Twenty-four PUC students earn research awards

2013-07-24T00:00:00Z Twenty-four PUC students earn research awardsBy Times Staff
July 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | Twenty-four Purdue University Calumet students earned research awards for projects they presented during the university’s recent Student Research Day.

In all, 242 students presented 127 research projects. The presentations consisted of a written summary and an oral explanation or poster display. The number of student researchers represents a 43 percent increase from last year.

Following are student research award recipients and their project titles in four categories:

Undergraduate Oral Presentations

First place - mechanical engineering students Danko Andric, of Schererville; Jiachun Li, of Hammond/Beijing, China; and Xiaoxiao Zhang, of Hammond: “Computational Fluid Dynamics and VR Study of NIPSCO Unit 8 Decomposition Chamber;” second place - biological sciences student Anna S. Roessing, of Gary: “Granulysin as a Lipid Binding Protein;” third place - information systems students Brad Jordan, of Cedar Lake, and Ben Oprinovich, of Munster: “Reducing Adult Obesity through a Dynamic Web System: A Northwest Indiana Food Bank Case.”

Undergraduate Poster Presentations

First place - nursing students Alexandra Dziadon, of Schererville; Renee Exo, of Crete, Ill.; Amanda Glos, of Portage; and Melissa Victor, of Schererville: “Assessment of Infants Experiencing Withdrawal;” second place - nursing students Timothy Clinton, of Hammond; Grace Gerhard, of Aurora, Ill.; Alison Kouris, of Whiting; and Kristina Payne, of Highland: “Best Practices in Medication Reconciliation for Heart Failure Patients in the In-Patient Health Care Setting;” third place - Lauren Adamczewski, of St. John; Brittany Bateman, of Dyer; and Kadria Woodfork, of Merrillville: “Identification of Best Practices in the Prevention of Alarm Fatigue.”

Graduate Student Oral Presentations

First place - computer science student Roger Jestes, of Hammond: “Static and Dynamic Alternatives for Hybrid Branch Predictors.” second place - engineering student Kennethrex Obianika Ndukaife: “Infrared Imaging of the Spatial Distribution of Fouling on a Membrane Surface;” third place - engineering student Muhammad Sana Ullah, of Hammond: “Features Extraction for Detecting Deception from Stress Speech Signals.”

Graduate Poster Presentations

First place - construction science student Dean Koldenhoven of Orland Park, Ill.: “Measuring the Diffusion of Oxygen through Concrete by Electrochemical Methods:" second place - biological sciences student Christopher S. Hartman, of Whiting: “Reduction of Artificial Salmonella Typhimurium Contamination on Stainless Steel by Application Bacteriophages;” third place (tie) - modeling, simulation and visualization students Xingjian Chen, of Hammond/Beijing, Chaoyang, China:  ”Optimization of an Urea Decomposition Chamber Using Computational Fluid Dynamics and VR;” and Xiaoxi Lou, of Hammond/Zhongyuan, Henan, China: “Numerical Optimization of a QBOP Vessel for Minimizing Kidney Formation.”

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