October 2015
Twelve University of Michigan ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Awards in 2015  
Wide variety of honors illustrate depth and breadth of faculty
The research and educational efforts conducted by University of Michigan (U-M) Mechanical Engineering (ME) faculty have a far reach, and the advances and contributions made by many of them are widely and frequently recognized by professional societies with prestigious awards. 2015 is no different.

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ME's Sridhar Kota to Lead $5.8 Million National Manufacturing 'Think-And-Do' Tank 
NSF and NIST funding MForesight
ME Professor Sridhar Kota will lead a national consortium to identify emerging advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance the country's innovation ecosystem, manufacturing competitiveness and national security.

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Recognition & Achievements

  • U-M ME student's research featured on cover of the Journal of Applied Physics MORE>>

  • Members of the Optimal Design Laboratory win two ASME IDETC Best Paper Awards MORE>>
  • Daly wins 2016 SEM James W. Dally Award MORE>>
     
  • Mohammadi receives 2015 HHMI Fellowship MORE>>
     
  • Yoon selected for first-ever 3M/ASPE Scholarship and places 2nd in Student Design Competition MORE>>
  • Two of Johnsen's students win Student Paper Awards MORE>>
  • Sakamoto's research featured on cover of Advanced Energy Materials MORE>>
  • U-M ME faculty hosted the 12th IFAC Workshop on Time Delay Systems MORE>>
  • Chance encounter leads to use of life-saving blood analysis device MORE>>
  • 11 ME students receive Rackham Summer Award
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  • Liang and Sangi Reddy receive ME Department Achievement Awards MORE>>
     
  • Professor Saitou and ME PhD student Zhou win Innovative Design Component Award MORE>>
  • U-M Baja racing team finishes 2015 season on top MORE>>
  • Interdisciplinary U-M team nets hydrogen storage materials research grant MORE>>
  • Students receive ME Departmental Awards MORE>>
  • Barton receives 2015 UIUC MechSE Outstanding Young Alumni Award MORE>>
     
  • MRacing earns top honors at FSAE MORE>>
     

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2014-2015 Annual Report Released 
The U-M ME Annual Report highlights the many great achievements of faculty and students each year and the 2014-2015 edition was just released. Find out what's been happening at ME!

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ME Welcomes Two New Faculty 
Austin-Breneman and Daly joining faculty as assistant professors
  
The ME department is pleased to welcome Jesse Austin-Breneman and Shanna Daly who are joining the faculty as assistant professors.

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U-M ME Looking to Hire New Talent in 2015-2016
Multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions
U-M ME is currently seeking outstanding scholars to apply for multiple full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions. The positions are open to candidates of all ranks, including junior and senior-level appointments.

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NRC Report Investigating Targets for the U.S. Light Duty Vehicles' Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Emissions
Stefanopoulou and others from U-M ME contribute
The National Research Council (NRC) released a new report on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse standards for U.S. cars on June 18th and ME Professor and Director of the University's Automotive Research Center (ARC) Anna Stefanopoulou as well as ME's Jason Martz, George Lavoie and Robert Middleton fed this report with an important analysis through their "Full Vehicle Simulation Study" commissioned by the committee.

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Research Advancing Combustion Science
Wooldridge and her team make great strides in the study of fuel
ME Professor Margaret Wooldridge's novel approach to understanding combustion includes development of a powerful experimental platform to characterize fuel behavior, the Rapid Compression Facility.

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Measuring Near-Field Radiative Heat Transfer - A Novel Nanoscale Platform
Meyhofer and Sangi Reddy lead research
In an article published in March 2015 in Nature Nanotechnology, a team of researchers from the ME department and collaborators from Spain, led by professors Edgar Meyhofer and Pramod Sangi Reddy, are the first to demonstrate that near field heat transfer across nanoscale gaps is enhanced at the sub-wavelength scale with the use of thin films.

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PSDL Start-up FlexDex Surgical Reaches Key Milestones
Awtar partners with U-M surgeon to help improve minimally invasive surgery with FlexDex technology
ME Associate Professor Shorya Awtar and C.S. Mott surgeon Dr. James Geiger have reached key milestones in their joint endeavor, FlexDex Surgical.

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Inaugural MEUS A Success
ME Undergraduate Symposium (MEUS) kicked off last April
The inaugural ME Undergraduate Symposium (MEUS), kicked-off this last April. The symposium showcases the exceptional work of our undergraduate students in their independent X90 RISE projects (Research, Innovation, Service and Entrepreneurship) and the Design of Manufacturing X50 Core team projects.

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$50 Million Renovation of the GG Brown Memorial Laboratories Nears Completion
  
Construction continues on the $50 million renovation of the GG Brown Memorial Laboratories with phase 3, the final phase, scheduled for completion in December of this year.

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Student Project Impacts Young Boy's Life
ME450 students took on a project that truly impacted a life when they created a customized walker for Braden Gandee, a Temperance, MI boy with cerebral palsy.

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Solar Car Celebrates its 25th Anniversary as the Top Solar Car Team in the U.S.
The U-M Solar Car Team has had a shining 25th anniversary year.

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ME Design and Manufacturing Faculty Currently Soliciting Projects
ME's Design and Manufacturing Faculty invite you to join us in challenging our future engineers. We are currently soliciting projects for our senior capstone design course (ME 450). Find out how you can get involved.

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U-M ME Alum Paul Nuyen Honored with 2015 Alumni Merit Award

Mechanical Engineering alum Paul Nuyen has been selected to receive the 2015 U-M ME Alumni Merit Award. Nuyen (BSE ME '80) began his 35-year career with Boeing as an engineer in the fabrication division and has spent decades building and later leading the development of the company's 7-series jetliners (including the 747, 757, 767 and 777). This past June, Nuyen retired from his position as Vice President of Everett Operations for Boeing.  

   

 

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Korybalski Lecture Brings Bernard Amadei to Campus
Eighth annual lecture titled "Global Engineering for a Small Planet: A Vision of Success"
U-M ME's eighth annual Korybalski Lecture featured Dr. Bernard Amadei, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Are You an ME Alum Looking to Get Involved?
ME is looking for alums who would like to get involved in a variety of ways. Whether it's mentoring a current student or simply sharing some exciting news to possibly be included in our e-newsletter, annual report or on the website, we encourage you to contact us at me-alumni-news@umich.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

Giving to ME - Be a Victor for Mechanical Engineering
Donations to ME help support faculty, undergraduate and graduate educational programs, building and renovation projects, and the ME Endowment Fund. And now, it's easy to contribute through our online giving form.

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