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Embry-Riddle's Push to Fast-Track Student Research Enters "Discovery" Phase

Program Helps Undergraduates Learn to Create New Knowledge Through Research

March 28, 2013

Discovery Day

A year ago when Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University launched IGNITE, a five-year campaign to encourage students at its three campuses to discover research, it set off a scramble by students to link up with faculty research projects or start projects of their own.

The students will show off what they’ve learned on April 3, dubbed Discovery Day by the university.

The student projects are as varied as Embry-Riddle itself, a university with residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and a Worldwide Campus network of 150 education centers in the United States and abroad.

Students will report on research projects ranging from the design of underwater robots to navigational methods for moon vehicles, and from the gender gap in the 2012 elections to the effect of bright lights on global warming.

In addition to research presentations by students at the university’s Florida and Arizona campuses, a videotaped talk by Embry-Riddle alumnus Michael Durant, a “Blackhawk Down” survivor, on “Leadership and Change” will be broadcast online to all campuses. The video is sponsored by the Worldwide Campus.

At the Daytona Beach campus, a talk by Daniel Mote, former president of the University of Maryland, titled “Innovation: Risks Are Necessary,” will also be broadcast online to all campuses.

Discovery Day Events

Daytona Beach Campus (poster presentations)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT, John Paul Riddle Student Center Cafeteria
“Tolerance for Ambiguity of Air Traffic Management Students”
“What Do the Students of Today Need Tomorrow for Commercial Space?”
“The Evolution of Finite Velocity Strips Using a Non-Divergent Barotropic Model”
“Effects of Soil Moisture Variation on Summer Convective Activity over the Florida Peninsula”
“The Structure and Evolution of Tropical Cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean Basin”
“Team Blackbird Target Recognition Research”
“A Referendum on the Presidency”
“Mt. Everest Skydiving Research”
“Altruism as a Mechanism for Research Management”
“Composite Laminates: Investigating Strength Properties of Seams at Various Plies and Ply Orientation Configuration”
“Commercial Aviation Emissions and Global Surface Temperature”
“Passenger to Freighter Conversions”
“An Analysis of the Benefits of Applying Human Resource Management Functions to Homeland Security post 9/11 Attack"
“The Ability to Control Quantum Mechanical States”
“The Appendix Is a Result of the Declining Usage of the Cecum by Humans”
“Ionospheric Signatures”
“Increasing Usability of a Product and Team Productivity to Ensure Business Success ”
“Urban Wind Turbine Project”
“Triggering of Large Amplitude ULF Waves with HAARP”
“Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Agricultural Monitoring Research”
“Modeling, Analysis, Design and Manufacturing of a Solenoid-Actuated High Precision Miniature Piston Pump for Medical Applications”
“Feasibility Study of a Pressure Relief Valve for Household Gas Pipeline Network”
“Electrodynamics Tether Propulsion in space”
“Development of a Novel Educational Platform Using Autonomous Systems”
“A Modular Approach to Hybrid Rocket Engine Configuration Research”
“Ignite Abroad: Narrative Inquiry and Cultural Research of Hong Kong and Shenzhen China”

Daytona Beach Campus (slide presentations)
1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT, College of Aviation Atrium
“Project Xgen, Aeroponic Experiment Using Microcontroller Administered Nutrients and Lighting”
“Pelican, Waterproof UAS”
“SCADA/Snort Research Project Abstract”
“A Method for Feature-Based Autonomous Navigation in the Lunar Environment”
“U.S. Outward Foreign Direct Investment Profile”
“The Effect of Global Dimming/Brightening upon Global Warming”
“Gender Gap in the 2012 Election”
“Observation of Large Amplitude ULF Waves in Space and on Earth”
“Autonomous VTOL Operations on Surface Vehicles”
“Biodiesel Fuel Production and Testing for an Aerospace Class Powerplant”
“The Human Factor on Mars: Behavioral Research at a Simulated Mars Habitat"
“Multidisciplinary Development of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle: A Case study of Eco-Dolphin I”
“Formula Hybrid High Voltage System”
“Short Takeoff and Landing for Unmanned Aircraft System”
“Development of Next Generation IPMC Actuator for Flapping Wing UAV”
“Analysis, Design and Testing of Synthetic-Jet Micro-Actuators for Aircraft Flow, Flight and Icing Control”

Prescott Campus (posters and slide presentations)
12:10 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. MST, Student Union Hangar
“Biologically Inspired Underwater Robot Design and Propulsion System”
“High Stress Ratio Modeling of Ti-6Al-4V with Stress Concentrations”
“In Search of Ice Clouds over Greenland”
“Creating 3-Dimensional Maps Using UAS Imagery”
“Application of a Hybrid Random-Key Genetic Algorithm for the Traveling Salesman Problem with Neighborhoods to Multi-Shaped Domains”
“Concealment of Documents through Bit-Sum Steganography”
“The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Cyclotron”
“CanSat Competition”
“WRF Modeling of the Monsoon During the North American Monsoon Experiment”
“Fast Attitude Control in MicroGravity (FANG)”
“The Tale of Two Flash Floods: WRF Modeling of Two Heavy Monsoon Precipitation Events”
“Modeling Urban Impacts on Regional Weather of the Central U.S.”
“Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Analysis of Flatback Airfoils”
“Designing and Constructing an Unmanned Aerial System That Will Integrate an Autonomous Aerial Vehicle into the National Airspace System”
“Audio Spectrum Analyzer”
“Audio Feedback Cancellation using Adaptive Filtering”
“Guitar Tuning Indicator”
“DTMF Tone Detection”
“Digital Stethoscope”
“Audio Graphic Equalizer”
“DTMF Encoder/Decoder”
“Audio Spectrum Analyzer”
“Digital Pitch Correction”
“Five LIGO-related Laboratory Research Projects”

Multi-Campus Broadcasts
“Leadership and Change,” a video presentation by Michael Durant, “Blackhawk Down” survivor, sponsored by Worldwide Campus; to be broadcast online via Nefsis
Noon MST, Davis Learning Center Auditorium, Prescott Campus
3 p.m. EDT, Undergraduate Research Center, Hunt Library, Daytona Beach Campus
“Heads-Up Display for Wing Suit Helmet” (Daytona Beach exemplary student research project), to be broadcast via Nefsis
2:30 p.m. MST, Davis Learning Center Auditorium
5:30 p.m. EDT, College of Aviation Atrium
“Cooperative Control of Ground and Aerial Robots for Tactical Missions” (Prescott exemplary student research project), to be broadcast via Nefsis
3 p.m. MST, Davis Learning Center Auditorium
6 p.m. EDT, College of Aviation Atrium
“Innovation: Risks Are Necessary,” keynote speech by Daniel Mote, former president of University of Maryland; to be broadcast via Nefsis
4 p.m. MST, Davis Learning Center Auditorium
7 p.m. EDT, Willie Miller Instructional Center Auditorium

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