Undergraduate Research Opportunities Listing

Faculty & EmailPosition DescriptionNo. of PositionsCompensationDurationDesired Qualifications
Jenni Buckley
Plan and execute biomechanical tests on orthopedic implants, including but not limited to spinal implants, fracture plates, and total joint replacements. 1 Paid through UD Summer Scholars Program. 10 weeks in summer, with option to extend internship into fall semester back at UD, for MEEG366/466 credit. For rising junior or senior. Position will be at Taylor Laboratories in San Francisco, a non-profit biomechanical testing lab that focuses on orthopedic implants. Applicant must be familiar with design of experiments, solid mechanics, and human anatomy.Also must be comfortable working with cadavers and heavy machinery.
Suresh G Advani
1) Conduct research on manufacturing processes in composite materials. Develop material characterization and process model validation experiments. Build model based process control methodologies for composites
2) Fuel cell bus program (with Dr. Prasad) improve current systems in Fuel Cell (FC) buses, Data collection and analysis on subsystems, thermal analysis of batteries and H2 storage, material improvement of FC subcomponents (membrane, gas diffusion layer, catalyst and flow channels)
5 Volunteer, Credit, Pay Winter and Summer Rising Sophormores, Juniors and Seniors
Lian-Ping Wang
Work with graduate students to help develop codes for high-performance computation apply the codes to specifi applications in environmental multiphase flows. 2 Volunteer, Credit, Pay Expect a minimum of 10 hrs / week. Good mathematical and programming skills, and knowledge of fluid mechaincs.
Michael H. Santare
MECHANICS OF COMPLEX MATERIAL SYSTEMS: Experimental and analytical research into the mechanical behavior and durability of fuel cell membrane and electrode materials, nano-composites and graded and damaged media. Goals of the investigations are to determine the effects of environment, microstructure and damage on mechanical response. 1 Credit, Pay Part-time and full-time over the summer and possibly part-time during the semester. Student should have a course in mechanics of materials and some computer skills.
Joshua Hertz
Ceramics, including those used in fuel cells, are usually fabricated with a long, high-temperature sintering step that is energy-intensive and can destroy a desired nanostructure. On the other hand, microwave processing of ceramics has been shown to achieve high final density with greatly reduced processing time and energy. In this study, you will use solution-based synthesis routes followed by microwave sintering to fabricate ceramics and then test their fuel cell-relevant properties. 1 Credit, Pay Negotiable, but roughly 10 weeks, 30 hrs./week Potential interns should have completed MSEG 302.
Ajay Prasad
Two types of positions are available:
(1) fuel cell fabrication and testing, involving novel polymer electrolyte membrane materials, catalyst materials, etc., and running performance tests. Durability testing may involve temperature cycling, wet and dry cycling, and freeze/thaw cycling. Characterization by SEM, TGA, XRD, etc.
(2) Mechanical and electrical design for the UD fuel cell bus. Innovation and trouble-shooting of the fuel cell bus' fuel cell system, battery, balance of plant, etc.
2 Volunteer, Credit, Pay About 10 weeks at 20 hours per week. Students must enjoy hands-on work. We look for competence and creativity in the laboratory and in the field. Should be confident about operating a variety of machines and equipment in support of fuel cell fabrication and testing, or field testing of critical components on the UD fuel cell buses. Should also have a strong interest in analysis and interpretation of experimental results. Matlab and Labview skills will be helpful.
Erik Thostenson
Processing and Characterization of Nanostructured Composite Materials. Research focuses on processing and characterization of composite materials focusing on carbon nanotube and advanced fiber reinforcements toward the development of the next generation of multi-functional composite materials and micro/nano mechanics modeling techniques. Recent work is focusing on the utilization of carbon nanotube networks for sensing of defects in advanced fiber composites. Research work is typically hands-on. 1 Volunteer, Credit, Pay About 10 weeks at 20 hours per week. There are also opportunities through the NSF Nanoscale Undergraduate Education Program
David Burris
Initially train on equipment and assist graduate students with research. Once comfortable, there is a wide range of independent opportunities from instrument design, software writing, nanomaterials design and synthesis, simple analytical modeling, and experimental friction, wear, and lubrication studies. 1 Volunteer, Credit Flexible with a 20hr per week committment. Comfort with hardware is desirable.

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