Category Archives: Research

Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Emerging Disaster Engineering

NSFJeff Naber (MEEM/ASPRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $99,752 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. Greg Odegard (MEEM), Sheryl Sorby (MEEM), Kellie Raffaelli (CDI), and Michael Bowler (Humanities), are Co-PI’s on this one-year project entitled, “Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Emerging Disaster Engineering Encompassing Human Directed Expert Systems (ERC-DEES).”

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Disasters cause immense economic and human losses. Those persons in the communities most significantly impacted are the elderly, disabled, and those economically disadvantaged with limited resources and limited mobility.

Concurrently, man-made infrastructure is becoming more vulnerable due to aging and degradation, while weather extremes and terrorism threats are increasing the occurrence and impact of disasters.

Thus, there is a critical need to have rapid intelligence and an ability to deploy limited resources with maximum impact at the earliest stage of the disasters.

The proposed vision is to develop expert systems with autonomous agents directed by humans with rapid response capabilities in partnership with, and in support of, first responders, communities and their citizens, and local and federal agencies.

Read more at the National Science Foundation.


Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Supports Engine Research and Development

Mechanical Engineering BuildingJeff Naber (MEEM/ASPRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $481,013 research and development contract with the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Youngchul Ra (MEEM), Mahdi Shahbakhti (MEEM), Jeremy Worm (MEEM), Henry Schmidt (MEEM), Paul Dice (MEEM), and Joel Duncan (MEEM) are Co-PI’s on this project entitled, “A Compression-Ignition Mono-Fueled NG High-Efficiency, High-Output Engine for Medium and Heavy-Duty Applications.” This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $1,156,042.

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Jeff Naber Joins U.S. DRIVE Committee as an Associate Member

US Drive logoJeff Naber has been nominated as an associate member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) United States Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability (U.S. DRIVE) Committee.

It is a three year term starting September 2019. It involves direct meetings between the OEM’s and DOE’S Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) at a high level.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) tech team is part of the U.S. DRIVE partnership. This partnership is between the U.S. Council for Automotive Research LLS (USCAR) and the DOE.

Gurpreet Singh, Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels R&D Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office, DOE, is the other co-chair. Other members of the team include combustion and emission control experts from FCA, GM and Ford as well as a broad spectrum of representatives from the DOE and U.S. national labs (Argonne, Oak Ridge, Sandia, NREL, Lawrence Livermore, Pacific Northwest).

The committee meets six times a year at the USCAR office in Southfield, MI, to discuss pre-competitive technology and research to improve engine efficiency while meeting emission standards.


Jeff Naber Appointed to Executive Committee of Automotive Research Center

Jeffrey Naber
Jeffrey Naber

Jeff Naber (ME-EM), the Richard and Elizabeth Henes Professor in Energy Systems and director of the Advanced Power Systems Research Center, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Automotive Research Center (ARC) by the center’s director Bogdan Epureanu.

The ARC is a US Army Center of Excellence for Modeling and Simulation of Ground Vehicles sponsored by Ground Vehicles Systems Center (formally TARDEC in Warren, Michigan) and led by the University of Michigan.


Darrell L. Robinette Honored by SAE International with Forest R. McFarland Award

Darrell Robinette
Darrell Robinette

A Michigan Tech assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics is among those being honored with awards from SAE Engineering.

Houghton resident Dr. Darrell Robinette was one of 26 mobility engineering professionals to win the 2019 Forest R. McFarland Award.

Honorees are recognized for their outstanding, sustained contributions to support SAE Engineering Events.

Robinette is currently an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University, a position held since August of 2016.

Read more at the Keweenaw Report.


Exploratory Research Funding for Susanta Ghosh

Susanta Ghosh
Susanta Ghosh

Susanta Ghosh (MEEM/MuSTI) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $170,604 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled “EAGER: An Atomistic-Continuum Formulation for the Mechanics of Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides.” This is a potential 19-month project.

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Two-dimensional materials are made of chemical elements or compounds of elements while maintaining a single atomic layer crystalline structure. Two-dimensional materials, especially Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs), have shown tremendous promise to be transformed into advanced material systems and devices, e.g., field-effect transistors, solar cells, photodetectors, fuel cells, sensors, and transparent flexible displays.

To achieve broader use of TMDs across cutting-edge applications, complex deformations for large-area TMDs must be better understood. Large-area TMDs can be simulated and analyzed through predictive modeling, a capability that is currently lacking.

