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University of Southern Indiana Team - "Hoosiers"

team Hoosiers

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Glen Kissel, Engineering Department

Team Members:

Tanner Hayes
Danielle Eckert
Eric McCord
David Bruce
Jesse Rhodes
Aaron Williams
Andy Frazee
Kurt Virgin
Luke Maurer
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering
Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Chemistry
Biochemistry
Biochemistry










Tanner Hayes

I am a fourth year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I was born in Evansville, Indiana and have been interested in engineering since middle school. My interest came from having family and friends in the engineering field. Evansville is mainly a manufacturing city so my interest in working that field is high. I enjoy not only designing new mechanical systems to improve the function of an operation or product, but being involved in the building of these systems. My main tasks on the spectrometer team are to lead the building of any parts or assemblies needed in the functioning of the spectrometer. My personal hobbies are off-road racing, remote-controlled vehicles, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.





Danielle Eckert

I’m currently in my junior year at the University of Southern Indiana, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have experience involving research in alternative energy; where this endeavor took me to Jamaica looking into developing a design for alternative energy systems. I attend to finish my bachelor degree and to pursue some course that will ultimately lead to working on aircrafts for the service or commercial airlines. I hope to learn more about Spectrometry, from this competition, to enhance my knowledge and to become a better-rounded engineer.





Eric McCord

My name is Eric T. McCord I am 18 and currently attending the University of Southern Indiana as a Freshman. I plan to get a major in Electrical Engineering and start a career at Crane Naval base. I grew up in Velpen, Indiana and I have always had an interest in Electrical components and how they worked, this led to my hobby of working on broken television sets and radios. This project interested me because I wanted more experience with the electrical part of the spectrometer and to get more practice in working with these components.





David Bruce

My name is David Bruce. I was born and raised in the little town of Oakland City, IN. I am currently a second semester freshman at the University of Southern Indiana and I am pursuing a bachelors degree in Engineering. I am still deciding between mechanical and electrical engineering. I see myself as an employee at Crane Naval Base in about four years. I hope to be able to take the experience I gain in this competition and use it to better prepare myself for the field of engineering.





Jesse Rhodes

I am currently a junior and in the Engineering program. I am most interested in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, I want to obtain my Masters in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. My areas of interest are clean energy systems, microcomputers and controllers. Two of goals I have is to own a successful business and my own patent. I love to read technical books and to read about history. I am an active guy that loves to swim, run, bike ride and hike. My life long goal is to help create an ideal clean energy system that is efficient and cost effective.





Aaron Williams

Originally from Washington Indiana, I am currently a junior in the mechanical engineering program at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. When I’m not at school, I am working at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane. My research experience involves Anderson Localization in negative index metameterials, which helped to peak my interest in the field of optics. I joined the Spectrometer Competition to further develop not only my knowledge of optics but also my design experience. In my free time I like to spend time at the gun range or out hiking trails, and on days where I cannot get outside, I prefer to work on my violin skills.





Andy Frazee

I am a senior chemistry major at the University of Southern Indiana. I plan to attend a PhD program focusing on Organic or Polymer Chemistry. Since the summer of my freshman year, I have been conducting biochemistry research on the identification and specificity of cytoskeletal proteins in cellular motility, thus overall being a model for cancer metastasis. In addition to participating in several clubs and organizations throughout my time at USI, I have recently concluded my third term as an intern at SABIC Innovative Plastics where I had an active role in Lexan LF Process Technology. I hope to gain more experience in problem solving and working within a multi-discipline group as I help with the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition project.





Kurt Virgin

My name is Kurt Virgin; I am currently a Senior Biochemistry Major at the University of Southern Indiana. I have had research experience in both subjects of math and chemistry. Within the math regime, the research I focused on was the four color theorem, as well as the formulation of the Chinese checkers version of the Pythagorean Theorem. The chemistry research was focused on the production of novel carcerand molecules. In the future, I hope to attend either a medical or osteopathic school and become a general physician. I am looking forward to working outside the walls of Biochemistry and taking a step in the engineering portion of spectroscopy.





Luke Maurer

I am a first semester senior Biochemistry major from University of Southern Indiana. I have research experience in both the fields of Biology and Chemistry. My chemistry research experience involves the synthesis of novel dithiepin-based host molecules, while my endeavors in the field of biology focus on using invertebrates as indicator species to observe the impact of construction on both the environment itself and the animal community that is a part of that environment. I plan to attend graduate school to earn my PhD in organic chemistry and look forward to collaborating with students in a different field of study to design an instrument for the National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition.





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