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Research Showcase

An estimated 400 guests visited the inaugural Engineering Research Showcase, held during National Engineers Week.

Nearly 40 (35 percent female!) faculty, post-docs, PhD candidates, master’s and undergraduate students shared their research in bioengineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and web design and engineering! Check out the submitted posters here.


Congratulations to the following award winners:

Best Ph.D Poster Presentation

Nivedita Parthasarathy, advised by Dr. Ramesh Abhari, Electrical Engineering
Title: Compact Microstrip Yagi-Uda Antenna Arrays for Microwave Hyperthermia at 5.8 GHz. A study of the design of three-element microstrip Yagi-Uda antenna arrays operating at 5.8 GHz for use in microwave hyperthermia.

Best Masters Poster Presentation

Robert McDonald, advised by Dr. Christopher Kitts, Mechanical Engineering
Title: Applications of Adaptive Navigation of Multirobot Clusters. Preliminary research into practical applications of adaptive navigation of multirobot clusters, using a state machine architecture.

Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation (TIE)

Zachary Baron and Richard Senegor, advised by Dr. Cary Yang, Electrical Engineering
Title: Carbon Nanotubes on Graphene – Interfacial and Electrical Properties for 3D Structures. Investigation of the viability of using carbon nanotubes grown on graphene as a functional alternative to copper and tungsten in integrated circuits.

Tim Shur (COEN and Mathematics), advised by Dr. Aaron Melman, Applied Mathematics
Title: A Quantitative Survey of Improvements to Bounds on Eigenvalues. 45 problems from the NLEVP collection were used to quantitatively test two recent improvements to the generalized bounds from Cauchy and Pellet. These results substantiate the improvements and justify their use in practical applications.

The Dean's Award for best departmental representation of research was shared among all participating departments, to include Applied Mathematics, Bio-engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.





Awards will be presented based on a review by a panel of evaluators, with a final decision by the Dean of Engineering. To be eligible for an award, at least one student author must be present during the Showcase and be active in discussing their poster with attendees.

  • $250 KEEN "Creating Value" Undergraduate Poster Award - for excellence in making contributions to a research project and articulating the potential value of this work in an economic and/or societal context.
  • $250 Best Master’s Research Poster – for excellence in presenting analytic or experimental research work.
  • $250 Best Doctoral Research Poster – for excellence in the presentation of fundamental research that explores new behaviors and techniques relating to a compelling research challenge.
  • Dean’s Departmental Research Excellence Award – presented to the department with the best representation of student research.

Submission is closed, but check back for our 2018 showcase.

For more information, contact Chris Kitts:

School of Engineering Research Showcase Poster Submission and Presentation Guidelines

Participation Eligibility - To participate in the Showcase:

- Participation through the submission and presentation of a poster is open to undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.

- Posters may include up to 5 authors; at a minimum, the lead author must have been a registered, fellow or faculty member during the research activity.

- Presented research must have been accomplished during the period from June 2015 to the present time and must have been conducted primarily as an SCU research activity.

- Poster authors must be significant contributors to both (the portion of) the research work presented and the creation of the poster. The poster may recognize (as non-authors) other students and collaborators (both within SCU and external to SCU) who have played a role in the research but who have not participated in the creation of the poster. Posters must identify the faculty research advisor.

- Poster authors are encouraged to be available to present their poster during the Showcase. However, it is permitted for another student or faculty member knowledgeable in the research topic to present on behalf of the authors; note, however, that if none of the authors are present for the Showcase, the poster will not be considered for an award.

- Participation requires presentation of a research topic, and authors are expected to convey their work using standard professional research norms relevant to their field. Design projects (e.g., senior capstone projects) are not appropriate for presentation. Furthermore, general posters presenting an overview or summary of work by a faculty member’s research group or lab are not desired; rather, posters should present a focused research initiative within the broader research conducted by the advising faculty mentor.

- To be eligible for an Award: In addition to meeting all participation requirements, at least one student author of the poster must be present during the Showcase to discuss and answer questions relating to the poster presentation. In addition, posters with multiple student authors at different educational levels will be judged in the award category matching the highest educational level represented (e.g., a 2-person poster with an undergraduate and a Master’s student as authors will be judged as a Master’s level entry).

Registration and Submission Information:

• Accepted participants must submit a softcopy version of their poster in .pdf format for review. The student’s faculty adviser must be copied on this message, and the faculty member must reply to approve the submission.

• Posters will be reviewed for content and style, and students will be provided feedback.

Style guidelines:

• Poster size: 36” x 48” (soft copy and trifold poster board)

• Fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, or Arial Narrow

• Font size: 20 pt. to 96 pt.

• Title and all authors to be displayed at the top

• Contact information is optional

• Include School of Engineering logo (available here)

• Keep text brief

• Do not use all capital letters

• Use graphics (charts, tables, pictures) that can be understood in one minute or less.

• Describe the research, to typically include: background, objectives, research design/program description, results/evaluation, conclusion(s), future plans

Presentation Requirements:

• Author(s) or substitute presenters stand by poster for the duration of the event

• Handouts of poster will be provided for distribution to interested parties

• Posters must be removed at the end of the event

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