Internal Awards Summary

Western Michigan University's Office of the Vice President for Research offers several awards annually to support research and creative activities at WMU. Internal support is also available from individual colleges and offices at the University.

Internal awards summary 2016-17  
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award $197,603.00
Faculty Research Travel Fund $232,355.16
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works $37,031.65
Support for Faculty Scholars Award $40,234.00
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award $54,000.00
Total $561,223.81

 

Pie chart depicting internal award sources for 2015-16.

Total $597,933
Internal awards summary 2015-16
Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award $197,465
Faculty Research Travel Fund $279,851
Publication of Papers and Exhibition of Creative Works $40,584
Support for Faculty Scholars Award $43,549
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award $36,484

Award amounts have been rounded to the nearest dollar.

Past award recipients

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award
Support for Faculty Scholars Award
Undergraduate Research Excellence Award

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award

The Faculty Research and Creative Activities Award supports WMU faculty in significant research, rigorous scientific inquiry, original artistic activity and inventive technology.

 2017-18 FRACAA

Name Department Area of interest
Bade Shrestha, S. O. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering A portable biogas separation and storage system
Biggs, Christopher School of Music Creative Projects, Recording, and Album Release
Burns, Clement Physics Studies of Lead Based Semiconductors for Energy Research
Councell-Vargas, Martha School of Music Winged Messenger: Uniting the Americas in Artistic Flight
Davis, William Frostic School of Art No Dark in Sight: Light and the Night it Transforms
Docherty, Kathryn Biological Sciences Strategies for Belowground Soil Restoration
Durbin, Steven Electrical and Computer Engineering Earth-Abundant Element Semiconductor Compounds for Short Wavelength Optoelectronic Applications
Fajardo-Hansford, Claudia Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Development of Heat Transfer Correlations for Improved System Design
Famiano, Michael Physics Origins of Amino Acid Chirality in Stellar Environments
Ghantasala, Muralidhar Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Simulation of nano particle drug delivery and validation using in-vitro lab on chip device
Gomez, Pablo Electrical and Computer Engineering Optimized Design of Distribution Transformers
Jeng, Cassie School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs Reproductive Healthcare Seeking at the Margins (RHS)
Lemmer, Kristina Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Investigating the applicability of C12A7 Electride Material for use in Electric Propulsion Hollow Cathodes
Mezei, Gellert Chemistry Addressing challenging areas of chemical synthesis and anion encapsulation using nanojars
Owen, Ginger Frostic School of Art Heritage Habitats: A Photographic Installation Project
Ravotas, Doris School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs Does the Crystal Clear Mark Quality Recognition Program Advance Health Literate Practices in Physicians’ Offices and Pharmacies and Improve Patient’s Access, Understanding, and Use of Health Information?
Rossbach, Silvia Biological Sciences Bacteria to the Rescue: A "Compass" for Cleaning Up Oil Spills?
Straight, Bilinda Anthropology Children of Disaster: Drought, Lived Experience, and Health
Suarez, Michelle Occupational Therapy Measuring the Effectiveness of the “Zones of Regulation” Curriculum for Increasing Engagement in Activities of Daily Living
Veeck, Gregory Geography Investigating Agricultural Permanence in Large Asian Cities: A Case Study of Nanjing, China
White, Robert School of Music The Better Angels of Our Nature - Western Brass Quintet Recording Project

2016-17 FRACAA

NameDepartmentArea of interest
Carla Adkison-Johnson Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Parenting Counseling Group: The African American Child Discipline Project
Pnina Ari-Gur Mechanical and Aerospace engineering Energy Harvesting Power for the Smart White Cane
Devin Bloom Biological Sciences and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Do Habitat Shifts Drive Rapid Evolution in Fishes?
Karen Bondarchuk Frostic School of Art Nightingales and Bombers: Reframing the Sacred and Profane
Patricia Villalobos Echeverria Frostic school of Art Transport, Displacement and Memory
Todd Ellis Mallinson Institute for Science Education and Geography Using GLOBE to Forge STEM Education Partnerships
Sharon Gill Biological Sciences Exploring and Conserving Soundscapes at Local Nature Preserves
Denise Keele Political Science and Environmental & Sustainability Studies Climate Change Litigation, Policy and Governance
Mahendra Lawoti Political Science Diversity, Developing Countries and Democracy
Mariana Levin Mathematics The Transition to Proof: A National Portrait of Instructional Approaches
Yan Lu Biological Sciences Functions of a Zinc-Finger Protein in High Light Tolerance
Rick Meyer Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Powered Wheelchair Human Operator Modeling and Tremor Filtering
Yirong Mo Chemistry Intermolecular Energy Analysis
Andro Mondala Chemical and Paper Engineering Fungal Bioextraction of Phosphorus from Runoff Particulates
Lisa Paulius Physics Compound Defects in High Temperature Superconductors
Lina Sawalha Electrical and Computer Engineering High-Performance Energy-Efficient Heterogeneous Processor Architectures
James Springstead Chemical and Paper Engineering Correlation of Lipoprotein Size with Critical Physiological and Transport Properties
Robert Vann Spanish Language Uses, Language Ideologies, and the Unfolding of Self-Determination in Barcelona: A Longitudinal Study (1995-2017)
Luchara Wallace Special Education and Literacy Studies Developing Suspension Alternatives for At-Risk Middle School Students
Jian Yao Biological Sciences The Role of PUB25/26 In Regulating the Crosstalk Between Jasmonate and Innate Immunity Signaling Pathways

