Villanova University traditionally emphasizes the undergraduate learning experience, and therefore the College of Engineering encourages undergraduate research opportunities. A large number of ME faculty host at least one undergraduate researcher, and the university submits a call for proposals annually for funded undergraduate research. The following is a list of “Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows” in the ME Department in 2009-2010:
William Albert and Anderson Lebbad, “Unmanned Ground Vehicle as a Basis for Image Based Dynamic Modeling Techniques,” advised by Dr. Garrett Clayton, Assistant Professor.
Kathleen Bommer, “A High-Speed Imaging Study of Zebrafish Embryo Freezing,” advised by Dr. Jens Karlsson, Associate Professor.
Kristopher Doll, “Finite Element Modeling of Hydroxyapatite Composites for Bone Implants,” advised by Dr. Ani Ural, Assistant Professor.
Jamie Fernandez, “Experiment on Natural Convection from a Surface Mounted Heat Source in an Inclined Shallow Enclosure,” advised by Dr. Alfonso Ortega, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and The James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology.
Katharine Duggan, “Mechanotransduction via the Endothelial Glycocalyx and Its Implications to Cardiovascular Diseases,” advised by Dr. Qianhong Wu, Assistant Professor.
Thomas Motto, “Swarm Robotics,” advised by Dr. C. Nataraj, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering.