Summer research opportunities pay off for undergraduates, faculty, and the advancement of engineering.
With a strong belief that technological competitiveness is vital to the well being of the United States, SCU alumnus and former IBM president Jack Kuehler and his wife created the $1 million Carmen A. and Jack D. Kuehler Undergraduate Engineering Research fund. Each summer, a handful of faculty members invite promising sophomore and junior students to join them in research funded by this grant.
Students are paid to work with their faculty mentor—and often with fellow undergraduates, master's and Ph.D. students from their own and affiliated fields—building a foundation for collaborative scientific investigation and developing the skills required for ongoing education at the graduate level or for a successful career. Many students continue this work for their senior capstone projects and even further as they pursue dual degrees in our 5-year program.
In addition to the meaningful hands-on experience of being an integral part of a faculty member's research program, participants enjoy co-authoring peer-reviewed articles and presenting their results at national conferences.
2019 Kuehler Awards:
The Forward Fin
Reverse Protein Engineering
Replacement therapy for Gaucher disease using engineered exosomes
Vision-Based Vehicle Navigation in rugged GPS-Denied Environments
Reconfigurable Substrate Integrated Waveguides using Liquid Metal Microvasculature
2018 Kuehler Awards:
Continuous and integrated imaging of the microfluidic sensors for the measurement of physiological parameters in the body.
Faculty: Emre Araci
Student: Tehmi Den Braven, Bioengineering
Microplastics Eating Bacteria
Faculty: Jonathan Zhang
Student: Brie Goo, Bioengineering
Wearable Energy Harvester for Self-Powered Prosthesis
Faculty: Hohyun Lee
Student: Joshua Vincent, Bioengineering
Dynamic Virtual Machine Allocation Policy to Secure Multi-Tenant Cloud with Resource Optimization
Faculty: Yuhong Liu
Student: Ruiwen Li, Computer Science and Engineering
Theoretical Modeling of Micro-swimmers in Complex Media
Faculty: On Shun Pak
Student: Shreyes Nallan, Electrical Engineering
Myoelectric Muscle Sensing and Prosthetic Control
Faculty: Christopher Kitts
Student: Jamie Ferris, Mechanical Engineering
3D Nano-Scale Analysis of Ultrasonic Bonding Interface
Faculty: Panthea Sepherband
Student: Brandon Vangogh, Mechanical Engineering