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Mechanical Engineering graduate students receive Graduate Excellence Award in Research.

Xiaoming Chen – Mechanical Engineering

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Xiaoming Chen’s research focuses on investigating the mechanical properties of carbon and boron nitride nanotubes and their polymer nanocomposites, part of a broad effort to develop next-generation, light-weight and high-strength multifunctional engineering materials, particularly for aerospace applications. In collaboration with NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace, and financially supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, he tackles very challenging problems and has made several breakthroughs using state-of-the-art nanomechanical testing techniques. His research findings help to better understand the mechanical strength of nanotube structures and the local stress transfer on the nanotube-polymer interfaces, both critical for design and optimization of innovative nanotube-based material systems. He has first-authored three journal articles and has nine published articles to his credit. He has made nearly 20 conference presentations and holds one patent. His nominator writes that his research achievements clearly show his capability of delivering cutting-edge research in the emerging fields of nanoscience and engineering.

Vadim Bromberg – Mechanical Engineering

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Called a truly extraordinary experimentalist by his nominator, Vadim Bromberg plans and executes very complex experiments in the fields of fluid dynamics and materials science, and then processes and interprets the data at a level that is world-class. A complete researcher, he possesses a mature and fundamental knowledge of fluid dynamics and transport science, as well as strong knowledge of chemistry and materials science. He has five peer-reviewed publications, with four more in review or in preparation. Among his projects, he conceptualized and developed a fast, material-efficient and fully scalable “drop-on-demand” inkjet printing process that allows precise deposition of small droplets of functional ink in a variety of patterns on a given substrate surface. This process has exceptional advanced imaging and data acquisition capabilities, with 90 percent improvement over current state-of-the-art inkjet printing capability, and has resulted in one patent filing. His work holds significant potential in the emerging additive manufacturing field.

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Dr. Peter Huang Receives TAE Award

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Hidden Images: Revealing the Three-Dimensionality of Film Emulsion

A collaborative project between Dr. Peter Huang ( Mechanical Engineering department) and Dr. Tomonari Nishikawa (Cinema department) was funded by the 2013 Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. Digital technology has expanded the way artists express their ideas, and in cinema most filmmakers today choose digital video as their medium mostly for cost and distribution reasons. Recently, Fujifilm announced its cessation of the production of most motion picture filmstrips, and many film labs have closed down in the last decade. Thus, now is a crucial time to examine the dying film medium with its many artistic values still left unexplored. Through this project, we will create a live-processed film/video installation to re-examine the 3D film material and its uniqueness by combining engineering and artistic filmmaking, an angle that is pursued by very few. The core concept of this project is to reveal the 3D quality of the film medium, an aspect often ignored when we are watching a movie, by using digital technologies and computer programming to create pseudo-3D images. The project exhibit will stimulate the audience's visual sense when the filmstrip's 3D aspect is brought to the forefront of its attention, and the audience will understand more about the film medium.

First place awarded to grad students in Student Research

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Siyuan Ma and Liang Lu win 1st place in the Student Research Award category at the 2014 Flex Tech conference.

Mechanical Engineering Chancellor Award recipient, Jin Woo Lee, discusses undergraduate research

Jin Woo Lee – Mechanical Engineering

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"Participating in undergraduate research was a truly rewarding experience that helped me develop critical thinking skills and gain a clear understanding of what I should do for the future. Through the Summer Scholars and Artists program, I was able to pursue a research project of my interest and apply the theories I learned in classrooms to a practical application. This past summer, I explored the possibility of sterilizing medical equipment inside a body by optically heating gold nanoparticles. Micro and nanotechnology is a relatively new field with many discoveries yet to be uncovered.

Through this experience, I have become fascinated with the potential of using micro and nanotechnology to solve the modern day problems to serve people in need and make a lasting impact in their lives. I not only gained new understandings and concepts outside the classroom but also developed more appreciation for the theories and applications that are taught in classes. The summer experience provided me a clear direction to pursue in future research career. Without the Summer Scholars and Artists program, it would have been hard for me to make the choice to continue on to a graduate school and have a clear goal for the future years."


Last Updated: 6/10/14