Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Poster Presentations

The AERIM REU students will soon be presenting their progress posters at Michigan State University on their research this far.

To prepare a professional research poser try following the tips below.

Rules to live by:

1.     Title must be clear from 3m away (90-150 point font bold)
2.     Layout in reading order: left to right and top down
3.     Use a different size or boldness to define column headings
4.     Use upper and lower case lettering… ALL UPPER CASE IS HARDER TO READ
5.     Avoid large paragraphs of text.
a.     Break them up into sections,
b.     short statements, or a
c.     bulleted list.
6.     Body text around 26-32 point font.
7.     Use a plain font such as Arial or Times and a dark text on a light background.
8.     Nothing below 24 size font…you can’t read it.
9.     No more than two fonts
10.  Color scheme: Complimentary, Monochromatic, or Analogous
11.  Try to use pictures with resolution of at least 300 dots per inch
12.  Graphs: Clear titled axis and ticks, no gridlines, clear plot lines, defined legend, short clear title

13.  Leave enough space between shapes for a “clean” look
14.  Use color to show importance. Bright colors in the background, soft colors on top
15.  Minimal equations, only those that are necessary
16.  Label all diagrams, drawings, graphs, and make them readable
17.  Use images to support text…

Sources and additional information can be found at the links below.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Outreach Activity

The AERIM REU students took part in the YMCA Detroit Leadership Academy's 2014 career day on May 29th. The students introduced first through fifth graders to engineering by demonstrating some fun experiments and talking about what its like to study engineering.

 Overall the day was a great success and it seems like we will have a lot of future engineers!

Meet our students!

We are happy to welcome all the new students! They have recently received their research assignments. 

This year's students and projects include:

1. Scuffing of Aluminum Silicon Alloys
  • Maria Schueller from the University of Wisconsin Platteville
  • Measrainsey Meng from California State University
  • Jazmyne Claggett from the University of Maryland
Project Blog: 

2. Nanofluids
  • Jaime Guajardo from the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Sai Stephens from Georgia Institute of Technology
Project Blog: 

3. Numerical Modeling of Heat Transfer in Ball-on-Disk Scuffing Tests
  • Jonathon Glover from Oakland University
  • Caleb Messmer from the University of Evansville
Project Blog: 

4. Oil Jet Cooling
  • Stephen Powell from Oakland University
  • Jan Hellmich from the University of South Alabama
  • Zachary Waldrup from Oakland University
Project Blog: 

Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 AERIM REU starts soon

The AERIM REU activities will begin on May 19. We can't wait to meet this year's group of students!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Application Review Completed

Thank you to all the students who applied to our program. We received over 120 great applications, from a students with a variety of backgrounds, university affiliations, geographic location, and class standing, but could unfortunately only select ten participants. We have now completed our student selection process and are no longer accepting applications. The students selected will be coming from the following institutions:
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Evansville
  • Oakland University
Best wishes of success to all of the students who applied!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

REU application update

The AERIM-REU application deadline is today, April 15. We have so far received over 110 applications for the 10 open positions and are beginning the application review process. We expect to select student participants by early next week and will contact the selected applicants via email. We have received many high quality applications, so selecting the participants is going to be a difficult process. Should you not be selected to participate this year, please don't get discouraged. You are to be commended for your good work so far and should continue to seek out such opportunities in the future. The unfortunate part of receiving so many applications is that we will have to turn down over 90% of the applicants. :-(

Best wishes to all!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Now accepting applications

The NSF-funded AERIM Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Oakland University is currently accepting applications for this summer's program. The program will run from May 19 to July 25, 2014 and will focus on automotive and energy-related research. For more information, please visit Application review will begin around April 15th and will continue until all ten positions are filled.