Identifying Harmful Chemicals in Hair Dye
Engineering students Cassandra Cortes ’22 and Christine Baula ’22 are measuring concentrations of chemicals that are harmful to the environment in commonly used hair dyes. Currently, they are conducting experiments in Leo Hall’s chemical engineering lab to detect levels of ammonia, sulfates, certain phosphates and peroxides in L’Oreal’s line of Feria products, compared with the hair dye Arctic Fox, which advertises as vegan. The faculty adviser in their research is chemical engineering professor Richard Carbonaro, Ph.D.
Computer Technology to Help the Visually Impaired
Computer engineering major Angel Gutierrez ’22 is developing the framework for an assistive device to benefit visually impaired people. The technology consists of a chest-mounted camera connected to a Raspberry Pi 4 computer system and micro-controllers on a glove, which together alert the wearer of shadows and unlevel floors visible to their left, middle and right-hand sides. With help from faculty adviser Wafa Elmannai, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Gutierrez is writing the code to ensure that the virtual scene visible on the chest-mounted camera mirrors what the wearer is seeing in real time. Next, Gutierrez will test the technology in real-world environments.