CfM Students Participate at CCNY Electrical Engineering Student Showcase
On April 25th, several CfM students presented at the CCNY Electrical Engineering Student Showcase. The showcase featured over 15 industry-relevant research and design projects by CCNY Electrical Engineering (EE) students, special talks by guest speakers from the Composite Prototyping Center (CPC) at the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) and Corning, Inc., and an industry luncheon to discuss collaborative R&D opportunities available to companies at CUNY.  
 
Mr. Philip Coniglio, Vice-President of the CPC, described the capabilities of his new facilities. The CPC is a 25,000 square-foot facility located in Plainview, NY comprised of an advanced prototype production floor.  Its mission is to help manufacturers prosper by providing training, workforce development, process technologies, prototype manufacturing and test capabilities. The facility includes development tools such as a 3-D printer, automated fiber placement machines, an autoclave, compression molding heated press and much more. 
 
Twenty-seven undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students presented posters to industry representatives from companies including: Corning, Coaway, GHO Ventures, Lockheed Martin, Perkin Elmer, Purvis Systems, r2sq, and Sustainable Waste Power Systems. A general manager from Perkin Elmer stated, “a nice diversity of technology was presented” during the poster session that included projects ranging from traffic congestion avoidance systems to metasurface photon sorters for simultaneous multi-wavelength sensing.   
 
Two students conducting research this semester with the Center for Metamaterials, gave oral presentations about their projects. Yusef Esa, a NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) awardee, gave a talk entitled ”Metamaterials and Metasurfaces: Improving the Properties of Groundbreaking Light Controlling Structures” wherein he described his work to compare the techniques of using Liquid Crystal Spatial Light Modulator (LCLSM) and Digital Micro-Mirror Device (DMD) to shape the wave front of optical beam with highest diffraction efficiency possible.  Hugh Carmichael, a Veterans Research Supplement (VRS) awardee, discussed the next generation of Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) antenna using metasurfaces.  Mr. Carmichael’s project was to tailor the properties of a resonant structure to make a smaller planar antenna that operates in the VHF and UHF range.
 
Adarsha Subick, Marc Kurtz, and Derek Liang, a group of Electrical Engineering students, gave an oral presentation about their Senior Design II project entitled “City Trek,” a web-based service that tracks both public and private transportation services in the vicinity of a given college campus. The service is currently being used on the CCNY campus to help students, faculty, staff, and visitors more efficiently plan their trips leaving campus.  The students’ product was on display in the Steinman Hall lobby during the event and can be accessed on the web at http://www.collegetrek.info/. 
 
After the student oral presentations, industry guests attended a luncheon to learn more about various industry/university collaborative research programs, and the pending $15M CUNY 2020 Challenge Grant award for the Industry/University Materials Innovation Center.  Professor David Crouse provided an overview of each center and sought input from the industry guests about equipment needed for their research & development needs. 
 
For more information, please contact Camille Santistevan, Education and Outreach Manager at camille@cunycat.org. 

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