HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Story Tips: Engineering Students Pursue Cutting-Edge Research

Building a computer-guided submarine. Testing a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Creating digital models of the heart. Conducting gene-therapy experiments.

These were among the demanding research projects undertaken over the past year by undergraduates in the G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. These students were among the 50 who received up to $2,500 each to design and pursue projects through The Provost's Undergraduate Awards For Research and Excellence.

The opportunity to be involved in important research is one of the distinguishing characteristics of an undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins. About 80 percent of the university's undergraduates engage in some form of independent study during their four years here, often in primary research projects alongside top scientists in their fields.

Following are some story tips based on a few of this year's Provost Award projects:

A Robotic Submarine

Two seniors majoring in mechanical engineering sunk their $2,500 research awards into a project that sinks literally.

Omar Alquaddoomi, 20, of Glendale, Calif., and Adam Morris, 21, of New Albany, Ohio, used their grants to help a team of Johns Hopkins students design and build a small robotic submarine to represent the university in an international competition for underwater vehicles, held last August in Panama City, Fla.

About six months earlier, biophysics major Joshua Apgar, 21, of Newton, Mass., had learned about the event and recruited Alquaddoomi, Morris and several other students to construct a Hopkins entry. "We spent about a month designing it," Apgar recalls. "We only had time to build it once. There was not enough time or money to re-do the project if it didn't come out right. It forced us to come up with some very creative solutions."

For example, the sub's motors were actually designed for fishing boats. The students also modified and used some circuitry made for rem
'"/>

Contact: Phil Sneiderman
prs@jhu.edu
410-516-7160
Johns Hopkins University
7-Apr-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2004
2. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2004
3. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2004
4. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, April 2004
5. Press workshop Life, a Nobel Story
6. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, February 2004
7. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2004
8. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory
9. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2003
10. Story tips from the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2003
11. Science Picks-Leads, Feeds and Story Seeds (June 2003)

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Story Tips Engineering Students Pursue Cutting Edge Research

(Date:4/23/2014)... conclusive evidence that the source of a unique rhythmic ... called the "bio-duck," is the Antarctic minke whale ( ... personnel in the 1960s who thought it sounded like ... various locations in the Southern Ocean, but its source ... 2013, an international team of researchers deployed acoustic tags ...
(Date:4/23/2014)... the likelihood of an accurate group decision increases with ... when a collective faces a variety of factors ... University researchers report that smaller groups actually tend to ... excessively focused on only certain pieces of information. , ... known about collective intelligence, or the "wisdom of crowds," ...
(Date:4/23/2014)... The shale gas boom has transformed the energy ... locations, it could cause conflict among the energy ... resources, say researchers. They add that degraded water ... adequate safeguards. The feature article appears in the ... , Meagan S. Mauter and colleagues point out ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean 2Scientists identify source of mysterious sound in the Southern Ocean 3Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making 2Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making 3How to avoid water wars between 'fracking' industry and residents 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... Biotechnology Company, Limited ("TaiGen") today announced that they have ... pharmaceutical company, to develop and commercialize nemonoxacin (Taigexyn ® ... Turkey and other members of ... for the treatment of bacterial infections including those caused ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services have ... at 2pm EST (11am PST), “Natural Language Processing: Converting ... how technology can turn raw, heterogeneous data into actionable ... The online webinar will last approximately one hour. , ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Jan. 14, 2014  3D Communications, a leading provider of strategic communications ... and media events in the United States ... Virginia Cox , JD, is returning to the firm,s ... re-joins 3D after more than two years of service as ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 EquitiesIQ, ... Alliqua, Inc. (OTCQB: ALQA). Alliqua is an emerging biomedical ... serve the wound care market. , Free report download: ... restructured with a seasoned management team and Board, which ...
Breaking Biology Technology:TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 2TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 3TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 4Webcast - Natural Language Processing: Converting Raw Data into Actionable Knowledge – Hosted by Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services 2Former FDA Associate Commissioner Returns To 3D Communications 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 3
Cached News: