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Michigan Tech students join in international PACE contest

PAMDMichigan Tech students participated with other university students in an multi-year international competition to design a Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) through the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. There were 7 international teams and 45 universities from around the world involved, showing the “collaborative engineering” purpose of the PACE program. At the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy) the projects were evaluated by an international team of judges including GM/Opel, Siemens, PLM Software, Autodesk, Oracle, and HP.
The winning PAMD team included RWTH Aachen University, TU Darmstadt (both in Germany), Michigan Technological University, the University of Cincinnati and the ITESM Estado de Mexico.

The team won the following awards in the 2014 PACE Global Annual Forum in Turin (Italy).

•1st place “Proofed for Production”.
•1st place category “Market Research”
•1st place category “Engineering”
•1st place category “Manufacturing”
•3rd place category “Design”
•2nd place category “Road Test”

Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.

More information and photos about the international competition are on the TU Darmstadt article

The Portable Assisted Mobility Device is now to be produced by GoSozo.

See the video clip about the Portable Assisted Mobility Device (PAMD) described by Michigan Tech MEEM student Krishna Tej Bhamidipati as it has now a final product in production.

Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.
Michigan Tech participants were Krishna Tej Bhamidipati, Venkata Krishna Teja Nagupalli, Hari Karthik Vedam, and Pruthvi Ravi Raj Bachu. Faculty advisor was Prof. KVC Rao of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department, Michigan Technological University.
Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech  participant Krishna Tej Bhamidipati with the other universities on the team
Awards ceremony Photo courtesy of TU Darmstadt includes Michigan Tech participants with the other universities on the team
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Poster

ME-EM Research Shown

IMG_1686dSeveral examples of the diverse research at Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department were shown at the R.L. Smith Building on Tuesday, Sept. 30. MEEM faculty and graduate students presented posters describing on-going and future research activities.

Some of the examples of projects included nonlinear and autonomous vehicles research, agile ankle-foot prosthesis, an award winning portable assisted mobility device, ultra low sulfur and green diesel fuel comparison, and interdisciplinary research in geology and mechanical engineering on shock waves generated during explosive volcanic eruptions.

View the slide show of some examples of MEEM Research

Examples of ME-EM Research on display
Examples of ME-EM Research on display

Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APS LABS) Social Event

thumbThe Michigan Tech Advanced Power Systems Research Center (APS LABS) hosted an open house and tours of their new facilities along with the Michigan Tech First Friday Social for October 2014.

Laboratory tours and presentations were given by faculty, staff and graduate student researchers.
The guests saw research, outreach and educational initiatives in mobility, sustainable transportation, and energy.

Goups of guests also toured the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Mobile Laboratory and saw the pilot production facilities for the university’s Wood-to-Wheels and Wood-to-Energy initiatives.

The Advanced Power Systems Research Center – APS Labs – are in the former Blizzard Snow Plow Factory Building near the County Airport.

A Photo Gallery can be seen on Advanced Power Systems Research Center APS Lab.

A few short video clips can also be viewed:

APS Labs
APS Labs

View Video clip “APS Labs Program Video on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel on YouTube

Wood to Wheels Pilot Plant
Wood to Wheels Pilot Plant

View Video clip “Wood to Wheels Plant Tour Program Video on Michigan Tech Engineering Channel on YouTube

Michigan Tech Mobile Lab at Battery Show September 16-18

2The Michigan Technological University Mobile Lab was a featured exhibitor at the 2014 Battery Show – “The Expo for Advanced Batteries” – and the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo September 16-18 at Novi, Michigan, USA.

The lab was set up indoors at the Battery Show in Novi, where Professor Steve Hackney (MSE), instructor Trever Hassell (ECE), Mobile Lab operations manager Chris Davis, and Mobile Lab director Jeremy Worm provided hands-on seminars to conference and show attendees.

