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David Anchondo GCSP Mechanical Engineering

X-ray topography method for solar cell deflection, cracking and stress measurements

Collecting data on solar cell cracking and stress will prevent power loss and failure in solar cells.

Mentor: Mariana Bertoni
Energy
Mayar Allam KEEN Awardee Biomedical Engineering

Understanding the impact of breast cancer cells/ fibroblasts co-culture on inducing M2 macrophages in a 3D in vitro model.

Understanding the impact of the breast cancer microenvironment on progression will help with future cancer treatments.

Mentor: Mehdi Nikkhah
Health
James Arnold FURI Mechanical Engineering

Variable Damping Control of the Robotic Ankle Joint to Improve Trade-off between Performance and Stability

Developing an advanced controller to balance agility and stability in a wearable ankle robot will maximize performance for the user.

Mentor: Hyunglae Lee
Health
Jarom Beus FURI Mechanical Engineering

Toward Understanding and the Development of a Thermoelectric Generator

Excess heat can be used as a clean, alternative form of energy for power plants and car engines.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Energy
Matthew Davis FURI Computer Science

Twitter Bot Detection Software for Disaster Relief Applications

Detecting and classifying social media bots after disasters will reduce the prevalence of scams and improve disaster response.

Mentor: Huan Liu
Security
Uilani Forgione FURI Computer Systems Engineering

Verification and Validation of Automated Vehicles

Creating a set of verification and validation practices for autonomous vehicles will ensure their effectiveness and security.

Mentor: Jeffery Wishart
Security
Tanner Ivey FURI Biomedical Engineering

Using 1H MRI Reporter S-Gal® to Study Senescent and Quiescent Cells In Vitro

Finding a molecule that can identify dormant cancer cells will help develop better tumor characterization and treatment.

Mentor: Vikram Kodibagkar
Health
Cory Jernigan FURI Mechanical Engineering

Voluntary Response Mechanics of the Human Ankle

Forming mathematical models to describe ankle mechanics can assist in developing advanced lower limb prosthetics.

Mentor: Hyunglae Lee
Health
Karolena Lein FURI Biomedical Engineering

Ultrasound Cleavable Polymers for Reversible Vascular Embolization

Synthesizing a polymer that can be broken down with ultrasound can improve the safety of embolization therapy for cancer.

Mentor: Brent Vernon
Health
Rachel Rhoades FURI Electrical Engineering

Wireless Wearable Blood Flow Sensor

Developing a wireless, wearable blood flow sensor will help alert hemodialysis patient caretakers about developing clogs.

Mentor: Junseok Chae
Health
Rushik Tank MORE Mechanical Engineering

Waste Plastic-based and Biomimetic Multifunctional Coatings

Developing plastic coatings from waste plastic would decrease plastic waste and increase industrial reuse of plastics.

Mentor: Kenan Song
Sustainability
Paul Vohs FURI Computer Science

WiFi for accurate multi robot mapping and localization.

Developing a way for robots to accurately map and navigate indoors will help them safely move around their environment.

Mentor: Stephanie Gil
Security
Miguel Almanza Lopez FURI Biomedical Engineering

Startling Speech: Eliciting Prepared Speech Using Startling Auditory Stimulus in Stroke Survivors

Measuring the facial muscles of stroke patients during startled speech can lead to improved speech therapy tools.

Mentor: Claire Honeycutt
Health
Andrew D'Arcangelis MORE Chemical Engineering

Studying Osteogenesis and Mineralization within Hyperglycemic In Vitro Cell Culture Models

Better understanding the complications of type 2 diabetes will ultimately improve upon current therapies.

Mentor: Julianne Holloway
Health
Michael Drolet FURI Computer Systems Engineering

The Effect of Visual Anticipation of Changes in Floor Compliance in Human Gait

Using virtual reality to see how humans anticipate changes in ground surfaces will help build better prosthetics and bipedal robots.

Mentor: Panagiotis Artemiadis
Health
Kartik Gupta FURI Computer Science

Test-Bed Development for Multi-robot systems

Understanding multi-robot system capabilities can teach them to work better in coordination.

Mentor: Stephanie Gil
Education
Matthew Hart FURI Mechanical Engineering

The self-assembly of metal-organic supra-molecules

Investigating the structure of “hollow” molecules could lead to applications in gas separation and storage.

Mentor: Yang Jiao
Sustainability
Tanner Henson FURI Biomedical Engineering

The Large Scale Expansion and Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem-Cell Derived Neural Progenitor Cells

Developing a method to turn stem cells into neurons in large quantities can help with the study of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mentor: David Brafman
Health
Ryan Kiracofe FURI Mechanical Engineering

Thermal Analysis of a Thermogalvanic Brick

Developing a way to use the temperature difference inside and outside of a building to generate energy could reduce energy demands.

Mentor: Patrick Phelan
Energy
James Larson MORE Engineering

SRP Polytechnic Solar Utilization

Examining the Polytechnic campus’s energy infrastructure will allow ASU to understand how it can implement more renewable energy sources.

