Montana State University

College of Engineering

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
Location: 212 Roberts Hall

Dean and Director:

Brett Gunnink

Research Seminars

All seminars will be held on Friday at 3:10 p.m. in 101 Roberts Hall unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Seminars | Fall 2014

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Seminar Title

Oct. 3
Dr. Clemente Izurieta Computer Science Technical Debt and its Consequences

Despite forming an increasingly important part of the critical national infrastructure, the development and acquisition of software-intensive systems are still plagued by cost overruns, schedule slips, and high-profile failures. We note that the reasons for this are not exclusively technical. Even when best practices and effective development activities are well-understood, teams working under unrealistic schedules can cut corners in ways that later result in large cost overruns, severe quality issues, inability to add new features without breaking existing features, and even the premature loss of a system. We aim to address this problem by leveraging the metaphor of technical debt, a financial metaphor about the long term consequences of decisions, which powerfully captures the link between technical aspects of software development and their economic consequences.

Dr. Joe Shaw

Electrical and Computer Engineering Exploring the Natural Environment with Optical Sensors

My research is in the field of optical remote sensing of the natural Earth environment. We design, build, calibrate, and deploy a wide variety of optical sensor systems all around the world. Examples include thermal infrared imaging to study the role of clouds in the Arctic climate, all-sky imaging of skylight polarization in Hawaii, and airborne laser sensing to map invasive lake trout in Yellowstone Lake. This presentation will briefly summarize this research and promote discussion of potential collaborations.

Dr. Connie Chang


Chemical and Biological Engineering, Center for Biofilm Engineering

Drop-based Microfluidics: From Colloidal Dispersions to High-throughput Assaying


Using drop-based microfluidics, emulsion drops can be created one at a time in microscale channels within microfluidic devices.  These drops have volumes that range from picoliters to nanoliters and are created at high-throughput rates, up to thousands per second.  Monodisperse emulsions can be used for applications in pharmaceuticals, oil recovery, catalysis, and encapsulation technology in food and cosmetics. Here, drop-based microfluidics is presented as a method for engineering emulsion-templated materials, including liquid-, polymer-, and hydrogel-based particles with controlled functionality and tunable mechanical properties. Drop-based microfluidics will also be presented as a method for high-throughput assaying and sensing for biological applications.

Thanks to Seminar Series Speakers

Thank you to the following speakers who have participated in the seminars during the 2014-15 academic year.

  • Ed Adams, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Brown, Ph.D.
  • Anne Camper, Ph.D.
  • David Dickensheets, Ph.D.
  • Ron June, Ph.D.
  • Brock LaMeres, Ph.D.

For further information on the seminars, or to visit with the speakers, please contact Anne Camper at

Seminar series sponsored by the College of Engineering

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