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A Microfluidic Platform For High-Throughput Screening Of Aquaporin Performance, Adriana Del Pino Herrera, Jordan Hoydick, Rachel Rauh, Elyssa El-Hajj, Madison Burchfield May 2020

A Microfluidic Platform For High-Throughput Screening Of Aquaporin Performance, Adriana Del Pino Herrera, Jordan Hoydick, Rachel Rauh, Elyssa El-Hajj, Madison Burchfield

Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium

Aquaporins are a family of small integral membrane proteins that transport water across cell membranes in response to osmotic gradients. They facilitate fluid secretion and absorption across epithelial surfaces in kidney tubules, exocrine glands, and gastrointestinal tract. Here, we describe a novel microfluidic method to evaluate and screen for aquaporin-based transmembrane permeability in mammalian cells. A microfluidic device was designed and fabricated for the encapsulation of single mammalian and yeast cells in micron-sized droplets. For this purpose, Chinese Hamster Ovarian (CHO) cells were used. CHO cells express AQP1 (aquaporin-1) homologous to human kidney aquaporins. The cells were cultivated and exposed ...


Tympanal Asymmetry In A Parasitoid Fly: Small Asymmetries Produce Big Gains, Max Mikel-Stites, Anne E. Staples May 2020

Tympanal Asymmetry In A Parasitoid Fly: Small Asymmetries Produce Big Gains, Max Mikel-Stites, Anne E. Staples

Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics Conference

No abstract provided.


Security Camera Using Raspberry Pi, Tejendra Khatri May 2020

Security Camera Using Raspberry Pi, Tejendra Khatri

Student Academic Conference

No abstract provided.


Predictive Analysis Of Ethanol Prices With Machine Learning, Benjamin Schilling May 2020

Predictive Analysis Of Ethanol Prices With Machine Learning, Benjamin Schilling

Student Academic Conference

Overview of a predictive analysis regression developed using machine learning alongside ETL process techniques.


Estimating The Tempo Of Audio Files, Parker Ostertag May 2020

Estimating The Tempo Of Audio Files, Parker Ostertag

Student Academic Conference

On the market today, there exists a multitude of software that allows for the detection and prediction of beats per minute (BPM) contained in audio files. There are both free and monetized versions of these programs, but there is one thing that they all have in common: they are inaccurate. This is simply because the science behind beat detection is unfinished, and may never be. In this project, I decided to use a method of audio peak detection to help me detect the tempo that may exist in any audio file. I started by researching existing programs and the science ...


Enriching The Stem System, Cierra Desmaratti May 2020

Enriching The Stem System, Cierra Desmaratti

Library Student Research and Award Symposium

This project is about the driving factors behind the lack of women and minorities in the STEM field. As I acquired a deeper understanding of the harmful misconceptions and stereotypes that play a huge role in this, I decided to compose a research presentation that featured not only the causes of the problem but solutions for how to increase diversity at College of DuPage. The presentation highlights solutions that will empower young women and minorities to feel validated and supported in the STEM field.

Faculty Sponsor: Tom Carter


Sidewalk Lighting, Connor Nee, Kelsey Strand, Patrick Soreng Apr 2020

Sidewalk Lighting, Connor Nee, Kelsey Strand, Patrick Soreng

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The city of Watseka desires to improve thier downtown area where most shops and businesses are located. One of the ways they intend to do this is by implementing solar powered pedestrian walkway lighting along the major downtown walkways, the goal of this is to attract more businesses to the town. This will also increase revenue for the town, create a more welcoming atmosphere, and provide more jobs for the residents of Watseka.


A97 Electrostatic Precipitator (Esp) Waste Elimination, Brian Acosta, Alyssa Young, Austin Straw Apr 2020

A97 Electrostatic Precipitator (Esp) Waste Elimination, Brian Acosta, Alyssa Young, Austin Straw

Scholar Week 2016 - present

This project focuses on the development of a waste elimination system. the Kankakee BASF site produces a waste known as acid ester waste through their air pollution system in area 97; this waste is highly corrosive and is causing damage to their process sewer. A waste elimination system had to be developed in order to remove the acid ester was from the process sewer without compromising the operation of the BASF Kankakee site.



Olivet Robotics, Caroline Orndorff, Allann Davidson, Jared Haworth, Nicholas Mills Apr 2020

Olivet Robotics, Caroline Orndorff, Allann Davidson, Jared Haworth, Nicholas Mills

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The VEX Robotics Competition is a challenging event series for elementary to university students. Each year, VEX creates thought provoking games with goals that must be accomplished via robotics. The question ONU Robotics Team must answer is “how can one create the most effective strategies in order to win?” during the 2019-2020 Tower Takeover Game. The ONU Robotics Senior Design Team (ORSeT) will work to answer this question with principles from Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science. ORSeT will use this opportunity to not only create a winning robot, but also to challenge team members’ creative abilities and engineering ...


School Addition: Watseka, Illinois, Jude Pargulski, James Newby, Joseph Lowe, Andrew Mann, Krishon Seeman Apr 2020

School Addition: Watseka, Illinois, Jude Pargulski, James Newby, Joseph Lowe, Andrew Mann, Krishon Seeman

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Our task as a senior design group is to redesign the Wanda Kendall Elementary School in the City of Watseka Illinois. The school is currently used for second through fourth grade. The proposed redesign involves expanding the campus in order to be used for preschool-fifth grade students. This involves: a new, expanded or relocated parking lot with a bus lane, new classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, tornado shelter, performing arts center, sufficient classroom sizes and hallways. The city has a vision of the new school being not only for students but for the community.


Fish Farming Aerator, Kylie Johnson, Therese Rosalez, Jordan Hendricker, Ryan Froidcoeur Apr 2020

Fish Farming Aerator, Kylie Johnson, Therese Rosalez, Jordan Hendricker, Ryan Froidcoeur

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Designing, building and installing a functional and efficient aerator prototype suitable for small pond intensive aquaculture use in El Faro, Guatemala. The project’s purpose is to provide a solution for farming tilapia. A successful project outcome will help impoverished families to raise tilapia for food and income The team will install the aeration system on-site in El Faro, Guatemala.


Nucor Steel Storage Rack Design, Mac Hanson, Hannah Cataldo, Jason Ziganto, Robert Wozek Apr 2020

Nucor Steel Storage Rack Design, Mac Hanson, Hannah Cataldo, Jason Ziganto, Robert Wozek

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The goal of this design project was to build effective steel storage racks for Nucor Steel Kankakee. The important criteria that the design team needed to meet was that the rack was adjustable, could fit all of the manufactured products that Nucor makes, and could fit various lengths of product. Nucor needs a new rack system because their current process makes the shipping process very inefficient.


The Caster Ladle Lancing System, Andrew Pearson, Alexander Frank, Zachariah Bishop Apr 2020

The Caster Ladle Lancing System, Andrew Pearson, Alexander Frank, Zachariah Bishop

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The Shielded Movable Oxygen Lance Turret is a cart that is easily maneuverable, that allows an operator to safely lance in a steel casting situation with the protection of a shield and an apparatus to aim and burn away debris.The relatively small design and wheels allows the device to be stored and accessed when needed. This was constructed with industrial materials to withstand a harsh working environment of the caster area where molten steel can be between 2700°F and 3000°F. The Turret has a body made of galvanized iron, and shield infused with polycarbonate as it is ...


Sae Baja Suspension Optimization, Jarrod Lesage, Jonah Trank, Tyler Fisher Apr 2020

Sae Baja Suspension Optimization, Jarrod Lesage, Jonah Trank, Tyler Fisher

Scholar Week 2016 - present

For our senior design project, we were all assigned to the Baja Suspension Team. This year our goal, as given to us by our sponsor Dr. Bob Allen, is to optimize the current suspension that is already on our vehicle. This includes the tire psi, shock psi, brake testing, camber, and toe. It is also our job as a team to oversee the Baja Team as a whole and besides the drivetrain, to make sure the whole car is ready for competition in May. This includes following the 2020 Baja SAE rulebook.


Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Based Heat Exchanger On The Martian, Sarah Guinn Apr 2020

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Based Heat Exchanger On The Martian, Sarah Guinn

Discovery Day - Prescott

The use of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) in power cycles has been fairly new in the last decade. Due to this, there is a lack in research for both terrestrial and extraterrestrial applications. The purpose of this project is to utilize sCO2 as a working fluid and design and optimize a Brayton Cycle based heat exchanger on the Martian surface. Due to the lack of water on Mars, this research will provide a stronger analysis of planetary based drycooling processes in low atmospheric pressure and colder temperatures. We have been conducting an in-depth analysis of the heat exchanger by modeling ...


Sae Baja Drivetrain, Troy Von Gillern, Kaitlyn Elmer, Nathan Tabor Apr 2020

Sae Baja Drivetrain, Troy Von Gillern, Kaitlyn Elmer, Nathan Tabor

Scholar Week 2016 - present

A project to optimize the drivetrain on the ONU SAE Baja Team vehicle.


Basic Utilities Vehicle (Buv) Milk Transportation, Brian D. Reynolds, Sean Patrick Bayless Galligar, Emmitt Hanner, Joshua T. Pitts Apr 2020

Basic Utilities Vehicle (Buv) Milk Transportation, Brian D. Reynolds, Sean Patrick Bayless Galligar, Emmitt Hanner, Joshua T. Pitts

Scholar Week 2016 - present

In developing countries, a need exists for the transportation of raw foods to communities without spoilage. Traditional methods of transporting goods don’t meet the needs of the consumer, and often times food is wasted due to the harsh climate and time constraints. Food often becomes salvage under the heat, causing a hurt to the profitability of vendors and family needs for fresh produce. In particular milk transportation has become difficult, due to the lack of cold storage in standard transit. As a response to the need for affordable raw food transport, our sponsor Basic Utilities Vehicle (BUV) has tasked ...


