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Armour R&D Summer Research Immersion Section Descriptions

ENGR 498-03: BIM (Building Information Modeling) in Design, Construction and Operation

Faculty: Julide Demirdoven

Description: This research provides a faculty-mentored immersive research experience as a part of a student team. Research topics are determined by instructor’s area of research and work which is Building Information Modeling (BIM). Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle from inception onward. It is clear that Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the trend of the future, with increased use documented in the construction industry in the last few years. To sustain the momentum of BIM, effective workforce development that aims to balance the supply-demand equation in the labor market is essential. This opportunity consists of an experiential approach adopted to BIM-enabled learning to investigate collaboration with Building Information Models. Around many uses of BIM, the researchers selects their primary roles creating a BIM team and explored the interoperability of selected tools to operate their tasks. In this creative and collaborative process the researche​r​s gain some skills for BIM capabilities of the integrated design project by using various opportunity materials and software licenses provided for their use in a limited time frame. This methodology allows the researchers to experience integrated design process in a realistic way and helps them to learn how different tools and methods integrate with each other. Experiences in integrating BIM in terms of learning by doing into the undergraduate immersive research program at IIT are presented and discussed through sample assignments and specific research sessions including lectures, seminars, researchers’ oral and poster presentations, industry partnerships, workshops and activities. The objective of this study is to educate the engineers/architects of the future who will be actively using BIM routinely. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-04: Transportation Engineering

Faculty: Zongzhi Li

Description: Students will learn about the magnitude, variety, and complexity of transportation as a human activity and as an engineering discipline; Identify and distinguish the key attributes of land-based transportation modes; Identify and distinguish the planning, design, and operations phases of a transportation project; Design simple transportation components, including: 1) a traffic signal system with progression; 2) a Geographic Information System (GIS) database for vehicle crash data processing, storage, analysis, and display); Evaluate alternatives, using appropriate measures of merit; and demonstrate the capacity for critical thought, resourceful study, and effective communication. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-09: The WELL Building Standard in Design and Operation

Faculty: David Arditi

Description:

This project involves understanding the WELL Building Standard certification system by focusing on the seven core concepts of the standard, namely, air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The WELL Building Standard was developed in 2013 by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation that is leading the movement to promote health and wellness in buildings. The WELL Building Standard explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being. Applicants to the WELL Building Standard certification system can obtain silver, gold, or platinum certification. A project's assessor grades each of the seven concepts independently on a numerical scale.

The objective of this research is to evaluate the condition of Alumni Memorial Hall on IIT's campus vis-a -vis the WELL Building Standard. Alumni Memorial Hall was designed by Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe in 1945-46. Since its construction, Alumni Memorial Hall has undergone several minor renovations, but it is not clear how the building relates to the WELL Building Standard.

The students who participate in this research are expected (1) to learn the importance and implications of the WELL Building Standard, (2) to assess the condition of Alumni Memorial Hall, (3) to come up with practical solutions to overcome the deficiencies detected, and (4) to explore synergies between the WELL Building Standard and the LEED green building certification system.  Apply Now.

ENGR 498-21: Advanced Automotive Projects

Faculty: Francisco Ruiz

Description: We will continue on-going research on advanced engine cycles, levitating vehicles, and "flying cars." The research will consist mostly of computer simulation, but there could also be design and construction of components, such as levitation coils. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-40: Pathway Analysis Using Multidimensional Omics Data 

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: We are living in the age of big data. Whereas different biological datasets are available, there is a lack of data that concurrently measure transcriptome and metabolome. We have generated unique experimental data to fill this gap. The goal of class will be to use this data to carry out pathway analysis that will help in finding new insights into metabolic diseases and finding new cures. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-41: Data analysis for Alzheimer's

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: There has been a rapid increase in the incidence of Alzheimer's, a disease for which there is no diagnosis or cure. We have data from a prospective clinical study that has recorded hundreds of biomarkers with Alzheimer's as the primary outcome. The goal of this class will be to develop or use existing algorithms to analyze this dataset. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-42: Development of Organ on Chip Tissue Models 

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: Our lab has created organ on chip modules for several tissue types including liver, adipose, and gut. We are increasing the complexity of these tissue models that can make them more physiological. The goal of this class will be to use microfluidics to generate advanced organ on chip tissue models. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-43: Point of Care for Biosensors for Managing Diabetes 

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: There are currently over 30 million American's with known diabetes. The current technology does a poor job of measuring periods of low/high insulin which can be fatal to the individual. The goal of this class will be to develop point of care biosensors that will make these diagnoses possible.  Apply Now.

