About our program

Attention all undergraduate students! Are you looking for an opportunity to dive deep into your area of study and gain valuable research experience?

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering presents the Engineering SUmmer Research Experiences (E-SURE) for Undergraduates Program. This program provides opportunities for undergraduates to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of engineering and computer science. You will work closely with faculty on a variety of current research projects and benefit from a number of social and educational activities organized to enrich your experience.

Join our community of scholars and work alongside experienced faculty members to conduct cutting-edge research that could pave the way for future breakthroughs in your field. Whether you're interested in science, computing, technology, engineering, math, our program offers a variety of research projects to choose from, so you're sure to find something that matches your interests. Plus, with the chance to collaborate with other driven students, learn about graduate student opportunities and how to apply for graduate fellowships, and present your findings at a poster session, this program is the perfect way to boost your academic portfolio. Apply now to unlock your full potential this summer!

Student housing and food costs are covered by the faculty advisors. Some of the REU positions may also have a stipend. We are currently accepting applications from US citizens, permanent residents and international students already enrolled at a US university as an F-1 or J-1 student. Students who are in those groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering (women, members of underrepresented minorities, and those with disabilities) are particularly encouraged to apply.

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REU opportunities this summer 2024

Dr. Edgar Bolívar-Nieto
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Project: Wearable Robotics

The majority of lower-limb prostheses are mechanically passive — they can dissipate and store mechanical power through springs and dampers but cannot generate positive net power. The lack of power fundamentally limits movements that require mechanical energy to move against gravity (e.g., going upstairs or transitioning from sitting to standing); may induce uneven loads in the body, which can increase the likelihood of chronic back pain; and increase the metabolic cost of walking, which may lead to less physical activity after amputation. Mechanically active prostheses have the potential to overcome these fundamental challenges. However, commercially available powered prostheses are heavier, noisier, more expensive, and generally less accessible and attractive than unpowered versions. The overall goal of this project is to reimagine existing rigid prosthetic components (e.g., pylons, cases) as compliant mechanisms that reduce mass, energy consumption, audible noise, and part count of the powered prostheses. Our biological muscles take advantage of the elasticity of tendons (in series with the muscle) and ligaments (in parallel with the muscle) to efficiently transfer mechanical power from the muscle to our joints. This project will provide a fundamental understanding of how to engineer elastic components in parallel with electric motors (engineered ligaments) to make powered prostheses more attractive and accessible.
  • Project work includes:
    Mechanical Design and Manufacturing of Compliant Mechanisms
    MATLAB Programming
  • WeRoLab
  • ebolivar@nd.edu
Dr. Robert Landers
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Project: Manufacturing Process Automation

The Landers Research Group specializes in the development and implementation of systems and algorithms for the automation and control of novel advanced manufacturing processes. Currently, the group is investigating digital metal forming, digital glass forming, and laser powder bed fusion of metals. These unique systems have open control systems to facilitate real time control and the integration of process sensors and control algorithms. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a variety of topics depending on their skills and interests. Potential projects include 1) calibrating an advanced process sensor, integrating it into a control system, and using it to monitor part quality, 2) using data driven approaches to adaptively model a process, 3) developing algorithms to monitor the process and determine defects, 4) creating algorithms to automatically adjust process parameters to regulate operation productivity and part quality, etc. Each research project consists of a combination of physical prototyping, sensor integration, real-time programming, modeling, control algorithm development, etc. Undergraduate research projects can be tailored to be broad and cover many of these areas for one process, or the projects can be narrowly focused on an in-depth topic in one of these areas, which can be applied over a variety of processes.
  • Project work includes: 1) design and conduct manufacturing experiments, 2) analyze measurements using statistical and simulation techniques, 3) program real-time data acquisition and control systems, etc.
  • Landers Research Group
  • rlanders@nd.edu
Dr. David Richter
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Project: Simulation of earth processes

There are multiple research opportunities, including studying hurricanes, atmospheric clouds, fog, and ocean waves. We use numerical simulation tools, but combine with a wealth of observational and experimental data.
  • Project work includes:
    Running simulations on high-performance computing machines; Processing experimental and observational data; Creating/programming data processing scripts
  • Richter Lab
  • david.richter.26@nd.edu
Dr. Michael Niemier
Computer Science and Engineering

Project: Computer Architecture, Computing with Emerging Logic and Memory Technologies

Study application of new logic and memory technologies to support transformer networks, recommendation systems, bioinformatics problems, explainable AI models
  • Project work includes:
    Data collection, programming, making changes to existing algorithms to understand how compute functions enabled by new technologies may impact application accuracy (for AI/machine learning), the fidelity of a computation, etc.
  • Niemier Lab
  • mniemier@nd.edu
Dr. Douglas Thain
Computer Science and Engineering

Project: Distributed Systems for Scientific Computing

Students will learn the principles of parallel and distributed systems by developing and deploying applications that run on thousands of nodes on the ND HPC cluster.
Dr. Yasemin Ozkan-Aydin
Electrical Engineering

Project: Bioinspired robotics

Design and development of bioinspired sea star robot
  • Project work includes: Desing and manufacturing robotic systems and setups, Arduino programming, data collection, data analysis with Matlab or other softwares
  • MiniRo Lab
  • yozkanay@nd.edu
Dr. Mengxue Hou
Electrical Engineering

Project: Robotics, AI, Machine Learning

The objective of this REU research is to advance autonomy solutions for aerial mobile sensing networks. More specifically, the REU researcher will enhance the capabilities of robotic indoor blimps, transforming them into versatile sensing platforms for a range of environmental monitoring tasks, including oil spill survey and remediation, as well as the detection of metallic objects within sediments.
  • This research project represents a comprehensive fusion of mechatronic system design and algorithmic development. Key research areas within this project will entail - [ ] Implementation of robotic vision algorithms, including object recognition, vision-based navigation and motion planning - [ ] Fine-tuning of feedback control mechanisms, optimizing navigation and path planning strategies - [ ] Implementation of multi-agent Reinforcement Learning algorithms, and enhancing human-robot interaction interfaces.
  • https://www.mengxuehou.com/
  • mhou@nd.edu
Dr. Lei Liu
Electrical Engineering

Project: THz Circuits and Systems for Advanced Sensing, Imaging and Communication

Explore and Demonstrate high performance THz switching technology for tunable/reconfigurable components (e.g., filters, switch networks) required in future adaptive sensing, imaging and communication systems.
Dr. Yahya Kurama
Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Project: Earthquake Resistant of Precast Concrete Structures

The REU student will assist with hands-on laboratory experimental testing of a new type of seismic precast concrete frame structure.
  • Project work includes:
    Construction of reinforced concrete specimens, laboratory specimen erection, sensor calibration, data acquisiton, data analysis and synthesis
  • Kurama Faculty page
  • ykurama@nd.edu
Dr. Jonathan Whitmer
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: Computational Materials Science/Soft Materials

Studies of polyelectrolyte phase behavior *or* continuum biomechanics models

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