials can help reduce energy consumption by preventing wastage.

Energy
Cooper Tezak FURI Chemical engineering

Extraction of Silver via Electrowinning for Solar Panel Recycling

The development of a process for recycling solar panels is profitable and makes the technology a truly renewable energy source.

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Energy
Yan Dou MORE Materials science and engineering

Fabricate Holey Structure to Improve Capacitive Performance of Graphene

Designing a high-energy-density, holey graphene-based electrode can create opportunities for mobile power supply in varied applications.

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Energy
William Ederer FURI Chemical engineering

Facilitated Transport of Contaminants by Microplastics in Soil Media

Studying the transport of microplastics through soil will inform the agriculture industry to make decisions about sustainable farming.

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Sustainability
Robert Lattus FURI Electrical engineering

Finding and Predicting Defects in CIGS Cells Using Varied Temperature and Spectroscopy

Testing solar cell materials at different wavelengths and temperatures will help achieve greater efficiency.

Energy
Dylan Beck FURI Chemical engineering

Flexible MOF based Ammonia Sensor

A cost-effective, sustainable ammonia detection sensor can be designed using metal organic frameworks by relying on measurable conductivity changes from gas adsorption.

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Sustainability
Mariana Bray FURI Engineering management

Flow Visualization and Heat Transfer in Micro-Polymer Tubes

Studying the flow and heat transfer properties of 3D-printed, millimeter-scale polymer tubes will aid in designing better heat exchangers.

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Energy
Anirudh Ranganathan FURI Aerospace engineering

Fracture Propagation in Glassy Polymers Due to Temperature Differentials

Mapping the behavior of glassy material fractures allows us to build materials and mechanisms over time that are sustainable, safe and efficient.

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Sustainability
Brittine Young Guest Researcher Mechanical engineering

From Tattoos to Microchipping: Perceptions and Attitudes Around Body Modification

Education
Teleah Hancer FURI Biomedical engineering

Functionality of Octopus Arm Muscles

Verifying the functionality of octopus arm muscles will advance soft robotics and motor control systems.

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Health
Souvik Poddar MORE Mechanical engineering

Gait Sensing using Fabric based Soft Inflatable Actuators and Force Haptic Feedback

Using gait sensing and force haptic feedback in shoe insoles will help provide better rehabilitation.

Health
Anna Mangus FURI Chemical engineering

Health Optimization of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 Mutant for Microbial Electro-Photosynthesis

Optimizing cyanobacteria cell health will allow for an efficient photosynthetic-based biofuel production system.

Mentor:
Energy
Bradley Fox FURI Chemical engineering

Heat Transfer in a Rotary Drum with Focus on Radiation Heat Transfer

Studying the modes of heat transfer in a rotary drum will guide industry users to better determine process parameters such as rotation rate.

Energy
Sonia Hernandez FURI Engineering (robotics)

High Speed 3D Printing of Portable Microscope Lens via Micro-Continuous Liquid Interface Printing

Designing and 3D printing an optical lens via micro-continuous liquid interface printing will help create portable microscopes.

Health
Kevin O'Brien FURI Aerospace engineering

How Control Surface Sizing Affects an Aircraft Stability and Preformance

Studying how the sizing of an aircraft's control surfaces impacts its stability will help teach people how to design more efficiently.

Education
Sebastian Garcia Peralta FURI Mechanical engineering

How Does the Dynamic Strength of a Material Affect the Velocity of Particles at a Perturbed Shock Front and Can This Be Used to Estimate Dynamic Strength in Solids?

Studying the particle velocity at different locations of a rippled shock front provides a potential new technique to evaluate dynamic strength.

Security
Bethany Kalscheur FURI Chemical engineering

Hydrolysis of Biomass Derived Cellulose and Hemicellulose with Engineered Bacillus Subtilis Strains

Genetically engineering bacillus subtilis will increase the efficiency of biofuel production.

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Energy
Dean Spyres GCSP Engineering (mechanical engineering systems)

Improvements on the design of spinneret extruder

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Health
Youssef Serag FURI Electrical engineering

Improving Data Rate for 5G Systems using USRP Kits

Using machine learning algorithms for faster channel gain estimation will help improve wireless communications.

Data
Ryan Kemmer FURI Computer science

Input-elicitation Methods for Crowdsourced Human Computation

Investigating better ways to collect opinions from people will improve data quality and motivate less-biased crowdsourcing results.

