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.
Sept. 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.
Sept. 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.
Oct. 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.
Nov. 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).
Dec. 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.
Jan. 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.
Emeritus Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
Turning Concepts Into Realities: A High Speed Slide and Video Review of 40 Years of R&D Projects in the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Jacobsen will review a number of developments in medical, entertainment, military, and R&D areas. He will delve into how the projects began, how product targets were defined via interactions between clients and staff, and how complex projects often require dynamically adjusting planned objectives to meet schedule and budget targets.
Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM), Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), University of Pennsylvania
Atomic-scale processes in friction and wear. Professor Carpick works at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics to study nanotribology, the atomic-scale origins of friction, adhesion, lubrication, and wear. He will discuss the exploration of atomic-scale friction and wear mechanisms using novel scanning probe microscopy experiments.
Chair & “Kelly” Johnson Collegiate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Applications of Energy Harvesting. Dr. Inman will introduce the basics of harvesting energy from ambient vibrations using piezoelectric materials and explore several applications that benefit from harvested energy. The amount of harvested energy is small, but can still provide significant power for many diverse applications including: heart pacemakers, sensor systems for structural health monitoring and active gust alleviation in UAVs.
Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Robot Hands for the Real World. Dr. Howe will discuss the development of a simple, inexpensive, and robust hand that capitalizes on its passive mechanical behavior to grasp objects spanning a wide range of sizes, shapes, weights, and positions, while using only one motor. He will also discuss a new hand that combines optimized passive mechanics with five motors for precision fingertip manipulation, as well as a low-cost sensor suite for these hands.