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During the first week of April, the research efforts of graduate and undergraduate students take center stage at UCF’s Student Research Week. This year, 10 mechanical and aerospace engineering students won awards for their research — and two faculty won awards for their teaching and dedication to student research. Read on for the complete list of MAE winners:

Graduate Research Forum

Christopher Kelley — “Mechanical Suppression of Pathological Tremor via External Artificial Muscles”
Mentor: Associate Professor Jeffrey L. Kauffman

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence

Course-Based Projects

Adil Riahi — “Optimizing a Concentrated Solar Power Plant”
Mentor: Associate Professor Shawn Putnam

Samantha Brunson — “Corticomuscular Coherence of Active and Passive Recumbent Stepping”
Mentor: Assistant Professor Helen Huang

Dana Mikkelsen and Samuel Kleiner — “To Eject a Drop From a Dampened, Damped Beam”
Mentor: Assistant Professor Andrew Dickerson

Audience Choice

Alexander D’Angelo and Alexis Khalil — “Flying Under the Radar: A Study on Mosquito Landing Kinematics and Kinetics”

Research Week Kickoff

Distinguished Undergraduate Research Award

Zoe Barbeau, mechanical engineering
Mentor: Associate Professor Nina Orlovskaya

Daniel Rosato, aerospace engineering
Mentor: Assistant Professor Kareem Ahmed

Minh-Chau Le, mechanical engineering
Mentor: Stephen Florczyk, Biology

Champion of Undergraduate Research Faculty Award

Associate Professor Ali P. Gordon

Founder’s Day

Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

Associate Professor Yuanli Bai

Founder’s Award

John Bal, aerospace engineering