Mentor: Nathan Johnson
Energy
Brad Laughlin FURI Aerospace Engineering

Tear-drop Pimples Added to NACA 0012 Airfoil for Drag Reduction

Reducing the drag on an airfoil through new designs will lead to better aircraft fuel efficiency.

Mentor: Valana Wells
Sustainability
Bharath Santhanam MORE Mechanical Engineering

The effect of corner radius on the mechanical behavior of additively manufactured honeycomb structures

Exploring design modifications of honeycomb structures used in cars and aircraft could improve mechanical performance.

Mentor: Dhruv Bhate
Sustainability
Casey Silva FURI Biomedical Engineering

The mathematical modeling of the dynamic migration of MDA-MB-231 cells within co-culture as well as in the presence of antifibrotic drug Tranilast and chemotherapy drug Doxorubicin utilizing a novel micro-engineered in vitro model.

Understanding the way cancer works at a cellular level would help make safer, more effective cancer treatments.

Mentor: Mehdi Nikkhah
Health
Jonathan Bush FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Smart Bike Human-in-the-Loop Control

Creating a smart bicycle that is able to maintain balance and control will help make riding a bike possible for people will disabilities.

Mentor: Wenlong Zhang
Health
Jack Gavin FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Soft Robotic Foot Orthosis

Developing a soft robotic foot orthosis could lead to faster rehabilitation for foot injuries and eventually a squishy Iron Man suit.

Mentor: Panagiotis Polygerinos
Health
Nicolas Gomez FURI Mechanical Engineering

Simple, Lumped Parameter Model to Simulate Blood Flow Through Bifurcations in the Human Cardiovascular System

Simulating blood flow through branched blood vessels could help diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases.

Mentor: Marcus Herrmann
Health
Angelica Guzman FURI Mechanical Engineering

S.H.E.I.L.D. Particulate Coatings

Creating a coating to allow single-paned windows to act as efficient, expensive double-paned windows will save energy and increase buildings' comfort levels at lower cost.

Mentor: Zachary Holman
Energy
Alisha Harris FURI Chemical Engineering

Solar Drying with an Oxide Material to Achieve Food Preservation of Crop Production

Creating a solar food drying system will lead to sustainable food preservation methods with less waste.

Mentor: Jean Andino
Sustainability
Arminta Jordan KEEN Awardee Mechanical Engineering

Society of Women Engineers at ASU attends WE18, the national SWE Conference

Quantifying inaccuracies of aviation modeling software can help teach better aerospace and mechanical engineering design.

Mentor: Alicia Baumann
Education
Gyoungjae Kim FURI Electrical Engineering

Solar Energy prediction

Studying deep learning algorithms can lead to better solar energy prediction and management.

Mentor: Yang Weng
Energy
Caroline Kireopoulos GCSP Mechanical Engineering

Service Learning and Retention in Undergraduate Engineering

Studying service learning’s impact on engineering education persistence could help develop courses to better serve diverse student populations.

Mentor: Stephanie Gillespie
Education
Lynsey Lehmann FURI Mechanical Engineering

Simulating Walking on Surfaces of Different Compliance using the ASU Variable Stiffness Treadmill

Simulating outdoor terrains with virtual reality and a treadmill can improve the versatility and performance of leg prosthetics.

Mentor: Panagiotis Artemiadis
Health
Lynsey Lehmann FURI Mechanical Engineering

Robust Consensus in Multi Robot Systems Using Wireless Signals

Securing physical multi-robot teams against malicious activity will enhance trust and accelerate adoption of smart systems.

Mentor: Stephanie Gil
Security
Israa Abdelaziz FURI Mechanical Engineering

Redesign of the Mixed-Mode Fracture Fixture for Safer Damage Tolerant Structures

Designing damage-tolerate nanocomposite materials will help secure satellites, nuclear reactors and aircraft.

Mentor: Masoud Yekani Fard
Security
Carlye Frisch FURI Biomedical Engineering

Progerin-Induced Aging to Develop a Human-Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Studying the aging mechanism of pluripotent stem cells will help better model age-related Alzheimer’s disease.

Mentor: David Brafman
Health
Angela Hemesath KEEN Awardee Biomedical Engineering

Piloerection Sensor: Insight into Autonomic Function

Detecting and quantifying goosebumps allows for a new method of reliably detecting changes in emotion and the autonomic nervous system.

Mentor: Jitendran Muthuswamy, Michelle Shiota
Health
Brielle Januszewski FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Risk Assessment and Terrestrial Plant Toxicity of Remediated Heavy Hydrocarbon Impacted Soil

Studying the ecological risk of a heavy hydrocarbon removal method will lead to effective and safe oil spill cleanup.

Mentor: Bruce Rittmann
Sustainability
Connor Phillips FURI Biomedical Engineering

Preliminary Steps to a Micropipette-based Automated Patch Clamping System

Improving algorithms for an automated method of recording neuron activity will more efficiently locate and target cells of interest.

Mentor: Barbara Smith
Health
Aide Robles MORE Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Reductive Dechlorination of Trichloroethene(TCE) Sustained by Microbial Chain Elongation

Improving a bioremediation technique with microbes would clean contaminated sites and also produce valuable byproducts.

