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Solar Splash maiden voyage
On-the-water testing of the Rochester Solar Splash teams' 2017 competition entry at Irondequoit Bay. (May 2, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sQXrLurOZo

2017 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS:

A Hexacopter that Tracks Color
Electrical and computer engineering students Alexander Alling, Yizhe Cheng, Philip Fenimore, Joseph Lasekan and Hongji Yang wondered if it would be possible to add more computing power to the drone, and make it a little smarter in the process. (May 4, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pIDMc5pevw

A better fix for Fido’s tummy troubles
Biomedical engineering students Connor McBride, Edward Ruppel and Chandler Woo design a better endoscope retrieval device. (May 2, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeEWGc0QaFE


Bringing the waterfront closer via periscope
Two teams of mechanical engineering and optics seniors find ways to help residents of New Rochelle, NY have the benefit of a beautiful waterfront (May 2, 2017).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRFIi7N0Cm0


Creating immersive sound with a 27 speaker array
For their senior capstone project, audio and music engineering majors Timothy Dick, Matthew Dylewski and Frank White, designed an immersive multi-channel speaker array, with 29 channels. (May 2, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1teRKnv4HY

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DandyHacks 2017
The University's fourth annual DandyHacks hackathon attracted nearly 200 participants who worked on 31 projects. Congratulations to lead organizer Maggie Curtis ’17 and other members of the Computer Science Undergraduate Council. Click here for a list of winning projects. (Feb.28, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd5HV_D3Qig

Engineering a solution to a puzzling problem
As part of his senior design class, Chris Muir, associate professor of mechanical engineering, gives his students a challenging project that stretches their skills in different ways from the typical engineering problem. The project is to create a puzzle -- more precisely, the pieces of a puzzle. He gives each student in the class some parameters for their particular piece to the puzzle, but they do not have any information about all the other pieces -- or the iconic image they ultimately form. (Dec. 21, 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rZRbam14cc

Developing the optics that helped win World War II
Technologies such as night vision and aids for aerial warfare, developed at The Institute for Optics at the University of Rochester, played a critical role in Allied victory during World War II. Optics Prof. Carlos Stroud demonstrates some of the devices. (Dec. 7, 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbU5XEY1GIY

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A Real-time Demonstration of a Natural Language Robotics Model
Jake Arkin, PhD student in electrical and computer engineering, demonstrates a natural language model for training a robot to complete a particular task. The model, which was developed in the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with assistant professor of electrical engineering Thomas Howard, allows a user to speak a simple command, which the robot can translate into an action. (Sept. 27, 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dawH-t3MGvc

Rethinking Ultrasound: Adding Clarity Through Color
Inspired by a 19th-century set of mathematical functions, University of Rochester researcher Kevin Parker has devised a way to incorporate new color identifications in ultrasound medical images, making it easier to differentiate fine details that currently appear as indistinguishable objects in shades of gray. (Oct. 27, 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6gSDfTwxcA

UR Baja SAE: Hands-on Learning, with a Little Extra Horsepower

Each year, the Baja-SAE team races an ATV in competition against other universities. The students devote months to not only designing and building a vehicle, but also generating support from outside sponsors and managing their educational priorities.
News feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ9SKtUV-eE

Highlight reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PghLZzJ62rw

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Mitch Anthamatten Explains a Shape-Memory Cycle Involving Strain Induced Crystallization
Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten at the University of Rochester created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications. (Feb. 9, 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DE3D9SLev8

Shape Memory Polymers: An Elastic Like You've Never Seen
Elastic materials are a common part of the everyday experience, but the nylon, spandex or common plastics most of us are familiar with are very different from a specific kind of material being developed in the lab of Mitchell Anthamatten, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester. (Feb. 9, 2016)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50zu5HSdlLc

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Sonic Showcase: Interactive Music Programming
Students in Professor Ming-Lun Lee's Interactive Music Programming class (AME 196) show off their newly-honed skills using audio programming languages ChucK and Pure Data to produce computer-augmented sounds and musical scores incorporating Wii devices, joysticks and even hand gestures. (Dec. 17, 2015) https://youtu.be/Dw9A-AKiC3E

2015 Senior Design -- Robotic Arm
Lucian Copeland, Friank Dinoff and Colin Murphy describe their robotic system for imitating the movements of a human arm using a Kinect infrared camera and servo system. (June 18, 2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUYMpwKy2Zg

2015 Senior Design -- Sir Mix-er-bot
Steven Smith, Emily Friedline and Tommy Yasewicz show off Sir Mix-er-bot, an Arduino-powered drink mixing machine designed to take the hassle out of making the perfect cocktail. (June 18, 2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GopPpied4

2015 Senior Design -- Sand Printer
2-D sand printer prints the University of Rochester school seal approximately 5ft by 5ft. Designed by Alexander Grau, Bruno Ham, Monica Roberts and Mark Rollfs of Department of Mechanical Engineering for their Senior Design Project.   (April 29, 2015)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z3rQWbrbsw

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Staying dry in  world covered with water
Optics Prof. Chunlei Guo use short, ultra-powerful laser pulses to make metal so water repellent that droplets literally bounce off the surface. (Jan. 20, 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nD7gr1NIf4

Using Lasers to Create Super-hydrophobic Materials
Optics Prof. Chunlei Guo and Senior Scientist Anatoliy Vorobyev explain the science behind their water repellent metal surfaces. (Jan. 20, 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLegmQ8_dHg

The TEAM approach – Optics and Market Opportunity
Joseph Choi, co-inventor of the Rochester Cloaking Device, describes how he benefited from the Technical Entrepreneurship and Management (TEAM) master's degree program. (Dec. 12, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvMWuPSLNfI

Photon Camp
The Institute of Optics welcomes high school students to a week-long immersion in the study of light. (Oct. 1, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUar9I3eGC4

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Cooking popcorn using solar energy
Have you ever seen popcorn popping in slow motion to a Strauss waltz? Students and staff from The Institute of Optics demonstrate the power of sunlight. (Oct. 27,. 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS7Kpi3ONY0

Refractive properties of gradient index optics
Prof. Duncan Moore explains how the refractive properties of gradient index optics are similar to the way light is refracted in everyday life. (Sept.  29, 2014)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnNjV3fh-4M

Gradient index optics
Prof. Duncan Moore explains how gradient index optics work and how they affect light that passes through them in a different way than happens when it passes through air. (Sept. 29, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQj97dva6ss

Borescope Optics
Prof. Duncan Moore explains how the gradient index optics developed in his lab are used in a borescope, and what the practical uses are for that technology. (Sept. 29, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmo-vP4C9S8

Gradient index prisms
Greg Schmidt, research engineer in the Institute of Optics, explains the properties of prisms that are made from different gradient index materials and how their composition impacts what happens to light passing through them. (Sept. 29, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlX1HjKvrlU

Light guide solar concentrators
Greg Schmidt, research engineer at the Institute of Optics, explains how light guide solar concentrators are designed to direct and concentrate sunlight in order to lower costs and improve efficiency of the solar energy systems. (Sept. 29, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c44476xjT7E

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The Rochester Cloak
Optics Graduate Student Joseph Choi and Physics Prof. John Howell use inexpensive, off-the-shelf lenses and other components to create a Three-dimensional,Transmitting, Continuously Multidirectional Cloaking Device. (Sept. 25, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtKBzwKfP8E

How does cloaking work in the real world?
Joseph Choi and Prof. John Howell explain the science behind their cloaking device. (Sept. 25, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EB6WYo6d-s

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Using Ultrasound to Engineer Synthetic Tissue
In the labs of Profs. Diane Dalecki and Denise Hocking, ultrasound is being used to organize cells and proteins with the pressure waves that ultrasound produces, in a way that might someday allow for building artificial tissues and organs from scratch. (July 3, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-cx21SGn4&index=13&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7

Senior Design: Project Hemo-Box
Biomedical Engineering students create a protective carrier to transporting blood needed for transfusions, as their senior design project. (May 1, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6vasm-tRRk&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=15
See also: Hajim Senior Design: Innovation through Interdisciplinary Education
Examples of senior design projects that allow Hajim students to apply their classroom and laboratory training to solving real-world challenges. (May 17, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jinvvi994BA&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=29
Hajim Design Day (May 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9jbVOFXgm0
Hajim Design Day (May 2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQuCU2tnbsE

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Prof. Duncan Moore on the search for Flight 370’s black box
Moore explains that sound travels under the ocean in surprisingly complex ways, and why that makes it so difficult to locate the black box from Flight 370. He shows how this is analogous to how light travels in materials with changing density, as in the road mirages seen on a hot summer's day. (April 15,  2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jS6TbPMlrE&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=16

The Art, and Science, of Singing Vowels
Team of students in Asst. Prof. Ehsan Hoque's Human-Computer Interaction class develop app that provides instant feedback for Eastman School of Music voice students learning to sing vowels. (March 6, 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUiIur3q9r4&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=18

Researchers create device to aid autistic children with toilet-training
Prof. Steve McAleavey of biomedical engineering and Daniel W. Mruzek, associate professor of pediatric, used fairly common items -- sterile pads, a sensor, a Bluetooth-enabled transmitter, and an iPod -- to create a device that will make it easier to toilet train children with autism and other developmental disabilities.. (Aug. 15, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3OMlmtkqMs&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=21

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Optically levitated, glowing diamonds for nanoscale research
Prof. Nick Vamivakas of The Institute of Optics finds a novel use for lasers. He and his team used a laser to trap nanodiamonds in space, and -- using another laser -- caused the diamonds to emit light at given frequencies. (Aug. 12, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPHJyaUDiVI&index=24&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7

Tracking influenza via Twitter
Computer Science Chair Henry Kautz and Graduate Student Adam Sadilek "mine" tweets to quickly, accurately track the spread of flu in New York City. (Feb. 7, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_j0VuJ-J9k&index=28&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7

3D animation of optical coherence tomography of GRIN sheet
Optics Prof. Jannick Rolland and her team scanned a Gradient in Refractive Index (GRIN) sheet using Optical Coherence Tomography in order to show the structure of layers that make up the material. The technique allows the internal structure of the optical material to be understood without disturbing the material. (April 23, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIcOT7c7w9E&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=30

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Audio and Music Engineering
In response to rapid changes in the field of audio engineering, the University of Rochester is combining its expertise in music and engineering to help students succeed in the redefined industry with a this new major.(Jan. 28, 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXLTeWDgk7o&list=PLQqibrU3vslqkL_9TZWf3rAoJaiUaEQhx&index=25

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The Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Hajim students and faculty describe the academic freedom and opportunities for hands-on research that help them excel in the classroom and lab. (April 30, 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY9Zr23xNsY&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=27

ASME pumpkin launch
It takes a lot of engineering to fling a pumpkin the length of a football field.  (October 2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9Gu8oIw6hg
See also: Pumpkin launch (2009) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KV7pgCZZeKY

Lasers defying gravity
Prof. Chunlei Guo uses powerful, ultra-short laser pulses to make liquid flow upward along a silicon surface. (2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtDPsWd6Yqw

Shape memory polymers
Chemical Engineering Prof. Mitch Anthamatten describes the science and application of shape memory polymers. (May 25, 2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVsVB42MLxE&list=PLEED913BA3E72FAB7&index=36

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ASME egg drop
How do you drop an egg two stories without breaking it? Leave it to an engineering student! (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI_M2NEbZdE

Biodiesel at the UR
Students turn greasy leftovers into "Green Gas" for the U of R Biodiesel Bus (2009) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-TZyAFgyQk

Kilean Lucas is going to Berlin. The biomedical engineering PhD student in Prof. James McGrath's lab took first place at the University’s Falling Walls competition recently, earning him an all-expenses paid trip to the November international conference of the same name.

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