Fly the Friendly Skies in an F-35


For three days, some lucky wannabe fighter pilots are able to fly the friendly (virtual) skies in an advanced F-35 fighter jet simulator on display at the University of Utah’s Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building. The multimillion-dollar cockpit “demonstrator” (unlike a simulator that teaches pilots how to fly, this machine merely shows you what it’s like to be in an F-35) debuted Wednesday, Oct. 7, and is on display through Friday in the building’s new robotics lab. The machine was brought here courtesy of the demonstrator’s creator, Lockheed Martin […]

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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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Gretchen McClain on Entrepreneurship in STEM


Women who think math and engineering aren’t cool have not met Gretchen McClain. I met Gretchen myself through the Utah Technology Council (UTC) where I serve as a member of the Executive Committee. That association is inducting McClain into its Hall of Fame – its 17th since the program’s inception in 1998 – on November 2 of this year. The program honors individuals with Utah ties who’ve made global contributions towards the advancement of science and technology. She is the program’s first female inductee. In short, McClain’s message to other […]

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Rio Tinto Kennecott Building Dedication


The newly renovated Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building at the University of Utah goes well beyond the adage of “what’s old is new again.” The completely remodeled building is not just bigger and newer, it’s also much safer, more energy efficient and the latest example of the U’s efforts to build one of the most sustainable campuses in the country. A dedication for the new building, 1495 E. 100 South, will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the third floor Sidney and Marian Green Classroom. On hand […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Yung Shin, Ph.D.

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Can Lasers Light Up New Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing? Friday, Oct. 9, 3:00 pm Sidney & Marian Green Classroom (3550 MEK-Mechanical Engineering Kennecott Bldg.) Yung C. Shin, Ph.D.Donald A. & Nancy G. Roach Professor of Advanced ManufacturingSchool of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Abstract: With the rapid advent of lasers and laser systems, there has been an explosion in the use of lasers in various disciplines.   Lasers provide highly controlled, intense, localized heat sources, which can be used to add, subtract and transform materials.   This talk highlights various applications of […]

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Amanda Smith, Ph.D.


Mechanical Engineering is excited to announce the first speaker in our Brown Bag Lunch Series, mechanical engineering assistant professor Amanda Smith, Thursday, October 1, 12:30-1:30 pm, 0560 MEK (Milner Executive Board Room-Lower Level) Bring your lunch or pick something up at the Quartzdyne Cafe. Come learn about how energy use in the Salt Lake Valley affects the environment, and how the Site-Specific Energy Systems group is analyzing sustainable solutions, along with other ME researchers and interdisciplinary researchers. We are modifying building energy models to give better environmental information, simplifying computer […]

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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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Engineering Professor Named an ASME Fellow

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For outstanding achievements and leadership in microfluidics and nanofluidics, Timothy Ameel, professor and chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been named a 2015 fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the organization’s highest membership grade. He is recognized by his peers as a pioneer for his seminal work in microchannel flows and heat transfer. Ameel’s work on slip flow convection in microchannels has resulted in a number of important advances that have helped shape the understanding of these important microscale conditions. Professor Ameel has had a […]

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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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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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