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NASA Microgravity University 2014

UNL Microgravity 2013


The UNL College of Engineering is proud to participate in NASA's Microgravity University. The program engages selected college and university teams in scientific research that helps our nation's space program to refine its efforts. Projects are conducted during a series of parabolic reduced-gravity flights in specially-equipped aircraft that reach 35,000 feet above the earth's surface.

2014 Project:

Robotic Capsule Endoscope (RCE) performance in reduced gravity

UNL's Microgravity Team will return for its seventh year with NASA’s Microgravity University in 2014, this time studying the effects of microgravity on robotic capsule endoscope (RCE) propulsion and tissue adhesion techniques in the small intestine. RCEs are pill-shaped devices used for non-invasive imaging and performing simple surgical procedures while they travel through the human bowel. During long-distance space flights, having a surgeon on missions is not typically possible but miniature surgical robotic technology could make emergency on-board procedures feasible for astronauts. The Nebraska experiment aims to attach a biosensing device onto a synthetic intestine and study the device's ability to attach and resist the bowel’s peristaltic motion. The biosensor will allow noninvasive diagnostic readings without astronaut interaction and enable detection of conditions such as obscure bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease.

2014 UNL Microgravity University Team

Advisers: Associate Professor Carl Nelson, Ph.D., P.E. and Assistant Professor Ben Terry, Ph.D. - UNL Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering; Dustin Dam, UNL Department of Electrical Engineering

Name: Class: Major: Hometown:
Maggie Clay Senior Mechanical Engineering Fort Collins, Colo.
Tricia Foley Senior Electrical Engineering Blair, Neb.
Effie Greene Senior Mechanical Engineering Lincoln, Neb.
Nicholas Goeser Senior Mechanical Engineering Omaha, Neb.
Sawyer Jager Sophomore Computer Engineering Wayne, Neb.
Christian Laney Senior Electrical Engineering Papillion, Neb.
Weston Lewis Junior Mechanical Engineering York, Neb.
Ethan Monhollon Junior Biochemistry and Biological Systems Engineering Roca, Neb.
Luke Monhollon Freshman Biological Systems Engineering Roca, Neb.
Erik Moore Senior Biological Systems Engineering Eagle River, Alaska
Ty Rempe Sophomore Mechanical Engineering Superior, Neb.
Shawn Schumacher Senior Mechanical Engineering Columbus, Neb.
Piotr R. Slawinski Post-Baccalaureate Mechanical Engineering Warsaw, Poland
Blake Stewart Junior Mechanical Engineering Bellevue, Neb.
Victor Torres Senior Mechanical Engineering Santa Ana, Calif.
Alfred Tsubaki Senior Mechanical Engineering Schuyler, Neb.