2012

Nilda Alvanez Ruiz is a sophomore at the College of Southern Nevada.  Her love for nature and passion for the engineering are the backbone for her future pursuit of an integrated Mechanical-Biomedical Engineering B.S-M.S program.  A curious being and a believer of balance between body, mind, and spirit she spends her off-time indulging in music, the visual arts, running, playing soccer and hiking among others.

Project: Utilization of a Dielectric Elastomer in a Rolling Polyhedron
Prof. Rob Wood
Yigit Menguc
Sam Felton


Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials
Jonathan Asfaha is originally from San Diego and currently attends UC Berkeley. He will be entering his 4th year studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with an emphasis in Biochemistry. As of now, his interests lie on the physical side of biology and chemistry. He will be working in Dr. Wesley Wong’s lab this summer. When he’s not studying, you can find him running or drooling over the latest supercar. 

Project: Development of A Single Molecule Detector For Caspase-3
Dr. Wesley Wong
Dr. Ken Halvorsen
MARC

Funding: MRSEC Scholars Program at UC Berkeley
Michael Bechard is an Electrical Engineering and Math double-major with a Computer Science minor. Michael will be entering his junior year in the fall at Eastern Nazarene College. His interests include biking, playing with Android, and learning about new and future technologies, especially those that involve autonomous devices or renewable energy.

Project: Impact of mobility on connectivity in microaerial vehicles
Prof. Rob Wood
Karthik Dantu
Bryan Kate

Funding: NSF Expeditions in Computing: Robobees
Camila Betterelli Giuliano was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. During this year, she is studying at Boston University in an exchange program funded by her government, called Science without Borders. After concluding this program, she’ll go back to her home university, Unesp, to finish her degree in Biotechnological Engineering.

Project: Analyzing Genlisea's protozoa-trapping mechanism through PIV and Fluorescence
Dr. Laurence Wilson

Funding: Rowland Instititute
Kiara Blue is a rising sophomore majoring in Chemistry at Northeastern University. She is interested in toxicology and diagnostics. In her free time she enjoys traveling, reading, and kayaking.

Project: 3D cultures of bacteria in paper-based substrates
Prof. George Whitesides 
Matthew Lockett

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials and Nancoscale Science and Engineering
Marcus Burkardt is a rising junior at Cornell University, majoring in Applied and Engineering Physics. He is from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and speaks fluent German. He is a leader on Cornell's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team and spends much of his time working on the sub.

Project: Hallway mapping and navigation using optic flow with a swarm of micro-helicopters
Prof. Radhika Nagpal
Karthik Dantu
Jason Waterman


Funding: NSF Expeditions in Computing: Robobees
Anita Chandrahas is a rising sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas as part of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. She is currently pursuing a biomedical engineering degree and hopes to continue developing her research in systems biology. Anita is passionate about reading and engaging younger students in science. She is excited to spend this summer with everyone in the program!

Project: Building and Understanding Custom Generation Gene Targeting Tools: Next Generation Gene Therapy
Prof. George Church
Raj Chari

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Wesley Chen is a Harvard concentrator who hails from Central New Jersey. He is a member of the 2012 Harvard BioDesign Team in the BioMod competition.

Project: Biomod
Prof. Shih Yin Shah
Adam Marblestone

Funding:: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Matthew Cherewka is a rising 5th-senior from Harrisburg, PA. He is currently attending Bucknell University studying mechanical engineering and management, with a focus in innovation, product development and entrepreneurship. Outside of class he serves as captain of the rugby team and president of his fraternity, and also enjoys music.

Project:  Design and fabrication of a centimeter-scale centipede robot
Prof. Rob Wood
Katie Hoffman

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Annabel Chew is entering her senior year as a Materials Science major at Columbia University. She was raised in Singapore, and is interested in research in clean energy.

