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If you are interested in submitting a project for this list, please email stephanie.fowler@wichita.edu. She can also remove the project once the position is filled.

College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Fine Arts
College of Health Professions
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
W. Frank Barton School of Business

College of Education

No projects reported at this time.

College of Engineering

Name: Animesh Chakravarthy
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Preferred contact information: animesh.chakravarthy@wichita.edu
Project: Active wing shaping of morphing aircraft.  This is a NASA funded research project that studies methods to change aircraft wing shape in flight, in order to minimize aircraft drag and thus reduce fuel consumption.
Student qualifications: US citizen or permanent resident

Name: Abu Asaduzzaman (Dr. Zaman)
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
Preferred contact information: E-mail – Abu.Asaduzzaman@wichita.edu and Phone – 316-978-5261
Academic majors: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering
Project: Research activities are related to a project that is funded by NSF. This project focuses on developing data and task regrouping based parallel programming technique for solving massive problems faster on multithreaded systems. Proposed technique is suitable for multicore/manycore systems and effective to improve the climate by saving energy. The research objectives of this project will be achieved through three research phases. In Phase I, the principle investigator (PI) and his team will identify the challenges to develop task partitioning and data regrouping based parallel approaches suitable for multithreaded systems. In Phase II, the PI and the team will apply the knowledge (learned in Phase I) to develop task and data regrouping based parallel programming techniques. In Phase III, the PI and the team will investigate the impact of newly introduced methods on energy consumption while solving complex problems on multicore/manycore machines.
Student qualifications: Computer Architecture; C/C++ Programming in Linux OS.

College of Fine Arts

No projects reported at this time.

College of Health Professions

Name: Ngoyi Bukonda
Department: Public Health Sciences
Contact information:ngoyi.bukonda@wichita.edu; 316-978-5591
Project: "Housing conditions and burden of diseases in the community of internally displaced persons in Cibombo Cimuangi, Eastern Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo." We need two students who can join a small team of researchers who have assembled and who have already used a portion of a database on the assessment of socio-economic and health conditions in the community of internally displaced persons in Cibombo Cimuangi, Eastern Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo to publish the following  papers:

  • Bukonda, NKZ, Smith, B., Disashi, TG, Njue, JR, & Lee, K. (2012). Incidence and correlates of diarrhea, fever, malaria and weight loss among elderly and non-elderly parents in a community of internally displaced peoples in the Eastern Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Journal of population Ageing (2012) 5:47–66.
  • Bukonda, NKZ., Disashi, TG, Njue, JR, & Lee, K. (2011).  Épuration ethnique kasaienne au Katanga en 1991: éléments d’une revue de la littérature In Kabengele, E.M. & Chastonay, P. (eds.) (2010). Sante et droits de l’homme : violences politiques et sante: causes enjeux conséquences et défis. Volume 3. Editions : Médecine et Hygiène, Collection Cahiers Médico-Sociaux, Genève.
  • Bukonda, NKZ., Disashi, TG, Njue, JR, & Lee, K. (2011).  Dynamique de la Santé des Refoulés Kasaiens Réinstallés à Cibombo Cimuangi suite à l’Épuration Ethnique au Katanga en République Démocratique du Congo (1991-2005). In Kabengele, E.M. & Chastonay, P. (eds.) (2010). Sante et droits de l’homme : violences politiques et sante: causes enjeux conséquences et défis. Volume 3. Editions : Médecine et Hygiène, Collection Cahiers Médico-Sociaux, Genève.
  • Bukonda, NKZ., Mpinga EK, Disashi, TG, Njue, JR, & Lee, K. (2010).  Violences politiques et amaigrissement corporel chez des personnes âgées refoulées : Enquête auprès des survivants de l’épuration ethnique survenue au Katanga de 1991-1995 (République Démocratique du Congo). [“political violence and involuntary weight loss of internally displaced peoples: Survey of survivors of ethnic cleansing of Katanga from 1991 to 1995”].Chapter 10 in Ngandu wa Kalonji & Achille Mutombo-Mwana (eds.) (2010). Mukanda wa Ditunga: autour du cinquantenaire de l'Indépendance. [Country Book: about the fiftieth anniversary of Independence”] Brussels, 179-196.

The student should be willing to learn about humanitarian disasters and work, be motivated to complete literature review on housing conditions for refugees and internally displaced persons and complete some statistical analyses (using available database). Additionally, they should have advanced writing skills and be willing to devote time to writing up sections of a collaborative paper. Depending on the quality of their contribution, the student will be listed as co-author of the product of this research.

