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Engineering Vols Find Success at 2022 EURēCA

Students across the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) were selected for recognition at this year’s Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA), an annual event that showcases research and creative activities by currently enrolled undergraduate students in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Eleven projects won awards ranging from first place to awards of merit at this year’s EURēCA.

This year’s event was held April 25 in the Student Union Ballroom. Submissions were judged by a panel of UT faculty members and industry partners. Special thanks to the college’s judges: Daniel Yoder, Toby Boulet, Mary Kocak, Scott Emrich, Doug Aaron, David Donovan, Ahmedullah Aziz, Betsy Chesnutt, David Keffer, Mark Denavit, Claudia Rawn, Maik Lang, Bryan Good, Lawrence Heilbronn, Seungha Shin, Andrew Dickerson, Colleen Crouch, Martin Grossbeck, Killian Samuels, Stephen Young, Michael Pagan, and Daniel Mountain.

TCE Research Awards

Award Name Student(s) Project Title
First Place Matthew Valderrama, Christopher Webb, Mackenzie Camp, Charlotte Buchanan

Faculty Mentor: David Keffer

Materials Analysis and Reproduction of Rubber Cloth and Other Materials Necessary for Preserving the Musical Organ Manufacturing and Repair Industry
Second Place Madeline Loveday

Faculty Mentor: Mariya Zhuravleva

Phase formation of High-Entropy Rare-Earth Monoclinic Aluminates
Third Place Jonathan Shell

Faculty Mentor: Nicholas Wierschem

Passive Structural Control Achieved with a Mass Lever Inerter
Award of Merit Nathaniel Blalock

Faculty Mentor: Cong Trinh

High Throughput Enzyme Screening for Ester Quantification
Award of Merit Michael Broud

Faculty Mentor: David Keffer

Investigation of Preferential CO2 Binding And Lignin-derived Carbon Quantum Dots Through Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Award of Merit Jordan Huff

Faculty Mentor: Anahita Khojandi

An Analysis of Applying LSTM Neural Networks to Predict Future Watershed Reservoir Depth
Award of Merit Nicole Nguyen

Faculty Mentor: Paul Dalhaimer

Soft poly-ethylene-glycol (PEG) micelles and lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) resolve autophagy and reduce pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion in RAW264.7 mouse macrophages
Award of Merit Neel Reeves

Faculty Mentor: Courtney Faber

Measuring Pre-Service, K-12 Teachers’ Self-Efficacy in Teaching Engineering and Their Perceptions of Engineering as a Career
Award of Merit McKayla Torbett

Faculty Mentor: Stephen Sarles

Bioprinting osmotically actuated tissue-like materials

TCE Design Awards

Award Name Student(s) Project Title
First Place Madeline Ginsberg, Bryce Miller, Ella Knight, Jaimie Armitage

Faculty Mentor: Andrea Ludwig

Engineered Media Amendment Selection and Testing Procedure
Second Place Patricia Abernathy, Keely Sage, Sean Moran

Faculty Mentor: Jiajia Chen

Bioreactor for Cultured Meat Research

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