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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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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Seminar: Biosensors Based on Nanostructured Electrodes


Thursday, July 16, at 10:00 am, in the Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Bldg. (SMBB) 2650 Gou-Jen Wang Dean and Professor of the National Chung-Hsign University, Engineering College, Taiwan Abstract: Electrochemical analysis is a promising method for biosensing. In our current work, a highly sensitive nanostructured electro- chemical biosensor based on a 3D sensing element featuring uniformly deposited gold nanoparticles has been developed. The barrier-layer surface of an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane was adopted as the substrate. A gold thin-film was sputtered onto the substrate, followed by a uniform electrochemical deposition of gold […]

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Seminar: Energy Conversion Systems Using Micro/Nano-scaled Transport Phenomena


The Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to invite all, Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 pm, WEB 2250, to this seminar with  Katsunori Hanamura, Ph.D.ProfessorGraduate School of Science & EngineeringTokyo Institute of Technology Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 pmWarnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2250 Abstract: Energy conversion will be enhanced using new ideas relating to nano/micro-scaled transport phenomena. Here, researches on “Spectral Control of Near-Field Radiation for High Density Generation of Electricity,” “Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with an Anode incorporating Proton Conductor” and “Trapping and Oxidation of Soot on Diesel Particulate Filter” are introduced. […]

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U Undergrads in China for First-Annual Shenzhen Maker Open


The University of Utah team has arrived in China at the first annual Shenzhen Maker Open. Pictured are mechanical engineering freshmen Vincent and Nicolo Young, Palani Thangaraj and Nick Durkee. Led by design lab coordinator mechanical engineering graduate student, Mark Howell, teams have 48 hours to design, build and compete against 11 other international teams. The winner is partially determined by facebook and other online votes. The time is now to like the Department of Mechanical Engineering FaceBook and support these students by liking and sharing their status. Here is the Facebook […]

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PAC-12 Network Features Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute


The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute was recently featured in the Pac-12 network documentary “Conference of Champions.“ The University of Utah section focuses on student entrepreneurship and innovation, looking closely at the company Blyncsy, started by student Mark Pittman. Blyncsy is able to track the movements of people using signals from cell phones. The U. has implemented the system to track movements at Rice-Eccles Stadium so officials can better know how people are coming to games and how the foot traffic is flowing. Check out the video below noting several visual references […]

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Seminar: Complex Transport and Interfacial Interactions of Nanosystems at Tumor Microenvironment

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to invite all on Tuesday, June 16, 3:30 p.m., 2250 Warnock Engineering Building (WEB) to attend a scholarly seminar with Bumsoo Han, Ph.D.Associate Professor  School of Mechanical Engineering Birch Nanotechnology CenterPurdue University  Abstract: Recently various nanomaterial-based therapy and imaging technologies emerge for treatment and diagnosis of cancers.  These include magnetic nanoparticles, gold nanoshells, nanorods, quantum dots, nanotubes, and polymer nanoparticles.  These nano-therapeutics (NTs) have many novel characteristics and can be functionalized for targeting specific receptors and oncogenes.  However, their efficacy is significantly impaired because […]

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U RoboUtes @ NASA Competition: Streamed Live Thursday, June 4, 9:00-10:00 AM

RoboUtes COLE VI observes NASA Johnson Space Center’s Mars Rock Yard during practice session, Houston, Texas.

The University of Utah RoboUtes is one of eight teams selected nationally to compete in the 2015 RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops (Robo-Ops), in a series of competitive field tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard, Houston, Texas, June 3-5. RoboUtes COLE VI will be doing his competition run this Thursday, June 4, 9:00-10:00 am. You can see him live remotely at—Social-Media.aspx. Or you can come down to the Mechanical Engineering Kennecott (MEK ) Building, in the Large Robotics Lab (Room 0112) at the U to watch it in person along […]

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Test Drones for Emergencies

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Washoe County, Nevada: More U robotics in the News! Mechanical engineering associate professor Kam Leang is leading an unmanned aircraft system to test how the new technology can assist in emergencies. This project is leveraged by Company Drone America and Reno Public Safety Sector. The Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program received a certificate allowing the program to use Drone America’s DAx8 Unmanned Aircraft System to test how the new technology can assist in emergencies. Read more . . .    The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University […]

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