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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…

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New Faculty: Tommaso Lenzi

The University of Utah’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the arrival of assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi. Lenzi’s research focuses on the design, development and testing of wearable robots such as powered exoskeletons and robotic limb prostheses. After receiving his doctorate in biorobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy in 2012, Lenzi moved Read More…

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Vaillon Co-Authors Book, “Thermal Behavior of Photovoltaic Devices”

Rodolphe Vaillon, CNRS Professor (CETHIL, France) and Visiting Scholar in the Department (2016 and 2017), publishes with Dr. Olivier Dupré (CETHIL, France and currently at the PV-Lab, EPFL, Switzerland) and Prof. Martin A. Green (ACAP, UNSW, Australia), a book with Springer providing a comprehensive introduction on the thermal issues in photovoltaics. The book is the Read More…

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Roundy Receives NSF CAREER Award

Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Shad Roundy, in the University of Utah’s College of Engineering received the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his work in developing the use of low-frequency magnetic fields to power medical implants. This award is for five years. Roundy received his award to research a way to use low-frequency magnetic Read More…

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Merryweather’s TheTetra Universal Controller Showcased at CES 2017

Four teams from the University of Utah presented new technologies at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, three of which include faculty from the College of Engineering. Nick Swisher, marketing and communications manager, Technology and Venture Commercialization, and Brooke Adams, communications specialist with the University Marketing and Communications, profile the teams in the Read More…