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Wednesday, April 17th
8:15 AM

Energy Consumption Study for Multi-Axis Robot Additive

Keegan Balow '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

As additive manufacturing (AM) develops into a more mature manufacturing technology, the scope of experimentation with its limits and use cases has broadened. With the increasing implementation of these technologies, the energy usage of these machines is gaining significance, particularly in the context of climate change and conscious material consumption. The potential of AM in space exploration and colonization, where ... Read More

8:35 AM

Turning a Passive Exosuit Active

Laura Cervantes '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:35 AM - 8:50 AM

Walking is a crucial part of anyone’s everyday life, providing one with the ability to complete tasks and activities individually. However, some people cannot use this ability to its full potential given certain challenges such as the loss of muscle control and a decrease in strength, caused by old age or diseases. Through studies, it has been proven that exosuits ... Read More

8:55 AM

Carbon Fiber Instrument Crafting

Carter Poskozim '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Max Schwartz '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:55 AM - 9:10 AM

This experiment seeks to determine whether carbon fiber is a viable alternative to brass, wood, or nickel in woodwind construction. The benefits of using carbon fiber include weight reduction, rigidity, and price reduction when mass-produced, resulting in access to affordable instruments for the underprivileged. The primary downside and reason that this is the first saxophone of its kind is that ... Read More

9:20 AM

Hydrogen Combustion in Industrial Decarbonization for Energy and Emissions-Intensive Sectors

Samuel Biruduganti '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

The research aimed to characterize hydrogen as a potential sustainable energy source for decarbonization. The first phase involved conducting a literature review that outlined the chemical and physical properties of the fuel and its end-use applications in emissions-intensive industries. The second phase involved conducting zero-dimensional and one-dimensional flame simulations through Python scripts using Cantera software to understand the characteristics of ... Read More

Silver-infused Egg Albumin for Water Purification

Patrick Cahill '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Josh Solone '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Megan Vanhoof '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 2 billion people are at risk of disease and death due to waterborne bacteria. Existing purification methods are costly, unreliable, or intended only for emergencies. We seek an affordable system that reduces bacterial contamination by 90%, provides 40 liters per day, and costs less than $20 annually. Biological proteins with disulfide linkages allow ... Read More

The Effect of Various Fin Designs on the Stability, Apogee, and Drag of Model Rockets to Maximize Efficiency

Varun Nagaraj '26, RISE Program

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM

The purpose of this experiment was to ascertain if different fins for model rockets impact their stability, apogee and drag in order to provide an optimal design for new rockets. This experiment addresses a current gap, a lack of research into the physical components of rockets. Using the OpenRocket software, three different model rockets were designed. These were then built ... Read More

9:40 AM

Techno-economic Analysis of Capacitive Deionization (CDI) Use for Separations of Biofuels in the Production Process

Zuyu Liu '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

Biofuels play a critical role in transitioning towards a sustainable energy system. Affordable and low-carbon biofuels are especially important for hard- to-electrify transportation sectors, such as aviation. Cost and efficiency are the main challenges faced in the biofuel production process, with the separation of valuable organic acids from fermented broth accounting for 50% of the total energy use and up ... Read More

Using Infrared Image Analysis to Detect 3D Printing Errors

Fiyin Akinyemi '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:40 AM - 9:55 AM

This paper investigates a method to detect structural irregularities in 3D prints through infrared image analysis. The study employs an infrared camera, which senses thermal discrepancies in its field of view, to monitor the thread of the material filament as it is deposited during the printing process. Images captured by the camera are processed by Python libraries such as OpenCV ... Read More

10:00 AM

Experimental Paradigm for Studying Abnormal Hip Torque Coupling During Gait Initiation After Stroke

Nashra Younus '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Post-stroke lower limb impairments cause significant challenges in balance during gait initiation. While studies have mainly focused on behavioral impacts of these impairments, the understanding of neutral constraints persist a significant gap. This study is aimed to investigate the abnormal hip extension- adduction coupling previously found in individuals with stroke. We hypothesize that when stepping with the non paretic limb, ... Read More

10:25 AM

An Investigation in the Rat Whisking System in the Context of Mechanical Engineering

Ebba Kaulas '24, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

To further understand the neurological process of rat whisking this study utilizes a combination of projects, both computational and mechanical, in order to better understand the rat whisking system. Rat whiskers display an incredible ability to detect objects through contortion and contact, which send mechanical signals that help the rat process their surroundings. A series of videos of two different ... Read More

10:45 AM

Reducing the Load of the Haptic Brain Stimulator

Hunter Mathews '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

We engineer a haptic device that renders touch and force-feedback across the user’s entire body by stimulating the brain. Our technique builds upon transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a neuroscience technology that non-invasively stimulates the brain using an electromagnetic coil. Medical-grade TMS coils are typically large, handheld devices, which makes integrating them into an actuated system challenging. Our technical contribution is ... Read More

11:05 AM

An Optimal Control Framework for Influencing Human Driving Behavior in Mixed-autonomy Traffic

Anirudh Chari, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

As autonomous vehicles (AVs) become increasingly prevalent, their interaction with human drivers presents a critical challenge. Current AVs lack social awareness, causing behavior that is often awkward or unsafe. To combat this, social AVs, which are proactive rather than reactive in their behavior, have been explored in recent years. With knowledge of robot-human interaction dynamics, a social AV can influence ... Read More

Deploying Sensorless V2V Communication for Enhanced Driver Awareness: A C-V2X and GNSS-based System Utilizing OBD Ports for Broad Vehicle Integration

Alea Ritchie '25, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

This paper presents a Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication system designed to enhance road safety by leveraging Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology and the Global Navigation Satellite System. Unlike Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which rely on external sensors and direct vehicle control for collision avoidance, this module focuses on boosting driver awareness through real-time auditory alerts. Utilizing the vehicle's onboard diagnostic port for ... Read More