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Prof. Xinyu Zhao Awarded American Chemical Society Grant for Research on Bluff-Body Stabilized Premixed Flame
Published: October 29, 2017

Dr. Xinyu Zhao has been awarded an American Chemical Society Grant through the Petroleum Research fund for her research entitled “A computational study of the lean blow-off mechanisms for a bluff-body stabilized premixed flame.” The fund supports research directly related to petroleum and fossil fuels at nonprofit institutions around the world. Increasingly stringent emission requirements […]

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Prof. Zhao Awarded Air Force Young Investigator Program for Work on Turbulent Premixed Flames
Published: October 29, 2017

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) has honored Professor Xinyu Zhao as one of just 43 scientists and engineers awarded YIP grants for her research project titled “Pockets in Highly Turbulent Premixed Flames: Physics and Implications on Modeling.” The grant is worth a total of $450,000 over three […]

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Faculty Openings Starting August 2018
Published: October 23, 2017

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut seeks candidates for multiple tenure-track or tenured faculty positions starting August 2018 Search # 2017345: Multiple Faculty Positions at all levels focused on developing innovative material systems, mathematical and computer modeling, as well as analysis and fabrication approaches in support of advanced and digital manufacturing, […]

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Prof. David Pierce Wins 3 New Grants
Published: October 9, 2017

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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New technology from Prof. Thanh Nguyen published in Science
Published: September 22, 2017

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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New Device for Testing Heart Health
Published: September 13, 2017

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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Prof. Thanh Nguyen garners the NIH R21 Trailblazer Award for his work on “Bionic Self-stimulated Cartilage.”
Published: June 27, 2017

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
Published: June 12, 2017

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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Stephany Santos Wins Ford Fellowship
Published: May 12, 2017

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.
Published: April 25, 2017

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
Published: April 23, 2017

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.
Published: March 25, 2017

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.
Published: March 20, 2017

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.
Published: March 19, 2017

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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Prof. Julian Norato develops topology optimization with welded plate structures.
Published: January 5, 2017

Prof. Julian Norato is developing computational techniques for welded plate structures in conjunction with Caterpillar, Inc. These techniques can be a powerful design tool to explore the design of structures from a blank sheet. Dr. Norato with his student Shanglong Zhang, with funding from Caterpillar, are developing computational techniques for the design of structures made of […]

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Prof. Xu Chen receives the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering’s Breakthrough Award.
Published: December 16, 2016

Prof. Xu Chen is the recipient of the UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering’s Breakthrough Award, which recognizes innovative, transformational and disruptive contributions in the field of advanced systems engineering. Read more here.

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From Realistic Human-Computer Interaction to Nanomachines: Prof. Horea Ilies has recently received 3 grants form the National Science Foundation totaling $1.35M
Published: July 14, 2016

Three recent grants have been awarded by the National Science Foundation to Prof. Horea Ilies to support the current research in his Computational Design Laboratory. The ability to measure how well objects “fit together” is a key task in engineering design and manufacturing as well as in the broad scientific arena whenever the behavior and […]

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A paper authored by Morad Behandish and Prof. Horea Ilies places 2nd in the Best Paper Award Competition at the 2015 SIAM/ACM conference on Geometric and Physical Modeling.
Published: June 14, 2016

A paper authored by Dr. Morad Behandish and Professor Horea Ilies placed 2nd in the 2015 SIAM/ACM conference on Geometric and Physical Modeling. The conference, with a historically low acceptance rate below 30%, brings together applied mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers from academia and industry to exchange new ideas in relevant mathematical theory, geometric and physical […]

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Prof. Michael T. Pettes receives the NSF CAREER award
Published: April 13, 2016

Prof. Michael T. Pettes is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award from the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) NSF Directorate for his proposal “CAREER: Understanding the Roles of Strain and Mass Disorder on Fundamental Thermal Transport Processes in Two-Dimensional Materials.” Read more in the UConn Today article.

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Morad Behandish and Prof. Horea Ilies win two consecutive Best Paper Awards at the 2014 and 2015 ASME IDETC & CIE conferences.
Published: March 14, 2016

Dr. Morad Behandinsh and Professor Horea Ilies won two consecutive Best Paper Awards at the 2014 and 2015 Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE), which is part of the annual international ASME IDETC & CIE Conferences. Their papers, titled “Peg in Hole Revisited: A Generic Force Model for Haptic Assembly,” and “Haptic Assembly Using Skeletal […]

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