Mike is working on a project
which investigates erosion in a 90 degree elbow bend using
programs like Fluent and Gambit. His job is to create a virtual
elbow and analyze it to determine erosion if the particles are
flown at a certain velocity.
How did you get involved in research?
The project sponsor is very vocal in his engineering classes about undergraduate
research. Through his encouragement I became involved.
How has participating in research impacted your education?
Any involvement in extracurricular activities both academic and non academic is
a great way to expand your personal skills and abilities. Such as leadership,
work ethic, commitment, teamwork, and personal experiences. Through
undergraduate research i have expended all of the previous things and much more.
What has been the most satisfying aspect of your research experience?
The opportunity to work with an engineering professional has given me insight
into the engineering world. Every day I am creating a working relationship and
gaining valuable experience and information relating to my major. That is by far
the most satisfying aspect.
What are your future plans? How has participating in research helped you in
preparing for those future plans?
Well my future plans are not much different than the next person going through
college. I am working on a degree that with directly effect the rest of my life,
as this degree will grant me the opportunity to a job in the engineering
industry. The experience and contacts gained through undergraduate research will
help tremendously in my future plans.
What advice would you give to students interested
in being involved in research?
Do it, even if there is no money involved. In the end everyone you're competing
against for a job has the same degree you do. It all comes down to: "What did
you do to set yourself above the rest?"