Bioengineering Materials Design & Processing
Innovation in materials design and processing requires not only a fundamental understanding of the interrelationships among structure, composition, processing, and properties, but also creative thinking and approaches. Creativity training is a necessary and fundamental component to building innovative capabilities in scientists and engineers, but is rarely part of traditional curricula. Building on MU Bioengineering’s established “creativity in engineering” undergraduate program, the REU Site will fill a critical gap in workforce development in materials design and manufacture, and address a national need for researchers who can solve complex, interconnected problems. Summer research projects will focus on understanding and predicting such relationships for micro- and nano-structured materials across a wide spectrum of applications, including sensors, batteries, reactors, and implantable devices. Student will learn a variety of approaches, including atomistic simulation, coarse-grain modeling, and materials design / fabrication / characterization techniques, in addition to proven, theatre-based approaches that will increase creativity and boost innovation. Projects will provide students with unique, marketable skills in computational modeling, materials science design, processing, characterization, and creative thinking.
A new program in the area of materials design and processing research has just been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation. Please check back for updates on deadlines and additional information.
Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants are expected to have completed at least one year of full-time college enrollment prior to June and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Students from non-Ph.D.-granting institutions and institutions that support under-represented minority students, as well as under-represented students, are highly encouraged to apply.