2015-16 FRACAA

NameDepartmentArea of interest
Ikhlas Abdel-Qader Electrical and Computer Engineering A Hybrid Wayfinding Framework Using Vision and Indoors Positioning System for the Visually Impaired
Berto Luigi Andrea History Between Empires and Dangerous Neighbors: Construction and remembering the Identity of the City-State of Naples (750-900)
Paul Ciccantell Sociology Coal and Tourism in British Columbia and West Virginia
Nicholas Hanson Human Performance and Health Education Time Flies When You're Having Fun: The Effect of Exercise on the Subjective Experience of Time
Donald Kane Biological Sciences An Analysis of Cell Cycle Control in the Vertebrate Embryo
Daniel Kujawski Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering An Interactive Web-Based Fatigue Analysis Tool
Adriane Little Frostic School of Art Virginia Woolf Was Here
Tianshu Liu Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Wind Oscillator for Power Generation
Andrew Rathbun School of Music Jazz Orchestra Recording of "The Atwood Project"
Denise Ross Psychology Establishing Verbal Capabilities to Increase Reading Comprehension
Susan Steuer and Sheila Bair University Libraries Interactive Cistercian Gazetteer and Resource Interface Project
Andre Venter Chemistry Improving Protein Analysis by DESI-MS
Maarten Vonhof Biological Sciences The Effect of Urbanization on Avian Microbiomes
Patrick Wilson Frostic School of Art Nomadic Foundation: Sculpture and Imagery from China's Urban Frontier
Kristina Wirtz Frostic School of Art Learning to Be Bilingual in a Dual Language Elementary School

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Support for Faculty Scholars Award

The Support for Faculty Scholars Award supports creative activities and research that may not lead to external funding but enhance and sustain the scholarly reputation of WMU and the faculty principal investigators.

September 2017 SFSA

Name Department Project title
J. Kevin Corder Political Science How the Nixon White House Engaged Women Voters
David Curwen Dance Falling Table
Ramakrishna Guda Chemistry Synthesis, Characterization and Ultrafast Exciton Dynamics of Water Soluble Methylammonium Lead-halide Perovskite Nanostructures
Dwandra Lampkin Theatre The Conviction of Lady Lorraine
Gwendolynn Rose School of Music Historical Performance: Baroque Bassoon and Dulcian
Tiffany Schriever Biological Sciences/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Developing an Index of Biological Integrity for Interdunal Wetlands
Yuanliang Sun Frostic School of Art Culture, Environment, and Technology: A Multidisciplinary Design Exploration
Bruce Uchimura School of Music Merling Trio Creation of New Bach-based Jazz Work for Presentation at Bach Festival of Kalamazoo
Inna Voytsekhivska Accountancy Regulatory Enforcement and Off-Balance Sheet Entities: Evidence from the "Shadow Insurance" Market
Qingliu Wu Chemical and Paper Engineering Nanocellulose Reinforced Membrane for High Energy, High Safety and Low Cost Lithium-Ion Battery

