WE Local Collegiate Competition Past Recipients

2017 WE Local Collegiate Competition Finalists

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Amanda McKnight, University of New Haven
    Generation of Biofuels from Catalytically Treated Biomass Using Semi-Batch Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor
  • Andrea Sajewski, Duquesne University
    Photoacoustic flow cytometry using bacteriophage for rapid identification of bacterial infection
  • Anna Mercaldi, University of New Haven
    Synthesis of Nitric Oxide Releasing Polymers
  • Catherine O’Hearn, West Virgina University
    Light Extraction Efficiency Enhancement of III-V Nitride Based LEDs through Periodic Plasmonic Structures

Graduate Finalists

  • Erica Stevens, University of Pittsburgh
    Expanding the possibilities for magnetocaloric materials with additive manufacturing: an exploratory study
  • Renee Oats, Michigan Technological University
    Evaluating Structural Performance of Infrastructure Beams Using Digital Image Correlation as a Condition Assessment Tool
  • Sarah Robb, Carnegie Mello University
    Disruptive Medical Device ROI Prediction Tool

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Allyce Froning, Western Washington University
    Ergonomic Surgical Body Support System
  • Margarita Kovalchuk, California State University, Sacramento
    Influence of wind on hydrodynamics of constructed Delta wetlands

Graduate Finalists

  • Sanjana Das, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Nanotechnology for Water-Less Cleaning of Solar Panels
  • Patricia Thompson, Iowa State University
    Development of an Economic Framework for the Proactive Identification of Traffic Safety Countermeasures
  • Phylicia Cicilio, Oregon State University
    Resiliency, Reliability, and Protection of Nome, Alaska’s Microgrid using Archival Utility Data
  • Coral Taylor, University of Nevada, Reno
    Surfactant Effects on Direct Contact Membrane Distillation

2018 WE Local Collegiate Competition Finalists

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Kaylie Sheehan, University of North Texas
    The Effect of Piezoelectricity on Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation
  • Victoria Ruszkowski, Oklahoma State University
    Self-Folding of Smart Materials Title of abstract

Graduate Finalists

  • Katelynn Harmon, Oklahoma State University

Smart Skins for Diabetic Patients

  • Mujan Seif, University of Michigan
    Stochastic modeling of the effects of structural randomness on the mechanical behavior of nanoporous materials: revealing the role of network coordination state
  • Yen Nguyen, Oklahoma State University
    Modeling of Extracellular Matrix Degradation in a Metastatic Tumor Microenvironment Using CompuCell3D

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Jiyoung Hwang, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    UAV Research – CFD Studies in Venturi Wing Design
  • MaiQuyen Nguyen, The University of Texas at Austin
    Three-Dimensional Mechanical Testing of Breast Tissue

Graduate Finalists

  • Monica Chirdula, University of Oklahoma
    Upgrading Biomass Derived Compounds to Petrochemical Intermediates: Selective Conversion of 4-Pentenoic Acid to Olefins or Diolefins
  • Sanjana Das, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Nanotechnology for Water-Less Cleaning of Solar Panels

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Brianna Phibbs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Wind Turbine Foundation Loadings and Tower Moment
  • Maya Makhlouf, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
    Examining the Effect of a Paradigm-Relatedness Problem-Framing Tool on Idea Generation
  • Renae Kurpius, University of Iowa
    Connecting the Dots: A New Method to Determine Radiation Yield during EB Polymerization Reactions via Raman Spectroscopy

Graduate Finalists

  • Caymen Novak, University of Michigan
    Breast cancer cells exhibit enhanced proliferation, invasion, PLAU expression and chemoresistance when exposed to fluid shear stress in an innovative 3D bioreactor
  • Hadallia Bergeron, Northwestern University
    Low-Power Electronics in Two-Dimensions: Direct Growth of Monolayer MoS2 on Ultrathin Al2O3
  • Megan Beck, Northwestern University
    Self-Aligned van der Waals Heterojunction Diodes and Transistors
  • Sarah Robb, Carnegie Mellon University
    Predicting the Potential for Breakthrough Health Technology: Is it Possible?

