Seminar: Visiting Scholar: Jennifer A. Nichols


Ph.D. candidate, Jennifer A. Nichols of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, will present her seminar entitled, “Using surgical simulation to understand the biomechanical design of the musculoskeletal system” Tuesday, April 2211:00 A.M.Warnock Engineering Building (WEB) 2250 Abstract:Orthopaedic surgeons often offer patients compromises: a joint can be replaced, pain can be alleviated, but the required surgery results in unintended, functional impairments. These functional impairments can permanently change how individuals interact with their environment by limiting an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living, such as picking up a saucepan or using […]

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Engineering students showcase everyday robots and then some


By Andrew Jose, The Daily Utah Chronicle When it comes to robot competitions, one centimeter can mean the difference between the sweet bliss of victory and the despair of defeat. Engineering students at the U showed off their creations and tested their robot skills Tuesday at the College of Engineering’s annual Design Day. The event, which was held in the Union Ballroom, featured several elements, including a freshman design competition, a junior mechatronics competition and a senior design showcase. During the freshman design competition, student teams tested the accuracy of […]

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Design Day Schedule: April 15


All are invited to mechanical engineering’s 17th annual Design Day. This is a unique opportunity for the community, faculty, pre-college and college students to interact with and learn what our mechanical engineering students are involved in, here at the University of Utah. Design Day 2014 Tuesday, April 15Union Ballroom11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. SENIOR DESIGN SHOWCASE  Cutting-edge projects developed by students  11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. OPERATION DESERT HAIL  Freshman Design Competition  12:00 – 2:00 P.M. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE  Junior Mechatronics Competition  1:00 – 3:00 P.M. Senior Design Showcase(11:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.) Cutting-edge projects developed by […]

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GSAC Soccer Tournament


Friday, April 4, 1:00-4:00 P.M.  - North Field HPER North – The Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) would like to welcome all Graduate Mechanical Engineering students and faculty to join us for an Epic One-Day Tournament (outdoors) with all teams playing to be the ultimate Department Champions. We will offer 5v5 format for each team. However if a team is willing to play with fewer players, that is allowed as well. So, hurry up, form a team and find a team name that best fits you. Then send […]

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Mechanical Engineering Prof. Kent Udell’s transformative energy solution

Kent Udell

University of Utah’s mechanical engineering professor, Kent Udell and metallurgical engineering professor Z. Zak Fang, presented their thermal battery project at the ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) energy innovation summit held in Washington D.C. February 24-26, 2014. The summit is the premier event dedicated to transformative energy solutions. US News notes,  “Using metal hydrides – made from magnesium, titanium and other materials – the thermal battery draws excess power from other sources, such as power outlets or truck exhaust, to efficiently generate heating and air-conditioning. Fang said the battery could […]

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Undergraduate Research -Pediatric Adaptive Skiing System


The pediatric adaptive skiing system is one of more than nine funded undergraduate research projects under way at any given time within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. It is also one of over 250 funded undergraduate research projects campus-wide.   Working to build a pediatric adaptive skiing system, mechanical engineering sophomore Jacob Hopkin says, “It will be a novel device able to adapt to children with different levels of disabilities, as well as progress with these users as they learn to ski.” Along with fellow mechanical engineering student Dallin Rees, Hopkins […]

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Militant Ducks take First in the ME 1000 “Ultimate Accuracy” Competition


We are pleased to announce the winners of the ME 1000 “Ultimate Accuracy,” competition held on December 5, in the Union Building. First Place: Militant Ducks Second Place: SpamWorks Third Place: SnowCone Engineering Fourth Place: Calypso Fifth Place: Triple BBJ^2SG Sixth Place: Mechanics Mechanical Engineering freshmen teams from the Introduction Robot Systems Design I class, built robots for the “Ultimate Accuracy” competition.  They had two minutes during the competition for their robots to initiate motion using a two-finger trigger, and then operate autonomously equipped with projectile systems to launch a […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Prof. Robert Howe


“Robot Hands for the Real-World” Robert Howe, Ph.D.Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of EngineeringSchool of Engineering and Applied SciencesHarvard University Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 3:00 pmWarnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2230Reception to follow at 4:00 pm (All are invited) Abstract:  Manipulating objects in human environments like homes and workplaces is challenging because object properties are not known a priori and sensing is prone to error. Research in this area has largely focused on anthropomorphic hands that are complex, fragile, and difficult to control. We are pursuing an alternate      approach that focuses […]

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New Publication: In Search of an Intelligent Methodology for Designing Sustainable Cities

Illustration of the interactive and immersive visualization platform utilizing virtual environments for understanding dispersion characteristics in cities.Notes: Particles are colored according to their instantaneous direction of motion. For example, blue particles are moving upstream toward the buildings (indicating recirculation zones), while yellow particles are moving downstream in the direction of the main flow above the buildings. Green and red particles are moving outward from the centerline of the domain-green particles are moving to the right in the top left panel, while red particles are moving to the left.

A close look at the GEnUSiS (Green Environmental Urban Simulations for Sustainability) project, which aims to empower urban planner, decision-makers, and other stakeholders with the necessary state-of-the-art tools to implement science-based sustainability solutions to achieve better urban designs. Authors: Bhagirath Addepalli, Eric R. Pardyjak, P. Willemsen, S.A. Halverson, D.E. Johnson, and R. Stoll. Published in the November 2013 edition of em -The Magazine for Environmental Managers.  Addepalli, Pardyjak and Stoll are with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah; Willemsen and Halverson are both with the Department […]

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ME 1000 Competition: Ultimate Accuracy!


All are invited to witness and cheer on this semester’s first-year students’ snowball fight for Ultimate Accuracy! The class will be gathering on: Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00-2:00 p.m. Olpin Union Ballroom     Of course a mechanical engineering snowball fight encompasses a little more than putting on a nice warm pair of gloves. In this competition, ME EN 1000 Introduction Robot Systems Design I teams have built mechanical robots powered solely by potential energy. Ultimate Accuracy Robot Objectives:   Autonomously drive 5m with a total of 6.7 Joules of […]

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