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Undergraduate Opportunities in BEAM Research Labs

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The First Step in Discovery

BEAM encourages undergraduates to get hands-on in our cutting-edge laboratories. Students work alongside researchers on projects in our eleven research areas: biomaterials, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, cardiovascular engineering, dynamics and control, fluid mechanics, nanobioengineering, neurobioengineering, solid mechanics, tissue engineering, and translational cancer research. These opportunities tend to be highly-competitive. Browse available positions below.
If there is an opportunity of interest, email the professor (their name is linked to their email address). You may also find the professor biography pages here.

Currently Available & Ongoing Opportunities

Lab & Faculty Member

Requirements

Description

David Dillard, Adhesion Mechanics Laboratory

*Successful completion of ESM 2204

*Third- or fourth-year student

*GPA 3.0 or higher

Our research focuses on the characterization of polymeric materials, such as testing the fracture and durability behavior of adhesives, adhesive bonds, and (occasionally) composite materials.  Applications include a wide range of industries: automotive, aerospace, marine, microelectronic, construction, etc.  Students may learn skills in test equipment operation, characterization techniques, data analysis and interpretation, and report writing.

*Strong willingness to learn

*No specific coursework or background required

*Any level of student (first- to fourth-year)

*GPA 3.5 or higher

Student will participate in mechanical testing and modeling of biological tissues. The lab focuses on characterizing the mechanical properties of biological systems ranging from cellular components to tissues, with special emphasis on the development of new mathematical models and experimental methods.

*Desire to learn something new and work as part of a team

*Second-, third-, or fourth-year students

*GPA 3.0 or higher

We are always looking to include interested and passionate undergraduates as part of the lab team. The time commitment is 10 hours a week and you will be working on various human biomechanics projects that include either the collection or processing of human subject's data in clinical, sports, and rehabilitation environments.

*Second- or third-year student

*GPA 3.5 or higher

*Strong computer skills

*Engineering major

We are conducting research in the analysis of crash injury risk of automated vehicles. The Center is conducting projects in automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, advanced intersection navigation assistance, and the interaction of autonomous vehicles with pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.

Eli Vlaisavljevich, Therapeutic Ultrasound and Noninvasive Therapies Lab

*Interest in interdisciplinary research

*First- to third-year student

*Minimum GPA of 3.0

Opportunity to research focused ultrasound of non-invasive tissue ablation and modulation. We are particularly interested in students with experience in electrical engineering (circuit design and building), 3D prototyping, cell culture, and tissue experiments.  

Miguel Perez, Advanced Vehicle and Technology Research (AVaTR) Laboratory

*Interest in vehicle and driver safety

*Second- to fourth-year student

*No GPA requirement

Several positions assisting current graduate students on project tasks. One of the projects involves data collection, processing, and analysis from instrumented vehicles with Level 2 features (i.e., partial driving automation) to analyze driver adaptation. Another project involves improving the effectiveness of emergency vehicle responses to crash scenes through various means, including examining risky interactions with other traffic while en route and streamlining the triage process that is used to gather initial patient information on arrival to a crash scene.

*Interest and experience in biomedical engineering, computer programming, and mechanics is desired.

*No GPA requirement 

Seeking an undergraduate research assistant to perform vehicle crash reconstructions, crash test analysis, and occupant injury evaluation. The aim of our current project is to understand how the characteristics of road geometry, vehicle parameters, and driver state contribute to run-off-road crashes. We further seek to understand how these characteristics modify guardrail design and performance tests. The selected candidate will:

• Extract vehicle trajectories in real-world crashes

• Reconstruct crashes based on vehicle black boxes and deformation

• Perform statistical analysis on the collected data

To be considered, interested applicants should submit a resume that includes GPA, and a cover letter via Handshake. Compensation is $12/hour. For questions, please contact Luke Riexinger.

*Interest particularly in third-year students, and possibly strong second-year students

*Desire to work as a part of an interdisciplinary team

*GPA of 3.0 or higher

The recruited student will join an interdisciplinary research team of clinicians, engineers, and neuroscientists in performing a scoping review through reading papers and extracting information. This project will require a minimum one-year commitment, spanning January 2022-December 2022, with the possibility to continue beyond in other lab research projects. Knowledge of systems and behavioral neuroscience, human anatomy, and human physiology are desired, in addition to an interest in clinical applications. Interested students may email Netta Gurari with your resume and/or unofficial transcript.

*Interest and experience in biomedical engineering, computer programming, and mechanics is desired.

*No GPA requirement 

Seeking an undergraduate research assistant to perform vehicle crash reconstructions, crash test analysis, and occupant injury evaluation. The aim of our current project is to understand how the characteristics of road geometry, vehicle parameters, and driver state contribute to run-off-road crashes. We further seek to understand how these characteristics modify guardrail design and performance tests. The selected candidate will:

• Extract vehicle trajectories in real-world crashes

• Reconstruct crashes based on vehicle black boxes and deformation

• Perform statistical analysis on the collected data

To be considered, interested applicants should submit a resume that includes GPA, and a cover letter via Handshake. Compensation is $12/hour. For questions, please contact Luke Riexinger.

*Any level of experience will be considered

We are looking for new undergraduate volunteers to conduct research in our lab. Our research focus is in the areas of comparative biomechanics and bio-inspired engineering, examining topics like how flying snakes fly (or jump or climb), how frogs hop on water, and how insects circulate their blood, and more.  If you are interested, contact Jake Socha with the following:

1) a short explanation of why you want to do research in the lab

2) your resume

3) your unofficial transcript