Monday, October 17th, 2016

Bucknell Engineering Research Completed Over the Summer

This past summer, many of our students took advantage of opportunities to work side by side with faculty on a variety of interesting research projects. Below is a sampling of these projects. Students across all of our engineering disciplines, as well as some from non-engineering majors, were guided by faculty in exploring a wide range of topics. By all measures, these experiences have proven to be valuable to those involved. Project Title: CSCI 187: Creative Computing and Society, A Student-Generated Intro Computer Science Course Students: Sierra Magnotta ’18, linguistics, Anushikha Sharma ’18, computer science and women’s and gender studies, and Jingya Wu […]

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Monday, October 17th, 2016

High Density Poultry: Health Risk or Opportunity?

By Leah Murphy ’17, Staff Writer Project Title: High Density Poultry: Health Risk or Opportunity? Student: Dalton Stewart ’19, environmental engineering Mentor: Professor Deborah Sills, civil & environmental engineering Agricultural runoff in Pennsylvania poses potential health risks because of its eutrophication of waterways, as well as human exposure to pathogens present in animal manures. A great deal of research is therefore looking into alternative uses for manure. Environmental engineering student Dalton Stewart ’19 spent the past summer collecting and recording data on all high-density poultry operations within the 38 Pennsylvania counties served by the Geisinger Health System so that researchers […]

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Monday, October 17th, 2016

High Speed Video of Direct Fuel Injection for Small Diesel Engines

By Leah Murphy ’17, Staff Writer Project Title: High Speed Video of Direct Fuel Injection for Small Diesel Engines Student: Diego Aldana ’18, mechanical engineering Mentor: Professor Indranil Brahma, mechanical engineering With climate change and pollution garnering increasingly more public attention, research pertaining to efficient and clean fuel-burning processes is extremely important. Mechanical engineering student Diego Aldana ’18 spent his summer using high-speed imaging to measure the angle and length of the fuel injected into the combustion chamber of a single-cylinder diesel engine, with the goal of singling out agents of nanoparticle creation, soot and other harmful carcinogens. The project […]

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Monday, October 17th, 2016

Engineering an Architecture for Communication Between a Wearable Device and Cognitive Model

By Leah Murphy ’17, Staff Writer Project Title: Engineering an Architecture for Communication Between a Wearable Device and Cognitive Model Student: Eric Marshall ’18, computer science & engineering Mentor: Professor Chris Dancy, computer science Computer science and engineering student Eric Marshall ’18 spent his summer researching and designing a communication system for gathering physiological data for use within a cognitive architecture, an intelligent system that thinks the way people think. The project utilized a Microsoft Band 2 smartwatch to collect physiological data, such as heart rate, galvanic skin response and skin temperature, which was then sent to an Android smartphone. […]

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