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PhD Candidate Travis L. Brown - "Reaction Wheel Actuation for Stabilization and Efficiency Improvement in Planar Bipeds"
As robotic technology moves out of factories and into broader segments of society, it promises to support a revolutionary improvement in the general standard ...
BioPhD Candidate Lisa E. Cole - "Bisphosphonate-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles as a Targeted X-Ray Contrast Agent for Breast Microcalcifications"
Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer- related deaths among women. Early detection is considered the best option for ...
PhD Candidate Peter Sutcliffe - "Neural Network Feedforward Control of a Closed-Circuit Wind Tunnel"
Accurate control of wind-tunnel test conditions can be dramatically enhanced using feedforward control architectures which allow operating conditions to be ...
PhD Candidate Andrew P. Baumann - "The Relative Influence of Material and Architectural Properties on the Mechanical Behavior of Bone Tissue"
Bone tissue exhibits a unique multiscale hierarchical composite structure. The material, or extracellular matrix, constituent phases of water, collagen, and ...
PhD Candidate W. Robert Burns - "Statistical Learning Methods for Aero-Optic Wavefront Prediction and Adaptive-Optic Latency Compensation"
Since the early 1970’s research in airborne laser systems has been the subject of continued interest. Notable airborne laser demonstration programs include the ...
PhD Candidate Yaoyi Guan - "Radiated Sound and Structural Vibration Induced By Flow Over Asymmetrical Trailing Edges"
This dissertation presents experimental results regarding the phenomenon of flows around a family of asymmetric beveled trailing edges. Trailing edge ...
PhD Candidate Matthew D. Mosby - "High Performance Multi-Scale Modeling of Heterogeneous Interfaces"
Adhesive joints/interfaces are increasingly used in assembly of structural components. Most modern adhesives are reinforced at the micron or nm scales to ...
PhD Candidate Ryan T. Kelly - "Numerical Prediction of the Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of the Aero-Optical Disturbance Produced by a Helicopter in Hover"
Aero-optical disturbances produced from turbulent compressible flow-fields can seriously degrade the performance of an optical signal. At compressible flight ...
PhD Candidate Shiyan Wang - "Transport & Mixing Induced by Swimming Organisms & Settling/Rising Particles"
Ocean contains dissolved inorganic and organic materials, particulate matters, organ­ isms and dissolved atmospheric gases. They undergo different mixing and ...
PhD Candidate Peter E. Deak - "Inhibitors for Allergic Reactions to Peanuts and Drugs: Epitope Analysis, Molecule Design and Characterization"
This dissertation describes the design, synthesis and characterization of a novel type of molecule for the inhibition of allergic reactions to food proteins ...
PhD Candidate John Charles Goetz - "Optimal Design of Multi-Layered Cellular Systems for Pulse Loading"
PhD Candidate Kai Cao - "Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Valvular Hemodynamics and Secondary Aortopathy"
The aortic valve is located between the left ventricle and the aorta and ensures unidirectional blood flow between the left ventricle and the aorta by opening ...
PhD Candidate Tamuto Takakura - "Entropy Generation in the Tip Region of a High-Pressure Turbine"
This research investigated loss mechanisms from tip-clearance flows in a high- pressure turbine. Unshrouded tips of turbine blades are subject to a pressure ...
PhD Candidate Adam Hickman - "The Transition from Rotating Stall to Surge in an Axial Compressor"
This research investigated unsteady events such as stall inception, stall cell development, and surge. Stall is characterized by a decrease in overall pressure ...
PhD Candidate Edwin R. Mathews, Jr. - "A Numerical and Theoretical Analysis of Aero-Optics With Application to an Optical Turret"
When an optical beam is transmitted through a compressible turbulent flow, it is distorted due to the non-uniform speed of light resulting from density ...
PhD Candidate Satyaki Bhattacharjee - "Reduced Order Multiscale Modeling of Nonlinear Processes In Heterogeneous Materials"
Predicting effective material properties of nonlinear heterogeneous materials from the knowledge of its micro-structure through numerical modeling and ...
PhD Candidate Kai Zhao - "Kinematic Synthesis of Planar, Shape-Changing Mechanisms"
PhD Candidate Elaine MacDonald - "Low Energy Orthopedic Instruments and Fixation Strategies"
Reducing the energy requirements for orthopedic instruments is desirable for many reasons. In situations with limited energy resources, such as relief efforts ...
PhD Candidate Christopher M. Romick - "On The Effect of Diffusion on Gaseous Detonation"
The development and propagation of detonations is examined in the presence of diffusive processes. The difference between the inviscid and viscous models is ...
PhD Candidate Jason R. Tomko - "Fluid-Loaded Vibration of Thin Structures Due to Turbulent Excitation"
Flow-induced structural acoustics involves the study of the vibration of a structure induced by a fluid flow as well as the resulting sound generated and ...
PhD Candidate Christopher Kleven - "Vane Separation Control in a Linear Cascade With Area Expansion Using AC DBD Plasma Actuators"
The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate loss generation in a linear cascade with cross-sectional area expansion. The cascade inlet Mach number ...
BioPhD Candidate Matthew Meagher - "Engineering Synthetic Bone Graft Substitutes with Improved Mechanical Properties, Enhanced Bioactivity, and On-Demand Growth Factor Delivery"
An unmet clinical need exists for synthetic bone graft substitutes which can perform comparably to autograft in the repair of bone defects. Therefore, the ...
PhD Candidate Christopher L. Kelley - "Airfoil Leading and Trailing Edge Separation Control Using SDBD Plasma Actuators"
PhD Candidate Michael J. Johnson - "Non-centrosymmetric Materials for the Generation of Atmospheric Pressure Gas Discharges"
Atmospheric air plasmas are driven through large electric fields (>3 kV/mm) generated between one or more electrodes. The input voltage required to produce ...
PhD Candidate Andrew S. Gillman - "Predicting Effective Material Properties of Heterogeneous Composites from Well-resolved Higher Order Statistical Description of Morphology"
Heterogeneous systems are present in a variety of scientific and engineering fields including biology, structural engineering, aerospace systems, material ...
BioPhD Candidate Nur Mustafaoglu - "Design of Antibody-Based Diagnostics and affinity Chromatography Systems Utilizing the Nucleotide Binding Site (NBS)"
This dissertation focuses on developing advanced diagnostic systems, efficient antibody purification techniques, and novel antibody-drug conjugation methods ...
PhD Candidate Lionel O. Pittman - "Aerothermal Experiments in Turbine Rim Seals"
Purge flows are necessary for ensuring that hot gasses do not penetrate the thermally sensitive rim seal and disk cavity regions of turbines. The temperature ...
PhD Candidate Michael J. Arthur - "Separation Control Using Plasma Actuators in a High Pressure Bend"
Wind tunnel experiments were performed with active flow control using a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma actuator to determine the effects ...
PhD Candidate Ming Ma - "Using Direct Numerical Simulation and Statistical Learning to Model Bubbly Flows in Vertical Channels"
Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) of multiphase flows have progressed rapidly over the last decade and it is now possible to simulate motions of hundreds of ...
PhD Candidate Andrew Steward - "The Mechanotransduction of Hydrostatic Pressure by Mesenchymal Stem Cells"
Understanding the underlying mechanisms of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) mechanotransduction has important implications for tissue engineering and ...