2012 Undergraduate Research Day Award Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2012 Undergraduate Research Day Awards. The winners will receive $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. This year, four honorary prizes were added to recognize undergraduate students doing outstanding research in the areas of the four IIT Engineering Themes: Water, Health, Energy and Security. The students, chosen by faculty judges, will receive $150 as recognition for their outstanding submissions.

“We are very proud to have a strong pool of entries from undergraduates from four of the university’s colleges who are conducting research with professors at IIT and other universities,” says Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering Eric Brey, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. “We are also excited to partner with the IIT Engineering Themes to offer additional recognition to students whose research exemplifies the global impact and relevance of each theme. This partnership offers support to our mission of bringing faculty and students together to promote undergraduate research at IIT.”

Award Winners by College

Armour College of Engineering
First – Xinwei Wang, MMAE, Electrostatic Spray Deposition
Second – Shefali Umrania, BME, Computer Vision for Biological Image Analysis in Yeast Cells
Third – Daniel Miladinovich, MMAE, Mechanical Properties and Durability of Advanced Environmental Barrier Coatings in Calcium-Magnesium-Alumino-Silicate Environments

College of Science and Letters
First – Henna Eassa, Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics, Androgen Receptor Influence on Lipid Biosynthesis in Prostate Cancer Cells.
Second – Eda Gjergo, Applied Mathematics, Optimization of Type Ia Supernovae Selection, Photometric Typing, and Cosmology Constraints
Third – Barrett Leslie, Applied Mathematics, Comprehending The Menger Sponge

College of Architecture
First place – Carolina Verdial, Scenario Planning in Urban Design

Stuart School of Business
First place – Santiago Rodriguez Gutierrez, Business Administration and Applied Science, Location Based Services: Opportunities & Challenges in the Value Chain

Excellence in Engineering Themes
Water – Kenneth Ruffatto, CHBE, The Interaction of Natural Organic Matter with Calcite
Health – Sophia Pilipchik, BME, Crosslinking of Dermis-Derived Hydrogels Increases Stiffness and Resistance to Degradation
Energy – Georgi Subashki, MMAE, Streamtubes Models for Predicting Aerodynamic Performance of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines
Security – Natalie Waksmanski, CAEE, Structural Health Monitoring Using Sensor Technologies