Measuring Air Particles
Graduate student Kyung SulGraduate student Kyung Sul received a top award in June at the 12th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate in Austin, Texas.

Sul, an environmental engineering Ph.D. student from Seoul, Korea, received second place for her poster presentation “Numerical and experimental investigation of particle resuspension due to human walking.”

In the experiment, a mechanical foot was used to simulate walking over particles. The foot resuspended the particles into the air and then measurements were made of the concentrations of particles in the air flow field. A substantial portion of the particles we breathe comes from resuspended particles.

Co-authors of the paper presentation were Clarkson graduate students Yilin Tian and Iman Goldasteh, visiting scholar Behrang Sajadi, and Clarkson professors Goodarz Ahmadi and Andrea Ferro.

Designing a Better Adaptive Device
students working with a rehabilitation deviceAn integrated design team from the Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering won second place in the Undergraduate Design Project Competition in Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The device proposed in their project, “A Partial Weight-Bearing Reminder Device for Gait Rehabilitation After Lower Extremity Surgery,” enhances recovery through a combination of aural, visual and tactile alerts that reminds the patient to avoid putting weight on the recovering limb. The device includes an insole that can be inserted into any shoe (or slipper) and can be manufactured at a low cost.

Working under the direction of Assistant Professors Kevin Fite and Laurel Kuxhaus, the student team researched the product need, market potential and economic plan, in addition to their device design.

The competition was held at the ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference where the students gave an oral presentation and demonstration of the prototype.

The Clarkson team received a monetary award from the ASME Bioengineering Division and the NSF to be used for prototype development.

Advancing Science
Four Clarkson students win awards at the CSTEP Student Conference. Last spring four students received awards at the 19th annual statewide College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Student Conference: Journeys Beyond Excellence.

Senior Theodore D. Glave, a chemical engineering major, was awarded first prize for his oral presentation in the technology division on “Novel Nanocomposite Materials for Solar Cell Fabrication.” He was mentored by Prof. John B. McLaughlin.

Senior David A. Yambay, an electrical engineering major, received second place in the same division for his oral presentation “LivDet 2011-Fingerprint Liveness Detection Competition 2011.” He was mentored by Prof. Stephanie A. Schuckers.

Junior Keisha A. Pierre-Lys, a biology major, was awarded first prize for her poster presentation in the social sciences division on “Stress, Race and Gender: The Impact on Cigarette Smoking and Alcohol Use Among College Students.” She was mentored by Prof. Tina R. Norton.

Junior Nicolas A. Polanco, an engineering & management major, received second place in the technology division for his poster presentation “Developing Alternative Biometric Spoofing Techniques.” He was mentored by Prof. Stephanie A. Schuckers.

Enhancing Aircraft Safety
Professor Yongming LiuYongming Liu, an assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering, received a $360,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Research Program.

According to Air Force Office of Scientific Research officials, competition for the program is intense, with grants awarded to only 43 of the 242 scientists and engineers who submitted research proposals in aerospace, chemical and material sciences; physics and electronics; and mathematics, information and life sciences.

Liu hopes that his project’s outcome will greatly enhance the safety of next generation aircraft. His observations will assist in the development of a new, alternative and systematic approach for real-time fatigue reliability assessment of aircraft structures under different scenarios.