Engineering News

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 

Alumna Named Influential Arizona Millennial

Jen Watson KoevaryJen Watson Koevary, who received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 2008, was named one of 20 influential millennials working in Arizona by AZ Big Media. 

Koevary serves as chief operating officer of Avery Therapeutics, a biotech startup, where she leads commercialization strategy and operations. She is also a research assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Arizona. 

Wygnanski to Deliver 2017 AIAA Dryden Lecture

Israel Wygnanski; image courtesy of Nasa Ames Research Center
Israel J. Wygnanski, University of Arizona professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, will deliver the 2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Dryden Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m. MST. 

A livestream of his lecture, "Maturation of Active Flow Control Concepts for Improved Aircraft Performance," will be available from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. MST through the AIAA website.

Photo courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center

AME Alumnus Takes the Reins at Sundt

Alumnus Mike Hoover, president and CEO of Sundt ConstructionMike Hoover, who received his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983, has been named president and CEO of Sundt Construction

Hoover, a second-generation Sundt employee and Tucson native, worked his way up in the company from laborer to executive, holding various positions including project engineer and division manager.

He replaces Dave Crawford, also a UA Engineering alumnus, as CEO.

Photo courtesy of A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star

Undergraduate Meets the Bike More Challenge

Bike More Challenge; photo by Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily StarBryan Little, a mechanical engineering senior, bicycles at least a portion of his commute to campus from Vail every day.

This year, he put those miles – and many more – toward the totals of the Tucson Bike More Challenge. The competition encourages people to ride their bikes for commutes, errands and recreation by tracking their distances from Oct. 30 to Nov. 30.

Bryan placed first for Most Miles among the male competitors. The majority of his 1,455 miles were ridden on Tucson trails. 


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