Project: Thin Film Solar Cells
Prof. Roy Gordon
Prasert Sinsermsuksakul

Funding: NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
In Young Cho is a Harvard concentrator. She is a member of the 2012 Harvard BioDesign Team in the BioMod com petition.

Project: BioMod
Prof. Shih Yin Shah
Mingjie Dai

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Abirvab Deb is a Biomedical Engineering major specializing in Biomechanics. He is a huge Boston sports fan and loves learning about many different interdisciplinary subject matters.

Project: Comparison and Optimization of Ultrasound Repsonsive Hydrogels for Spatiotemporal Control of Bioagent Availability
Prof. David Mooney
Cathay Kearney
Manac Mehta



Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Kyle DiCamillo is a senior double major in Physics and Math studying at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA. He is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, and hopes to go to graduate school after his studies are complete. He likes to play the piano, read, and listen to music.

Project: Fabrication and Characterization of Graphene
Prof. Bob Westervelt 
Prof. John Free
Sagar Bhandari

Funding: NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
Ana Cristina Duque is a rising junior majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. She hopes to eventually get her Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering with an emphasis on cardiovascular muscle tissue. She was born in Medellin, Colombia, moved to the United States at the age of nine, and has been living in the Tampa suburb of Land O’ Lakes until her acceptance to UF.

Project: Fabrication of 3D 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate Scaffolds for the Culturing of NIH3T3 Cells
Prof. Debra Auguste
Jin-Oh You

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials 
Mattias Fitzpatrick is a rising senior at Middlebury College. He is from Ashland, OR and will be working in the Marcus Lab over this summer.

Project: 
Prof. Charles Marcus
Susan Watson

Funding: Middlebury College NSF REU
Cooper Galvin is a Computer Scientist/ Chemist from Anchorage, Alaska. Growing up in Alaska means all sorts of opportunities for outdoor adventures from skiing endless slopes to hiking the largest mountain in North America. The winters in Alaska are harsh, so he attends school at Pomona College, in warm Claremont, California. He comes from a large family, loves to eat great food, and is always down to adventure.

Project: New Approaches to Computational Chemistry Software
Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik
Dmitrij Rappoport

Funding: 
Karl Gilbert is a rising senior at Boston University majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Upon graduation he hopes to attend medical school in pursuit of degree in either Ophthalmology or Otolaryngology. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially scuba diving and hiking. He also spends his free time playing tennis and juggling.

Project: In vitro Reperfusion Injury Device
Prof. George Whitesides
Bobak Mosadegh

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
William Gilpin is a physics concentrator at Princeton University. He is extremely interested in how different areas of science intersect through fields like biophysics and materials science, and he would like to someday work professionally in an interdisciplinary field. In his free time he enjoys drawing, designing lighting for film/theatre, and building Tesla coils.

Project: Engineering electron occupancy of NV centers using surface induced charges in diamond
Prof. Marko Loncar
Khadijeh Bayat

Funding: NSF Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Hudson Gloria was born in the capital of Brazil.  Hudson is currently a sophomore at Bunker Hill Community College, pursing a degree in chemical engineering.  Coming from a musical family, he eventually came to the United States of America to pursue one of his dreams to become a professional bass player. He has worked with musicians Najee, Kirk Whalum, as well as amazing singers such as Al Jareau, and Stevie Wonder.  In his spare time he likes to listen to a good jazz standard, "Giant Steps!" 

Project: Dielectric elastomer energy generator
Prof. David Clarke
Roger Diebold

Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Andreas Haggerty is a rising senior at Harvard University concentrating in mechanical engineering. He will be working on the Robobees project.

Project: Dielectric elastomer energy generator
Prof. Rob Wood
Sawyer Fuller

Funding: NSF Expeditions in Computing: Robobees; Harvard Faculty Aide Program
Elise Hall is a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University where she is studying Materials Science Engineering and Environmental Engineering and Sustainability. She is passionate about biomimetics and sustainability. In her free time she enjoys playing sports, cooking, and reading.

