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K-State Today

January 22, 2015



Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Forum a success

By Mary Rankin

Seventeen Kansas State University engineering undergraduate students from seven different departments participated in the second Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Forum Dec. 4 in the Engineering Atrium.

Research topics included, among others, advanced materials and processes, energy and water. Twenty-two faculty and graduate students were involved in judging the posters.

"In addition to gaining experience in presenting their work in a professional setting, the forum also gives students an opportunity to share their research activities with fellow K-State students and faculty," said Noel Schulz, associate dean of research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering. "Increasing our undergraduate research activities is a key objective of K-State 2025."

The top three awards were presented:

First place, $300, Alexa Jacobs, junior in biological and agricultural engineering, "Protein Recovery from Aqueous Enzymatic Oil Extraction of Corn"; research adviser, Lisa Wilken, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering.

Second place, $200, Sarah Stevenson, sophomore, mechanical and nuclear engineering, "Effects of Soil Temperature on Erosion"; research advisers, Melanie Derby, assistant professor, mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Stacey Tucker, assistant professor, civil engineering.

Third place tie, $100 each, Andres Martinez, senior, mechanical and nuclear engineering, "Effect of Vertical Mini-Fins on External Condensation Heat Transfer"; research adviser, Amy Betz, assistant professor, mechanical and nuclear engineering; and Jiayi Xu, senior, chemical engineering, "Thermodynamics and Kinetics of 2,3-Butanediol Dehydration on y-Al2O3 from Molecular Modeling"; research advisers, Keith Hohn, professor, and Bin Liu, assistant professor, both chemical engineering.

The forum was sponsored by the engineering research and graduate programs office. Read more about the event and view a full list of participants and posters.