RECAP: The 2016 David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium

A record 47 student engineers from #Lehigh and #Lafayette presented the best in undergraduate research on Wednesday, March 30, at the STEPS Building in Bethlehem, PA

  1. 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium Winner: Lauren Boller
    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium Winner: Lauren Boller
  2. Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2016 David and Lorraine Freed Undergraduate Research Symposium! This year's annual event featured a record 35 research projects by 47 undergraduate engineering students from Lehigh University and Lafayette College!
  3. Click here to learn more about the competitors from this year's event.

    See some of the highlights from the 2016 UGRS below, including news, photos, video from Flickr, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and more! Did you go to this year's symposium? Be part of the story by sharing your photos and video online using the hashtag #lehighengineers!

    This year’s first place winner was Lauren Boller and her research, "IGF-I Promotes the Development of Epilepsy through Activation of Akt-mTOR Cascade." Lauren has been pursuing her research under the supervision of professor Yevgeny Berdichevsky.

    Second place went to Allison Fraser for her work on “Development of Graded Transition Joints for Avoiding Dissimilar Metal Weld Failures." Her research was supervised by professor John DuPont.

    Kaylynn Johnson took third place for her research on “Dynamics of Bats Populations: Migration and Ebola Outbreaks." Kaylynn’s research was supervised by professor Javier Buceta.

    Honorable mentions were awarded to Elizabeth Weiler for her work on "Designer enzymes for broad-spectrum digestion of polysaccharides," Patrick Barry and Xu Yan for "Ethanol conversion to 1,3-Butadiene," and Hannah Maret for "Seeded Lateral Epitaxy Rates for Alumina Thin Films: Influence of Substrate and Stress State."

    The team of Michelle Fedun, Cathy Fletcher, Leigh Heinbokel and Kristen Mejia won the People's Choice award for their research, “Revitalization of Abandoned Biosand Filters,” under their advisor, Kristen Jellison.

    Winner: Lauren Boller, "IGF-I Promotes the Development of Epilepsy through Activation of Akt-mTOR Cascade"

    First Runner-Up: Allison Fraser, “Development of Graded Transition Joints for Avoiding Dissimilar Metal Weld Failures"
    Second Runner-Up: Kaylynn Johnson, “Dynamics of Bats Populations: Migration and Ebola Outbreaks."

    Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Weiler, "Designer enzymes for broad-spectrum digestion of polysaccharides"
    Honorable Mention: Patrick Barry and Xu Yan, "Ethanol conversion to 1,3-Butadiene”
    Honorable Mention: Hannah Maret, "Seeded Lateral Epitaxy Rates for Alumina Thin Films: Influence of Substrate and Stress State"

    People's Choice Award: Michelle Fedun, Cathy Fletcher, Leigh Heinbokel and Kristen Mejia, “Revitalization of Abandoned Biosand Filters”

  4. 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
  5. Northampton Bridge Fragility Analysis

    Rebecca Milano ’16
    (photo above), a civil and enviromental engineering major at Lehigh, has been working since this summer on her research project on the Northampton Bridge Fragility analysis under the advising of CEE associate professor Shamim Pakzad.

    Pakzad was searching for students to get involved in this project, and Milano took the opportunity hoping to do more research after doing an engineering internship.

    “It was a way to determine if I wanted to do structural engineering," said Milano, "and it confirmed it was something I wanted.”

    The project analyzes wind loading that would be placed on the bridge and how much would cause it to collapse.

    In the future, Milano intends to continue running the tests on the bridge.
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    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
  7. Magnetic Surface Scaling Robot

    Charlie Drazba ’16 and Nicholas Trivelis ’16
    (above) of Lehigh's electrical and computer engineering department have harnessed their passion for robotics to create a magnetic surface scaling robot. Often times in industrial settings, when something high up breaks, it can take all day to fix the problem. With these new climbing robots, problems will be remedied quickly and safely. These magnetic surface scaling robots are able to use clamp magnets to climb up smooth metal surfaces commonly found in industrial work sites.

    “Our project is a little bit of electrical engineering, a little bit of coding and a little bit of mechanical design, mixed together with our love of robotics,” said Trivelis. “This project really allowed us to apply material that we learned in the classroom to real life.”

    Drazba and Trivelis hope to continue to use the knowledge that they’ve gained through this research as they move on to masters programs focusing on robotics after graduation.
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    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
  9. Revitalization of Abandoned Biosand Filters

    Michelle Redum, Cathy Fletcher, Leigh Heinbokel, and Kristen Mejia (above) have researched the revitalization of abandoned biosand filters under Lehigh civil and environmental engineering faculty advisor, Kristen Jellison.

    Mejia ’17, an IDEAS major, got involved in the project this fall through her interest in water sources in developing countries. The project analyzes biosand filters that are used to filter water in developing countries through sand and biofilm. These filters are often abandoned for long periods of time if used in schools. The project analyzes the efficiency of these biosand filters if they are revitalized rather than being broken down and rebuilt compared to if they are used everyday.

    The team discovered that revitalized biosand filters are just as effective as ones that are in consistent use, making rebuilding them unnecessary.
  10. 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
  11. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate Michelle Mazzeo talks with the UGRS judges about her research, "Cross-Linked Gel Concentrated Above the Overlap Concentration."
  12. 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
  13. Xu Yan (pictured above), a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate at @LehighU, talks to a student about his research with Patrick Barry, entitled "Ethanol conversion to 1,3-Butadiene."
  14. @lehighu Bioengineering student Michelle Sanabria talks with students about her research, "Biomechanical Characterization of Ebola Virus-host Cell Interaction" #lehighengineers
    @lehighu Bioengineering student Michelle Sanabria talks with students about her research, "Biomechanical Characterization of Ebola Virus-host Cell Interaction" #lehighengineers
  15. 2016 UGRS @lehighu CSE students Andrew McMullen &Noel Morris discuss their research project, "MemCare: Helping Detect Early Signs of Alzheimer's" #lehighengineers
    2016 UGRS @lehighu CSE students Andrew McMullen &Noel Morris discuss their research project, "MemCare: Helping Detect Early Signs of Alzheimer's" #lehighengineers
  16. View more photos from the start of the 2016 UGRS on Flickr! Visit the page here: flic.kr/s/aHsku1gmZ8
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    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
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    Real-Time Machine Learning For Symbols Recognition on Android Devices
  19. 2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium
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