ENGR 498-44: Developing a New Class of Accessible Microfluidics 

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: Most microfluidic devices are closed, which can often be a limitation to generate organ on chip tissue models. The goal of this class will be to generate a new class of resealable and easily accessible microfluidic devices for organ on chip applications.  Apply Now.

ENGR 498-46: Modeling, Analysis, & Optimization of Conventional, Hybrid, & Electric Vehicles

Faculty: Carrie Hall

Description: Students will work as a team to analyze hybrid electric vehicle powertrains and create vehicle models using data from Argonne National Laboratory's Downloadable Dynamometer Database. Student projects will focus on creating models that can predict vehicle energy consumption based on a driver's velocity for conventional, hybrid, and electric vehicles.  Apply Now.

ENGR 498-47: Aircraft System Identification

Faculty: David Williams

Description: Students will do glide and flight tests with a model of the Lockheed ICE aircraft to acquire performance data.  The flight data will be analyzed with Matlab System.  Apply Now.

ENGR 498-48: Design of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage for Smart Grid Applications

Faculty: Donald Chmielewski

Description: The team will build a model of a pumped hydro energy storage system. This model will then be used to simulate the operation of the storage system in the context of dynamic electricity prices. Finally, the system design parameters will be optimized so as to maximize arbitrage opportunities.  Familiarity with MATLAB is required, but proficiency is preferred. Students with an interest in optimization are encouraged to participate.   Apply Now.

ENGR 498-49:Reconfigurable Hardware Design for Signal Processing Applications

Faculty: Erdal Oruklu

Description: During the initial phase of the work, students will learn about field programmable gate array devices (FPGAs) and complete several tutorials running on Xilinx FPGA boards. These tutorials include hardware/software co-design examples, custom peripheral interface design such as HDMI output and VHDL programming. After this initial exposure, students choose a topic such as ultrasonic flaw detection or video processing application and work on the hardware implementation, running on a reconfigurable platform. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-50: Research in Internet of Things and Machine Vision System Design

Faculty: Jafar Saniie

Description: For this course students join the research team at ECASP Research Laboratory (Embedded Computing and Signal Processing, http://ecasp.ece.iit.edu/). Students will have the opportunity to employ a combination of signal and image processing design tools such as Matlab and OpenCV and will be organized into groups to propose solutions to various Internet of Things problems. Students' projects will include Machine Vision, Robotics, Drone Navigation, Target Tracking Systems, Software Defined Radio, Wireless Health Monitoring Systems, and Audio Signal Processing using FPGA, Raspberry Pi,  and Arduino Embedded Computing Systems. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-51: Building Energy Analysis for Resilient Design

Faculty: Julide Demirdoven

Description: The main research topics will include (1) building services engineering, (2) sustainable and advanced building materials, (3) energy-efficient design, (4) high performance based design, and (5) building codes and social studies. This opportunity consists of an experiential approach to investigate building energy models and use building performance analysis tools and software.  Apply Now.

ENGR 498-52: Assistive Technology Solutions

Faculty: Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Description: This team will focus on the design and development of assistive technologies for stroke patients and people with limited mobility. Sample projects include conceptualization of solutions for grip assist solutions, local exo-skeletons and electric wheelchair powertrains. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-53: Wireless Network Architecture and Performance Analysis for Driverless Car

Faculty: Suresh Borkar

Description: Driverless car is a super computer on wheels forming the Internet of Vehicles to Everything (V2X). One car is expected to create four Terabytes of data per day requiring processing and transmission by different entities, from the on-board computer to Road side computing and to cloud computing platforms. The project will focus primarily on simulation based performance analysis for the major constituents, the on-board computing, the roadside computing, the wireless network and the central infrastructure and cloud platforms. Apply Now.

