Graduate Students

Clayton Bardall

Clayton Bardall

Clayton is a graduate student in the MSET program and a football player at WCU.  His project is to use instrumented mouth guards to measure head impacts. Working with our collaborators at Pennsylvania State University will hope to understand more about brain injuries.  This research has the potential to make contact sports safer for athletes.

Carson Pardue

Carson Pardue

Carson is a graduate student earning a Master of Science in Engineering Technology. He is interested in Industry 4.0 and product life cycle management (PLM). Through is research we hope to use digital technology to improve the efficiently of data and information transferred between engineering, manufacturing, quality control, customers, and suppliers. The title of his thesis is “Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Converting to Model Based Definition Methods in Engineering”.

Undergraduates

Chloe Davis

Chloe is a first year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, mechanical concentration.  She is tracking the movement of mesenchymal stem cells to develop a better understanding of their migration characteristics. Stem cells are used to repair tissue and keep it healthy. This research supports the development of artificial tissue for the repair of articular cartilage found within joints such as the knees, hips, shoulders, and fingers.

Sierra Norris

Sierra Norris

Sierra is a second year student pursuing a degree in Engineering Technology.  During her first year, she developed a portion of an irrigation system that will be used to water indoor plants including an automated flow control system utilizing an electronic valve and a microcontroller. She presented her work at the National Conference for Undergraduate research in Eau Claire Wisconsin. This year she is designing and building an innovative product for house cats.

Ryan D’Amore

Ryan D’Amore

Ryan is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with a mechanical concentration. Last year he combined his interest in biodegradable polymers with his interest in Crocs (shoes). He designed, built and tested Crocs made from biodegradable plastics. Ryan was also an NSF Undergraduate Researcher in our group in 2022-2023. This year he is developing a biomedical device to detect muscular contractions in the gastrocnemius (calf muscle) in order to better understand contraction timing during gait. This research will be used to enhance research on the neural prosthesis.