January 2017 SFSA

NameDepartmentProject title
Luigi Berto History Religion and Politics in Early Medieval Naples (8th-9th Centuries)
Cat Crotchett Frostic School of Art        Pattern and Dimension
Regina Garza Mitchell       Educational Leadership, Research and Technology Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of Presidential Job Postings in the Chronicle of Higher Education
Lori Gray School of Interdisciplinary Health Programs Exploring the Impact and Lasting Outcomes of Mindfulness Training for College Student Populations
James Hillenbrand Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Software Simulation of a New Model of Auditory Frequency Analysis
James Kiddle Chemistry Biomimetic Synthesis of 3-Substituted Pyridines
Kelley Pattison Bronson School of Nursing Assessing Caregiver Burden in Heart Failure Patients Who Are Caregivers of Family Members
Kapseong Ro Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Understanding Structural Property Effect of Aerial Refueling Hose
Viviane Ruellot World Languages and Literatures French Stereotypical Accent and Pronunciation Learning
Mary Simpson Family and Consumer Sciences The Effect Team Learning has on the Development of Creativity in a College Classroom
Mary-Louise Totton Frostic School of Art Pattern and Color: Influences and Innovations from the Textile Arts of Asia Pacific
Andre Venter Chemistry Addressing Inefficient Ionization during Mass Spectrometric Analyses of Complex Mixtures

September 2016 SFSA

NameDepartmentProject title
Daniel Macfarlane Institute of the environment and Sustainability The Power of Niagara Falls: Hydro-Electricity, Beauty and the Manipulation of a Border Waterscape
Carolyn Pavlik Dance Manson Revealed - A Site Dance Film
R.V. Krishnamurthy Geosciences Are Unusual Isotopic Effects Produced in Precipitation a Byproduct of Unusual Atmospheric Processes?
Amy Wagenfeld Occupational Therapy Evaluating the Redesign of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women's Outdoor Spaces
Matthew Ross Finance and Commercial Law BBA Quantitative Skills: Doubling the Data
Christopher Biggs School of Music Letter to the Moon Recording Project for CD Release
Andrew Hennlich Frostic School of Art Visualizing the Camps: Architecture and Migration
Lofton Durham Theatre Demonstration Productions of Middle Dutch Drama
Nicholas Hanson Human Performance and Health Education Effect of Caffeine on 10km Running Performance in the Heat

February 2016 SFSA

NameDepartmentProject title
Wendy Beane Biological Sciences Comparative Analysis of Tissue Remodeling During Planarian Regeneration
Jeremy Blair Dance Sidra Bell Dance New York Winter Module Choreographic Workshop
Lori Brown Flight Science The Use of Augmented Reality in Technology Driven Training
Heather Dichter Human Performance and Health Education Bidding for the 1968 Olympic Games: International Sport's Cold War Battle with NATO
Elena Gapova Sociology National Activist Communities in Post-Socialist Belarus in Cyberspace and Beyond
Cindy Linn Biological Sciences Activation of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors Leads to Proliferation of Adult Mammalian Retinal Neurons
Nichole Maury Frostic School of Art The Archive Project
Carson Reeling Economics, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program Valuing Natural Resources Allocated by Preference Point Lottery
Silvia Roederer School of Music International Connections 2: CD of New Works Written for the Verdehr
Daniela Schroeter School of Public Affairs and Administration Evaluation Competencies in Public Administration
Jesse M. Smith Sociology Self, Narrative, and Congregation: Worship Services at the LDS Church
Michelle Suarez Occupational Therapy Phenomenological Examination of the Experience of Mothering from the Perspective of New Mother's in an Opioid Recovery Program

September 2015 SFSA

NameDepartmentProject title
Ann Miles Sociology Chronicling Illness Over the Life Course
Edward Harkness Frostic School of Art Bronze Cast Orbs
Karen Vocke English Narratives of Women Migrant Farm Workers in West Michigan
Laurel Ofstein Management Growing the Michigan Hopyard to Table Movement
Patrick Cundiff Sociology Erasing the Mark of a Criminal Record: The Impact of Education on Ex-Offender Employment
Stephanie Burns Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Counselor Educators' Perceptions of Boundary Crossings with Students
Michael Famiano Physics Finding the Nuclear Equation-of-State Using Stellar Elemental Abundances
Kathryn Docherty Biological Sciences Long Term Response of Microbial Communities to Multiple Climate Change Factors
Sue Ellen Christian School of Communication A User's Guide to Everyday Media Literacy
Jocelyn Steinke School of Communication Cultural Representations of Gender and Science: Portrayals of STEM Professionals in Popular Films 2002-2014
Amy Damashek Clinical Psychology Evaluation of a Computer-Based Depression Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Mariana Levin Mathematics Characterizing Instructional Approaches to Facilitating the Transition to Proof in Mathematics: A Pilot Study
Alamgir Choudhury Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems Effect of Operating Parameters on Energy Efficiency Of A Hydraulic System