Project: Dielectric elastomer energy generator
Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Matthias Kolle

Funding: Air Force Office of Scientific Research Multidiscipinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative
Sarah Halls is a rising senior in biomedical engineering at Arizona State University. She is enrolled in the Barrett Honors College at ASU and has been accepted into their graduate program and has since begun working on her Masters in Biomedical Engineering. In her spare time she enjoys participating in outdoor activities and cultivating her musical talents.

Project: Patterning of Multiple Cell Types in 3D PLGA Thin Film Using Origam
Prof. Debra Auguste
George Ye

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterils
Gao Han is a freshman from SUNY Buffalo, majoring in Computer Science. He likes basketball, swimming and PC games.

Project: Size Constraints in Image and Video Segmentation by Multicuts
Prof. Hanspeter Pfister
Dr. Bjoern Andres

Funding: Institute for Applied Computational Science
Erin Hannen, originally from Cranford, NJ, is a rising senior at Brown University, concentrating in Biomedical Engineering.  She enjoys running and anything outdoors. 

Project: Neuronal Path-finding and Pattern Formation
Prof. David Weitz
Allen Ehrlicher
Ali Zaburdaev 


Funding: Weitz NSF
Kenneth Ho is an exchange student from the University of Hong Kong. He is a mechanical engineering major, and is planning to complete a PhD in microfluidics. In his leisure time, he likes to swim, read and spend time with friends and family.

Project: Investigation of Osmotically Driven Fluid Flow in Plants
Prof. David Weitz
Nick Carroll

Funding: Hong Kong University
Ian Holmes is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, originally from Murray, Kentucky. He is pursuing a degree in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Drama. His other interests include geocaching, improvisational theater, collegiate a cappella, and playing and listening to music.

Project: Assembly and Characterization of Stimuli Responsive Microcapsules
Prof. David Weitz
Dr. Esther Amstad

Funding: NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Donez Horton-Bailey was born and raised in San Diego, California. He is finishing his senior year at the University of California Santa Cruz, double majoring in Applied Physics and Linguistics. In his free time he enjoys playing piano and saxophone, and plays bassoon in the university wind ensemble.

Project: Dynamics of Emulsion Droplets Near Liquid-Solid Interfaces
Prof. Vinothan Manoharan
Rebecca Perry

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials 
Michael Hovish is a rising senior at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Albany. He is a Nanoscale Science major, with a minor in Mathematics. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading books and cooking.

Project: Self-Organized Nanostructural Pattern Formation Under Ion Beam Irradiation
Prof. Michael Aziz
Joy Perkinson

Funding: NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Jeff Iuliano is a rising senior at Harvard majoring in Physics and Philosophy. 

Project: Graphene on Boron Nitride
Prof. Bob Westervelt
Prof. John Free
Sagar Bhandari

Funding: NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Yasha Iravantchi  
Chelsea Jenney will be entering her final year at Otterbein University as an undergraduate student in biology and Spanish with a philosophy minor. She plans to ultimately pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in an undecided field of research. She has spent the past two summers in Gamboa, Panamá studying red-eyed treefrogs’ digestion and nutrition. She also spent last winter in Nairobi, Kenya teaching English and math at an orphanage housing children whose parents have succumbed to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Outside of the classroom, she has a passion for international outreach, piano, creative writing, and photography. 

Project: Behavioral Variation in Fruit Fly
Prof. Ben de Bivort
Julien Ayroles

Funding: Rowland Institute
James Johnston will be entering his sophomore year at the University of Miami, and majors in aerospace engineering. He was born in raised in Brigantine, New Jersey. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a masters degree and work for Boeing designing new commercial aircraft. Mr. Johnston enjoys going to the beach, sailing, and reading a good novel.

