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STEM200 Research (and Design) Courses

Make the most of your semester at Oakton! Take a STEM research course and jump into a “real world” project. Earn up to four independent study credit hours in science, technology, engineering, and math. – and receive a $270 internship stipend if you (1) Successfully complete the course, (2) Spend at least 30 hours on the project in the enrolled semester, and (3) Present your findings at a STEM200 Students Symposium in fall 2014 on Tue., Dec. 10, 2014 between 3pm to 5pm or Wed., Dec. 10, 2014 between 2:30pm to 5pm in Room 1550 Des Plaines.

Each course is worth two credits and students may enroll in as many as desired. However, no more than four credits may be applied toward an Oakton degree. No more than one $270 internship stipend will be awarded per student per semester. This internship stipend may be taxable if the student is employed on campus or receives a 1099. If the student receives a 1099, he/she is responsible for paying taxes on the earned stipened.

Before enrolling, contact the project mentor to learn more about the topic and frequency of meetings (on campus, online, and off campus). Once you find the best fit, contact Gloria Liu at glorial@oakton.edu, 847-635-1738, to obtain an Independent Study Contract to enroll.

If you are a scientists, engineers, and researchers interested in serving as a project advisor, please contact Gloria Liu for more information.

Fall 2014

Biology

31083 - BIO 240 - 0H1 – Paul Gulezian, pgulezia@oakton.edu – Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research Course - Buckthorn Allelopathy

Students in this project will learn the rigor of scientific research including literature review, designing a research project, conducting the project, and presenting findings. This is an interdisciplinary course team-taught by three professors. Past students have presented at professional conferences.

Chemistry

31483 - CHM 200 - 001 – Chad Landrie, clandrie@oakton.edu – Organic Chemistry Research Project

30654 - CHM 240 - 0H1 – Gary Mines, gmines@oakton.edu – Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research Course - Buckthorn Allelopathy

Students in this project will learn the rigor of scientific research including literature review, designing a research project, conducting the project, and presenting findings. This is an interdisciplinary course team-taught by three professors. Past students have presented at professional conferences.

Computer Science

31435 - CSC 200 - 001 - Larry Tomczyk, larry@oakton.edu – Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science and Internetworking

This course provides an intuitive yet rigorous introduction to a wide range of mathematical concepts with emphasis on their applications to computer science and computer networking. The student is permitted to study concepts in sufficient detail so that the course will serve as both the first and continuing source for computer science research, project, and design.

32087 - CSC 200 - 002 - Jeff Moro, jsmoro@oakton.edu – Investigating alternative WiFi Alternatives

This project meets Fridays, 4:00PM - 6:30 (or later).

32128 - CSC 200 - 003 - Kamilla Murashkina, kmurashk@oakton.edu – Design an android app

Design an Android App to address a specific need.

31682 - INS 200 - 002 - Larry Tomczyk, larry@oakton.edu – Computer, Information, and Network Security Research

With the increase of viruses, adware and cracking incidents, organizations need professionals who can protect their data and equipment from internal and external security threats. This problem will continue as more things are connected to the Internet of Everything. In this STEM course, students will gain research, investigation,  hands-on experience, and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures. Participation in regional and national Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition events are also planned.

Engineering

31436 - ENG200 - 001 - Amreek Paintal, apaintal@oakton.edu, - Building a Wind Turbine

31437 - ENG200 - 002 – Majid Ghadiri, mghadiri@oakton.edu – Design and Build Model Solar House

31438 - ENG200 - 003 - William Hutching, william@makearchitecture.com - Transform Oakton into net-zero energy community

Masdar City is a net-zero energy city under construction in Abu Dhabi. Many of us live in single-family homes dotting inner ring suburbs with limited access to public transportation and walkable shopping, education and entertainment. For instance, we drive everywhere.

What would it take to make Oakton and its feeder communities net-zero energy or near net-zero energy?

Students in this class will assess their own carbon footprint, that of their families, fellow community members and and explore how our Oakton “watershed” can be transformed into a net-zero energy community.

