Yearly Archives: 2020

Prof. Nguyen’s Injection-free Microneedle Technology for Single-Administration of Vaccines

 

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Structural and Mechanical Inhomogeneity in Arterial ECM: Implications for Physiology and Disease

Webex Link:http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf90 Abstract: The extracellular matrix (ECM) of an artery endows the tissue its load bearing and damage resistance capacities. This talk will focus on the complex interplay between the multiscale ECM structural inhomogeneity and mechanics of large elastic arteries. Our recent studies integrating multiphoton imaging and quantification, biomechanical characterization, and computational modelling showed that […]

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Advances in Data Analytics for IoT Enabled Smart and Connected Systems

Webex Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf90 Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) represents the convergence of three major and irreversible technology trends, namely (i) embedded sensing/smart devices, (ii) pervasive connectivity, and (iii) real-time analytics and contextual intelligence. The ability to collect and share relevant data across a wide range of devices, coupled with the ability to make real- time […]

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Development of Biosensors for Process Sensing, Monitoring and Control for Personalized Cell Manufacturing with Additive Manufacturing and Data Analytics Techniques

Webex Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminar Abstract: Cell therapy is one of the most promising new treatment approaches over the last decades, demonstrating great potential in treating cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. For example, the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy has shown innovative therapeutic effects in clinical trials, leading to a recent approval by FDA as a […]

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Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling for Biomedical and Aerospace Applications

Webex Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf90 Abstract: Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) is a multiphysics phenomenon that occurs when moving or deformable structures interact with internal or surrounding fluid flows. The coupling between the dynamics of the fluid and mechanics of the structure often gives rise to unexpected behaviors vital to many science and engineering problems. In this presentation, I will discuss a […]

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Bone-Inspired Design: The Role of Computation and Manufacturing

Webex Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf90 Abstract: The high demand for engineering lightweight materials with an optimal strength-toughness balance is driving the research towards the design of innovative materials with great performance. Composites generally represent the best option for structural applications, offering a good stiffness-strength balance, combined with a low weight. However, the reduced toughness of composite materials often […]

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Engineering in Precision Medicine

Webex Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf90 Abstract: Engineered materials that integrate advances in polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and biological sciences have the potential to create powerful medical therapies. Dr. Khademhosseini’s group is interested in developing ‘personalized’ solutions that utilize micro- and nanoscale technologies to enable a range of therapies for organ failure, cardiovascular disease and cancer. In enabling this vision […]

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Mesoscale Physics and Stochastics in Energy Storage

WebEx Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf20 Password: Sent by Email. Abstract: Advances in electrochemical energy storage are critical toward enabling vehicle electrification and renewable energy integration into the electric grid. Recent years have witnessed an urgent need to accelerate innovation toward realizing improved and safe utilization of high energy and power densities, for example in lithium-ion batteries for […]

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Dr. Farhad Imani joins the ME Department

We are happy to welcome Dr. Farhad Imani as a new Assistant Professor in our Department of Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Imani obtained his PhD from Penn State in 2020 and brings to UConn his expertise in advanced manufacturing, and specifically in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. His research interests focus on data analytics, machine learning, […]

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Using BME Modeling Tools to Aid in Clinical Diagnosis of Orthopedic Injuries

Webex Link: http://s.uconn.edu/meseminarf20km Abstract: Over 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur every year in the United States alone, costing over $1.5 billion dollars in rehabilitation and reconstruction care. However, despite extensive rehabilitation, upwards of 56% of individuals fail to return to previous functional levels years after treatment due to lingering neuromuscular impairments. These impairments […]

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Prof. Norato joins the Editorial Board of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design

Dr. Julián Norato, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. This archival journal publishes papers on and embraces broad, interdisciplinary aspects of engineering design research. His current research interests lie in incorporating failure, geometric, manufacturing and cost requirements in computational topology and shape optimization techniques […]

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Prof. Nguyen to Develop Self-Administered Microneedle COVID-19 Vaccine Technology

Prof. Thanh Nguyen has received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA) to develop a single-use, self-administered microneedle vaccine technology for infectious diseases, including COVID-19. For more details, read the full story on UConn Today:  

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Machine Learning for Thermosetting Polymer Design: Prof. Ying Li’s new AFOSR Young Investigator Award

Prof. Ying Li is in a selected small group of researchers that have received the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). His award will support de novo design of thermosetting polymers with deep reinforcement learning, and will provide new capabilities needed to avoid the traditionally used trial and […]

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Is Combustion a Dirty Word?

Abstract: Wajid’s presentation is weirdly titled, “Is Combustion a Dirty Word?” a question that challenges the combustion engineers like himself. In the presentation he will share the experiences from his work at National Research Council Canada and Virginia Tech. Specifically, drawing examples from his contributions to the National Jet Fuel Combustion Program, he will touch […]

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Prof. Tarakanova co-organized the First Annual Women in STEM Frontiers in Research Expo (WiSFiRE)

This past January, the University of Connecticut School of Engineering held the Women in STEM Frontiers in Research Expo (WiSFiRE), which brought together and celebrated some of the important research and journeys of female faculty in the School of Engineering. The conference was co-organized by our own Prof. Anna Tarakanova.

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Investigating the Role of Stem Cell Mechanobiology in Tendon Degeneration

Abstract: Tendon and ligament injuries account for 20-30% of all musculoskeletal disorders and are the most common form of non-fatal occupational injury resulting in over 420,000 days away from work each year. A primary cause of tendon degeneration is overuse (i.e., fatigue loading), which produces repeated microscale damage of the load-bearing collagen fibrils as well as […]

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Harnessing Small Signaling Molecules for Bone Regenerative Engineering: A Convergence Approach

Abstract: Clinicians and scientists working in the field of regenerative engineering are actively investigating a wide range of methods to promote musculoskeletal tissue regeneration. Small-molecule-mediated tissue regeneration is emerging as a promising strategy for regenerating various musculoskeletal tissues and several small molecule compounds have been recently discovered as potential signaling molecules for skeletal tissue repair […]

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Mechanics in Electrochemistry: From Energy Storage to Energy Harvesting

Abstract: Rechargeable batteries function by reversible ion shuttling between the electrodes through the electrolytes. However, large amount, high rate ion diffusion and insertion induces large deformation in constituent materials in battery cells, leading to material failure, and consequently irreversible capacity decay and poor cyclability. How do mechanics and electrochemistry reciprocally influence one another in battery […]

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Mechanical Engineering Lightning Talks

Join us at our Department at our ME Lightning Talks to learn about the exciting research that some of our ME Faculty and their groups are involved with!  Pizza will be provided.  Since space is limited, this event is limited to ME graduate students and faculty, and a limited number of ME undergraduate seniors.

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Prof. Poludnenko’s Paper on Supernovae Explosions Published in Science

Read the whole story about Prof. Alexei Poludnenko’s Research in UConn Today.

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