From there, Mobile Lab operations engineer Henry Schmidt and Mobile Lab graduate research assistant Tim Okkema provided educational demonstrations at the Young Urban Intellectual Summit in Detroit. APS Labs director and Professor Jeffrey Naber (MEEM), Worm and Davis delivered two, two-and-a-half-day, hands-on professional development courses for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa.

Finally, Hackney, Associate Professor Wayne Weaver (ECE), Associate Professor John Beard (MEEM), Mobile Lab graduate research assistant Rachel McFarland, Worm, Davis and Schmidt delivered a week’s worth of hands-on seminars at Ford.

Through the Mobile Lab (operating inside The Battery Show expo hall), Michigan Tech will offer 140-minute seminars taught by faculty experts, each meant to provide high-level professional development in a hands-on, experimental environment.

Who should attend: Engineers, technicians, professionals interested in electric machines, electrified powertrain systems, embedded controls, CAN-based controller-to-controller communication protocols, and managers who are new to batteries or want to broaden their knowledge in electrified powertrain systems.
More about the Battery Show

Seminars Offered Link

Video: Hybrid Vehicles HEV Mobile Lab for Industry Short Courses

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ME-EM Research News

L. Brad King (MEEM) has received $456,539 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a research and development project titled “Characterization Test-bed for Nanostructured Propellants.”

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 the week of April 6, 2015.

William Endres (MEEM) has received $47,041 for the first year of a potential five-year project totaling $246,451 from the Air Force Research Lab. His research and development project is titled “Fuze Testing Capability Development.”

Tolou Shokuhfar (ME-EM/MuSTI) received $29,600 from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for a research and development project titled “In Situ Liquid Microscopy of Biological Materials.”

Science360 News, a science news site published by the National Science Foundation, featured in its Oct. 7 issue the research of Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, Richard and Elizabeth Henes Associate Professor in Nanotechnology (MEEM). Shahbazian-Yassar is studying ways to exploit the defects in new materials to make improved batteries.

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that the following Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics students have earned the Doctoral Finishing Fellowship: Ryan Lemmens, PhD candidate, Seyedmehdi Morazavi Zanjani, PhD candidate, Ranjeeth Naik, PhD candidate, Ehsan Taheri, PhD candidate, Anqi Zhang, PhD candidate. More information

Several examples of the diverse research at Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics department were shown at the R.L. Smith Building on Tuesday, Sept. 30. MEEM faculty and graduate students presented posters describing on-going and future research activities.

L. Brad King (MEEM) has received $383,315 of $745,578 from the US Department of Defense, Air Force Office of Scientific Research for the first year of a two-year research and development project, “Electrospray from Magneto-Electrostatic Instabilities.”

Nina Mahmoudian, Michelle Miller and Mohammad Rastgaar (MEEM) have received $118,454 from the National Science Foundation for the first year of a three-year research project titled “NRI: Co-Robots to Engage Next Generation of Students in STEM Learning.”

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar (MEEM) has received $209,436 from the National Science Foundation for the first year of a potential three-year project titled “Fundamental Understanding on the Role of Structural Defects on Lithiation of Nanoscale Transition Metal Oxides.”

Ossama Abdelkhalik (MEEM) has received $212,864 from the National Science Foundation for a three-year research and development project titled “CPS: Breakthrough: Toward Revolutionary Algorithms for Cyber-Physical Systems Architecture Optimization.”

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Greg Odegard Named MEEM Associate Chair, Director of Undergrad Studies

Odegard2Tech Today by Marcia Goodrich, senior content specialist

Greg Odegard has been named the new associate chair and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics, William Predebon has announced.

“I am extremely pleased that Greg has agreed to serve in this position,” said Predebon, chair of the department. “He has been recognized by his students as an excellent teacher and graduate student mentor, as well as an internationally recognized research scholar in his field, all of which are very important as the associate chair and director of undergraduate studies.

“At the same time I want to express my sincere thanks to Professor Michele Miller, who decided to return to the faculty next year after returning from her sabbatical,” Predebon added. “I am extremely grateful for her leadership and service over the past three years, particularly in leading our ME curriculum revision process to implementation this year.”

