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2016 Fellow Reports The reports of Tau Beta Pi s 82 nd Fellowship Program and the Fellows are presented here. The reports constitute the only specific obligation to the Association after being
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2016 Fellow Reports The reports of Tau Beta Pi s 82 nd Fellowship Program and the Fellows are presented here. The reports constitute the only specific obligation to the Association after being appointed by the Fellowship Board. Their reports were written in April, and the verb tenses may sound wrong when read later. The 30 Fellows, received a cash stipend of $10,000 for a year of graduate study, totaling $250,000. Each of the recipients expresses appreciation to advisors and teachers, to family and helpful friends, and to the Association, donors, and the Fellowship Board for the honor of being named a Tau Beta Pi Fellow. Anthony I. Ambrosio-Meir Anthony I. Ambrosio-Meir, CA E 15 Stark Fellow No. 38 During the past year as a TBP Fellow, I began working on my master s degree in structural engineering at Stanford University, devoting my year towards coursework. My classes focused primarily on advanced structural analysis methods and earthquake engineering in order to better understand the design of structures in highly seismic areas. My classes have been both fascinating and challenging and I look forward to continuing my studies in the fall with an in depth look at performance based earthquake engineering. The summer between completing undergrad at UCLA and starting graduate school at Stanford, I worked as an intern for Catena Consulting Engineers in Portland, OR. There I was able to gain real-world experience on a variety of structural engineering projects. This coming summer, I am looking forward to interning at Degenkolb Engineers in San Francisco, CA, where I will be able to continue gaining experience and be able to apply what I have learned in graduate school. I am thankful for Tau Beta Pi s support towards my master s degree and am honored to have been selected as a TBP Fellow. This opportunity helped me to further my graduate studies and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with the engineering community. Gregory H. Canal, NC G 15 Fife Fellow No. 193 Gregory H. Canal This past year, I started my Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. My interests include digital signal processing, machine learning, and information theory, and I focused on these subjects in my first year of coursework and activities. During my first semester, I was a teaching assistant in an undergraduate digital signal processing course, grading assignments, and running weekly lab sessions. I also began research with Dr. Chris Rozell, a professor in the Center for Signal and Information Processing. Under Dr. Rozell s guidance as my Ph.D. advisor, I have begun research in the area of closed-loop human-computer systems. This topic utilizes tools from information theory to model humans as information sources and design interfaces that use human knowledge in an optimal way to interact with computers, systems, and data sets. I also worked on a specific application of closed-loop human-computer systems involving brain-computer interfacing with robotics. The goal was to design a system where a user can use his brain activity to modulate electrical potentials on his scalp, which are measured by an electroencephalogram and used to give control signals to robotic swarms. The task was chosen since it is inherently noisy and difficult, yet the presence of visual feedback from the robots along with results from feedback information theory led to the design of a successful control algorithm. My hope is to study such systems with feedback on an abstract level and make contributions to the field of interactive machine learning, where the focus is placed on how human knowledge can be used to impose constraints and modify the processing of data sets. While I am still in the early stages of my Ph.D., my tentative plans after graduating involve working in an industry or national research lab. Steven R. DelaCruz Steven R. Delacruz, NV A 15 Sigma Tau Fellow No. 42 I am pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. My first year has been incredibly enriching and productive. I ve completed my program s core courses, which have reinforced my understanding of the fundamentals of my discipline, as well as its rigorous, oral preliminary examinations. I served as a graduate student instructor for an introductory undergraduate chemical engineering course. In this capacity, I was able to independently lead course discussions, facilitate student understanding over a broad range of chemical engineering basics, and provide critical feedback and assistance for the students design project. Additionally, I had the opportunity to join the applied materials and surface science laboratory of professor Roya Maboudian, Ph.D. My project examines the application of modern nanofabrication techniques to improve the viability of thermal energy to electrical energy conversion technologies. This project has granted me the ability to conduct interdisciplinary research with facets of chemical, electrical, and materials engineering. I have focused on furthering my understanding of the physical principles and past work of my research, familiarizing myself with both the theory and equipment for nanofabrication, and fabricating and analyzing preliminary materials for energy conversion. After completing my graduate studies, I hope to continue researching materials for energy-related applications, preferably with a national laboratory or in industry. Kimberly T. Dinh, WI A 15 Fife Fellow No. 194 Kimberly T. Dinh Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I have begun my Ph.D. program at MIT in chemical engineering. My first semester, the focus was on core courses: numerical methods, advanced transport phenomena, and advanced thermodynamics, while also meeting with professors and older graduate students to choose an advisor. Eventually, I chose Professor Yuriy Román-Leshkov whose research focuses on heterogeneous catalysis. At the end of the semester, my cohort and I passed our qualifying exam. In the second semester, I have taken the last of the required courses, advanced kinetics and systems engineering. I have also started my research on the oxidation of methane to methanol. Primarily, I have learned the required zeolite synthesis techniques and will move into learning the techniques used to study the reactivity and kinetics of methane oxidation. During the summer, I will continue to work on my project and prepare for my thesis proposal in the fall. The following spring, I will participate in the MIT Practice