February 2015 SFSA

NameDepartmentProject title
Sally Hadden History Loyalist Lawyers of Revolutionary America
Robin Criter Speech Pathology and Audiology Evaluation of a Fall Risk Screening Protocol for Use in Audiology Hearing Clinics
Jon D. Davis Mathematics Factors Influencing Prospective Secondary Teachers' Use of Technology
Laurel Ofstein Management Growing the Michigan Hopyard to Table Movement
Chien-Juh Gu Sociology From Religious Minority to Racial Minority: Burmese Refugees in Battle Creek, MI
Stephen Malcolm Biological Sciences Comparison of Chemical Defenses in Three Species of Monarch Butterfly
Joyashish Thakurta Geosciences Field and Petrological Investigation of the Penokean Volcanic Belt in Northern Wisconsin
Matthew Hoge Special Education and Literacy Studies Behavior Specific Praise: Influencing Teacher Fidelity of Implementation with Non-Compliant Student Behavior
David Huffman Chemistry Probing the Requirement for Copper in the Malarial Parasite
Michael Nassaney Anthropology The Archaeology of the North American Fur Trade: Final Preparations
Gellert Mezei Chemistry Green, High-Yield Method for the Protection of Heterocyclic Amino, Hydroxyl and Thiol Groups
Megan Slayter Dance Dancestry
Patricia Villalobos Echeverria Frostic School of Art Marea
Luigi Andrea Berto History Living in the West with the Mind in the East: Careers and Naming Practices of Venetians with Greek Names During the Early Middle Ages
Claudia Hansford Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Heat Transfer Investigations in Undersized Flow Pipes

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Undergraduate Research Excellence Award

The Undergraduate Research Excellence Award provides undergraduate students at WMU with opportunities to take part in mentored research or creative activities with an externally funded faculty member.

Fall 2017 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Andreas Argoudelis Mechanical Engineering Jennifer Hudson Re-Usable Mechanical Flare
Kenneth Baker Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design of a Fixed Volume Balloon and Flight Termination System
Rogelio Batas Behavioral Science Lisa Baker Assessment of Mephedrone and Methamphetamine for Conditioned Place Preference in Male Sprague-Dawley Rats
Dustin Black Civil Engineering Upul Attanayake Technologies to Minimize Construction Related Impact on Non-Motorized Mobility
Mark Bliss Mechanical Engineering Richard Meyer BCM Espresso
Emily Bolhuis Behavioral Science  Wendy Beane Analyses of the Feeding Strategies of Dugesia japonica and Schmidtea mediterranea Planaria
David Curle Mechanical Engineering Richard Meyer BCM Espresso
Jorge Diaz-Sanin Mechanical Engineering Daniel Kujawski Smart Shot - Advanced Firearms Training
Justin Diep Mechanical Engineering Pavel Ikonomov 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm
Andrew Doering Aerospace Engineering Jennifer Hudson Air-Bearing Test Fixture for Satellite Attitude Control System Development
Joshua Gudenau Aerospace Engineering  William Liou Land, Air, Sea, Rover - Unmanned Vehicle
Brandon Kammer Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Fixed Volume Balloon & Flight Termination System
Thomas Kerber Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design and Fabrication of Components for Hollow Cathode for ALPE
Conner Knepley Mechanical Engineering Daniel Kujawski Smart Shot - Advanced Firearms Training
Corey Lee Aerospace Engineering William Liou Land, Air, Sea, Rover - Unmanned Vehicle
Haoran Li Civil Engineering XiaoYun Shao An Innovative Application of Construction Adhesive to Enhance Resilience of Wood Residential Buildings to Natural Hazards
Dylan McNamara Mechanical Engineering Richard Meyer BCM Espresso
Margaret Mooney Aerospace Engineering and Vocal Performance Kristina Lemmer Electrical Design of a LaB₆ Hollow Cathode 
Matthew Moulton Civil Engineering Upul Attanayake Moisture Impact on Concrete Overlay and Sealant Performance
Matthew Mueller Civil Engineering Upul Attanayake Policies and Guidelines for Enhancing Non-Motorized Mobility 
Nicholas Nuzzo Aerospace Engineering Jennifer Hudson  WALI - Western Aerospace Launch Initiative
Greg Ostroy Computer Science  Lori Brown  FAA PEGASAS Weather Technology in the Cockpit 
Quentin Plaskowski Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design of a Fixed Volume Balloon and Flight Termination System
Ryan Powers Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design of an Electric Propulsion Thruster Breakout Box System
Sarah Rolniak Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design of Gas Feed System for a Hollow Cathode 
Orlando Romero Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Plasma Spectroscopy (P-Spec) Mission
Katharine Rose Geology  Joyashish Thakurta Examination of the Economic Prospect of the East Eagle Intrusion Gabbro Based on Petrological and Geochemical Characteristics 
Zachary Rueckl Aerospace Engineering  Jennifer Hudson  Air-Bearing Test Fixture for Satellite Attitude Control System Development  
Amy Russell Dance   Jeremy Blair  A Written History of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance 
Zachary Singer Mechanical Engineering Daniel Kujawski  Design of Spring Loaded Camming Devices for Rock Climbing
Sarah Sokolski Mechanical Engineering Kristina Lemmer  Western Aerospace Launch Initiative (WALI) Spectroscopy
Cordero Soto Computer Science  Zbigniew Chajecki Build and Commissing of the Scintillator Detetors for Nuclear Physics 
Justin Swain Physics  Zbigniew Chajecki  Detection of Charged Particles in Nuclear Physics Experiment 
Brooke Treece Mechanical Engineering Daniel Kujawski  Design of Spring Loaded Camming Devices for Rock Climbing 
Breanna Varker Biomedical Sciences  Wendy Beane  The Analysis of Feeding Strategies in Phagocata gracilis and Phagocata morgani 
Gabriel Prescinotti Vivan Aerospace Engineering William Liou  Land, Air, Sea, Rover (LASR) - Unmanned Vehicle 
Gabrielle Watson Behavioral Science Wendy Beane  Understanding Neuronal Interactions in Planarians 
Hannah Watts Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer  Satellite Communications 
Richard Wilke Civil Engineering Upul Attanayake Moisture Impact on Concrete Overlay and Sealant Performance
Lucas Wilkins Mechanical Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design of an Electric Propulsion Thruster Breakout Box System

