36 Nebraska Engineering undergraduate students receive summer UCARE grants

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Thirty-six students from the College of Engineering are among the 175 University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students awarded stipends from the university to participate in research with a faculty mentor this summer.
Thirty-six students from the College of Engineering are among the 175 University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students awarded stipends from the university to participate in research with a faculty mentor this summer.

Thirty-six students from the College of Engineering are among the 175 University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students awarded stipends from the university to participate in research with a faculty mentor this summer.

Nebraska's Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience (UCARE) Program supports undergraduates to work with faculty mentors in research or creative activities. Students receive stipends of $2,400 to engage in intensive research or creative activity for 20 hours per week. The students' projects span academic disciplines including engineering, chemistry, modern languages and literatures, psychology, art and art history, architecture, special education, and fisheries and wildlife.

Students from the Nebraska Summer Research Program and UCARE will present posters on their research and creative activities at a campus research symposium on Aug. 5. For more information on undergraduate research at Nebraska, click here.

Following is a list of College of Engineering students by major who received summer UCARE awards, with their year in school, hometown, and project title.

Biological Systems Engineering

  • Evie Barnett, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Quantification of DRG Phenotypic Changes Resulting from Mechanically Induced Disc Degeneration at a Chronic Time Point.”
  • Jordan Bollinger, senior, Tulsa, Oklahoma, “Identifying Predicting Factors for Speech Perception Outcomes in Individuals with Cochlear Implants.”
  • Olivia Farmen, freshman, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Linear Models with Functional Transcranial Doppler.”
  • Helen Little, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Degradation of Neonicotinoids with Oyster Mushrooms.”
  • Sarah Loftus, senior, Murphy, Texas, “The Effects of Aging on Lipid Metabolism on Hepatic Co-Culture.”
  • Uyen Nguyen, senior, Omaha, Nebraska, “Screening Dieback Compounds in 3D DRG Explant Hydrogel Culture Using a Multicompartmental Device for Long-Term and Secondary Effects Studies In Vitro.”
  • Isabella North, senior, Waterford, Wisconsin, “Microfluidics — Finding the Atheroprotective Range of Shear Stress for Endothelial Cells.”
  • Jillian Smith, junior, Hastings, Nebraska, “Synergistic Effects of Matrix Stiffness and Shear Stress on Modulating Endothelial Cell Phenotype.”

Civil Engineering

  • Ye Jung Cho, junior, Seoul, South Korea, Crash Exposure of Pedestrian with Location-Based Service Data.”

Chemical Engineering

  • Noah Berkenwald, senior, Olathe, Kansas, “Exploring Taxotere Analogue Side Chains from Novel Enzymatic Synthesis.”
  • Aidan Larsen, senior, Omaha, Nebraska, “Investigating Ion Exchange with Poly(3,4-Ethylenedithiothiophene) when Synthesized in Oxidative Chemical Vapor Deposition Reactor.”
  • Joiner Pfister, sophomore, Bennington, Nebraska, “Robust Bioplastic Production in Paraburkholderia sacchari Enabled by Synthetic Biology Tool Characterization.”
  • Brianna Ryan, senior, Las Vegas, Nevada, “Correlating the Effective Pore Size of Deposited COFs with the Linker Size and Processing Condition.”

Computer Engineering

  • Aaron Linnell, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Assessing How Developers Detect Defects in UML Class Diagrams.”

Computer Science

  • Justin Ho, senior, Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia, “Understanding Knowledge Creation and Dissemination from a Graph Perspective.”
  • Simreen Kaur, junior, Ludhiana, India, “Assessment and Improvement of Next-Generation Transcriptome Assembly.”
  • Jay Patel, junior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Efficiently Testing the Hardware Implementation of Network Protocols.”
  • Divsirat Singh, sophomore, Amristar, India, “Social Media Data Mining of Health (Mis)Information.”
  • Thomas Walton, senior, Naperville, Illinois, “Understanding the Algorithmic and Dataset Biases in Deep Learning.”

Mechanical Engineering

  • Bakir Al-Ameri, sophomore, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Modern No-Emission Cooling Systems for Nebraska.”
  • William Brandl, junior, Aurora, Nebraska, “Ultrasonic Mapping of Material Gradients for Metal Additive Manufacturing.”
  • Calan Brant, sophomore, Hastings, Nebraska, “3D Printing of Liquid Metal-Embedded Elastomer with Programmable Droplet Morphology.”
  • Micah Busboom, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Reduced-Order Modeling of Bolted Joint Loosening: Torque Stiffness and Torque Loss Modeling.”
  • Carson Emeigh, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Development of a Modular Bone-on-a-Chip Platform Using 3D Printing: Microfluidic Cell Compressor.”
  • Malachi Hood, junior, Hastings, Nebraska, “Investigation of Gas-Surface Interactions at the Micro/Nanoscales.”
  • Kasey Moomau, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Resetting Mechanical Sintering of Liquid-Metal-Embedded Elastomer Using Electromigration.”
  • Merjen Palvanova, junior, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, “Enhancing Electrical Properties of LMEEs.”
  • Rose Pineda, junior, Albuquerque, New Mexico, “Mechanical Properties of Hydrogels.”
  • Isaac Regier, senior, Omaha, Nebraska, “Generative Design in Aerospace-Designed Objects and Prototyping.”
  • Mo Sbai, junior, Casablanca, Morocco, “Rehabilitation Exoskeleton — Wheelchair Robot.”
  • Gnyarienn Selva Kumar, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Improving Vehicle Crash Report Data Collection through Forensic Review.”
  • Emma Soukup, junior, Norwalk, Iowa, “Reciprocity-Breaking Suspension Devices for Isolation in Harsh Environments.”
  • Aleea Stanford, freshman, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, “Enhanced Vibration Suppression in Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Vehicles.”
  • Louis Sully, senior, Omaha, Nebraska, “Using DLP Bioprinting to Create Photo-Crosslinkable Hydrogel Patterns for Cell Patterning.”
  • Jackson Taylor, junior, Wahoo, Nebraska, “Flame Weeding Research in the Combustion Lab and in Crop Fields.”

Software Engineering

  • Gabriel Clark, senior, Lincoln, Nebraska, “Investigation of Possible Impacts of Drone-Facilitated Hyperspectral Imaging.”




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