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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  Molecular Dynamics/COMSOL Simulation of Nanostructured Metal Surfaces for Next Generation Intraocular Pressure Sensor Development
Disciplines:  Computer Science, Strong programming skills + chemistry/chemical engineering/related field
Mentor:  Hyuck Choo, Assistant Professor, (EAS), hchoo@caltech.edu, Phone: 626-395-8774
Mentor URL:  www.choolab.caltech.edu  (opens in new window)
AO Contact:  Haeri Park, haerip@caltech.edu
Background:  Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, affecting millions of Americans and more people worldwide. Despite its growing socioeconomic burden to society, the pathogenesis of glaucoma is not clearly known. Whereas only elevated intra-ocular pressure (IOP) has been identified as a major risk factor, IOP measurement technologies have not yet provided easy, accurate and continuous monitoring so far. Our group has demonstrated highly miniaturized, implantable MEMS/NEMS-based IOP sensors [1] with remote optical readout for use at home and in lab environment. To further improve the performance and practicality of our IOP monitoring system, we are exploring more advanced hybrid nanoscale structures to develop smaller, more robust, and easy-to-use sensors.
Description:  With a graduate student mentor, the SURF student will develop a new hybrid nanostructure intended for use in our next generation sensor. The student will simulate the movement of an air-water-metal interface at the nanoscale using the Molecular Dynamics simulation software [2], COMSOL [3], and/or in-house-made software.
References:  [1] http://choolab.caltech.edu
[2] http://www.comsol.com

Contact Prof. Choo or the graduate student researcher Miss Haeri Park for more information.
Student Requirements:  Strong background in programming is highly desired.
Background in chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field is a plus.
The applicant must be interested in continuing the work after the summer, completing the project, and publishing a paper.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       Amgen Scholars    Non-Caltech students only  
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.


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