School program, an intensive four month internship, working with other practice school participants. After completing the program, I will earn a master s in chemical engineering practice and will then return to my Ph.D. studies. I am very thankful for my selection as a TBP Fellow and all the opportunities provided to me by Tau Beta Pi. Sylvia Domanico Morgan B. Elliott Matthew C. Fahrbach Sylvia Domanico, MI G 15 Fife Fellow No. 195 During this past year as a TBP Fellow, I completed my master s degree in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences at the University of Michigan (U of M). I worked in the thermal-hydraulics group in my department, and did research projects on 1D/3D code coupling for improved thermal hydraulic safety analysis and on gamma tomography reconstruction of two phase flow in a fuel assembly, an NRC project. These projects are important, especially for the increased safety of nuclear reactors. In the fall, I served as president of the MI Gamma Chapter, and had a lot of fun leading our officer corps through a successful semester. Being president was an eye-opening experience, and one of my favorites. As president, I was invited to join the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at the U of M. I served as a student representative on the undergraduate committee. I, along with two other student representatives and several faculty members, helped draft a 5-year plan to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College of Engineering. I hope to see future improvement in this area at U of M and within the College of Engineering. I also look forward to watching our chapter get more involved with a lot of the important things going on within the college and the community. This past year as a master s student has been my favorite yet at U of M and was heavily helped by the TBP fellowship. I m honored and humbled to have been a recipient of this award. In May, I will be going to Europe for a post-graduation trip and in the fall I should start working in the nuclear industry. Morgan B. Elliott, MO E 15 Fife Fellow No. 196 This year, I began the biomedical engineering doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). My focus is on tissue engineering and I have completed the medical school anatomy and immunology courses, as well as several engineering courses. To encourage other students to be passionate about their coursework and research, I became the graduate student advisor of the Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society chapter at JHU. I have also begun working on a vascular engineering project in Dr. Sharon Gerecht s lab. To become more familiar with the field, I wrote a review with Dr. Gerecht entitled Three-dimensional culture of small-diameter vascular grafts, which was published by the Journal of Materials Chemistry B. The review concentrated on biomaterial substrates, cellular choices, and biomechanical stimulation used in previous efforts to engineer three dimensional small-diameter vascular grafts. After completing the review, I assisted in writing a grant to fund my vascular engineering project that will focus on aiding those who require coronary artery bypass grafts. There is a pressing clinical need to develop small-diameter tissue engineered vascular grafts (TEVG) for patients with cardiovascular disease, an elusive goal due to postimplantation challenges like thrombus formation and aneurysmal failure. My goal is to create a stable, functional, and mature TEVG to replace the autologous tissue typically used in clinical procedures. I am also excited to continue my work as a NSF graduate research fellow next year. After completing my Ph.D., I intend to move into industry. While working in research and development, I hope to aid a patient population by developing a product with significant clinical impact. I sincerely appreciate the support of Tau Beta Pi in pursuing my graduate degree in biomedical engineering with a focus on cell and tissue engineering. Matthew C. Fahrbach, KY A 15 Fife Fellow No I am pursuing a Ph.D. in algorithms, combinatorics, and optimization at the Georgia Institute of Technology through the college of computing. In my first year as a TBP Fellow, I researched random walk algorithms for problems in mathematics and statistical physics with Professor Dana Randall. Specifically, I used Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms and Boltzmann sampling methods to design algorithms that generate complex combinatorial structures uniformly at random. The work includes analyzing the mixing time of Markov chains, designing provably faster algorithms, and identifying problems that can be solved with these algorithmic and combinatorial tools. In addition to research, I completed core coursework, participated in workshops at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, and helped coach the Georgia Tech ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest teams. This summer, I will work as a software engineer at Google in Mountain View, CA, where I will use machine learning to improve the efficiency of Google s web crawlers. In the fall, I will return to Georgia Tech with a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and continue research in randomized algorithms and combinatorial sampling. I am grateful for Tau Beta Pi s support and encouragement, because my first year at Georgia Tech has been exceptionally exciting and productive. Thomas P. Foulkes, IN B 15 Forge Fellow No. 4 Thomas P. Foulkes I am grateful to TBP and the Charles O. Forge family for their generous support of my first year of graduate studies in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have had the privilege to work with Dr. Robert Pilawa on a rich variety of research obstacles facing the development of higher power density converters for solar photovoltaics, electric vehicles, and more-electric aircraft. As a finalist in the IEEE/Google Little Box Challenge, I helped construct a two-kilowatt, single-phase, grid-tied bench-scale prototype of the first 7-level flying capacitor inverter that demonstrated how replacing an inverter s conventional inductive energy conversion element with advanced ceramic capacitors can greatly increase the overall power density. I gained valuable design intuition from analyzing the sources of electromagnetic interference in this compact system and developing mitigation schemes to meet federal emission requirements. I have also worked on the design of and development of control algorithms for a high specific power density inverter to drive a low inductance machine for NASA s fixed wing project. As part of the new Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems NSF Engineering Research Center, I have been investigating advanced