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Iowa State undergraduates showcase their research at annual Capitol event March 29

This story was originally posted by Teddi Barron with the Iowa State New Service

With research on wind turbine blade optimization, the underlying mechanisms of neuroinflammation, the Native American Jingle Dress and Iowa’s care deserts, there will be much to discuss when 22 Iowa State University undergraduates present their research to legislators and others during the annual “Research in the Capitol.” The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines.

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 work. The event highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience, as well as the depth and variety of research being done.

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

The Iowa State  College of Engineering students who will present their work at the capitol, their hometowns, majors, research titles and mentors are:

Carolyn Darling, Aurora, Illinois, mechanical engineering: “Wind Turbine Blade Optimization,” Ming-Chen Hsu, mechanical engineering.

Chris Levandowski, Mankato, Minnesota, civil engineering: “Evaluating Ultra-High Performance Concrete Properties and Wind Energy Applications,” Sri Srithraran, civil, construction and environmental engineering.

Zachary Lones, Des Moines, computer engineering: “Space/Time Analysis for Cybersecurity,” Suraj Kothari, electrical and computer engineering.

Sean Wasion, West Branch, mechanical engineering: “Optimizing Trailer-Tail Design for Drag Reduction through Computational Fluid-Structure Interaction,” Ming-Chen Hsu, mechanical engineering.