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Summer Research Programs Finish with STEM Symposium

August 14th, 2012


High school Young Scholars (YSP), teachers (RET), and undergraduate (REU) researchers wrapped up their summer programs with CURENT at the University of Tennessee's STEM Symposium on July 20th.

The event, held at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, was a culminating showcase for students participating in summer research experiences at UT. The participants all presented posters featuring original research to the university and Knoxville community.

CURENT collaborated with two other research centers at UT, TN-SCORE (Tennessee Solar Conversion and Storage using Outreach, Research and Education) and NIMBioS (The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis).

Around 35 student researchers participated in the symposium. The event was organized by Dr. Chien-fei Chen, Kelly Sturner (NIMBioS), Joshua Francois (TN-SCORE), and Elizabeth Burman from the UT Office of Research.

RET/YSP Poster Titles:

  • "Inquiry-based Unit on Forces in nature for Middle School Students," Miller Callaway (Bearden Middle School)
  • "High School Biology I TEAM / Inquiry-based Renewable Resources Module," Carolynn Clemons (Halls High School)
  • "Analysis of Load and Calculated Available Wind Power Using Data from the Bonneville Power Administration," Demetrious Bovopoulos, Emmanuel Gyebison, Jacob Armstrong (West High School)
  • "Compressed Air Energy Storage," Jacob Walker (Farragut High School)
  • "Bringing Power Technologies into High School Classrooms, First Steps," Joe Foy (West High School)
  • "Graphene: The Two-dimensional Conductor," Jonathan Redington (L&N STEM Academy)
  • "Optimization of PHEV/EV Battery Charging," Lawrence Wang (Farragut High School)
  • Modeling Power Grid Dynamics in High School Physics," Matthew Milligan (Farragut High School)
  • "Securing the Smart Grid by Intrusion Detection Algorithm Based on Bayes' Theorem," Syeda Faiza Islam (Farragut High School) & Stephanie Steren-Ruta (West High School)
  • "Scientific Research, A Vehicle for a Tennessee High School Robotics Class," Frank Wood (L&N STEM Academy

REU Poster Titles:

  • "Multilevel Cascaded Solar Inverter Simulation," David Herbert (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • "User Friendly Interfaces for Distribution, Reconfiguration, and Residential Demand Response Management," Rusul Altaay (North Carolina State University), Gary Bogus (Tennessee Technological University), & Vanessa Perez (TTU)
  • "Calculating Locational Marginal Price and Optimal Load Dispatch Using a Graphical User Interface," Izabela Biedo (RPI)
  • "Modeling and Analyzing Uncertainty in Grid Behavior," Nicholas Dueber (University of California, Berkeley)
  • "Control Analysis of Photovoltaic Power Generation and Conversion from Direct to Alternate Current," Yamil Rivera (University of Turabo) CURENT-Logo_Transparent-tiny.png