Data
Maxwell Stauffer FURI Aerospace engineering

Instrument Design for Aircraft Performance Measurement

Designing instruments for aircraft performance measurement will increase aircraft energy efficiency.

Energy
Nathan Hui FURI Biomedical engineering

Investigating Factors to Provide Sustained Release of Ketorolac in Temperature-Responsive Hydrogels

Designing safe drug delivery solutions for managing pain will help people find better alternatives to opioids.

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Health
Emmanuella Adjei-Sowah MORE Biomedical engineering

Investigating the Role of Astrocytes on GSC Invasion In A 3D Microfluidic Vascular Tumor Model

Investigating the role of certain brain cells in cancer recurrence will identify efficient therapeutic treatments for glioblastoma.

Health
David Tome MORE Mechanical engineering

Investigation into regeneration methods of desiccants for vacuum desiccant cooling

Investigating a method to regenerate desiccants for energy-efficient use in vacuum desiccant personal cooling devices will make the devices more useful.

Energy
Jack Mester FURI Mechanical engineering

Investigation of Contact Angle Effect for Analyzing Interphase Properties in Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composite Materials

Comparing the most common mechanical property testing methods of carbon composites will improve future analysis of their structure.

Security
Chase Lee FURI Aerospace engineering

Investigation of Novel Composite Reinforced with Mechanophore-Enhanced Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Developing damage-sensing composites will provide a better understanding of the composite structure and minimize catastrophic failure.

Security
Keiko Ochoa FURI Industrial engineering

Investigation of the Practicality of Evaporation Prevention for the Central Arizona Project

Conducting an analysis of alternatives for evaporation prevention for the Central Arizona Project will help sustain Arizona's water supply.

Sustainability
Edward Goldenberg FURI Engineering (robotics)

Is Artificial Intelligence a Burden in a Changing Environment

Designing a virtual environment that changes upon each usage will help develop artificial intelligence that learns with less time and data.

Data
Abigail Pezelj FURI Chemical engineering

Is the Demand for Tesla Worth It? Investigating the Life Cycle Assessment and Long-Term Effects of Upstream Emissions from Battery Electric Vehicles

Studying electric vehicle upstream emissions will enable engineers to further optimize battery design for efficiency and sustainability.

Sustainability
Lily Baye-Wallace FURI Mechanical engineering

Kinetics of Dynamic Damage Growth in Metals from Characterization and Simulations of Shock Loading Experiments

Understanding the mechanisms for damage growth is key to the development of predictable defense and armor systems.

Security
Dhaivat Dholakiya MORE Engineering (robotics)

Learning Deep Neural Interaction Policy for ExoSkeleton Control

Developing a deep learning architecture to control a custom-built hip exoskeleton will help it adapt across different walking behaviors among users.

Data
Tanner Merry FURI Mechanical engineering

Learning Unknown Physics Behind Cellular Dynamics Using Time-Variant Neural Network

Creating a time-variant neural network that can model particle dynamics will demonstrate machine learning can learn unknown physics concepts.

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Data
Mennatallah Hussein KEEN Aerospace engineering

Liquid-Fueled Micro-Combustors for Portable Power Generation

Understanding how liquid fuels can augment hydrogen production will help improve fuel cells, autonomous vehicles and other portable power generation.

Energy
Jordan Todd MORE Biomedical engineering

Loperamide Encapsulated Nanoparticles for Evaluating Blood Brain Barrier Permeability Post-Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury

Evaluating nanoparticle use for therapeutic drug delivery will help better treat traumatic brain injury.

Health
John Daly FURI Mechanical engineering

Machine Learning and Dimensionality Reduction to Accelerate DFT Simulations of Material Properties and Enable Computational Material Design

Using machine learning for material property simulations will accelerate the process and decrease computational expense.

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Data
Alex Petras MORE Mechanical engineering

Magnetic Needle Steering for Minimally Invasive Surgery

Studying magnetic needle steering for use in minimally invasive surgery will increase precision and control.

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Health
Joseph Tamakloe FURI Materials science and engineering

Making Portable and Less Expensive LED Based Spectrometer for Monitoring the Quality of Fruits and Water Content

Developing a simple-to-use spectrometer can help reduce post-harvest losses of farm produce.

