Distinguished Speakers

The Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts a series each year featuring distinguished speakers in their related fields. Speakers come from all over the country from various schools and industries to present their ground-breaking research. Some speakers have even come from other countries. A reception follows each seminar. Please help spread the word that all are invited.

Seminars are held on Friday’s at 3:00 p.m., in the Sidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK-Mechanical Engineering Kennecott Bldg.) as follows:


2015-2016 Speakers

Bloswick-head-shotAug. 28: Donald Bloswick, Ph.D., P.E., CPE

Professor; Director, Ergonomics & Health Safety Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

ME to IE and Back: Prof. B. will discuss the challenges and opportunities of navigating the transition from mechanical engineering to industrial engineering and the sometimes stressful, but always interesting, transition back to mechanical engineering education and practice at the U. He will focus on the design and development of rehabilitation and recreational devices/systems for persons with disabilities.

S-Acharya.jpgSept. 18: Sumanta Acharya, Ph.D.

Ring Companies Chair & Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Memphis, TN

Gas Turbine Blade Cooling: Using Fundamental Physics for Improved Cooling Designs. Dr. Acharya will discuss the physics of a  film cooling jet injected into a hot cross-flow using high fidelity numerical calculations (e.g., Large Eddy Simulations).

Yung ShinOct. 9: Yung Shin, Ph.D., FSME, FASME

Donald A. & Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced Manufacturing; Editor-in-chief, Lasers in manufacturing and Materials Processing, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, IN

Can Lasers Light Up New Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing? This talk will describe the emerging development and application of laser-based manufacturing and materials processing, and using physics and numerical modeling to investigate micro/nano structure and surfaces, novel material synthesis, and cost effective fabrication of alternate renewable energy devices.

WebsterOct. 30: Robert Webster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, TN

Can Needle-Size Robot Tentacles Help Surgeons Save Lives? Dr. Webster will discuss recent advances in design and control that are rapidly pushing the boundaries of surgical robotics to smaller scales, greater accuracy, and more effective interaction with surgeons. In particular, he will describe the fascinating process of partnering with surgeons to create new robots to act as powerful weapons in the fight against lung disease, stroke, brain tumors, epilepsy, deafness, and urologic disorders. 

RollettNov. 20: Anthony Rollett, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Advances in Modeling and Simulation of Micromechanical Response of Materials, with an Emphasis on 3-D Microstructure. Dr. Rollett will describe several advances in modeling and simulation of microstructure in 3-D, and how these advances have been accompanied by equally signifiant advances in characterization techniques.



2014-2015 Speakers

Larry-DeVries-thumbnailSept. 5: K. L. DeVries, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor,  Dir., Fracture & Adhesives Lab, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Successes and Frustrations: Prof. DeVries sees himself as a research opportunist and will discuss various developments produced over the years learning to take advantage of opportunities that arose in our ever changing world.

 Karthik RamaniSept. 25: Karthik Ramani, Ph.D.

Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Using Hands naturally for Design and Creative Expression. Dr. Ramani presented new interaction paradigms for creation, interaction and manipulation of 2.5D shapes through natural integration of human gestures with shape modeling schemes.

Paul-OhOct. 24: Paul Oh, Ph.D.

Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial Systems, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Robotics: Passing the Tipping Point. In the past decade robots have gone beyond the confines of the factory floor to being pervasive in everyday environments. This talk showcased work in both flying robots (UAVs) and walking humanoids that point towards the field’s near-term future.

 K.T.RameshNov. 21: K. T. Ramesh, Ph.D.

Decker Professor of  Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Keep your Head in the Game: The Mechanics of Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports. The human brain is a complex soft structure that is subjected to dynamic loading throughout a human lifetime. This lecture described how this structure is protected, and examines the conditions under which the protection fails during sport activities, leading to traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Ibrahim DincerDec. 5: Ibrahim Dincer, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director, Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL), Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

New Energy Dimensions for Better Sustainability. This presentation offered a unique approach in providing sustainable solutions and focus on newly developed multi-purpose approach in providing sustainable solutions and focus on newly developed multi-purpose energy systems and applications as well as their performance assessments through energy and exergy efficiencies. 

 Susan_Margulies-thumbJan. 16: Susan Margulies, Ph.D.

George H. Stephenson Professor in Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

Understanding Why Head Rotation Direction Matters. Her group identified relationships between rapid head rotation direction and velocity and regional axonal pathology, diffusion tensor images to define white matter tract orientation, and computational simulations validated with actual brain tissue displacement in physical model studies, and found that white matter tract-oriented strains and strain rates vary with head rotation direction, and are strongly correlated with traumatic axonal injury.

G.McClain-thumbMar. 27: Gretchen McClain

Director, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Co.; Director, AMETEK Inc.; University of Utah 2015 Founders Award Recipient

The Doors Engineering Can Open – The Broad Career & Exciting Opportunities in Front of You.There’s never been a more exciting time – or a more urgent need – for bold and talented engineering professionals. Looking at life’s challenges through an engineer’s eyes gives you a powerful advantage: you have the analytical thinking expertise and the technological acumen to untangle the most complex problems, as well as the perspective to see the bigger picture.


2013-2014 Speakers