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Smart Materials and Systems


What is the ambitious goal of this project?

This course offers students hands-on experience in additive manufacturing, materials science, biomedical engineering. Using printed magnetically responsive smart composites, students will investigate how mechanical stimuli control the fate of human stem cells. This course will also include service-learning opportunities, in which students will work with high school teachers from Columbia high school (Nampa, ID) to mentor high school STEM teams.

Experience Gained

  • Work with Dr. Zhangxian Deng (MBE) to use magnetic, mechanical, or electric stimuli to control the fate of human stem cells.
  • Methodologies used in this project: engineering lab, K-12 outreach and collaboration, laboratory testing,

Majors or Interests Needed

  • Material Sciences and Engineering
  • Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Zhangxian Deng is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department and operates the Smart Materials and Systems Lab.

Course Information

VIP  200, VIP 400 or VIP 500
Full semester course. Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits.
Meeting times TBD.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Deng at OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.
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To register, search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500.

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