Sustainability
Nikolas Deffigos FURI Mechanical engineering

Measurement of High-Temperature Thermophotovoltaic Energy Conversion

Developing a high-temperature heater for a thermophotovoltaic system will help create a more efficient energy conversion method for further study.

Mentor:
Energy
Ervin Ramirez FURI Chemical engineering

Mechanism of NOx Conversion Over Photocatalytic Cement

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Sustainability
Alexandra Schwindt FURI Chemical engineering

Mechanoresponse Activity in Polymer Nanocomposites

Characterizing mechanical properties of nanocomposites allows military technology to create safer and more effective armor for soldiers.

Security
Avery Cartwright FURI Biomedical engineering

MedTech Surgical Device Innovation for Trapped Lung

Determining a fibrous tissue model for the testing of a novel surgical device will help standardize the decortication procedure for trapped lung.

Health
Brenda Villa FURI Chemical engineering

Microjet and Vibration Assisted (MVA) Fluidized Bed

Mentor:
Energy
Austin Cameron FURI Engineering (mechanical systems)

Modeling and Analysis of Electrical Power Systems for Resilience

Creating methods to rapidly plan microgrid development will lead to the sustainment and resilience of off-grid power projects.

Energy
Clayton Bliss FURI Mechanical engineering

Modeling of Environment Dependent Modulation of Ankle Impedance During Walking

Modeling the human ankle during walking in variable environments will help design better controllers for lower-extremity wearable robotics.

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Health
Sarah Brady FURI Biomedical engineering

Modification of Synthetic Hydrogel Chemistry to Generate Complex Macroencapsulation Device Geometries

Designing complex geometries for PEG hydrogels to encapsulate islet cells will help treat type 1 diabetes.

Health
Jinpyo Seo FURI Biomedical engineering

Monodispersity of PLGA Microparticles

Analyzing the effect of size range on microparticles' ability to release drugs and naturally degrade will improve patient safety and satisfaction.

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Health
Yiting Shi FURI Electrical engineering

Multiple-channel Signal Detection in the Presence of Phase Distortion

Improving the robustness of signal detectors in the presence of channel distortions has potential impacts in Earth and space exploration.

Security
Dakota Edwards MORE Mechanical engineering

Needle Tracking System

Needle tracking will help improve targeted drug delivery by providing more accurate delivery and less recovery time for the patient.

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Health
Sreeharsha Lakamsani FURI Computer science

Neural ODE Modeling for Many-Body Interactions

Developing a neural network model for predictive modeling of many-body interactions will help simulate collective dynamics of cancer cells.

Data
Zhikai Liu MORE Materials science and engineering

New Process with Flexible Perovskite Solar Cell

Enhancing the process of fabricating flexible perovskite solar cells can be used as a power source for flexible devices.

Energy
Tyler Souders FURI Aerospace engineering

Numerical Characterization of Pseudoshock Oscillatory Behavior

Allowing designers to simulate shock structures inside of a high-speed engine helps pave the way to higher speed jet engines.

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Security
Shanika Davis FURI Electrical engineering

Open-Source Radiation Hardening Test Structure

Creating a repeatable, open-source radiation hardening method allows more companies to create radiation robust electronics.

Security
Kira Winsor FURI Chemical engineering

Optimization of Cyanobacteria Cultures

Engineering cyanobacteria will improve the production of sustainable biochemicals by optimizing growth rate and efficiency.

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Sustainability
Chase Overcash FURI Computer science

Optimization of Future Urban Mobility Systems

Investigating the optimization of future public transportation will create urban mobility systems with increased efficiency and reliability.

Sustainability
Sean Innes FURI Chemical engineering

Optimizing and Scaling an Automated Sampling System to Improve Quantification of CO2 Utilization in Cultures of Engineered Cyanobacteria

Designing an improved auto-sampling system for cyanobacteria CO₂ fixation experiments will improve research efficiency.

Sustainability
Mukhtar Hamzat FURI Electrical engineering

Optimizing Placement of Generation Assets in Microgrids

Developing a process for helping microgrid designers select generation assets and their positions will help minimize cost and losses.

Energy
Brian Aguilar FURI Biomedical engineering

Oral Drug Delivery Vehicle for Prevention of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Designing an oral drug vehicle to modulate the immune response to rheumatoid arthritis will slow progression and increase patient comfort.

Health
Hezekiah Grayer FURI Aerospace engineering

Particle Entrainment in Convection Scenarios

The study of entrainment with the detail of computation in convection scenarios is necessary to understand the formation of dust storms.