Mentor: Anca Delgado
Sustainability
Tanner Rosenthal FURI Electrical Engineering

Precision Following of a Ground Vehicle by a Fully Instrumented Quadcopter

Developing sophisticated tracking algorithms for drones can aid in tracking moving vehicles of interest.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Security
Adityaa Sakthi FURI Chemical Engineering

Production of Polycatechols using CotA laccase in engineered E.coli strains

Researching bacteria enzyme production could lead to the manufacturing of sustainable bio-plastics.

Mentor: David Nielsen
Sustainability
Gabriella Schweska None of the above Engineering (Electrical Systems)

Quantifying the Impact of RDE Testing for the State of Arizona

Testing alternative emissions detection methods could benefit Arizona if tailored to the state’s specific needs.

Mentor: Jeffery Wishart
Sustainability
Diep Tran FURI Computer Science

Rendering of Patterns on Social Mirror for Individuals who are Blind

Creating facial expression with vibration patterns will assist people who are blind in detecting nonverbal cues in conversations.

Mentor: Troy McDaniel
Health
Zion Basque FURI Computer Science

No’a: A Neural Network approach to automated eploitation

Using neural networks to speed up automatic hacking detection could make detection cheaper and reduce the number of large security breaches.

Mentor: Yan Shoshitaishvili
Security
Emil Benov FURI Chemical Engineering

Photooxidation of Ethanol to Carbon Dioxide through TiO2 coated cement

Understanding the side products generated from a pollution-reducing cement coating will determine its safety.

Mentor: Jean Andino
Sustainability
Matthew Chrest FURI Biomedical Engineering

Photoacoustic Flowmetry

Developing a new method to locate circulating tumor cells in blood will lead to better prognosis information for ovarian cancer.

Mentor: Barbara Smith
Health
Glenna Embrador FURI Biomedical Engineering

Optimizing recombinant protein production for domain antibodies: proof-of-concept

Creating a new production pipeline for nanoparticle therapeutics can improve treatment for traumatic brain injuries.

Mentor: Barbara Smith
Health
Joel Goodin FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Organized Multi-Robot Movement with Application to Autonomous Cars

Studying robotic group coordination can help cars autonomously avoid collisions.

Mentor: Wenlong Zhang
Security
Syeda Hamna MORE Biomedical Engineering

Opening Chromatin and Improving CRISPR/Cas9 editing with Engineered Pioneer Factors

Improving efficiency of genetic engineering techniques will reduce the trial and error costs of cell engineering.

Mentor: Karmella Haynes
Health
Victoria Lanz None of the above Chemical Engineering

Oil Shale Imbibition

Studying how oil shale and water interact would allow fracking waste fluids to be reclaimed.

Mentor: Heather Emady
Sustainability
Paul Nathan FURI Computer Science

Optimizing and Evaluating Real-time Illumination Estimation for Mixed Reality

Power-efficient real-time illumination estimation will improve the appearance of mobile virtual reality worlds.

Mentor: Robert LiKamWa, Suren Jayasuriya
Energy
Amberly Ricks FURI Electrical Engineering

Optical Characterization of Band Diagram Properties of Germanium-Chalcogenide and Silver Doped Thin-Films

Understanding the physical properties of thin films is the key to implementing them in useful devices.

Mentor: Michael Kozicki, Yago Gonzalez Velo
Energy
Lucas Saldyt FURI Computer Science

Pattern Extrapolation of Integer Sequences using Novel Machine Learning Techniques

Developing new machine learning algorithms can teach autonomous systems to extrapolate patterns and sequences.

Mentor: Ajay Bansal
Education
Michael Durso FURI Materials Science & Engineering

Morphological Engineering and Analysis of Telluride Nanoreinforcements

Exploring nanosheet material reinforcement systems could lead to more resilient structures.

Mentor: Sefaattin Tongay
Security
Ava Karanjia GCSP Chemical Engineering

Modification of Quorum Sensing Regulatory Systems in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Studying the genetic changes of a bacterial pathogen that affects cystic fibrosis patients will help develop less invasive diagnostic procedures.

Mentor: Heather Bean
Health
Pedro Martin FURI Mechanical Engineering

Machine Learning Models for Accelerating Discovery and Design of Energy-Related Materials

Effective utilization of machine learning could accelerate the discovery of new energy-related materials.

Mentor: Houlong Zhuang
Energy
Sujyot Mony MORE Materials Science & Engineering

Monolithic silicon module manufacturing

Developing a new low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell module configuration will transform the way power is generated on a terawatt scale.

Mentor: Zachary Holman
Energy
Ben Nauroth FURI Chemical Engineering

Metabolically Engineering D-Lactate from Corynebacterium Glutamicum

Creating a biodegradable plastic component with bacteria will lead to cost-effective, environmentally friendly plastics.

Mentor: Arul Varman
Sustainability
Collin Overall FURI Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical Characterization of Porous Geological Materials

Understanding meteorite properties and behaviors will help develop global security systems against meteor impact.

