2011-2012 Seminars

The ME-EM Graduate Seminar Series is offered as an opportunity for graduate students and faculty to broaden their knowledge beyond their specific area of research and/or studies. This is important at and beyond the graduate level where our activities are highly focused and specialized from a topical perspective. The Seminar Series Committee works diligently to provide a full agenda of speakers who are known nationally and internationally and represent academia, industry and government. The intention is to balance the topics across all areas of the Department while also integrating a few speakers who traverse the traditional ME-EM boundary into new and exciting areas.

Spring 2012 Seminars

Unless otherwise noted, seminars are from 4:00–5:00 PM in Room 112 of the ME-EM Building. Refreshments will be served.

Date Speaker Organization Topic
Jan 12 Nina Mahmoudian Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University Multi-Vehicle Motion Control for Underwater Gliders
Jan 19 Yun Hang Hu Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University

Li-N Compounds for Energy Applications


Jan 26 Karen Roemer Michigan Tech, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology Department The interaction of sports equipment and the human being
Feb 2 Ed Zentner Director of Engineering, General Motors, (Retired) Being a Life-Long Student
Feb 9
"Special Seminar"
Eric Funkenbusch Program Director, 3M Fuel Cell Components Program Membrane Electrode Assembly Development for Low Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Feb 16 Donggang Yao School of Materials Science & Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology General Maxwell Model with Logarithmic Strain Measurements
Feb 23 Thomas Co Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech Stabilization and Bifurcations of Unstable Processes with Time Delay
Mar 1 Zachary Folcik Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory Predicting Close Approaches in Geosynchronous Orbit
Mar 15 Jon Pharoah Associate Director -RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada Fuel Cells and Renewable Energy ... and Multi-Scale Modelling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
Mar 22 Greg McKenna Horn Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University Using Mechanics to Interrogate the Physics of Soft Matter: From the Glassy to the Rubbery States and from the Macro-scale to the Nano-scale
Mar 29 Hong G Im Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan Understanding Auto-ignition and Combustion Characteristics Through High-fidellity Simulation
Apr 5 Stephen W. Rouhana Ford Research & Advanced Engineering Engineering Considerations in Automotive Safety - A Case Study in Ford's Inflatable Seat Belts
Apr 12 Kurt Schneider Engineering Group Manager, Global N & V CAE and Structural Vibration, General Motors Importance of Structural Vibrations to Mechanical Engineer

Fall 2011 Seminars

Date Speaker Organization Topic
Sep 1 Gregory Odegard   Powerpoint Presentation Guidelines
Sep 8 Kazuya Tajiri  Michigan Technological University Subzero Startup and Shutdown of Automotive Fuel Cell Systems
Sep 15
Dow 641
Steven McKnight Division Director, Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) at the National Science Foundation
Sep 22
Dow 641
Jessica Townsend Mechanical Engineering at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering The Olin College Curriculum: An Engineering Education by Design
Sep 29 Jong Guen Lee Ohio Research Scholar in the School of Aerospace Systems at the University of Cincinnati. Various research topics on Combustion/Propulsion/Energy Systems
Oct 6 Jianyu Huang Staff Scientist of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories

Application of In-Situ Electron Microscopy in Nanoscience and Energy Research

Oct 13 Jonathan D. Rogers Manager of Strategic Weapons Studies at Sandia National Laboratories Engineering Challenges in National Security
Oct 20 Kim Wookyung Senior research scientist from United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) Plasma-Assisted Flame Holding in Subsonic Flows
Oct 27
Dow 641
Allan Kirkpatrick Colorado State University ASME Vision 2030 – Creating the Future of Mechanical Engineering Education
Nov 3 Robert Weiss Department Chair and Hezzleton E. Simmons Professor of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering Dynamics of Hydrophobically Modified Hydrogels
Nov 10 S. Jack Hu Associate Dean - Academic Affairs, College of Engineering, G Lawton and Louise G Johnson Professor, Engineering, University of Michigan Product Assembly: Quality, Productivity and Customization
Nov 17 Mehdi Ahmadian Virginia Tech Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. A Walk down the Memory Lane with Magneto Rheological Technology for Vehicle Applications
Dec 1 Birsen Donmez University of Toronto in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the director of the Human Factors and Applied Statistics Laboratory (HFASt) Lane changing and lane choice across different age groups under multiple levels of cognitive demand
Dec 8 Keat Ghee Ong Michigan Technological University, Department of Biomedical Engineering Implantable Wireless Biosensors

Graduate Seminars Committee