Project: PIV Wind Tunnel; Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) for low speed wind tunnel
Prof. Rob Wood
Daniel Vogt
Mike Smith

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
John (Jack) Keller is a rising senior at Eastern Nazarene College, majoring in Physics and Mathematics. He plans on entering a PhD program in Physics upon graduation. His non-academic pursuits include computer programming, cross-country running, and mountain biking.

Project: Optimizing Computational Efficiency of    Cross-Correlation on Graphics Processing Units in Radio Astonomy
Prof. Lincoln Greenhill
Jonathon Kocz

Funding:NSF Cyber Discovery Initiative; Scientific Computation for Astronomy, Neurobiology and Chemistry using Graphics Processing Units and Solid-State Storage
Dawn Kellogg is a rising senior majoring in chemistry with a minor in biology at Loyola University in Maryland.

Project: Building Instrument to Study Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in the Gas Phase
Prof. Ferzoco Alessandra

Funding: Rowland Institute
Lauren Kennedy is a rising sophomore majoring in Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. She is interested in getting out of Indiana and expanding her horizons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, eating, and bellydancing with Purdue's Mirage Bellydancers. 

Project: Analyzing Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Particles from an Enviornomental Chamber
Prof. Scott Martin

Funding: NSF Hygroscopic Phase Transitions of Atmospheric Particles 
Daniel Kepple is a biological and medical physics and mathematics double major at Syracuse University. He also enjoys outdoor activities, playing classical guitar, and learning about new foods, cultures, places, and people.

Project: High-Throughput, Directed Evolution for Studing Cell Division
Prof. Dan Needleman 
Reza Farhadifar

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials 
Clarissa Klein 

Project: Low Fluence Femtosecond Laser Silicon Texturing
Prof. Eric Mazur
Ben Franta

Funding:
Kayleigh Kresse is a rising sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She plans to major in Biological Chemistry and attend medical school. Originally from the California bay area, she spent her later years in Tucson, Arizona. She competes on the Grinnell College golf team and has an on-campus job. In her spare time, she also enjoys outdoor activities, playing guitar, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Project: Microcontct printing for separation and analysis of emergent lipid phases
Prof. George Whitesides
Anand Subramanian
Ramses Martinez


Funding: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Zero Cost Diagnostics
Rohit Krishnan will be attending University of Massachusetts – Lowell in the fall. He worked in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory last summer, and will continue his work this summer.

Project:  Intermittent Flight Trajectory Measurements of Robotic Insects
Prof. Rob Wood

Funding: 
Kavit Kumar was born and raised in Fiji Islands and moved to America when he was eleven years old. He will be starting his final year in Electrical Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz and will focus in nanotechnology for his future studies. He enjoys reading technology blogs, playing tennis, traveling and thinking about the future. 

Project: Smoke Generator; Design of a smoke generator for a low speed wind tunnel
Prof. Rob Wood 
Daniel Vogt
Mike Smith


Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Helena Liu is a rising senior at MIT studying materials science. She has never had, nor plans to have, hobbies.

Project: Contact electrification of insulting materials
Prof. George Whitesides 
Siowling Soh
Kwok Senwai

Funding: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Valentina Lyau is a rising sophomore at Harvard. She enjoys math almost as much as she enjoys art. She is a member of the 2012 Harvard BioDesign Team in the BioMod competition.

Project: BioMod
Prof. Shih Yin Shah
Ralf Jungmann

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering 
Jordan Mancuso will be entering her senior year of bioengineering in Syracuse this coming fall. She has been involved in shape memory polymer research at her home college for the past year and hopes to continue that in her senior year. She is an active member of SASSE, Students Advocating Sexual Safety and Empowerment, and SUWRFC, the Syracuse University Women’s Rugby Football Club.  She hopes to continue on to study brain machine interfaces in graduate school and ultimately would like to play a role in developing technologies to help those suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. 

Project: Fabrication of Metamaterials by Multi-exposure Phase Shift Lithography
Prof. George Whitesides 
Ramses Martinez

Funding: DARPA
Carmen Martinez was born in Albuquerque. New Mexico. She completed her junior year in the chemical engineering program at the University of New Mexico. She is interested in bioengineering and is fascinated with nanotechnology and new efforts surrounding drug delivery and chemical manipulations with nanoparticles. When she is not in the lab, she likes to go running, play soccer, and enjoy time with her family.

Project: Flow of particulate laden fluids through porous media
Prof. George Whitesides
Anand Subramanian

Funding: NSF REU Siter in Biomaterials and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
Marc Mazur is a rising sophomore at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA concentrating in Biology and Health, Society, and Social Policy. When finished with his undergraduate studies, Marc plans to pursue a medical degree. In his free time he enjoys traveling to new places, meeting new people, hiking, and running.

Project: Kidney On A Chip: Mimicking the Kidney with Tissue
Prof. Don Ingber
Dr. Geraldine Hamilton

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Guðfríður Björg Möller is a rising junior at Mt. Holyoke College majoring in physics and biology. She is from Reykjavik, Iceland.

Project: The Use of Optical Activity for Single Shot Multispectral Imaging
Dr. Ethan Schonbrun

Funding: Rowland Institute
Danielle Morabito is a rising senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. 

Project: Biomedical Applications for Soft Robotics
Prof. George Whitesides
Bobak Mosadegh

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Haley Nesmith is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in mechanical engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys backpacking, climbing, and crafting. 

Project: Engineering a Bioimetic Substrate for Traction Force Microscopy
Prof. Kit Parker
Megan McCain

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering  
Saraf Nowar  
John Owens is from Birmingham, Alabama, and is a rising senior at Emory University. He is majoring in Physics and Chemistry, and interested in researching solid state physics. When not working on physics projects, he enjoys playing pick-up sports and mountain biking.

Project: Making and watching colloidal crystals
Prof. Frans Spaepen
Emily Redston
Kate Jensen


Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Nekoda Oysler has just completed his sophomore year at the University of New Mexico. He is studying for a degree in Mechanical Engineering, which he hopes to use some day to work on developing sustainable sources of energy. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, and listening to music.

Project: Force Sensor; Design, fabricate and test a high precision force sensor for lift and drag measurements in a low speed wind tunnel
Prof. Rob Wood
Daniel Vogt 
Mike Smith


Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering 
Nikita Patel is a rising junior at Wilkes University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Physics, Math and Engineering Management. After graduation, she plans to find a career relating Mechanical Engineering with medical technology. She enjoys watching movies, reading books, and meeting new people.

Project: Design, fabrication and testing of a novel mechanical vibration system
Prof. Katia Bertoldi
Sicong Shan

Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Daniel Pennachio

Project: 
Dr. Anderson Shum

Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Aaron Perez just finished his freshman year at Harvard University where he is concentrating in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Economics. Raised and born in New York State he enjoys sports of all kinds, aviation and having an adventure. 

Project: Designing Micro Robot Levitation and Mechanical Fixtures to Measure Lift and Drag Forces in Low Speed Wind Tunnels
Prof. Rob Wood
Daniel Vogt

Funding: SF Expeditions in Computing: Robobees
Ian Perkins is currently in an Engineering transfer program at Bunker Hill Community College. He plans on transferring into a Mechanical Engineering degree program this upcoming year. His family has a large engineering background, specializing in Meehanite iron castings, at a family run business located in Bridgewater MA, were he also grew up. Ian has also proudly served his country for four years as an Army Ranger.   

Project: Piezoelectric Nanofibers as Sensors for Cardiac Tissue Engineering
Prof. Kevin Parker
Josue Goss

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
Alexandria Pierce is a junior at the University of Texas Pan America in Edinburg Texas. She is majoring in physics while undertaking a minor in mathematics. Alexandria grew up in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.  While there she earned her High School diploma from The Science Academy of South Texas. Alex hopes to further her family’s military tradition by earning her PhD and going to work as a civilian for the Army Research Lab.

