Outstanding Teaching Assistant-Christopher “Kiffer” Creveling, Mechanical Engineering

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The 2015 Outstanding Staff and Teaching Awards were announced Friday, Aug. 21, representing stellar work by individuals in the University of Utah’s College of Engineering. Dean Richard Brown honored the recipients during his annual fall faculty and staff meeting held this year at the newly-refurbished Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building. Christopher “Kiffer” Creveling is certainly this century’s version of a “Renaissance Man.” He is a member of many honor societies, namely Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honors society. He was an outreach coordinator, a volunteer for the Associated Students […]

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U Alumna Gretchen McClain Inducted into Tech Hall of Fame

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The Utah Technology Council (UTC) ( today announced this year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Gretchen McClain and Will West. The inductees will be honored on November 2 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City at the UTC Hall of Fame Celebration, the annual gathering of the technology industry. Hatch is the first lawmaker, and McClain, a mechanical engineering alumna, is the first woman to be inducted into UTC’s Hall of Fame in its 16-year history. “The track record of these leaders […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Donald Bloswick


ME TO IE and Back: Reflections on 30 years of working with interesting people & great students Friday, August 28, 2015, 3:00 pm Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar SeriesSidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK – Mechanical Engineering Kennecott Bldg.) Reception to follow at 4:00 pm Donald Bloswick, Ph.D., P.E., CPE Professor, Department of Mechanical EngineeringDirector, Ergonomics and Health Safety University of Utah Abstract: What a Ride! My first day at the U started with a front-page article in the Utah Daily Chronicle announcing the discontinuation of the Industrial Engineering Program from our […]

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New Faculty: Jiyoung Chang, Assistant Professor


The University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Jiyoung Chang. Chang is interested in exploring new materials and building innovative applications. Here in Utah he is building a multi-disciplinary research lab implementing mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, electrical engineering, and a physics knowledgebase towards wearable and flexible electronics. Before coming to Utah Dr. Chang was a postdoctoral fellow in the physics department at the University of California, Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and in the recently created Kavli Energy Nanoscience […]

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U Student Receives DOD SMART Scholarship

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Mechanical engineering major at the University of Utah, Joseph Melville receives DOD SMART Scholarship for graduate studies. A transfer student from Utah Valley University, Melville has been at the U for two years. The scholarship is for Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART) and is funded by the Department of Defense (DOD), which offers full tuition, a yearly stipend, plus funding for supplies and health insurance. The award includes summer internships and a one-to-one service commitment to work as a civilian for the DOD at a sponsoring facility. From American Fork, Melville attributes […]

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M.E. Student Poster Takes Second at IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability

Left to right: U mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidates, Thomas Tran, Carlo Bianchi, mechanical engineering undergraduate Joseph Melville, and mechanical engineering assistant professor Amanda Smith at the IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability, August 1, 2015

Mechanical engineering students enjoyed a great experience at the July 30-August 1, 2015 IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability, held at Weber State University.  Pictured, Ph.D. candidates Thomas Tran and Carlo Bianchi presented their papers, while B.S./M.S. undergraduate Joseph Melville competed and took Second Place in the Student Poster Competition. In his poster entitled, “Design of Bench Scale Model for Pressure Retarded Osmosis,” Melville explains that Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) is a process which can recover salinity gradient energy.  PRO is an emissions free process, and could theoretically produce power continuously. In Utah, the power potential […]

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U Professor Promotes Laser-based Manufacturing


U mechanical engineering assistant professor Wenda Tan recently traveled to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in Tennessee, to give a seminar on “multi-scale modeling of process dynamics and microstructure development in laser-based keyhole welding and additive manufacturing.” Professor Tan also visited the processing and joining group  and the manufacturing demonstration facility  to get acquaintance of the welding and additive manufacturing research activities that are going on in ORNL. Announced earlier this month by  by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce was  Utah’s designation as part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities […]

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U Environmental Sustainability Program Receives NSF Funding


Under the direction of U mechanical engineering professor Eric Pardyjak, associate professor Rob Stoll and assistant professor Amanda Smith, the project entitled, “UNS: Localized Distributed Power Generation: Economically Robust, Demand-Optimized Placement of Urban Energy Production Systems,” was recently awarded a NSF grant of $309,909.  There is a critical need for decision makers to have the tools that aid them in understanding and calculating the optimal distributed power generation for more sustainable cities. Factored in the equation is the understanding that each city or urban area has an unique environment. Some are surrounded by mountains, others […]

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The Strength of Utah Tech

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EDCUtah: Utah is often noted for the strength of its high-tech sector and the “Silicon Slopes” that have produced phenomenally successful companies like Omniture (now Adobe), Instructure, Qualtrics,, Vivint and many others.  But the state’s high-tech sector also includes amazing companies like Blackrock Microsystems, a small Utah company that sprang from a University of Utah lab in 2008. Its name makes it sound like a software company, but Blackrock has used a blend of technologies to develop the world’s largest portfolio of FDA and CE cleared technology in the […]

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Seminar: Interface Mediated Thermal Transport: From Hybrid Materials to Hard Disk Drives

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Thursday, July 23, 20152:30 P.M.Warnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2250 Jonathan A. Malen, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical EngineeringCarengie Mellon University Abstract: Operating temperature, and hence heat dissipation, impact the performance of energy conversion technologies and electronic devices. Thermal transport in advanced materials for these technologies cannot be described simply by Fourier’s law when the mean free paths of energy carriers are commensurate to feature sizes. Instead, interfaces and non-diffusive transport can govern macroscopic quantities like thermal conductivity. The objective of my research group is to experimentally measure these effects, to better design […]

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