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December 2012

The journal Nanotechnology, in their "One Year On" web page section, features a follow-up to a paper titled "Gas-Phase Production of Gold-Decorated Silica Nanoparticles," by Professor Steven Girshick and his Ph.D. students Adam Boies (now a tenure-track Lecturer at Cambridge University in the UK) and Pingyan Lei. "One Year On" asks authors of selected papers in key subject areas to provide an update of their research, one year following publication of their articles in Nanotechnology. Go to the article.

Professor Jane Davidson has won the Frank Kreith Energy Award from ASME. The award will be presented at the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Houston, Texas. The award is granted for significant contributions to a secure energy future with particular emphasis on innovations in conservation and/or renewable energy.

Professor John Bischof was awarded the Van C. Mow Medal from the ASME for significant contributions to the field of bioengineering.

November 2012

A paper by Ph.D. student Shan Hu and Professor Rajamani on flexible solid state supercapacitors has been selected for the 50th Anniversary Editor's Choice Collection of the journal Applied Physics Letters. Only 50 papers out of more than 12,000 published between 2009-2012 were selected for this honor.

October 2012

In a letter published in Nature Physics, Professor Traian Dumitrica and collaborators have used experiments and atomistic simulations to investigate the boundaries of continuum mechanics in graphene.  The paper titled “Breakdown of continuum mechanics for nanometre-wavelength rippling of graphene” demonstrates the ability of graphene to fold beyond the boundaries set by continuum mechanics. This discovery can be applied towards building novel nanoelectromechanical devices.  The article can be found here: http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nphys2389.html

September 2012

Professor Jane Davidson will receive the Frank Kreith Energy Award for 2012 at the ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress in Houston, Texas, November 9-15. This award honors an individual for significant contributions to a secure energy future through innovations in conservation and/or renewable energy technology. Professor Davidson will give the Kreith Award Lecture: SunGas: The Promise of Renewable Thermochemical Fuels.

August 2012

In a letter published in Nature Physics, Professor Traian Dumitrica and collaborators have used experiments and atomistic simulations to investigate the boundaries of continuum mechanics in graphene.  The paper titled “Breakdown of continuum mechanics for nanometre-wavelength rippling of graphene” demonstrates the ability of graphene to fold beyond the boundaries set by continuum mechanics. This discovery can be applied towards building novel nanoelectromechanical devices.  The article can be found here: http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nphys2389.html

Dr. Julia H. Nicodemus (graduated, now at Lafayette College) and Prof. Jane Davidson's paper "A Transverse Jet Reactor for Zinc Aerosol Hydrolysis" received the best paper award in solar chemistry at the 2012 ASME Energy Sustainability Conference held in San Diego, July 22-26, 2012.

Dr. Josh Quinnell (graduated, now at the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research ZAE Bayern) and Prof. Jane Davidson's paper "Buoyancy Driven Mass Transfer in a Liquid Desiccant Storage Tank" received the best paper award in solar heating and cooling at the 2012 ASME Energy Sustainability Conference held in San Diego, July 22-26, 2012.

Graduate students Yu Wang, Hu Zhang and Professor Zongxuan Sun won the best paper award at the 2012 International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technology and Integration in Changchun, China.

Professor Rajesh Rajamani will be a keynote speaker at the 14th ASME IDETC International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies in Chicago, August 12-15, 2012. Prof. Rajamani will speak on "Novel Sensors, New Estimation Algorithms and Active Controls: Technologies for Improving Highway Vehicle Safety and Mobility."

Professor Rajesh Rajamani has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ( ASME).

July 2012

We are pleased to announce three named professorships in Mechanical Engineering: Professor John Bischof is the Janet and Carl Kuhrmeyer Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Professor Steven Girshick is the Kenneth T. Whitby Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Terrence Simon is the Ernst G. Eckert Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Two graphics/images are on the cover of the July 2012 issue of Chemical Engineering & Technology (CET.) The work performed by Andrew Fager (MS ME 2011 and now at EXA Corporation) and Prof. Sean Garrick describes the influence of turbulence on fluid temperature and the formation and growth of metal nanoparticles. The article in CET reviews the latest technologies for the synthesis of nano-structured materials. Additionally, an article written by Andrew Fager, Jun Liu (ME PhD candidate), and Sean Garrick describing the dynamics and physics of nanoparticle nucleation processes will appear in the August issue of Physics of Fluids

June 2012

ME Alumn, Padraic"Pat" McGuire, (BME 1981) has received the Alumni Service Award for his dedicated service to the University, the College of Science and Education and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Allison Hubel, and BioCoR were featured in the June edition of the magazine Nature. The article is titled, "Building Better Biobanks" (pdf).

