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Deisenroth Receives NSF Fellowship

Friday, April 11th, 2014

David Deisenroth, a graduate student pursuing an MS in Mechanical Engineering, has received an National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship to travel to Korea this summer to conduct research.

Deisenroth will conduct an in-depth study on the collision of a falling drop of water and a resting drop of water. He will film the drops at high speeds and observe their characteristics. The results can be used to further the understanding of thermal management systems, aerosols and fuel injection.

An EAPSI award provides science, engineering and education research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; an introduction to the science, science policy and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and an orientation to the society, culture, and language. EAPSI awards help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Deisenroth’s award includes a stipend of $5,000 and travel expenses. His advisor is Jeff Allen, the John and Joan Calder Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Michigan Tech Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Students from the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) visited seven middle and high schools in Detroit over their Spring Break, March 11-14, 2014, to promote college and engineering to K-12 students. Two ME-EM students were in the group, Anza Mitchel and Taylor Driscoll. In the evenings, they conducted Family Engineering Night events at three K-8 schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break is conducted in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and the Detroit Math & Science Center, and funded in part, with a grant from John Deere.

WXYZ Channel 7 news in Detroit aired a feature story about an interview with Michigan Tech NSBE student chapter members in Detroit, working to motivate middle and high school students in Detroit schools to see college in their futures and to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Michigan Tech NSBE students Family Engineering session at classroom in Detroit shown here in a photo from 2014

SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge 2014 Pictures and Videos

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department is
a partner with the Keweenaw Research Center for the SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge held at Michigan Tech. A page leading to the results, news stories and photo Galleries is provided by the department. Links to 2014 Results Pictures and Videos

Playlist of Videos of Overview, Dan Hancock, president of SAE remarks, Opening, and other video clips

Also Video Playlist of the Handling Competition.

Photo Gallery of the 2014 Events

Results News Report: Kettering, McGill Win 2014 Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Dan Hancock, the president of SAE International, attended several of events and spoke at the Awards banquet.

Michigan Tech received the Bill Paddleford Founder’s Award for Most Sportsmanlike Conduct.

William Predebon, Chair ME-EM Department, Dave Reed, vice president for research, Michigan Tech and Dan Hancock, the president of SAE International

ME-EM Grad Students Earn Awards

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

At the banquet for the Graduate Research Colloquium 2014 ME-EM Graduate students won the major awards. The main events of this symposium were a Poster Presentation Session and a Research Colloquium sponsored
by the Graduate Student Government

There is a report for the Graduate Research Colloquium 2014 with photos and awards.

Ranjeeth Naik, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, presented by Dr. Max Seel, Provost of Michigan Tech and Amberlee Haselhuhn, Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award, Graduate Research Colloquium 2014 at Michigan Technological University

Mehdi Mortazavi, Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, 2nd Place Oral Presentation, Graduate Research Colloquium 2014 Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

ME-EM Research News

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Two ME-EM students are among the three Michigan Tech recipients of a prestigious National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for 2014. Congratulations to David Deisenroth (MSME) advised by Dr. Jeff Allen and Gregory Hardy (BSME) on these awards. These are extremely competitive awards and continue to show the excellence of our students at all academic levels.

Mo Rastgaar (MEEM), has been awarded $497,393 over five years for “CAREER: Steerable Powered Ankle-foot Prostheses for Increased Mobility in Amputees” from the NSF.

Gregory Odegard (MEEM) has received $59,999 for a potential five-year project “I/UCRC: Novel High Voltage/Temperature Materials and Structures,” from the National Science Foundation.

Assistant Professor Tolou Shokuhfar’s (MEEM) research described in the story “It’s the Water: Graphene Balloon Yields Unprecedented Images of Hydrated Protein Molecules,” has appeared in Science Daily,, Graphene Times and ScienceNewsline.

Research completed by graduate student Brennan Tymrak (ME), alumna Megan Kreiger (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was highlighted in the EE Times article “Measuring Open Source Hardware 3D-Printed Material Strength.”

Research completed by graduate student Brennan Tymrak (ME), alumna Megan Kreiger (MSE) and Pearce (MSE/ECE) was highlighted by 3D Printing Industry in “Michigan Tech Study Suggests Some RepRap 3D Prints Are As Strong as Commercial 3D Printers.”

Nancy Barr (MEEM), technical communications and senior design administrative associate, is featured in the article “Getting it Write,” which was published in the March edition of PE Engineer. The article focuses on her program that teaches teaching assistants how to edit students’ lab reports.
Jay Meldrum has been elected to the Board of Directors of SAE International.
Formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. Meldrum is executive director of the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) and the Advanced Technology Development Complex (ATDC). He came to the University in 1997 and directs the 30-plus engineering professionals at KRC, which contracts with the US Army to study large-vehicle mobility technologies. He directs Michigan Tech Enterprise SmartZone activities at the ATDC and advises companies looking to commercialize technologies developed at Michigan Tech. He also manages alternative energy research projects at KRC. More

Research Engineer Jeremy Worm (MEEM) was quoted in an article in Design News on the risks and complexities of electronic throttle control in automobiles, and the progression to self driving vehicles” The full article can be found at Design News.


ME-EM PACE Design Contest 2013

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The Michigan Tech Mechanical Engineering version of the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education PACE Engineering Design Competition was held in December 2013.

Complete photo coverage is on ME-EM PACE Contest at Flickr


ME-EM Senior Awards Banquet December 2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics celebrated the December 2013 Fall Semester graduating class Senior Awards Banquet and Order of the Engineer Induction on December 10, 2013 at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Timothy P. Coffield was the keynote speaker for the December 2013 ME-EM Senior Awards Banquet. However, transportation to Michigan Tech was affected by a winter storm causing flight cancellations. So he spoke to the banquet by way of the internet.
Timothy P. Coffield Biographic Sketch


Energy Poster Session

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Students from Principles of Energy Conversion (MEEM 4200) and Advanced Thermodynamics (MEEM 5200) presented the results of their semester-long projects on energy systems. There were 28 different projects at the symposium. A few of the projects being presented are:

Advancement of Combustion Process – RCCI Engines
Exergy Analysis of Thermal Power Plant
Factors Affecting Flame Propagation in Spark Ignition Engines
Plasma gasification and potentially its usefulness in the elimination of MSW
Space heating using a Solar Wall
Power Harvesting for Transportation Tunnels
Air Powered Vehicles (more…)

Michigan Tech Students Win National Mining Competition

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The National Mining Competition announced the three winners from the 2013 event. First place Michigan Tech, second place University of British Columbia, and third place Edwards School of Business.

The winning Michigan Tech Mining team, “the fabulous four,” was Cora Hemmila, Matthew Younger, Matthew Schuman and Matthew Schwalen. The team advisor is James Murray Gillis, Instructor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program. (more…)

General Motors Presents Grant to Michigan Tech

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The General Motors Foundation has given Michigan Tech a $100,000 grant through its University Partner Program. The gift will support a variety of student activities, including the Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Advanced Motorsports Enterprises, environmental engineering senior design projects, student groups and diversity programs. (more…)

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