Five Open Tenure-Track Faculty Positions


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah invites applications for five tenure-track positions at the assistant or associate rank with a Fall Semester 2016 starting date. Candidates with exceptional background and experience may be considered at a higher rank. Candidates with interest and expertise in the areas of i) solid mechanics — 2 positions, ii) design and/or manufacturing, iii) thermal sciences, fluid mechanics, or energy systems, and iv) robotics are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be qualified to teach courses in the core curriculum of a […]

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Smart Helmet Protects Players from Concussions


KSL: SALT LAKE CITY — Football is a high-risk sport, and no one knows better than Jordan High School wide receiver Jackson Bolingbroke who suffered a concussion when he was blindsided in a game this past season. “I don’t remember it that much,” he said. “I actually got knocked out when it happened. The hit kind of came from the side. I really didn’t see it coming.” But imagine a different scenario if players like Jackson could wear a futuristic helmet currently being proposed by a team of University of […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Jay D. Humphrey, Ph.D.


Mechanical and Mechanobiological Factors in Aneurysm Progression Friday, January 15, 3:00 pm Sidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK) Reception to follow at 4:00 pm Jay D. Humphrey, Ph.D. Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering Yale University Abstract: Aneurysms are local dilatations of the arterial wall that are responsible for significant disability and death. Notwithstanding the importance of biological factors, the ultimate fate of these aneurysms (rupture) depends directly on the mechanics. In this presentation, we will examine issues relating to both intracranial and aortic aneurysms from the perspective of […]

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ME Student Awarded NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)

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 University of Utah mechanical engineering  Ph.D. candidate, John Greenhall, advised by mechanical engineering assistant professor Bart Raeymaekers, received a 2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF). NASA Space Technology Research Fellows perform research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. R&D laboratories. Through this experience, NSTRF graduate researchers will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with leading engineers and scientists in the students’ chosen area of study; they will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to […]

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Dean Brown Receives Prestigious Honors


Richard B. Brown, dean of the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, received two prestigious honors on the same day: He was elected to the National Academy of Inventors, and he was awarded the Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Science and Technology. Brown, the University’s 11th dean of the College of Engineering, was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, one of 168 named in 2015, bringing the total number of NAI Fellows to 582 from more than 190 universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions. Past […]

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Spear Receives AFOSR Young Investigator Award


Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Spear, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, for being awarded a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP). Dr. Spear’s proposal combines 3-D multi-scale modeling with machine learning to advance structural prognosis capabilities for the U.S. Air Force. Only 57 scientists and engineers were granted this award. Dr. Spear is the first in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Utah to win this award.

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ME Fall 2015 Design Day


Whether it’s throwing clay pigeons into the sky or designing a water pail that generates electricity, University of Utah mechanical engineering students showed off a number of inventive projects during their twice-a-year Design Day event, held at the A. Ray Olpin Union Thursday, Dec. 3. Four senior design capstone projects and four more projects to help patients and the disabled were on display at Design Day, which allows the public to see the progress made by mechanical engineering students. The senior design capstone projects included: • An automated clay pigeon […]

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UofU-BYU Seminar Exchange: Eric Homer, Ph.D.


Mechanical Engineering is excited to announce the creation of a UofU-BYU Seminar Exchange. Our first seminar is planned for Thursday, December 3 11:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Milner Executive Board Room (0560 MEK) “Modeling Grain Boundaries in Crystalline Metals and Deformation in Amorphous Metals” Eric R Homer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Brigham Young University of Provo, Utah Abstract: Grain boundaries in polycrystalline materials play an important role in strength, ductility, conductivity, and creep and corrosions resistance. However, the state space of […]

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Two Alumnae Finalists in Women Tech Awards 2015

Kathy Allman, senior manager of materials and process design engineering at Orbital ATK; B.S. '07, M.S. '10. Kathy began her career as a paralegal in support of medical and engineering issues. This piqued an interest in technical disciplines and she pursued and earned her B.S. from the University of Utah in mechanical engineering while working full-time.  Photo taken from video at

Over the past eight years, the Women Tech Council (WTC) has recognized 130 women, 25 university students, and sponsored over 700 high school students to attend the awards, helping to inspire the next generation of STEM-focused students. Women Tech Council is thrilled to be able to support the education community in such a meaningful way. Two of the 16 Women Tech Award 2015 finalists are University of Utah Mechanical Engineering alumnae.   “We love this opportunity to recognize women in technology who are impacting the technology economy in a meaningful […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Anthony Rollett


Advances in Modeling and Simulation of Micromechanical Response of Materials, with an Emphasis on 3-D Microstructure Friday, Nov. 20, 3:00 pm Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series Sidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK – Mechanical Engineering Kennecott Bldg.) Reception to follow at 4:00 pm A. D. (Tony) Rollett, Ph.D. Professor Department of Materials Science & Engineering Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Abstract: There have been substantial advances in modeling and simulation of microstructure in 3-D. These have been accompanied by equally significant advances in characterization techniques, with serial sectioning, synthetic […]

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