Yearly Archives: 2017

Origami Acoustics and Mechanical Metamaterials: Recent Discoveries with Adaptive Structural and Material Systems for Elastic and Acoustic Wave Propagation Control

 Abstract: As form follows function, so shape governs the properties of structural and material systems. Recent studies on adaptive structures have capitalized on these connections to realize unprecedented tunability of system properties and functionality by passive or active transformations of system configuration. This two-part presentation describes integrated theoretical and experimental research efforts that advance these […]

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Shaping Shells with Swelling

Abstract: Induced by proteins within the cell membrane or by differential growth, heating, or swelling, spontaneous curvatures can drastically affect the morphology of thin bodies and induce mechanical instabilities. In this talk, we aim to describe how the differential swelling of soft materials induces a spontaneous curvature that can dynamically shape materials. The dynamics of […]

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Prof. David Pierce Wins 3 New Grants

Assistant Professor David Pierce will be deploying his Interdisciplinary Mechanics Laboratory to tackle three projects that just received funding: two from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and one from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).  The first NSF-funded project (titled Biomechanical Simulations of Progressing Osteoarthritis to Advance Understanding and Therapies) explores how […]

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The Role of Gas Turbines in Global Energy Conversion

Abstract: It has been remarked that “invention is the mother of necessity” – not the other way around. Technology breakthroughs of themselves, can and do create world markets. In a very short period of history, the gas turbine, youngest of major energy conversion devices, has changed and created global markets in aviation, in marine propulsion […]

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New technology from Prof. Thanh Nguyen published in Science

The latest issue of Science features a new technology invented and developed by our very own assistant professor Dr. Thanh D. Nguyen. Prof. Nguyen’s brainchild, developed during his postdoc with Prof. Robert Langer at MIT, offers the latest advance in 3D manufacturing for microstructures of biomaterials: StampEd Assembly of polymer Layers, or SEAL for short. The […]

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Microengineering Approaches for Tissue Engineering and Developmental Biology

Abstract: Early stages of human neural development include neural induction, shaping, folding, and closure of neural tubes. Current understanding of early neural development relies on animal studies. However, insights in human neural development mechanism are very limited, largely due to the inaccessibility of human embryo, lack of in vitro models, and ethical concerns. In this […]

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New Device for Testing Heart Health

Dr. George Lykotrafitis and his student Kostyantyn Partola have been featured for their development of a device that tests blood viscosity – an important indicator of heart health.  Kostyantyn has had support from the Accelerate UConn program as well as the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellowship program to support the commercialization of the […]

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Atomistic Modeling at Experimental Strain Rates and Time Scales

Abstract: I will present a new computational approach that couples a recently  developed potential energy surface exploration technique with applied mechanical loading to study the deformation of atomistic systems at strain rates that are much slower, i.e. experimentally-relevant, as compared to classical molecular dynamics simulations, and at time scales on the order of seconds or […]

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Mechanics of Blood Clots and Fluctuating Lipid Bilayers

Abstract: Blood clots are required to stem bleeding and are subject to a variety of stresses, but they can also block blood vessels and cause heart attacks and strokes. We measured the compressive response of human platelet-poor plasma (PPP) clots, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) clots and whole blood clots and correlated these measurements with confocal and […]

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Particle-Resolved Simulations of Complex Multi-Phase Flows

Multiphase flows are ubiquitous in a wide range of natural processes and engineering applications. Although efforts to compute multiphase flows started as early as the beginning of the computational fluid dynamics.

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Prof. Thanh Nguyen garners the NIH R21 Trailblazer Award for his work on “Bionic Self-stimulated Cartilage.”

Dr. Nguyen received a NIH R21 trailblazer young investigator award for a project entitled “bionic self-stimulated cartilage”, in collaboration with Dr. Cato Laurencin at UConn Health, school of medicine. This highly-interdisciplinary project aims to integrate a new biopolymer, developed in Nguyen Lab, with a chondrocyte tissue graft to create an exciting hybrid artificial cartilage. The PIs hope […]

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Emeritus Prof. Lee Langston goes to Italy with the ASME History & Heritage Committee

Professor Emeritus Lee Langston, a member of the ASME History & Heritage Committee, recently traveled to Palermo, Italy, to represent UConn and ASME at the ceremony recognizing the engine collection housed within the University of Palermo’s Museum of Engines and Mechanisms. From left to right: Giuseppe Genchi, Terry Reynolds, and Lee Langston. Photo by ASME/Wil […]

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Battery Aging and Lifetime: What Can We Learn From Ecological Approaches?

Battery technologies are increasingly being deployed across diverse applications, from portable devices to transportation and residential and grid applications

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Stephany Santos Wins Ford Fellowship

Stephany Santos Wins Ford Fellowship.Stephany Santos, a doctoral candidate in the imLab, and advised by Prof. David Pierce, recently won a prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This fellowship recognizes both her research in cartilage mechanics and her work in engineering education, communication, and mentorship. Her work in […]

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David Pierce receives the 2017 NSF CAREER award for his work on collagen microcracks.

This is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award to support early-career faculty to become role models in integrating outstanding research and educational objectives to advance the mission of their departments. Osteoarthritis afflicts nearly 20% of the US population; costs over $185.5BN a year (2007); and causes pain, functional limitations, lost earnings and depression – […]

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Prof. Julian Norato awarded the 2017 ONR Young Investigator Award

UConn assistant professor Julian Norato is part of an exclusive group pf 34 scientists nationwide that have been selected to receive The Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, which supports early career academic scientists and engineers that “show exceptional promise for doing creative research.” Prof. Norato’s project, titled “Computational Synthesis of Composable-Material Structures from Manufacturing-Friendly Primitives”, […]

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Prof Jiong Tang honored by the ASME Hartford chapter.

Prof. Jiong Tang is honored with the Distinguished Engineer of the Year Award presented by the ASME Hartford Section during 2017 Annual Engineer’s Night Awards Banquet. From left: Profs. Xu Chen, Horea Ilies, ZhanZhan Jia, Xinyu Zhao, Jiong Tang, Vito Moreno, Dianyun Zhang, Thanh Nguyen, Abhishek Dutta.

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Celebrating women’s contributions to aerospace history and technology with Prof. Dianyun Zhang.

On March 11th 2017, Prof. Dianyun Zhang, graduate student Weijia Chen, and senior Mechanical Engineering students Meagan Ferreira and Nomin Munkhbat attended the “Women Take Flight” event hosted by the New England Air Museum located in Windsor Locks, CT. The event featured activities and presentations celebrating women’s contributions to aerospace history and technology. Dr. Zhang […]

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Prof. Xinyu Zhao receives funding from NSF:CISE:CRII to perform large-scale fire simulations.

The project entitled “Efficient Radiative Heat Transfer Modeling in Large-Scale Combustion Systems” will optimize the a legacy radiative heat transfer code from Prof. Zhao’s lab on the Intel Xeon Phi Knights Landing processors. Currently Prof. Zhao is working with a graduate student (Peiyu Zhang) and an undergraduate student (Andrew Caratenuto) on test problems that are […]

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Towards Cognitive Design Assistants

Abstract: Much research in engineering design has focused on making design tools more intelligent by means of optimization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

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