Mentor: Aditi Chattopadhyay, Chris Sorini
Ashley Raimondi FURI Chemical Engineering

Melon Preservation with Solar Drying Technology in Rural Panama

Implementing a solar drying system for melons could combat agricultural food waste in Panama.

Mentor: Jean Andino
Sustainability
Shreyas Ravishankar MORE Industrial Engineering

Mathematical Programming Models and Algorithms for Landscape Connectivity and Compactness in Conservation Planning

Creating a model to optimize land conservation would enable more effective planning and endangered species protection.

Mentor: Jorge Sefair
Sustainability
Anita Totillo FURI Mechanical Engineering

Nanoscale Material Characterization of Polymer Matrix Composites Under Hygrothermal Conditions

Analyzing the capabilities of a lightweight, strong material could lead to a replacement for aluminum steel for power plants and spacecraft.

Mentor: Masoud Yekani Fard
Sustainability
Drew Worman FURI Biomedical Engineering

Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer Measurements between Two Parallel Flat Surfaces with LabVIEW Controlled Tip-Tilt Platform

Developing a method to measure heat transfer will aid in understanding thermal energy harvesting and waste recovery.

Mentor: Liping Wang
Energy
Alia Gilbert FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Lateral Control of Underwater Robot

Enabling an underwater robot to move like a fish will help it manage canals and waterways.

Mentor: Daniel Aukes
Sustainability
Kendalyn Grant FURI Mechanical Engineering

Interest & Proficiency in Engineering Among Elementary Friend Groups

Young students’ friendship groups may show trends in future STEM interest and proficiency.

Mentor: Martin Reisslein
Education
Niharika Jain FURI Computer Science

Iterative Strength Training with Generative Adversarial Neural Networks

Strengthening deep neural networks against maliciously altered images would improve the security of computer vision technologies.

Mentor: Subbarao Kambhampati
Security
Guston Lighthouse FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Letting Robots Glide Instead of Falling

Developing cheap, foldable gliding robots can aid search and rescue operations, increase access to hands-on robotics education.

Mentor: Daniel Aukes
Education
Raghav Madan FURI Computer Systems Engineering

IoT and Robotics in Pet Care

Designing a mobile robot that can encourage hunting behavior will help house cats get more exercise and avoid obesity.

Mentor: Fengbo Ren
Health
Alexander Maltagliati MORE Chemical Engineering

Investigating Cancer Cell Death and Cell-Signaling Pathways using HSP90 Inhibition and APE1 Inhibition

Studying drug delivery to melanoma cells in 3D models will help understand melanoma survival pathways and provide new treatments.

Mentor: Kaushal Rege
Health
Sakol Sea FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Investigation of the Rheological Behavior of Sustainable Alternative Cementitious Binders

Pioneering a new and more efficient cement model will help establish design guidelines for developing sustainable cement.

Mentor: Narayanan Neithalath
Sustainability
Fara Shippee FURI Mechincal Engineering Systems

Investigating the Practicality of Reusable First Stage Rockets

Assessing the cost efficiency of reusable rockets would allow for more cost-efficient space missions.

Mentor: Joshua Loughman
Sustainability
James Tobin KEEN Awardee Engineering (Robotics)

Lightweight Electric Motorcycle

Adapting electric vehicle technology to smaller motorcycles will help move us to more efficient transportation options.

Mentor: Chango Nam
Sustainability
Adnan Abdullahi MORE Mechanical Engineering

Hydrogel polymers: An experimental study for forward osmosis desalination

Developing a more energy-efficient desalination method would increase access to fresh water.

Mentor: Patrick Phelan
Sustainability
Aidan Bjelland FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Inducing Structural Stability by use of Dampeners on Structural Systems affected by Earthquakes

Modeling earthquake dampening methods will help optimize structural stability systems to prevent catastrophic failures.

Mentor: Keith Hjelmstad, Kristen Ward
Sustainability
Allan Buyinza FURI Chemical Engineering

How to Make Nanoparticles in a More Environmentally Friendly and Cost-Effective Way

Developing a less harsh method of nanoparticle production will make the process more sustainable and cost-effective.

Mentor: Brent Nannenga
Sustainability
Zakk Giacometti FURI Computer Systems Engineering

Intelligent Navigation Strategies for Robotic Campus Guide

Teaching autonomous robots to navigate complex urban environments like a college campus will lead to better robotic assistants.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Education
Connor Giam FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Haptic Testbed

Creating a haptic feedback testbed robot could help researchers better understand haptic feedback control.

Mentor: Angela Sodemann
Education
James Hansen GCSP Aerospace Engineering

Improving Liquid Propulsion Testing Reliability and Safety

By improving testing reliability and safety, rocket liquid propulsion research will be more accessible to students.

Mentor: John Rajadas
Education
Tessa Murdock FURI Chemical Engineering

Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Micro-algae to Produce Liquid Biofuels

Optimizing algae-derived biofuels will reduce production costs and create a competitive, carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels.

