REU students spend 10-weeks at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a research project related to energy and the environment. The REU student is advised by a faculty member and mentored by a graduate student. Projects may involve background readings in technical literature and reports, computer-aided design, mathematical modeling, fabrication designs, experimental testing, and participation in group discussions and project team meetings. Every student has a project of their own, with specific responsibilities and deliverables.  Students are responsible for final reports, posters, and presentations at the end of the experience.

The following is a list of example projects from Summer 2022. 

Research Theme REU Project Title Faculty Advisor
Air Quality Optimization of Medium Scale Electrostatic Precipitators  Chris Hogan
Air Quality Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Using Digital inline Holography Jiarong Hong
Air Quality A Comprehensive Laboratory and Field Evaluation of Low-Cost Particular Matter (PM) Sensors David Pui
Air Quality Modeling of High-Pressure Particulate Emission from Engines Suo Yang
Energy Generation & Transmission Superparamagnetic Nanoparticles in Energy Research Sayan Biswas
Energy Generation & Transmission Energetic Characterization of Nano-aluminum Composites Sayan Biswas
Energy Generation & Transmission Engineering Thermal Emissivity with Nano-photonic Materials Ognjen Ilic
Energy Generation & Transmission Radiative Heat Transfer Control with Phase-change Metamaterials Ognjen Ilic
Energy Generation & Transmission Solar Windows For Photovoltaics In Buildings and Agriculture Uwe Kortshagen
Energy Generation & Transmission Sensors for Wave Energy Monitoring Perry Li
Energy Generation & Transmission Heat Transfer in Granular Materials for Concentrated Solar Power Vinod Srinivasan
Energy Generation & Transmission Energy Efficient Connected and Automated Vehicles Zongxuan Sun
Energy Generation & Transmission 3D Simulation of Non-Equilibrium Plasma Discharges for Lean Combustion of Methane Suo Yang
Energy Generation & Transmission Neural Networks for Modeling and Control of Turbulent Combustion Suo Yang
Water Quality Plasma Treatment on Biofilms in 3D Printed Microchannels Bruggeman and McAlpine
Water Quality How to Clean Water by Bacteria Al Aksan
Water Quality Transport of Solid Contaminants in Fractured Aquifer Ecosystems Sungyon Lee
Water Quality Temperature Dependent Electrodialysis Desalination Natasha Wright

For more detail click here for project descriptions.