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Profs. Steven Naleway and Bart Raeymaekers receive $352K NSF Grant

Congratulations to Assistant Prof. Steven Naleway (PI) and Associate Prof. Bart Raeymaekers (co-PI) for receiving a new $352K NSF grant from the Manufacturing Machines and Equipment (MME) within CMMI division. The objective of this research is to conduct basic research on a new manufacturing process that combines freeze casting and ultrasound directed self-assembly, and the mechanical properties Read More…

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M.E. Student to Spend Summer at Los Alamos National Lab

From Hyde Park, located north of Logan, University of Utah mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Tyrel Rupp, is one of 21 students selected nationally for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Dynamics Summer School (LADSS). He will be partnered with a LANL staff member as a mentor for an intense nine-week research activity on a three-person Read More…

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Alumnus Spotlight – Campbell, an Ultramarathoner

University of Utah engineering alumnus Jared Campbell said he’s going to miss competing in this year’s Barkley Marathon, though you may ask yourself why once you learn what the Barkley Marathon is. It’s one of the craziest, most challenging ultramarathons there is, a gut-wrenching 130-plus-mile trek that laps around Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee Read More…

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Cheap Drones

U Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute – Typical mapping drones cost anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 to buy. Casey Duncan and David Wheatley, geology grad students at the U, and Sam Chesebrough, a grad student in mechanical engineering, wanted to make one for a fraction of the cost. And they succeeded. The three made one for only Read More…

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Mining Ice on Mars

U Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute – Humans have yet to visit Mars. Partly because it’s 140 million miles away and partly because we don’t have enough resources to sustain human life. The Utah Robotic Mining Project at the U is helping NASA solve this problem. “The Utah Robotic Mining Project is a club on campus with Read More…

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New Faculty Member: Pania Newell, Ph.D.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah welcomes our newest tenure-track faculty member, assistant professor Pania Newell. Dr. Newell’s research focus is investigating multi-physics, and multi-scale phenomena through integrating theoretical, experimental, and computational analysis. Newell moved to the U.S. after completing her undergraduate degree in civil engineering in Iran. She obtained her Read More…

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Goertzen Found Her Research Glass Slipper!

Goertzen finally found her research glass slipper in the Nanotribology and Precision Engineering lab, led by mechanical engineering associate professor Bart Raeymaekers. Maggie Goertzen (ME BS’17) grew up skiing, climbing, and mountain biking in Montana. Five years ago she moved to Salt Lake City to explore the Wasatch, to experience city life, and to start Read More…

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Maggie Goertzen 1 of 36 UG Women Selected Nationally as Brooke Owens Fellows

36 UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN SELECTED AS BROOKE OWENS FELLOWS, EARNING SENIOR MENTORSHIP AND PAID POSITIONS AT LEADING AEROSPACE FIRMS Brooke Owens Fellowship Program Helps Address Historical Underrepresentation of Women in Aviation and Space Exploration by Identifying and Training World-Class Talent MARCH 8, 2017 – WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program – a volunteer-led Read More…

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Prof. Jake Abbott receives new $385k NIH grant for telerobotic eye surgery

Project title: Quantifying the Benefits of Head-mounting in Telemanipulated Robotic Eye Therapies Many of the up-and-coming therapeutic protocols in ophthalmology are technically difficult, near or beyond the limits of human ability, and are being attempted by only a few surgeons. Surgeon hand tremor combined with patient movement due to breathing and snoring place a lower Read More…

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Brittany Coats and Ashley Spear receive $591K from U.S. Dept. of Justice for infant skull fracture research

Profs. Brittany Coats (PI), Prof. Ashley Spear and collaborator Prof. Susan S. Margulies (Dept of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania) receive $591K from the U.S. Dept. of Justice for infant skull fracture research.  The three-year award, titled “Skull fracture patterns from head impact in infants”, will develop and validate a computational toolset for predicting skull fracture patterns in Read More…