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Engineering students to present at the ISU Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression

Iowa State University undergraduates will share their research and creative endeavors during the seventh annual Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. More than 100 students will present research on topics ranging from architecture to zebrafish.

The symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Memorial Union. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the Ames community are invited to learn about the broad range of undergraduate research activities taking place on the ISU campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

The event gives undergraduates from all academic disciplines an opportunity to share their research with the university community, families, and other guests through conference-style oral presentation sessions.

The day’s events will begin at 9 a.m. in the Pioneer Room with opening remarks by David Oliver, interim vice president for research and economic development. Concurrent presentation sessions will run from throughout the day A mid-day break will feature undergraduate artists whose works are part of the FOCUS Exhibit.

A detailed schedule of the day’s events and presentations, as well as the students’ research abstraxts, is available online at

Examples of the presentations from the College of Engineering include:

Prasad Raman, senior in aerospace engineering, will present his research, “Understanding and Exploiting the Effects of 3D Surface Disturbances on Boundary Layer Flow,” which was mentored by Alric Rothmayer, professor of aerospace engineering.

Christian Setzer, senior in aerospace engineering, will present “Particle Object Generation for Disruption of Asteroids Modeled Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics.” His research mentor was Bong Wie, professor of aerospace engineering.

Casey Fangmann, senior in industrial engineering, will discuss the “Department of Residence Recycling Program.”

Rachana Kaul, senior in electrical engineering, will present “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” research, which was advised by David Jiles, Distinguished Professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering.