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The Impact of Study Abroad Experience on Graduate Engineering Students By Dr. Constantine Anagnostopoulos Dr. Sigrid Berka. NSF PIRE (Partnerships for Research and Education) Scope: …develop a new cadre of globally engaged scientists and engineers ….
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Graduate Engineering Students
Dr. Constantine Anagnostopoulos
Dr. Sigrid Berka
(Partnerships for Research and Education)
…develop a new cadre of globally engaged scientists
and engineers …
URI to TUBS: 292, TUBS to URI: 242
Ahmed begun his research activity at TU BS in Sept 2007
He did not have to attend any classes nor was it required to be proficient in German
Worked with Professor Manfred Krafczyk , head of the institute of computational modeling in Civil Engineering, on the simulation of high efficiency valve-less rectification micro pumps using Prof. Krafczyk’s Lattice Boltzmann code
Afterward he worked with Prof. Büttgenbach at the Institute of Micro Technology at TU BS to fabricate and teste the micro pumps
Graduated with two PhD degrees, one form URI and one from TU Braunschweig in May 2010
Physics undergraduate; Switched to Mechanical Engineering for her Master’s degree. Had to learn German
Multidisciplinary research work on Lab-on-a-chip biosensors for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers via fluoresenceKelly – Dual MS degree candidate in Mechanical Engineering
“…the world is continually being made smaller through advances in technology and there is an increased need for nations to work together toward common goals, such as global health and the protection of our environment. In order to be a successful contributor to the fields of science and engineering today, one must not only understand what work is being done in their own nation, but also what is being done around the globe…”
“…I feel I am a member of the global workforce…”
Graduated in 2011 with an MS degree from URI and an MS degree from TU Braunschweig
Lyme Borreliosis, caused by the microorganism Borrelia burgdorferi, is a disease endemic in North America. This microorganism is transmitted most commonly through the vector Ixodes Scapularis, commonly known as the deer tick
The goal of his research was to engineer antibodies that can be used to detect the microorganism Borrelia burgdorferi in the saliva of nymphs captured in the wild
The Institute for Biotechnology of TU Braunschweig has the unique capability to create antibodies for any antigen, via a technology called phage display
Brad’s work involved learning that technology and then using it to produce molecules that could capture and immobilize the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium and to tag the detection molecule with an enzyme or fluorophore so the conjugate can be detected
Brad was an IEP student and is graduating in 2012
Alex was a URI IEP student majoring in Chemical Engineering and German. He is currently at TU BS for his 2nd year of study for the MS degree
His Master’s thesis research at URI was to developm methods for on-chip separation of blood plasma from whole blood for a Lab-on-a-chip biosensor
He is currently conducting research at TU BS at the Institute for Biotechnology with the goal of using the phage display technology to develop antibodies for the detection of the tau protein, a molecule whose concentration in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) may be an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms of the disease are detectable
“...During my time in Germany, my German improved considerably bringing me almost up to par with native speakers.What I learned, will definitely benefit my career. It’s been a great year abroad…”