Engineering News

Alumnus Recognized for University-Industry Partnership

Manny Teran, Jeff Goldberg, David Allen and Don Gervasio at the Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared AwardsAlumnus Manny Teran, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, received the 2016 I-Squared Award for Industry and Corporate Partnership from Tech Launch Arizona for collaborating on the commercialization of UA research.

Teran is CEO and president of the Tucson-based Aztera, a product development and automated test company focused on mechanical, electrical, software, optical and biosystems engineering. He is also a member of the College of Engineering industry partner board.


'Engineering an Impact' on OSIRIS-REx

Bradley Williams with the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft in the Lockheed Martin cleanroom. Photo by Symeon Platts/The University of ArizonaWhat got mechanical engineering alumnus Bradley Williams interested in space? Surprisingly enough, the unfortunate end to the Mars Polar Lander mission, which he watched on TV in the fifth grade.

These days, he's a systems engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite, which will launch with the spacecraft in September this year. He credits his undergraduate research experience in helping him land his "dream job" right out of school.

Learn more about Williams' work on OCAMS in a blog post he wrote for OSIRIS-REx principal investigator Dante Lauretta.

Photo by Symeon Platts/The University of Arizona

A Day in the Life of Saif Al Mheiri

Saif Al Mheirii in the lab. Photo by Christopher Pike/The NationalAfter earning his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2004, AME alumnus Saif Al Mheiri received his PhD from the University of Miami. These days, he's on the faculty at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, where he researches alternative energy sources, large-scale energy storage devices and hybrid alternative energy systems.

Get a glimpse into the daily routine of an assistant professor.

Photo by Christopher Pike/The National

Kudos to da Vinci Scholars

The UA College of Engineering has named its 10 da Vinci Scholars for 2016, and three are mechanical engineering majors: Jim Encinas, Alexander Marshall and Noé Arroyo-Williams.

Congratulations to these exceptional students, who will be recognized alongside the College's da Vinci Fellow in a special reception in May.

Design Day Is on the Way!

UA Engineering Design Day 2016 app logoUA Engineering Design Day 2016 is fast approaching.

On Tuesday, May 3, seniors from every single department in the College of Engineering – including AME – will gather on the UA Mall and in the Student Union to present their capstone design projects.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check out more than 100 student projects.

New this year: Download the free UA Engineering Design Day app for iPhone or for Android.

West Point Wildcats

As a recent article in Arizona Engineer points out, AME boasts close ties with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Army Capt. Timothy Ashcraft, who received his master's degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering in 2015, will start teaching at West Point this summer, and Professor Emeritus Henry "Skip" Perkins served as a visiting professor of mathematics in 1978-1979.

AME Research Helps NASA Win Laureate Award

Laureate Award trophies at the Aviation Week ceremonyOn March 3, Aviation Week celebrated its 59th annual Laureate Awards – sometimes called the Oscars of the aerospace industry  – and this year's winner in the technology category was NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project, "for developing and demonstrating performance-improving technologies that could be used to make the next generation of civil aircraft more efficient, economical and environmentally friendly."

Among the most successful research supported by the six-year ERA Project was the Active Flow Control Enhanced Vertical Tail Flight Experiment, a collaboration among NASA, Boeing, Caltech and the University of Arizona department of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Their technology could bring the next great shift in airplane design, leading to lower fuel consumption...

Wuertz Wins Big on Blade Smithing Show

Congrats go to alumnus Travis Wuertz, who took top honors on the March 15 episode on the History Channel reality competition "Forged in Fire." The show challenges master blade smiths to craft weapons under tough time contraints. 

Wuertz, who received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2006, created a Viking sword in five days. For his exemplary efforts, he was awarded $10,000 and a chance to return for the season's championship episode.

Read more in the Casa Grande Dispatch.

Modarres to Present 2016 Kececioglu Seminar

Mohammad ModarresMohammad Modarres, an expert in safety assessment and safety goal policy development in engineering systems, will present the 2016 Dimitri Kececioglu Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in AME S212. A reception will follow in the AME courtyard.

His lecture, "Frontiers in Risk and Reliability Research," will highlight present and promising research directions in the fields of reliability engineering and risk assessment.

Modarres currently holds the Nicole Y. Kim Eminent Professorship in the A.J. Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also serves as director of the Center for Risk and Reliability.

His research interests include probabilistic risk assessment and management, uncertainty analysis, probabilistic physics of failure, and degradation and damage modeling of systems, structures and components.

Modarres has served as a consultant to several governmental agencies, private organizations and national laboratories. He has published more than 300 papers in archival journals...

Tackling Galvanic Corrosion with Reference Electrodes

Industries like smelting and solar energy production move molten salts through metal pipes. Due to the voltage differential between the materials, the pipes corrode quickly and require regular replacement.

Professor Peiwen "Perry" Li worked with colleagues in the department of chemical and environmental engineering to develop an electrode that sits in the pipes and monitors the voltage differential, so operators can work to mitigate corrosion in the system.

Read more about the device, and the company they launched to bring it to market, in UANews


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