Floodplain Analysis, Kyle Michael, Bryce Vollrath, Aaron Steele Apr 2020

Floodplain Analysis, Kyle Michael, Bryce Vollrath, Aaron Steele

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The village of Watseka, Illinois has experienced several 100-year floods over a short period of time and needs a solution to solve its flooding problem. The goal of the project is to come up with multiple solutions that could reduce flooding. All designs were intended to ensure that the wastewater treatment plant stays operational during flood conditions. To do so, analysis of the wastewater treatment plant was completed. Then, designs that focused on reducing river flood stages were analyzed. By preventing the river from reaching and cresting at it’s flood stage, the town’s risk of flooding is greatly ...


Angle-Iron Feed Measuring Device, Jason Robertson, Alex Welling, Jacob Burns Apr 2020

Angle-Iron Feed Measuring Device, Jason Robertson, Alex Welling, Jacob Burns

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Steel and iron are the building blocks with which we construct our world. From buildings to machines to transportation the use of these materials can be found in all aspects of life. In their crude form they do not have much use, so manufacturers standardize various shapes and sizes to create usable resources. These include bars, rods, beams, sheet, and angle iron. The team made up of three engineering students Jake Burns, Jason Robertson, and Alex Welling is working with a company called Peddinghaus. Peddinghaus produces equipment and machines to process steel and iron in their standard forms, such as ...


Automatic Tail-Cutter, Alika Kahaulelio, Thomas Alexander, Timothy J. Layne Apr 2020

Automatic Tail-Cutter, Alika Kahaulelio, Thomas Alexander, Timothy J. Layne

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Essity commissioned Olivet Senior Design Team #9 with the creation of a device that will expedite the roll change time on Machine #515 while maintaining the safety standards that Essity has set forth. The current process is manual, with inefficiencies due to operators entering and leaving the machine area along with a slow manual cut time. Our goal is to optimize this process with the addition of a new process and/or devices. The solution provided to Essity was the addition of a lowering device and a cutting device which were to be used alongside an existing piece of equipment ...


Autonomous Scanning Of Plasma Bottles, Angela Budach, Bryce Marcordes, David Burnett, Ethan Goetzinger, Jonathan Kanaga Apr 2020

Autonomous Scanning Of Plasma Bottles, Angela Budach, Bryce Marcordes, David Burnett, Ethan Goetzinger, Jonathan Kanaga

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The Senior Design CSL Behring Plasma Bottle Automation Design team is attempting to automate the process of plasma bottle scanning and loading plasma bottles into water channels. Currently, this process is performed manually though trained, hired technicians. This leads to the potential of human error, reduces the overall efficiency of the process, and requires the attention of several operators. The goal is to minimize operator interactions, reducing cost and errors while increasing efficiency. We are proposing a design solution that automatically handles the scanning and loading processes. An operator is required to unload the plasma bottles into the system, but ...


Itw Deltar Model Factory, Bri Hollowell, Tyler Rogers, Jake Klingelsmith Apr 2020

Itw Deltar Model Factory, Bri Hollowell, Tyler Rogers, Jake Klingelsmith

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The project given to the design team was a request from ITW Deltar to improve their packaging system for some production machines in cell C. The primary goal of the project is to optimize the safety and workflow of the packaging systems in cell C. The safety of the packaging system will be determined using the REBA risk assessment number. The workflow improvement is determined through analysis of the packaging time and the walking distances of the workers.

The design team identified the functional requirements and design constraints that need to be met. These functional requirements include the packaging system ...


Olivet Nazarene University Telescope Vibration, Jake Butterfield, Kamil Michorczyk, Nathan Eckerle Apr 2020

Olivet Nazarene University Telescope Vibration, Jake Butterfield, Kamil Michorczyk, Nathan Eckerle

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Our project entails the use of vibration analysis to come up with a solution to the vibrational issues the ONU Telescope on top of Reed Hall of Science is currently experiencing. In its current state, the telescope produces images that are shaky and unclear; thus, rendering it useless for its intended research purposes. This shaky image is a result of excessive vibrations on and around the telescope. Within this project we diagnosed the source of the vibrations, brainstormed different design possibilities, chose the best one that is most feasible and meets the client’s needs, and proposed a detailed final ...


