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08-22-2016

Students Win at Clarkson University's Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences

Undergraduate students presented their research projects this summer during the 19th annual summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) at Clarkson University.

SURE 2016SURE provides undergraduates a forum for presentations of research and independent projects, or other educational activities such as internships, co-ops and study abroad experiences. The goal is to celebrate all forms of scholarship and to provide an opportunity for a broad audience to appreciate work by Clarkson’s undergraduate students.

Several students won the poster and oral sessions in their fields of research.

George Mason University student Christopher Pertsch, a Research Experience for Undergraduates Advancing Sustainable Systems and Environmental Technologies (REU ASSETS) student, won the environmental sciences oral presentation session on monitoring. Working with Beacon Institute Chief Research Officer James Bonner, Research Assistant Professor Christopher Fuller and Research Engineer Russell Nelson, Pertsch's project focused on development of an in-situ total phosphorus analyzer in aqueous environments. Pertsch also won the water quality and treatment poster presentation session.

Saint Lawrence University student Evie Brahmstedt, a REU ASSETS student, won the environmental sciences oral presentation session on ecosystems. Working with Clarkson Professor of Biology Michael Twiss, her research focused on potential for water level regulation in the Saint Lawrence River to affect sustainable fish populations in the face of mercury bioaccumulation.

Clarkson mechanical engineering honors student Robert Schmitz '19, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., won the education oral presentation session. Working with Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Kevin Fite, the project focused on design investigation of the haptic paddle.

Clarkson chemistry student Madeline Masi '17, of Greenville, N.Y., won the chemistry oral presentation session. Working with Professor / Milton Kerker Chair in Colloid Science Evgeny Katz, the presentation focused on DNA computing systems activated by electrochemically-triggered DNA release from a polymer-brush-modified electrode array. Masi also won the chemistry and nanotechnology poster presentation session for her project on polymer brush systems for electrochemically stimulated DNA release.

Clarkson School student David Russell '20, from Elkins, N.H., won the oral presentation session on imaging. Working with Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Sanjib Banerjee and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Natasha Banerjee, Russell's work focused on multiple Xbox Kinects to computer human motion and other 3-D temporal changes in form. Russell received an honorable mention for his imaging systems poster presentation.

Clarkson mechanical engineering honors students Alison Davis '19, of Brewerton, N.Y., and Michael Valleau '19, of Wallkill, N.Y., won the oral presentation session "other" category. Working with Associate Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Kenneth Visser, they presented on rotor design of small horizontal axis ducted wind turbines.

Clarkson chemical engineering student Cassandra Orr '18, a Community & Professional Opportunities Academic Success Program to Improve Retention and Education (CUPO ASPIRE) student from Downsville, N.Y., won the oral presentation session on molecular biology. Working with Associate Professor of Biology Kenneth Wallace, her project focused on transcription factor expression during zebrafish intestinal development.

Clarkson biology student Eric Hillpot '18, of Pennellville, N.Y., received an honorable mention for his molecular biology oral presentation. Working with Professor of Biology Craig Woodworth, the project focused on immunostaining of different regions of the cervix and their relatedness to HPV and cervical cancer."

Clarkson environmental engineering student Danielle Piontkowski '19, of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and chemical engineering student Allison Purdy '20, of Skaneateles, N.Y., both honors students, won the oral presentation session on water treatment technologies. Working with Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering / Director, Center for Air Resources Engineering & Science Thomas Holsen and Ph.D. candidate Fei Dai, their project focused on non-thermal plasma reactors.

Clarkson environmental engineering student Sonja Gagen '18, a REU ASSETS student from Aspen, Colo., received an honorable mention for her water treatment technologies oral presentation.  Working with Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Shane Rogers, and faculty mentors Ole Jacob Broch and Jorunn Skjermo, her research focused on a lifecycle inventory of macroalgae cultivation for nutrient bioremediation and biorefinery applications.

Clarkson chemical engineering honor student Benjamin Stewart '19, of Ithaca, N.Y., won the material science oral presentation session. Working with Associate Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Sitaraman Krishnan, the project focused on thermomechanical characterization of novel latex processed HNBR elastomer nano-composites.

Clarkson chemical engineering student Meagan Arguien '20, of Churchville, N.Y., and environmental engineering student Dana Chapman '17, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., both honors students, also won the material science oral presentation session. Working with Chairman of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Devon Shipp, their project focused on applications of thiol-ene and thiol-yne emulsion-polymerized particles in the formation of thin films.

Clarkson environmental engineering student Cassie Lumbrazo '18, a REU ASSETS student from Middletown, N.Y., won the applied mathematics and data processing oral presentation session. Working with Chairman of Mathematics Joseph Skufca and Twiss, her research focused on automated data cleaning for exploratory data analysis of water quality in the Saint Lawrence River.

Clarkson electrical engineering and computer science honors student Timothy Dunn '19, of Penfield, N.Y., received an honorable mention for his applied mathematics and data processing oral presentation. Working with Sanjib Banerjee, his research focused on using GPUs to mine large scale software problem repositories. Dunn also won the electrical engineering, computer science and signal processing poster presentation session for his project on using GPUs to mine large scale software problem repositories.

