Andrew Bergantz ’18 and Kennedi Ginger ’18 have been selected to participate in the pre-collegiate Students and Teachers as Research Scientists (STARS) program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The six-week program introduces the next generation of scientists to the lab and the world of intensive, cutting-edge research.
Running from June 12 to July 21, STARS will pair academically talented students with local scientists who work in fields such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, physics and psychology.
Bergantz will work with Dr. Mark McQuilling, an associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Saint Louis University. This summer, Dr. McQuilling’s research will focus on using the new polysonic wind tunnel to explore the aerodynamics around a linear turbine cascade of high pressure turbine airfoils in collaboration with Honeywell Aerospace. His students will have the opportunity to run the tunnel, calibrate instrumentation, analyze acquired data, and work with a team of undergraduate and graduate students in assessing what the measurements tell us about secondary flows throughout the turbine geometries.
Ginger will work with Dr. Scott Sell, an assistant professor in biomedical engineering at Parks College. The focus in Dr. Sell’s lab is the fabrication and evaluation of tissue engineering scaffolds capable of replicating both the form and function of the native extracellular matrix (ECM). Through the creation of idealized tissue engineering structures, he hopes to harness the body’s own reparative potential and accelerate regeneration. He is primarily interested in utilization of the electrospinning process to create nanofibrous polymeric structures that can be applied to a wide range of applications. Of principal interest is the fabrication of scaffolds capable of promoting wound healing and the filling of large tissue defects, as well as orthopedic applications such as bone and ligament repair.
|Andrew Bergantz '18||Kennedi Ginger '18|