Odegard, the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor in Computational Mechanics, came to Michigan Tech in 2004.

Among his many honors, he has received the 2011 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the 2008 Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society of Engineering Education, and the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from Michigan Tech’s Graduate Student Council.

In addition, Odegard received a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the 2005 Boeing/SDM Best Paper Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He has authored or coauthored 55 papers in refereed journals and over 40 full-length conference papers and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials.

Michigan Tech in Global Trajectory Optimization Competition

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The Michigan Tech Space Trajectory Optimization Team was ranked 20 in the 7th Global Trajectory Optimization Competition. This Competition is an event that takes place every one-two years over roughly one month during which the best aerospace engineers and mathematicians worldwide challenge themselves to solve a “nearly-impossible” problem of interplanetary trajectory design.

The 7th edition of the competition was organized by Politecnico di Torino – Università di Roma “Sapienza”, Italy. There were 38 participating teams worldwide. The first place in the 7th edition of the competition is the Outer Planets Mission Analysis Group of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA.

The MTU team consists of:
1- Ossama Abdelkhalik, faculty advisor
2- Ehsan Taheri, MEEM PhD student
3- Shangyan Zou, MEEM PhD student
4- Brandon Jackson, MEEM PhD student
5- Jonathan Curtis, MEEM PhD student

The competition subject space mission is a multiple-ship mission to Main Belt asteroids. A mother ship launches form Earth and releases, at proper times, exploration probes, which must rendezvous with one or more asteroids and then return to and rendezvous with the mother ship. This problem may have an interest per se as far as asteroid missions are concerned, but has also similarities with geocentric missions for satellite refurbishment or debris removal. The mother ship employs high-thrust nuclear propulsion. The probes have autonomous electric propulsion systems. The primary objective is to visit as many asteroids as possible using the probes.

The contest is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).
According to the ESA website, “To organise the first international competition to find the global optimal of an interplanetary trajectory was a risky idea. We saw it, a bit romantically perhaps, as a sort of “sailing challenge”, with our galaxy as the racing waters and mathematical tools as the competing boats, thus it is referred to as the “America’s Cup of Rocket Science.”

The challenge problem needs to be related to interplanetary trajectory design and its complexity high enough to ensure a clear competition winner. Over the years, the various problem statements and solutions returned, collected in this website, will form a formidable database of experiences, solutions and challenges for the scientific community.

View Video clip about Michigan Tech entry in Global Trajectory Optimization Competition

To view a video of the competition entry See 7th Global Trajectory Optimization Competition – Michigan Tech University solution

Global Trajectory Optimization Competition

List of institutions in the GTO competition and this years 2014 competing teams and the 2014 rankings

 Global Trajectory Optimization Competition
Global Trajectory Optimization Competition
Ossama Abdelkhalik, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
Ossama Abdelkhalik, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
Ossama Abdelkhalik, faculty advisor, Ehsan Taheri, Brandon Jackson,  Jonathan Curtis, and  Shangyan Zou,(not pictures) all MEEM PhD students
Ossama Abdelkhalik, faculty advisor, Ehsan Taheri, Brandon Jackson, Jonathan Curtis, and Shangyan Zou,(not pictures) all MEEM PhD students

Active Learning Center is Up and Running

IMG_0073qInformation Technology invites you to attend the Active Learning Center’s open house on Friday, Aug. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in ME-EM 120. The Active Learning Center (ALC), formerly known as the ME-EM “Fishbowl.” has been completely transformed into a technology-rich collaborative learning space, featuring 72 student computer stations, three instructor stations and 29 collaboration LCD monitors hung from the ceiling. Staff will be on hand to provide tours and demonstrations.

Unlike the traditional learning space, the “front” of the classroom has been eliminated, allowing faculty to facilitate both heads-down concentration work and group collaboration, as well as provide hands-on technology for their students. In addition, when this room is not scheduled for classes, it will be available to all students as a computer lab.

