RISE Technical Abstracts

Through the RISE program, mechanical engineering undergraduate students leverage our state-of-the-art facilities working alongside internationally-renowned faculty to tackle cutting edge projects that impact our society. The Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Symposium (MEUS) is the accumulation of the students’ work.

During the day, seniors in ME 490 will present their RISE projects in 20 minute presentations. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions and ask probing questions!

Sophomores and juniors conclude their projects with a poster session during the evening reception, where students will be available to discuss their projects in detail. The posters will also be on display during the day, if you are unable to attend the reception.

The public is invited to peruse the posters, attend presentations, and interact with the students throughout the day.

Complete poster and presentation schedule details can be found in the Symposium Schedule. RISE project technical abstracts can be viewed below.

Posters (ME 290 and 390)

3D Printed Manufacturing Tools To Reduce Extrusion Distortion
Student: Saima Jamal Instructor: Daniel Cooper
Unpredictability of escape trajectory explains predator evasion ability and microhabitat preference
Student: Viraj Chegu Instructor: Talia Moore
Icephobic Material Synthesis and Experimental Characterization
Student: Hunter Gandee Instructor: Solomon Adera
Fusion Reinforces Metatarsal Bones, Enabling Bipedal Locomotion in Jerboas (Dipodidae)
Student: Andrew Ray Instructor: Talia Moore
Intelligent Sensing of Patient-Reported Outcomes of Walking Behavior
Student: Nathan Montgomery Instructor: Albert Shih
Designing a Triggering System for a Hexapod Moveable Platform
Student: Valerie Smith Instructor: Elliott Rouse
Designing Low-Cost Sensors for Automatic Fault Detection During 3D Printing
Student: Zachary Eichenberger Instructor: Chinedum Okwudire
Constructing Test Rig to Investigate Springback in Sheet Metal Forming
Student: Jacob Wettstein Instructor: Daniel Cooper
Treating Nitrates in Wastewater Coupled with Nutrient and Energy Recovery
Student: Xingze Dai Instructor: Rohini Bala Chandran
HASEL Actuators as a Soft Robotic Gripper
Student: Miranda Baltaxe Instructor: Ram Vasudevan
Feasibility Assessment of Point-Source Carbon Capture Implementation on the NCRC Power Plant
Student: Kat Sale Instructor: Volker Sick
Numerical Simulations of Spherical Bubble Dynamics in non-Newtonian Biological Tissues
Student: Eric Hersey Jr Instructor: Eric Johnsen

Paper Sessions (ME 490)

1. Mechatronics

Novel UL Prosthesis
Student: Enrico Braucher Instructor: Shorya Awtar
Verification of Compliant Transmission Strips for an Ankle Rehabilitation Robot
Student: Adam Kim Instructor: Shorya Awtar
Upper Limb Prosthetics Transmissions
Student: Alfred Shiomi Jensen Instructor: Shorya Awtar
Design of a Direct-Drive Extruder for Delta 3D Printer
Student: Abdul Hasib Instructor: Chinedum Okwudire
Designing Low-Cost Sensors for Automatic Fault Detection During 3D Printing
Student: Nicholas Chan Instructor: Chinedum Okwudire
A Saliva Collection Home-based Kit for the Measurement of Dim Lit Melatonin Onset
Student: Halia Andrews Instructor: Katsuo Kurabayashi
Integration of Model Predictive Control Framework with Vehicle Interface for Experimental Validation
Student: Junsik Eom Instructor: Tulga Ersal

2. Thermal-fluids engineering and the environment

Adjoint-based aerodynamic shape optimization of a solar-powered car
Student: Connor Boerman Instructor: Jesse Capecelatro
Roll-to-Roll Platform for Laser Processing of Battery Electrodes
Student: Michael Mossington Instructor: Neil Dasgupta
Tailored Biostocks With Low Environmental Impact to Optimize MCCI Engines
Student: Julia Stuart Instructor: Andre Boehman
VR Bridgeport Mill Training Simulation
Student: Kenji Otani Instructor: Michael Umbriac
Carbon Utilization Project Tracker
Student: Michael Blakeslee Instructor: Volker Sick

3. Biomechanics and biomedical engineering

Design of a Self-Righting Shell on a Legged Robot
Student: Julia Averbuch Instructor: Elliott Rouse
Effect of body weight on running shoe longevity
Student: Marissa Gabriel Instructor: Angela Violi
Determining Mechnaical Properties Mice Supraspinatus Tendonusing Developed Apparatuses/Methods
Student: Elijah Paparella Instructor: Elliott Rouse
Design of Neonatal Hypothermia Therapy Device
Student: Julia Toye Instructor: Melissa Wrobel
Thermodynamic Analysis for the Shipping of the DLMO Home Testing Kit
Student: Jason Fu Instructor: Katsuo Kurabayashi

Student: Luca Geralds Instructor: Kenn Oldham

4. Manufacturing, prototyping, and materials

I will perform energy measurements on a pilot-scale industrial press and conduct a cradle-to-gate LCA of the process. I will also perform microscopy analysis and weld shear tests on samples extracted from extrusion and the roll bonding process in Cooper's lab, which can be used to mimic the extrusion welding process. I plan to develop a weld model to understand the interface of two billets in direct extrusion. I plan to test the model with experiments in the lab and apply it to a more complex weld model.
Student: Dominique Tan-Ng Instructor: Daniel Cooper
Integrating Systems Engineering Leadership into MACH Aerospace Project Team Competition Aircraft
Student: Alanna Smith Instructor: Kenn Oldham
A novel test rig for independent application of different deformation conditions
Student: Austin Kassouf Instructor: Daniel Cooper
TREE Lab Flow Cell Reactors: Nitrates to Ammonia
Student: Emily Isip Instructor: Rohini Bala Chandran
Motion of water droplets on oil-impregnated micro/nanostructured surfaces
Student: Juan Chomali Castro Instructor: Solomon Adera