About 40 students presented their semester-long research to a panel of industry professionals at the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science’s 5th Annual Senior Project Showcase.
Biomedical engineering students Stephanie Zaferiou and Abigail Tubbs won first place for their research, Low-Frequency Ultrasonic (LoFU) Decellularization of Porcine Cardiac Tissue, studying the cultivation and grafting of stem cells to repair damaged tissues and organs.
“Our research gave us valuable experience in decision making, planning, and problem solving,” Zaferiou said. “Communication was also a key element to success in this experiment because a certain amount of material and time was needed each time we ran a protocol. I think we gained a better understanding of what goes into research, which is an invaluable experience in our major.”
Zaferiou and Tubbs conducted their research in Hofstra’s Ultrasound Research Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Sleiman Ghorayeb, professor of engineering and professor of radiology and molecular medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
“Stephanie and Abigail are very dedicated and hard-working individuals who worked well together as a team,” Dr. Ghorayeb said. “The quality of their research was simply impeccable and has led so far to one publication at the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference. I am certain that this experience not only gave them exposure to very sophisticated laboratory equipment, but it helped develop excellent communication skills, a high level of professional maturity and preparedness that makes them ready to face real life challenges whether in the workplace or in pursuit of advanced degrees.”
Computer science majors Aman Luthra, Hugo Renzzo Olcese and James Cavanaugh, won second place. Under the guidance of Dr. Xiang Fu, associate professor of computer science, the trio created Finsec: Zero Knowledge Trading, a platform that provides safe access to live stock market data and allows users to run and verify their proprietary investment algorithms.
“On a technical level, working on my senior design project helped me to understand security on a completely different level,” Luthra said. “And, on a personal level, it really helped me grow as a developer and build something using all the knowledge I gained over the past four years at Hofstra.”
Presentations were judged based on methodology, technological significance, ingenuity and presentation. First and second place team members were awarded cash prizes. The showcase was held earlier this month.
Other research projects included a motor-powered rehabilitation device for the hand, a sonogram procedure to assess the kidneys of pediatric patients suffering with urinary tract issues, a vulnerability scanner that alerts computer users to suspicious activity and a website that simplifies the process of applying for Medicaid in New York State.