Gordon Parker (MEEM) is the principal investigator on a research and development project that has received a $157,460 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research. Rush Robinett (MEEM) and Eddy Trinklien (MEEM) are Co-PIs on the three-year project titled, “Increasing Ship Power System Capability through Energy Control.”
Eighty-three of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 22nd annual US Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Nina Mahmoudian (ME-EM) is one of them.
She will join other engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines; Mahmoudian focuses on robotics with a specialty in marine robotics. The participants, from industry, academia and government, were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.
Ossama Abdelkhalik (ME-EM/AIM), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $25,000 research and development contract from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Mark Vaughn (ME-EM) is co-PI on the project, “Making small Wave Energy Converters Cost-Effective for Underwater Microgrids Through a 10-Fold Improvement in Year-Round Productivity.”
The Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics hosted a boat cruise during the Michigan Tech Annual Alumni Reunion aboard the Ranger III cruising down the Portage Canal on Thursday, August 4, 2016.
Alumni toured the Keweenaw Waterway and learned about exciting research happening in the ME-EM department. A portion of the ticket sales were donated to the department scholarship fund.
Tech Century, an online news site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran a story about Michigan Tech’s first Women in Automotive Engineering program. Funded by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. the program brought talented high school girls to Tech this summer to learn about careers in automotive engineering. It was part of the University’s Summer Youth Programs. Read the story here.
PACE, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education, held the 2016 PACE Global Annual Forum:
Global Mobility Challenges and Solutions
July 25 – July 29, 2016
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Michigan Tech attended the forum as part of team-6 “Konnect,” which presented their project:
Reconfigurable Shared use Mobility System
in collaboration with other institutions:
- PES Institute of Technology India
- Wuhan University of Technology China
- M S Ramaiah University of Applied science India
- SJCE Mysore India
A total of 8 teams participated in the competition. Each team consisted of 5 or 6 institutions.
Research by Brad King (MEEM) and PhD candidate Kurt Terhune (MEEM) has been featured in news outlets around the world including Digital Trends, Microscopy and Analysis, Space Daily, Science Daily, Wireless Design Mag,NanoWerk, e Science News, phys.org and AZO Nano.
Watch a Tiny Space Rocket Work
“Space isn’t the empty vacuum of nothingness many of us assume,” says Kurt Terhune, a mechanical engineering graduate student and the lead author on a new study published in Nanotechnology this week. “Space actually has a small amount of atmosphere that causes drag, solar winds that push satellites off course and space debris that present a constant hazard.”
Continuous Operation of Underwater Robots
It’s a fish! It’s a bird! No…it’s a robot. Inspired by nature, mechanical engineer Nina Mahmoudian is getting underwater robots to move together.
Not only could they travel more easily, but battery charging could be more efficient, too. Charging a robot is the biggest obstacle to underwater missions. That’s why Mahmoudian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has grants from both a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and the Young Investigator Program (YIP) from the Office of Naval Research to develop strategies to address the problem and advance the system.
We want to mimic what we see in nature for mobile sensor networks. —Nina Mahmoudian