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Research Stipend Recipients

Click on each tab to view a list of students who have received the GCSP Research Stipend, along with their major, GCSP theme, research topic, and faculty mentor.

Fall 2015 Recipients

Lyle Bliss, Chemical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Energy
  • Research Topic: Copper Metallization in Silicon Solar Cells
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Stuart Bowden, School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

Ji Sue Han, Chemical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Tactile Sensors
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Jeffrey La Belle, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Tyrene Jamella Pangan, Software Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Education
  • Research Topic: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Shawn Jordan, The Polytechnic School, Electrical Engineering

Bhavik Patel, Mechanical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Energy
  • Research Topic: Thermal- Electric Generation
  • Faculty Research Mentor: John Rajadas, The Polytechnic School

Maria Jose Quezada Valladares, Biomedical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Utilizing the Startle Reflex to Evaluate Motor Planning
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Claire Honeycutt, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Swetha Swaminathan, Biomedical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Education
  • Research Topic: Project Build-A-Hero
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Tirupalavanam Ganesh, School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy

Courtney Van Bussum, Biomedical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Walking Intervention Through Text Messaging in Adolescents
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Marc Adams, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Shaun Wootten, Biomedical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Understanding Multi-Enzymatic Metabolic Pathways Using DNA Nanotechnology
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Renee Yang, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Spring 2015 Recipients

Rebecca Mercer, Industrial Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Water SCIENCE: Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering, and Career Exploration with Water
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Tirupalavanam Ganesh, School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy

Angel Armenta, Chemical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Water SCIENCE: Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering, and Career Exploration with Water
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Tirupalavanam Ganesh, School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy

Victoria Hernandez, Chemical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Water SCIENCE: Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering, and Career Exploration with Water
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Tirupalavanam Ganesh, School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy

Martha Weber, Civil Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Water Analysis and Cost Effective Filtration Systems within Education
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Tirupalavanam Ganesh, School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy

Daniel Roman, Civil Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Water Analysis and Cost Effective Filtration Systems within Education
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Tirupalavanam Ganesh, School for Engineering Matter, Transport and Energy

Shaun Wootten, Biomedical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Multi-Enzyme Systems Using Protein-DNA Assembly
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Rene Yang, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Sanketh Kamath, Chemical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Stipend Topic: Silicon Nanoparticle Probes
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Zachary Holman, School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
Fall 2014 Recipients

Francesco Ruta, Civil Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Femtosecond X-Ray Protein Nanocrystallography
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Shibom Basu, School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Kevin Tyler, Electrical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Energy
  • Research Topic: High Efficiency Heterojunction Solar Cells on Chemical Vapor Deposition Substrates
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Stuart Bowden, School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

Heather Martin, Electrical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Multi-tonal Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy for simultaneous multiple biomarker excitation
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Jennifer Blain Christen, School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

Tony Nguyen, Chemical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Sustainability
  • Research Topic: Development of new methods in Zeolite surface modifications and composite synthesis for Mixed Matrix Membranes in Latex
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Mary Laura Lind, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Raymond Barakat, Electrical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Energy
  • Research Topic: Effectiveness of using Mini-Inverters/Low-Power Boost Converters to Increase Power Output and Charging Capability in Individuals Solar Cells in Non-ideal Conditions
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Michael Goryll, School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

Marisol Luna Aguero, Civil Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Energy
  • Research Topic: How can composting infrastructure be improved to increase the degradation of biopolymers?
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Amy Landis, School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Markey Olson, Biomedical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Haptic discrimination of object size via tactile sensation vs. sensory substitution.
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Stephen Helms Tillery, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering

Elson Varkey, Electrical Engineering

  • GCSP Theme: Health
  • Research Topic: Wearable Body Function Testing Patch
  • Faculty Research Mentor: Jeffrey LaBelle, School for Biological and Health Systems Engineering