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Submissions from 2024

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A rationally designed antimicrobial peptide from structural and functional insights of Clostridioides difficile translation initiation factor 1, Elvira Alanis, Faith Aguilar, Niaz Banaei, Frank B. Dean, Alexa Villarreal, Miguel Alanis, Karen Lozano, James M. Bullard, and Yonghong Zhang

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Fibrous finite element modeling of the optic nerve head region, Mohammad R. Islam, Fengting Ji, Manik Bansal, Yi Hua, and Ian A. Sigal

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Multilayer PVA/Gelatin nanofibrous scaffolds incorporated with Tanacetum polycephalum essential oil and amoxicillin for skin tissue engineering application, Ebrahim Soleiman-Dehkordi, Vahid Reisi-Vanani, Samanesadat Hosseini, Zahra Lorigooini, Vajihe Azimian Zvareh, Mahour Farzan, Elham Moghtadaie Khorasgani, Karen Lozano, and Zohreh Abolhassanzadeh

Submissions from 2023

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Oxymatrine Loaded Crosslinked PVA Nanofibrous Scaffold: Design and Characterization and Anticancer Properties, Salahuddin Ahmed, Megan Keniry, Narcedalia Anaya-Barbosa, Victoria Padilla, Md Noushad Javed, Robert Gilkerson, Acharan S. Narula, Eman Ibrahim, and Karen Lozano

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Development of pullulan/chitosan/salvianolic acid ternary fibrous membranes and their potential for chemotherapeutic applications, Salahuddin Ahmed, Megan Keniry, Victoria I. Padilla, Narcedalia Anaya-Barbosa, Md Noushad Javed, Robert Gilkerson, Kithzia Gomez, Acharan S. Narula, and Karen Lozano

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Processing-structure–property relationships of oleanolic acid loaded PLGA fiber membranes, Salahuddin Ahmed, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, Robert Gilkerson, Acharan S. Narula, and Karen Lozano

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Sensitivity of puff dynamics and airborne droplet nuclei distribution to variations in violent expiration events, M. Allahyari, K. Liu (刘凯), J. Salinas, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Multifunctional Graphene–Polymer Nanocomposite Sensors Formed by One-Step In Situ Shear Exfoliation of Graphite, Ali Ashraf, Elizabeth Chang, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Dipannita Ghosh, Nazmul Islam, and Jennifer K. Lynch-Branzoi

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Drop-Landing Inverse Dynamics Model of Human Knee, Dumitru Caruntu and Ricardo Moreno

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Effectiveness of RANS in predicting indoor airborne viral transmission: A critical evaluation against LES, K. Choudhary, K. A. Krishnaprasad, S. Pandey, ‪Nadim Zgheib, J. S. Salinas, M. Y. Ha, and S. Balachandar

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Effect of room size, shape, AC placement, and air leakage on indoor airborne viral transmission, K. Choudhary, K. A. Krishnaprasad, ‪Nadim Zgheib, M. Y. Ha, and S. Balachandar

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Graphene-conductive polymer-based electrochemical sensor for dopamine detection, Dipannita Ghosh, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Ali Ashraf, and Nazmul Islam

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Preparation of SnO2/TiO2/C composite fibres and their use as binder-free anodes for lithium-ion batteries, Gabriel Gonzalez, David Sanchez, Daniel Ramirez, Jason C. Myers, Timothy P. Lodge, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Computational and Experimental Study on Undoped and Er-Doped Lithium Tantalate Nanofluorescent Probes, Mkhitar A. Hobosyan, Andrea Pelayo Carvajal, Bhupendra B. Srivastava, Tamanna Zakia, Mohammed Jasim Uddin, Karen S. Martirosyan, Eric Rodriguez, Kofi Nketia Ackaah-Gyasi, and Nicholas Dimakis

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Fluid mechanics of air recycling and filtration for indoor airborne transmission, K. A. Krishnaprasad, J. S. Salinas, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Recent Advances in Centrifugal Spinning and Their Applications in Tissue Engineering, Shaik Merkatur Hakim Marjuban, Musfira Rahman, Syeda Sharmin Duza, Mohammad Boshir Ahmed, Dinesh K. Patel, Md Saifur Rahman, and Karen Lozano

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Development of an Improved Mathematical Representation which Captures the Nonlinear Dynamic Behavior of a Drill-string Assembly, Eleazar Marquez

