Archives—December 2012

Senior Capstone Design Projects Fall 2012

The Senior Capstone Design Program in Mechanical Engineering builds on our lab-based, hands-on curriculum to provide students with “their first job,” a project supplied by companies and entrepreneurs. These clients benefit from having a student team address their dynamic goals and tight budgets, and provide a fresh perspective.

The Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics Department Senior Capstone Design Projects completed by the graduating class for Fall 2012 were presented to the faculty, sponsors, and campus on December 11, 2012. The projects are presented on the web with photos, participants at “Senior Design Projects Fall 2012”

Team Photos are also available on Flickr at ME-EM Teams Senior Capstone Design December 2012

A sample of Videos are viewable at Mechanical Engineering Senior Capstone Design Teams.



US News ranks Mechanical Engineering #6 best technology jobs

US News ranks Mechanical Engineering #6 among best technology jobs and #17 in the ranking of top 100 jobs. Note that Mechanical Engineering (#6) and Civil Engineering (#9) and are the only jobs in the top 9 that are not computer services jobs (which are highly outsourced and less so for ME). Also Mechanical Engineering (#17) is the only engineering profession in the top 17 plus best jobs.

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Michigan tech News article: “US News Top Tech Jobs Focus on Michigan Tech Strengths”



Energy Poster Session 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Allen teaches Advanced Thermodynamics (MEEM 5200) and Principles of Energy Conversion (MEEM 4200/5290). Principles of Energy Conversion introduces the basic background, terminology, and fundamentals of energy conversion. Students develop project posters for  current and emerging technologies for production of thermal, mechanical, and electrical energy. Topics include fossil and nuclear fuels, solar energy, wind turbines, fuel and solar cells.

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MEEM Graduate Seminar: Dec 13

Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar: December 13, 2012; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Room 112, ME-EM Building

Christopher S. Johnson, Ph.D., Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. Christopher S. Johnson is currently a chemist at Argonne National Laboratory, specializing in the research & development of battery materials and battery systems with over 20 years of experience. His education background is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S. Chem.) and Northwestern University earning his Ph.D. in 1992. He has been active in the lithium battery materials field having published over 90 publications and 10 patents issued. He is cathode projects leader at Argonne, and has managed several DOE, AFRL contracts and work-for-others programs. He was elected a Member-at-Large of the Battery Division of The Electrochemical Society (ECS) in 2008, and the Treasurer in 2010. He is active in organizing battery subject symposia at biannual ECS meetings. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry, and The Electrochemical Society-Battery Division since 1993. He has received research awards from the International Battery Association in 2006, and a R&D-100 award for the commercialization of lithium battery materials in 2009. Currently he is developing room-temperature Na-ion batteries for niche applications.

Title: Advanced Materials to Enable High-Energy Li and Na-Ion Batteries

The need for energy storage and its rising demand has become a major issue that the world faces today and going forward in the future. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are widely used for energy storage in a myriad of portable consumer applications and now are being introduced in transportation technologies, such as plug-in hybrid (PHEV) electric vehicles. The small size and low weight of the batteries have enabled new devices for many applications. The specific energy and power of Li-ion batteries continues to grow as high-performance anode and cathode materials become commercially available. This presentation will focus on advanced materials and their chemistry for Li-ion battery applications and also emerging low-cost Na-ion batteries as energy storage chemistry for electrical grid applications.

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Mercury Marine Donates Equipment

by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

Mercury Marine, a longtime corporate partner of Michigan Tech, has donated a laser interferometer to Michigan Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics. The piece of equipment, valued at approximately $125,000 when new, uses a laser to produce digital images of the amount of strain that parts undergo as they are stressed in various ways. Continue reading


MEEM Graduate Seminar: Dec 6

Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics Graduate Seminar: December 6, 2012; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Room 112, ME-EM Building

Professor Cortino Sukotjo, Assistant Professor at Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Cortino Sukotjo received his Dental Degree from Padjadjaran University in Indonesia, followed by Ph.D in Oral Biology from College of Dentistry, University of California at Los Angeles. He then pursued his specialty training in Prosthodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Presently he holds a position as Assistant Professor at Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago and adjunct
assistant professor at Michigan Technology University. His research interest is in the area of implant surface modification iand dental education.

Title: Current Research Trend in Implant Dentistry

Dental Implant has been used widely to replace missing teeth. However, the implant success rates in patients with smoking and/or uncontrolled diabetic history are still relatively lower than healthy individuals. To improve implant success rate, implant surface modification is needed. In this presentation, I will present some background about implant dentistry and current research trend in implant dentistry such as implant corrosion and implant surface modification.

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