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Technology Century, a science and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on Assistant Professor Nina Mahmoudian’s (ME-EM) NSF CAREER Award.

The Michigan Tech SAE Formula Car Team finished 23rd out of 110 teams at the 2015 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) National Competition at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, May 13-16, 2015. They took 25th in Acceleration, 26th in Endurance, 31st in Design, and 31st in Business Presentation. They also won the 2015 Mac-Lean Fog Fastening Challenge earning them a trophy and $1000.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Jim DeClerck.

Science 360, a science news website published daily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), featured the 3D bioprinting research of Assistant Professors Tolou Shokuhfar (ME-EM) and Associate Professor Reza Shahbazian-Yassar (ME-EM) as its top story on May 12. Technology Century, also reported on the 3D bioprinting work.

Professor Rush Robinett (ME-EM) has received the Outstanding Aerospace Engineer award from the Texas A&M University Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Aerospace Alumni Academy. Robinett is the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Agile & Interconnected Microgrids Center at Michigan Tech. He was honored with the award at the Aerospace Engineering Annual Awards Banquet on May 7 at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas.

Technology Century, a news service published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, featured an article about Michigan Tech’s senior design team that won the annual Air Force Research Lab University Design Challenge.

The Irish Times published a feature article about Michigan Tech alumnus Korey Kierpert, the engineer who built Europe’s largest inverted wooden roller coaster, scheduled to open this summer at Tayto Park in Ireland. See a previous article from ME-EM 2006 News

First-year mechanical engineering student Lily Kraft was featured in the Gannett Media report on Academic All-Stars from Central Wisconsin.

Ezra Bar-Ziv (MEEM/APSRC) has received $80,000 from Battelle Energy Alliance for a year-long research and development project titled “Rapid Screening with Paddle Fast Pyrolysis Systems.”

Gordon Parker, the John and Cathi Drake Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Parker is being honored as a recognized international leader in control system design research in a variety of mobility-related applications, from diesel engine exhaust aftertreatment to satellite formation flying. He will be honored during the SAE 2014 World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit on April 20, 2015.

Assistant Professor Ossama Abdelkhalik (MEEM), Associate Professor Nilufer Onder (CS) and Hui Meen Nyew who graduated with a CS PhD in summer 2014 published a paper titled, “Structured-Chromosome Evolutionary Algorithms for Variable-Size Autonomous Interplanetary Trajectory Planning Optimization,” in the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (pre-print doi: http://arc.aiaa.org/doi/abs/10.2514/1.I010272). The paper describes a new technique to represent and search for optimal solutions that are organized in sections.

Dr. James De Clerck who has been selected as a 2014 SAE Outstanding Faculty Advisors Program for Student Branch and Collegiate Design Series Team Advisors. In the announcement they said “This award recognizes your dedication and contributions to SAE and your Collegiate Chapter. Jim is the faculty advisor for the SAE FormulaCar Enterprise Team.

Gregory Odegard (MEEM/MuSTI) has received $10,000 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for a three-year project titled “Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures.”

Tolou Shokuhfar (MEEM/MuSTI) has received $32,121 from the University of Illinois–Chicago for the research and development project “In Situ Liquid Microscopy of Fiber-Fluid Interactions.”

The DELSYS website, which features news about wearable senses for movement sciences, reported on Assistant Professor Mo Rastgaar’s (MEEM) work on a powered ankle-foot prosthesis that simulates natural foot and ankle movement for amputees. See the website.

PhD student Mehdi Mortazavi (ME) published an article, “Two-phase flow pressure drop in flow channels of proton exchange membrane fuel cells: review of experimental approaches,” in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Professor Gregory Odegard (MEEM/MuSTI) has received $40,000 from the Colorado Seminary (owns and operates the University of Denver) for a one-year research project titled “Center for Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures.”
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Engineering Students Win Air Force Research Lab University Design Challenge

A Senior Design team won top prize at the Air Force Research Lab University Design Challenge with its design for a wearable cooling device for soldiers in the field.

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Winning Senior Design team, from the left: Jessica Buck, Sean Mackey, Sophia Rizzo, Nicholas Sill (in the back), John Schuman, Joshua Kizer (wearing the suit), Jaclyn Johnson, Mikhail Alexander, Kevin Johnson, Bill Endres.
Winning Senior Design team, from the left: Jessica Buck, Sean Mackey, Sophia Rizzo, Nicholas Sill (in the back), John Schuman, Joshua Kizer (wearing the suit), Jaclyn Johnson, Mikhail Alexander, Kevin Johnson, Bill Endres.