Mentor: Shuguang Deng
Energy
Juan Ortiz Rivas FURI Computer Systems Engineering

Ground Robot with an Arm to Perform Simple Grasp-and-Place Tasks

Developing better robotic arm algorithms can enable mobile robots to assist humans, make deliveries or build structures.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguezr
Education
Sheldon Cummings FURI Biomedical Engineering

How an Octopus Arm Can Outperform a Surgeon

Researching octopus-inspired soft robotics could advance robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery.

Mentor: Hamid Marvi
Health
Christina Smith FURI Biomedical Engineering

Inducible GFP Expression in Engineered Quorum Sensing Systems

Understanding promoters of gene regulation in response to cell population density will help advance bioengineering and synthetic biology.

Mentor: Karmella Haynes
Health
Ambike Bhraguvanshi FURI Biomedical Engineering

Factors Affecting STEM Competency in K-5 Children

Identifying factors that promote STEM competency can help educators support children in developing their skills.

Mentor: Martin Reisslein
Education
Sam Deadrick FURI Mechanical Engineering

Fully-actuated self-driving car

Designing a self-driving car that can move sideways will allow for better navigation of dense traffic and increased safety and efficiency.

Mentor: Yan Chen
Sustainability
Justin Huxel FURI Materials Science & Engineering

Failure Analysis of Electrically Conductive Adhesive Interconnects in Photovoltaic Modules

Investigating the lifespan of electrical conductive adhesives in solar power module design could lead to more efficient and viable solar modules.

Mentor: Zachary Holman
Energy
Elizabeth Jones GCSP Electrical Engineering

Gender Bias and Desired Career Path Correlation for K-5th Students

Understanding young students’ gender biases can help improve gender diversity in engineering.

Mentor: Cindy Faith Miller
Education
Yau-Fung Lam FURI Aerospace Engineering

Extreme Fast Charging-Capable EV Modeling

Studying extreme fast-charging systems in electric vehicles can lead to increased range and faster charging times.

Mentor: Jeffery Wishart
Energy
Ryan McBurney FURI Aerospace Engineering

Experimental Study of Solar Thermophotovoltaic Energy Conversion Enhanced with Selective Metafilm Coatings

Analyzing the effectiveness of a metafilm coating for solar thermophotovoltaics could lead to more efficient solar energy generated from heat.

Mentor: Liping Wang
Energy
Lincoln Mtemeri FURI Chemical Engineering

Finding the optimum cathode size that gives maximum volume of hydrogen peroxide in the Microbial Peroxide Producing Cells.

Optimizing hydrogen peroxide production with microbes will make it more sustainable to produce for industrial applications.

Mentor: Cesar Torres
Sustainability
Noah Rudko FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

From design to reality of Concrete 3D Printing

Developing and testing 3D-printed cement mixtures can lead to faster construction processes.

Mentor: Narayanan Neithalath
Sustainability
John Shippy FURI Industrial Engineering

Fulton Engineering Freshman Retention Improvemnt

Refining models to identify at-risk freshmen will help academic advisors intervene and improve retention.

Mentor: Linda Chattin
Education
Esther Sim FURI Biomedical Engineering

Generation of an Inducible CRISPR/dCas9-KRAB System to Modulate Gene Expression

Using CRISPR to age model neurons for Alzheimer’s disease study will lead to better understanding and treatments.

Mentor: David Brafman
Health
Cody Thornburg FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Experimental Study to Evaluate the Mechanical Properties of Sustainable Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Testing mix designs for ultra-high-performance concretes could lead to the discovery cheaper, more sustainable concrete.

Mentor: Narayanan Neithalath
Sustainability
Jennifer Berumen FURI Computer Science

Disaster Visualization and Tracking Using Social Media Data

Analyzing social media activity patterns is key to developing effective methods for more efficient disaster-relief efforts.

Mentor: Huan Liu
Security
Jessica Bruck FURI Industrial Engineering

Engineering Student Retention Analysis

Developing targeted intervention efforts can help ASU increase retention of its engineering students.

Mentor: Linda Chattin, Tami Coronella
Education
Jose Contreras FURI Electrical Engineering

Development of a Solar Powered Ground-Based Research Vehicle with an On-board Solar Management System

Creating a hybrid solar-powered test vehicle to optimize on-board solar power usage can lead to efficient solar-electric hybrid vehicles.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Energy
Nicholas Debeurre FURI Computer Science

Efficient Creation and Implementation of Perfect Hash Families

Creating an anonymous, ever-changing encryption method will keep sensitive data more secure online.

Mentor: Charles Colbourn
Security
Annika Hjelmstad FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Effect of Drought Policies on Los Angeles Water Demand

Quantifying policy change effects on water demand will lead to better water management policies during droughts.

Mentor: Margaret Garcia
Sustainability
Darrell Jackson FURI Computer Science

Energy Harvesting: Capacitor Design

Developing a supercapacitor that can harvest and store energy will turn damaging high-voltage discharge into an energy source.

Mentor: Qin Lei
Energy
Maeve Kennedy FURI Chemical Engineering

Electrospinning Nanoscaffolds to Serve as Implants to Induce Tissue Regeneration in Patients

Fabricating and analyzing tunable nanoscaffolds could lead to implants that induce tissue regeneration.