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Alyssa Escoto, Ohlone Community College
    Vertical Farming
  • Maria Laquian, Ohlone Community College
    Drone system for the Detection of Landmines, and TNT contamination
  • Noor Radi, Ohlone Community College
    The AirPlant Farming System : Utilizing Drone Technology to Remediate Desertification
  • Riannon Smith, Oregon State University
    Transplanting a bacterial immune system: Design, construction, and expression of a multi-subunit Type IV CRISPR system

Graduate Finalists

  • Dorcas Kaweesa, The Pennsylvania State University
    Quantifying the Impact of Functionally Graded Materials on the Fatigue Life of Material Jetted Specimens
  • Jamie Kunnappally, University of Texas at Dallas
    Effect of Medial Thighplasty on Oxygen and Metabolic Consumption Rates in a Transfemoral Amputee during Sustained Overground Walking Bouts
  • Jessica DotoRodriguez, University of Washington
    Delta- and proteorhodopsin-based bioprotonic devices for light-controlled conversion of protonic to electronic currents
  • Margot Farnham, University of Delaware
    Tribological Rehydration in Response to Mechanical Injury
  • Phylicia Cicilio, Oregon State
    Load Model Placement for Reliability

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Jui Hanamshet, Drexel University
    Using Radio Frequency Identification based Real-Time Locating System for Bellyband motion signal filtering
  • Mannika Kshettry, Drexel University
    Multiple Antenna based Motion Detection for Infant Respiration Data using Bellyband System
  • Maria Chernova, The City College of New York
    Quantifying the Dynamics of Antibody Adsorption at the Air-Water Interface

Graduate Finalists

  • Bethany Almeida, Brown University
    Influencing the physical and chemical microenvironment to control mesenchymal stem cell differentiation
  • Bridget Hegarty, Yale University
    Gene expression of fungal communities in damp buildings: implications for human health
  • Jenna Ditto, Yale University
    Unveiling the chemical complexity of atmospheric organic aerosol
  • Kristina Macro, University at Buffalo
    Progress toward a Multi-Objective Decision Support System for Integrating Green Infrastructure into Urban Planning
  • Ria Corder, North Carolina State University
    Using Rheology to Quantify the Efficacy of an Enzymatic Treatment for Uterine Fibroids

2019 WE Local Collegiate Competition Finalists

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Castine Donoff, Messiah College
    Rapid Orthotics for CURE Kenya
  • Emma Vogan, Messiah College
    Implementing a system for 3D printed prosthetics and orthotics
  • Haley Antoine, Cornell University
    Tissue Engineered 3D Constructs for Modeling Ductus Arteriosus Closure
  • Karli Sutton, Duquesne University
    Creating a Waste-Negative 3D Printing Recycling System
  • Katelynn Vega, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Disc Degeneration Biomechanics

Graduate Finalists

  • Pratyush Mishra, Iowa State University
    Morphological Instability Mechanism Leading to Formation of Self-Organized Porous Anodic Oxides
  • Taylor Oeschger, Cornell University
    Microfluidic Chip for Rapid Sepsis Diagnosis at the Point of Care
  • Temitope Runsewe, Texas State University
    Stochastic Models for Planning Distributed Wind Generation based on Data Analytics

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Darnisha Crane, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Measurement of Forces on a Flapping Wing Micro Aerial Vehicle
  • Heather Hofstee, University of Central Florida
    Analog Oven-Control Circuit for a Thin-Film Piezoelectric on Substrate Microelectromechanical Systems Oscillator
  • Madison Wojciechowski, Penn State Berks
    The Use of Advanced Additive Manufacturing Techniques to Design, Optimize, and Characterize an Orthopedic Support
  • Morayo Ogunsina, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
    Memory “Lookup” Architecture in Processing in Memory Computing – A New Approach To Near Memory Architecture
  • Sophia Bakar, Duquesne University
    Fluoride Removal from Water using 3D Printed Filters

Graduate Finalists

  • Armana Huq, Florida International University
    Application of Connected Vehicle Technology to Mitigate Secondary Crashes
  • Hyunjin Kim, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Portable Optical Detector for Point of Care Diagnostics
  • Kazi Tasneem, Vanderbilt University
    Modeling Chemical Transport in PDMS-based Organ-on-Chip Microsystems

