Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

May 13, 2016
by Baylor OVPR
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Video: Baylor engineering students create a swing to help a local child with special needs

Waco’s KWTX recently reported on a group of Baylor engineering students who used their senior capstone project to improve the life of a local child with special needs. Under the guidance of Dr. Brian Garland, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Ian Gravagne, associate professor of electrical & computer engineering, the students designed a custom swing for seven-year-old Camille Witt, who was born with a genetic condition that limits her mobility. Camille is the daughter of Dr. Jason Witt, the associate director of the Baylor Institute for Faith and Learning.

While the finished product may look simple, its design was more complicated than it might appear because the swing needed to be not only stable and motorized, but also able to Camille’s weight all the way through adulthood.

In isolation, Gravagne says, either of these specifications can be easily met — standard playground swings can support adults and common baby swings are motor-driven — but in combination, they present more of a challenge. Continue Reading →

April 24, 2014
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming event: CASPER seminar with Dr. Keith Schubert

The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER) presents a lecture by Dr. Keith Schubert, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.

“Microbial engineers in space!”

CASPER Keith SchubertABSTRACT
“In resource constrained environments, microbial communities form highly structured patterns to optimize resource utilization. In this talk, Dr. Schubert will present his work studying and modeling their patterns, emphasizing microbial structures in both a sulfuric acid cave — Cueva del Villa Luz in Mexico, which will be the subject of an article in National Geographic Magazine this July — and biological soil crusts in the Mojave Desert. Applications to the search for life in the universe and climate change will also be discussed.”

WHEN
Friday, April 25
2:30 p.m.

WHERE
Baylor Sciences Building (BSB)
Room A.207

MORE INFORMATION
Contact Sherri Honza at 254-710-1271 for more information.

November 12, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming Event: Colloquium on Medical Imaging

This week, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, along with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, presents the Colloquium on Medical Imaging.

WHAT
The Colloquium on Medical Imaging will feature speakers from Baylor and other top research institutions who will discuss the current state of medical imaging research and directions for future study.

Applications of physics, mathematics and computer science to challenging problems in proton and ion therapy
Reinhard W. Schulte, M.D.
Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, Calif.

Superiorization via feasibility-seeking projection methods and applications
Yair Censor, D.Sc.
Department of Mathematics, University of Haifa, Israel

PROton FUTURIS: What Baylor can bring to proton and ion therapy 
Keith Evan Schubert, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Baylor University

WHERE
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
Suite 3160

WHEN
Friday, Nov. 15, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION
Click here to read abstracts and short bios on each speaker.  Click here to view the full event schedule.  Contact Dr. Keith Evan Schubert at  254-710-3348 for more information.

August 14, 2013
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CUR announces new engineering division

The Council on Undergraduate Research has announced the formation of a new division to provide national leadership and discipline-specific expertise in developing undergraduate research in engineering and engineering-related fields.

Through the new engineering division, CUR plans to provide professional support and networking opportunities for engineering faculty engaged in undergraduate research, and to identify and disseminate best practices for embedding undergraduate research in engineering curriculum.

Faculty in any engineering area are invited to join the new division.  To change your divisional affiliation, click here to update your CUR profile.

Baylor maintains an enhanced institutional membership to CUR which allows our faculty members to join as individual members at no cost.  Any Baylor faculty member interested in undergraduate research is invited to visit the CUR website to learn more about the organization and the benefits of becoming involved.

June 11, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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L-3 Platform Integration to become BRIC’s first industrial tenant

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is proud to welcome L-3 Platform Integration as the first industrial partner to lease space in the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) discovery park. L-3 Platform Integration has signed a lease to occupy 3,200 square feet of space, which they’ll staff with engineers who are already collaborating with Baylor faculty on advanced research.

L-3 sponsors two research projects in collaboration with Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. The first project, which has been ongoing for more than two years, involves developing processes for testing and analyzing advanced composite materials for use in aerospace applications. The second project is focused on advanced technologies for aircraft communication systems.

Click here to read the Baylor press release announcing the lease agreement, or click here to read an article about the partnership in the June 10 edition of the Waco Tribune-Herald. More information about the BRIC is also available on the new BRIC website.

Previously in Research Tracks: More on the BRIC in the 2012/2013 Research magazine.

June 10, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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Upcoming Event: Baylor Engineering & Research Seminars

Demonstration of a Power Conditioning System for Grid-connected Fuel Cell Power Plant

Part of the “E-BEARS” series presented by Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science.

WHAT
A research seminar presented by Guiying Wu, a graduate student in the department of electrical & computer engineering

WHEN
Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 AM

WHERE
Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, room 302