Mentor: Vincent Pizziconi
Health
Matthew Kieffer FURI Chemical Engineering

Engineering Bacillus Subtilis for the Direct Hydrolysis of Cellulose and Hemicellulose

Optimizing biofuel production with bacteria and enzymes will make biofuels a cheaper and more feasible energy source.

Mentor: Arul Varman
Energy
Shaun MacDonald FURI Chemical Engineering

Developments of Low-Temperature Ionic Liquid-Molecular Solvent Electrolyte Systems for a MET Seismometer

Increasing electrolytes’ operating temperature ranges would allow devices to be used in extreme low temperatures.

Mentor: Lenore Dai
Energy
Heidi Pankretz FURI Mechanical Engineering

Embedded Composite Strain Sensors

Developing nanocomposite strain sensors could extend building life and prevent catastrophic structural failures.

Mentor: Masoud Yekani Fard
Sustainability
Amber Sogge FURI Biomedical Engineering

Effects of Spatially and Temporally Manipulated Bioactive Signals on hMSC Behavior on NorHA Hydrogels

Evaluating bone cell behavior on particular hydrogels will lead to better understanding of gene expression.

Mentor: Julianne Holloway
Health
Sheena Benson FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Cutting tool for Bio-Inspired robotic fish

Designing an autonomous robotic fish to cut vegetation in Phoenix waterways will result in cleaner water and less flooding.

Mentor: Daniel Aukes
Sustainability
Corey Kurowski FURI Electrical Engineering

Design of Motion Control Algorithms for Intelligent Autonomous Underwater Submersible Research Fleet

Teaching underwater vehicles to move in all directions will open up ocean exploration capabilities and education opportunities.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Education
Luke Martin FURI Computer Systems Engineering

Developing Smart Appliances Projects for Digital Logic Design

Studying smart appliance digital logic teaches students how everyday technology works.

Mentor: Alicia Baumann
Education
Benjamin Obeng MORE Mechanical Engineering

Design And Mechanical Analysis Of Thermogalvanic Brick

Utilizing the temperature difference across brick walls of buildings to generate energy can cut down energy consumption.

Mentor: Mounir El Asmar, Patrick Phelan
Energy
Dylan Ottney FURI Aerospace Engineering

Control System for Airfoil Flow Manipulation Devices.

Investigating the effect of an aircraft wing’s surface roughness will lead to decreased fuel consumption.

Mentor: Valana Wells
Sustainability
Jaswant Pakki FURI Computer Science

Cryptocurrency Mixer Analysis

Identifying cryptocurrency mixing on the deep web could limit money laundering

Mentor: Adam Doupe
Security
Michael Reynolds FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Crop Analysis Through Photos

Creating a photo analyzing software system to determine crop health could decrease agricultural maintenance and produce costs.

Mentor: Shawn Jordan
Sustainability
Dante Roush FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Creating and Scripting an Expressive Robotic Face Capable of Indicating Levels of Confidence

Understanding how humans react to robots displaying facial expressions can help design safe, reliable and effective robot collaborators.

Mentor: Angela Sodemann
Education
Brendan Scobie FURI Electrical Engineering

Crowd-Sourced Service Utilizing Device Network to Facilitate Emergency Intervention

Designing a secure crowd-sourced service for help during emergencies will increase bystander intervention and lower injury rates.

Mentor: Yi Ren
Security
Bhavica Soni FURI Engineering Management

Development of a guide robot to assist the blind with mobility and environmental awareness.

Developing a guide robot will allow increased physical activity and independence for people with visual impairments.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Health
Yida Tong FURI Mechanical Engineering

Design of a Portable Pneumatic System for Wearable Healthcare Assistive Devices

Studying dynamic behaviors of pneumatic systems will make the development of a wearable, soft-actuated, robotic knee sleeve possible.

Mentor: Panagiotis Polygerinos
Health
Clayton Brenner FURI Mechanical Engineering

Characterizing Basilisk Lizard Running On Water

Measuring the force basilisk lizards produce while running on water allows for better rough terrain search and rescue robots.

Mentor: Hamid Marvi
Security
Daniel Fusaro FURI Engineering (Automotive Systems)

CFD Platooning Efficiency Analysis

Calculating the ideal following distance for platooning heavy-duty vehicles will increase their efficiency.

Mentor: Jeffery Wishart
Sustainability
Emily Hanzlick FURI Biomedical Engineering

Characterization of Ovarian Organoid with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

Creating a controllable environment to monitor live cell development can lead to improved early stage disease screening.

Mentor: Barbara Smith
Health
Nikolay Kolesov FURI Aerospace Engineering

Automatically generated aircraft wing structure

Creating a tool to generate the most efficient aircraft wing structure will speed up the design process and make flights more efficient.

Mentor: Timothy Takahashi
Sustainability
Spencer Little FURI Aerospace Engineering

CFD Analysis of Changing Surface Roughness in Response to Flight Conditions

Analyzing the effect of aircraft surface roughness will inform engineers of ways to increase lift capacity and efficiency.

Mentor: Valana Wells
Sustainability
Nikki Lopez FURI Mechanical Engineering

Being humble, honest, and hardworking is how to land your dream job.