Summer 2017 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Marcos Santiago Biological Sciences Wendy Beane Preliminary Data Suggest ROS Accumulation for Regenerative Outgrowth
Gabrielle Watson            Biological Sciences                                                            Wendy Beane                    The Effects of PCP Knockdown on Neural Subtypes in Planarians

Spring 2017 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Odai Alhouz  Civil and Construction Engineering Jun-Seok Oh         Effectiveness of Bicycle Signals for Improving Safety and Multimodal Mobility at Urban Intersections
Adam Anderson Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Pnina Ari-Gur Preventing Concussion with Innovative Smart Helmet
Andrew Aurand     Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management Lee Wells 3D Printer Plastic Recycler
Joshua Bakker Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Pnina Ari-Gur Preventing Concussion with Innovative Smart Helmet
Dustin Black Civil and Construction Engineering Upul Attanayake Developing Policies and Guidelines for Enhancing Non-Motorized Mobility within Construction Zones
Mark Bliss              Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Richard Meyer     BCM Espresso Machine
Marine Bolliet Biological Sciences Wendy Beane A Comparative Analysis of Regeneration Among Various Planarian Species
Gregory Bosma Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design of a CubeSat Separation Mechanism
Christian Brower  Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management Lee Wells Plastic Recycler Project
David Curle Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Richard Meyer BCM Espresso Machine
Andrew Drummond        Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer WALI (Western Aerospace Launch Initiative) CubeSat Separation Mechanism
Magreth Haji Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Pnina Ari-Gur Shape Memory Alloys (Nano-Composite)
Christian Hartman Chemistry Gellert Mezei Reactivity and Ligand Exchange Potential of Nanojars
Spencer Henning Physics Michael Famiano Type Ia Supernova Models and Galactic Chemical Evolution
Ross Hiller Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Design and Kinematic Analysis of CubeSat Separation Method
Samuel Hiltner Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering William Liou LASS Unmanned Aerial System
Thomas Kerber Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer NEON-EAGER Air Microbiome Research
Jacob Kirkendall Chemistry Andre Venter Syringe Spray Mass Spectrometry to Determine ? And ? Acids in Hops
Nathan Lloyd Civil and Construction Engineering Upul Attanayake Concrete Shrinkage Monitoring with Vibrating Wire Gages
Jason Malphrus Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Claudi Fajardo-Hansford Cooling System Development for an Automotive Application
Dylan McNamara Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Richard Meyer BCM Espresso Machine
Andrew Melton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Daniel Kujawski Fatigue Testing of Materials
Ramin Mirshab Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Claudi Fajardo-Hansford Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Techniques for IC Engine Induction Systems
Margaret Mooney Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Kristina Lemmer Airborne Microbiome Project
Brandon Nimtz Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Muralidhar Ghantasala Biogas Separator and Storage Tank
Greg Ostroy Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management Diana Prieto Sampling Criteria for Monitoring Influenza Emergencies Under Constrained Testing Capabilities
Vincent Pokorzynski Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Pnina Ari-Gur Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting for White Canes
Michael Pool Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering William Liou LASS Unmanned Aerial System
Mackenzie Preston Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management Lee Wells 3D Printer Plastic Recycler
Trevor Richardson Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Muralidhar Ghantasala Biogas Separator and Storage Tank
Marwa Ahmed Saad Biological Sciences Wendy Beane The Role of the HSP 70 Signaling Pathway in Planarian Regenerative Outgrowth
Turner Solterman Civil and Construction Engineering Upul Attanayake Specifications and Guidelines for Bridge Constructability Analysis
Elizabeth Sprangel Mathematics Andrzej Dudek The Probabilistic Method in Graph Theory
Allison Spring Biological Sciences Kathryn Docherty Atmospheric Microbiome Project
Cole Villalobos Civil and Construction Engineering Valerian Kwigizile Michigan Truck Strategic Plan for 2016-2019
Kenton Vogel Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Muralidhar Ghantasala Biogas Separator and Storage Tank
Evan Weese Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Claudi Fajardo-Hansford FSAE Exhaust Header
Morgan Zapata Civil and Construction Engineering Upul Attanayake Steel Multi-Girder Bridge Construction Process Documentation

