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 his/her 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 proposed 2021 ME3 REU Remote Projects. If we are able to hold the program on campus, this list will expand, but we are currently planning to hold it remotely in response to the pandemic.
|Research Theme||REU Project Title||Faculty Advisor|
|Air Quality||Modeling of High-Pressure Laminar and Turbulent Sooting Flames||Suo Yang|
|Air Quality||Atomization of Viscous Liquids||Vinod Srinivasan|
|Air Quality||Optimization of Medium Scale Electrostatic Precipitators||Chris Hogan|
|Energy Generation & Transmission||Heat Transfer in Granular Materials for Concentrated Solar Power||Vinod Srinivasan|
|Energy Generation & Transmission||Solar Windows For Photovoltaics In Buildings and Agriculture||Uwe Kortshagen|
|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||Optimizing the Performance of Gas Turbines||Terrence Simon|
|Water Quality||Temperature Dependent Electrodialysis Desalination||Natasha Wright|
|Water Quality||Plasmas for Biofilm Control||Peter Bruggeman|
|Wind Energy||Wind Power Hydrostatic Transmission Test Stand||Kim Stelson|
|Wind Energy||Utility-Scale Wind Turbine Reliability Assessment for Operation & Maintenance Optimization||Jiarong Hong|
For more detail click here for description of all the projects listed above.