Engineering Summer Fellowship – UROP Symposium

Engineering Summer Fellowship

2020 Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century Survey

Edrick Joe | Engineering

Edrick Joe, Bruce M. Belzowski, and Daniel Nemmert

The Powertrain Strategies for the 21st Century (PTS21) project surveys automotive industry experts to predict the powertrains North American cars and light trucks will be using within the next ten years. Consumer demands, government regulations, global events, and much more have affected the vehicles we drive. The 2020 PTS21survey asks powertrain experts in industry, government, academic, NGOs, and consulting companies to give their opinions about what powertrains will be like in 2025 and 2030…


Angelica Mgbeafulu | Engineering

Angelica Mgbeafulu

Duration of defensive behavioral response in Xenodon snakes

Trevor Rosario | Engineering

Trevor Rosario, Talia Y. Moore

Some prey use anti-predatory signals to deter predators from attacking, but how long must prey maintain anti-predatory signals to survive an encounter with a predator? Direct observation of predation on snakes is rare, so analyzing the duration of snake anti-predator displays allows us to indirectly guess the average predation attempt length that would be experienced in the wild…

Software development for displaying and annotating super scale 3D biomedical images

Menelik Weatherspoon | Engineering

Menelik Weatherspoon, Logan Walker, Dawen Cai
In order to allow a brain to function properly, groups of brain cells (neurons) need to form an interconnected network and communicate with each other. While a lot is known about how individual neurons work, it is less clear about the connections between neurons that make them work together. One essential technique to learn about the brain’s connection is to use microscopes to take 3D images of the brain that can later be analyzed…

Sustainable Solar Water Disinfection by Incorporating Photo Active Nanoparticles

Marisa Perez | Engineering

Marisa Perez

2.2 billion people do not have safely managed drinking water services. There are half a million deaths per year related to unsafe water and preventable waterborne diseases.

In this study, we report sustainable solar water treatment approaches by incorporating photo active nanoparticles. One study and five research papers on nanoparticles were analyzed.

Trends in Great Lakes water level variability

Jenna Sherwin | Engineering

Jenna Sherwin

The Great Lakes hold almost 20% of the world’s fresh, unfrozen surface water, making them a critical resource for tens of millions of people living in the Great Lakes region by serving as a potable water source, supporting recreation, and facilitating commercial and industrial activities. Water levels on the Great Lakes heavily impact the region’s ecosystem and economy and so understanding and predicting trends in water levels is vitally important. However, unlike other lake systems, the Great Lakes collectively have the largest surface area of fresh, unfrozen surface water in the world, and so are impacted by overlake precipitation and overlake evaporation significantly more than other bodies of surface water. A warming climate makes predicting changes in these drivers, and changes in water levels, both more important and more difficult than ever.

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