Fall 2016 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
Jacob Nye Mechanical Engineering Dr. Peter Gustafson Design of Computerized Surgical Screwdriver
Timothy Ruesink Mechanical Engineering Dr. Peter Gustafson Design of Computerized Surgical Screwdriver
Elizabeth Sprangel Mathematics Dr. Andrzej Dedek Regularity Method in Extremal Graph Theory
Nathan Lloyd Construction Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Laboratory Evaluation of a Bridge Field Monitoring System
David Moussa Salazar Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Energy Harvesting Power for the Smart White Cane
Thomas Kerber Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer NEON-EAGER Air Microbiome Sampler
Margaret Mooney Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Airborne Microbiome Project
Andrew Drummond Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer WALI (Western Aerospace Launch Initiative) CubeSat Separation Mechanism
Johusa Bakker Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Preventing Concussion with an Innovative Smart Helmet
Roberto Molina Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson 3-Axis Magnetorquer for CubeSat
Robert Drumm Mechanical Engineering Dr. Claudia Fajardo-Hansford Use of a Magnetorheological Fluid for System Actuation
Joshua Rohrer Mechanical Engineering Dr. Claudia Fajardo-Hansford Investigation of Magnetorheological (MR) Fluids for Device Actuation in Automotive Systems
Robin Kurth Mechanical Engineering Dr. Ghantasala and Dr. Bade Shrestha Compressor for Biogas Purification System
Brandon Nimtz Mechanical Engineering Dr. Dhantasala and Dr. Bade Shrestha Biogas Separator and Storage Tank
Gregory Izaguirre Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Propellent Tank and Feed System
Silmang Sene Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Energy Harvesting Power for the Smart White Cane
Eric Carlo Industrial and entrepreneurial Engineering Dr. John Patten Laser Augmented Diamond Drilling
Ian Cole Mechanical Engineering Dr. Ghantasala and Dr. Bade Shrestha Compressor for Portable Biogas Purification System
Kenton Vogel Mechanical Engineering Dr. Ghantasala and Dr. Bade Shrestha Biogas Separator/Storage Tank
Carlos Soto Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Propellant Tank and Feed System
Cole Miller Engineering Management Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov SLA 3D Bio Printer
Joseph Caruso Manufacturing Engineering Techonology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov SLA 3D Bio Printer
Wilson Pines Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov SLA 3D Bio Printer
Eric Cook Engineering Management Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov SLA 3D Bio Printer
Kevin Lerner Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Magnetorquer Controller
Matthew Griffith Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Separation and Orbital Propagation
Christian Hartman Chemistry Dr. Gellert Mezei Reactivity and Ligand Exchange Potential of Nanjars
Ali Akbar Mohsini Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Magnetorquer Controller
Trevor Richardson Mechanical Engineering Dr. Ghantasala and Dr. Bade Shrestha Biogas Separator and Storage Tank
Nicolas Theoret Mechanical Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson CubeSat ADCS Validation and Testing Apparatus
Greg Bosma Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Development of a CubeSat Separation Mechanism
Jacob Stevens Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson CubeSatADCS Validation and Testing Apparatus
Tyler Chantrenne Mechanical Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson CubeSatADCS Validation and Testing Apparatus
Mackenzie Preston Mechanical Engineering Dr. Lee Wells Plastic Recycler
Christian Brower Mechanical Engineering Dr. Lee Wells Plastic Recycler Project
Andrew Aurand Mechanical Engineering Dr. Lee Wells 3D Plastic Recycler Project
Logan Hughey Chemical  Engineering Dr. Andro Mondala Periphyton-Fungi Co-Culture Systems for Capturing Non-point Phosphorus
Ross Hiller Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Design and Kinematic analysis of CubeSat Separation method
Jeremy Schweiger Electrical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer 6U CubeSat Power System and Cathode Design prototype for WMU WALI Initiative
Shane Sopel Electrical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer 6U CubeSat Power System and Cathode Design prototype for WMU WALI Initiative
Kaleb Vargo Electrical  Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer 6U CubeSat Power System and Cathode Design prototype for WMU WALI Initiative
Matthew Wyman Electrical  Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer 6U CubeSat Power System and Cathode Design prototype for WMU WALI Initiative

