Projects

Listing of Condor Techs projects grouped by year. You can search by Project Title or Year. You can find past and present interns on the the Interns page.

2017

Category Learning Team

Making category judgments is an essential part of the human condition. Is the dog hungry or not? Am I hungry or not? Is Trump a serious candidate or is this some sort of publicity stunt? Our ability to categorize things allows us to respond appropriately for the situation and has been an essential survival trait (responding to a mountain lion the same way you would a cat is not a viable long-term strategy).  Together we will explore the basics of category learning and the visual system’s role.

2016

Stemmer Research Groups

Electronics is the heart of modern technology. Power electronics is a branch of solid-state electronics to control and convert electric power. Unlike low power electronics (e.g. chips of computers), power electronics deal with high current, voltage and power. To withstand with high electric power, we need special types of electronic materials. One of the important aspect materials research is to explore new materials for existing or future applications.

Stemmer Research Groups

Deposited oxide thin films are used in many advanced electronic applications such as logic and memory devices, III–V power and high frequency devices, optoelectronics, tunnel junctions, and spintronic. Oxides are thermodynamically stable but there are obstacles like poor mechanical properties and conductivity. The Holy Grail is the capability to tune electronic properties of oxides to reach an all oxide solid state device. This would be specially interesting for power device applications as power devices are expected withstand high current, voltage and power.

Quatum Dot Team

 The purpose of this project is to build lasers on silicon chip so that circuit designers can create the light sources that they would need to make fully integrated optical circuits. While this may in theory seem easy, the materials needed to make lasers are extremely difficult to integrate onto silicon. When you look at water droplets on a penny for example, you will see that rather than forming a flat interface, the water forms little beads because the water is not compatible with the copper in the penny.

3 Team Members without mentor

Questions such as “what causes color blindness?”, “how does one cure Alzheimer’s disease?” or “why is my hair blonde?” might seem like three independent questions but one word can broadly answer them all: genetics.  Genetics is the study of genes, the units of DNA that tell a cell how to function.  Genes ultimately determine what characteristic traits an organism will express thereby acting as a template for making us who we are.  My research focuses on exploring various genes that control formation of the retina, the thin light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye.  Many of the

2015

Group Lab Photo

In this project the students will gain experience in the basic steps involved in searching for antigens associated with monoclonal antibodies, which are used extensively in the medical field to detect and treat diseases by binding to target cells and stimulating the patient’s immune cells to attack. In the Daugherty lab, we search for antigens that stimulate the production of antibodies that attack parts of the human body (called self or auto-antibodies) and give rise to diseases including Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Gantry Crane Lab Set-Up

How does the autopilot keep an airplane on course without the pilot adjusting the rudders and engines? How does the thermostat keep a room at a specified temperature without anyone turning the radiator and/or A/C on and off? How do Segways transport people instead of planting them on their faces? The answer to all these questions is "mathematical modeling and feedback." Control Engineers use knowledge of the behavior of airplanes, room temperatures, two-wheeled platforms, and other engineering systems to write programs that react in the right way: Is it too hot? Turn on the fan.

Current Image

Turbidity currents are sediment-driven flows in lakes or in the ocean ('underwater avalanches') which propagate along the seafloor due to the density difference caused by the suspended particles.  Turbidity currents represent a large-scale geophysical flow phenomenon that plays an important role within the global sediment cycle, and in the formation of deep-sea hydrocarbon reservoirs. Turbidity currents can be maintained for hours or even days, transport many km3 of sediment, and propagate over distances up to 1,000km or more.

Kelp Image

Kelps are brown macroalgae that grow on coastal temperate rocky reefs around the world. In California, giant kelp is dominant, growing in a shallow rocky band along most of our coast and continuing into Baja California. The thick floating canopies formed by kelp forests can often be seen from shore, and anyone walking along beaches in California has probably seen a fly-encrusted kelp plant that has been ripped up by a wave and washed ashore. Kelp forests provide food and shelter for hundreds of species of animals, many of which are commercially important (i.e.

Brain Lab

Categorization plays an important role in our day-to-day lives. Friend or foe? Food or poison? A person's ability to categorize allows them to respond differently, for example, to predators and prey. Categorization is essential for survival. I am interested in how people learn to categorize, and specifically what makes this categorization easier or more difficult. Through this summer's project,  will investigate the role that feedback plays in category learning and what neurobiological mechanisms are involved. What type of feedback facilitates learning?

Microscope Image

Parasites are an important player in natural communities, yet are understudied. Parasites can regulate population size, reduce individual health and reproduction, change host behaviour, and alter energy flows through a community. Understanding the impacts of parasites on natural communities an important and challenging area of research. The impact of parasites can be considerable- in some ecosystems, the biomass of parasites is greater than that of top predators like birds.

2014

In this project the students will gain experience in the basics of speech, audio or environment recognition. Speech recognition is technology that recognizes speech and serves as an interface between the human and the computer. This field has attracted much interest in recent years after launching the SIRI in mobile phones.

In this project the students will gain experience in the basics of biological experimentation with the model organism C. elegans. C. elegans are is a nematode worm (roundworm, not to be confused with ringworms) approximately 1mm in length when fully grown that can be found living in soil around the world. They are used as a model organism in science to help researchers answer basic questions for a large range of biological areas including; molecular biology, cellular biology, developmental biology, stem cells, neurology, and many others. In the Rothman Lab we use C.

In this project the students will gain experience in the basic steps involved in searching for antigens associated with monoclonal antibodies, which are used extensively in the medical field to detect and treat diseases by binding to target cells and stimulating the patient’s immune cells to attack. In the Daugherty lab, we search for antigens that stimulate the production of antibodies that attack parts of the human body (called self or auto-antibodies) and give rise to diseases including Type 1 diabetes, celiac disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The many news broadcasts on the recent flight MH370 tragedy have reported the difficulties encountered during the search for wreckage debris in the Indian Ocean. This is due among other things to the complex dynamics of the Indian ocean surface current. In the Mezic Lab we study dynamical systems and control theory with applications to fluid mechanics, micro and nanoscale processes. We have developed methods that improve efficiency of motion prediction, search and tracking of objects moving in ocean currents.

In this project, students will gain experience in the basics of biomaterial development and testing, specifically in the field of gene therapy, using cell culture as a tool. Many diseases have genetic components that cannot be treated with traditional small-molecule drugs. However, the symptoms of genetic diseases could be effectively treated by adding or silencing specific genes inside of cells. This is accomplished by delivering specific sequences of DNA or RNA to cells by way of a “gene delivery vehicle”, such as cationic lipid-nucleic acid complexes.

2013

Our lab uses the sedimentary record of coastal to marine environments to infer changes in sea level, climate, and depositional settings over the past 10,000 years.

In this project, students will be introduced to basic magnetic models and learn how they can be mapped onto a simple model of a polymer in solution.

Microfluidic devices enable the precise control of very small volumes of fluids (smaller than 1 microliter).  In the Meinhart Lab we develop and fabricate such devices for a variety of applications, such as chemical detection, microchip cooling, and cell sorting.

Our lab focuses on image processing for biomicroscopy. Our research lies at the intersection between computational image processing research and developmental biology research.

This research project allows students to explore power consumption in embedded controllers.