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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…

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NHMU Scientist in the Spotlight: Marc Calaf

Wind Engineering and Vultures! Friday, May 6, 2016 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) Life Gallery – Naturalist Lab As an alternative to burning fossil fuels, wind power is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation.  Join U Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor, Wind Energy Read More…

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Alex Jafek receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student, Alex Jafek, advised by Mechanical Engineering professor Bruce Gale, received a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF uses the Graduate Research Fellowship Program to recognize and support outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. In explaining his feelings about receiving the award and the Read More…

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Amun Jarzembski Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Amun Jarzembski for receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  Amun, advised by Prof. Kay Park, will conduct research on near-field thermal radiation.  The NSF GRF will support Amun’s Ph.D. work for three years. Amun’s research involves the exploration of near-field thermal radiation from a nanoscale heated Read More…

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Prof. Eric Pardyjak Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Study Turbulence and Dispersion in Mountainous Terrain

Congratulations to professor Eric Pardyjak for receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, project title, “Improved understanding of turbulence and dispersion in mountainous terrain.” Mountains cover approximately one-quarter of the earth’s land surface and twenty percent of the world’s population lives in or at the fringes of mountainous regions (Körner and Ohsawa, 2005). Populations have often tended to Read More…