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Engineering students among undergraduates to showcase research at annual Capitol event

Twenty-five Iowa State University undergraduates will present their research to legislators and others during the sixth annual “Research in the Capitol.” Five of those students are from engineering.

The event will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will offer opening remarks. More than 60 undergraduate students from Iowa’s three Regent universities (Iowa State, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) will display their research posters and describe their projects. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience.

At Iowa State, participation is open to all undergraduate students. The event is coordinated by the University Honors Program.

The Iowa State engineering students who will present their work at the capitol, their hometowns, majors, research projects and research mentors are:

  • Ellen Franzenburg, Van Horne, agricultural engineering and global resource systems: “Integrating Rainfall Measurement into the School Garden Program at Namasagali Primary School, Uganda,” Gail Nonnecke, University Professor of horticulture
  • William Lohry, Sioux City, chemical engineering: “Realtime Surface Capture using Multiple Wavelength Fringe Projection,” Song Zhang, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
  • Pavel Brodskiy, Clive, chemical engineering and biology: “Characterization of a Novel Model to Study Human Retinoblastoma,” Donald Sakaguchi, professor of genetics, development and cell biology
  • Ryan Hall, Elko, Minn., chemical engineering: “The Absorption Rates of Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats in Glucose Monitoring,” Derrick Rollins, professor of chemical engineering and statistics
  • Seth Berbano, Ames, materials engineering: “New Sodium-ion Conducting Solid Electrolytes for Sodium Batteries,” Steve Martin, Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering

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