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MC Rockville – SEM Students Participating in Prestigious REUs this Summer

Several MC engineering students are participating in prestigious REU programs across the nation this summer. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU.

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

Solomon Adera majored in aerospace engineering at MC and transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology in January 2008, to pursue a BS in mechanical engineering.  He has accepted an REU at Texas A&M University this summer.  Solomon will be working on a project in the Turbomachinery Lab sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center (http://reumicro.tamu.edu/project/project08.html).  The photo shows Solomon setting up a Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine to perform experiments in Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) with the objective of maximizing the tool life to significantly decrease cost of production.

Liliane Nguetsap is an electrical engineering major and has been accepted into the University of Maryland College Park MERIT Biosystems Internships for Engineers (BIEN) summer research program (http://www.ece.umd.edu/merit/08_projects.html).  She working in the Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) Sensors and Actuators Lab (MSAL) led by Prof. Reza Ghodssi.  The research project entitled Nanostructured Nickel-Zinc Microbatteries Using Tobacco Mosaic Virus is investigating novel approaches for the development of micro-batteries based on the well studied Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV).  Liliane will transfer to UMCP this fall to pursue a BS in electrical engineering. 

Semme Yilma is pursuing a civil engineering degree and has been selected for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  He will work in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) at NIST this summer (http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/info/surf/surf.htm).  Semme’s project involves developing a computer simulation model of a loaded reinforced concrete block in order to understand what happened in the actual experiments that were previously conducted.  He was also offered REUs by University of Maryland College Park and the University of Notre Dame, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Cornell University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Semme will transfer to the University of Maryland College Park to continue his studies as a junior in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

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