Programs & Positions for Students

To apply for a position listed below, send letter/statement to the listed advisor/contact referring to project name, detailing your interest and research experience as well as a resume. See past project listings

Complex Fluid Physics

Design flow apparatus and perform experiments, mostly using our own in-house particle imaging velocimetry (PIV) systems, both laser and LED based. We will also be tracking larger particles, controlling these with magnets, and in collaboration with the Drexel Scaled Autonomous Systems Lab, designing optimal strategies for the control of small robotic boats. Students are welcome to get involved in designing, building, performing experiments, or all three.

Lab: CoPHE
Advisor: Professor Philip Yecko
Qualifications: Masters, current junior, senior
Type of Support: NSF Funding
Start Date: Immediate
End Date: Indefinite

High Speed Videography

Students will use a high speed video camera (1000's of frames per second) to film (and later analyze) processes that occur too fast for the human eye to follow. Subject matter will depend on the students' interests, e.g., a C.E. might be interest in studying the collapse of a structure in an Instron machine. See example.

Lab: Physics Lab
Advisor: Professor Alan Wolf
Qualifications: Freshman, Sophmore, Junior, Senior
Number of Students: 2
Start Date: Immediate
End Date: Indefinite

Building With B Fields

Students will extend the work of Cooper student Eric Leong, who developed software to show how simple dipole magnetic fields, when brought close together, form the more interesting magnetic fields of solenoids, toroids, etc predicted by Maxwell's Equations. See a sample of Eric's work. This work will involve networking a number of PCs together for hundreds of hours of differential equation solving to produce individual video frames.

Advisor: Professor Alan Wolf
Qualifications: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Number of Students: 2
Start Date: Immediate
End Date: Indefinite

 

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