ENGR 498-54: Large-Scale Medical Imaging Analysis

Faculty: Boris Gutman

Description: The project is to develop a predictive model of Alzheimer's disease using anatomical and diffusion MRI. We will use disease progression modeling, computational morphometry and dMRI connectivity in our model.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-16: Electric Vehicles

Faculty: Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Description: This research will focus on design and analysis of drivetrain components in electric vehicles. There are three main components- electric machine, power electronics and energy storage. Sample projects include high efficiency machine design for traction motors, extreme fast charging systems and thermal management of drivetrain components. Experience in hardware development will be a valuable skill and will be an important part this research. Apply Now.

ENGR 499-18: Control of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Faculty: Baisravan HomChaudhuri

Description: The project primarily focuses on implementing control methods for connected and autonomous vehicles in VISSIM or any other traffic simulator. The student would learn VISSIM, implement available control methodologies, and study their performance in multiple traffic scenarios developed in VISSIM.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-24: Clinical Immersion - Quantitative Marker Development

Faculty: Keigo Kawaji

Description: In this undergraduate research immersion-individual based course, students will develop fundamental experimentation techniques to develop an MRI-compatible, engineered tissue model that can be used to validate the performance of different imaging approaches. The first half of this research will focus on laboratory skills development in designing and conducting experiments. The second part will focus on imaging experimentation. The student will gain specific hands-on-exposure in a guided manner under senior research personnel supervision, which will include collaborating physicians at the medical center. Through regular interactions with physicians and hospital engineer collaborators, the student will learn the responsible conduct of research (RCR) utilized in the clinical hospital setting.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-31: Synthetic Biology Sensors for Modulating Cell Function to Model Diseases  

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: The goal of this class will be to use synthetic biology principles to develop biosensors that can modulate the function of cells that can be used to model diseases.   Apply Now.

ENGR 499-32: Sustainable Solution for Mitigating Odors and Corrosion in Wastewater Collection Systems

Faculty: Ali Oskouie

Description: About 600,000 miles of wastewater collection systems in US convey wastewater from municipal, commercial and industrial sources in addition to rain and snow melt runoff.  The televised collection lines has shown that thousands of miles of these collection lines are already corroded and will require very large investment (billions of dollars) in the very new future that will put heavy burden on tax payers.  Various methods to slow down the continuation of corrosion in wastewater conduits is explored by the instructor and other researchers and practitioners in the world.  In this class, various methods of mitigating odors/corrosion in collection system will be discussed and potential sustainable solution based on actual field work will be explored.  A tour of a collection system of a large wastewater treatment plant will be arranged by the instructor.  The instructor is a professional with a major wastewater treatment plant in the Chicago area.
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ENGR 499-33: Embedded System Design for Computer Vision Applications

Faculty: Erdal Oruklu

Description: Students will study embedded system development with applications targeting computer vision. A case study would be developing a robust traffic sign recognition system for driver assistance applications. The system incorporates two major operations, traffic sign detection and classification. Both algorithms will be implemented on the Xilinx Zynq FPGA platform through Hardware/Software Co-design methods.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-34: 1. Peptide loaded nanoparticles for sustained delivery of peptide therapeutics 

Faculty: Georgia Papavasiliou

Description: 

1. Peptide loaded nanoparticles for sustained delivery of peptide therapeutics
This project focuses on sustained co-delivery of anti-inflammatory and proangiogenic peptides delivered from nanoparticles for wound healing and infection control. Peptide release kinetics will be quantified as a function of nanoparticle crosslink density and the bioactivity of released peptides will be evaluated using in vitro culture models.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-35: Eradicating Biofilms via Plant-Derived Compounds

Faculty: Seok Hoon Hong

Description: Biofilms are sessile bacterial communities formed in aquatic environments by the secretion of extracellular polymeric substances. It is very difficult to eliminate bacterial biofilms using the conventional antibiotic or disinfectant treatments. Some plant-derived compounds help improve human immune responses and exhibit antimicrobial activities. Our lab has screened several candidate compounds that show promising anti-biofilm activities by inhibiting pathogenic biofilms. This research seeks to characterize and optimize anti-biofilm activities of those selected compounds toward various pathogens. Students will study biofilm problems in medical, environmental, and food processing areas, and learn hands on molecular biotechnology skills including culturing bacteria, sterilization, biofilm formation, quantification, and microscope operation. 
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ENGR 499-36: Eradicating Biofilms via Plant-Derived Compounds