Active Learning Center
Active Learning Center
Active Learning Center
Active Learning Center

“The Wings of Angels” Film Includes MEEM Capstone Students

Wings of Angels1bThe documentary film Wings of Angels” will be Shown During Alumni Reunion.
The public can view “Wings of Angels,” a documentary film featuring Michigan Tech mechanical engineering students, in the lobby of the MEEM building during Alumni Reunion. The movie will be shown on the hour, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 7-9.

Recently the original opening screening and reception of “The Wings of Angels” documentary film was held at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, in Washington, DC. The film is about Michigan Tech’s ME student capstone design teams working with wounded veterans to design a competitive handcycle so these vets can compete in marathons.

Invitees included Achilles athletes (wounded veterans), Michigan Tech ME students, GM Executives, DC policymakers, DC-based military representatives, veteran’s organizations, select media, about 200 invitees. Dr. William Predebon was there representing Michigan Tech and the ME-EM Department.

It was an evening about how Michigan Tech ME students in the senior capstone design program worked hand-in-hand with the wounded veterans to design and build a competitive handcycle so these wounded veterans can complete in the Achilles sponsored marathons (Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Vets: achillesinternational.org).

Predebon said “It is a heart-moving film about our students and how they made a difference in the lives of our courageous wounded veterans. Although it started as their senior capstone design project it became much more for them- it became their passion.”

Several GM Executives spoke at the screening including former Chairman and CEO, Dan Ackerson. Featured speakers included Travis Wood, wounded veteran, Chad Zunich, student member of the first handcysle senior capstone design team. Travis is one of two wounded veterans featured in the film and worked closely with the senior capstone design teams. He also rode the student designed prototype handcycle in the Detroit marathon, which is featured in the film.

Watch the Video

Watch the Video
The video can be seen at http://vimeo.com/99873340

Former GM Chairman and CEO Dan Ackerson
Former GM Chairman and CEO Dan Ackerson
Chad Zunich, Travis Wood, Achllies Coordinator Chad was an ME student, who was on the first handcycle senior capstone design team and now   works at General Motors
Chad Zunich, Travis Wood, Achllies Coordinator
Chad was an ME student, who was on the first handcycle senior capstone design team and now works at General Motors
Handcycle at screening
Handcycle at screening
Chad Zunich and Joe Traum (Achilles Director)
Chad Zunich and Joe Traum (Achilles Director)

Mobile Lab on the Road for STEM Promotions

11News from Tech Today — July 23, 2014 –

The Michigan Tech Mobile Lab traveled to several college campuses in southern Michigan recently. Instead of a single person providing a lecture, the Mobile Lab team provided a hands-on seminar for the Wayne County Community College Districts ongoing Global Conversations Speaker Series in Detroit and Taylor, Michigan. Attendees included students from both Wayne State University and Wayne County Community College.

With funding from MI-LSAMP, the Mobile Lab continued the southern Michigan tour with stops at the Michigan State University campus in Lansing and the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo where hands-on seminars were provided for incoming engineering freshmen attending Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University and Kellogg Community College. Seminar attendees received a short talk on the importance of STEM careers before working in breakout groups where they learned about modern automotive powertrain technologies and conducted on-road testing of several Hybrid Electric Vehicles.

News from Tech Today — July 15, 2014 –  The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road during the first week of July at the Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, MI for an outreach activity with the Michigan Civil Air Patrol Summer Cadet Encampment. The Mobile Lab staff spent two days with 147 cadets, from around the Midwest, discussing STEM career opportunities and performing hands on demonstrations. The outreach event was funded with a Michigan Space Grant Consortium award titled; “High Impact STEM Outreach Utilizing the Michigan Tech Mobile Laboratory at the 2014 Michigan Civil Air Patrol Summer Cadet Encampment,” Marlene Lappeus PI and Jeremy Worm Co-PI.

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The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road
The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road

The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road
The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road
The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road
The Michigan Tech Mobile lab was on the road