Undergraduate Research Program

Angel Lee

Major: Computer Engineering
Mentor: Eric Seibel, Mechanical Engineering; Sean Munson, Human Centered Design and Engineering

Contact: haeinlee@uw.edu

Current research project: Development of a Client-aiding Tool for At-home Performed Oral Therapies



Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Preliminary results have shown that with image data manipulation and analysis, bacterial growth trends can be monitored to indicate caries formation. Using the scanning fiber endoscope (a very thin camera) as the primary imaging device, my role is to write a program that implements this data manipulation and analysis automatically, diminishing the human aspect of this process and increasing the speed to giving a diagnosis.


What is the most exciting and/or rewarding aspect of your undergraduate research experience?
The most rewarding aspect from my experience was self-discovery. Coming into college, I struggled with knowing myself. Being a passive child in high school, I pursued what others recommended, never daring to explore what I want to do. Getting involved was, initially, an experiment. By getting involved with my lab, I learned what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life – STEM research. I couldn’t have found that out in any other better way.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
There are many motivations and unique ways to get involved. However, the best resource to learn how you can benefit from research or how to join a research lab would probably be through the Undergraduate Research Program.