Brown University School of Engineering

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs)

Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards (UTRAs) support Brown students collaborating with Brown faculty on research and teaching projects during the summer or the academic year. Named for the dean who launched the program in the 1980s, UTRAs provide students with valuable academic experience that prepares them for graduate study and that contributes directly to course development at Brown. For more information on UTRAs, including application deadlines and answers to common questions please visit the UTRA site.

Recent UTRA Projects in Engineering

Students interested in the UTRA program are encouraged to reach out to faculty members to discuss potential projects and the applications process.

Project Title Faculty Advisor Term
Enabling Autonomous Flight of Drones in Complex, Unpredictable Environments Iris Bahar Summer 2014
Power Modeling of Processing-in-memory Systems for Concurrent Computing Iris Bahar Summer 2018
Development of a Wireless Implantable Electromyography System for Recording Muscle Activity in Freely-Moving Animals David Borton Summer 2018
Investigating the Viability of Decording Hind-Limb Kinematics Using Intracortical Local Field Potentials David Borton Summer 2017
Hydrokinetic Energy Harvesting - Engineering and Environmental Considerations Kenny Breuer Summer 2015
Stress in Patterned Thin Films Eric Chason Summer 2015
Designing and Characterizing Anistrophy in Fibrous Scaffold Materials for Engineered Myocardium Kareen Coulombe Summer 2018
Effects of BPA on Female Cardiomyocyte Function Kareen Coulombe Summer 2018
Antibody Internalization in Mammalian Cells Eric Darling Summer 2018
Effect of Cell Cycle on ASC Surface Marker Expression Eric Darling Summer 2017
Alginate Hydrogels for 3D Cancer Cell Culture Applications Michelle Dawson Summer 2017
Quantitative Analysis of Collagen in the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Braden Fleming Summer 2017
Developing a Molecular Model to Predict Equations of States from Computational Quantum Chemistry and Machine Learning Franklin Goldsmith Summer 2016
Construction of a Split-Bottom Cell for Granular Flow Experiments David Henann Summer 2015
Characterization of Grasp Sensory Feedback Using Brain-Computer Interface and JACO2 Robot Arm Leigh Hochberg Summer 2017
Biological and Environmental Interaction of Mangenese Dioxide Robert Hurt Summer 2018
Emulsions Stabilized by Two-Dimensional Materials Robert Hurt Summer 2014
Mechanical characterization of composite biological skeleton fibers Haneesh Kesari Fall 2014
Experimental Analysis of Irreversible Brain-Ruga Deformations to Search for Causes of Delayed TBI Kyung-Suk Kim Summer 2015
Design and Implementation of Stereoscopic Visual Odometry Module Ben Kimia Summer 2017
Fabrication and Applications of Thin-Film Piezoelectric Polymers (PVDF) Angus Kingon Summer 2015
Exploration of Controlled Mode Graphite Oxide Thermal Exfoliation Indrek Kulaots Summer 2015
Gold Nanorod-Enhanced Near-Infrared Neural Stiumulation for Photonic Retinal Prosthesis Jonghwan Lee Summer 2018
Test and Optimization of High-Throughput OCT Assessment of Cellular Viability Using Liver Tumor Spheroids Jonghwan Lee Summer 2018
Computational and Experimental Fluid Dynamics for Designing Arrays of Hydrokinetic Turbines Shreyas Mandre Summer 2018
Effect of Angle-Dependent Transmittance and Reflectance on Gaussian Beams Dan Mittleman Summer 2017
Terahertz: The Last Frontier Dan Mittleman Summer 2016
Study of simultaneous single cell resolution neural dynamics during transcranial magnetic stimulation using TMS-proof MEA based wireless neural recording system Arto Nurmikko Spring 2014
Breaking the 20% Efficiency Limit of Perovskite Solar Cells Using Plasmonic Concentrators Domenico Pacifici Fall 2015
Investigating Alternative Materials in Plasmonic Concentrator Absorption Efficiency and Manufacturing Cost Domenico Pacifici Summer 2015
Na2Mn5O10 as a Promising Cathode Material for Sodium-ion Batteries Tayhas Palmore Summer 2015
Bio-Oil Upgrading with Reduced Metal Andrew Peterson Summer 2015
A Cloud-Based System to Monitor and Control Performance and Power of Computing Infrastructure Sherief Reda Summer 2017
Energy-Efficient Computing Clusters for Cloud Applications
Sherief Reda Summer 2016
Distributed Chemical Sensing Networks Jacob Rosenstein Summer 2017
Single Molecule Communications Channels Jacob Rosenstein Summer 2017
Image Analysis of Mechanical Degradation in Li-Ion Battery Cathodes Brian Sheldon Summer 2017
Impedance Measurements in LiMn2O4 Spinel Cathodes for Li Ion Batteries Brian Sheldon Summer 2018
Assembly of Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Films for Controlled Delivery of SHP099 Anita Shukla Summer 2018
Characterizing Chromogenic Beta-Lactamase Substrates for Diagnostic Hydrogels Anita Shukla Summer 2018
Developing a Recording and Analyis Device to Capture and Classify Pain v. Non-Pain Induced Infant Audio Cries Harvey Silverman Summer 2017
Objective Assessment of Newborn Infant Issues by Analyzing the Infant's Cry Harvey Silverman Summer 2018
Exploration of Alternative Methods for State Decoding of Neural Signals John Simeral Summer 2013
Vapor Intrusion of Soil and Groundwater Sources: An Evolving Environmental Concern Eric Suuberg Summer 2016
Iterative Closest Point Polygon Mesh Smoothing Gabriel Taubin Summer 2015
Enrichment of JEG-3 Cells by Intrinsic Surface Adhesion Properties  Anubhav Tripathi Summer 2018
Syringe PCR Anubhav Tripathi Summer 2018
Magnetic Nanocomposite Hydrogels wtih Responsive, Self-Healing Properties Ian Wong Summer 2018
Swarming Migration of Co-Attracting Epithelial Cells into Fractal-Like Clusters Ian Wong Summer 2017
A Wireless Networked Biophilic Lighting System for the Delivery of Lighting for Enhancing Secondary School Student Performance Jimmy Xu Summer 2015
Aluminum Alternative to Metal-Based Plasmonic Photocatalysis Jimmy Xu Summer 2015
Optimizing a New Approach to Fabricating Thin Film Transistors Alex Zaslavsky Summer 2015
Extracting Two-Dimensional Radiation Patterns from Wide-Angle Spectroscopic Images  Rashid Zia Summer 2016