Tag Archives: engineering

Research Opportunity: Using Music to Influence Movements in Exercise Games

Con­tact Name: Kyle Rector

Con­tact Email: rectorky[at]cs.washington.edu

Depart­ment: Human-Centered Design & Engineering

Descrip­tion:

We are looking for an undergraduate student to assist in a research project studying the use of musical feedback in eyes-free exercise video games, using a tool such as the Microsoft Kinect. The research team would include the contact person, Kyle Rector (http://kyle-rector.com) and Professor Julie Kientz (http://juliekientz.com). The student should be willing to learn and may participate in different research activities including: reading research papers, conducting research studies, or analyzing data from studies.

A recent project, Eyes-Free Yoga, is motivation for this research project (http://dub.washington.edu/projects/eyes-free-yoga).

The potential benefits for the student include gaining research experience in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and the ability to collaborate with researchers. We expect the student to have a commitment of up to 10 hours per week.

Require­ments:

We would like for the student to have taken an introductory course in HCI, have HCI research experience, or have an interest in conducting research in HCI.

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Research Opportunity: Design of Novel Aerospace and Biological Material/Structure Systems

Con­tact Name: Jinkyu Yang

Con­tact Email: jkyang[at]aa.washington.edu

Depart­ment: Aeronautics and Astronautics

Descrip­tion:

We develop advanced structures and sensing systems for aerospace, mechanical, and biomedical applications. These novel material systems include composite materials, phononic crystals, and metamaterials. They are more responsive, safer, and better performing with a range of applications in aerospace, civil and mechanical structures. We are also working on sensing devices that evaluate systems with more accuracy and control.

Require­ments:

None.

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Research Opportunity: Precision Control for Atomic Force Microscopes, Micro-scale Mixing, Human-machine Interaction, Prosthesis

Con­tact Name: Santosh Devasia

Con­tact Email: devasia[at]uw.edu

Depart­ment: Mechanical Engineering Department

Descrip­tion:

Our lab works on mechatronics and controls related projects. The goal is precision control.

This research impacts a variety of applications (where precision is important), such as, (i) control of probe-sample forces to avoid sample damage during high-speed operation of Atomic Force Microscopes; (ii) advanced manufacturing of composites with funding from Boeing; (iii) man-machine interface including control of advanced prosthesis in conjunction with the VA Hospital; and (iv) design of micro-mixing systems.

Additional details can be found at: http://faculty.washington.edu/devasia/#

Examples of past undergraduate projects include:

Cheryl Tan (undergraduate student): research funded through NSF REU from 2013 onwards. She joined our research group as a pre-engineering student, and worked on bearing design for distributed positioning systems.

  • Design of a Multi-Actuator Piezoelectric Stepper System, 16th Annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 17th 2013, U. of Washington, Seattle.

Kurt J. Stalsberg (undergraduate student): research funded through NSF REU from 2010 onwards. He joined our research group as a pre-engineering student through the MSEP program. He is evaluating the design of excitation patterns for legged locomotion in different insects, and is currently using the analysis to design gait patterns for a multi-legged robot (made of leggos). He finished his ME BS program in 2013. Kurt presented his research findings at the following research symposiums.

  • Comparison of Gaits of Animal Locomotion, 14th Annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 20th 2011, U. of Washington, Seattle.
  • Comparison and Implementation of Multi-Legged Gait Patterns, 15th Annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 18th 2012, U. of Washington, Seattle.
  • Mechanical Linkage-Based Leg Mechanism, 16th Annual University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 17th 2013, U. of Washington, Seattle.

Require­ments:

Interest in Mechanical Engineering Degree

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Summer Research Opportunities at Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University highly values student research which provides opportunities for active learning, practical experience and training. Below is a list of summer research opportunities for undergraduate and medical students offered by the University, School of Medicine or in the Cleveland area.

Undergraduate Research

  • School of Medicine Summer Medical Dental Education Program, June-July
    A rigorous six-week program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for pre-medical and pre-dental students with classes in the basic sciences and direct observations with a physician in a healthcare setting. Open to freshmen or sophomores who are U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident visas, belong to a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in medicine or dentistry, or comes from a disadvantaged background, and demonstrates an interest in issues affecting underserved populations. Stipend $600 plus housing and meals. Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • Academic Careers in Engineering and Science for Minority Students, May-July
    A 10-week, biomedical research program for minority undergraduate students in science and engineering. Stipend $3,500 and support for meals, housing, travel and supplies. Application Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • Heart, Lung and Blood Minority Research Training Program, May-July
    An 8-10 week program for minority, low-income, or disabled undergraduate and medical students in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological or sleep disorders research, with a weekly seminar series and poster session. Stipend $1,750 per month, plus support for housing and travel. Application Deadline for Undergraduates: February 15, 2014 Application Deadline for Medical Students: March 1, 2014
  • MetroHealth Chester Scholars Program, June-August
    A 10-week program in clinical or laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center that includes observation of surgery and hospital rounds. Open to 15 students who have completed their second year of undergraduate studies in the sciences, and who is either an Ohio resident or attends an Ohio university. Stipend $2,500. Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • Minority HIV Research Training Program, June-July
    An eight-week program where students work side-by-side with a Center for AIDS Research faculty member on various projects. Open to undergraduate, graduate or medical students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Stipend $3,500. Application Deadline: February 7, 2014
  • Pediatrics Program in Summer Research, June-August
    A 10-week program in biomedical and psychosocial research relating to pediatric disorders supported by the Department of Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and Case Western Reserve University. Open to undergraduates who have completed the first year of study from any U.S. college or university. Stipend $3,000. Application Deadline: February 21, 2014
  • Summer on the Cuyahoga Internships, May-July
    A 10-week internship in professional, health, civic and social topics in the Cleveland area. Open to students from Case Western Reserve University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Smith College, Denison University, University of Chicago and Yale University. Paid internships.
  • Undergraduate Research Program in Physiology and Biophysics, June-July
    An eight-week program offered by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics where students obtain first-hand research experience in a state-of-the-art research environment. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors from any American university. Stipend $3,500. Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research in Pharmacology, May-August
    A 10-week, hands-on research program in molecular pharmacology offered through Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Pharmacology, and funded by the American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored Summer Program in Undergraduate Research. Open to sophomores and juniors who have strong academic records and have completed at least one laboratory course prior to application. Stipend $3,000 plus lodging, travel funds and food allowance. Application Deadline: January 31, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
    Various opportunities for juniors and seniors to gain hands-on experience in laboratory techniques and to explore careers in biomedical research.
  • Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine, July-August
    A seven-week program including state-of-the-art lectures, cutting edge bench research, and opportunities to write scientific research articles for publication in medical journals. The focus of this internship is on human infertility and reproductive medicine research with world-renowned scientists from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine. Open to medical or undergraduate students interested in a medical career. Application Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • The Cleveland Foundation Summer Internships Program
    Since 1999, the Cleveland Foundation has conducted a summer internship program that provides undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates an opportunity to work for 11 weeks in Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
  • The NASA Glenn Research Center Research Internships
    The Lewis’ Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio consists of internships for High School Students, College Students, and Secondary School Teachers. Application Deadline: 2014 TBA
  • Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), July (a year long program)
    The Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) provides an outstanding environment for students who feel additional preparation in research is needed. PREP Scholars enjoy mentored research experience, graduate courses, GRE workshops, and a variety of venues to interact with and learn from some of the best researchers in the world. Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Additionally, students may find research opporutunites through the Case Western Reserve University Office of Undergraduate Studies, off campus, through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, through the National Science Foundation, and in Cleveland.