Designing autonomous vehicles capable of operating in uncertain environments would make search and rescue missions less risky for rescuers.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Security
Mohamed Sabet FURI Electrical Engineering

Control and Coordination of Multiple Intelligent Ground Robotic Vehicles

Developing coordinated groups of autonomous robots could help keep first responders safe in dangerous situations.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Security
Christopher Vaughn FURI Mechincal Engineering Systems

Battery Decay Rate and Life Cycle in Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries

Studying the decay rate and life cycle of drone batteries will help educate people on how to get the most out of their batteries.

Mentor: Shawn Jordan
Energy
Ricardo Weir FURI Computer Science

Classification of Multi-Agent Interaction in Biological Systems Using Machine Learning

Classifying and modeling animal colony behavior can provide insight into malicious botnets and cyberattacks.

Mentor: Theodore Pavlic
Security
Thomas Wheeler FURI Computer Science

Composite bricks from fungus mycelium and carbon nanomaterials for sustainable multifunctional structures

Developing bricks out of fungus would lead to a more sustainable type of building material.

Mentor: Qing Hua Wang
Sustainability
Victor Worlanyo FURI Mechanical Engineering

Comparing Protocols for Extracting, Amplifying, and Imaging ApoE ε4 Allele: Preliminary work for understanding Alzheimer’s Disease in asymptomatic individuals

Imaging an allele known as a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease will help diagnose asymptomatic individuals.

Mentor: Sydney Schaefer
Health
Cole Brauer FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Automated Process Planning for Multi-material Manufacturing

Developing a tool for simple, low-cost robot creation can make STEM education materials more accessible.

Mentor: Daniel Aukes
Education
Derek Goss FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Additive Manufacturing for the Validation of Biomimetic Design Principles: The Structural Mechanics of Insect Nests

Analyzing insect nest properties will lead to strong, lightweight structural designs that use fewer natural resources.

Mentor: Dhruv Bhate
Sustainability
Ramteja Kondakindi MORE Mechanical Engineering

AFM Based Near Field Radiation Heat Transfer Measurement

Understanding near-field radiative heat transfer could lead to advances in microelectronics, optical data storage and energy conversion devices.

Mentor: Liping Wang
Energy
Trevor Lucero KEEN Awardee Mechincal Engineering Systems

Add-On V2V System for Modern Vehicles

Enabling current vehicles to communicate with each other and with infrastructure can make them safer and more fuel efficient.

Mentor: Abdel Mayyas
Energy
James Lyon FURI Engineering (Robotics)

All in the Hips: Exoskeletal Design for Rehabilitation and Lift-Support

Developing a backpack-style harness system to help workers lift things can prevent lifelong back and hip pain.

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
Health
Clive Matsika FURI Mechanical Engineering

An investigation to find the most appropriate organogel serving as a lithium ion battery separator that’s compatible with stretchable electronics.

Studying bendable organogels’ properties can lead to efficient and durable stretchable lithium batteries.

Mentor: Hanqing Jiang
Energy
Andrew Nelson FURI Biomedical Engineering

Active Temperature Managment for Transtibial Prosthetic Sockets

Active temperature management inside prosthetic sockets will reduce discomfort for people using lower leg prosthetics.

Mentor: Jeffrey La Belle
Health
Luc Reboulet FURI Electrical Engineering

An Affordable Solution to EMG Prosthetics

Using 3D printing, functional hand prosthetics will be much more affordable.

Mentor: Chao Wang
Health
Marcus Schaller FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Assistive Walking Device for Gait Disorder Patients

Creating an actively assisting wearable device will help people with gait disorders walk without dragging their feet.

Mentor: Wenlong Zhang
Health
Trae Waggoner FURI Computer Science

App Development for Intelligent Interactive Adaptive Learning Systems: Algebra Made Wonderful 2.0

Developing an effective algebra education app will make learning resources more accessible to underserved students.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Education
Cindy Wong MORE Materials Science & Engineering

An Interactive AR/VR Game framework for Autonomous Quadcopter Development and Pilot Training.

Creating an augmented or virtual reality drone flight development and training program will save time and costs.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Security
Nathan Casey FURI Chemical Engineering

3D Printing for Spatiotemporal Control of Stem Cell Behavior

3D-printing scaffolds of cross-linked hydrogels and live cells will enable a better way to study stem cells for orthopedic applications.

Mentor: Julianne Holloway
Health
Subhrajyoti Chaudhuri MORE Mechanical Engineering

A Comprehensive Study of Sex Difference in Neuromuscular Control of the Knee Joint

Quantifying reasons behind ACL injuries based on sex will increase understanding help develop better rehabilitation methods.

Mentor: Hyunglae Lee
Health
Madeleine Howell FURI Materials Science & Engineering

A combined optical and electrical probe for electrophysiology

Developing new tools to study how neurons "talk" to each other will lead to a better understanding of the brain.

Mentor: Barbara Smith
Health
Teresa Mcbryan FURI Aerospace Engineering

A Comparative Study of DEM Simulations with Testing of a Screw-Propelled Vehicle in BP-1

Understanding how a screw-propelled rover moves in extraterrestrial environments could lead to more efficient and cost-effective designs.