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Estimation of the Response, Power Spectra, and Whirling Patterns Generated from Mud Circulating Along the Annulus During Drilling Procedures: An Alternative Mathematical Representation via Finite Element Modelling, Eleazar Marquez

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A Probabilistic Analysis in Vibration-Assisted Drilling to Measure Dynamic Behavior During Drilling and Understand Risk Factors, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Bend and not Break: Examining Hispanic Engineering Student's Academic Challenges During Covid-19, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Keeping Calm and Staying Balanced: Exploring the Academic Pressures Faced by Engineering Students to Attain High Grades and Their Impact on Mental Health, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Learning in Transition: Developing and Employing Pedagogical Supports to Enhance Student Learning in Engineering Education, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Leveling the Playing Field: Enacting Equitable Pedagogy to Teach Rigid Body Dynamics, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue using PMMA/TiO2 nanoparticles composites fibers obtained through centrifugal spinning, G. Morales, L. Astrid Yáñez-Hernández, Karen Lozano, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, and S. Alejandro Lozano-Morales

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Investigation of the Thermodynamics for the Removal of As(III) and As(V) from Water Using Synthesized ZnO Nanoparticles and the Effects of pH, Temperature, and Time, Helia Magali Morales, Grecia Torreblanca, Arnulfo Mar, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Thomas Eubanks, Erik Plata, and Jason Parsons

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Regulating the size and assembled structure of graphene building blocks for high-performance silicon nanocomposite anodes, Bo Nie, David Sanchez, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Tengxiao Liu, Saurabh Basu, Soundar Kumara, Gongkai Wang, and Hongtao Sun

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The Application of Transition Metal Sulfide Nanomaterials and Their Composite Nanomaterials in the Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2: A Review, Jason Parsons and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Effect of nanoparticle loading and magnetic field application on the thermodynamic, optical, and rheological behavior of thermoresponsive polymer solutions, Christopher A. P. Neal, Grace V. Kresge, Michelle C. Quan, Valeria León, Nondumiso O. Chibambo, and Michelle A. Calabrese

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Non-Destructive Infrared Thermographic Curing Analysis of Polymer Composites, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Javier Becerril, Dipannita Ghosh, Nazmul Islam, and Ali Ashraf

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A Facile Graphene Conductive Polymer Paper Based Biosensor for Dopamine, TNF-α, and IL-6 Detection, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Ramendra Kishor Pal, Nazmul Islam, Robert Freeman, Francois Berthiaume, Aaron Mazzeo, and Ali Ashraf

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Automatic dispersion, defect, curing, and thermal characteristics determination of polymer composites using micro-scale infrared thermography and machine learning algorithm, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Mirza Masfiqur Rahman, and Ali Ashraf

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Testing and modeling of an in situ shear exfoliated 2D nanocomposite coating casing material for the suppression of Li-ion battery fires in electric vehicles, Md Abdur RBA Salam, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Mohammad Humaun Kabir, Elmmer Vera Alvarado, Tousif Sadman, Rajib Mahamud, Lawrence Cano, and Ali Ashraf

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Thermal Transport and Rheological Properties of Hybrid Nanofluids Based on Vegetable Lubricants, Helio Ribeiro, Jaime Taha-Tijerina, Ofelia Gomez, Ever Acosta, Gabriel M. Pinto, Lorena R. C. Moraes, Guilhermino J. M. Fechine, Ricardo J. E. Andrade, Jefferson Reinoza, Victoria Padilla, and Karen Lozano

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Functionalized Thermoplastic Polyurethane Nanofibers: An Innovative Triboelectric Energy Generator, Julia I. Salas, Diego de Leon, Sk Shamim Hasan Abir, Mohammed Jasim Uddin, and Karen Lozano

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The Effect of Thermal Treatment on the Morphology and Structure of SnO2/TiO2 Composite Micro-fibers, David Sanchez, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Centrifugally spun PVP/ZnO composite fibers with different surfactants and their use as antibacterial agents, Jo Ann Sanchez, Amin Ibrahim, Luis A. Materon, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Halloysite Reinforced Natural Esters for Energy Applications, Jaime Taha-Tijerina, Karla Aviña, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, and Aditya Akundi

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Study on thermal transport behavior of magnesium oxide (MgO) nanostructures as lubricant additives in vegetable oils, Jaime Taha-Tijerina, Kollol Sarker Jogesh, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, Jefferson Reinoza, and Maysam Pournik

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Board 399: The Freshman Year Innovator Experience (FYIE): Bridging the URM Gap in STEM, Noe Vargas Hernandez, Arturo A. Fuentes, Karen Lozano, Javier A. Ortega, and Eleazar Marquez

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Quadcopter Control Using Single Network Adaptive Critics, Alberto Velazquez, Lei Xu, and Tohid Sardarmehni

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Feasibility analysis of a wave powered autonomous underwater vehicle, Yingchen Yang and Erick Martinez

Submissions from 2022

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Synthesis of color tunable piezoelectric nanogenerators using CsPbX3 perovskite nanocrystals embedded in poly(D,L-lactide) membranes, Sk Shamim Hasan Abir, Julio E. Trevino, Bhupendra B. Srivastava, Muhtasim Ul Karim Sadaf, Julia I. Salas, Karen Lozano, and Mohammed Jasim Uddin

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Conductive Polymer Pad for Use in Freight Railcar Bearing Adapters, Jesse Aguilera, Constantine Tarawneh, Harry Siegel, Robert Jones, and Santana Gutierrez

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Transient Thermal Analysis of a Railroad Bearing Adapter for Optimal Placement of Onboard Sensors, Javier E. Arroyo, Constantine Tarawneh, Arturo Fuentes, Roberto A. Garcia, and Jose G. Gallegos

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Model-assisted deep learning of rare extreme events from partial observations, Anna Asch, Ethan Brady, Hugo Gallardo, John Hood, Bryan Chu, and Mohammad Farazmanda

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Lubrication Performance of Sunflower Oil Reinforced with Halloysite Clay Nanotubes (HNT) as Lubricant Additives, Md Abu Sayeed Biswas, Md Mashfiqur Rahman, Javier A. Ortega, Laura Peña-Parás, Demófilo Maldonado-Cortés, José A. González, Ricardo Cantú, Adrián Campos, and Eugenio Flores

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Hierarchical Design Strategies to Produce Internally Structured Nanofibers, Saptasree Bose, Victoria Padilla, Alexandra Salinas, Fariha Ahmad, Timothy P. Lodge, Christopher J. Ellison, and Karen Lozano

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Hierarchical Design Strategies to Produce Internally Structured Nanofibers, Saptasree Bose, Victoria Padilla, Alexandra Salinas, Fariha Ahmad, Timothy P. Lodge, Christopher J. Ellison, and Karen Lozano

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Efficient near infrared to visible light upconversion from Er/Yb codoped PVDF fibrous mats synthesized using a direct polymer doping technique, Saptasree Bose, Jack Ryan Summers, Bhupendra B. Srivastava, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, Manuel Peredo, Carlos Trevino De Leon, Bryan Hoke, Santosh K. Gupta, and Karen Lozano

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Copper(II) and lead(II) adsorption onto zinc sulfide nanoparticles effects of light, pH, time, temperature, and interferences, J. M. Cantu, J. P. Valle, A. Puente, C. Valdes, K. Flores, Helia Magali Morales, E. Fletes, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Evangelia Kotsikorou, and Jason Parsons

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Quantum dynamics effects on amplitude-frequency response of Superharmonic resonance of second-order of electrostatically actuated NEMS circular plates, Dumitru Caruntu and Julio S. Beatriz

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Spatters and Spills: Spreading Dynamics for Partially Wetting Droplets, Sylvia C. L. Durian, Sam Dillavou, Kwame Markin, Adrian Portales, Bryan O. Torres Maldonado, William T. M. Irvine, Paulo E. Arratia, and Douglas J. Durian

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Sensitivity Analysis of Frost Deposition in Turbulent Flow over a Cold Plate using Direct Numerical Simulation, N. Farzaneh, ‪Nadim Zgheib, S. A. Sherif, and S. Balachandar

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Matrix Acidizing in Carbonate Formations, Ofelia Gomez Chacon and Maysam Pournik

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Synthesis of SnO2/TiO2 micro belt fibers from polymer composite precursors and their applications in Li-ion batteries*, Gabriel Gonzalez, Md Toukir Hasan, Daniel Ramirez, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Enhanced piezoelectric performance of aligned PVDF electrospun fiber mats, Jui Kharade, Horacio Vasquez, and Karen Lozano

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Innovations in Engineering Education for Fast-paced Virtual Summer Courses, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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In-Person Instruction or Remote Learning?: Understanding Students' Learning Experiences during COVID-19, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Navigating the Virtual Landscape: Implementing a Pedagogical Framework in a Virtual Summer Engineering Course to Enhance Students' Academic Development, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Development of A Bootcamp for Freshman Student Success During COVID-19 Transition, Eleazar Marquez, Noe Vargas Hernandez, and Arturo Fuentes

