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Research Activities

UTSI’s Summer Research Interns participate in “real world” projects under the supervision of experienced researchers. The work that interns perform is meaningful and contributes to the success of the institute. The program seeks to match interns with research projects that are of interest to them and that will provide growth relating to their career goals.

The following is a list of faculty members participating in the intern program:

Additional information relating to a faculty member’s research projects can be found by clicking on their names to access his or her faculty web page.

The following is a partial list of projects that interns have worked on in the past:

  • Pulsed Laser Deposition – synthesis of advanced luminescent glass-ceramic thin films
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)– synthesis of iron nanoparticles to be used as contrast agents
  • Fuel Cells – water electrolysis using a modified additive manufactured plate; optimization of the ink used to print the catalyst layer in a proton exchange membrane electrolyzer cell (PEMEC)
  • Electrospray Thrusters – calculation of the capillary action heights and the necessary voltages for a purely ionic regime (PIR)
  • Wind Tunnels– retroreflective shadowgraphy in a Mach 2 wind tunnel; design of a hollow cylinder flare model with stiffening ribs for the Mach 4 Ludwig tube in UTSI’s TALon facility
  • Ballistic Image Analysis – particle tracking and flow characterization
  • Computation Mechanics – characterization (stochastic fracture modeling) of statistical volume elements (SVEs)