On Tuesday August 14th, we traveled to the CEB manufacturing facility in St. Louis where we were briefed on the properties, advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of the material. The CIM students had a chance to build of a 160 square foot curing room employing the CEB. The students participated in all the stages including anchoring steel rebar reinforcement to the foundation, laying a mortar bed "only the initial mortar bed is required for leveling blocks", and stacking the blocks. The interlocking system allows for the easy Lego-style stacking of blocks without the need to mortar "glue" them together. We plan to break ground tomorrow and begin the layout of CEB in the actual site where the home will be erected. David and Naveed wants us to take our experience and brainstorm new and innovative ways to streamline the production and application of compressed earth blocks in the U.S. which can vary greatly to other countries around the world.
On Monday August 6th, the CIM program was invited by the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association for a wonderful golfing event at the Riverton Country Club in Riverton, NJ. The CIM program assembled a foursome and attempted to take on NJCAA members which included many of our CIM Northeast Patrons. We managed to make it by all 18 holes and had a great time. Evan Hoff, CIM student participant, won a prize in the “Longest Drive” competition which took place in the final hole. We would like to give thanks to Bill Layton, NJCAA Executive Director, and Katie Gibbs, Special Events Coordinator, for having us participate in the outing.
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This REU program will provide 10 undergraduate students, recruited nationally, with research experiences for 10 weeks during the summer. This program, coordinated by NJIT, has been made possible by the commitment of faculty of biomedical engineering at both NJIT and UMDNJ to encourage and support the participation of undergraduates in research and design outside the classroom. The mentors in this proposal form the core of our broad effort in Neural Engineering spanning the engineering of nervous tissue for repair to rehabilitation engineering and neuromuscular control to neurological function and behavior.
The objectives for this REU are to encourage undergraduate students to pursue advanced degrees in neural engineering, prepare them for productive careers as scientist/engineer/researcher in academics or industry, train them to become independent, intellectual thinkers, and master the art of dissemination.