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: Product Engineering and Manufacturing (DeWalt Tool Project)

The lab component of ENME371 brings the classroom to life by taking theory and analysis from technical coursework and applying it to real-life physical systems. Through 6 different labs, student teams work to explore, explain, and test a DeWALT power tool and its competitors.  Student teams must effectively document, communicate, and justify results with report deliverables for each lab.  The semester culminates with a proposed redesign of a component of the power tool.


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.

Frost Removal Project  Frost Removal Project  Frost Removal Project

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.

Colorless Distributed Combustion  Colorless Distributed Combustion  Colorless Distributed Combustion

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.

Inertial tail control of a walking robot.  Inertial tail control of a walking robot.  Walking Robot.

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.

Inertial tail control of a walking robot.  TinyTeRP terrestrial robots.  TinyTeRP terrestrial robots

For more undergraduate student projects, visit the Undergraduate Academic Studies Facebook page.