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Sustainability
Raj Kumar Hariharan MORE Chemical engineering

Photosynthetic Fixation of Fermentation Off Gases

Designing a novel strategy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will help minimize the environmental impact of biofuel production.

Energy
Kareem Ayoub FURI Aerospace engineering

Preparing a method to measure near field radiative heat transfer between two surfaces

Preparing a method to measure radiative heat transfer between two surface and extracting measurements will help quantify heat transfer energy.

Mentor:
Energy
Salma Ly FURI Chemical engineering

Pretreatment membranes to prolong the lifetime of reverse osmosis membrane

Studying the creation of reverse osmosis pretreatment membranes with eletrospinning will help understand its role in removing biological and inorganic contaminants in water.

Sustainability
Michael Amato KEEN Engineering management

Project RealWheel

Leveraging high-quality instruction and novel engineering will aid STEM instructors in delivering a powerful learning experience for K-12 students.

Mentor:
Education
Nitish Chennoju FURI Computer systems engineering

Propulsion Data Acquisition

Optimizing electric aircraft propulsion through data will help maximize range and other aircraft performance features.

Data
Michael Finocchiaro FURI Biomedical engineering

Quantification of Tissue Oxygenation to Improve Encapsulated Cell Viability In Vivo

Studying oxygenation within tissues via fluorescent nanoprobes will help develop an alternate treatment to insulin injections.

Health
Connor Phillips KEEN Mechanical engineering

Quantifying Muscular Response During Physical Human-Robot Interaction With a Variable Damping Controller

Testing the ability of a robotic controller to reduce human muscle activation will increase the efficiency of human-robot interfaces.

Mentor:
Health
Connor Sonnier FURI Computer science

Quantifying Students’ Understanding of the Engineering Design Process

Developing a method to quantify students' understanding of the engineering design process will allow for instructors to improve their courses.

Education
Liam Nguyen FURI Electrical engineering

Radiation Hardening Test Platform

Studying the voltage threshold shifts of MOS circuits will improve design practices for radiation-hardened circuits for space applications.

Security
Natalie Mason FURI Computer science

Raman Spectrometry Conclusions as an Example of Intuitive Software

Improving the software used in Raman spectrometry to determine the presence of compounds can illustrate the importance of intuitive software.

Mentor:
Data
Darwin Mick FURI Mechanical engineering

RASCAL Lunar Mobility

Designing and constructing a prototype for a lunar rover will help facilitate human exploration on the moon.

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Education
Anand Pratap Singh Sengar FURI Electrical engineering

Reflectarray Antenna for Future Wireless Communication

Designing next-generation antennas to dynamically interact with the wireless environment giving users flexibility to stay connected, everywhere.

Energy
Alec McCall FURI Biomedical engineering

Reproducibility and Completeness of Complex Hydrogel Geometry Fabrication in 3D Printed Injection Molds

A clinically translatable cell encapsulation strategy would enable the widespread application of islet transplantation to treat diabetes.

Health
Marissa Jimenez FURI Materials science and engineering

Researching UV Treated Plastics Used as an Additive in Cement to Mitigate Plastic Waste and Improve Mechanical Performance

Mixing UV-treated micro-plastics into cement will mitigate plastic waste and enhance the mechanical properties of cement.

Sustainability
Vineet Butala FURI Mechanical engineering

Robot Artist

Studying the mark-making process and designing a robot to recreate the same marks will help create a language robots can understand.

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Data
Robin Parmentier MORE Robotics and autonomous systems

Sensing and Controls of an Assistive Knee Exoskeleton

Assistive exoskeletons are an increasingly valuable rehabilitation tool for patients with neurological damage. This project implements an advanced sensor system and control scheme on a portable, low-cost knee exoskeleton.

Health
Tori Johnson FURI Biomedical engineering

Silicon Netting for Surgical Organ Isolation

Using reusable silicon netting to assist with organ isolation and protection will help decrease surgery time and increase patient outcomes.

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Health
Marcela Strane FURI Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering

Silver Analysis on Stainless Steel 316 used for water systems in spacecrafts

Studying silver reactions on Stainless Steel 316 will help improve potable water systems on spacecraft.

Sustainability
Paul Butler FURI Computer science

Socially Attentive Autonomous Vehicles

Efficiently modeling high traffic areas will maintain the level of safety in autonomous vehicles and other drivers while reducing the computational cost.

