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MDC Students Leading the Way in Undergraduate Science Research

Recent grants enable engineering students to conduct research on ways to improve electronic voting and make skin cancer easier to detect
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Miami, October 27, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) has always been at the center of cutting edge practices that have brought significant change to both the institution and the community. Now, a pair of students from the College’s renowned School of Engineering and Technology at Kendall Campus is poised to bring the College and themselves national recognition with individual research projects they’ve started thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

The $1 million-plus grant from the NSF will be awarded over three years and will fund seven students working on five research projects in engineering. Another grant recently awarded to the School to support student research is a $3 million-plus grant over eight years from the U.S. Department of Energy that will provide fellowships and scholarships to students in EnTec’s Electrical Power Technology program. 

The MDC students currently working on research projects include: Ana Maria Quevedo, whose project, “AuditBear: Electronic Voting Auditing Tool,” analyzes audit logs generated by voting machines. It focuses on enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of elections. A junior in the Electronics Engineering Technology (E.E.T.) B.S. degree program, Quevedo collaborated with the TRUST Center of the University of California at Berkeley on this project. She will join MDC’s Computing Research Lab to continue her work from Berkeley. More information about Quevedo’s research is available at

EET student Lisa Richardson conducted research as an assistant at MDC’s Computing Research Lab for the Skin Cancer Identification System (SCIDS). She traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico this past spring to present a research poster of SCIDS, a mobile device application for the Google Android platform that provides real-time diagnostic aid to physicians to determine if a suspect skin lesion, mole or birthmark is indeed one of the three most common forms of skin cancer. Richardson says the device is not intended to substitute a full skin biopsy, rather, to provide an early alert system. 

The School of Engineering and Technology programs and degrees are various and are designed to help students enter the workforce almost immediately upon graduation. Some degree programs include the Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology; Associate in Arts degrees in Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, Biomedical and Civil Engineering; and Associate in Science degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Power Technology.

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