Name: Ngoyi Bukonda
Department: Public Health Sciences
Contact information: ngoyi.bukonda@wichita.edu; 316-978-5591
Project: "Comparison of household sizes and health indicators before and after resettlement in the community of internally displaced persons in Cibombo Cimuangi, Eastern Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo." We need a student who can join a small team of researchers who have assembled and who have already used a portion of a database on the assessment of socio-economic and health conditions in the community of internally displaced persons in Cibombo Cimuangi, Eastern Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo to publish several manuscripts. The student should be willing to learn about humanitarian disasters and work, be motivated to complete some statistical analyses (using an available database), have advanced writing skills, and be willing to devote time to writing up sections of a collaborative paper. Depending on the quality of their contribution, the student will be listed as co-author of the product of this research.

Name: Ngoyi Bukonda
Department: Public Health Sciences
Contact information: ngoyi.bukonda@wichita.edu; 316-978-5591
Project: "Frequency of symptoms and health seeking behaviors of malaria sufferers in the community of internally displaced persons in Cibombo Cimuangi, Eastern Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo." We need a student who can join a small team of researchers who have assembled and who have already used a portion of a database on the assessment of socio-economic and health conditions in the community of internally displaced persons in Cibombo Cimuangi, Eastern Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo to publish several manuscripts. The student should be willing to learn about humanitarian disasters and work, epidemiology of malaria in Africa and in DRC, be motivated to complete some statistical analyses (using an available database), have advanced writing skills, and be willing to devote time to writing up sections of a collaborative paper on the patterns of malaria and health seeking behaviors. Depending on the quality of their contribution, the student will be listed as co-author of the product of this research.

Name: Ngoyi Bukonda
Department: Public Health Sciences
Contact information: ngoyi.bukonda@wichita.edu; 316-978-5591
Project: "Health care entrepreneurship attitudes among students of various health professions in Wichita (Kansas, US) and Mbuji Mayi (Eastern Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo)." This is an expansion of our interest in private health care entrepreneurship. We have already studied and published on the start-up of private health care businesses in Mbuji Mayi, Eastern Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo:

  • Bukonda, NKZ, Chand, M, Disashi, TG, Lumbala, CWB & Mbiye, B. (2012). Health care entrepreneurship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: An exploratory study. Journal of African Business, 13 (2): 1-14.
  • Bukonda, NKZ, Disashi, TG & Chand. M. (2011). Creators of private health care businesses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Profile of entrepreneurs and sources of startup funds. World Hospitals and Health Services, 47 (4), 16-20.

Our study has shown that most health care entrepreneurs are health care professionals. Now we want to move upstream and capture baseline and follow-up attitudes of students in these two places regarding degree and correlates of interest in the pursuit of creation and operation of health care businesses both the Wichita and Mbuji Mayi. In this vein, we need 2 students who can join our small team of researchers who have completed the previous two studies. The students should be willing to learn about health care entrepreneurship locally and internationally, be motivated to participate in the design and administration of a survey to students in Wichita and Mbuji Mayi, to complete some statistical analyses, and devote time to writing up sections of at least one of the collaborative papers based on this survey. We envision a continuous process where such data would be collected every other year for five years (tentatively 2014, 2016 and 2018). Depending on the quality of their contribution, the students will be listed as co-authors of the product of this research.

Name: Ngoyi Bukonda
Department: Public Health Sciences
Contact information: ngoyi.bukonda@wichita.edu; 316-978-5591
Project: "Rehabilitating non-conventional healing strategies and fulfilling the Right to Health: Focus on Government Role in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." We want to expand our interest in non-conventional healing strategies. We have just published a paper on this subject. We also have a poster accepted for presentation at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (November 1-6, Boston, MA). Here are the references:

  • Mpinga EK, Verloo, H., Kandolo, T. Bukonda, NKZ, Ngianga-Bakwin, Chastonay, P. (2013). Traditional/alternative medicines and the right to health: Key elements for a convention on global health. Health and Human Rights (15) 1: 1-14.
  • Rehabilitating Traditional Indigenous Healing Strategies & Fulfilling the Right to Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Abstract 292889
    http://apha.confex.com/apha/extra.cgi?EntryType=Paper&username=292889&password=681844

We want to involve a student who is willing to learn about non-conventional healing strategies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a focus on the policy process and implementation. The student should be motivated to complete literature review and devote time to writing up sections of a collaborative paper. This work should use a wealth of information already assembled; some of which is part of the poster presentation project. Depending on the quality of their contribution, the student will be listed as co-author of the product of this research.

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

No projects reported at this time.

W. Frank Barton School of Business

No projects reported at this time.