This EArly-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award supports fundamental research that overcomes current challenges in large-scale atomistic modeling to obtain an efficient but reliable continuum model for single-layer TMDs containing billions of atoms.

Read more at the National Science Foundation.


Orbion Awarded NASA Contract

Orbion Space TechnologyOrbion Space Technology, a company that develops plasma thrusters for satellites, announced a contract award from NASA‘s Science Mission Directorate. Under the contract, Orbion will develop advanced propulsion system components that will help spacecraft to rendezvous with, orbit, and conduct in-situ exploration of planets, moons, and other small bodies in the solar system. The NASA contract will focus on increasing the reliability of spacecraft thrusters while decreasing the cost to produce and fly them on space missions.

“More than 10,000 small satellites will be launched into space in the next 5-7 years. While the US has been a space-faring nation for 70 years, we are just now learning how to build spacecraft and their components on assembly lines like automobiles instead of like fragile science-fair experiments,” says Lyon B. King, Orbion’s CEO, “Orbion specializes in mass-manufacturing spacecraft hardware, and we are honored that NASA has selected Orbion to develop critical technology for solar system exploration.”

The award is administered by the NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. In the first phase of the project, Orbion will utilize new 3D printing technology to create extremely high-temperature heating elements that can reduce the complexity and cost of critical spacecraft thruster components. The components will be tested in space-simulation chambers on the ground to prove their performance and reliability. In a follow-on, second phase of the contract, Orbion anticipates integrating the new heaters with their commercial plasma propulsion system for demonstration in space.

To learn more about Orbion, visit their website.

By MTEC SmartZone.


US DOE Funding for Sajjad Bigham

Sajjad Bigham
Sajjad Bigham

Sajjad Bigham ( MEEM/APSRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $534,565 research and development cooperative agreement with the US Department of Energy. The project is titled “Next-Generation Desiccant-Based Gas Clothes Dryer Systems.” This is a potential three-year project.


Paul van Susante Presents on Space Topics

Paul van Susante on Google Hangout with presenter
2019 Space Resources Roundtable Reception. Live from Golden, Colorado!

Paul van Susante (MEEM) presented during the Moon Development & Exploration track at the International Space Development Conference in Arlington, VA on June 8, 2019, about “Lunar ISRU and Design and Sizing of Regolith Excavation & Handling Hardware.” He participated/organized a workshop/panel session on “ASCE Resources and Standards workshop.”

He also participated in the Space Resources Roundtable in Golden, CO from June 10 to 15 and chaired Technical Session 4 on Space Manufacturing and Processing Technologies, presented a paper during the “Mars Resources” track on ” Poly-Hydrated Sulfate Mining and Water Extraction on Mars: Experimental Results and System Requirements.”

As the secretary of the AIAA Space Resources Technical Committee, he helped organize the technical committee meeting, organized a roundtable discussion on landing pad necessity and construction and helped host a Google Hangout Session of the AIAA Space Resources TC during the reception. Watch the hangout channel on YouTube.


ACM and Michigan Tech Showcase New AV Technologies

Michigan Tech Mobile Lab

Experts from Michigan Tech showcased some of the newest AV technologies—from connected car communications to infrastructure—and how they impact and improve fuel economy. The event—Connected and Automated Vehicles and Modern Methods for Light-Duty Automotive Energy Savings—took place at one of the state’s premier testing grounds, the American Center for Mobility (ACM), on May 7 and May 9, 2019.

The event addressed key trends and challenges by showcasing how these technologies can improve fleet fuel efficiency. Researchers from the University shared background knowledge on the technologies. There were also tours of the Michigan Tech Mobile Lab and the Advanced Power Systems Laboratories (APS LABS).

As part of ACM’s Academic Consortium, a partnership between ACM and 15 Michigan colleges and universities to collaborate on talent training, this event ties industry to education to further discussion on talent retention and training in addition to addressing energy savings within autonomous and connected vehicles.

Michigan Tech Mobile Lab Headed To ACM In Ypsilanti, MI, May 7th And 9th

After being connected by the team at PlanetM, with MEDC, Jeffrey Mosher speaks to a pair from Houghton, MI, Christopher Morgan, and Jim Desrochers who are set to hit the road next month for a special open house.

Read the article and listen to the SoundCloud Podcast at Michigan Business Beat, hosted by Chris Holman.