2012-2013 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 2013 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 17 Brett Chouinard
Chief Operating Officer, Altair Inc. Altair Engineering - In pursuit of Lightweight Design
 Jan 24 Mark R. Vaughn  Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering –Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Tech  Energy Storage for Power Grid Integration of Renewables
Jan 31 Hugh Blaxill Managing Director MAHLE Powertrain LLC, Novi, Michigan Turbulent Jet Ignition: An efficient, clean combustion concept for the future?
Feb 14

Venkat Krovi 

Automation Robotics & Mechatronics Lab in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at SUNY- Buffalo 

Cooperative Payload Transport by Robot Collectives

Feb 21 Sean Egmon Assistant Director of Services, AVL North America Success in Engineering is More Than an Equation
Feb 28  Steve Przesmitzki Technology Development Manager, United States Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program DOE Fuels and Lubricants Subprogram
Mar 7 Joshua M. Pearce Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering The Rise of Open-Source 3-D Printing (Or How We Can Make Everyone a Mechanical Engineer)
Mar 21 Thomas Wallner Principal Mechanical Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory Alternative fuels for transportation – drivers, options and trends
Mar 28 Sunand Santhanagopalan Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics Department, Michigan Technological University Scalable Nanomanufacturing for Energy Storage and Conversion Based on High-Voltage Electrophoretic Deposition
Apr 4 Greg Shaver Associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Model-Based Engine Algorithm Development for Control and Virtual Sensing
Apr 11 Mahdi Shahbakhti Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Energy Mechatronics Laboratory at Michigan Technological University Low Temperature Combustion Engines: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions
Apr 18 Steven W. Shaw Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University Using Nonlinear Torsional Vibration Absorbers to Improve Automotive Fuel Economy

Fall 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
Sep 6 Ilias Belharouak Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory Lithium Batteries: Current State and Beyond
Sep 13 Chris Cotting Master Instructor of Flying Qualities, U. S. Air Force Test Pilot School An Overview of the USAF Test Pilot School, and A Framework for UAV Flying Qualities
Sep 20 Todd Murphey Associate Professor,
Mechanical Engineering Department
Secondary Appointment,
Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Affiliate Faculty Member,
Interdeparmental Neuroscience Program, Northwestern University
Control Synthesis for Discrete Mechanical Systems
Sep 27 Waruna D. Kulatilaka Spectral Energies, LLC, Dayton, OH
Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, WPAFB, OH
Fiber-Based Optical Diagnostics for Real-World Applications
Oct 4 Marie Cleveland FedEx

Promote your Work with a Powerful Presentation

Oct 11 Alexander Yarin University of Illinois Chicago, Multiscale Mechanics and Nanotechnology Laboratory

From Electrospinning to Thermal Management in Microelectronics, from Co-Electrospinning to Nanofluidics

Oct 18 Arnold Lumsdaine University of Tennessee, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department  Making a Star on Earth – the Future of Fusion Energy
Oct 25 Robert Santoro Professor of Mechanical Engineering Director of the Propulsion Engineering Research Center, Pennsylvania State University  Soot formation studies using JP-8 and JP-8 surrogate fuels
Nov 1 Robert F. Klie University of Illinois Chicago,Nanoscale Physics Group  Chemical analysis with sub-Å resolution: The power and challenges of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy
Nov 8 Chongmin Wang Senior Research Scientist, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Interfacial & Nanoscale Science Facility, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  Nanoscale designing towards high capacity, high power rate, long cycle life, and safe operation for lithium ion battery
Nov 15 Ezra Bar-Ziv Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University Biocoal: A Drop-In Fuel in Coal-fired Power Plants
Nov 29 Rafael Fierro Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico, Multi-Agent, Robotics, Hybrid, and Embedded Systems, MARHES Laboratory
Coordination Strategies for Robotic Networks
Dec 6  Cortino Sukotjo  Assistant Professor at Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago Current Research Trend in Implant Dentistry
Dec 13 Christopher S. Johnson, Ph.D., Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory Advanced Materials to Enable High-Energy Li and Na-Ion Batteries

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