INNOVATION DAY 2021 | materials science & engineering

Capstone instructor

Mano Misra
Mano Misra

The 2021 Senior Capstone course in materials science and engineering was taught by Mano Misra. To learn more about the materials science and engineering projects, please email Mano Misra.

About the department

Our undergraduate programs offer you the opportunity to work closely with our research-active faculty. Small class sizes and undergraduate research opportunities help you get to know your professors and provide opportunities to get hands-on research experience. We offer Nevada's only undergraduate degree program in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering. Visit the Department of Chemical & Materials Science Engineering

Explore the projects

  • MSE-01 (Nanocrystalline Aluminum Materials)

    Team: Alexander Goldman, Joseph Sullivan, David Alberigi-Donaldson, Keith Combs, Joseph Oliva, Enrique Rubio

    To meet the rising demands of high strength and affordable materials commercially available aluminum powder has been cryomilled to produce a small grain size and additive manufactured using spark plasma sintering. Our nanocrystalline aluminum has been developed to replace heavier and more expensive parts in every sector from aerospace to renewable energies.

    MSE-01 Lighting Talk

  • MSE-02 (Stress Corrosion Cracking of Nuclear Canisters)

    Team: Zachary Wolff, Aidan Johnson, Noah Meyer, Bruce McAllister, Hiram Acosta, Mikael Proper

    Our group discusses and investigates techniques to mitigate and prevent stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in nuclear canisters. This includes corrosion as a phenomenon and the methods of prevention and mending vessels.

    MSE-02 Lighting Talk

  • MSE-03 (Additive Manufacturing of Color Changing Hydrogels)

    Team: Alexander Westre, Dominic Liberato, Addi Quintillano, Janel Leung

    External Advisor: Dr. M. Rashed Khan from the Chemical and Materials Science department

    Currently, physical therapists and trainers don't have the proper tools to provide their patients with an independent visual cue to indicate if their exercise routine is being performed correctly. It is also difficult for individuals training on their own to determine if they are using proper form, which puts them at high risk for injury. Simply put, there is a lack of visual representation of range of motion. We are testing sodium alginate mixed with thermochromic or mechanochromic dyes that are then 3D printed or placed in a mold. The hydrogel is then crosslinked by submerging the print or mold in calcium chloride, which results in a more rigid structure. The hydrogels can then undergo strain testing, where we expect a color change based upon the stresses applied. These color changes should indicate a specific range of force. We hope to integrate our hydrogels within KT tape to provide a visual representation of stresses being applied to the body. Color changing characteristics of the hydrogel can indicate proper form for physical training or activated muscle groups for physical therapy.

    MSE-03 Lighting Talk