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On the thermogravimetric analysis of polymers: Polyethylene oxide powder and nanofibers, Oriretan Omosola, Dorina M. Chipara, Mohammed Jasim Uddin, Karen Lozano, Mataz Alcoutlabi, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, and Mircea Chipara

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Development of zinc oxide/hydroxyapatite/poly(D,L-lactic acid) fibrous scaffold for tissue engineering applications, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, Heriberto Rodríguez-Tobías, Graciela Morales, Antonio Ledezma-Pérez, Carmen Alvarado-Canché, Raúl Loera-Valencia, Cristóbal Rodríguez, Robert Gilkerson, Carlos Trevino De Leo, and Karen Lozano

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REVIEW OF VEGETABLE NANOLUBRICANTS FOR TRIBOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, Laura Peña-Parás, Martha Rodríguez-Villalobos, Demófilo Maldonado-Cortés, José Andrés González, Ricardo de Jesús Durán, and Javier A. Ortega

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Graphene-Coated PVDF/PAni Fiber Mats and Their Applications in Sensing and Nanogeneration, Md Ashiqur Rahman, Fariha Rubaiya, Nazmul Islam, Karen Lozano, and Ali Ashraf

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Development and characterization of Forcespinning® mesquite gum nanofibers, Cristobal Rodriguez, Victoria I. Padilla, Karen Lozano, Alexa Villarreal, Luis A. Materon, and Robert Gilkerson

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Improved guidelines of indoor airborne transmission taking into account departure from the well-mixed assumption, Jorge S. Salinas, K. A. Krishnaprasad, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of compression molded carbon nanofiber-reinforced polyvinylidene difluoride film, Veronica M. Serrato, Victoria Padilla, Daniel Jones, Sergio Herrera, Luis Campos, Ignacio Serrato III, Heinrich D. Foltz, and Karen Lozano

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Color tunable aerogels/sponge-like structures developed from fine fiber membranes, Alexa Villarreal, Raul Barbosa, Saptasree Bose, Bhupendra B. Srivastava, Victoria Padilla-Gainza, and Karen Lozano

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A physics-based model for frost buildup under turbulent flow using direct numerical simulations, ‪Nadim Zgheib, N. Farzaneh, S. Balachandar, and S. A. Sherif

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Bio-Inspired Micromachined Volumetric Flow Sensor with a Big Dynamic Range for Intravenous Systems, Lansheng Zhang, Yingchen Yang, Georgios A. Bertos, Chang Liu, and Huan Hu

Submissions from 2021

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Tunable CsPb(Br/Cl)3 perovskite nanocrystals and further advancement in designing light emitting fiber membranes, Sk Shamim Hasan Abir, Santosh K. Gupta, A. Ibrahim, Bhupendra B. Srivastava, and Karen Lozano

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The Effect of Solvent and Molecular Weight on the Morphology of Centrifugally Spun Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) Nanofibers, Sk Shamim Hasan Abir, Md Toukir Hasan, Mataz Alcoutlabi, and Karen Lozano

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Nanofiber-Based Substrate for a Triboelectric Nanogenerator: High-Performance Flexible Energy Fiber Mats, Sk Shamim Hasan Abir, Muhtasim Ul Karim Sadaf, Sunanda Kumar Saha, Ahmed Touhami, Karen Lozano, and Mohammed Uddin

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Energy Harvesting Device for Powering Onboard Condition Monitoring Modules in Rail Service, Martin Amaro Jr., Constantine Tarawneh, Heinrich D. Foltz, and Roberto A. Garcia

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Performance and morphology of centrifugally spun Co3O4/C composite fibers for anode materials in lithium-ion batteries, Jonathan Ayala, Daniel Ramirez, Jason C. Myers, Timothy P. Lodge, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Centrifugal spinning and characterization of CO3O4 coated carbon fibers, J. Ayala, D. Ramirez, E. Fletes, Helia Magali Morales, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Aloe Vera extract-based composite nanofibers for wound dressing applications, Raul Barbosa, Alexa Villarreal, Cristobal Rodriguez, Heriberto De Leon, Robert Gilkerson, and Karen Lozano

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Subharmonic Resonance of One Fourth Order of Electrostatically Actuated MEMS Circular Plates: Amplitude-Frequency Response, Dumitru Caruntu, Julio Beatriz, and Miguel Martinez

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Two-Dimensional Modeling of Nonlinear Dynamics of Forcespinning Jet Formation, Dumitru I. Caruntu, Simon Padron, and Karen Lozano

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Two-Dimensional Modeling of Nonlinear Dynamics of Forcespinning Jet Formation, Dumitru Caruntu, Simon Padron, and Karen Lozano

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Campus Carbon Footprint Study at a South Texas University, Monica Garcia, Christian Florez, Diego Lopez, Jongmin Kim, and Maysam Pournik

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Thermal conductivity of hybrid multilayer graphene-fiber carbon membranes, Jazael Gómez, Arturo Estrada, Argelia Balbuena Ortega, Oscar Arredondo, Rocío Nava, Raul Barbosa, Dulce Capitanachi, and Karen Lozano

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Force and torque model sensitivity and coarse graining for bedload-dominated sediment transport, Liheng Guan, Jorge Salinas, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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The role of bed-penetrating Kelvin–Helmholtz vortices on local and instantaneous bedload sediment transport, Liheng Guan, J. S. Salinas, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Antibacterial activities of centrifugally spun polyethylene oxide/silver composite nanofibers, Md Toukir Hasan, Ramiro Gonzalez, Mircea Chipara, Luis Materon, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Forcespun polyvinylpyrrolidone/copper and polyethylene oxide/copper composite fibers and their use as antibacterial agents, Md Toukir Hasan, Ramiro Gonzalez, Ari Alexis Munoz, Luis Materon, Jason Parsons, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Peering inside a cough or sneeze to explain enhanced airborne transmission under dry weather, Kai Liu, Majid Allahyari, Jorge S. Salinas, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Investigation of theoretical scaling laws using large eddy simulations for airborne spreading of viral contagion from sneezing and coughing, K. Liu, M. Allahyari, J. Salinas, ‪Nadim Zgheib, and S. Balachandar

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Centrifugally spun TiO2/C composite fibers prepared from TiS2/PAN precursor fibers as binder-free anodes for LIBS, Jorge Lopez, Ramiro Gonzalez, Jonathan Ayala, Jesus Cantu, Alexandria Castillo, Jason Parsons, Timothy P. Lodge, and Mataz Alcoutlabi

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Incorporating a Mid-semester Project to Evaluate Communication, and Leadership Skills for Undergraduate Engineering Students in the Statics/Strength of Materials Course: A Comparative Assessment Before and During COVID-19, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Quality Mentorship Matters: An Innovative Approach to Supporting Student Success in Engineering Undergraduate Research, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Scaffolding Student Success: Developing a Culturally Responsive Approach to Support Underrepresented Minorities in Engineering Undergraduate Research, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Teaching Engineering Virtually: A Rapid Response to Address the Academic Challenges Generated by COVID-19, Eleazar Marquez and Samuel Garcia

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Numerical Study of Fully Coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction of Stented Ureter by Varying the Stent Side-Holes, Erick Martinez, Ben Xu, Jianzhi Li, and Yingchen Yang

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Improvement of Printing Quality for Laser-induced Forward Transfer based Laser-Assisted Bioprinting Process using a CFD-based numerical model, Jie Qu, Chaoran Dou, Ben Xu, Jianzhi Li, Zhonghao Rao, and Andrew Tsin

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Cell proliferative properties of Forcespinning® nopal composite nanofibers, Cristobal Rodriguez, Victoria I. Padilla, Karen Lozano, Fariha Ahmad, Alexa Villarreal, Andrew McDonald, Luis A. Materon, and Robert Gilkerson

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Piezoelectric Properties of PVDF-Zn2GeO4 Fine Fiber Mats, Fariha Rubaiya, Swati Mohan, Bhupendra B. Srivastava, Horacio Vasquez, and Karen Lozano

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Optimal Tracking in Switched Systems With Free Final Time and Fixed Mode Sequence Using Approximate Dynamic Programming, Tohid Sardarmehni and Xingyong Song

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Sub-optimal tracking in switched systems with fixed final time and fixed mode sequence using reinforcement learning, Tohid Sardarmehni and Xingyong Song

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Advances in Melt Blowing Process Simulations, Joseph Schmidt, Saurabh Shenvi Usgaonkar, Satish Kumar, Karen Lozano, and Christopher J. Ellison