M.E. News

U Mechanical Engineering Alumna, Gretchen McClain, Honored

Gretchen McClain

Gretchen McClain, who graduated from the University of Utah’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and helped lead NASA’s International Space Station program, was honored on Founders Day. University of Utah engineering alumna, Gretchen McClain, has impacted technologies ranging from cell phone interconnects to robotics for spacecraft. At the U’s annual Founders Day banquet on Feb. 24, she was one of several distinguished alumni honored for their contributions.  Inspired by her father, a Penn State engineering graduate, McClain was surrounded by science and engineering from a young age. Her journey began at the […]

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Survey: Demand for Utah Engineers Skyrocketing


Kevin Driggs, who is responsible for recruiting new engineering graduates for Lehi-based technology company IM Flash, has a big problem. His company is having a hard time finding enough engineers to fill job openings because IM Flash is growing so rapidly. Normally, the company, which produces memory chips for consumer electronics such as computers and smartphones, hires 40 to 50 engineers each year.   “We’re going to have to hire 150 people just this year. Potentially, we might have to hire more than that,” Driggs said. “Some of the things […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Susan Margulies, Ph.D.


Understanding Why Head Rotation Direction Matters Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, 3:15 pm Mechanical EngineeringDistinguished Seminar SeriesWarnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2230 Reception to follow at 4:15 pm Susan Margulies, Ph.D. George H. Stephenson Professor in BioengineeringSchool of Engineering and Applied ScienceUniversity of Pennsylvania All are invited and welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Abstract: Previously we reported that traumatic axonal injury and neurofunctional outcomes after rapid head rotations are influenced by head rotation direction. We hypothesized that injury is closely correlated with white matter tract deformation, and that these […]

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The 10 Skills Employers Most Want In 2015 Graduates


Forbes Magazine: The trick is to demonstrate that you have those skills through your cover letter, résumé and interview. Think about class projects where you have been a team member or leader and jobs where you have had to plan and prioritize. Describe those skills specifically in your résumé and cover letter and in your job interview. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) a Bethlehem, PA non-profit group that links college career placement offices with employers, ran a survey from mid-August through early October where it asked hiring […]

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Winning Freshmen Team: Apollo 36


University of Utah freshmen students gathered for their end of the semester competition “Quick Launch” in the Union Ballroom, yesterday (Dec. 4, 2014). Talk about bulls-eye after bulls-eye! These top six teams were hard to beat! Teams built mechanical robots powered by potential energy (cans of spam), using SolidWorks, hand tools and 3-D printers. Robots were equipped with projectile launchers to throw a “baseball” to a target where, sticking to the bull’s eye receives maximum points. Mechanical engineering freshman, Nathan Baum, Apollo 36 team member said, “The strategy of our team […]

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Open Faculty Positions


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah invites applications for multiple tenure track positions at the assistant or associate rank with a Fall Semester 2015 starting date. Candidates with exceptional background and experience may be considered at a higher rank. Candidates with interest and expertise in the areas of 1) mechanics of novel materials and structures, 2) whole body biomechanics and design, 3) design of mechanical/fluid systems, and 4) microscale/nanoscale devices are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be qualified to teach courses aligned with their area […]

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Mechanical Engineering Research Art Wins Best of Show


To the uninitiated, James Colovos’ award-winning research image may look like an abstract illustration of a tidal wave or perhaps a computer-generated beast from a modern-day horror movie. Instead, this bizarre swirl of black-and-white pixelated lines and dots is in fact a scientific representation of what happens when a tungsten plate impacts a porous rock at 10 times the speed of sound. Colovos’ image is more than just science — it’s also art. This research image was named the Best in Show at this year’s Research as Art Contest, a […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Ibrahim Dincer, Ph.D.

Ibrahim Dincer

New Energy Dimensions for Better Sustainability   Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, 3:00 pm Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series Warnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2230 Reception to follow at 4:00 pm Ibrahim Dincer, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanical EngineeringDirector, Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL)Department of Mechanical, Automotive & Manufacturing EngineeringUniversity of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada All are invited and welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.   Abstract: We are in a new era where we face crucial energetic, economic, environmental and sustainability issues and need to go beyond conventional energy […]

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Teams Announced for NASA 2015 Robotics Operations Competition


NASA-Langley Research Center: Eight universities have advanced to the next round of “RASC-AL Robo-Ops,” a planetary rover robotics engineering competition sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. The teams selected are California State University Long Beach, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; San Jose State University in California; University of Buffalo in New York; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Utah, Salt Lake City; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg; and West Virginia University, Morgantown. The 5th Annual Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic […]

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Girl Scout’s Learn About Engineering


FOX 13: SALT LAKE CITY—GoldieBlox is a new engineering toy for girls that aims to break stereotypes; the creator says there are very few toys on the market for girls that foster critical skills like science. Friday night, a group of young girls in Utah got a chance to do more than just play with Barbies. They were taken on a field trip to the University of Utah to learn how to make robots. As part of the State’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the U plays a […]

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