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Engineering Projects

​​​Undergraduate Research Projects

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Current: Mobile Water Quality Monitoring System (funded by EPIC 2015-2016, collaborating with Dr. Quinton White (Marine Science) and Dr. Ashley Johnson (GIS), one undergraduate student from each major working with us)
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Current: Optimization of Fabrication of An Ionic Polymer Metallic Composition (funded by JU Research Grant 2015-2016, collaborating with Dr. Zhaoyang Huang (Chemistry Department), three undergraduate students (one from engineering department and two from Chemistry department working with us))
Thanks to people from Xi’an Jiaotong University China for providing us with samples for preliminary study.
​Current: Hands-Free Manipulation of Virtual Structures

Members: Dr. Maria Javaid and Trenton Hasty (EE junior)

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Abstract: This research work involves the survey of existing technology utilizing which an application to monitor hand movements can be developed. Our aim is to sense the motion and rotation of hand in 3-D. The motivation for this research is to improve the realism and ease in the use of interactive 3-D educational game (ToothPIC) developed by the faculty mentor of this research. Many educational and recreational games require manipulation of virtual structures. Such manipulations involve mouse movement and mouse clicks of control panel buttons we aim to replace that with natural hand movements.

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Done: Self tuning parts in an Erhu instrument using shape memory alloys
Project member: Stephen Cowan, class of 2014 worked on this project for his BS thesis
Presentation/publish : work presented at the International Conference on SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring (SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2015), March 8-12, 2015, San Diego, CA.

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Done: An information indicator based on two-way shape memory alloys
Project member: Devin Pappas, class of 2015, John Leong, Bryam Duque and Max A Orozco
Presentation/publish: work presented at the International Conference on SPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring (SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2015), March 8-12, 2015, San Diego, CA.
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Done: 3D printed products for outreach activities like One Spark and Science Fair 2015 as well as JU open house
Group members: Jon Maywood, Weston Miller (class of 2017, ME)
Presentation/Publish: “A 3D printed Ukulele” presented at 29th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 16 - 18, 2015, Eastern Washington University and JU symposium 2015.​
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Done: Dry Ionic Polymer Metallic Composite for personal devices
Group members: Devin Pappas (Class of 2015), John Leong, and Bryam Duque
Presentation/Publish: Haptics using a smart material for eyes-free interaction in personal devices, Proceedings of SPIE NDE, Volume 9057: Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2014.
Thanks to Dr.​ Asaka from ASIC, Japan for providing free samples​​