Funded Projects

Best Student Project Travel Awards for Winter Quarter 2013-2014

Our Best Student Travel Award winner for this quarter is another outstanding student—Gavin West.  Gavin was nominated by Dr. Leisher.  

Gavin will be making an oral presentation of his work on “Volume holographic grating stabilized 780 nm VECSEL” at SPIE Photonics Europe in Brussels, Belgium in April.  VECSEL’s are also known as semiconductor disk lasers, and have the potential to be the next choice for cheap, high-intensity lasers. 

For Gavin to be accepted for an oral presentation of his work at an international conference as a sophomore is a tremendous accomplishment.

Best Student Project Travel Awards for Fall Quarter 2013-2014

We had many excellent applicants for this quarter’s Best Student Project Travel Award.  This quarter’s winners are:  Thomas Foulkes, Alexander Thomas, and Caleb Gannon.    

Thomas Foulkes is an Electrical Engineering major and was nominated by Dr. Syed.  He will present his work on “Magneto-optic Response of Functionalized vs. Uncoated Fe2O3 (Maghemite) Nanoparticles” at the Materials Research Society meeting in San Francisco in April.   As confusing as that title sounds, this work may eventually improve (among other things) imaging of brain tumors. 

Caleb Gannon, an Engineering Physics major, was nominated by Dr. Leisher.  He will present “High-resolution spectral mapping of a lensed high power laser bar” at SPIE LASE in San Francisco in February.  Caleb was able to diagnose and demonstrate a “bar smile” problem with the laser array, and Dr. Leisher predicts that 500 individuals will view his work at the conference.

Alexander Thomas is a Chemistry major and was nominated by Dr. Tilstra.  He will present his work on “Modeling the Liquid Crystalline Properties of Type-I Collagen” at the American Chemical Society in Dallas in March.  His work may ultimately contribute to a better understanding of arthritis and other joint-related disease states.

Best Student Project Travel Awards for Winter Quarter 2012-2013

Congratulations to John N. Moore, the winner of the Winter Best Student Project Travel Award.  John was nominated by Dr. Maarij Syed and will present their work on “Magneto-optic Measurement of Fe3O4 Nanoparticle Magnetization Dynamics” at the TechConnect World Summit and Innovation Showcase 2013 in Washington this May.

Best Student Project Travel Awards for Fall Quarter 2012-2013

We would like to congratulate the Fall Quarter's winner of the Best Student Project Travel Award-- Derek Heeger, who was nominated by Dr. Paul Leisher.

Derek  will present his work on "A Discrete Transmission-Matrix Method for Modeling the Distributed Feedback Arising from Continuously Varying Refractive Index Profiles" at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco this February.

Best Student Project Travel Awards for Spring Quarter 2011-2012

We are pleased to announce the winners of this quarter's Best Student Project Travel Award: Christopher Grant and Jordan Chipka.

Christopher will present his work on "A Simple Algorithm to Relate Measured Surface Roughness to Equivalent Sand-grain Roughness" at the International Conference on Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics in Ottawa this summer. His faculty sponsor is Dr. Thom Adams.

Jordan will present a study of a "A PIV Study of Flow Past a Rotating Cylinder" at the ASME International Undergraduate Research and Design Expo this in November. Dr. Mike Moorhead is his sponsor.


Best Student Project Travel Awards for Winter Quarter 2011-2012

The first winners of the Best Student Project Travel Award are Phillip Rodenbeck and Spencer Carver.

Phillip will present his work on "New Tools in Project Planning" at the Portland International Conference on the Management of Engineering and Technology in Vancouver this summer.  His faculty sponsor is Dr. Terry Schumacher from the department of Engineering Management.

Spencer will present a study of a "Photonic Analog-to-Digital Converter via Asynchronous Oversampling" at the SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing Conference in Baltimore in April.  Dr. Azad Siahmakoun from Physics and Optical Engineering is his sponsor.

  • Projects funded for Spring Quarter 2013-14 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Winter Quarter 2013-14 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Fall Quarter 2013-2014 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Spring Quarter 2012-2013 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Winter Quarter 2012-2013 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Fall Quarter 2012-2013 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Spring Quarter 2011-2012 can be found here.
  • Projects funded for Winter Quarter 2011-2012 can be found here.