Frontiers is produced by the K-State College of Engineering to document the research agenda that embraces 21st century opportunities by driving innovation related breakthroughs in health, energy, infrastructure and information technology. Indeed, research is central to achieving the K-State College of Engineering's 2025 vision of pursuing academic excellence. Research improves the quality of graduate programs and plays an important role in introducing undergraduates to exciting engineering opportunities. At K-State, it is not unusual to see faculty, graduate students and undergraduates working side by side in state-of-the-art facilities, and often with industry partners. It is with this modality that we continue ongoing research while laying the foundation and providing hands-on experiences for future engineering innovators.