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Research Opportunities for Notre Dame Students for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Each department in the College of Engineering offers hands-on research opportunities for undergraduates. Positions can be paid positions or for academic credit, depending on the program. Below is a brief listing as well as a contact name/Web site for more information.

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Professor: David Go

Email address: dgo@nd.edu

Fields of research:

Thermofluids - plasma science and heat transfer, Analytical Chemistry - mass spectrometry, Energy - waste heat utilization and energy conversion

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
1

Required courses: None - though chemistry courses are the most useful.

Other requirements: My research opening is in the area of plasma chemistry, so the student should have an interest in chemistry in addition to fluid dynamics and plasma science.

Those considered for the position: I accept any level, but I strongly prefer those with a very strong intent to pursue a graduate degree.

Compensation, if any: Research during the school year can be conducted for credit.

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~sst/

Professor: Arezoo Ardekani

Email address: aardekan@nd.edu

Fields of research: Biofluids, complex fluids, multiphase flows, biomicrofluidics, bacterial aggregation.

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
1

Other requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.6

Those considered for the position: Juniors

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~aardekan/

Professor: Ryan K. Roeder

Email address: rroeder@nd.edu

Fields of research: Biomaterials, scaffolds, nanoparticles, bone, biomechanics, orthopaedics

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
1-2

Other requirements: UG researchers will work alongside graduate students and gradually gain independence. Attendance at a weekly research group meeting is required. Attendance at a graduate bioengineering seminar is not required by highly encouraged.

Those considered for the position: Sophomores or juniors excelling in academics (minimum 3.2 GPA).

Preferred disciplines: Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry

Compensation, if any: Depends on availability of funds.

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~amebio/faculty/roeder.html
http://engineering.nd.edu/profiles/rroeder
http://graduateschool.nd.edu/departments-and-programs/special-interests/life-sciences/faculty/ryan-k-roeder/
http://harpercancer.nd.edu/people/ryan-k-roeder/
http://www3.nd.edu/~rroeder/

Professor: Tengfei Luo

Email address: tluo@nd.edu

Fields of research: Nanotechnology, heat transfer, two-dimensional materials, water treatment

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 1
Fall 2013:
1

Required courses: Thermodynamics

Those considered for the position: Sophomores, juniors, seniors

Professor: Eric Jumper

Email address: jumper.1@nd.edu

Fields of research: Fluid mechanics, aero-optics, wind tunnel testing

When will be seeking undergraduates in the future:

Spring or Fall 2013

Professor: Fabio Semperlotti

Email address: fsemperl@nd.edu

Fields of research: Wave propagation, structural dynamic, smart structures, met material, energy harvesting

When will be seeking undergraduates in the future:

Summer 2013: 1
Fall 2013: 
2

Those considered for the position: Sophomores, juniors, seniors

Compensation, if any: Only research credits

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~fsemperl/

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor: Ruilan Guo

Email address: rguo@nd.edu

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
1-2

Those considered for the position: Sophomores, juniors, seniors

Professor: Peter Kilpatrick

Email address: peter.kilpatrick@nd.edu

Fields of research: Molecular self assembly and liquid-liquid interfacial science

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 2
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: Organic I and II

Other requirements: Good laboratory experience

Those considered for the position: Rising juniors or above

Compensation, if any: Possibly

More details: See me for recent reprints of my research

Professor: Jeremiah Zartman

Email address: Jzartman@nd.edu

Fields of research: Bioengineering, cell and tissue culture, pattern formation, organ growth control, quantitative developmental biology

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: There are no specific requirements, but an interested student should have skills in Matlab, Python, or Javascript programming and in mathematics or applied statistics

Other requirements: Desired skills: programming, experience with cell biology. Background courses in cell and developmental biology

Those considered for the position: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors

Compensation, if any: For course credit

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~jzartman/

Professor: Jeffrey Kantor

Email address: Kantor.1@nd.edu

Fields of research: Process control, operations, economics, applications of finance and economics to engineering systems.

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
2

Those considered for the position: Juniors and seniors with interests in applied optimization, modeling, statistics, or control theory.

Compensation, if any: This work would be done for research credits.

Professor: Eduard Maginn

Email address: ed@nd.edu

Fields of research: Molecular modeling

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
1

Required courses: Thermodynamics I & II, Computer Methods

Other requirements: Must want to do computer modeling

Those considered for the position: Juniors

Compensation, if any: Possibly during summer

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~ed/

Professor: Elaine Zhu

Email address: yzhu@nd.edu

Fields of research: Polymer, colloid, and other soft matter, interfacial science, self assembly and supramolecular assembly, biomembranes

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 1
Fall 2013:
2-3

Required courses: Intro to Chemical Engineering, General Chemistry, intro level Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Other requirements: Dedication and responsibility

Those considered for the position: Sophomores, juniors, seniors

Compensation, if any: Compensation is possible for summer research, not in fall or spring

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~yzhu3/home.html

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Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Professor: Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Email address: tkijewsk@nd.edu

Fields of research: Structural dynamics and health monitoring, natural hazard assessment and mitigation, performance of tall buildings, citizen engineering through virtual organizations and cyber infrastructure, engineering development

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
5

Required courses: Students should be majoring in structural engineering, so courses in that sequence.

Other requirements: Need strong background in MATLAB and Excel, students who have modeled in SAP are encouraged

Those considered for the position: Mixture of sophomores-seniors. Will need at least 3 juniors/seniors.

Compensation, if any: Options for both pay or credit, depending on project.

