2009 Yearbook Slideshow

Name: Krishna Amin
Project: Effects of Blood Substitutes on Cells
Advisors:Dr. Nuran Kumbaraci, Dr. Xiaogun Yu
Department: Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering
The goal of this project was to develop and improve a safe hemoglo­bin based nanoparticle system. He­moglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Though clinical trials have shown these par­ticles to cause renal toxicity, our procedure modifies hemoglobin by preparing a particle with an alginate- PEG-polymer. Cell viability was deter­mined by the MTT micro-cytotoxicity assay and showed that the particles did not inhibit the growth of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HU­VEC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC). Fluorescent labeled particles and SMC showed that these particles do not enter or attach to SMC. Thus, these particles have the potential to be a practical blood substitute. With further research, there exists commercial value. Blood substitutes can contribute greatly to oxygen therapeutics, which becomes important during trauma sit­uations.

Name: Daniel Riggle
Project: X-Rid: Market Analysis
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Lechler
Department: Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management
X-Rid is a process which removes energetic materi­als (mainly military explosives) from groundwater and waste­water. This process involves enhanced corrosion to reduce the nitro-group explosive com­pounds. One advantage is that X-Rid destroys the hazardous compounds, while comparable technologies often just remove it from the water. Also, X-Rid can perform the process at a lower cost than many alternative meth­ods. Purpose of research was to do a market analysis for X-Rid, including the market size (in dollars), how the market is segmented, and a cost comparison with other technologies.

Name: Robbin Azzam
Project: Bioactive Peptides
Advisor: Dr. Junfeng Liang
Department: Chemistry, Chemical Biology & Biomedical Engineering
A biofilm is a grouping of cells attaching to both each other and a surface. Due to their structure they have an increased resistance to treatment rendering them difficult to deal with. My research includes growing biofilms in different mediums to study the best growth factors and provide the biofilm to other researchers working on discovering ways around their increased resistance.

Name: Sonia Kappeler
Project: Educational Research in Nuclear Power Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Hamid Hadim
Department: School of Mechanical Engineering
Directly applicable to current engineers in the nuclear profession, as well as a means for budding engineers curious about nuclear research to “get their feet wet,” this project allows for the communication of a breadth of knowledge that forms the backbone of this dynamic field. The primary goal of this project is the creation of educational modules about the design and operation of nuclear power plants. Theoretical principles gleaned from such subjects as thermodynamics, physics, and chemistry, as well as concrete design and management strategies of actual power plants, are exemplified in this project as a means to keep the field up to date. Keeping nuclear research and education on the cutting edge allows for the progress and development necessary to benefit future nuclear endeavors.

Name: Christopher Chalmers
Project: Mechanical, Industrial, and Technological Sound Effects
Advisors: David Musial & David Harari
Department: College of Arts & Letters [ Music & Technology]
Many sounds recorded were that of machinery. While recording, I discovered that the sounds of machinery exhibit a similar pattern; starting and shutting times are constant, independent of the duration of the running time. Furthermore, the sound of machinery running is repetitive. Therefore if each sound effect is separated into at least 3 sound files: starting, running, and shutting down, the running segment’s duration can easily be lengthened or shortened to the users needs, and placed between the corresponding starting and shutting sound files. This option saves time in the editing process, increasing efficiency of the project utilizing the sound effects.