Five engineering undergraduates receive Erickson Discovery Grants

May 14, 2024

Editor’s note: A version of this article was originally published on Penn State News.  

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Erickson Discovery Grant, which funds independent research projects for undergraduate students, has been awarded to five engineering majors, who were among 43 recipients this year. 
The Rodney A. Erickson Grant program is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education and is designed to support undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship and creative work under the supervision of a research mentor. Students may use the grant to cover living expenses and project costs like supplies and travel.   
Funding is directed to student-initiated projects in the arts, engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences and facilitates experience in question generation, proposal writing, method implementation and communication of results. Projects may be completed on any topic and may be related to supervising faculty’s research but should be primarily led by and conceptualized by the student. Applications typically open in late October each year.  

A list of the engineering recipients, their project titles and their majors are below. A full list of recipients is available here 

  • Jonathan Cui, “Explainable Artificial Intelligence in Medical Image Analysis,” Computer Science  
  • Kaelea Hayes, “Dynamic Modeling and Experimental Testing of a Shape Memory Alloy Cooling Device,” Mechanical Engineering  
  • Rutuj Kankaria, “The Impact of Social Intrapreneurship on Corporate Financial Performance,” Computer Science  
  • Aditya Khemka, “Utilizing Machine Learning, Social Determinants of Health and Longitudinal Data to Predict Alzheimer's Disease Susceptibility,” Computer Science  
  • Adrian Michael, “Extrude Honing of Additively Manufactured Triply Periodic Minimum Surface Lattice Heat Exchangers,” Mechanical Engineering

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