The facilities in Adams and Weed Halls, the home of Hofstra’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, were brimming with activity this past summer as part of a concerted effort launched by Dean Sina Rabbany to get a record number of faculty and advanced undergraduate students working on research projects. The activity, made possible in part by the financial support of three Hofstra alumni, were on display at the first Annual Summer Research Colloquium held on August 24 at Weed Hall.
The Hofstra graduates who helped make the research opportunities possible through their generous donations were Michael Delaney of the Boeing Company, Paul Saueracker of Minerals Technology, and Tom Sanzone of Black Knight Financial Services.
Participating students and their projects included:
- Jennifer Desamero, advised by Edward Segal, reported on how mushroom biomaterial could be used in structural applications.
- Tamunomiesiya Longjohn, under the advisement of Alex Pesch, examined the modeling of damage in composite materials.
- Katie Gilleran, mentored by Dean Sina Rabbany, analyzed the difference between laminar and pulsatile flows on endothelial cells.
- Nathan Chow and Kevin Richardson, also working under Dr. Rabbany’s direction, focused on the effects of substrate mechanics on the viability and morphology of the same types of cells.
- Jenesis Curtis and Ariel Goldman, advised by Roche deGuzman, looked at options for viable artificial intervertebral disc constructs.
- Nick Jones reported on boundary layer measurements on axially aligned cylinders of differing geometries under the advisement of David Rooney and John Vaccaro.
- Nick also teamed with Frank Proscia to build a pneumatic inverted pendulum, to serve as an example for senior design projects in a capstone course taught by Kevin Craig.
Other students participating in summer research projects but not participating in the summer research colloquium were Megan Murphy, Susanna Planick-Kuney, Horacio Reyna, and Bernadette Rooney.
Many of these students are expected to continue their research projects throughout the 2016-17 academic year with the goal of eventually presenting their work at a professional conference or publishing their findings in an academic journal.