31438 - ENG200 - 004 - Helen Skop, hskop@oakton.edu - Develope Waste Heat, Water, and Emission Recovery System  for Industrial Bakery

In this course, students will identify methods of waste heat (water) recovery from industrial bakery ovens, integrate the recovery system with the oven exhaust emissions control, and determine the equipment requirements and potential end-user for recovered energy. The factors that influence the feasibility of waste heat recovery will be considered. Energy auditions and heat/mass balance will be performed. The best projects will compete for a chance to presented at ASME conference.

32089 - ENG200 - 005 – Anne Lucietto, aluciett@oakton.edu – How did that fail? Failure from an Engineering Perspective - ONLINE

Conduct a failure analysis on structures, identify the problem(s), research, and recommend strategies to ameliorate the problem.

FULL - 32088 - ENG200 - 007 - Angelo Gero, agero@oakton.edu – A Bite of Lunabot

Design, build and test a component of a lunabot in preparation for 2015 NASA Lunabotic Mining Competition.

Physics

#####- PHY 200 - 001 – John Carzoli, jcarzoli@oakton.edu – Build a Solar Spectrograph.

Possible Spring 2015 Offering

Biology

##### - BIO 200 - 006 – Paul Gulezian, pgulezia@oakton.edu – An ecological and genetic survey of Swamp White Oaks (Quercus bicolor) in Oakton's woods

##### - BIO 240 - 0H1 – TBA – Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research Course - Buckthorn Allelopathy

Students in this project will learn the rigor of scientific research including literature review, designing a research project, conducting the project, and presenting findings. This is an interdisciplinary course team-taught by three professors. Past students have presented at professional conferences.

Chemistry

##### - CHM 200 - 001 – Wade Jarrell, wjarrell@oakton.edu – Design photodynamic therapy

##### - CHM 200 - 003 – Chad Landrie, clandrie@oakton.edu – Organic Chemistry Research Project

##### - CHM 240 - 0H1 – TBA – Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Laboratory Research Course - Buckthorn Allelopathy

Students in this project will learn the rigor of scientific research including literature review, designing a research project, conducting the project, and presenting findings. This is an interdisciplinary course team-taught by three professors. Past students have presented at professional conferences.

Computer Science

##### - CSC 200 - 003 - Jeff Moro, jsmoro@oakton.edu – Wired and wireless data gathering at a distance

This project meets Fridays, 4:00PM - 6:30 (or later).

##### - INS 200 - 002 - Larry Tomczyk, larry@oakton.edu – Computer, Information, and Network Security Research

With the increase of viruses, adware and cracking incidents, organizations need professionals who can protect their data and equipment from internal and external security threats. This problem will continue as more things are connected to the Internet of Everything. In this STEM course, students will gain research, investigation,  hands-on experience, and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures. Participation in regional and national Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition events are also planned.

Engineering

##### - ENG200 - 001 - Amreek Paintal, apaintal@oakton.edu, - Building a Wind Turbine

##### - ENG200 - 002 – Majid Ghadiri, mghadiri@oakton.edu – Design and Build Model Solar House

#####- ENG200 - 003 - William Hutching - Design a Zero Net Energy Building Renovation

##### - ENG200 - 007 - Angelo Gero, agero@oakton.edu – A Bite of Lunabot

Design, build and test a component of a lunabot in preparation for 2014 NASA Lunabotic Mining Competition.

##### - ENG200 - 009 – Anne Lucietto, aluciett@oakton.edu – How did that fail? Failure from an Engineering Perspective - ONLINE

Mathematics

##### - MAT 200 - 001 – Jennifer Strehler, strehler@oakton.edu - Industrial Engineering

Physics

#####- PHY 200 - 001 – John Carzoli, jcarzoli@oakton.edu – Build a Solar Spectrograph.

Contact STEM

Joe Kotowski
Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
koto@oakton.edu
847.635.1268
Gloria Liu
Coordinator & Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Room 2166, Des Plaines
glorial@oakton.edu
847.635.1924
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