Project: Silicon Hyperdoped with Germanium by Sputtered Deposition and Pulsed-Laser Melting
Prof. Michael Aziz
Dr. Austin Akey

Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Alexander (Alec) Sands is from New York City and attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he is majoring in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. His interest in applied science and design started at an early age, and he looks forward to pursuing this interest in his future career. He spends most of his spare time at the pool. He is a sprint freestyler for the RPI swim team. When he’s not swimming, he spends time with his brothers at the Delta Phi fraternity. They organize several community service days throughout the semester and host an open dinner every Friday.

Project: Design of a smoke generator for a low speed wind tunnel
Prof. Rob Wood
Dr. Sawyer Fuller
Mike Karpelson


Funding: NSF Expeditions in Computing: Robobees
Chris Satterwhite is majoring in physics and applied mathematics at North Carolina State University. He is interested in condensed matter physics and its applications in renewable energy technologies. In his free time he enjoys staying active and reading.

Project: Theoretical study of intermediate band photovoltaics
Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik
Xavier Andrade
Jacob Krich


Funding: NSF Solar
Kevin Schilling is a rising senior majoring in chemistry at the California Polytechnic State University.  

Project: Understanding Protein-Ligand Binding
Prof. George Whitesides
Matthew Lockett

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering 
Weilu Shen will attend the Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in Applied Physics and Materials Engineering beginning this fall. She was born in Sendai, Japan, recently became a U.S. Citizen

Project: Studying the Melt Depth of Laser-Modified Silicon: TEM and sample preparation with FIB
Prof. Eric Mazur
Yu-Ting Lin

Funding: NSF Solar
YooSun Shim a chemical and biomolecular engineering major at Johns Hopkins University. She’ll be a masters student in the 5 year BS/MS program at Hopkins.

Project: Active Nanotubes Networks
Prof. David Weitz
Michael de Volder

Funding: NSF Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Jon Snyder is a rising junior at Juniata College with a program of emphasis in Physics.  He grew up in central Pennsylvania, and enjoys family gatherings, snowboarding, and live music.

Project: Fabrication and Implementation of Tapered Opitical Fiber Waveguides
Prof. Evelyn Hu
Alex Woolf

Funding: NSF Materials World Network
Naiya Soetan grew up in Chandler, Arizona. Then, she went to Houston, TX to go to Rice University. She is currently a second year bioengineering student. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in bioengineering and an M.B.A.

Project: Shape Memory Polymer Variable Stiffness Joints
Prof. Rob Wood

Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Trevor Tanner is a rising senior in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah.

Project: New Approaches to Computational Chemistry Software
Prof. Alan Aspuru-Guzik
Dmitrij Rappoport

Funding: NSF CDI-II
Jason Ting is a rising junior at Harvard University concentrating in mechanical and material engineering. He swims as member of the Harvard Men’s Swimming and Diving team. He enjoys playing video game, keeping up with television shows, and hanging out with friends. 

Project: Soft Machine Fabrication and Testing
Prof. George Whitesides
Stephen Morin
Aaron Mazzeo


Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Aaron Trowell is a rising junior at Emmanuel College majoring in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience.

Project: Micro-Fabrication of Metal Features on a Bench Top
Prof. George Whitesides
Dr. Rui Nunes

Funding:Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-Zero Cost Diagnostics
Gottlieb Uahengo Jr. is a rising senior at Augsburg College in Minneapolis MN, where he is majoring in physics. He is particularly interested in an interdisciplinary approach to engineering with a focus on researching and implementing technologies of the future.

Project: Flow of particulate laden fluids through porous media
Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Dr. Elisa Maldonado

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
Megan Uberti is a rising senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing piano.

