Yearly Archives: 2019

50 years ago, Prof. Langston helped power Apollo 11 to the moon and back

Our own Prof. Lee Langston helped Apollo 11 make history by being part pf the team designing the fuel cells that powered Apollo 11 to the moon and the return trip to Earth. Read more in the Hartford Courant’s article.

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Fueling the Fire: Studying Flame Behavior to Improve Combustion Systems

February 20, 2019 – Anna Zarra Aldrich ’20 (CLAS), Office of the Vice President for Research The power you feel underneath you when you’re on a plane as it takes off is tremendous. The physics that enable the remarkable feat of lifting a 175,000-pound midsize commercial aircraft into the sky and keeping it there are […]

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Prof. Michael Yu Wang (HKUST): Material and Structure Design and Optimization in the Era of Additive Manufacturing

Abstract: Additive manufacturing (AM) today affords complete freedom in controlling geometric details and material composition in three-dimensional fabrication. They provide new routes for manufacturing parts with structural properties in high-strength, light-weight, and exceptional performance. To further the adoption of the AM technologies, there is a need for “Design for Additive Manufacturing” methodologies and computer tools […]

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Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung Named Combustion Institute Fellow

By: Eli Freund, Editorial Communications Manager, UConn School of Engineering  The UConn School of Engineering is proud to announce that Mechanical Engineering Professor Chih-Jen Sung has been recognized as one of the 2019 Class of Fellows for The Combustion Institute. Sung joins a class of 38 accomplished international scholars from industry, academia, and the public […]

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ME Students Revamp Hartford’s Historic Keney Clock Tower

After a four-year vacation, the Historic Keney Clock is telling time again thanks to senior design project completed by Mechanical Engineering students seniors Henry Courchaine ’19, Garrett Murphy ’19, and Spencer Padget ’19 advised by Thomas Mealy. The project was a collaboration between UConn, the City of Hartford and Friends of Keney Park. Through our […]

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Our Senior Design Program Leads to Mutually Beneficial Partnerships with Industry

Through our Senior Design Program, industrial sponsors put the bright UConn ME undergraduate students to work on a real-world problem that they are interested in researching, while reaping the benefits of our faculty’s experience and expertise. For students, this program is an opportunity to synthesize and apply the classroom engineering knowledge they have acquired. They […]

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Prof. Ronald K. Hanson (Stanford): PW Distinguished Lecture: New Strategies for Laser Diagnostics and Shock Tube Imaging

Abstract: This presentation will introduce two new ideas for laser diagnostics applicable to combustion and propulsion and two new ideas for high-speed imaging of combustion phenomena in a shock tube.  The first laser diagnostic to be discussed is Spectrally-Resolved Fluorescence, in which a narrow-linewidth wavelength-tunable laser source is rapidly scanned over one or more absorption […]

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A new, nature-inspired self-healing rubber developed by Prof. Li and his collaborators from USC.

A new paper published by Prof. Ying Li and his collaborators from University of Southern California in NPG Asia Materials provide the details of a new class of self-healing rubber that is inspired by the healing of natural tissues. For more details, please see the news article from UConn Today.    

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Dr. Ruhong Zhou (IBM): Large Scale Molecular Simulation of Nanoparticle-Biomolecule Interactions

Abstract: ​Nanoscale particles have become promising materials in various biomedical applications, however, in order to stimulate and facilitate these applications, there is an urgent need for a better understanding of their biological effects and underlying physics. In this talk, I will discuss some of our recent works, mostly molecular modelling, at bio-nano interface and their […]

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Integration of Materials Design, Additive Manufacturing and Machine Learning for Personalized Heart Surgery Planning and Optimization

Abstract: ​This seminar presents a research study for personalized heart surgery planning and optimization with integration of advanced materials design, multi-material 3D printing, and machine learning techniques. In this study, a meta-material design approach was first developed to create a mechanical structure that can mimic mechanical behavior of human aortic valves. The tissue-mimicking heart valves […]

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A Tea Light Candle and the Global Waste Problem

Abstract: In 2012, the World Bank estimated that each person living on planet earth produces approximately 1.2 kg waste per day amounting to 1.2 billion tons per year. By 2025 this number is expected to reach a staggering 2.2 billion tons, which raises the fundamental question: What is and what happens to waste? Most of […]

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Credible Computational Solid Mechanics for Critical Decision Making in Engineering

Abstract: Advanced computational modeling, high performance computing technology, and extensive knowledge of simulation form a strong and unique foundation of research, development and engineering at Sandia National Laboratories that enable the Lab to meet its commitment of ensuring the national security of the United States.  Computational models are utilized extensively to predict the complex behavior […]

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Modeling and Control Additive Manufacturing Processes for Ceramics and Glass

Abstract: Additive Manufacturing (AM), which has been referred to as the 4th revolution in manufacturing, is a truly disruptive class of manufacturing. In AM, location-specific mechanical properties can be tailored by grading materials and microstructure, complex geometries that cannot be manufactured with traditional processes can be fabricated, and cost-effective part repair and low volume manufacturing […]

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Reversible Solid Oxide Cells and Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cell Technologies as Flexible, Dispatchable Energy Resources

Abstract: ​L​ow-cost, high efficiency, electrical energy storage (EES) is needed for the future electric grid which will include more variable energy resources, such as wind and solar. Movement towards predominately low-carbon energy systems requires renewable resources and could be accelerated by integration of high temperature electrochemical technologies. Currently, substantial penetration of wind and solar resources […]

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Nejat Olgac Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Czech Technical University

Professor Nejat Olgac received an honorary doctorate from the Czech Technical University in Prague during a ceremony that took place on January 29, 2019. Read more on the School of Engineering’s website.

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Jiong Tang to serve as the General Chair for ASME IDETC & CIE 2019

Prof. Jiong Tang will serve as the general conference chair for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ international annual design conference in Anaheim CA. The 2019 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference (IDETC) and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE) will take place between August August 18 – 21, 2019  at the Anaheim Convention […]

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Physical biology at the semiconductor-enabled biointerfaces

Abstract: ​Recent studies have demonstrated that in addition to biochemical and genetic interactions, cellular systems also respond to biophysical cues, such as electrical, thermal, and mechanical signals. However, we only have limited tools that can introduce localized physical stimuli and/or sense cellular responses with high spatiotemporal resolution. Inorganic semiconductors display a spectrum of physical properties […]

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Recent Progress in Black-Box Function Optimization for Industry Problems

Abstract: One of the most common and important problems in the engineering industry is, arguably, to optimize a black-box expensive-to-evaluate function given a strict budget. The function can represent a real-world experiment or a costly simulation code. Specifically, given a set of potential power plant layouts, how do we find the best layout defined against […]

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The Challenge of Modeling and Simulation for Molten Salt Nuclear Reactors

Abstract: ​The rapidly expanding interest in molten salt reactors (MSRs), particularly as small modular reactors, is resulting in the generation of multiple design concepts with efforts at a variety of early developmental stages. Various companies and organizations in a number of countries are looking at such systems to be safe, economical, and rapidly deployable power […]

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