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Design Day 2017: The Next Big Thing, 100 Times Over

Student at Design DayEngineering affects virtually every aspect of our lives, and at the University of Arizona’s Engineering Design Day on May 1, more than 500 students – including 159 seniors from the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering – inte​nd to prove it.

The public is invited to see the displays in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom and on the UA Mall from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and to attend the awards ceremony in the ballroom from 4 to 5:30 p.m., when industry sponsors will present more than $25,000 in cash prizes to project teams.

Download the UA Engineering Design app, available for iOS and Android! Find your favorite project and presenter, and then – new this year! – post to social media directly from the...




Alumna's Startup Licenses Heart Graft Technology

Tucson-based Avery Therapeutics Inc. has licensed a beating heart graft technology, MyCardia, that has been shown to improve heart functions in preclinical studies. Left to right: Drs. Jen Koevary, Jordan Lancaster and Steve Goldman of Avery Therapeutics

MyCardia is a biologically active cardiac graft that can be surgically affixed to a heart to assist function for patients with conditions such as chronic heart failure. Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that commercializes inventions stemming from University research, facilitated the process of defining and protecting the heart graft technology.

The commercial license is a big boost for Avery's leadership team, including chief operating officer Jen Watson Koevary, who received her BS in mechanical engineering in 2008 before earning a doctorate in biomedical engineering.

Koevary was named...




Internship Leads to Job Offer for AME Senior

Mechanical engineering senior Morgan Struble isn't too worried about job prospects after she graduates – she's already employed. A student works on a solution while a mentor looks on at the UA STEM Learning Center

Struble was among the first University of Arizona students to take part in a program launched by the UA STEM Learning Center that pairs students with companies offering internships. Through the program, she landed a three-month position at Arizona Public Service as a fossil generation intern, an ideal fit for someone also studying mining and geological engineering.

"My internship was extremely beneficial," Struble said. "With everyone's help, I was able to make great progress on my assigned projects, and I think that this really radiated with the company and helped me get a job."

After graduation in May, Struble will head to Buckeye, Arizona, and the Redhawk Power Station where she'll serve as a full-time engineer.

Photo courtesy of John...




AME Alumnus Promoted to Director at McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has promoted alumnus Nayan Bhakta to director of engineering and procurement for their southwest division's renewable energy team.Nayan Bhakta, AME alumnus

Bhakta, a 2008 graduate of the BS in mechanical engineering program from the University of Arizona, will provide support on utility-scale solar projects nationwide ranging from $5 million to $600 million, including overseeing design and procurement activities, energy production evaluations, as well as supervising installation.

Bhakta joined McCarthy in 2015 as preconstruction manager and has worked extensively on the company's solar projects, including the Roserock Solar Plant in Texas and the Silicon Ranch project in Tennessee.

Photo courtesy of McCarthy Building Cos.




Hao Receives NSF Career Award

Qing Hao, assistant professor in AMEThe National Science Foundation has given its highest honor for junior faculty members – a Faculty Early Career Development Award – to assistant professor Qing Hao.

The award provides more than $500,000 to Hao to continue his research on nanoscale energy transport in a first-of-its-kind five-year study to develop a method to facilitate or impede heat transfer in nanomaterials for use in products ranging from personal computers to aircraft.

Hao previously received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2015 for his work with graphene – the strongest, thinnest and most heat-conductive material ever discovered.




Graduate Student Named 2017-2018 ARCS Scholar

Ethan BorosonEthan Boroson, a second-year mechanical engineering PhD student, is one of 18 graduate students at the University of Arizona to receive a 2017-2018 ARCS scholarship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation.

Boroson, who is advised by associate professor Samy Missoum, is investigating the optimal design of nonlinear energy sinks, or NES, under uncertainty. NES are passive devices that mitigate vibrations, of particular interest in aeroelasticity and earthquake engineering.

ARCS scholars receive an $8,500 stipend from ARCS Foundation, as well as a $2,000 stipend, $500 travel grant and base graduate tuition from the UA Graduate College.




Three AME Faculty Awarded Nearly $2M in Navy Grants

Professors Stuart A. Craig, Hermann Fasel and Antoli TuminNearly $2 million in grants were awarded this week to AME faculty by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. Congratulations to the following principal investigators:

Stuart A. Craig
Project: "Nonlinear Interaction Between First and Mack-mode Instabilities in High-Supersonic Flows"
Amount: $559,180

Hermann Fasel
Project: "Numerical Investigations of the Nonlinear Transition Stages in Hypersonic Boundary Layers for Navy-Relevant Mach Numbers and Model Geometrics"
Amount: $484,995

Anatoli Tumin
Project: "Real Gas Effects on Sound Radiation by Unstable Modes in Hypersonic Boundary Layers"
Amount: $933,620




Kerschen Honored for Graduate Teaching and Mentorship

Professor Edward J. KerschenThe UA Graduate College has named longtime professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering Edward J. Kerschen a 2017 recipient of its Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award.

Kerschen came to the University of Arizona from General Electric in 1981 and was named a full professor in 1998. Since 2000, he's taught the graduate-level courses AME 536A/B: Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics and AME 639: Aeroacoustics, among others.

"His way of delivering lectures inspired me to take up the challenge and rise up to his level," wrote nominator Harshad Kalyankar, an aerospace engineering master's degree student. He also noted Kerschen's willingness to meet with students at length, which "displayed his commitment and priority to students above his research and other tasks."

Kerschen's concern for his students was frequently mentioned by his nominees, as was his penchant for using classroom debates as a learning experience.

"He has created an environment where students...




2017 Kececioglu Lecture to Feature Kyung Choi

Kyung K. Choi, a professor in the mechanical and industrial engineering department at the University of Iowa, will present the 2017 Dimitri Kececioglu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, March 30, at 4 p.m. in AME S212. A reception will follow in the AME courtyard.

His lecture, "Developments of Reliability-Based Design Optimization and Confidence-Based Uncertainty Quantification and Reliability Assessment" (PDF), will highlight the collaboration between UI and the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center into basic research for reliability-analysis and reliability-based design optimization, or RBDO, methods. 

Choi is the Roy J. Carver Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Iowa, where he is a founding member of the Center for Computer-Aided Design. His research interests include uncertainty quantification, reliability analysis, reliability-based design optimization, design sensitivity analysis, and mathematical theory of optimization and its applications.

Kyung K. Choi has co-authored more than 350 papers, including 150-plus journal papers in leading national...




UA Aerospace Engineers Shine at AIAA SciTech Forum

Montage of AME faculty and students at AIAA SciTech 2017
While the UA Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is always well represented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, University of Arizona researchers took center stage at this year's gathering on Jan. 9-13 in Grapevine, Texas.

Among the AME honorees, presenters and panelists at AIAA SciTech 2017 were professors Israel Wygnanski, Hermann Fasel, Moriba Jah, Jesse Little, Erdogan Madenci, Samy Missoum, Anatoli Tumin and Olesya Zhupanska; research scientist James Threadgill; and graduate student Yile Hu.

Photo courtesy of AIAA 




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