Spring 2016 UREA

Student Department Mentor Description
David Ajoku Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Powering and Actuating Aircraft Wings Using Shape Memory Alloys
Tyler Baines Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson CubeSat Ground Station
Samuel Brooks Biological Sciences Dr. Andre Venter Optimizing Sample Preparation for Hops Analysis Laboratory
Cameron Carson Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Balloon Altitude Control Mechanism
Jeremiah Chang Biomedical Science Dr. Kathryn Docherty Restoring Belowground soil Microbial Function
Anthony Conigliaro Civil Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Evaluating Operational Status of the Freeze-thaw Machine
Muqeet Farhad Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Balloon Altitude Control Mechanism
Magreth Haji Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Shape Memory Alloys (Nano-Composite)
Paul Harvey Civil Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Infrastructure and Technology for Sustainable Livable Cities
Joshua Jones Manufacturing Engineering Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov Western Michigan University's Hybrid 3D Metal Printer
Nathan Lloyd Construction Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Automation of the Autogenous Shrinkage Test Apparatus
Syed Mehdi Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Altitude Control Mechanism
Michael Monaco Biomedical Science Dr. Silvia Rossbach Bacteriophage Therapy
Anthony Murawski Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson CubeSat Ground Station
Courtney Nelson Ceramics Dr. Andrew Hennilich After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art
Eric Pietrowicz Electrical Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Smart Cane
Jeff Rudel Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Dr. Pavel Ikonomov Western Michigan University's Hybrid 3D Metal Printer
Nicholas Rudell Biomedical Science Dr. Gellert Mezei Study of the Unusual Reactivity of 1H-Pyrazole-3-Carbaldehyde with Activated Pyrazoels and Development of Novel Highly Flourescent Materials
Zachary Schmidtke Biomedical Science Dr. Sylvia Rossback Bacteriophage Isolation
Turner Solterman Civil Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Evaluation of Bridge Construction Project Impact on Surrounding Business
Timothy Taylor Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Balloon Altitude Control Mechanism
Alex Updegraff Mechanical Engineering Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov Western Michigan University's Hybrid 3d Metal Printer
Cole Villalobos Civil Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Evaluating Operational Status of the Air-Void System Analysis Machine
Casey Wright Biochemistry Dr. Megan Grunert Kowalski A Guided Inquiry Approach to Enforce Student Understanding of thin Layer Chromatography in the Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Courst