Project: Printable Robots-Mechanical Design
Prof. Rob Wood 
Mike Tolley

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Nekoda Van de Werken  
Eugenia Volkova is a rising senior at New York University majoring in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. She moved from Russia to the South Bronx with her family in 1995. She plans to pursue a MD/PhD.

Project: Effect of topological surface movement on bacterial attachment and growth
Prof. Joanna Aizenberg
Dr. Ben Hatton

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Laura Weinstock is a rising sophomore majoring in Biochemistry at Northeastern University.

Project: Development of biologically amenable polyelectrolytic hydrogels for voltage-controlled drug delivery
 Prof. David Mooney
Stephen Kennedy
Sidi Bencherif


Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials 
Brandon Wilson a rising junior at the University of Rochester, majoring in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry with a minor in Material Science. He is from Braintree, MA. In his spare time, he enjoys playing squash, badminton and golf. He also plays guitar and piano.

Project: Modeling Cell and Particle Mechanics using microaspiration
Prof. SooJung Claire Hur

Funding: Rowland Institute
Jonathan Wood is a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering and a United States Marine Corps veteran. He enjoys travel, reading, and the outdoors.

Project: Piezoelectric Nanofibers as Sensors for Cardiac Tissue Engineering
Prof. Kevin Parker
Josue Goss

Funding: NSF REU Site in Biomaterials and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center
Kevin Yang is a rising sophomore from Franklin, Massachusetts. Currently attending Northeastern University, he plans on pursuing a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing the violin, skiing, tennis, and travelling.

Project: Localization of micro-helicopters using Kinects indoors
Prof. Radhika Nagpal
Karthik Dantu
Bryan Kate


Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Jang Hoon (John) Yoon is a rising junior at Gordon College, MA, studying to become a missionary doctor with the double major in Biology and Spanish. During his free time, he likes to play ultimate Frisbee, play videogames, or even just talking and getting to know people.

Project: The Influence of Electrostatics on the Hydrophobic Effect Inside a Protein Pocket
Prof. George Whitesides 
Heiko Lange
Benjamin Breiten


Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering 
Cornell Young is a rising junior majoring in applied physics and mechanical engineering at Morehouse College.  After Morehouse he hopes to earn his PhD.  When not studying or doing research, he enjoys playing basketball, the piano, and hanging with friends.

Project: Soft Retractor for Use in Surgery
Prof. George Whitesides 
Stephen Morin

Funding: NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Huma Yusuf is a sophomore double majoring in Physics and Mathematics at Mount Holyoke College. She is originally from Bangladesh. She enjoys reading, singing and exploring new places.

Project: "Tagging" DNA using Microfluidics
Prof. David Weitz 
Assaf Rotem

Funding: 
Ze Yi Zhang was born and raised in Hang Zhou, China and studied at the University of Hong Kong since 2010. He is a mechanical engineering major, and is planning to do a PhD in the same field. His academic performance is well accepted and his creativity keeps growing all the time. He likes to swim, read, and spend time with his family and best friends.

Project: Fabricating 3D Negative Poisson's Ratio (NPR) Material with Degradable Hydrogel
Prof. David Weitz
Tom Kodger

Funding: Hong Kong University
Xing Jie Zhong is a rising Junior at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His Major is Electrical and Computer Engineering and he is minoring in Computer Science and Applied Math. In his spare time he enjoys drawing and painting.

Project: Engineering a Biomimetic Substrate for Traction Force Microscopy
Prof. Rob Wood
Mike Tolley

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Jimmy Zhu attends Cornell University and is starting his junior year in the fall. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. In his free time he enjoys practicing Chinese martial arts and watching football.

Project: Fast Algorithms for N-Body Problems
Prof. Cris Cecka

Funding: Institute for Applied Computational Science
Sloan Zimmerman is a rising senior concentrating in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Harvard University.

Project: Endurance-Enhancing Smart Suit
Prof. Conor Walsh
Hao Pei

Funding: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering