L: Dr. Suresh Bhavnani, Arun Ganesan
Arun Ganesan received a
UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award of Excellence for
his research poster which describes the design and evaluation of a system to
help first responders rapidly identify toxic chemicals during emergencies.
Co-authors are Prof. Suresh Bhavnani (Center for Computational Medicine and Biology,
Prof. Clayton Scott (EECS/ECE), Dr. Chris Weber (Deputy Director, Washtenaw
County Hazardous Materials Department), and Paul Saxman (Michigan Institute
of Clinical and Health Research, Medical School).
Ganesan just completed his first year at Michigan, and intends to declare
his major in the EECS Computer Science/ENG program. “My main task in this
research project,” stated Ganesan, “was to create systems that implemented
various algorithms and visualized data. We focused on first responders in
emergency situations specifically, but the programs and theory can be
generalized to various other applications.”
Students in the UROP program work closely with their faculty mentors
throughout the course of their research. The guidance provided by Dr.
Bhavnani was invaluable to Ganesan, who stated, “He [Dr. Bhavnani] not only
clearly explained to me the process of research, but also allowed me to be part of
the research group and considered my ideas. I feel that this is a great
introduction to the research process and that I have learned many lessons
about research that will be useful for future years.”
For his assistance
throughout the academic year, Bhavnani received a UROP Outstanding Research
Mentorship Honorable Mention Award. He said Ganesan was great to work with,
and an asset to the team.
Undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science can become involved in research through the following
U-M Undergraduate Research
Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSystems (WIMS) Undergraduate
In addition, the EECS Department often offers its own summer programs.
Students are encouraged to approach their faculty advisor if they are
interested in pursuing research.