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Engineering undergrad researchers showcase work at state capitol

Ten Iowa State University engineering undergraduate students will showcase their research at the 13th annual Research in the Capitol event on April 3.

Research in the Capitol highlights the importance of research in an undergraduate student’s education, as well as each student’s achievements. Students will interact with state officials and news media, discussing the impact their research could have on Iowa, the United States and the world.

Svitlana Zbarska, Iowa State’s undergraduate research program coordinator, says the event provides a great opportunity for undergraduates to present their research projects, learn about student research being conducted at Iowa’s other public universities, and share their experiences with legislators, media and the general public.

The following Iowa State students will present their research at the event (hometowns, majors and research titles are noted):

  • Adam Gjersvik, Altoona, aerospace engineering, “Faulty Turbine Blade Detection in the Time-Domain from Casing Pressure and Vibration Measurements”
  • Myra James, Omaha, Nebraska, mechanical engineering, “Comparing the effects of restricting irrigation on diascia and lobelia growth and development”
  • Nikita Kozak, Urbandale, mechanical engineering, “Implementation of the Actuator Line Method in Finite Element Simulation of Wind Turbine Aerodynamics”
  • Morgan Smith, Nevada, microbiology and software engineering, “The Effects of Raw Potato Starch on Salmonella Shedding in Weaning Pigs”
  • Tanner Spies, Vinton; Kevin Lin, Council Bluffs; and Eric Spahr, Cary, Illinois; all industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, “Application of 3D printing to food preparation at Ames hospitals”
  • Laura Michaelson, Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, mechanical engineering, “A Mobile Diagnostics Lab for Interdisciplinary Climate Research”
  • Isaac Tegeler, Des Moines, computer engineering, “Plant Localization with Deep Learning”
  • Curtis Waltmann, Cedar Rapids, materials engineering, “Capping Ligand Vortices as ‘Atomic Orbitals’ in Nanocrystal Self-Assembly”

Go here for the full list of all Iowa State undergrad researchers selected for the event.