Category Archives: Research

Nina Mahmoudian is an Outstanding Young Engineer

Nina Mahmoudian
Nina Mahmoudian

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) symposiumNina 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.

Read more at Tech Today, by Allison Mills.


Wave Energy Converter Funding for Abdelkhalik Group

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.”

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Tiny Rocket Engine In the News

Tiny Space RocketResearch by Brad King (MEEM) and PhD candidate Kurt Terhune (MEEM) has been featured in news outlets around the world including Digital TrendsMicroscopy and Analysis, Space Daily, Science Daily, Wireless Design Mag,NanoWerk, e Science News, phys.org and AZO Nano.

From Tech Today.

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.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Allison Mills.


Unscripted: Nina Mahmoudian and Underwater Robots

Unscripted: Allison Mills Interviews Nina Mahmoudian
Unscripted: Allison Mills Interviews Nina Mahmoudian

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

Read more and watch the video at Unscripted: Science and Research, by Allison Mills.


Andrew Barnard Blogs About Sound, Ships, and Science

Andrew Barnard
Andrew Barnard

June 24, 2016

I have begun my journey onto the Great Lakes.

For the next five days, I’ll be on a ship, learning the ins and outs of being a chief scientist with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), a collaborative program between the National Science Foundation and Office of Naval Research.

I’ll be aboard the R/V Blue Heron, the only UNOLS research vessel in the Great Lakes. It’s about 20 feet tall, painted navy blue, with “Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota” printed on the bow. This will be my home for the next several days.

Read more at Unscripted, by guest blogger and assistant professor Andrew Barnard.

In the News

Science360, a science news site published by the National Science Foundation (NSF), featured a photo as its Picture of the Day of sunset over Lake Superior, shot by Assistant Professor Andrew Barnard (ME-EM) during a University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System training cruise. See the photo here.

From Tech Today.



UNOLS Chief Scientist Training for Andrew Barnard

Andrew Barnard
Andrew Barnard

How many sailors does it take to set up an acoustic array? Doesn’t matter if there isn’t a trained acoustics engineer on deck. But clocking time at sea—and knowing how to arrange for experiments aboard a research vessel—is not a straightforward process. To learn more, Andrew Barnard (MEEM) is taking his underwater acoustics research on the R/V Blue Heron next week as part of a Chief Scientist Training Cruise through the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).

“The cruise is designed to teach young faculty the ins-and-outs of being a chief scientist on proposals and research expeditions aboard the UNOLS fleet,” Barnard says, adding that he will be conducting some experiments during his trip. The ship will be out from June 25 to 30, traveling from Milwaukee to Duluth.

Michigan Tech partners with UNOLS along with more than 60 other institutions and national laboratories. Learn more here and stay tuned for an Unscripted photo essay and guest blog from Barnard on his experience aboard the R/V Blue Heron.

From Tech Today, by Allison Mills.


SAE Presents Award Named for Professor John Johnson

SAE 2016
SAE 2016

At the SAE 2016 World Congress in Detroit, SAE International presented the John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines to Rolf D. Reitz, a professor in the Engine Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The award is named for Michigan Tech Presidential Professor John Johnson (ME-EM), whose expertise in the field of diesel engines spans a wide range of analysis and experimental work related to advanced engine concepts, emissions studies, fuel systems and engine simulation. Johnson is a fellow of SAE International and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Established in 2008, the award recognizes authors of an SAE International outstanding technical paper that addresses research advancements in diesel engines and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in research and development in the field of diesel engines through a singular accomplishment or lifetime achievement.

SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession.

From Tech Today, by Jenn Donovan.