May 2012

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships have been awarded to Ranganathan Gopalakrishnan, title: Collision Dynamics in Nanoparticle-Laden Aerosols, advised by Professors Chris Hogan and Peter McMurry, Pingyan Lei, title: Gas-Phase Synthesis of Multi-Functional Nanocomposites, advised by Professor Steven Girshick, and Tsz Yan Ling,title: Characterization and Filtration of Liquid-Borne Nanoparticles, advised by Professor David Pui.

Dr. Eduardo Reategui is the winner of the Best Dissertation Award, Physical Sciences & Engineering in 2012. His thesis title is "Encapsulation of Proteins and Cells in Silica Nanoporous Materials." He graduated with his Ph.D. from our department in 2011 and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Engineering in Medicine in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

April 2012

Professor Zongxuan Sun was chosen to receive the Taylor Career Development Award, which is given to a P&T candidate for excellence in teaching.

Professor Jane Davidson was named a Traiblazer by the Girl Scouts. Trailblazer honorees are alumnae whose pioneering efforts opened doors for other women to follow.

Minnesota takes second place overall at Parker Hannifin Chainless Challenge! The team, which formed in an ME 4054 Senior Design class, took second place overall in the competition held in Irvine, CA. There were a total of 12 teams in the competition.

ME graduate student Marc Dunham won the 2012 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship from the Department of Defense. Marc works on solar thermal power under the supervision of Prof. Wojciech Lipiński.

March 2012

Brian Jennissen, an M.S. graduate student, has won the Thomas F. Ellerbee Scholarship. The award is made to students who show creativity in scientific breakthrough thinking and research that has the potential to positively impact the sustainability of the built environment.

The second edition of Professor Rajamani's book "Vehicle Dynamics and Control" has been published in January 2012. The first edition was adopted as a text book for graduate courses at the University of California, Berkeley, and other universities.

Wojciech Lipiński gave an invited talk entitled "From sunlight to fuels and power" at the NSF-sponsored US-Egypt Joint Workshop on Solar Energy Systems and Materials held in Cairo, March 11-14, 2012.

Professor Rusen Yang has received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.Professor Yangs's project is set to study piezoelectric nanomaterials for harvesting otherwise wasted mechanical energy and producing renewable electricity. The approach is focused on the significant factors in the energy conversion at the nanoscale with the development of a 3-dimensional energy harvester, which capitalizes on the significant advantages in material properties and dynamics that nanowires offer.

Professor Zongxuan Sun has received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. This award provides a grant of $400,000 to support Prof. Sun's work on control of mechatronic automotive propulsion systems.

February 2012

Professor Allison Hubel was inducted as a Fellow in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, AIMBE, in Washington, DC in February. The AIMBE Fellows comprise the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. Hubel was chosen "for leading contributions in advancing our understanding of damage during freezing, development of preservation technology and the practice of biopreservation."

A new video game developed by ME researchers in the Intelligent Transportation System Institute, teaches the consequences of distracted driving. The game, designed to help teens and young adults understand the importance of concentrating on driving, will premiere at the Teen Safe Driving Summit on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Rosemount Community Center. More...

January 2012

Ms. Colleen Witzenburg, a doctoral candidate working with Professor Victor Barocas, has been awarded a Louise T. Dosdall Fellowship.

Professors Wojciech Lipiński, Jane Davidson and Thomas Chase, along with Professor Sossina Haile at the California Institute of Technology, and their industrial partner Abengoa Solar, Inc., have been awarded a DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy grant "Solar fuels via partial redox cycles with heat recovery."

ME department researchers Alec Gorjestani, Arvind Menon, Eddie Arpin, Craig Shankwitz, Janet Creaser, Michael Manser, and Prof. Max Donath have developed an application to help teen drivers. More..

Gridsada Phanomchoeng and Prof. Rajamani's paper on "Real-Time Automotive Slip Angle Estimation with Nonlinear Observer" presented at the 2011 American Control Conference was selected for the ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems Committee Best Paper Award.  This award is given to the best automotive paper at the American Control Conference.