Yearly Archives: 2013

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Dr. Lee Langston article

Professor Emeritus Dr. Lee Langston (Mechanical Engineering) authored an article appearing in the December 2013 issue of Mechanical Engineering magazine, entitled “Powering Out of Trouble,” which discussed Pratt & Whitney’s challenges in developing the J58 turbojet engine that powered Lockheed’s SR-71 Blackbird supersonic reconnaissance aircraft. Read the article here.

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Alumni, Scott W. Tyler

Scott W. Tyler (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’78), Ph.D., a Foundation Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, will receive the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering at the 2013 NGWA Groundwater Expo in Nashville in December. The award recognizes individuals who make significant contributions […]

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Alumni, Lake H. Barrett

  Lake H. Barrett (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering ’67, ’71), an independent consultant in the energy field with more than 40 years’ experience in nuclear energy and nuclear materials management, is a special advisor to the president of Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the company that operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant […]

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam The School of Engineering community mourns the loss of professor emeritus Eli Dabora, who passed away November 8, 2013. Dr. Dabora joined UConn in 1968 as a professor of Aerospace Engineering and, later, Mechanical Engineering. With expertise in high speed combustion for propulsion, Dr. Dabora brought considerable knowhow in the combustion characteristics of […]

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Alumni, William J. Foley

  William J. Foley (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’72), Ph.D. is a lecturer in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  William teaches courses in engineering economy, production and operations management, design of work systems, operations research, computer simulation, probability and statistics, product design and innovation, invention, and engineering design. He received his Ph.D. in […]

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Faculty Notes

Faculty Notes Dr. Robert Gao, the Pratt & Whitney Chair Professor in Mechanical Engineering, was interviewed by a journal that also highlighted research excerpts of his work, in International Innovation, owned by a UK-based media company that compiles and disseminates science, research and technological innovations globally. The research excerpts focused on the development of sensing […]

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Alumnus Helped Popularize Mickey Mouse Watch

Alumnus Helped Popularize Mickey Mouse Watch Across his long and storied career, alumnus Gordon Cooper, PE (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’50) played a leading role in helping major manufacturers grow their global operations.  Among the highlights of his career was his contributions toward expanding the iconic Mickey Mouse watch line first introduced in 1933. Mr. Cooper […]

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Alumni, Dennis Bushnell

  Dennis Bushnell (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’63), Ph.D., NASA Chief Scientist of Langley Research Center, appeared as a guest on The Space Show, hosted by David Livingston in July 2013.  Dennis discussed his space industry technology and capability analysis, “Advanced-To-Revolutionary Space Technology Options-The Responsibly Imagined.” In his role at Langley Research Center, he is responsible […]

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Alumni, Morton K. Pearson

Morton K. Pearson (B.S. Mechanical Engineering ’74), P.E., Chairs the Engineering Advisory Councilat Trinity College.  He is one of five Mechanical Design Technical Discipline Chiefs for Pratt & Whitney, responsible for the aftermarket engineering business segment, insuring that mechanical design practitioners, tools, and processes produce superior mechanical solutions.  His team maintains the mechanical design system […]

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Public-Private Partnership Advances Gas Turbine Materials Technology

Public-Private Partnership Advances Gas Turbine Materials Technology By Victoria Chilinski (CLAS ’16) and Maurice Gell, Ph.D. Drs. Maurice Gell and Eric Jordan have developed a new process for making ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) that are used extensively in gas turbine engines. This Solution Precursor Plasma Spray (SPPS) process allows the deposition of higher temperature, […]

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Faculty Honored

  Dr. Wei Sun, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering. In recent years, four graduate students working in Dr. Sun’s laboratory received prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Department of Education Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowships, American Heart Association fellowships, and Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Awards.  Dr. Sun’s students have garnered […]

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Alumni, Paul Scheihing

  Paul Scheihing (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ’78) received the Leadership in Federal Energy Management Award from the Association of Energy Engineers during the 35th World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, GA last October. He is the Supervisor of Technology Deployment team within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). He is the DOE […]

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Alumni, Xingjian (Chris) Xue

  Xingjian (Chris) Xue (Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, ‘07), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, is a member of the HeteroFoaM Center, which is an Energy Frontier Research Center established by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences.  UConn Mechanical Engineering professor Wilson Chiu […]

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Faculty, Hanchen Huang

  Dr. Hanchen Huang, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Professor in Sustainable Energy (Mechanical Engineering) has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board for physics topics, for the journal Nature Scientific Reports.  During his two-year appointment, Dr. Huang will contribute toward the assessment of manuscripts for peer review, management of the peer review process and […]

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Faculty, Lee Langston

  Professor emeritus (Mechanical Engineering) Lee Langston recently began a new column entitled Technologue, in the July-August 2013 issue (Vol. 101) of American Scientist.  For his first topic, Lee chose to profile “The Adaptable Gas Turbine,” covering the history, advantages and challenges, and current applications of gas turbines in jet engines and non-aviation applications such as […]

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Dr. Robert Gao Awarded NSF GOALI

Dr. Robert Gao Awarded NSF GOALI Dr. Robert X. Gao, the Pratt & Whitney Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and colleagues have received a three-year National Science Foundation GOALI (Grant Opportunities For Academic Liaison With Industry) grant to support collaborative research aimed at improving spare parts inventory management in the aircraft industry. […]

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Mechanical Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

Leila Ladani joins the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Ladani received her PhD at the University of Maryland in 2007. Her research expertise spans additive manufacturing, manufacturing of nanomaterial and micro/nanoelectronics, material characterization and mechanics, and multi-scale modeling and simulation. Most recently, she was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama.   Michael Pettes joins […]

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CASE Honors Two UConn Mechanical Engineers

  Dr. Barber has served as a professor-in-residence in the Mechanical Engineering Department since joining UConn in 2000.  He enjoyed a distinguished career with Pratt & Whitney and the United Technologies Research Center prior to joining UConn.  Dr. Barber is an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a member of ASME, and he has served as […]

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Alumni, Keith Berger

  Keith Berger (B.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, ’93, ’98) has been named a Managing Director at BlueWaters Investment Group (BWG), a new Atlanta-based private equity fund.  His prior experience includes leadership positions at Booz & Company, General Electric and Nokia followed by Research in Motion (now Blackberry) and Endeavor Telecom. He […]

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Alumni, Frederick M. Carlson

  Frederick M. Carlson (B.S.E., M.S., Mechanical Engineering ’63, ’64; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering ’75), Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, was named a Professor Emeritus at Clarkson University, his academic home of 38 years. Dr. Carlson is credited with educating “several generations of undergraduates, developing important courses that introduced students to finite element methodology […]

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