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Mathieu Francoeur’s Group Publishes in Nature Communications

In an article recently published in Nature Communications, University of Utah Mechanical Engineering students Michael Bernardi (now a Process Engineering at Intel Corporation), Daniel Milovich and professor Mathieu Francoeur measured radiative heat transfer exceeding the blackbody limit between macroscale planar surfaces separated by a nanosize vacuum gap. In the 1970s, it was predicted that radiative Read More…

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Manufacturing a Brighter Utah

University of Utah engineers develop new center to help local manufacturing businesses succeed. One of the hot-button issues this presidential election is about companies outsourcing work overseas and figuring out how to keep manufacturing jobs here in America. To help convince these businesses they can perform better in their own backyard, two University of Utah Read More…

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Prof. Bart Raeymaekers Recognized as Researcher-of-the-Year

Based on outstanding annual faculty activity report data, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to recognize Associate Prof. Bart Raeymaekers as the 2015 Researcher-of-the-Year. Mechanical engineering professor Bart Raeymaekers’ research spans two main categories: tribology, which is the science of friction, wear, and lubrication, with an emphasis on micro- and nanoscale lubrication; and precision Read More…

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Jordan French Receives NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship

Proudly from a tiny little town in south central Tennessee near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, called Coldwater, mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate, Jordan French says, “I have always been interested in space exploration. Growing up riding dirt bikes, building race-cars, and flying in airplanes, mechanical engineering becomes a natural obsession.” “As a ‘War Eagle’ undergrad Read More…

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Kam Leang 3D Printing Electroactive Polymer Soft Robots

Mechanical engineering associate professor Kam Leang envisions a better robot made of just one material that moves without the use of motors and gears. And he won’t have to build it — he’ll just make it with a 3D printer. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But Kam Leang’s research into “soft robotics” Read More…

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Henry Fu Publishes in Physical Review Letters and Scientific Reports

Utah mechanical engineering associate professor Henry Fu recently published two papers which received special highlighting. In the first publication that recently appeared in Physical Review Letters, University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Amir Mirbagheri and professor Henry Fu study how the bacterium Helicobacter pylori swims through the gastric mucus lining the stomach. The article was Read More…

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New Faculty: Owen Kingstedt

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is excited to announce the August 2016 arrival of Dr. Owen Kingstedt, one of our newest tenure-track faculty members and a researcher fueled by curiosity who “likes to build things with my hands.” Originally from outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kingstedt received his bachelor’s in mechanical Read More…

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New Faculty: Steven Naleway

The University of Utah’s Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Steven Naleway. Naleway’s multidisciplinary research focuses upon the development of advanced materials, designs and science that is motivated by nature and natural systems through the process of bioinspiration. Naleway completed his doctorate in materials science and engineering at the Read More…

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New Faculty: Henry Fu

The University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to welcome the arrival of Dr. Henry Fu. Fu’s research group is interested in microscale fluid dynamics and mechanics, especially as applied to microbial biology, soft and complex biomaterials, and microrobotics for biomedical applications. Before joining the University of Utah, Fu was an assistant professor Read More…

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Here’s What’s Spinning in the Wind, Energy and Turbulence Lab

By Hilary Smith, Sustainability Resource Center In an age of global climate change and smog-thickened skies, wind has been embraced as a relatively green, renewable, alternative energy source. There are drawbacks—including concerns about bird migration and impact on nearby residents—but overall, it’s easy enough to stand in support of wind energy. Tougher to solve are Read More…