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The Food and Drug Administration requires that all sterile medical devices be tested and documented for a labeled shelflife. This thesis analyzed the effects of 12 months of accelerated aging testing, obtained at two equivalent aging programs, on a medical-grade chevron pouch constructed from a... READ MORE
The medical device industry strives to improve the delivery of key device information through the package to patients, doctors and end users. To achieve this goal Indications For Use (IFU) and user manuals have been major tools and are necessary components required in Medical Device... READ MORE
With the growing concern on environmental issues, many companies are developing research studies to reduce its negative effects on the environment and become more sustainable. Packaging has been one of the most significant issues of concern because of its environmental impact and end-of-life cycle. The... READ MORE
Package orientation is an important aspect to consider during the transit of packages worldwide. As orientation of a package can influence the manual handling and compressible load performance, it becomes important parameter to consider in an overnight distribution environment. Significantly, less amount of research completed in... READ MORE
Ohmic metal semiconductor contacts are indispensable part of a semiconductor device. These are characterized by their specific contact resistivity (ρ_c) in expressed in Ohm-cm^2, defined as the inverse slope of current density versus voltage curve at origin. Engineering and measurement of specific contact resistivity... READ MORE
This work establishes a platform technique for visualizing fluid transport through Anoidisc Alumina Oxide (AAO) membranes, which can be applied to Carbon Nanotube (CNT) arrays, and allow for the testing of the effects of other parameters on flow. Arrays of CNTs have shown significant... READ MORE
In 2014, installation of 5.3GW of new Photovoltaic (PV) systems occurred in the United States, raising the total installed capacity to 16.36GW. Strong growth is predicted for the domestic PV market with analysts reporting goals of 696GW by 2020. Conventional single crystalline silicon cells... READ MORE
Nearly 100,000 heart valve replacements or repairs are performed in the US every year. Mathematical models of heart valves are used to improve artificial valve design and to guide surgeons performing valve-repairing surgeries. Models can be used to define the geometry of a valve,... READ MORE
At the time of this study, each time a customer in Europe requested that Colgate Palmolive (CP) implement a Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) solution for a product, CP did not have the data and tools necessary to weigh the impact of the request. Since... READ MORE
The purpose of this study was to conduct an analysis of the current packaging development process used by Colgate-Palmolive sub-country teams and to provide suggestions for implementing an improved process. The analysis of the current approach to packaging development and project management in the personal... READ MORE
The instruction set of a processor is embodied in the particular micro-architecture representing the processor hardware. Verifying proper operation of the instruction set for a particular processor hardware implementation requires exhaustive testing to expose unknown dependencies and other elusive design flaws. This paper presents... READ MORE
Multimodal remote sensing is an upcoming field as it allows for many views of the same region of interest. Domain adaption attempts to fuse these multimodal remotely sensed images by utilizing the concept of transfer learning to understand data from different sources to learn... READ MORE
We compare real and synthetic data directly to complete numerical relativity simulations of binary black holes. Even though our method largely agrees with \cite{PEPaper}, our method goes beyond the existing semi-analytic models that were used. Comparisons with only the quadrupole modes constrain the redshifted... READ MORE
Miniaturization in microelectronics demands effective thermal management from high energy density devices. While current cooling solutions employ single-phase heat transfer, they are often limited by high fluid temperature differences and pressure drops. Alternatively, two-phase cooling schemes offers attractive solutions to dissipate high heat fluxes... READ MORE
Automating the segmentation of anomalous activities within long video sequences is complicated by the ambiguity of how such events are defined. This thesis approaches the problem by learning generative models with which meaningful sequences can be identified in videos using limited supervision. We propose... READ MORE
One of the major problems the world faces currently is the loss of energy and mechanical efficiency in machine components due to friction. Also, surface damage due to friction and resulting part repairs and replacement has cost US industries a reportedly US $280 billion/year. Recent... READ MORE
Visual odometry is a challenging approach to simultaneous localization and mapping algorithms. Based on one or two cameras, motion is estimated from features and pixel differences from one set of frames to the next. A different but related topic to visual odometry is optical... READ MORE
The aim of this thesis is to develop and study the performance of an algorithm to perform blind estimation of Alamouti space-time coding (STC) on Zedboard’s ARM core and FPGA, and propose improvements based on the collected data. In the first part, previous methods... READ MORE
The cure for Parkinson’s disease is considered as one of the greatest challenges in chronic neurological disorder therapy, motivating efforts to provide information to guide therapy adjustments. This disease affects the patients day to day tasks which may vary from drinking water to a more... READ MORE