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Abul Azad, Ph.D.

Universal Environment for Delivering Remote Laboratories in STEM Disciplines

Designing and developing a universal Internet-based remote laboratory environment.

Researcher: Abul Azad, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories With Collaborative Design

Synergistically blending Internet technology, software, computer interface, graphical user interface, pedagogical design, and assessment and evaluation schemes to offer a laboratory course in an undergraduate electrical engineering technology program.

Researcher: Abul Azad, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Liping Guo, Ph.D.

Interactive Virtual Laboratory: Using Renewable Energy Experiments to Enhance Student Engagement

Develop an interactive virtual laboratory for a power generation system, create innovative teaching materials using the virtual laboratory and a prototype platform and engage college students in mentoring high school students on renewable energy technologies.

Researchers: Liping Guo, Ph.D.
Andrew Otieno, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Design and Development of Hands-On Learning Experiences in Renewable Energy

Increasing the number of college graduates with knowledge and skills in renewable energy and power systems.

Researcher: Liping Guo, Ph.D.

Funded by: Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Design and Development of an Enabling Teaching Tool for Renewable Energy

Expanding the renewable energy component in the current engineering technology curriculum.

Researcher: Liping Guo, Ph.D.

Funded by: P&G Foundation

Renewable Energy Technology Across the Engineering Technology Curriculum

Increasing the number of college graduates entering the workforce with knowledge and skills in renewable energy.

Researcher: Liping Guo, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Developing Matlab Models of Digital Power Converters

Developing Matlab models of digital power converters with various magnetic loads, designing digital regulators and evaluating the performance of the converters under static and dynamic conditions.

Researcher: Liping Guo, Ph.D.

Funded by: Argonne National Laboratory

Theodore Hogan, Ph.D.

Identifying Indoor Air Sensitizers

Investigating environmental factors at the Moore Glass facility and identifying those that may be sensitizers.

Researcher: Theodore Hogan, Ph.D.

Funded by: Moore Glass Co.

Evaluation of OSHA 1910.1200 Hazard Classifications

Reviewing the chemicals in up to 10 chemical mixtures client provides to its customers and evaluating how to classify mixture hazard information on Safety Data Sheets as required by OSHA.

Researcher: Theodore Hogan, Ph.D.

Funded by: IDEAL Industries Inc.

Building Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability in Very Small Businesses

Providing EHSS analyses and instruction to employees at small companies in the Chicago metro area.

Researcher: Theodore Hogan, Ph.D.

Funded by: Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Kevin Martin, Ph.D.

Energy Efficiency Workshops for Small and Medium Enterprises

Helping small and medium-sized companies identify and implement ways to reduce energy use, boost productivity and achieve measureable energy savings.

Researcher: Kevin Martin, Ph.D.

Funded by: Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Municipal Energy Audit

Energy audit of businesses, municipal units and other organizations in the Rochelle, Ill. area.

Researcher: Kevin Martin, Ph.D.

Funded by: City of Rochelle

William Mills, Ph.D.

PetAg Nutritional Product Formula Review

Reviewing client's nutritional product formulas and production of the formulas.

Researcher: William Mills, Ph.D.

Funded by: PetAg Inc.

Cliff Mirman, Ph.D.

REU Site: Operation ETank: Moving Toward a Sustainable World

Supporting undergraduate students working on faculty-led research projects related to energy, the environment, ethics and economic issues as they relate to climate change and a sustainable energy future.

Researchers: Cliff Mirman, Ph.D.
Nicholas Pohlman, Ph.D.
David Changnon, Ph.D.
Lisa Freeman, Ph.D.
Jason Hanna, Ph.D.
Narayan Hosmane, Ph.D.
Douglas Klumpp, Ph.D.
Ross Powell, Ph.D.
Lesley Rigg, Ph.D.
Reed Scherer, Ph.D.
Zhili Xiao, Ph.D.
Tao Xu, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Developed a low-cost micromilling machine using state-of-the-art hardware and software to create 3D parts with accuracies of 2 to 3 microns. The project also uses dimensional metrology techniques to ensure needed manufacturing accuracy.

Researcher: Cliff Mirman, Ph.D.

Funded by: U.S. Army TACOM (subproject within larger grant)

Develop a complete model for undergraduate programs in manufacturing engineering, electrical engineering technology and energy and environmental technology programs in Malaysia.

Researchers: Cliff Mirman, Ph.D.
Omar Ghrayeb, Ph.D.

Funded by: University of Malaysia, Pahang

Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D.

Case Based eLearning for Six Sigma

Creating an innovative, affordable and effective online Six Sigma training system for small and mid-sized Illinois manufacturing firms.

Researchers: Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D.
Shun Takai, Ph.D.

Funded by: Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center

Analyzing Paint Lines

Analyzing paint lines at client's facility and making recommendations for improvement.

Researchers: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D. (Engineering Technology)

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

Process Improvements for Assembly Lines

Conduct time studies, balance the line and reduce process inefficiencies for Caterpillar's K-series wheel loader assembly lines.

Researchers: Purushothaman Damodaran, Ph.D. (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D. (Engineering Technology)

Funded by: Caterpillar Inc.

NIU-RTM Operational Improvements

Analyzing process flow and making recommendations for improvement.

Researcher: Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D.

Funded by: RTM and Associates

NIU-DuKane Applied Research Project

Optimizing process flow at client's facility.

Researcher: Shanthi Muthuswamy, Ph.D.

Funded by: DuKane Precast Inc.

Andrew Otieno, Ph.D.

Manufacturability of Plastics Filled With Ethanol Processing Co-Products

Researcher: Andrew Otieno, Ph.D.

Funded by: US Department of Agriculture

Partnership for Summer In-Service Activities With Middle School and Elementary School Teachers

Researcher: Andrew Otieno, Ph.D.

Funded by: Illinois Math and Science Partnership

SMILE Project for Middle School and High School Summer Educational Activities

Researcher: Andrew Otieno, Ph.D.

Funded by: Verizon Foundation

David Schroeder, Ph.D.

Future Energy Systems

Technical consulting and project development for the launch of a technology development and investment firm that will improve the model for developing and advancing early stage technological innovations to be translated into marketable products.

Researcher: David Schroeder, Ph.D.

Funded by: Argonne National Laboratory

Integrated Laboratory/Industry Research Program (ILIRP)

Studying interfacial regions within a lithium-metal based electrochemical cell.

Researcher: David Schroeder, Ph.D.

Funded by: Argonne National Laboratory

Study of Ceramic Ion Conductors in Tandem with Metal Anodes and/or Various Concentrated Electrolytes

Studying the interfacial regions involved with electrochemical cells based on ceramics.

Researcher: David Schroeder, Ph.D.

Funded by: Argonne National Laboratory

Shun Takai, Ph.D.

Engineering Uncertainty Repository

Developing a repository of teaching materials regarding uncertainties commonly encountered in engineering.

Researcher: Shun Takai, Ph.D.

Funded by: National Science Foundation (through Missouri University of Science and Technology)

Robert Tatara, Ph.D.

Developing Commercially Viable Industrial Products From Biofuels Byproducts

Developing, processing, evaluating and simulating value-added processing operations for low-value biofuel byproducts.

Researcher: Robert Tatara, Ph.D.

Funded by: US Department of Agriculture

 

Research Labs

Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories
Researcher: Abul Azad, Ph.D.

Building Energy Efficiency, Ergonomics and Management (BEEEAM) Lab
Researcher: Kevin Martin, Ph.D.

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