How Can It Get Better?

All engineering research starts with this question. At Clarkson, we also ask, “How can technology serve humanity?” You’ll be amazed how far these can take you.

Recent research by undergraduate students in Engineering:

Determining the Optimal Peptide-Based Hydrogels That Can Prevent the Growth of Bacteria — conducted with support from the Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities at Clarkson University and Dr. He Dong’s research group
Brian Boateng
Dr. He Dong

Peptides (or compounds constructed by chains of amino acids) are effective at combating several types of harmful bacteria. However, peptides are not yet a widely accepted solution for inhibiting bacteria growth. We can conclude which compounds are most effective by observing peptide-hydrogels and their reactions to various types of bacteria.

Fault Protection for Smart Grid
Luanna Siqueira
Dr. Tom Ortmeyer

Electric power transmission and distribution lines are the most vulnerable element in electric power systems. They are subject to short-circuit faults caused by external and internal factors. Protection systems detect faults or abnormal conditions to remove them quickly, but only the faulty element can be removed. This ensures greater continuity in the supply of electric power. This study considers two components of system protection engineering.

Nano-Particle Ferrites for Antenna Miniaturization — conducted with financial support from Cobham Company and the National Science Foundation Center for Metamaterials
Kevin Cross
Dr. Richard Partch

The miniaturization of antennas has many applications. The experiments were carried out to produce ferrite patches and the antennas. The ferrites were created with respect to specific magnetic properties like relative permittivity and permeability. The higher these two properties are, the smaller the antenna can be.

The Role of Messaging in Patterns of Energy Usage Behavior — with funding from the National Science Foundation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Clarkson University
Lydia Fox
Dr. Stephen Bird and Dr. Susan Powers

Despite the negative impacts of wasteful energy use, it is difficult to change consumer behavior — particularly among those, like students, who do not directly pay for utilities. This research examines targeted messaging as a means to significantly reduce resource consumption. Preliminary results suggest this tactic can reduce energy use.

visser-researchOptimization of Ducted Wind Turbines
Hebron Yam, Steven McCauliff
Dr. Kenneth Visser

As the burning of fossil fuels causes increased environmental impacts, technology that captures energy from the wind continues to advance. Ducted Wind Turbines (DWTs) have design features capable of increasing the wind speed at the rotor and the overall power extracted from the wind. The goal of the project is to build a DWT prototype that will be tested at the Clarkson University wind-turbine test site. The prototype will minimize initial investment by decreasing the amount of construction materials. It can also maximize power output by optimizing duct geometry, thereby promoting public use of alternative energy.

Applications of Thiol-Ene Polymers in Shape Memory and Film Formation — conducted with support from Corning Corporation and the Clarkson University Honors Program
Dana Chapman
Dr. Devon Shipp

Thiol-ene “click” chemistry is highly efficient and has been used as a polymerization technique in recent decades for applications including shape memory and thin films on touch screens now in common use. To advance materials science and biomedical work, this research looks at synthesized particles suspended in water and how they may be manipulated to create a thin film through vacuum-heating, air-drying or modification of the reaction.

Inactivation of E.Coli in Water Using Direct-in-Liquid Electrical Discharge Plasma
Eugenia E. De Abreu, Katherine Slocum
Dr. Selma Thagard

Through the development of an energy-efficient and effective food-sterilization technology applicable to the liquid foods manufacturing sector, this work seeks to reduce food waste caused by microbial spoilage. Due to the chemical complexity of fruit juices, the first goal of the study was to assess the feasibility of using the technology developed at Clarkson for the sterilization of water.

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