PACE 2016 Global Annual Forum

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.

PACE 2016
System designed by Michigan Tech and other universities. Model built at Michigan Tech.


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.




Nancy Barr Presents at ASEE Annual Conference

ASEE 2016Senior Design and Technical Communications Program Advisor Nancy Barr (MEEM) presented a paper titled “Extending Writing in the Disciplines to train mechanical engineering GTAs to evaluate student writing” at the ASEE Annual Conference in New Orleans June 27, 2016.

From Tech Today.

The ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives.



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.