Engineering Students Seek a Better Way to Track Endangered Marine Mammals

Last spring, Duke undergraduates Ashley Blawas (Biomedical Engineering), Brandon Dalla Rosa (Electrical & Computer Engineering) and Sam Kelly (Mechanical Engineering) received a Follow-on Student Research Award to improve on the research methods employed by their Bass Connections team History and Future of Ocean Energy.

Mentored by Douglas Nowacek, they aim to produce a digital acoustic recording tag (used for recording sounds and making behavioral measurements of diving marine mammals) that can be powered by the triboelectric effect, in which certain materials become charged through friction with a different material.

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