M.E. News

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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Distinguished Seminar: K. T. Ramesh, Ph.D.


Keep your Head in the Game: The Mechanics of Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, 2:00 pm Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series Warnock Engineering Bldg. (WEB) 2250 Reception to follow at 3:00 pm K. T. Ramesh, Ph.D.Decker Professor of Science & EngineeringJohns Hopkins University All are invited and welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.   Abstract: The human brain is an extraordinary organ that is arguable the most important part of the body. It is also a complex soft structure that is subjected to dynamic […]

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Finalists Selected for NASA’s RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition!

RoboUtes at NASA June13

NASA selected University of Utah Mechanical Engineering RoboUtes to compete in this year’s RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition! Congratulations to NASA RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition finalists: California State University, Long Beach Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) San Jose State University University at Buffalo University of Maryland The University of Utah Virginia Tech West Virginia University The University of Utah RoboUtes is one of eight teams selected nationally to compete in the 2015 RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops (Robo-Ops) June 2015, in a series of competitive field tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard, […]

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Girl Scout Robots Rock

Girl Scouts RoboUtes

The RoboUtes will be joining the Society of Women Engineers University of Utah Section for the second annual Girl Scout Night Jr. this Friday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the WEB Catmull Gallery! The theme for this year’s event is “Robots Rock!” where more than 75 Girl Scouts grades K through 5 from the Greater Salt Lake City area will learn through discovery by building an electromagnetic motor, creating a hydraulic lever, and learning how robotics will impact their lives.  The attendees will get to experience the RoboUte’s telepresent […]

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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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