cooling and thermally aware control techniques. These collaborative initiatives have already resulted in the first observation of jumping droplet phase change cooling of power electronics. I have had the opportunity to share these contributions with the engineering community through several publications and presentations at both national and international conferences. I will continue to investigate these challenges facing electrification and energy security as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. SUMMER 2016 THE BENT OF TAU BETA PI 2 Neil R. Gandhi Tyler I. Gerhardson Albert R. Gnadt Jonathan E. Inglett Neil R. Gandhi, CA Y 14 Fife Fellow No. 198 I am finishing my first year of the M.D. program at Stanford University's School of Medicine. This year, I learned basic science, including anatomy, neurobiology, and the cardiovascular system as well as clinical skills such as patient history taking, physical exam, and case studies. I also learned how to develop new engineering technology based on strong clinical needs. I elected to pursue a bioengineering scholarly concentration with an emphasis in biodesign, where I immersed myself with a team into MedTech entrepreneurship, prototyping, FDA regulation, IP landscape, and business models. I recently started working with a diverse team to monitor the progression of peripheral arterial disease using Apple ResearchKit. The project centers on understanding biomechanic functionality of patients with peripheral arterial disease and how interventional and surgical medical device treatments can be optimized based on each patient s individual mobility. Working on this project is an incredible interface between patient-centered design, mobile technology, and data analytics. Next year, I will focus on second-year medical curriculum along with mobile health projects. I will also spend some time in Japan learning about the healthcare system, policy, and education alongside Japanese medical students. My goal is to innovate within medicine with a broad perspective of engineering, business, and medicine. The TBP Fellowship has provided great support for my graduate education and I am grateful to be a part of such an extraordinary student cohort. Tyler I. Gerhardson, MA I 15 Fife Fellow No. 199 My first year in the biomedical engineering Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan has challenged and rewarded me in ways I never could have imagined. I joined the Histotripsy Lab at U of M because I had a strong interest in the versatility of acoustics applied to medical problems. I started my research optimizing histotripsy parameters for transcranial treatment of large blood clots in vitro. The objectives were to model blood clots characteristic of hemorrhagic stroke and to use histotripsy to treat them at a faster rate than the current clinical procedures. The initial results of this study were presented at UM s engineering symposium and an IEEE International Ultrasound Symposium meeting. My year as a TBP Fellow has been spent researching and balancing a full course load. Two courses in medical imaging have given me an in-depth perspective on the ultrasound image guidance used in my lab. A histology course has provided me insight on analyzing lesions produced using histotripsy. I have also participated in a research project with a postdoc that focused on understanding the effects of transducer design on histotripsy treatment efficacy. In the upcoming year, I will build upon the research focused on transcranial histotripsy clot treatment by designing and fabricating a catheter integrated miniature acoustic hydrophone that can be used to correct for the ultrasound distortion induced by the skull. My goal is to have two papers published within the upcoming year. I am sincerely grateful for my time as a TBP Fellow. I am inspired by the support and generosity of the organization and plan to payit-forward through my career as a researcher. Albert R. Gnadt, WI A 15 Dodson Fellow No. 2 After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor s degree in mechanical engineering, I began my first year of graduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an NSF graduate research fellow in the gas turbine laboratory, I am seeking a master s degree in aerospace engineering. Coursework has greatly expanded my knowledge of gas turbine engines, turbomachinery, fluid dynamics, and internal flows. These topics are directly related to my research on the characterization and mitigation of blade waviness effects on compressor performance. Furthermore, since the focus of my future experimental research hinges on wind tunnel experiments, much self-education of wind tunnel component design has been completed. This academic year, I carried out an engine cycle based study of the impact of fan blade surface waviness on fuel burn. This analysis provided estimates for potential fuel savings that could be achieved through modified compressor blade waviness, which would positively impact airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and society as a whole. In addition, I ve designed a variety of wind tunnel configurations for anticipated experiments. These designs include a variety of test conditions (Mach and Reynolds numbers) and tunnel types (open and closed loop). Using MISES, an interactive boundary layer solver, 2D calculations have been acquired that predict the sensitivity of a deformable top wall in the wind tunnel test section. The experimental setup will be completed and blade experiments will be conducted in a renovated laboratory within the next year. I plan to graduate in 2017 and enter the gas turbine or compressor industry. I am very grateful for Tau Beta Pi s generous support of my graduate studies. Jonathan E. Inglett, MD G 15 Fife Fellow No. 200 Following graduation from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor s in systems engineering, I began my studies at the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a master s degree in robotics. This year, my time has been mostly focused on completing the required coursework. As the field of robotics is incredibly multi-disciplinary, it has been exciting to have access to such a wide range of courses, particularly in the fields of electric engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. In the fall, my courses were centered on the design of mechatronic systems. Specifically, control systems and their interweaving with mechanical design, analog and digital circuitry and signal processing. This spring, I have been focused on the mathematical underpinnings of extracting useful information from cameras onboard robots used for navigation and 3D environment reconstruction. This summer, I w
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