Listening Under the Ice

IMG_4429There are two ways to measure sounds: actively and passively. “Passive acoustics is just listening to whatever is out there,” says Andrew Barnard, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering studying acoustics at Michigan Tech. He helped install a passive hydrophone system off the dock at the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), which is a unique set-up under the ice.

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PACE Engineering Design Competition ME-EM April 2015

IMG_0044 (1280x853)The Michigan Tech Mechanical Engineering version of the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education PACE Engineering Design Competition was held on April 23, 2015.

Photo Gallery is on 2015 ME-EM PACE Contest at Flickr

Project Description: The design project is mainly involving CAD modeling of a real world example but designed by the students specially for the competition. The students apply the skill they learned on Modeling, Assemblies, and drafting.  Some of them may include analysis and animations.  The students are required to select a project on their own and it should be original. They as a team will create the parts and assemblies and present at the competition. CAD modeling/assembly with analysis, of any equipment used in the project.

Judges for April 2015 PACE were KVC Rao, Michigan Tech ME-EM; John Baker, Siemens; Radheshyam Tewari, Michigan Tech ME-EM; Christopher Morgan, General Motors; Laura McCausland, General Motors; Andrew Rohr, General Motors; Chris Eaton, General Motors.

Judging Criteria
Form — Design Concept, Creativity, Perceived Value, Safety
Fit — Physical Model (realism, aesthetics, detail, supporting design)
Function — Design Parameters and Performance (math models, simulations, spreadsheets, etc.)
Presentation — Effective, Professional, Credible
Teamwork and Collaboration

1st Place Modular Human Figure John Ford,   Michael Kita,  Cathy Nguyen,   Scott Potrykus
1st Place Modular Human Figure John Ford, Michael Kita, Cathy Nguyen, Scott Potrykus
1st Place Modular Human Figure John Ford,   Michael Kita,  Cathy Nguyen,   Scott Potrykus
1st Place Modular Human Figure John Ford, Michael Kita, Cathy Nguyen, Scott Potrykus

See all the rest of the photos at Photo Gallery is on 2015 ME-EM PACE Contest at Flickr

ME-EM Senior Recognition Banquet April 14th

The ME-EM Senior Recognition Banquet and Order of the Engineer Program was held on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in Rozsa Center Lobby.

The keynote speaker was Jeff Zawisza, Fellow at Dow Chemical and a 1983 ME-EM alumnus.

The keynote speaker was Jeff Zawisza
The keynote speaker was Jeff Zawisza

ME-EM Outstanding Enterprise Student Award: William Gielda, Clean Snowmobile Enterprise team

ME-EM Outstanding Enterprise Student Award: William Gielda, Clean Snowmobile Enterprise team
ME-EM Outstanding Enterprise Student Award: William Gielda, Clean Snowmobile Enterprise team

ME-EM Teacher of the Year: Charles Van Karsen

ME-EM Teacher of the Year: Charles Van Karsen
ME-EM Teacher of the Year: Charles Van Karsen

According to the Order of the Engineer manual: The Order of the Engineer is a solemn obligation to oneself to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of the engineering profession. It is an obligation to turn to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology…to serve humanity by making the best use of earth’s precious wealth.

The Obligation is a creed similar to the oath attributed to Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) that is generally taken by medical graduates and which sets forth an ethical code. The Obligation likewise, contains parts of the Canon of Ethics of major engineering societies. Initiates, as they accept it voluntarily, pledge to uphold the standards and dignity of the engineering profession and to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

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Order of the Engineer
Order of the Engineer

Photos of the ME-EM Senior Recognition Banquet included in the ME-EM Photo Gallery

ME-EM Students Win Awards at Design Expo 2015

138IMG_9708The mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics department held its semi-annual Senior Capstone Design Day Program on Tuesday April 21, 2015. Eighteen teams presented the fruits of their efforts over the past two semesters during presentations to industry reps, faculty, staff, students and MEEM External Advisory Board members. The teams displayed posters and, in some cases, their prototypes in the rear first-floor hallway of the MEEM building. This year’s project customers include American Axle & Manufacturing, Chrysler, John Deere, MacLean-Fogg, and others. Most presentations are open to the public.

