Missouri S&T undergraduates to exhibit research to state legislators

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On February 19, 2015
The Missouri State Capitol. Photo from the Missouri House of Representatives image gallery.

The Missouri State Capitol. Photo from the Missouri House of Representatives image gallery.

Undergraduates from Missouri University of Science and Technology will travel to Jefferson City, Missouri, to exhibit their latest research projects to the state’s top legislators on Tuesday, March 10.

These students, who work on research projects under the direction of faculty advisors, will be participating in the annual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, an event that welcomes undergraduates from all four campuses in the University of Missouri System. The event is designed to inform Missouri’s lawmakers about research that is occurring at Missouri universities.

Missouri S&T places an emphasis on providing research opportunities to undergraduate students. The following students will appear at the Missouri State Capitol to represent Missouri S&T:

Katherine Bartels, a sophomore in environmental engineering from Independence, Missouri, will present “Green Roof Leachate Water Quality,” directed by Dr. Joel Burken, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Adrian Black, a senior in biological sciences from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Quorum Sensing in Bradyrhizobium Japonicum,” directed by Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences.

Abagail Campbell, a sophomore in biological sciences from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Characterization of Acidophilic Microorganisms in Red Lake,” directed by Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences.

Kelsey Crossen, a senior in biological sciences from Kansas City, Missouri, will present “Clearing the Air: Nitrogen Oxide Fixation for the Remediation of Coal Flue Gases,” directed by Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Katie Shannon, associate teaching professor of biological sciences.

Rebekah Harrah, a senior in English education from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Developing Reading Comprehension Strategies in Chemistry I,” directed by Dr. Daniel Reardon, assistant professor of English.

Justin Hoyt, a senior in electrical engineering from New Haven, Missouri, will present “Smart Rocks for Underwater Wireless Sensor Networks,” directed by Dr. Y. Rosa Zheng, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Sahitya Injamuri, a senior in biological sciences from Ballwin, Missouri, will present “Mathematical Modeling of Recovery Sleep After Sleep Deprivation and Starvation,” directed by Dr. Matthew Thimgan, assistant professor of biological sciences.

Lauren Kroenung, a senior in computer science from St. Louis, and Luke Simon, a senior in computer science from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, will present “Visualization for Hyper-Heuristics,” directed by Dr. Daniel Tauritz, associate professor of computer science.

John Plihal, a senior in chemical engineering from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, will present “The Role of Soil Bacteria in Phytoremediation of Contaminated Soils,” directed by Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences.

Jonathan Roth, a junior in nuclear engineering from University City, Missouri, will present “Fabrication of Flat Panel X-Ray Source,” directed by Dr. Hyoung Koo Lee, chair and associate professor of nuclear engineering.

Thomas Roth, a senior in electrical engineering and computer engineering from Weatherby Lake, Missouri, will present “Implementation of Robust Data Reduction Techniques to Rapid Millimeter Wave Imaging,” directed by Dr. Kristen Donnell, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Alexandra Slimmer, a senior in chemical engineering from Wildwood, Missouri, will present “General Thermodynamic Modeling of Gasification of Diverse Biomasses,” directed by Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan, chair and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering.

Austin Sutton, a senior in mechanical engineering from Liberty, Missouri, will present “Improvement of Fuel Cells for Use in Future Technology,” directed by Dr. Umit Koylu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Ben Toby, a senior in electrical engineering from Kansas City, Missouri, will present “Simulated Shielding Methods for RF Analog Circuits in LCP Packages,” directed by Dr. Daryl Beetner, chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Anthony Wellnitz, a senior in computer engineering and electrical engineering from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Part DNA Using RFID Tags in Metal-Reach Environment,” directed by Dr. Maciej Zawodniok, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

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