Technology students highlighted in research journal

College of Technology students and faculty are featured in the most recent edition of Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR).

Raji Sundararajan, professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, is pictured on the cover of the journal with biomedical engineering undergraduate Junxing Shi. Sundararajan researches electrical and laser pulse-mediated chemo drug/gene delivery. She served as Shi’s mentor for his research titled, “A New Strategy of Drug Delivery: Electric Field Distribution in Brain Tumor Due to Electroporation.”

Three Technology student projects were featured in the Research Snapshots of the publication as well.

One team of seniors submitted their research titled, “Chemical Restoration of Damaged Hard Drives.” Their research showed some success in creating a low-cost method of repairing damaged hard drives without the need for a clean room. Students involved with the project were Brian Curnett (now a graduate student), Kevin Wojcik, and Sean McCarthy from the Department of Computer and Information Technology and Talin Darian from the Department of Chemistry. The team was mentored by Sam Liles, associate professor of computer and information technology.

Aviation students David Turek, Bridget Stanley and Alex Isgrigg examined “Human Factors Sustainability in Airline Line Maintenance Operations.” The students partnered with a major airline to study human factors in line maintenance and to develop a process to sustainably monitor them to increase safety. Their research findings will serve as a resource for the airline as it makes decisions about their processes. The team was mentored by John Mott, associate department head and clinical assistant professor of aviation technology.

Joshua Sarver, a graduate student in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology, conducted research on social media in student recruitment while he was an undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts. His project was titled, “Recruitment and Social Media in IT and Computing-Related Disciplines.” He created and maintained the department’s social media presence, including recruiting new followers. His research started to measure current successes against previous recruiting efforts without social media. Research on social media’s effectiveness is ongoing. Sarver was mentored by Eric Dietz, professor of computer and information technology.

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