Photos of the ME-EM capstone senior design teams can be seen in the ME-EM Capstone Senior Design Teams Photo Gallery

Spring 2015 4911 final presentations

Michigan Tech Design Expo 2015

3rd Place Award –  Velovations Team Leaders: Ian Connick, Mechanical Engineering and Kyle McGurk, Electrical Engineering Advisor: Steve Lehmann and Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsors: Specialized, Thomson, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
3rd Place Award – Velovations
Team Leaders: Ian Connick, Mechanical Engineering and Kyle McGurk, Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Steve Lehmann and Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsors: Specialized, Thomson, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

3rd Place Award – Velovations
Team Leaders: Ian Connick, Mechanical Engineering and Kyle McGurk, Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Steve Lehmann and Paulus Van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsors: Specialized, Thomson, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology

Project Overview: Our team is dedicated to working on bicycle and bicycling industry related projects. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Velovations has more than twenty-five students from various majors divided into four projects. The projects are: a pedal that offers the ability to transition from clipped in to a platform and back at the push of a button; a system to allow tire pressure change on the fly;
an inexpensive winter commuting tire; and an innovative exercise system for wheelchair users that will allow further physical research. Velovations projects cover the complete product development
range, from idea conception, research, and development, to customer communication, testing, and ultimately manufacturing.

 Honorable Mention – Chrysler 300 Split Tailgate Team Members: Kelly Shanahan, Joshua Yagley, Alex Bancroft, Jerad Marble, and Parry Ragland, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Kevin Johnson, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsor: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Honorable Mention – Chrysler 300 Split Tailgate
Team Members: Kelly Shanahan, Joshua Yagley, Alex Bancroft, Jerad Marble, and Parry Ragland, Mechanical
Engineering
Advisor: Kevin Johnson, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Honorable Mention – Chrysler 300 Split Tailgate
Team Members: Kelly Shanahan, Joshua Yagley, Alex Bancroft, Jerad Marble, and Parry Ragland, Mechanical
Engineering
Advisor: Kevin Johnson, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Project Overview: Our goal is to design, engineer, build, and test a split decklid adapted from the current Chrysler 300 architecture. This decklid system will provide the customer both the access required of typical decklids without the upswing of the lower waterfall area and the added feature of a tailgate style lower swing out panel which will provide a surface for tailgate functions. This feature is rare in the industry and provides an opportunity for segment differentiation creating a unique selling point.

Honorable Mention – Dynamometer Calibration Device Team Members: Kristopher Benaglio, Christopher DeGroot, Adam Deibler, Kenneth Smith, Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Paul van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Sponsor: John Deere
Honorable Mention – Dynamometer Calibration Device
Team Members: Kristopher Benaglio, Christopher DeGroot, Adam Deibler, Kenneth Smith, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Paul van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: John Deere

Honorable Mention – Dynamometer Calibration Device
Team Members: Kristopher Benaglio, Christopher DeGroot, Adam Deibler, Kenneth Smith, Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Paul van Susante, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Sponsor: John Deere

Project Overview: This design team is working with John Deere to develop a new dynamometer torque meter calibration device. A dynamometer, commonly referred to as a dyno, is a popular test instrument used to measure variables such as torque, speed, and power output. The current calibration method used by John Deere utilizes a static weight stack attached to a moment arm. This design must be replaced because it exceeds the dynamometer test cell envelope, is difficult to transport from test cell to test cell, requires considerable time and effort for two workers to assemble and disassemble, and requires the repetitive lifting of 40 to 45 pound weights.

See a complete recap summary of the 2015 Michigan Tech Design Expo

2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Summary Report

Michigan Tech Sled Handling1aThe Keweenaw Research Center and the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech hosted the 2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge— from March 2-7, 2015 and have hosted it for the last 12 years. The mission of this challenge is to design a snowmobile that achieves reduced emissions and noise characteristics while keeping performance equal to or better than the performance of stock snowmobiles. Find out more at the 2015 SAE Clean Snowmobile Summary Report

2015 Michigan Tech
2015 Michigan Tech

Odegard Earns Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

Dr. Greg Odegard was recently presented wit the 2015 Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School at the 2015 Graduate Research Awards Banquet. This Merit Award for Exceptional Graduate Student Mentor recognizes advocacy for graduate students, being available and encouraging to students, and creativity/interdisciplinary collaboration in new opportunities for graduate student.

 Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award: Dr. Greg Odegard of ME-EM presented by Jay Meldrum

Exceptional Graduate Faculty Mentor Award: Dr. Greg Odegard of ME-EM presented by Jay Meldrum

Graduate student Muraleekrishnan Menon was one of three students presented with the GSG Service Award.

Recipients of GSG Service Award: Zachary Champion, School of Technology; Muraleekrishnan Menon, ME-EM; and Sasha Teymorian standing in for Samuel Roache, Chemical Engineering
Recipients of GSG Service Award: Zachary Champion, School of Technology; Muraleekrishnan Menon, ME-EM; and Sasha Teymorian standing in for Samuel Roache, Chemical Engineering


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