M.E. News

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 http://nia-cms.nianet.org/RoboOps/Event-Info/Team-Live-Stream—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

Courtesy: Washoe County, Nevada

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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Kennecott Walkway Construction Underway

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Construction is well underway on the North Campus Connecting Element. There have been intermittent lane closures on 100 South and North Campus Drive as crews prepare for the walkway installation. This project includes the installation of an elevated pedestrian walkway, connecting main campus to the Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building, as well as the relocation of the current bus stop on North Campus Drive. The area is already being prepped for the placement of the walkway. Throughout May, there will be intermittent lane closures. The walkway will open in late […]

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New EAA President


Austin Van Otten (BS ME ’03, MS ME ’07, MBA ’10) has become the new College of Engineering Alumni Association president. The association offers many opportunities for engineering alumni to meet, volunteer and stay in touch with the college. To volunteer . . .

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Engineering Class of 2015


  With proud family members and friends looking on, the University of Utah’s engineering graduating class of 2015 walked through its convocation ceremony filled with hope, vitality and a promise for a bright future. College of Engineering Convocation Video and Photo Gallery Class of 2015 “There has never been a better time to graduate in engineering or computer science than today,” U College of Engineering Dean Richard Brown said during his welcoming remarks. “Large technology companies, government entities and startups across the U.S., and particularly in Utah, are pleading for […]

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Kam Leang: Robots Rule


In the killing fields of Cambodia, University of Utah mechanical engineering associate professor, Kam Leang, lived a childhood marred by gunfire and constant hunger. Thanks to a family in Tremonton, Leang landed in the safer, greener pastures of Utah, and he is now forging a successful career in robotics.   Q: You and your family fled Cambodia when you were 6 years old and took refuge in Thailand. Tell us about that experience and how that led to you coming to the United States. A: In 1975 the Khmer Rouge […]

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