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

Jan 17Brett Chouinard
Chief Operating Officer, Altair Inc.Altair Engineering - In pursuit of Lightweight Design
 Jan 24Mark R. Vaughn Research Professor in the Mechanical Engineering –Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Tech Energy Storage for Power Grid Integration of Renewables
Jan 31Hugh BlaxillManaging Director MAHLE Powertrain LLC, Novi, MichiganTurbulent 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 21Sean EgmonAssistant Director of Services, AVL North AmericaSuccess in Engineering is More Than an Equation
Feb 28 Steve PrzesmitzkiTechnology Development Manager, United States Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies ProgramDOE Fuels and Lubricants Subprogram
Mar 7Joshua M. PearceDepartment of Materials Science & Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringThe Rise of Open-Source 3-D Printing (Or How We Can Make Everyone a Mechanical Engineer)
Mar 21Thomas WallnerPrincipal Mechanical Engineer, Argonne National LaboratoryAlternative fuels for transportation – drivers, options and trends
Mar 28Sunand SanthanagopalanGraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics Department, Michigan Technological UniversityScalable Nanomanufacturing for Energy Storage and Conversion Based on High-Voltage Electrophoretic Deposition
Apr 4Greg ShaverAssociate professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue UniversityModel-Based Engine Algorithm Development for Control and Virtual Sensing
Apr 11Mahdi ShahbakhtiMechanical Engineering and Director of the Energy Mechatronics Laboratory at Michigan Technological UniversityLow Temperature Combustion Engines: Opportunities, Challenges, and Solutions
Apr 18Steven W. ShawDepartment of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State UniversityUsing 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.

Sep 6Ilias BelharouakChemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National LaboratoryLithium Batteries: Current State and Beyond
Sep 13Chris CottingMaster Instructor of Flying Qualities, U. S. Air Force Test Pilot SchoolAn Overview of the USAF Test Pilot School, and A Framework for UAV Flying Qualities
Sep 20Todd MurpheyAssociate 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 27Waruna D. KulatilakaSpectral Energies, LLC, Dayton, OH
Air Force Research Laboratory, Propulsion Directorate, WPAFB, OH
Fiber-Based Optical Diagnostics for Real-World Applications
Oct 4Marie ClevelandFedEx

Promote your Work with a Powerful Presentation

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

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

Oct 18Arnold LumsdaineUniversity of Tennessee, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department Making a Star on Earth – the Future of Fusion Energy
Oct 25Robert SantoroProfessor 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 1Robert F. KlieUniversity of Illinois Chicago,Nanoscale Physics Group Chemical analysis with sub-Å resolution: The power and challenges of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy
Nov 8Chongmin WangSenior 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 15Ezra Bar-ZivMechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological UniversityBiocoal: A Drop-In Fuel in Coal-fired Power Plants
Nov 29Rafael FierroAssociate 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 ChicagoCurrent Research Trend in Implant Dentistry
Dec 13Christopher S. Johnson, Ph.D.,Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National LaboratoryAdvanced Materials to Enable High-Energy Li and Na-Ion Batteries

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