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Allison McMinn, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
    Tomosynthesis Image Reconstruction for Early Breast Cancer Detection
  • Faith Gantz, University of North Texas
    Thermo-mechanical Processing Ni-rich NiTiHf High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy
  • Gabriella Marie, University of Kentucky
    Design of a Cooling Jacket for a Thermal Vacuum System
  • Katherine Moody, University of Kentucky
    The effect of fibrous geometry on thermomechanical behavior of phenolic impregnated carbon ablators for use in thermal protection systems
  • Skylar Mays, University of Kentucky
    Stochastic modeling of the effects of structural randomness on the mechanical behavior of 3D printed metals

Graduate Finalists

  • Isabella Sanders, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Strategic Market Deployment Planning: Farm to Table Logistics Platforms
  • Oluwasegun Olanrewaju, Texas State University San Marcos
    A Multi-stage Stochastic Programming Approach for Prepositioning of Relief Supplies.
  • Quihua Duan, Penn State university
    Spectrally selective photothermal film effects on windows heating energy savings
  • Udaysree Buchupalli, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Ethereum blockchain community ATM

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Ha Tran, University of North Texas
    Major Improvement of Level of Development Specification for Cold-Formed Steel Framing Construction
  • Madeline Groettum, The Catholic University of America
    Cyclic Voltammetry as a Detection Mechanism for Electrode Coatings
  • Nika Levtchin, University of Minnesota
    The Analysis of Historic Paper using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy to Determine Trace Metal Composition for Preservation Purposes
  • Sophia Becker, Colorado School of Mines
    13C-MFA in a Fast Growing Limonene Producing Cyanobacterium

Graduate Finalists

  • Chrysm Watson Ross, University of New Mexico
    Troll Hunter: Understanding Swarm Behavior in Social Networks
  • Sepideh Kianbakht, Colorado School of Mines
    Shutdown Controller for a Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor Wind Turbine
  • Taylor Ludeke, University of California, Los Angeles
    Optimal Control for Autonomous Oscillation

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Kyla Burrill, University of Portland
    Efficiency of Constructed Wetlands for Nutrient Removal
  • Sejal Shah, University of Delaware
    Orthogonal Superimposed Perturbation on Shear Thickening Fluids for Sports Equipment and Medical Devices
  • Sydney Robinson, The University of Rhode Island
    Utilizing Peptides in Order to Lower the Electric Field Necessary for Electroporation of Cancer Cells

Graduate Finalists

  • Ehdieh Khaledian, Washington State University
    Using network science approaches to build high resolution tree of bacterial phyla and detect Horizontal Gene Transfer
  • Cecilia Klauber, Texas A&M University
    Improving Power Grid Awareness during Geomagnetic Disturbances

2020 WE Local Collegiate Competition Finalists

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Alyson Dizon, California State University, Los Angeles
    Aqueous pH-neutral Flow Batteries
  • Aziza Almanakly, Princeton University
    Electron Transport on Thin-Film Superfluid Helium with Voltage-Controllable Thickness
  • Jovanna Fazzini, Harvard University
    An Expanding Foam-Fabric Orthopedic Cast
  • Lauren Seubert, Messiah College
    A 3D Printing System for an Orthopedic Hospital in Kenya

Graduate Finalists

  • Carrie Sanford North Carolina State University
    Flux Balance Analysis of Metabolic Models for the Optimization of Sugar Co-Metabolism by Acetogenic Autotrophs
  • Fatema Zohra, Texas State University
    Combining Rain Harvesting System (RHS) with Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG)
  • Krisha Samir Mehta, Arizona State University
    HomeNet: Layout Generation of Indoor Scenes from Panoramic Images Using Pyramid Pooling
  • Lael Wentland, Oregon State University
    Towards Personal Health Monitoring: Optimizing Reaction Conditions in a Paper-Based Phenylalanine Test
  • Ria Ghosh, University of Texas at Dallas
    Custom-made Real-time Field Testing Platform for Accelerated Advancements in Cochlear implant and Hearing Aid Algorithms

