Kansas State University



2016 RiPS Mentors

Below you will find a list of Kansas State University faculty members who volunteered to host a KS-LSAMP student in their research lab during Summer 2016. We appreciate their willingness to participate in our program! THANK YOU!!

Dr. Nicholas Wallace

Dr. Wallace’s lab aims to improve therapies for cancers caused by viruses. Specifically, they leverage a knowledge of how viral proteins manipulate cells to evaluate putative oncogenic viruses and predict drugs that could be effective against these tumors.

You can read more about Dr. Wallace here:http://www.k-state.edu/biology/people/tenure /wallace/

You can read more about the Wallace Lab here: http://wallacelabksu.weebly.com/

Dr. William Hsu
Computer and Information Science

The Knowledge Discovery in Databases lab group has a research emphasis in the areas of applied artificial intelligence (AI) and knowledge-based software engineering (KBSE) for decision support systems. The group looks for ways to systematically decompose analytical learning problems based upon information theoretic and probabilistic criteria, so that the most appropriate machine learning methods may be applied to the resulting transformed problems. More specifically, the group is interested in machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery from large spatial and temporal databases, human-computer intelligent interaction (HCII) and high-performance computation in learning and optimization.

You can learn more about Dr. Hsu and the Knowledge Discovery in Databases lab here:

Dr. Chris Sorenson

Dr. Sorenson’s research involves the following concepts: 1) experimental and theoretical studies of light scattering by particles of arbitrary size and shape; 2) synthesis, solution properties and self-assembly of nanoparticles; synthesis of graphene; 3) aggregation and gelation kinetics in aerosols and colloids, fractal aggregate properties; 4) physics of flow-based refrigeration systems.

You can read more about Dr. Sorenson here:https://www.phys.ksu.edu/people/tt-faculty/sorensen.html

Dr. Punit Prakash
Electrical Engineering

Dr. Prakash’s lab is focused on thermal therapy of cancer and benign diseases through the development of devices capable of controlling energy delivery. Energy sources of interest include RF currents, microwaves, and ultrasound. There are various levels of heat that can be used in thermal therapy. There is intense heat which can kill tissue for minimally invasive treatments or moderate heat that can be used to trigger drug release.

You can read more about Dr. Prakash here: http://ece.k-state.edu/people/faculty/prakash.html

Mr. Christopher Ahern
Architectural Engineering

Mr. Ahern’s research interests are focused on mechanical, electric and plumbing (MEP) building systems.

You can read more about Mr. Ahern here: http://www.are-cns.ksu.edu/people/faculty/chrisahern/



Dr. Lindsey Hulbert
Animal Science and Industry

Dr. Hulbert’s lab currently focuses on the development of novel methods for quantifying and analyzing animal behavior (applied ethology), understanding stress physiology, and improving immunocompetence in farm animals.

You can read mor about Dr. Hulbert here: http://www.asi.k-state.edu/about/people/faculty/hulbert/

Dr. Robert DeLong
Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. DeLong’s lab focuses on studying how nanomaterials effect structure-function delivery of nucleic acids and proteins. His research focuses on targeting RNA with novel nanoparticles designed to interrupt cancer gene expression.

You can read more about Dr. DeLong here: http://nicks.ksu.edu/people/delong/index.html

Dr. Steve Warren
Electrical Engineering

Dr. Warren’s research is focused on topics such as wearable devices for home care, smart home environments, biomedicine, telemedicine, and numerical analysis and simulation.

You can read more abut Sr. Warren here:http://blogs.k-state.edu/ece/tag/steve-warren/ and here: http://www.ece.k-state.edu/people/faculty/warren/


Dr. Melanie Derby
Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Derby’s research focuses on technical problems in the thermal fluid sciences which have unanswered fundamental problems and applications to industry. Her areas of expertise includes multi-phase flows, phase change, and building energy.

You can read more about Dr. Derby here: http://www.mne.k-state.edu/people/faculty/derby/ and here: http://www.mne.k-state.edu/research/cooling-and-heating-innovation/index.html