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Graduate Student Projects

Computational Model of the Mark-IV Electrorefiner
The Mark-IV Electrorefiner (ER) is at the heart of a process to treat used sodium bonded nuclear fuel at Idaho National Laboratory. Within the ER, uranium is electrochemically separated from fission products. A 2D computational model of this ER has been developed with calculated results compared to experimental data.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative through Idaho National Laboratory
Advisor(s): Supathorn Phongikaroon



Field Measurement of Surface Ship Magnetic Signature Using Multiple AUVs
A fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) have been equipped with magnetometers and have performed preliminary magnetic field measurements of the ambient field and a known source.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
Advisor: Dean Edwards

Team Members:
Brendan Crosbie - Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Folk - Mechanical Engineering
Chris Walker - Mechanical Engineering
Jordan Stringfield - Mechanical Engineering



Idaho Engineering Works
A custom machined aluminum powertrain case was fabricated for the Hybrid FSAE vehicle. This case incorporates components from a Yamaha YZ250 engine, as well as a limited-slip differential and a 46 hp electric motor. Associated hardware is displayed along with manufacturing documentation.

Project Department: Mechanical Engineering
Project Sponsor: NIATT
Advisors: Dr. Edwin Odom; Dr. Steve Beyerlein; Russ Porter

Team Members:
Stefan Hovik - Mechanical Engineering
Brandon Butsick - Mechanical Engineering
Cam Stefanic - Mechanical Engineering
Jason Cyr - Mechanical Engineering
Brittany Ballard - Mechanical Engineering
Sam Wos - Mechanical Engineering
Tyler Flowers - Mechanical Engineering
Pi Boyd - Mechanical Engineering
Josh Hartung - Mechanical Engineering;



Magnetically Mediated Destruction of Tumors by Hyperthermia Using Engineered Nanowires
Our previous in-vitro studies have shown that pancreatic cancer cells were eliminated by heated nanowires. Thus, we will investigate whether heating nanowires can eliminate tumors in an in vivo system. We will inject nanowires into the mice with xenographed pancreatic cell tumors by using small gauge needle and syringe.

Project Department: Chemical & Materials Engineering
Project Sponsor: Korea Science & Engineering Foundation and BANTech
Advisor: Daniel Choi

Team Members:
Xiaoping Hopkins, Kyle Fickenwirth, Rosemarie Kringel, Dominic Nwoke, Mohamed Islam, Daniel Choi*, Zhikan Zhang, Jamie M. F. Jabal, and D. Eric Aston-Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering Jamie Hass and David McIloy--Department of Physics Daniel Julien, Guankui Wang, Suresh Acharya, and Rodney A. Hill--Department of Animal and Veterinary Science



Quantifying hyporheic exchange over a long time scale using heat as a tracer in Bear Valley Creek, Idaho, USA
Hyporheic exchange (the mixing of stream flow and shallow groundwater) provides important habitat for many aquatic species. We used streambed temperature records to determine the nature of hyporheic exchange at one location in the Bear Valley Creek system. The results indicate complex flow patterns beneath the streambed.

Project Department: Civil Engineering
Project Sponsor:
Advisor(s): Dr. Daniele Tonina

Team Members:
Dr. Daniele Tonina (Advisor) - Department of Civil Engineering
Dr. Charles Luce (Collaborator) - U.S. Forest Service