Clarkson mechanical engineering student Tyler Tuttle '16, of Argyle N.Y., won the biomedical sciences and engineering oral presentation session. Working with Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Byron Erath, Tuttle's research focused on design of a mechanically-powered artificial larynx for speech remediation.

Clarkson mechanical engineering student Sarah Duclos '19, of Clifton Park, N.Y., and chemical engineering student Michael Sanborn '20, of Canterbury, N.H., both honors students, received an honorable mention for their biomedical sciences and engineering oral presentation. Working with Assistant Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, their presentation focused on regional variation of residual strain in bovine intervertebral discs.

Clarkson computer science honors student Phillip Tibberts '19, of Greenwich, Conn., won the computer science oral presentation session. Working with Natasha Banerjee, his research focused on alignment and deformation of a 3-D model to a 2-D image.

Clarkson computer engineering student Robert Newman '19, of Millersville, Md., received an honorable mention for his computer science oral presentation. Working with Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mahesh Banavar and Sanjib Banerjee, Newman's research focused on behavior-based continuous authentication on Android.

Clarkson computer science and mathematics student David Skufca '18, of Potsdam, N.Y., received an honorable mention for his computer science oral presentation session. Working with Sanjib Banerjee, his project focused on application of keyboard character distance in word correction.

Clarkson Mechanical engineering student Ryan Azer '19, of Champaign, Ill., and environmental engineering student Matthew LaDuca '20, of Rochester, N.Y., both honors students, won the bioengineering poster presentation session. Working with Fite, their presentation focused on the design of a 3-D printed prosthetic finger for partial finger amputees.

Clarkson biomolecular science and chemistry student Kristen Bear '18, of Greenville, N.Y., received an honorable mention for her chemistry and nanotechnology poster presentation. Working with Egon Matijevic Chair of Chemistry Silvana Andreescu, Bear's project focused on colorimetric assay for qualitative detection, screening and reactivity evaluation of ceria nanoparticles.

Clarkson biology honors student Madison Ranslow '19, a CUPO ASPIRE scholar from Pittsford, N.Y., won the molecular biology poster presentation session. Working with Assistant Professor of Biology Shantanu Sur, Ranslow's project focused on cell-teype dependent viability response to cationic supramolecular assemblies.

Clarkson Biology student Zoila Urena '17, a CUPO CSTEP scholar from Bronx, N.Y., and biomolecular science student Daniel Austin '18, of Lowville, N.Y., also won for their molecular biology poster presentation session. Working with Assistant Professor of Biology, their project focused on analyzing Drosophilia inducer of meiosis (Dm ime4) protein levels during Drosophilia melanogaster life cycle.

Clarkson electrical engineering student Benjamin Robistow '17, of Henrietta, N.Y., received an honorable mention for his electrical engineering, computer science and signal processing poster presentation. Working with Banavar, Benjamin's project focused on object detection and characterization on Android devices.

Clarkson mechanical engineering student Tyler Bershad '16, a CUPO / CSTEP student from Hewlett, N.Y., won the imaging systems poster presentation session. Working with Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professorship / Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Suresh Dhaniyala, Bershad's project focused on aerosol particle detection. He was also one of the winners of the sustainable poster session.

Clarkson engineering and management student Jesse Hight '17, a CUPO / McNair scholar from Littleton, N.H., won the material science poster presentation session. Working with Professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Cetin Cetinkaya, the project focused on bi-directional design and development in 3-D printed components for pharmaceutical tablet testing equipment.

Clarkson interdisciplinary social sciences and mathematics student Dallas Blowers '18, of Watertown, N.Y., and Clarkson School honors student Bridget Leyendecker '20, of Dallas, Texas, won the social science and education poster presentation session. Working with Assistant Professor of Political Science Christina Xydias and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Christopher Morris, their project focused on the effects of food and medical security in Potsdam and Saint Lawrence County.

University of South Florida student Kourtney Millen, an REU ASSETS student, received an honorable mention. Working with Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Professor Ruth Baltus, Millen's project focused on how membrane morphology impacts ultrafiltration processes.

Clarkson civil engineering student Diego Lezama '18, of Kinderhook, N.Y., a CUPO / CSTEP scholar, was one of the winners of the sustainable poster presentation session. Working with Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Sulapha Peethamparan, his project focused on shrinkage in alkali activated concrete and potential mitigation methods.

Clarkson science studies honors student Laura Siddon '19, of Massena, N.Y., received an honorable mention for her sustainability poster presentation. Working with Associate Professor for the Institute for a Sustainable Environment Michelle Crimi, her project focused on treatment and byproduct prediction of perfluoroalkyl contaminated groundwater.

Clarkson chemical engineering and biology honors student Ryan Sandroni '19, of Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Clarkson School honors student Parker Esty '20, of Newport, N.Y., received the audience award. Working with Sur, their project focused on treating oxygen-deprived tissue and strategies to prevent cellular damage from hypoxic stress.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University student Matthew Phillips '17 presents research during the 19th annual summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) at Clarkson University.

[Photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/suresummer-2016.jpg ]

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