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2016 Evans Student Research Fellowship Program

Through a generous donation from ONU alumnus, Tom Evans, BSCE ’45, the College of Engineering has established the Evans Student Research Fellowship program, which will provide students in the college the opportunity to work with faculty over the summer on undergraduate research projects. This program will provide funding for 10 weeks of work during the summer at the ONU research rate of $13.36 per hour. Two students will be selected as Evans Fellows to work with faculty on one of two research projects. The two projects are listed below. Please complete the webform at the bottom of this page to apply to become an Evans Fellow.

All applications are due to be submitted by Wednesday, April 20


Finite Element Analysis of Osteotomy Treatment for Kienbock Disease

Dr. Hui Shen and Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Mohti

The lunate bone is a carpal bone in the human hand. Kienbock disease is the osteonecrosis of the lunate bone. It was reported that the disease could be caused by abnormal internal stresses on the lunate. As for the treatment of the Kienbock disease, many surgical options have been reported and all the treatments aim to reduce the load on the lunate. Among all the treatments, radial closing wedge osteotomy is one of the most frequently used treatment options, which has been reported with better long-term results than others. However, the results about the treatment are still controversial in the literature and some key parameters are still not clear. Based on the literature review, it seems that all the research work was conducted either on a limit number of cadaver bone samples or on one model. After consulting with a hand surgeon, it has been realized that the inclination of the top surface of the radial bone is different for individuals and the disease occurs more frequently for people with abnormal wrist bone structure. We hereby propose to study the effect of the morphology of the human radial bone on the pressure on the lunate after the radial closing wedge osteotomy operation. A comprehensive literature survey on previous analytical and experimental studies has been performed at this point and the key issues have been identified. For the current project, the wrist bone models will be scanned using 3D scanner and imported to SolidWork software. The models will be assembled in ANSYS software. Then the finite element analysis will be performed to simulate the radial osteotomy procedure and study the effect of the abnormity of the bone configuration on the pressure on the lunate after the osteotomy procedure.


Accelerating Image Processing Algorithms on GPU and Parallel Architectures

Dr. Ziad Youssfi and Dr. Firas Hassan

The many-threads GPU approach taken by the semiconductor industry is proving successful in complementing the multicore approach to improve software performance. By improving the execution throughput of many threads (i.e. on the order of thousands) in parallel programming, GPUs are enabling unprecedented computing performance in laptops, servers, and even embedded systems. Such ease of access to computing power is providing opportunities to run new computational experiments in science, engineering and health. Here at ONU, we plan to accelerate image processing algorithms on GPU and parallel architectures. Some of the algorithms will involve solving Poisson equation to find the inverse of manipulated gradients in real time, tone mapping of high dynamic range video, and linear phase recursive 2D filters based on switching and reset architecture. We also plan to investigate new heterogeneous architectures that support automatic generation and execution of light parallel threads. Students will learn CUDA to program develop algorithms on GPUs. The work will be published in technical peer-reviewed conferences.


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