Reconstitution Efficiency On Elution Process, Brandon Winter, Landon Beachy, Samantha Stejskal, Zachary Rice Apr 2020

Reconstitution Efficiency On Elution Process, Brandon Winter, Landon Beachy, Samantha Stejskal, Zachary Rice

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Our group is presenting on the Reconstitution Efficiency on Elution Process for MilliporeSigma. The process that we are working with is the mixing of BAAP (Bovine Albumin Acetone Powder) into reverse osmosis water. This process is the first step of many in the making of medical test kits, of which include HIV/AID, strep throat, and pregnancy tests. Our initial task was to reduce the mixing time by 50%, however after further exploration of the problem, a more stable and consistent process turned into our primary goal and a significant reduction in time became a secondary goal. Initially, we were ...


Olivet Nazarene University Ward Field Parking Garage, Eric Everley, Micah Rodriguez, Joel Hasselbring, Robert W. Rienow Apr 2020

Olivet Nazarene University Ward Field Parking Garage, Eric Everley, Micah Rodriguez, Joel Hasselbring, Robert W. Rienow

Scholar Week 2016 - present

Over past years, Olivet Nazarene University has grown a tremendous amount. Including the construction of new buildings and the increasing population of faculty and students, this growth has created a need for more parking space. In this past semester our team has been working to design a solution to this issue. We have decided to design a three-story parking garage spanning the entire parking lot east of Centennial Chapel. This parking garage will include approximately 800 additional parking spaces and will include a commuter lounge and locker rooms for the Olivet Nazarene football team. The additional parking spaces will provide ...


Process Water Recycling, Adrian Barron, Josiah Snider, Kyle Serpe Apr 2020

Process Water Recycling, Adrian Barron, Josiah Snider, Kyle Serpe

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The Millipore Sigma-Kankakee Site uses high volumes of water for many operations. One operation utilizes approximately 3600 L of water per batch every couple days and more than 3.8MM liters of water per year. The water is utilized as a component of the buffer washes used in the extraction process for cholesterol that involves various other components such as silica and ions such as sodium, sulfur, and phosphate. The washes that go through the process involve these components and large amounts of water that are then drained out of the facility. This volume is roughly 7% of the site ...


Multiphysics Computational Model Of Fluid Flow And Mass Transfer In Aneurysm, Tanja Cupac Apr 2020

Multiphysics Computational Model Of Fluid Flow And Mass Transfer In Aneurysm, Tanja Cupac

Graduate Student Research Symposium

The abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) mostly affects men between the ages 65-85 and is very common with more than 3 million cases in the United States per year. AAA is defined as the weakening of the arterial wall producing a blood-filled bulge in the body’s largest blood vessel. AAA is progressive, asymptomatic, and can eventually lead to rupture which is a catastrophic event leading to massive internal bleeding and possibly death. Of the males within this age range, 1-3% will die from this disease. About 75% of AAA cases will be characterized by the development of an intraluminal thrombus ...


Experimental Study On Compression And Shear Strength Of Cfrp, Joseph Gentile, Ethan Garber Apr 2020

Experimental Study On Compression And Shear Strength Of Cfrp, Joseph Gentile, Ethan Garber

Discovery Day - Prescott

The increasing use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) in the aerospace industry requires a better understanding of its damage properties. Many modern aircraft under high loads are utilizing this material for their primary structures due to its high strength to weight ratio. However, CFRPs are sensitive to out-of-plane loading such as low-velocity impact and indentation. These damages can reduce the compressive strength significantly without leaving a visible mark on the surface, which is known as Barely Visible Impact Damage (BVID). The behavior and residual strength of CFRPs after impact damage under compressive loading are still not fully understood. Studies of ...


An Ergonomic Analysis Of Ingredient Batching In A Dairy Bottling Facility, Hayden Johnson, Laila Elhidmi Apr 2020

An Ergonomic Analysis Of Ingredient Batching In A Dairy Bottling Facility, Hayden Johnson, Laila Elhidmi

Scholars Week

Dairy production facilities rely on batching operators to unload palletized ingredients and mix them to meet ingredient specifications. Batching operators in the dairy industry are frequently required to work for prolonged periods of time in awkward postures while performing repetitive and forceful exertions. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) typically impact workers’ performance and increase job discomfort. Such incidents are generally costly to employers as they often result in workers compensation claims and increased insurance premiums. The purpose of this study was to characterize the ergonomic risk factors associated with commonly performed batching processes and evaluate possible solutions to reduce exposure to ...


Geosynthetic Interlayer Functions And I-65 Installation, Mark Marienfeld Apr 2020

Geosynthetic Interlayer Functions And I-65 Installation, Mark Marienfeld

Purdue Road School

INDOT recently used a geosynthetic paving fabric interlayer for the first time, on I-65, to retard reflective cracking and as a pavement moisture barrier. The nonwoven fabric interlayer used is both millable and recyclable. This technical presentation will provide insight into the use of paving fabric interlayer as a cost-effective, innovative tool for pavement rehabilitation.