M.E. News

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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Distinguished Seminar: Paul Oh, Ph.D.


Robotics: Passing the Tipping Point Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 3:00 pm Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series Warnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2230 Reception to follow at 4:00 pm Paul Oh, Ph.D.Lincy Professor of Unmanned Aerial SystemsMechanical EngineeringUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas All are invited and welcome to attendLight refreshments will be served   Abstract: Robotics is going through a rapid “growth spurt.”  Programs like the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) and the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) in the US and others in Europe and Asia have “tipped” the field into an era […]

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New Grad Level Design & Manufacturing Track Being Offered


The Design and Manufacturing track offers training in advanced design and manufacturing skills. The sequence of courses is similar to a product design cycle, with courses covering each part of the cycle. The core is supplemented with elective courses that tailor your graduate education to your specific interests and needs.If you have been considering going back for your graduate degree, this might be the program for you. Learn more by visiting: Design & Manufacturing Graduate Level Track The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is committed to […]

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Top Ranking Mechanical Engineering Program According to Student Reviews!


Graduate Programs is pleased to announce its Fall 2014 Rankings of Top Graduate Programs according to students, enumerating the best graduate programs in the country in a variety of fields based solely on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students posted on graduateprograms.com. Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between September 1, 2012 and September 30, 2014, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide.  Ratings are based on a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the […]

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Hundreds Attend Biggest Engineering Day Ever


Some 500 local high school students attended Engineering Day 2014 on the University of Utah campus Saturday, Oct. 11 to get a taste of what the U’s engineering departments are like. Read more . . .

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Composites Best Choice for Automakers, says U Engineer

Dan Adams

While steel and aluminum duke it out over bragging rights and market share in the automotive sector, there is another competitor that poses a potential threat to both metals: composites. As automakers try to hedge their bets in response to the numerous challenges posed by safety needs, mileage regulations, environmental standards, vehicle performance demands and global competition, advocates of composites say the materials have a role to play due to the advantages they offer in strength, quality and lighter weight. “With composite materials, we get high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios […]

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COMS 2014 Coming to Salt Lake City


For the first time, the annual international COMS Conference will be held in Utah, bringing some of the world’s top researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs to Salt Lake City to talk about the commercialization of micro, nano and emerging technologies. The conference, which is developed by the Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF) and the University of Utah Center for Engineering Innovation, will be held from Oct. 12 through 15 at the Grand America Hotel, 555 S. Main St. “You get exposure to investors and to people in the […]

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New Faculty: Ashley Spear, Assistant Professor


The University of Utah Department of Mechanical Engineering is pleased to announce the arrival this past summer of Dr. Ashley Spear to our tenure-track faculty.  “Engineering was not always something I wanted to pursue,” says Ashley Spear, mechanical engineering assistant professor at the University of Utah. Spear’s father is a civil engineer and, recognizing her aptitude for math and analytical thinking, frequently tried to convince her to consider engineering. Despite his best efforts, Spear would simply respond, “No, Pops, engineering is something boys do.”  It wasn’t until her second year […]

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Alum and Army Vet Turned NASA Engineer Helps Keep Planes in the Sky

Mechanical Engineering Alum Daniel Goodrick B.S.'08, is helping to make flying safer. Photo credit: Angel Canales/ABC News

By Angel Canales/ABC News EDWARDS, Calif. — Next time you’re up in the sky sipping your drink, you might raise a toast to the people who toil to make flying safer. Meriden, Kansas native Daniel Goodrick is one of them. Dan’s route to becoming an engineer for NASA took a couple of detours after high school. First, he took some time off to serve a mission in Mexico for his church and second, he joined the Utah Army National Guard as a Counterintelligence Agent in 2000. The Army, by-the-way, helped pay […]

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Distinguished Seminar: Karthik Ramani, Ph.D.

Karthik Ramani

Using Hands Naturally for Design & Creative Expression   Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Mechanical EngineeringDistinguished Seminar SeriesWarnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2230Reception to follow at 4:00 p.m. Karthik Ramani, Ph.D. Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical EngineeringProfessor Electrical and Computer EngineeringPurdue University All are invited and welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.   Abstract: The recent success of tablets and depth cameras is a direct example of the importance of using natural interactions to create simple and more interesting virtual experiences. On the other hand, current interactive […]

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