Graduate Students

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Graduate Student Jeremy is developing methods to optimize the design of 3D metal printed parts. Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is a new technology that can be utilized to create structures that cannot be produced by traditional machining processes.  Unlike...

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Reza Farsad Asadi

Reza Farsad Asadi

M.S. in Technology 2018 Reza developed the first two generations of the neural prosthesis.  The device includes a microcontroller that captures data from four Inertial measurement units (IMUs) and four foot pressure sensors.  The device also include a functional...

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Erik Myers

Erik Myers

Graduate Student Erik is developing an new rotary valve system for internal combustion engines that improves engine power.  Dr. Tanaka provided local support for Erik after his thesis adviser, Dr. Tony Rizk, left WCU to take a position at California Institute of...

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Theo Waltz

Theo Waltz

M.S. in Technology 2016 Theo is designing a new type of powered ankle orthosis to assist people that have difficulty walking. The device will have a novel power transmission system that will enable high power to be delivered over a short time improving push-off during...

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Chaoke Dong

Chaoke Dong

M.S. in Technology 2015 Chaoke is using the Basin of Stability Chair to measure the stability of the human spine. This research will provide experimental data to complement previously developed theoretical models in order to gain a better understanding of spinal...

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Shahab Karimi

Shahab Karimi

M.S. in Technology 2016 Shahab is studying the bandwidth of human neuromuscular control. Through his research we hope to reduce the occurrence of low back pain by developing more sensitive diagnostic methods and improving the overall understanding of how the brain...

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Mitra Shabanisamghabady

Mitra Shabanisamghabady

M.S. in Technology 2016Mitra is developing better models to understand tumor growth and progression. Through her research we hope to develop a better understanding of how cancer can be treated and ultimately improve patient outcomes. She is now a PhD studnet in...

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Kevin Babecki

Kevin Babecki

M.S. in Technology 2014 Kevin's research project is to gain a better understanding of how humans interact with machines, i.e. the Human Machine Interface. He is developing interactive computer simulations to better understand how humans and machines work together to...

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Ainhoa Iglesias Díaz

Ainhoa Iglesias Díaz

M.S. in Technology 2014 Ainhoa is interested in understanding overuse injuries associated with the overhead movement in tennis. She played on the Tennis Team at WCU and has a BS in Electrical Engineering. She will use computer simulations and human subject experiments...

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Justin Guy

Justin Guy

M.S. in Technology 2013 Justin is creating a device that uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation to artificially control the activation of muscles. This research will support our research efforts in rehabilitation engineering and the development of assistive devices.

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Undergraduates

Soha Yusuf

Soha Yusuf

Junior Engineering Soha is a visiting student from Pakistan who is working to developing a mathematical model to characterize the vascular nature of brain tumors and model the effect of chemotherapy.  We are interested in modeling the transfer of nutrients from blood...

Adam Griffin

Adam Griffin

Junior Engineering, Mechanical Concentration Adam is conducting a thermal analysis of glass blowing kilns to quantify the kiln's heat loss and learn if design changes can be made to improve performance.

Jason McCurry

Jason McCurry

B.S. in Electrical Engineering 2015 Jason is working on the electrical design of the powered ankle orthosis. He will also assist with the gait analysis experiments and the development of the FES orthosis.

Arlynn Baker

Arlynn Baker

BS in Engineering, Mechanical Concentration 2018 Arlynn is a Spirit Scholar at WCU. She is studying differences in gait associated with differences in tibial torsion angle. This research is being conduction in colaboration with Dr. Hudson in Physical Therapy. In...

Merab Mushfiq

Merab Mushfiq

B.S. Chemistry 2016 Merab is currently investigating how Google Glass can be used to assist people with disabilities. After completing this project she will work with Mitra on cancer modeling. She will be attending graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University...

Jennie Coffel

Jennie Coffel

B.S. in Anthropology 2013 Jennie studied the axial strength of cadaveric deer bone specimens using a Instron universal testing machine. This research was presented at the 2013 National Conference for Undergraduate Research

Rachel Stamey

Rachel Stamey

BA History 2017 Rachel researched the history of "Animal Electricity" to develop a better understand the origins of functional electrical stimulation. There are links to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and torpedo fish in ancient Greece.

Kaley Geyer

Kaley Geyer

B.S in Chemistry 2013 Kaley is conducting experiments on human stability and balance control. Her work will help improve gait in persons with disabilities. She is interested in developing prosthetics and orthotic devices.