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Public-Private Partnership Advances Gas Turbine Materials Technology
Published: July 31, 2013

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
Published: July 30, 2013

  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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Faculty, Hanchen Huang
Published: June 19, 2013

  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
Published: June 19, 2013

  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
Published: June 18, 2013

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
Published: June 18, 2013

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
Published: May 22, 2013

  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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Innovators Feted
Published: April 25, 2013

  UConn Engineering was well represented during the Second Annual Celebration of Innovation, presented by the UConn Office of Economic Development on April 10th. The gala event (see event photos here) afforded the innovation community an opportunity to network and to celebrate the achievements of some of its most outstanding members. Read a related story […]

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Faculty, Robert Gao
Published: April 25, 2013

  A research team lead by Dr. Robert Gao has won a “Best Paper Award” at the 2012 ASME/ISCIE International Symposium on Flexible Automation, held in St. Louis, MO in June 2012.  The paper, “Viscosity Measurement in Injection Molding Using a Multivariate Sensor,” describes a sensing method that quantifies multiple parameters critical to the quality […]

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Faculty Notes
Published: February 4, 2013

  Breakthrough Research Published in Science In a recent Science journal article entitled “Strong, Light, Multifunctional Fibers of Carbon Nanotubes with Ultrahigh Conductivity,” Professor Anson Ma and colleagues from Rice University detail their recent breakthrough revolutionizing the use of carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are rolled cylinders of graphene sheets that have unprecedented mechanical, electrical, […]

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Faculty, Lee S. Langston
Published: February 4, 2013

  Dr. Langston Pens Guest Columns Dr. Lee S. Langston, professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, recently published columns in Global Gas Turbine News and ASME’s Mechanical Engineering on the topics of bird strikes and Pratt & Whitney’s revolutionary new geared turbofan. Before joining academia, Dr. Langston worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford, […]

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Smart Robotic Drones Advance Science
Published: October 24, 2012

  By Colin Poitras Dr. Chengyu Cao sees a day in the not-so-distant future when intelligent robots will be working alongside humans on a wide range of important tasks from advancing science, to performing deep sea rescues, to monitoring our natural habitats. It’s a bold leap from the pre-programmed factory robots and remote-controlled drones we […]

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