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Published April 23, 2012, 06:17 PM

ND, SD Colleges Collaborate at Engineering Research Summit

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Engineering faculty and grad students from three different colleges are learning from each other at the second annual Engineering Research Summit.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Engineering faculty and grad students from three different colleges are learning from each other at the second annual Engineering Research Summit.

The summit was started to help create opportunities for collaboration between North Dakota State, South Dakota State and UND.

This is the first year graduate students are a part of the summit, helping present research and compare notes with other universities.

UND Graduate Student Camerin Hahn is excited to be sharing his research with people he has never met before.

"The reason I'm here is (I'm) presenting a project that my master's thesis is on," Hahn said.

Right now the graduate is presenting work on the imaging of breast tissue without traditional x-ray or mammogram techniques.

"There's a large area in breast cancer research and in electrical engineering. We're developing tools for doctor's to diagnose with," Hahn said.

Hahn is one of more than 100 graduates, professors and deans sharing information at the Engineering Research Summit at UND.

"All of our engineering programs are strong within their education base and research but often don't have collaborators in their areas of specialty to work with. So this is an opportunity for them to meet people working complimentary to what they're doing," Gary Smith with the NDSU College of Engineering and Architecture said.

Each university took turns presenting specific and general research they are working on, making is a learning experience for all involved.

"The main advantage of this kind of thing is the faculty knowledge of what other faculty are doing," Hesham El-Rewini with the UND School of Engineering and Mines said.

"I didn't realize this was going on up here, that can interface directly with what we're doing and bring in a whole other dimension to try and address some of the problems we are trying to solve," SDSU Associate Dean for Research Dennis Helder said.

"You never see what's going on at other universities unless you actively seek it out and this is one way to actively seek it out," Hahn said.

Faculty and staff from all three universities say they hope this summit will help with collaboration in research in the future.

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