Summer Research Program for College Juniors | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Summer Research Program for College Juniors

June 3 to August 16, 2019

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The 2019 Summer Research Program for College Juniors, beginning on Monday, June 3, will provide science and engineering undergraduates from colleges around the country with opportunities to carry out cutting-edge research in a rapidly growing and technologically important diverse field of engineered interfaces.

During this ten week program held on the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's downtown Brooklyn campus, students will be exposed to cross-disciplinary research–with the focus on real-world challenges–emphasizing timely and efficient transfer of innovations from the bench through engineering to applications, devices and technologies.

Program Highlights

In addition to research opportunities, students accepted into the program will enjoy structured programming designed to take advantage of all that New York City has to offer. Highlights of the program include:

  • On-campus housing for the duration of the program
  • Research internship stipend
  • Planned excursions and activities throughout New York City
  • Tours of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering's Future Labs
  • Site visits with companies throughout the Brooklyn Tech Triangle

Application Process

The Summer Research Program is open to college juniors that have completed three years of study by the start of the program. Students from around the country interested in any of the content areas listed below are encouraged to apply. (Please note: Students do not need to be a current NYU student to apply.) Applicants must be US citizens and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and above.

Applicants must submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of a current transcript
  • A resume
  • A personal statement

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The application deadline is February 15, 2019.

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2019 Research Opportunities

Center for Urban Science and Progress

  • Graphical User Interface Design for Viewing Massive Remote Sensing Data
  • Aerial laser scanning analysis
  • Automatic Inspection for the Construction Industry

Chemical and Biological Engineering

  • Solar Manufacturing of Textile Precursors
  • Engineering Solar-Fuels Devices and Materials
  • Thermal and electrical transport in hybrid organic inorganic nanomaterials
  • Designing sustainable nanomaterials for lighting applications like photovoltaics and light emitting diodes
  • Synthesis of novel two-dimensional graphene-like nanomaterials for catalysis and energy applications
  • Pulsed Field Hybridization
  • Multiplexed Optical Biosensors
  • Amyloid aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Inhibition of amyloid aggregation
  • Continuous-flow methane C-H activation catalysis
  • Crystal alignment during laser-induced nucleation of supersaturated solutions using pulsed lasers
  • Nucleation of amino acids and peptides using continuous-wave laser-induced nucleation
  • Design and development of transparent conductive electrodes for energy conversion and storage devices
  • Flexible and colorful non-fullerene solar cells
  • 2D-MXene materials for energy conversion and storage
  • Vertical Farm
  • Leukemia-on-a-Chip: Dissecting the leukemic bone marrow niche for personalized CAR T-cell therapy
  • Microfluidic Single Cell Biosensing for Personalized Cancer immunotherapy
  • Smart Fingerprint: Optical Imaging of Latent Fingerprints through the Detection of Glucose in Human Perspiration

Civil and Urban Engineering 

  • Data-driven models for traffic sensor failures
  • Data-driven models for highway capacity
  • Regulating vehicle platoons via reinforcement learning
  • Decay of antibiotic resistance genes in the environment
  • Sunlight inactivation of bacteria in the presence of algae
  • Resistance of indigenous wastewater bacteria to common disinfectants
  • Resource Use and Environmental Impacts of Interventional Radiology and Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Health
  • Waste Monitoring System for Medical Facilities
  • Environmental Footprint of Single-Use Device Reprocessing
  • Development and tech transfer of multi-agent virtual simulation test-bed ecosystem
  • Recommender system development and deployment for elderly mobility in NYC
  • NYC travel patterns and sustainable built environment with car2go service
  • Deep Learning for Traffic Video Analysis
  • Machine Learning for Soft Robots
  • Mobile Robotics and 3D Printing

Computer Science and Engineering

  • TUF
  • In-toto
  • CrashSimulator
  • Investigation of Agility and Collective Intelligence
  • Social Media & Health
  • Holodeck/VR/AR, and Sensing
  • IOT Wandering/Dress
  • Tangible Activities for Geometry (TAG)
  • Reconfigurable Computing for Everyone
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Load Balancing and Query Routing in Large Search Architectures
  • Fast Candidate Generation for Complex Rankers
  • Search Query Language Modeling

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Learning Behavioral Rationality for Enabling Peer-to-Peer Electricity Supply
  • Exploring New Attack Angles to Protect Power Grids against Distributed Cyberattacks
  • Autonomous Vehicle Control and Machine Learning Applications
  • Machine Learning Applications to Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Machine Learning for Control Systems and Cybersecurity
  • 360 degree video streaming
  • Machine learning for computer vision
  • Machine learning for medical applications
  • Engineering future networks for millisecond delays
  • Creating realistic environments for research in telecommunication networks


  • Determination of Gap Solutions and Critical Temperature in Doped Graphene Superconductivity Theories
  • Pull-in Curves of MEMS Actuators in the Presence of a Casimir Force

Mechanical Engineering

  • Fluid-structure interactions during water loading on air-backed structures
  • Influence of competition and full-body movement on immersion in virtual reality
  • Robotic platform for behavioral experiments to investigate memory processes in fish
  • 3D printing simulation
  • Investigating the mechanical properties of composite materials
  • Robotic Balance and Gait: Modeling, Control, and Experiment
  • Robotic Energy Expenditure: Electronics and Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Aerospace Engineering
  • Artificial neural network and machine learning applied to characterization of viscoelastic materials
  • Cybersecurity in 3D printing: methods for product authentication

Technology, Culture and Society 

  • Spacetime and Entanglement
  • Open source plant-based robots: archive and experiments
  • Finding, creating, and evaluating graphic-based DIY tutorials
  • p5.js

Technology Management and Innovation

  • Internship with Future Labs Start-up
  • Internship with Future Labs
  • Human computer interaction for personal genomics
  • Human computer interaction and decision making
  • Crowdsourcing sound for machine listening technologies

Undergraduate and Graduate Academics

  • NSO Application Development: Analyze, Develop and code a report and analytics module 
  • Tutoring Application Development: Analyze, Develop and code modules for the application
  • AUTOMATED GRADING PLATFORM Development (contingent on the approval of Curricular Development Challenge Fund)

2018 Summer Research Highlights

The 2018 Summer Research Program for College Juniors brought incredibly talented students from all over the country to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Research topics included the use of quantum dots as a method of early cancer detection, evaluating the effects of starvation in stress-induced e-coli, and developing ways to protect machine learning, to name a few. 

To learn more about this exciting program, download the Summer Research Program Abstracts.