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Alexandra Richey, Arizona State University
    The roles of scientific papers cited by direct-to-consumer stem cell businesses in the Southwest US
  • Ceira Dawson, University at Buffalo
    Temperature-dependent response of soils in tunnel lining interaction during fire events
  • Hardi Sura, Purdue University
    Analysis of open-source datasets for plant classification using convolutional neural networks
  • Morgan Bishop, Utah State University
    Identification of Murine Fecal Samples According to Diet by Fluorescence from Raman Spectroscopy

Graduate Finalists

  • Aleksandra Kalinowska, Northwestern University
    Abduction loading affects motor coordination in individuals post stroke, suggesting it could be used for performance-based robot-aided rehabilitation.
  • Ishita Tandon, University of Arkansas
    Two Photon Excited Fluorescence Microscopy Metrics are Sensitive to Early Calcific Aortic Valve Disease Progression In Vitro and Ex Vivo
  • Lori Caldwell, Utah State University
    Developing a Mobile System to Visualize Fluid Flow in Hands-On Undergraduate Finalists Laboratories
  • Paige West, Virginia Tech
    Effective Online Engineering Education Strategies Using Learning Analytics
  • Wei-Chiao Huang, University of Buffalo
    A Potent Malaria Vaccine Adjuvant Based on Spontaneous Nanoliposome-Antigen Particleization

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Jillian Saunders, Drexel University
    Fragile X granules localize near axonal plasma membranes independent of the Fragile X protein FMRP
  • Magdalene Lee, The University of Alabama
    Super-Resolution Visualization of Peptide Self Assembly using Alexa-488 Dye
  • Mariah Mook, East Carolina University
    Reinforcement Learning for a Data-Driven Insulin Pump

Graduate Finalists

  • Catherine Snyder, University of Michigan
    Fabrication of non-spherical and multiphasic particles with independent control of particle size, shape and chemistry
  • Isabella Sanders, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Strategic Market Deployment: Farm-to-Table Platforms
  • Katelyn Greene, Wake Forest University
    Measuring Lumbar Muscle Changes with Long-Duration Spaceflight using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Qiuhua Duan, Pennsylvania State University
    Thermal performance and condensation risk of single-pane glazing with low emissivity coatings
  • Zahra Davoudi, Iowa State University
    Intestinal Organoids Containing PLGA Nanoparticles for the Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Rebekah Forshey, Messiah College
    Creation of a Biomechanical Model and Force Sensor System to Test the Forces Exerted by a Novel Clubfoot Maintenance Brace
  • Kay Laura Sindabizera, Messiah College
    The Prosthetic Knee Project
  • Olivia Wanless, Kettering University
    Social Responsibility and Safety in Autonomous Vehicle Development
  • Makini Valentine, New York City College of Technology
    Validation of Downscaled Satellite Land Surface Temperature in Urban Areas using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and In-situ Applications

Graduate Finalists

  • Erin Evke, University of Michigan
    Wearable Kirigami-based sensor patch for rehabilitation of shoulder joint injuries
  • Ogochukwu Enekwizu, New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Vapor supersaturation controls the properties and impacts of atmospheric soot
  • Kara DiNatale, Kansas State University
    Optimization of a batch reactor process using statistical analysis
  • Gabriella Marie, University of Kentucky
    Thermal Properties Measurements of Bourbon Barrel Staves
  • Chinasa Okolo, Cornell University
    Smartphone-Based Object Detection for Medical Analysis

Undergraduate Finalists

  • Rachael Gold, University at Buffalo
    Lumped Parameter Modeling of Space Tethered Net With Nodes Inside of Threads
  • Sarah Koep, North Dakota State University
    Modification of Granular Activated Carbon using Natural Citric Acid from Citrus aurantiifolia for Enhances Fluoride Removal from Drink Water

Graduate Finalists

  • Courtney Keiser, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Mechanically Optimized Aortic Stent-Grafts
  • Riannon Smith, University of Iowa
    Development of Sprayable, Thermoreversible Hydrogels for Burn Wound Applications
  • Pratyasha Mohapatra, Iowa State University
    A Novel Strategy for Developing Ultrahigh Efficiency Relaxor Antiferroelectric Ceramics for Energy Storage Application
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