The workshops are intended as direct introductions to the work that individual researchers are doing on campus. Students can participate in hands-on activities intended to better communicate the meaning of the research work under-way in the lab. Participation in workshops requires prior registration.

Workshop Schedule

  • Workshop 1: 10:20am - 11:35am
  • Workshop 2: 11:45am - 12:30pm
  • Workshop 3: 1:00pm - 2:15pm

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Thursday, April 26th
10:20 AM

A Floating Axle-Based Vertical Axle Wind Turbine

Sanza Kazadi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Room A129

10:20 AM - 11:35 AM

Wind turbines have been a part of human energy acquisition for millennia. In recent decades, a flurry of activity in wind power has driven a rapid growth in the use of wind mills in generating electrical power. Among recent improvements are the shape of the blades, the required start-up torque, and a transition to a direct drive system. Most wind ... Read More

Introduction to Knot Theory

Louis H. Kauffman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Room A131

10:20 AM - 11:35 AM

This workshop is devoted to providing a hands-on experience with knots and how to make accurate mathematical models for their topological properties. Participants will be supplied with rope and we will give instructions for making knots, unknots, rope tricks, and topological demonstrations. We will show how the topological phenomena seen in rope are precisely modeled by the use of the ... Read More

11:45 AM

On the hunt for a truly distributed global supercomputer

Sanza T. Kazadi, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Grainger Center for Inquiry and Innovation (B131)

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Large scale computing is an important and growing part of modern life. It has applications in many areas including the rendering of videos, analysis of data about extraterrestrial life, design of proteins, discovery of cryptocurrency, simulation of physical or engineering systems, and a myriad of other applications. Most large scale computing platforms are limited to one general model. In this ... Read More

1:00 PM

Analyzing Data from CERN’s CMS Collaboration

Peter Dong, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Room A121

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Workshop synopsis:
This workshop will introduce participants to the basic concepts of high-energy physics as performed at particle colliders in general and at the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment at the Large Hadron Collider in particular. Participants will look at some of the basic principles of particle physics, accelerator physics, and detector physics, and start to understand some of the meaning behind ... Read More

Ceramic Water Filter Creation & Testing

Mark Carlson, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Manny Hernandez, Northern Illinois University

Room B145

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Workshop synopsis:
Participants will experience firsthand the activities that go into creating and testing ceramic water filters infused with silver nanoparticles. All participants will mix clay with other ingredients and press new filters which can later be retrieved as souvenirs. Participants may also witness and possibly participate in treating filters with silver, synthesizing silver nanoparticles, measuring filter flow rates, plating bacteria, ... Read More

June’s Learning Laboratory: Cultural Competent Students Lend a Helping Hand

David Lundgren, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Sowmya Anjur, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Room A131

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Targeted Neuroplasticity Training: A Novel Approach to Improving Mental Performance and Addressing the Excellence Gap

Adrienne Coleman, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
John Kennedy

Room A129

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM