3-Minute March Madness

By Matthew Grattan (ChE ’19)

No basketball was played at the third annual “3-Minute March Madness,” which took place on March 28, 2017 in the Rose Auditorium. Instead, Cooper faculty presented their ongoing research and projects. The event, hosted by Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs Anita Raja, publicized what professors do when they’re not teaching and what opportunities are available for Cooper students interested in research.

The presenters had only 3 minutes to share their ideas: some finished early and other ran overtime. Yes, there was a buzzer.

Topics ranged from Professor Yecko’s research on time-dependent stochastic flows in the CoFPhE lab to Professor Shlayan’s work on intelligent transportation systems. Professor Smyth showed a video of his device for intuitive rotational control for 3D images—one of the working prototypes was made from a 3D printed housing, optical sensors, and a ping pong ball. Professor Kwong presented a method of modeling a building’s response to an earthquake but with much less computational effort.

A number of the presentations focused on sustainability. Professors Marano and Sidebotham presented their work with Totem, a device that integrates solar power and energy storage with wireless communications all while updating our aging power grid. Professor Cumberbatch presented a sustainable live-in lab for multiple locations around the world, and Professor Medvedik pitched his research on beta-carotene enhanced edible crickets. It turns out that crickets are a far less energy demanding to produce compared to common sources of protein like cows.

The event brought a sizable crowd, and students were encouraged to contact the professors if any of the presentations peaked their interest. ◊

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