Stephen Biddle (Mechanical Engineering & Economics)
Advisor: Philipe Sucosky (Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering)
Will work on the Multi-scale Cardiovascular Bioengineering Laboratory’s project exploring the causes which trigger calcification in the aortic valve, and will work on developing a model system which will aid in determining the fundamental mechanics of blood flow in such aortic systems, thereby helping to point the way to new solutions.
Patrick Conry (Civil Engineering & Greek and Roman Civilization)
Advisor: David Hernandez (Department of Classics)
Patrick will join the Butrint Archaeological Research Project to aid in an archaeological excavation in the Roman forum of the ancient city of Butrint. Research tasks to study the forum's East Building will include soil excavation, recording of stratigraphy, and creation of scaled drawings.
James De Oreo (Aerospace Engineering & Philosophy)
Advisor: Alfred Freddoso (Department of Philosophy)
James will assist Professor Freddoso in his work of translating the Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas. Studies will focus on what is known about God by reason and what requires faith. Research will culminate in a paper on God, focusing on the dual faith and reason nature of the subject.
Bryan Dimas (Electrical Engineering & Film, Television, and Theatre)
Advisor: Panos Antsaklis (Department of Electrical Engineering)
Bryan will design and deploy a sensor/actuator network related to the application of haptic devices in force feedback remote controls. Theoretical research topics of control, computing, and communication networks will also be explored.
Christine Gerardi (Computer Science & Design)
Advisor: Laurel Riek (Director of the Robotic, Health, and Communication Lab)
In order to confront the problem that approximately 125,000 people die annually due to failure to properly take prescribed medication, Christine will develop and design a physically embodied, socially interactive robot that will aide in medication adherence – namely, by ‘training’ the patients. The robot encourages adherence by expressing “happiness.”
Michael (Mitch) Kochanski (Mechanical Engineering & Program of Liberal Studies)
Advisors: Susan Krumdieck, Timothy Ovaert (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Michael will work under the direction of Professor Susan Krumdieck at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Studying Chemical Vapor Disposition, Michael will deliver a design for manufacture of the laboratory's research scale PP-MOCVD rig, including costings and parts specifications.
James McClay (Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Design)
Advisor: Jay Brockman (Associate Dean of Engineering)
James will research the role of ePortfolios in engineering education, gauging which practices of application are most successful for student engagement. Findings are pertinent to the University of Notre Dame's ePortfolio usage next year.