Fall 2015 UREA

David Ajoku Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur The magnetic ternaryphase diagram of ni-mn-ga alloys
Matthew Baird Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Xenon injection system for hall effect thruster
Joseph Barnett Biomedical Sciences Dr. Peter Gustafson NeoVent: development of low cost respiratory equipment
Steven Beuerle Mechanical Engineering Dr. Jun-Seok Oh Design of a tandem rotor ground effect vehicle
Paul Blais Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jun-Seok Oh High endurance helicopter for towing capabilities
Matthew Bruinsma Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Training of research scientists from CMTI, India
Jared Buck Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov 3-D bone surgery simulator with force feedback device
Ian Crumm Biochemistry Dr. Silvia Rossbach The identification of bacteriophages for use as phage therapy
Christopher Curran Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Hydrogen conversion for internal combustion engines
De'Lon Dixon Behavioral Science and Criminal Justice Dr. Anthony DeFulio Interview based behavioral assessment of HIV + drug users
Michael Foster Manufacturing Engineering Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov 3-D bone surgery simulator with force feedback device
Weston Genovese Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasals Hydrogen conversion for internal combustion engines
John Harmon Aerospace Engineering Dr. William Liou Validation of the MK aeroship through flight testing
Spencer Hoin Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov 3-D bone surgery simulator with force feedback device
Joseph Kawka Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jun-Seok Oh Validation of the MK aeroship through flight testing
Brent Kostich Mechanical Engineering Dr. Jun-Seok Oh Tandem rotor ground effect flight vehicle
Christopher Pleasant Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jun-Seok Oh High endurance helicopter for towing capabilities
Christopher Proctor Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Development of an autonomous demonstration system
Zachary Reinke Mechanical Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Development of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys
Nicholas Rudell Biomedical Sciences Dr. Gellert Mezei Study of the unusual reactivity of 1H-pyrazole-3-carbaldehyde with activated pyrazoles and development of novel high flourescent materials
Zachary Schmidtke Biomedical Sciences Dr. Silvia Rossbach Bacteriophage isolation
Nagual Simmons Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Magnetic lens configuration and design
Joel Thompson Mechanical Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Physical modeling for hall effect thruster
Benson Vande Stree Manufacturing Engineering Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov 3-D bone surgery eimulator with force feedback device
Tyler Wall Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jun-Seok Oh high endurance helicopter for towing capabilities
Spencer Watza Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Development of an autonomous proximity operations demonstration system 
Travis Welton Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Solar powered water filtration system
Patrick Wewengkang Aerospace Engineering Dr. William Liou Validation of the MK aeroship through flight testing  
Amanda Zeebn Aviation Flight Science Professor Lori Brown FAA Pegasus WTIC Project C, general aviation weather alerting

Spring 2015 UREA

David Ajoku Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur The magnetic ternary phase diagram of ni-mn-ga alloys
Abdulaziz Alsegaihi Mechanical Engineering Dr. William Liou Automotive exhaust waste heat recovery system using thermoelectric technology
Adam Boden Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Compressed gas vehicle
Tyler Bourassa Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov Two axis vehicle simulator
Jonathan Cross Aerospace Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Cold gas control system for high altitude balloon
Kenneth Domingue Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer Cold gas propulsion system for a high altitude research balloon
Spencer Hoin Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov Virtual surgery with haptic feedback
Mia Jawor Biochemistry Dr. Gellert Mezei Green, high yield method for the protection of heterocyclic amion, hydroxyl and thiol groups
Reza Kordbacheh Aerospace Engineering Dr. Kristina Lemmer High altitude cold gas propulsion system
Brian Larsen Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Compressed gas vehicle
Andrew Martin Aeronautical Engineering Dr. Jennifer Hudson Cold gas control system for high altitude balloon
Simon Matar Civil Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Hot spot stress simulation and verification with strain data
Preston Mayes Aviation Flight Science Lori Brown VFR into IMC weather technology in the cockpit
William Nichols Mechanical Engineering Dr. Koorosh Naghshineh Design of a scaled down robotic relief transport vehicle for 2015 ASME student design competition
Eric Pietrowicz Electrical Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Virtually simulated SEM
David Moussa Salazar Aerospace Engineering Dr. Pnina Ari-Gur Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive analysis of AL distribution
Jacob Sanford Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov Two axis vehicle simulator
Charlie Schlansker Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Thin film carbon nanotube sensors
Timothy Schnell Civil Engineering Dr. Upul Attanayake Developing hands on training modules for AE instrumentation, data analysis, and results interpretation
Andrew Seurynck Mechanical Engineering Dr. William Liou Automotive exhaust waste heat recovery system using thermoelectric technology
Zachary Smith Aerospace Engineering Dr. Koorosh Naghshineh Design of a scaled down robotic relief transport vehicle for 2015 ASME stuednt design competion
Neil Suva Mechanical Engineering Dr. William Liou Automotive exhaust waste heat recovery system using thermoelectric technology
Samuel Wilson Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Thin film carbon nanotube senor
Bailey Windle Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Ghantasala Thin film carbon nanotube senor
Ben Wolfman Mechanical Engineering Dr. Muralidhar Compressed inert gas vehicle
Andrew Wyman Engineering Design Technology Dr. Pavel Ikonomov 2-axis simulator

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