"During my summer with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, I had the opportunity to work on two projects regarding pedestrian and driver safety. Under the mentorship of Dr. Aditya Belwadi and Dr. Seri Park, a collaborator from Villanova University, I assisted on a pilot study involving the integration of eye-tracking with virtual reality for pedestrian research. This project was completed entirely in the 10 weeks while I was with the program, and I played an instrumental role in the experiment design, data capture, and analysis. I was also first author on the resulting manuscript, which was submitted to the Transportation Research Board.
For my second project, I worked with Valentina Graci, PhD and Thomas Seacrist, MBE to design fixtures for a study addressing reaction time in autonomous vehicle take-over scenarios. We altered an evasive maneuver simulation sled to include pedals and a steering wheel and developed a stimuli-synchronizing system with a microcontroller and relay.
I am entering my fifth and final year as a Mechanical Engineering student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I previously completed industry co-ops ranging from orthopedic implant design to auto manufacturer data analysis. This program was a fantastic introduction to the world of research, and the entire team provided a substantive enriching experience. I plan on pursuing a graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and feel well-equipped to confidently approach this next educational step thanks to the CIRP REU program."