Undergraduate Student Research
In Mechanical Engineering, our undergraduates are able to participate in a wide variety of hands-on research projects. These projects cover subjects such as micro-robotics, thermal systems, combustion, fuels, plastics, ion transport, and more.
ENME 371: The Saw Project
The main purpose of this project is to understand the DeWalt DW304PK reciprocating saws. By going through the benchmarking assignment, students can compare this tool to other makes. After understanding the tool and its internal mechanism, students are supposed to redesign the tool in order to improve its performance. This project involves hand-on experience besides learning the design process.
Undergraduate Research Projects
Kevin Howie, MechE undergraduate student, works on the project 'Frost Removal from Heat Pumps.' The project aims to reduce energy use by removing frost from heat pumps with high velocity air with the goal to save at least 5% in the overall energy use.
Undergrad Eric Yoo gains research experience working with Ph.D. student Ahmed Khalil on a project on 'Colorless Distributed Combustion.' The project involves working on near zero emissions fuel flexible gas turbine combustors. Different combustors designs with different fuels (including biofuels) are examined based on pollutants emission and combustors flow field using laser diagnostics.
Undergrad student Carlos Casarez works on heading control in a walking robot and works on developing an adaptive control algorithm in order to control heading as the robot transitions walking on different surfaces.
Undergraduate students Andrew Sabelhaus, Daniel Mirsky, Maxwell Hill working on TinyTeRPs, centimeter-scale terrestrial robotic platforms designed to study sensing methods in distributed robotic systems. Currently, the robots can descend to a common radio source by sensing signal strength readings, and use an accelerometer and gyroscope to detect and respond to collisions. In the future, swarms of these robots could be used in search and rescue missions or for data-gathering applications for mapping indoor structures.
For more undergraduate student projects, visit the Undergraduate Academic Studies Facebook page.