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Data
Nandini Sharma Guest Researcher Biomedical engineering

SolarSPELL BMET Library

The SolarSPELL library for biomedical equipment technicians is creating a curated set of information that can be accessed anywhere with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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Education
Ashley Tse Guest Researcher Biomedical engineering

SolarSPELL BMET Library

The SolarSPELL library for biomedical equipment technicians provides offline, digital user manuals, repair guides and more for resource-constrained hospitals.

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Education
Priya Borah Guest Researcher Biomedical engineering

SolarSPELL BMET Library

The SolarSPELL library provides access to existing resources for biomedical equipment technicians and empowers resource-constrained hospitals.

Mentor:
Education
Karla Cosio Guest Researcher Electrical engineering

SolarSPELL BMET Library

The SolarSPELL library for biomedical equipment technicians is empowering resource constrained hospitals by providing them access to existing resources.

Mentor:
Education
Claudia Fragoso Guest Researcher Biomedical engineering

SolarSPELL BMET Library

The SolarSPELL library for biomedical equipment technicians strives to empower individuals in resource-constrained areas by providing access to existing resources.

Mentor:
Education
Christian Messner FURI Mechanical engineering

Steady-State Measurements of Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer between Ultra-Flat Thin-Film Materials

Measuring the radiative heat transfer between two flat plates that are nanometers apart will help build better solar cells.

Mentor:
Energy
Daniel Bruce FURI Engineering (mechanical systems)

Surface Roughness in Metal Additive Manufacturing: Towards Accurate Measurement of Relevant Metrics

Studying surface irregularities in metal 3D printing will help manufacturers build more resilient parts for end-users.

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Sustainability
Cameron Schwabe FURI Chemical engineering

Synthesis and Characterization of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-4 (ZIF-4) Film

Developing porous membranes that can separate mixtures will help with progress in issues such as climate change and renewable energy.

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Sustainability
Rebecca Martin FURI Computer systems engineering

Target Detection Using Algorithmic Matter

Studying distributed algorithms for micro-scale swarms of synthetic cells will help target wounds or infections in the body.

Mentor:
Data
Jamie Handlos MORE Chemical engineering

Targeting B-cell lymphoma through the use of CAR macrophages

Studying chimeric antigen receptor macrophages will help determine if they are a better treatment for B cell lymphoma tumors.

Health
Nathanael Borgogni GCSP Chemical engineering

Temporal Specificity of the Binding Potential of CDR3 Peptides to Traumatic Brain Injury

Discovering specific biomarkers for traumatic brain injury will aid in the diagnosis of the condition and pave the way for novel treatments.

Health
Lily McCalmont FURI Materials science and engineering

The Application of PVDF in Noise Attenuating Window Films

Developing a new window film will allow for active reduction of unwanted noise.

Sustainability
Jennifer Wong FURI Biomedical engineering

The Effects on Lower Motor Neuron Degeneration and Neurodegeneration Within the Cervical Region of the Spinal Cord Twenty-Eight Days Post Traumatic Brain Injury

Collecting data to form a baseline for designing and targeting stem cell replacement therapies will mitigate the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury.

Health
Elmer Correa FURI Chemical engineering

The Filtration Properties of Electrospun MOF Fibers

Studying the filtration properties of ultra-porous membranes will help create more environmentally friendly ways to treat industrial waste.

Mentor:
Sustainability
Madison Macias FURI Mechanical engineering

The Future of Non-lethal Solutions

Assessing non-lethal weapons and technologies around the globe will help develop less-lethal solutions for peace and security applications.

Security
Michelle Loui FURI Biomedical engineering

Thermo-Responsive pNIPAAm-Based Polymers for Endovascular Brain Aneurysm Repair

Designing a thermo-responsive liquid embolic agent will create better methods of endovascular therapy for treating ruptured brain aneurysms.

Mentor:
Health
David Manford MORE Mechanical engineering

Thermodynamic Cycle and Efficiency Analysis of the Thermal Hydraulic Engine

Investigating the thermodynamic cycle and efficiency of thermal hydraulic engines will provide a more reliable and efficient use of waste heat.

Energy
Nurulhaq Hasan MORE Mechanical engineering

Three-dimensionally (3D) Printed Bio-inspired Hydrophobic Surfaces for Improving Spray Cooling Technique

Utilizing hydrophobic patterns on the surfaces of heat exchangers will help optimize heat transfer.

