Fall Design Day December 3

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For the first time, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is holding Design Day both fall and spring semester. Between projects and competitions, this week’s inaugural Fall Design Day will showcase hundreds of mechanical engineering students. Visitors will find several senior capstone projects, some graduate level projects, the mechatronics ‘The Great Escape,’ and two freshmen competitions ‘Battleship’ and ‘Up-Cycle.’ All are invited and welcome to come join us to see which project and which robot design comes out on top! Fall 2015 Design Day Thursday, December 3 Union Ballroom 11:00 am […]

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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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2015 Engineering Day

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More than 550 high school students and their parents converged on the University of Utah’s College of Engineering campus Saturday, Nov. 14, to get a taste of what it’s like to pursue a path in engineering and technology. This year’s “Engineering Day,” when students come to learn about the engineering disciplines being taught at the U, brought in the biggest group ever, according to Morgan Boyack, academic coordinator for the U’s College of Engineering. “This is an event that just keeps growing every year. Students are excited to see what […]

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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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Utah No. 1 for Business . . . Again!


Forbes/Business—There are parts of the U.S. that are thriving thanks to strong workforces, low business costs and pro-business regulatory environments. With that in mind, Forbes embarked on its annual look at which states have the best business climates. Utah leads Forbes’ ranking of the Best States for Business for the second straight year and fifth time since 2010 (Virginia ranked No. 1 in 2013). The Beehive State benefits from light regulation and energy costs that are 23% below the national average. Employment has expanded 2.2% annually the past five years, the third best […]

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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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Brittany Coats: Understanding Brain Injury

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Each year, approximately 1,300 children in the U.S. are victims of severe or fatal head trauma from child abuse such as shaken baby syndrome, according to the National Institutes of Health. For many, the diagnosis comes too late — a child can go to a hospital several times before a doctor realizes the infant was a victim of abuse. University of Utah Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Brittany Coats and her research team believe there is a better way to detect traumatic brain injuries (TBI). They are researching small structures in […]

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Professor Named Utah ASME Safety Professional of the Year (SPY)

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The Utah Chapter of the ASSE recognized Danielle Denne, CSP, MPH and Andrew S. Merryweather, Ph.D., as their 2015-1016 Safety Professionals of the Year at the Joint Utah Conference on Safety and Industrial Hygiene held on October 14th – 15th 2015. Danielle received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health & Occupational Safety from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Public Health with an Industrial Hygiene Emphasis from the University of Utah. She is a Certified Safety Professional who is employed by the Workers Compensation Fund as Manager, Customer […]

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U Student Research Featured in a Museum in Europe


You may recall James Colovos, a doctorate student in mechanical engineering here at the U., who recently won Best of Show in the Spring 2015 Research as Art Contest, a competition of image and videos produced from scientific work. Well, today Colovos’ research as art (above) entitled, “Tungsten Wave” is on display at the National Gallery of Art in Lithuania. Colovos said thinking about his work more artistically has allowed him to “break away from my desk and start to describe what I’m working on” to non-engineers. He’s given out […]

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Brittany Coats, Ph.D.

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Bring your lunch and join us Wed., Oct. 28, noon – 1:00 pm, in 0560 MEK Description: In solid mechanics, even the smallest structures can play an important role in the distribution of stress and strain. The Developmental Injury Biomechanics Lab investigates how structure and mechanics change as we age, and how these changes affect our risk for injury. Recently, we’ve been investigating microstructures between the brain and skull, and have found that despite their relatively small size, they play a critical role in the prediction of traumatic brain injury. […]

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