Researcher of the Year 2014 – Jake Abbott

Based on annual faculty activity report data, as well as proposal and grant data, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to recognize Jake Abbott, Ph.D., as our researcher of the year for the 2014 calendar year.

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ME 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year – Bart Raeymaekers

In recognition of his devotion to academic excellence and genuine concern for students, we are pleased to announce that for the second year in a row Bart Raeymaekers, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering is the 2014-2015 Students Choice Outstanding Teacher of the Year! Led by the mechanical engineering Undergraduate Student Advisory Council, who solicited nominations Read More…

New Faculty: Jiyoung Chang, Assistant Professor

The University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Jiyoung Chang. Chang is interested in exploring new materials and building innovative applications. Here in Utah he is building a multi-disciplinary research lab implementing mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering, and a physics knowledgebase towards wearable and flexible Read More…

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Test Drones for Emergencies

Washoe County, Nevada: More U robotics in the News! Mechanical engineering associate professor Kam Leang is leading an unmanned aircraft system to test how the new technology can assist in emergencies. This project is leveraged by Company Drone America and Reno Public Safety Sector. The Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program received a certificate Read More…

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Kam Leang: Robots Rule

In the killing fields of Cambodia, University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor, Kam Leang, lived a childhood marred by gunfire and constant hunger. Thanks to a family in Tremonton, Leang landed in the safer, greener pastures of Utah, and he is now forging a successful career in robotics.   Q: You and your family Read More…

New Faculty: Ashley Spear, Assistant Professor

The University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the arrival this past summer of Dr. Ashley Spear to our tenure-track faculty. “Engineering was not always something I wanted to pursue,” says Ashley Spear, mechanical engineering assistant professor at the University of Utah. Spear’s father is a civil engineer and, recognizing her Read More…

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Francoeur Receives the Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office

Congratulations to mechanical engineering assistant professor Mathieu Francoeur, who received the prestigious and highly competitive Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office for his project entitled, “Design of Thermal Metamaterials Beyound the Effective Medium Theory: Direct numerical simulation via the Thermal Descrete Dipole Approximation (T-DDA).” The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Army Research Office (ARO) Read More…

Gale Named 2014 Distinguished Mentor

Mechanical engineering professor Bruce K. Gale has been named a 2014 Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor by the University of Utah Graduate School. Gale will be recognized during the 2014 College of Engineering convocation ceremony on May 2. The $2,500 award recognizes faculty for effectively guiding students and fellows through professional and educational Read More…

Professor Abbott advising mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Lisandro Leon on their cochlear implant device.
Jake Abbott – Intrigued by Robots

“I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into robots” reflects Jake Abbott, mechanical engineering associate professor at the University of Utah. “Whether it was Luke Skywalker’s artificial hand in The Empire Strikes Back, or the robotic suit that Ripley wears in Aliens, I was always intrigued by robots that extend human capabilities. But who Read More…