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Kuehler Undergraduate Research

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:

Faculty: Godfrey Mungal
Student: Tioga Benner, Mechanical Engineering
Objective: Explore the aerodynamic/hydrodynamic performance of forward pointing fins on fish given that the vast majority of fins point to the rear of the body of a fish.
Faculty: Jonathan Zhang
Student: Carley Fowler, Bioengineering
Objective: To determine if iGFP functions as a monomer, meaning that it could form with other molecules to form a  polymer. If this is the case, it has significant implications for a wide range of biological analyses.
Faculty: Bill Lu
Student: Brendan Lawler. Bioengineering
Objective: To invent a new nano-medicine that has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, therefore providing an effective therapy for the treatment of most difficult-to-treat type of Gaucher disease, namely the neurological Gaucher disease.
Faculty: Christopher Kitts
Student: Kristi Nguyen, Electrical Engineering
Objective: Extend/adapt classical and machine learning techniques for image-based navigation in outdoor environments with poor GPS quality (under canopies, in tall agricultural fields, etc.).
Faculty: Kurt Schab
Student: Brad Shirley, Electrical Engineering
Objective: Explore the use of routing fluids through embedded microchannels in order to implement reconfigurable antennae and feed networks for communication systems.

2018 Kuehler Awards:

Faculty: Jonathan Zhang

Student: Brie Goo, Bioengineering

 Brie Goo and Professor Jonathan Zhang

Faculty: Hohyun Lee

Student: Joshua Vincent, Bioengineering

Joshua Vincent and Professor Hohyun Le


Faculty: Yuhong Liu

Student: Ruiwen Li, Computer Science and Engineering

Professor Yuhong Liu and Ruiwen Lu

Faculty: On Shun Pak

Student: Shreyes Nallan, Electrical Engineering

Professor On Shun Pak and Shreyes Nallan

Faculty: Christopher Kitts

Student: Jamie Ferris, Mechanical Engineering

Jamie Ferris and Professor Christopher Kitts

Faculty: Panthea Sepherband

Student: Brandon Vangogh, Mechanical Engineering

Professor Panthea Sepherband and Brandon Vangogh

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