Mentor: Hamid Marvi
Sustainability
Jaffalie Twaibu FURI Biomedical Engineering

a Blood Based Diagnostic Approach for Rapid Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring of Tuberculosis

Developing a blood-based tuberculosis diagnostic approach will result in rapid diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

Mentor: Ye Hu
Health
Joshua Hsu KEEN Awardee Biomedical Engineering

Design of E-Textile Based EMG Sensors for Locomotion Analysis

Developing soft robotic orthotic devices would make rehabilitative devices more affordable and human-centric.

Mentor: Panagiotis Polygerinos
Health
Sai Doddalla MORE Electrical Engineering

Studying novel radar techniques could help autonomous vehicles track objects.

Mentor: Georgios Trichopoulos
Security
Mennatallah Hussein FURI Aerospace Engineering

Helicon Plasma Thruster Design Optimization for CubeSat Applications

Analyzing thrust, exhaust velocity and efficiency of a thruster for small spacecraft will allow for optimization help optimize electric propulsion systems.

Mentor: Werner Dahm
Energy
Mason Smith FURI Engineering (Robotics)

The Effects of an Optimized Learning Environment on Student Engagement and Success

Investigating the educational impact of interactive student desk space will lead to more effective learning environments.

Mentor: Adam Carberry
Education
Sean McIntyre MORE Chemical Engineering

Functionalizing Zirconium-MOFs via Exchange of Low-Valence State Cations

Studying materials that can be used for gas separation can lead to new industrial carbon capture methods.

Mentor: Bin Mu
Energy
Zack Lindsey FURI Chemical Engineering

Creating metal organic frameworks with controllable particle size could lead to better greenhouse gas adsorption.

Mentor: Bin Mu
Sustainability
Kyle Lewis FURI Engineering (Robotics)

Creating a soft robotic knee brace can reduce pain and injury risk in laborers tasked with repetitive lifting.

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
Health
Pranvera Gorenca FURI Materials Science & Engineering

Catalytically Active Tungsten Diselenide (WSe2) for Artificial Photosynthesis

Developing artificial photosynthesis can lead to higher efficiency of hydrogen energy generation and storage.

Mentor: Sefaattin Tongay
Energy
Maxwell Flanagan FURI Computer Science

Simplifying the localization and mapping algorithm for multi-robot system communication would allow them to work more efficiently.

Mentor: Stephanie Gil
Education
Ashley Clark FURI Human Systems Engineering

Students’ Motivation for Taking Human Systems Engineering (HSE) Classes

Understanding student attitudes and motivations about human systems engineering can improve classes, recruitment and retention.

Mentor: Rod Roscoe
Education
Cesar Carreto FURI Biomedical Engineering

Development of a Prosthetic Foot using Dielectric Elastomer Actuators

Studying the capabilities of electrically powered rubber can lead to a better prosthetic foot.

Mentor: Jeffrey La Belle
Health
Zachery Camacho FURI Biomedical Engineering

Diffusion of Dextran Across a Microfluidic Device Used to Model Native Myocardium

Building a better model of heart tissue damage from heart attacks can help develop better treatment methods.

Mentor: Mehdi Nikkhah
Health
Brian Burca FURI Mechincal Engineering Systems

Developing a treadmill-based exosuit will provide hospitals an affordable gait rehabilitation treatment for stroke patients.

Mentor: Thomas Sugar
Health
Immanuella Kankam MORE Mechanical Engineering

Ab Initio Playing Pentagon Puzzles

Exploring the properties of 2D nanomaterials could lead to new methods of energy harvesting and storage.

Mentor: Houlong Zhuang
Energy
Livia de Mesquita Teixeira MORE Biomedical Engineering

Design and development of an oxygen-sensitive coating on carbon microelectrode to quantitatively assess pO2 changes around interface using novel siloxane-based MR imaging technique

Creating a novel technology to listen to neurons will help in monitoring the evolution of brain diseases and treatment efficiency.

Mentor: Jitendran Muthuswamy, Vikram Kodibagkar
Health
Charles Cederstrom FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Modeling, Analysis & Decision Making for Coupled Water Systems in the Presence of Significance Uncertainty

Simulating a water resource system under significant uncertainty will lead to better water management methods.

Mentor: Armando Rodriguez
Sustainability
Blake Browning FURI Biomedical Engineering

Side-Viewing Photoacoustic and Ultrasound Imaging Probe

Designing a smaller diameter endoscopy probe may facilitate minimally invasive 360-degree imaging in the human body.

Mentor: Barbara Smith
Health
Emily Alcazar FURI Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Advancements in 3D Printed Concrete

3D-printed concrete can create more cost-effective homes, reduce carbon dioxide footprints and revolutionize the construction industry.

Mentor: Narayanan Neithalath
Sustainability
Marcus Stilwell FURI Computer Science

The Lifecycle of Botnets on Social Media

Understanding the life cycle of social media bots and botnets will help defend against them.

Mentor: Huan Liu
Security

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