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Faculty Spotlight: A conversation with Jonghwan Lee

Jonghwan Lee is Assistant Professor of School of Engineering and Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University. He leads a research group (leelab.ai) at the intersection of medical photonics, neural engineering, and artificial intelligence. The Carney Institute recently sat down with Professor Lee for a Q&A.
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Engineering real-world impact robots 

With a dual appointment in engineering and computer science, Associate Professor Nora Ayanian looks at solutions for end-to-end multi-robot coordination – that is, making a team of robots work without roboticists on hand to monitor their progress.
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Giving wings to a wind turbine blade

Building and executing an experiment to test a novel idea for improving wind turbine efficiency was the senior capstone project of Alex Koh-Bell ’22, funded in part by a spring semester Halpin Prize.
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A bio-inspired wing for tidal energy harvesting

A senior capstone and Halpin Prize winning project of Ilan Upfal ’22.5 focused on optimization strategies for tidal energy capture, an experimental system approached from a signal processing viewpoint.
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Alumni Perspective: Dan Leibholz

Corporate Advisory Board member Dan Leibholz credits Brown experiences, in and out of the classroom, for his semiconductor industry success.
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Meeting Monica Martinez Wilhelmus

As the Fluids faculty at Brown continues to expand, Assistant Professor Monica Martinez Wilhelmus tackles tangible contributions to climate science.
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The 3Rs according to Rodriguez

Assistant Professor Mauro Rodriguez brings to Brown Engineering his own realization, reaffirmation, and reclamation as mentor and educator.
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Crafting lab solutions for the future

Inspired by the small-scale self-assembly of objects due to the interaction of gravity and surface tension in liquid, mechanical engineer Maya Lewis ’23 used a DiMase Family Summer Internship to apply new methods and materials to explore the interaction of larger sets of objects at a fluid interface.
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Veteran aids in advancement of energy storage materials

Funded in part by a Nielsen summer fellowship, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and mechanical engineer Joseph Massi ’22.5 spent the summer researching the mechanics of electrode and electrolyte materials for multifunctional structural batteries and supercapacitors.
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Patching the heart

A 2021 summer Mitchell Award enabled biomedical engineer Phillip Schmitt ’22 to advance a novel tissue scaffold design for the heart inspired by the Coulombe Lab, using a biodegradable polymer to repair damaged tissue.
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Using his own steady hands and funds from a DiMase Family Summer Internship, Manuel Alejandro Lopez ’22 is exploring ways to expand the use of rGO (reduced graphene oxide) films to identify the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of top indoor air pollutants.
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With the help of a Royce Fellowship from the Swearer Center, Nathan Brown is developing a wheelchair design with the aim of increasing mobility for users on both indoor and outdoor terrain.
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MediCircle invests winnings into pilot program

Biomedical engineer Eliza Sternlicht ’22 and applied math and economics concentrator Jack Schaeffer ’22 took top honors at the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship’s Brown Venture Prize competition with their redistribution model for unused pharmaceuticals.
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Out of this world

Halpin Prize enables Lizzie Kimmel ’21 to engage in interplanetary space mission
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Linda Abriola is ready to reclaim her faculty identity. The computational modeler, National Academy of Engineering member, National Academy of Arts and Sciences member, U.S. State Department Science Envoy, and former dean at Tufts has arrived on College Hill for an opportunity to strike out again as an educator, teacher and researcher — something she hasn’t been able to singularly focus on since early in her career.
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If the name seems familiar, it’s likely because Dr. Selim Suner has been frequently sought by newspapers and television stations in Rhode Island for his expertise on how local hospitals are handling the COVID-19 crisis.
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Return to Brown feels like home

As an employee of General Motors, Yue Qi was involved early with the Collaborative Research Laboratory partnership established between GM and Brown University. Continuing these collaborations with Brown colleagues as her career progressed from industry to academia, Qi’s return to campus in July as the newest engineering faculty member was eased by the familial feelings she already had for Brown Engineering.
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Obfuscating for security

As researchers explore faster data transfer rates in the terahertz range, new strategies for thwarting eavesdropping attempts by utilizing atmospheric effects were investigated by Malachi Hornbuckle ‘22, funded in part by a Nielsen summer fellowship.
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Powering next gen battery research

Energy storage technology interests led mechanical engineer Elizabeth Healy ’21 to the Sheldon Lab. A DiMase Family Internship allowed her to develop those interests in an academic research setting, pushing the boundaries on next generation lithium-ion batteries.
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Investigating brain-inspired spiking neural networks 

Jayakumar Fellowship allows Andrew Duncombe ’21 to design computer architectures that make the implementation of complex computing processes, like neural networks, feasible for real-world applications. 
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Novel coronavirus and its effect on University science laboratories has kept engineering student Portia Tieze from working on campus this summer — so she brought the lab to her apartment to continue her research.
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Cloud Agronomics — a student and alumni venture launched with support from the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship — uses hyperspectral imaging to detect crop-borne diseases that destabilize food supplies and cost farmers billions.
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Identifying a new wing geometry

Halpin prize funds enable undergraduate engineer to iterate bio-inspired wings, test designs in wind tunnel
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Ph.D. candidate Yuan Liu will graduate this May with his doctoral degree in chemistry, after utilizing the Open Graduate Education program to earn his engineering master's degree in May 2018.  In July, he will begin a postdoctoral associate position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Ultracold Atoms.
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A team of engineering faculty, students, alumni and other collaborators are designing and creating prototypes for low-cost ventilators with a device constructed of 3D printed and off-the-shelf components specifically designed for the COVID-19 crisis.
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Designing a future

DiMase Family Summer Internship recipient Eric DuBois ’20 is passionate about the intersection of design and research, and where the two may lead.
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Understanding complex fluids

Assistant Professor Jesse Ault looks to predict fundamental behaviors in complex fluids, an essential step to solving big picture challenges.
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Synergy in science

Professor Kimani Toussaint joins the Brown Engineering faculty, cultivating inspiration for new collaborations in engineering and beyond.
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Unmasking fluid mechanics

Brown Professor of Engineering Roberto Zenit believes in the importance of understanding and predicting fluid behavior.
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Steeled for success

Alumnus Harvey A. Heffner ’61 co-owns Empire City Iron Works, which manufactures, installs, and renovates steel works.
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Delving into deep learning

Sriram R. Jayakumar ’13 Award allows Jon Nelson ’20 to explore deep learning algorithms for embedded devices.
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Designing a lab mystery

“Good afternoon, investigators,” boomed the voice welcoming players into the shadowy, otherworldly scene. “This is a class R, section 8C containment situation.” Eerie string music with intermittent bubbling cauldron sounds plays softly in the background. “We can afford to expose you to the specimens for a limited time. You will enter the unauthorized home laboratory of disgraced chief scientist Ko Tanaka …”
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Stimulating new solutions for deep brain treatment

With help from the Doris M. and Norman T. Halpin Senior Capstone Prize and fellow engineers, Thomas Skipper ’19 investigates steerable guide tubes for deep brain stimulation treatment.
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Vikas Srivastava recently joined the Brown School of Engineering and Center for Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor. Srivastava’s background is in solid mechanics and mechanics of materials.
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