Ten 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). Projects focused on a wide range of micro-manufacturing and additive manufacturing applications at MSOE’s Centers for Excellence and meshed the fields of biology, chemistry, and medicine with mechanical, manufacturing, biomedical, electrical, computer and architectural engineering disciplines.

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 is the 18th year REU has been offered at MSOE, and 163 students have participated in the program.

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.


  • Jennifer Bateman, Mississippi State University, biomedical engineering major

Project: Manufacture of a Prototype for Functionality Studies of Cerebrospinal Fluid
Hometown: Slidell, La.

  • Brittany Callan, Milwaukee School of Engineering, biomedical engineering major

Project: Creation of Additive Manufacturing Models of Intracranial Aneurysms
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, Wis.

  • Justin Clough, Milwaukee School of Engineering, mechanical engineering major

Project: Mold Sub-Microliter Test Tubes in Hydrogels for 3-D Micro-tissue Growth Using Additive Manufacturing
Hometown: Burlington, Wis.

  • Sophia Dolan, Columbia University, mechanical engineering major

Project: Static Electricity Generation in Lubricant Filtration Systems
Hometown: Newton, MA

  • Kyle Joerres, St. Norbert College, physics and mathematics major

Project: Characterization of Cold Atmospheric Plasma
Hometown: New Berlin, Wis.

  • Kevin Lee, Milwaukee School of Engineering, mechanical engineering major

Project: The Modeling and Simulation of a Quadruped Robot
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, Ill.

  • Donald Kuettel, UW-Madison, mechanics and astronautics major

Project: Gas-Power-Cycle and Pulley Optimization for a Walking-Engine-Actuated Active Ankle-Foot Orthosis
Hometown: Hortonville, Wis.

  • Jerusha Kumpati, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, biomedical engineering major

Project: Three-Dimensional Cell Culture of Hepatocytes Using Gel Molds
Hometown: Marion, Ark.

  • Kalen Spinks, North Carolina A&T State University, mechanical engineering major

Project: Material Characterization of Laser Beam Formed Ti-6AI-4V for Aircraft Applications
Hometown: McLeansville, N.C.

  • Tess Torregrosa, Tufts University, chemical engineering major

Project: Fabrication of a Nursing Manikin Overlay for Simulation of Chest Drainage Management
Hometown: Putnam Valley, N.Y.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and 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 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and 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.