Missouri S&T undergraduates to exhibit research to state legislators

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On March 29, 2018

Photo from the Missouri House of Representatives image gallery.

Undergraduate students 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 Thursday, April 5.

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 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:

Ryan Baumann, a senior in biological sciences from St. Louis; Lucas Dyer, a junior in chemistry from Jefferson City, Missouri; and Erin Nischwitz, a senior in chemistry from Wildwood, Missouri, will present “Interchangeable Pollutant Detection in Arabidopsis.” The work is directed by Dr. David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences.

Tiffany Lyche, a senior in mining engineering from Portland, Oregon, will present “Evaluating the Effect of Text Message Prompts on Miners’ Decision Making in a Disaster.” The work is directed by Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei, associate professor of mining engineering.

Cooper Broman, a sophomore in information science and technology from Festus, Missouri, will present “The Impact of Monetary Gains and Losses on Cybersecurity Behavior.” The work is directed by Dr. Fiona Nah, professor of business and information technology.

Ian Roberts, a senior in electrical engineering from Jackson, Missouri, will present “Underwater Acoustic Communication.” The work is directed by Dr. Y. Rosa Zheng, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Alexandra Cristea, a senior in chemistry from St. Charles, Missouri, will present “Simultaneous Determination of Amino Acid derivatives in Urine by Capillary Electrophoresis for Breast Cancer Risk Screening.” The work is directed by Dr. Yinfa Ma, associate dean of research for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, and Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry.

Ryan Honerkamp, a senior in civil engineering from Farmington, Missouri, will present “Role of a Laboratory Tornado Simulator in Achieving Tornado-ready Communities.” The work is directed by Dr. Grace Yan, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Daniel Drury, a senior in ceramic engineering from Wentzville, Missouri, will present “Dissolution Behavior of Na-Mo-Fe-P Glasses.” The work is directed by Dr. Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering.

Devin Olds, a senior in civil engineering from Maryland Heights, Missouri, will present “Addressing the lack of public awareness in regards to antimicrobial resistance.” The work is directed by Dr. Dan Oerther, professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Brandon Sullivan, a senior in in geology and geophysics from Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, will present “Heavy Mineral Analysis of The Viburnum Trend, Southeast MO Lead-Zinc District.” The work is directed by Dr. Marek Locmelis, assistant professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering.

Jana Hochard, a senior in petroleum engineering and economics from Weston, Missouri, will present “Application of Safety Systems Management in Rigsite Operations.” The work is directed by Dr. Rickey Hendrix, lecturer in geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering.

Jonathan Kuchem, a senior in civil engineering from Augusta, Missouri, will present “Mechanical Properties of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete made with Recycled Materials.” The work is directed by Dr. Nicolas Libre, assistant teaching professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Sarah Jemison, a senior in civil and architectural engineering from Nixa, Missouri, will present “Compressive Behavior of Masonry Columns Confined with Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) Composites.” The work is directed by Dr. Lesley Sneed, Stirrat Faculty Scholar and associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Alexis Lee, a senior in civil and architectural engineering from West Plains, Missouri, will present “Developing a Sustainable Controlled Low-Strength Material (CLSM) by Incorporating Off-Specification Fly Ash and Bottom Ash.” The work is directed by Dr. Mohamed ElGawady, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering.

Joel Merz, a senior in history from Rolla, Missouri, will present “Thunder in the East: Wehrmacht versus RKKA.” The work is directed by Dr. Irina Ivliyeva, associate professor of arts, languages, and philosophy.

Julia White, a senior in electrical engineering from St. Louis, will present “Optic Fiber Sensor for Strain Measurements in High Temperature Sensing Applications.” The work is directed by Dr. Jie Huang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Luis Ocampo, a freshman in information science and technology from Chesterfield, Missouri, will present “Neuropsychological Assessment of Fatigue Utilizing Eye-Tracking Data.” The work is directed by Dr. Fiona Nah, professor of business and information technology.

Michael Khayat, a junior in ceramic engineering from Rolla, Missouri, will present “New Cast Steels for High Temperature Automotive Applications.” The work is directed by Dr. Simon Lekakh, research professor in materials science and engineering.

Sara Johnson, a junior in psychology from St. Louis, will present “Predictors of Freshmen Engineering Students’ Report of Cheating.” The work is directed by Dr. Amber Henslee, associate professor of psychological science.

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