This past summer the College of New Jersey’s highly selective Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) research program spanned seven schools and over fifteen majors. Projects undertaken by engineering students and faculty have always been successful and this year was no different, with eight MUSE projects within the School of Engineering. Below is a list of projects by major.
- Fabrication of polymer and cellular composite constructs for tissue engineering applications
- A computational stochastic model of breathing embedded with fractal-like scaling
- Effect of Inlet Flow Conditions on Flow Uniformity Within a Fuel Cell Manifold
- Bio-Inspired Wind Energy Harvester
- Modeling of friction-induced squeak of Ceramic-on-Ceramic Hip Implants
- Development of Damage Models for Fiber-reinforced Composite Material and Characterization of heart Tissue Damage via Dynamic Heart Phantom and MRI
- Expanded Investigations into Remediation of Metal-Contaminated Water Through Electrospun Biopolymer Nanofibers
Each year the College selects MUSE projects to be funded through a competitive process, and this year over eighty were approved. MUSE projects are an expression of the deep commitment that TCNJ has to the teacher-scholar model, which emphasizes integration of faculty research into the undergraduate curricula. MUSE offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to work directly with professors on their research. These projects are based on each professor’s expertise and can be described as both unique and distinguished in its field. Many projects, specifically within the School of Engineering, have been published or included in published materials from organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and NASA’s New Jersey Space-Grant Consortium.
Students who participate in MUSE are rewarded with a deeply engaging research experience that will help them discern future career choices. They are provided with housing, receive a stipend, and are involved in MUSE wide social events such as; lunches, seminars, laser tag and softball. Through this program, students interact with a diverse community of scholars, learning about many research areas across campus. Information about applying for a project or other information about MUSE can be found here