Student Research at the School of Engineering

Engineering students at the University of San Diego are an adventurous bunch. They're helping to pioneer innovative technologies while working with new science discoveries. We highly encourage our students to participate in research throughout their time with USD.

Research Opportunities

Formal Research Programs

Formal research programs often offer high quality experiences that support your development as a researcher. Here are a few that USD engineering students participate in:

Independent Study

Students do not have to participate in a formal program to have an undergraduate research experience. You can arrange to do an independent study with a USD faculty member. Review the Faculty Research profiles to find the right faculty member for your area of interest.

Student Research Publications

Publication of research findings is an important aspect of research. Publications with undergraduate students as co-authors that have been published recently include these journal articles and conference proceedings:

Ngo, T. T., Kohl, J. G., Paradise, T., Khalily, A., and Simonson, D. L. (2015). Improving Mechanical Properties of Thermoset Biocomposites by Fiber Coating or Organic Oil Addition. International Journal of Polymer Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/840823.

Ngo, T. T., Lambert, C. A., Kohl, J.G. (2014). Characterization of Compostability and Mechanical Properties for Linseed Oil Resin Composites Reinforced with Natural Fibers. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 53(12), 1215-1222. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/z8bPpF5hh59QMj9nhpAB/full. 

Ngo, T. T., Lambert, C. A., Bliznyuk, M., Kohl, J.G. (2013). Effect of a Tertiary Oil Phase on the Mechanical Properties of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Polyester Composites. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 52(11), 1160-1168.

 Ngo, T. T., Lambert, C. A., Benz, L., Chau, M. T. (2013). Improving the Compostability of Natural Fiber-Reinforced Thermoset Composites with a Tertiary Oil Phase. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, 52(7), 710-717.

Ngo, T. T., Lambert, C.A., Kohl, J.G. (2012). Characterization of Mechanical Properties and Compostability of Fiber-Reinforced Bio-Composites. Orlando, Florida: IIE 62nd Annual Conference Proceedings, Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Ngo, T. T., Keegan, J. E., George (SPAWAR), R. D. (2011). Solubility of Benzene-1,4-Diboronic Acid and Pentacene in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (pp. Abstract P109 p. 203). Dijon: 11th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization.

Ellis, J., Kramer, K., Stubberud, S. C. (2011). Image Correlation Based Video Tracking. Las Vegas, NV: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Systems Engineering.

Ellis, J., Kramer, K. (2011). Image Correlation Based Video Tracking (pp. 60-66, Colorado Springs, CO: 2011 National Security Innovation Competition Proceedings/ National Homeland Defense Foundation.

Jacobitz, F., Abraham, B., Bentz, J., Doruth, L., Foster, M., Gabbard, M., Jarosinski, M., Jones, A., Omar, Y., Reed, B., Thomas, A., Vargas, V., Weiss, C. (2010). A Flow Visualization Project in Fluid Mechanics (1st ed., vol. 29, pp. 98). Ashland Oregon: Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Pacific Division.

Ngo, T. T., Hall, J. A. (2010). Assessing Product Biodegradability at End of Life (pp. Abstract p. IERC 399). Cancun, Mexico: IIE 60th Annual Conference Proceedings, Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Jacobitz, F., Anderson, S., Babila, E., Gabbard, M., Weiss, C. (2009). A Comparison of the Microcirculation in Rat Spinotrapezius Muscle and Muscle Fascia (pp. 6 pages). Marseille: Proceedings of the 19th Congrès Français de Mécanique.

Lyons, A., Gerry, A., Vanderstiggel, F., Stubberud, S. C., Kramer, K. (2009). Control of Inverted Pendulum System Using a Neural Extended Kalman Filter (pp. 210-215). Wellington: Proc. of 4th International Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents.

Jacobitz, F., Weiss, C., Gabbard, M. (2009). Simulations of the Microcirculation in Rat Spinotrapezius Muscle and Muscle Fascia . San Francisco, California: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jacobitz, F., Anderson, S. (2008). An Improved Comprehensive Model for the Apparent Viscosity of Blood . San Antonio, Texas: Bulletin of the American Physical Society.

Jacobitz, F., Weiss, C., Gabbard, M. (2008). Simulations of the Microcirculation in Rat Spinotrapezius Muscle and Muscle Fascia . San Francisco, California: American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jacobitz, F., Porterfield, C. A., Engebrecht, C. P., Metzger, I. D. (2007). Development of a Comprehensive Model of the Apparent Viscosity of Blood for Simulations of the Microcirculation in Rat Spinotrapezius Muscle Fascia . Salt Lake City, Utah: Bulletin of the American Physical Society.

Jacobitz, F., Engebrecht, C. P., Metzger, I. D., Porterfield, C. A. (2007). Simulation of the Microcirculation in Rat Spinotrapezius Muscle Fascia (1- 2). ASME: Proceedings of the 2007 Summer Bioengineering Conference.