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.