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Investigating the Effects of Mechanical Vibrations on Oryza Sativa: An Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

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Conference

2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Minorities in Engineering Division Technical Session 3

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

12

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https://peer.asee.org/30725

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15

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Dennis O'Connor California State University, Chico

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Dennis M. O’Connor
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0789
dmoconnor@csuchico.edu

Professional Preparation
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, August 2004
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, May 2007
Ph.D. Engineering Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, May 2014

Academic Appointments
Lab Manager, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Aug 2005 - Aug 2015
Assistant Professor, California State University Chico, August 2015 - Present

Journal Publications
1. Luo, Albert C.J. and O’Connor, Dennis (2014), “On periodic motions in a parametric hardening Mathieu Duffing oscillator”, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 24, 1430004.
2. Luo, Albert C.J. and O’Connor, Dennis (2009), “Periodic Motions with Impacting Chatter and Stick in a Gear Transmission System”, ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, 131, 041013.
3. Luo, Albert C.J. and O’Connor, Dennis (2009), “Impact Chatter in a gear transmission system with two oscillators”, IMeChe Part K: Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, 223, 159-188.
4. Luo, Albert C.J. and O’Connor, Dennis (2009), “Mechanism of impacting chatter with stick in a gear transmission system”, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 19, 1975-1994
5. Luo, Albert C.J. and O’Connor, Dennis (2009), “Periodic motions and chaos with impacting chatter with stick in a gear transmission system”, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 19, 2093-2105.

Book
1. Luo, Albert C.J. and Dennis O’Connor, System Dynamics with Interaction Discontinuity, Springer 2015.

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Abstract

In the summer of 2017, the Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC²) initiated and supported a summer research opportunity for underrepresented minorities within the College of Engineering at California State University Chico. The aim was to recruit and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and facilitate their academic success through hands on learning. Through an application process which considered student interests and backgrounds, awardees were paired with a faculty mentor to work on a research project over the summer. Students received a stipend and nominal equipment budget to purchase small items to support their research projects. This paper documents the experiences of one interdisciplinary team, comprised of students and faculty from the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering, and assesses the qualities of their investigation into a novel biophysical treatment on rice seeds. For this project, three mechanical engineering students teamed up with three agricultural students to investigate the influence of mechanical vibration on the germination rate of rice seeds. Led by faculty members from each college with backgrounds in engineering and plant and soil science, the team was provided with a robust research and learning environment in which to work directly with the faculty mentors. The results of their work and the factors which helped lead to their summer undergraduate research experience are considered herein.

O'Connor, D. (2018, June), Investigating the Effects of Mechanical Vibrations on Oryza Sativa: An Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30725

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