The Mortenson Center provides financial support to undergraduate engineering students in the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) program. These students are paid for hourly research with faculty whose work aligns with our mission. See what the 2022-23 Mortenson Center DLA's are doing:
Analyzing factors impacting the social sustainability of sanitation systems with Global Projects and Organizations
Luis Moniz is using household surveys from rural Peru and interviews with stakeholders to analyze factors impacting social sustanability of sanitation systems. The project seeks to better understand what motivates households to adapt, construct, and use improved sanitation.
Using ultraviolet (UV) lights to disinfect biofilm formations
Luke Tiefel is focusing on the use of UV lights to disinfect biofilm formations, especially in water distribution systems. This work aims to see how effective UV lights are in the inactivation of biofilm formations, with the hopes of incorporating this disinfection method over the widely used alternative chlorine.
Investigating how social justice in college programs influences career paths
Ben DeBlasio is investigating how college programs of social justice and engineering equality influence career paths of Global Engineering students post-graduation. This research aims to build an understanding of the career aspirations and learning experiences these students undergo.
Creating a real-time speech translation system within augmented reality (AR)
William MacDonald is creating a system within an AR environment that translates speech between two languages in real-time. The project seeks to find the most efficient way of presenting translated text or audio within an AR environment and then implementing the system with headsets.
Organizing a Living Learning Lab between university students
Hannah Sanders is working as an undergraduate research assistant for the Building A Legacy in Engineering Project. Her role in the project is to organize for the collaborative Living Learning Lab between Tuskegee University and CU Boulder University students.