More details: http://dynamo.nd.edu/ (though it is under construction currently)

Professor: Diogo Bolster

Email address: dbolster@nd.edu

Fields of research: Groundwater hydrology, flow and transport in porous media, multiphase flows in porous media, chemical reactions in porous media, probabilistic risk assessment

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 1
Fall 2013:
3

Those considered for the position: Motivated students at all levels

Compensation, if any: To be discussed

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~bolster/Diogo_Bolster/Home.html

Professor: Brian Smith

Email address: bsmith24@nd.edu

Fields of research: Structural engineering, earthquake engineering, innovative structural systems, retrofitting

When will be seeking undergraduates in the future:

Fall 2014

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Computer Science and Engineering

Professor: Raul Santelices

Email address: rsanteli@nd.edu

Fields of research: Software engineering, automatic code analysis, visualization, verification & validation, testing, debugging, change-impact analysis, and software evolution

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
1-2

Required courses: Fundamentals of Computing I & II or equivalent experience/skills

Other requirements: Good/improvable communication skills, interact with others constructively

Those considered for the position: All levels. Freshmen/sophomores with focus on programming-tool research as they learn programming, and juniors/seniors for publishable research in general

Compensation, if any: Research credits during all Fall and Spring semesters (any academic year, starting this one). For summer, will depend on future availability of funds for exceptional individuals who can do quality research.

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~rsanteli/

Professor: Christian Poellabauer

Email address: cpoellab@nd.edu

Fields of research: Wireless networks, sensor networks, mobile computing, vehicular communications, pervasive and mobile health

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 2
Fall 2013:
5

Required courses: Programming experience desired; course on networks and/or operating systems of advantage but not required

Other requirements: Willingness to quickly and independently learn to program smartphones, tablets, and/or embedded sensor devices or interest in web service development, including databases, visualization, websites, etc.

Those considered for the position: Everybody

Compensation, if any: Summer research yes; fall research no.

More details: http://www.cse.nd.edu/~cpoellab/

Professor: Patrick Flynn

Email address: flynn@nd.edu

Fields of research: Computer vision, image processing, biometrics, pattern recognition, mobile apps

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 2
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: One year of experience with computer programming in a modern structured language (C, C++, Objective C, Java, Python, etc.)

Those considered for the position: Juniors, seniors

Compensation, if any: Compensated positions are possible.

More details: Please contact me for a meeting.

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Electrical Engineering

Professor: Hai Lin

Email address: hlin1@nd.edu

Fields of research: Multi-robot/UAV coordination and cooperative tasking

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 2
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: Signals and systems

Other requirements: Comfortable with C++ programing in Linux, knowledge in micro-controllers is a plus (will get a chance to be trained), teamwork and responsible

Those considered for the position: Sophomores and Juniors

Compensation, if any: Students will given course credits for research activities. Further details or other preferences can be discussed in the first meeting.

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~hlin1/
http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1253488

Professor: Grace Huili Xing

Email address: hxing@nd.edu

Fields of research: Next generation electronic and optical devices for communication, computation, lighting, sensing, energy, semiconductor materials, growth and characterization, semiconductor devices, fabrication and testing.

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 2
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: Desired but not required: Semiconductors, energy harvesting, thin film deposition, solid state physics, electromagnetics

Those considered for the position: Students of any level with a science and engineering background and interest

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~hxing/

Professor: Alan Seabaugh

Email address: seabaugh.1@nd.edu

Fields of research: Nanoelectronics, devices and circuits

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
2

Those considered for the position: Freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~nano/

Professor: Patrick Fay

Email address: pfay@nd.edu

Fields of research: High performance electronics, photovoltaics, advanced device fabrication

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
2-3

Required courses: The available options are broad enough that they can be tailored to a wide range of backgrounds. No specific coursework is essential, though semiconductor courses would be helpful for more advanced projects.

Those considered for the position: Sophomores, juniors, seniors

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~hscdlab/

Professor: Robert Stevenson

Email address: rls@nd.edu

Fields of research: Image Filtering, video filtering, parallel image processing, image stabilization

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
2

Those considered for the position: Juniors/seniors

Compensation, if any: Credit

Professor: Mark Wistey 

Email address:mwistey@nd.edu

Fields of research: Optoelectronics, semiconductors, photovoltaics/solar cells, heteroepitaxy and heterogenous integration on Si chips

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 2
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: First year physics sequence. Research positions may require Semiconductors 1 & 2.

Other requirements: Hard worker, creative, curious, asks questions, proactive and self-motivated.

Those considered for the position: All undergrads welcome

Compensation, if any: Part-time and possibly 1 full time lab assistant position are currently open (as of April 2013). Although these positions typically do not have a direct research component, they are paid positions and a good chance to get introduced into the lab. Several students have used this as a way to get involved and move into a research position later.
Research projects are learning experiences with regular meetings and mentoring, and are not usually paid (except for summer NURF or REU projects).

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~mwistey/

Professor: Martin Haenggi

Email address: mhaenggi@nd.edu

Fields of research: Wireless communications and networking, software-defined radio

Number of positions available starting  

Summer 2013: 1
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: Signal and Systems, Random Phenomena in EE, DSP all helpful but not recommended

Other requirements: Interest in working with graduate students and faculty on emerging architectures and technologies for future wireless networks

Those considered for the position: Juniors and seniors

Compensation, if any: Standard hourly pay

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~mhaenggi/

Professor: Gary Bernstein

Email address: bernstein.1@nd.edu

Fields of research: Nanotechnology, MEMS, magnetics, integrated circuit packaging

Number of positions available starting

Summer 2013: 0
Fall 2013:
2

Required courses: IC Fabrication (preferred), Electromagnetic F&W, Semiconductors I

Those considered for the position: Juniors and seniors

Compensation, if any: Credit

More details: http://www3.nd.edu/~gbernste/Home.html

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