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Two CBE students earn top prizes in college's undergraduate research forum

Students present their research at the 8th annual Undergraduate Research Forum for Engineering and ArchitectureStudents present their research at the 8th annual Undergraduate Research Forum for Engineering and ArchitectureThe eighth annual Undergraduate Research Forum for Engineering and Architecture on March 23 featured 25 students and their research on an array of topics.

Hosted by the College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture and Tau Beta Pi, the event welcomed students from all engineering and architectural fields of research to share their projects, regardless of the stage of progress. Projects ranging from the beginning planning stages to nearly completed senior theses were accepted at the forum. 

Faculty members and graduate students judged the forum, providing feedback on the undergraduates’ posters and presentations. The judges recognized eight students for their exemplary research and presentation skills. This year, two prizes each were offered in the first, place, second, third and fourth place categories, and chemical engineering students won the top two prizes.

Ivan Pires won first place in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research ForumChemical engineering student Ivan Susin-Pires won first place in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Forum.First place prizes went to chemical engineering students Kate Clelland (L.-S. Fan's laboratory) for her project, “Converting Ammonia to Fuel Cell Grade Hydrogen Using Chemical Looping,” and Ivan Susin-Pires  (Andre Palmer's laboratory) for his research, “Apohemoglobin Quantification and Analysis.”

Chemical engineering student Kate Clelland's research project tied for first place.Chemical engineering student Kate Clelland's research project also won first place in the COE Undergraduate Research Forum.Third place was awarded to biomedical engineering students Kaden Zachmann for work on “Electrospun Delivery Device to Control Drug Release Rates” and Stefani Montelone for research, entitled “Defined Media for Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells to the Bone Lineage for Use in a Tissue Engineered Graft.”

“The Relationship Between Peak Localized Deformation and Global Displacement of Human Ribs in Anteroposterior Loading,” by materials science and engineering student Akshara Sreedhar and “Modulation of Platelet-Collagen Adhesion by DDRI,” by biomedical engineering student Blain Jones were awarded second place by the judges.

Judges awarded fourth place to electrical and computer engineering student Aaron Maharry for his project, “Creating Automation to Couple Laser Light From an Optical Fiber to a Photonic Integrated Circuit” and biomedical engineering student Christian Blough for his work on “Potential Issues Measuring Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure with Lumbar Puncture Needles.”

Visit flickr to see more photos from the 2017 forum.

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