Eight undergraduate students from around the country were selected to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), a prestigious 10-week summer program at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). As part of the REU program, students researched projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in the biomedical, aerospace, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular and fluid power industries.

REU is an innovative, interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation, MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center, MSOE’s Fluid Power InstituteTM and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to give undergraduates hands-on experience in research. This program focuses on applications of fluid power and additive manufacturing technology.

Hands-on access to solid freeform fabrication devices and fluid power laboratories, close partnerships with advisors, industry mentors and other educational institutions, paired with a creative learning environment provided students with a high probability of success in research focused on solving industrial problems through advanced manufacturing technology.

Students conducted research, took field trips to visit professionals and problem solved with advisors, teammates and other resources. They participated in poster sessions, group discussions, research documentation, learned new software, made presentations, built models, designed and completed experiments and wrote research papers.


Cindy Angpraseuth, Harvey Mudd College, engineering major
Hometown: Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Project: Assessment of Additive Manufacturing Materials for Ultrasound Phantom Applications

Esther Bieszk, Milwaukee School of Engineering, biomedical engineering major
Hometown: Oostburg, Wis.
Project: Brain Modeling to Mimic Functionality Studies of Cerebrospinal Fluid

Jesse Crawford, Milwaukee School of Engineering, computer engineering major
Hometown: Plainfield, Wis.
Project: Patient Specific Modeling of Cerebral Aneurysms

Summer Hoskins, UW-Whitewater, biology major
Hometown: Whitewater, Wis.
Project: 3D Dynamic Model of the Switch I and II Regions of HRAS Using Shape Memory Materials

Meghan Krause, Milwaukee School of Engineering, mechanical engineering major
Hometown: Milwaukee
Project: Filterability of Water-Contaminated Environmentally Considerate Lubricants

David Rutkowski, Valparaiso University, mechanical engineering major
Hometown: Cedarburg, Wis.
Project: Computational Fluid Dynamics of the Pediatric Trachea

Nik Stasinopoulos, Milwaukee School of Engineering, biomedical engineering major
Hometown: Franklin Park, Ill.
Project: Clot Buster Bullets: Creation of TPA Coated Nanoparticles

Colin Stieglitz, Georgia Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering major
Hometown: *******, Ga.
Project: High-Efficiency Pneumatic “Walking Engine”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.