Faculty: Seok Hoon Hong

Description: Biofilms are sessile bacterial communities formed in aquatic environments by the secretion of extracellular polymeric substances. It is very difficult to eliminate bacterial biofilms using the conventional antibiotic or disinfectant treatments. Synthetic biology is the intersection of biology and engineering and has the potential to engineer beneficial bacteria for use as sensors, drug delivery devices, and microbial factories. We investigate synthetic biology approaches to develop novel strategies to combat persistent biofilms. This research will design, construct, and evaluate the engineered beneficial bacteria to inhibit target biofilm formation or induce biofilm disruption. Through this research, students will learn biofilm problems in various areas and experience synthetic biology tools to introduce new functions into the beneficial bacteria.
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ENGR 499-42: Modeling Hazardous Air Emissions from Wastewater Treatment Operations

Faculty: Ali Oskouie

Description: Majority of wastewater treatment plants receive combined sewer flow (municipal, commercial, and industrial) that brings hazardous industrial wastes to the treatment plants.  The emissions of these hazardous chemicals in various stages of wastewater treatment processes needs to be calculated and the total emissions in many instances has to be reported to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of each state where the wastewater treatment plant is in operations.  In this class, the instructor (senior wastewater scientist) will discuss fundamentals of emission of hazardous chemicals and methods of calculating such emissions to fully satisfy the reporting requirements for these emissions.  The students will become familiar with overall wastewater treatment processes, significance of air emissions, and modeling approaches to determine the emissions.  National and international Civil and environmental consultants as well as other energy industries (power plants, petroleum, renewable energy, etc.) are constantly looking for qualified graduates in this field.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-43: 3D Tissue Microenvironments for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation into Cartilage and Bone

Faculty: Abhinav Bhushan

Description: There are currently over 30 million American's with known diabetes. The current technology does a poor job of measuring periods of low/high insulin which can be fatal to the individual. The goal of this class will be to develop point of care biosensors that will make these diagnoses possible.  Apply Now.

ENGR 499-44: Point of care for biosensors for managing diabetes 

Faculty: Georgia Papavasiliou

Description: There are currently over 30 million American's with known diabetes. The current technology does a poor job of measuring periods of low/high insulin which can be fatal to the individual. The goal of this class will be to develop point of care biosensors that will make these diagnoses possible.  Apply Now.

ENGR 598-04: Design with Sensors, FPGA and Smart Phone

Faculty: Jafar Saniie

Description: For this course students join the research team at ECASP Research Laboratory (Embedded Computing and Signal Processing, http://ecasp.ece.iit.edu/) where they will have the opportunity to learn different digital hardware and software design platforms. Students will be organized into groups to propose solutions to various design problems including robotics and machine vision, working with computer network laboratory tools, sensor data collection and data management, audio filter design on FPGA, system-on-chip design using Zynq FPGA from Xilinx and  ARM platform, body sensor networks, Internet of Things, design for collection of data from different sensors through a Smartphone, and the transmission of data to an online database.  Apply Now.

ENGR 599-34:  Peptide loaded nanoparticles for sustained delivery of peptide therapeutics 

Faculty: Georgia Papavasiliou

Description: 

Peptide loaded nanoparticles for sustained delivery of peptide therapeutics
This project focuses on sustained co-delivery of anti-inflammatory and proangiogenic peptides delivered from nanoparticles for wound healing and infection control. Peptide release kinetics will be quantified as a function of nanoparticle crosslink density and the bioactivity of released peptides will be evaluated using in vitro culture models. Apply Now.

ENGR 599-44:  3D Tissue Microenvironments for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation into Cartilage and Bone

Faculty: Georgia Papavasiliou

Description: 

3D Tissue Microenvironments for Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation into Cartilage and Bone

This project will focus on engineering scaffolds with tunable proteolytic degradation, elastic modulus and integrin-binding peptide ligands to regulate MSC differentiation into osteogenic and chondrogenic lineage.
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