Mentor:
Energy
Heidi Pankretz MORE Mechanical engineering

Through-Thickness Interphase Characterization of PMC

Understanding how nanoscale damage at the interphase impacts the overall properties of a polymer matrix composite will show how it affects the sustainability of the material.

Sustainability
Angelea Wirstrom FURI Biomedical engineering

Towards a Software Package that Improves Planning of Great Artery Heart Defect Surgeries

Developing a medical imaging software package will improve the planning and outcome of great artery heart defect surgeries.

Mentor:
Health
Husain Mithaiwala MORE Chemical engineering

Tuning the Hydrophilicity and Porosity of Electrospun Membranes for Pretreatment in Water Filtration

Employing hydrophilic character on the surface of membranes will prevent the effect of fouling and scaling in the water filtration process.

Sustainability
Jason Zhang FURI Biomedical engineering

Understanding the Effects of Gait Adaptation from the Combination of Visual and Split-Belt Distortion

Studying the effects of combining visual and tactile modulation of gait will help increase efficacy and retention in stroke patient rehabilitation.

Mentor:
Health
Hayden Brandt KEEN Engineering (electrical systems)

Underwater Robotics

Building an underwater autonomous robot helps improve students' design skills and create industry connections through competitions.

Mentor:
Education
Anna Rothweil FURI Biomedical engineering

Using a Wireless Electronic Platform as Part of a Smart Knee Brace to Aid Rehabilitation and Prevent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reinjury in Athletes

A new knee brace electronic platform will provide insights into an athlete’s performance and risk of re-injury after knee ligament surgery.

Health
Bhavya Sharma FURI Biomedical engineering

Using Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels to Increase Cortical Plasticity Following TBI

Using stem cells and hyaluronic acid hydrogels that allow cell adhesion, differentiation and survival could lead to better traumatic brain injury treatment.

Health
Bryan Cocanour FURI Mechanical engineering

Using Structural Density Gradients to Optimize the Strength-to-Weight Ratios of 3D Printed Parts

Optimizing 3D-printed inlays through the use of a non-uniform structure will allow for parts with a better strength-to-weight ratio.

Mentor:
Sustainability
Eugene Agravante FURI Mechanical engineering

Utilizing Density Functional Theory to Compute the Efficacy of a Practical Material for Industrial Direct Air Capture via a Copper Metal Organic Framework

Computational modeling of a specific atomic structure that is efficient at capturing CO2 from the air can help fight climate change.

Sustainability
Glenna Embrador MORE Biomedical engineering

Utilizing Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors (HDACi) to Alleviate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Pathology

Finding the most efficacious and potent HDAC inhibitor drug will help modulate neuroinflammation to improve traumatic brain injury pathology.

Health
Tejas Singh FURI Computer science

Utilizing PVAD Algorithm for Detecting Network Anomalies

Studying network anomalies helps improve network data, user organization safety and threat accuracy within businesses and organizations.

Mentor:
Data
Omik Save MORE Mechanical engineering

Variable Impedance as Control Scheme for Enhanced Performance and Stability of Active Ankle Foot Orthosis

Investigating the effect of user-determined variable resistance control of active orthosis will reduce muscle fatigue and improve gait correction.

Mentor:
Health
Ritvik Ramdas FURI Computer science

Vector Tiles in Geospatial Mapping

Developing vector maps allows industries to model and scale cities and regions on a multi-dimensional and global scale for their clients.

Data
Salma Leyasi FURI Biomedical engineering

Verification of Ratiometric pH Sensing PHPMA-Derived Polymer in Human Neuronal Tissue Models.

Characterizing the effect of a ratiometric fluorescent pH sensing nanoprobe in different tissue culture models will help scientists better assess cellular microenvironments.

Health
Ryan Bodhipaksha KEEN Engineering (robotics)

VEX U PYRO Robotics

Engaging students in a global robotics competition applies the knowledge and skills they have learned to a game-based challenge.

Mentor:
Education
Daniel Sinclair FURI Materials science and engineering

X-Ray Tomography Analysis Correlating Pit Growth and Rolling Conditions in a High-Performance Aluminum Alloy

Using non-destructive 3D microscopy to measure the corrosion of a key aeronautical alloy over time will improve alloy design and reliability.

Security

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