REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates

Michael Liao demonstrates his supension system for a solar-powered vehicle, created with an REU grant.

The Department of ISE’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to complete research with ISE faculty.

The program exposes top undergraduate students to research and encourages ISE faculty to engage undergraduate students in research early in their academic career.

The research, sponsored by ISE, is documented by students through research reports.

Students have completed research on topics such as wind energy, supply chain logistics, 3D printing, precision agriculture, and more.

ISE Professor Richard Sowers said the program is a way to document that undergraduate students are engaging in research at the University of Illinois, and to encourage more undergraduates to get involved.

Proposals for research are due early in the semester. Students can contact faculty members if they are interested in completing research with them.

PAST PROJECTS

FALL 2017

SPRING 2017

  • Nick Lindsey, working with James Allison "Wind energy harvesting for low-potential areas"
  • Fei Min, working with Xin Chen "Supply chain logistics of wood delivery for pulp and paper manufacturers"
  • Wanwei Yu, working with Xin Chen "Supply chain logistics of wood delivery for pulp and paper manufacturers"
  • Rachel Zilz, working with RS Sreenivas and R Sowers, "IoT for power consumption"

FALL 2016

  • Annie Goetz, working with Linwei Xin "Optimal policy of a dual-sourcing inventory system"
  • Yirou Li, working with Rakesh Nagi "Dominance analysis in finite size facility location"
  • Michael Liao, working with James Allison "Generative Design of Structures for Functionality and Aesthetics, and Prototyping of Mechanisms for Teaching"
  • Joshua Love, working with Henrique Reis "Acoustic Emission in Asphalt Concrete"
  • Demetrios Sofronis, working with Alexandra Chronopoulou "Off-line change point detection in financial time series”
  • Shutian Xu, working with Rakesh Nagi "Application of data mining approach of forming generic bills of materials in an industrial example"

SUMMER 2016

  • Demetrios Sofronis, working with Alexandra Chronopoulou, "Do financial time series have long memory?"
  • Michael Liao, working with James Allison "Generative Design of Structures for Functionality and Aesthetics, and Prototyping of Mechanisms for Teaching"
  • Sean Kelley, working with Richard Sowers, "Data fusion in precision agriculture"
  • Fei Xue, working with Richard Sowers "3d printed design of ISE Google Cardboard"

Suspension system.