May 2014

ISE Honorable Mention Poster Award

The Honorable Mention Poster Award at the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium (ISE) which took place on April 23, 2014, was given to:

The UNH Aero SAE team:
Spencer Zimmerman
Steven Dvorak
John Stowell
Michael Kirby
Patrick Dodd 

Project Advisors: Todd S Gross and Glenn Shwaery

IMG_2408.JPGProject description: The University of New Hampshire Aero Team is an interdisciplinary engineering design team whose core objective is to model, construct, and operate a precision UAV cargo aircraft. The UNH Aero team has constructed an aircraft capable of accurately dropping a three pound payload to a target at ground level from a minimum altitude of 100 feet. The team's design was made to confide to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) design requirements in order to compete in the SAE Aero Design International Competition.

Posted: May 15, 2014
ISE First Place Poster Award

The First Place Poster Award at the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium (ISE) which took place on April 23, 2014, was given to:

The Research & Development of WingTip Devices for Hydro-Kinetic Turbines and other Marine Applications team: 
John Brindley and Jesse Shull 
Project Advisor: Martin Wosnik
IMG_2342.JPGProject description: Novel wingtip devices were designed for hydrokinetic turbines in order to avoid biofouling and to reduce or control cavitation and wingtip vortices. A legacy testing apparatus was designed using Solidworks and employed finite element analysis to ensure longevity. The WEBFM (Wingtip Elliptical Base Foil Mount) has an extension piece so that different wingtips can be cheaply manufactured. Multiple devices were designed in both GNU Octave and Solidworks and tested using the open source computational fluid dynamics package OpenFOAM. A novel device coined the SplitTip shows promise in countering the effects of wingtip vortices and is now patent pending. DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) was provided by TurboCam to create the various wingtip devices. The WEBFM and wingtip devices were assembled and tested in UNH’s HiCAT (High-speed CAvitation Tunnel). Comparison of the HiCAT and OpenFOAM models will be presented.

Posted: May 15, 2014
ISE Student Choice Award

The Mechanical Engineering Department Student Choice Award at the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium (ISE) which took place on April 23, 2014, was given to:

The Wave Energy Conversion Buoy Team:
Carl Smith
Joe Henderson
Corey Sullivan 
Project Advisors: Rob Swift and Ken Baldwin

IMG_2229.JPGProject description: The Wave Energy Conversion Buoy (WECB) is a senior design project in the Undergraduate Ocean Projects course for the 2013/2014 school year. The WECB team’s goal is to design and construct a point absorber wave energy device, which will generate electrical power from ocean waves. This point absorber buoy generates power by using the relative motion between two buoys (the middle spar buoy and the follower “donut” buoy) to drive a rack and pinion gear system that in turn spins a generator. The intent of the project is to demonstrate wave energy as a viable source of renewable energy for powering the Shoals Marine Laboratory located on Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. The buoy will be tank tested, and implemented for a one-two week period of time in April at a site located off the eastern shore of Appledore Island.

Posted: May 15, 2014

April 2014

Congratulations to Paige Balcom!!

Congratulations to Paige Balcom, ME Junior, who has received a prestigious place on a 2014 Fulbright Summer Institute in Wales, UK.

See the press release here for more information!

Posted: April 25, 2014
Congratulations to the Granite State Ventures Team!

Congratulations to the Granite State Ventures Team, which includes two ME Seniors, Andrew Nelligan and Jeffrey Moore, whose project won the INTEL Innovation award for the top project in the 24th annual Environmental Design Contest at New Mexico State University!

For more information, please read the article in UNH Today here

Posted: April 24, 2014
CEPS Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to Daniel Savage, ME Senior and Yunyao Jiang, ME Master’s student, who were chosen to receive the prestigious CEPS Graduate Fellowship for AY 2014-15.  Daniel will pursue his doctoral degree in the field of computational mechanics under Dr. Marko Knezevic, and Yunyao will stay on to pursue his doctoral degree in the field of mechanics of materials under Prof. Yaning Li.

Posted: April 10, 2014

March 2014

Professor Wosnik Receives Patriotic Employer Award

Click here to read the article about Professor Wosnik's award for the support of a student in the military!

Posted: March 20, 2014

February 2014

Remotely Operated Vehicle Senior Project Team in UNH Today!

The UNH Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Senior Project Team is featured in today's UNH Today newsletter!

Please see this link for the article!

You can also visit the ROV Senior Project teams website here to see what they are currently working on!

Posted: February 20, 2014

January 2014

UNH Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter traveled to Uganda


The UNH Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter traveled to Uganda over January break to perform engineering work in a rural village. They disinfected wells, taught Ugandans how to maintain their pumps, and built fences to keep cows away from the water.  They also assessed for a new project and received permission to build teachers' housing and latrines at an elementary school. Professor Tom Ballestero (Environmental Engineering) traveled with Ian Gagnon (Mechanical Engineering '15), Paige Balcom (Mechanical Engineering '16), Amy Johnson (Environmental Engineering '15), Megan Burke (Environmental Engineering '15), and Charlotte Osborne (Occupational Therapy '15).  Please check out Engineers Without Borders website for more information.  




Posted: January 27, 2014

December 2013

Fall 2013 ME 627 Dynamics Project

The Fall 2013 ME 627 Dynamics Project demonstrated a device for their mechanical energy transfer project. Check out the video here.

Posted: December 18, 2013

September 2013

NSF Special Report Video featuring M.E. Faculty!

A collaborative NSF funded research project, that Profs. Klewicki and White are co Pi’s on, has been featured in an NSF special report video. The project aims to study and quantify shape effects on the transport of volcanic ash. The large-wind tunnel is used in the project and featured in the video. The following graduate students are featured in this link: Mike Allard, Pat Vincenti, and Nicholas DeMarchi.

Posted: September 27, 2013

July 2013

Congratulations to Ivaylo Nedyalkov!

Congratulations to Ivaylo Nedyalkov, a doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering, who was awarded a 2013 FED Graduate Student Scholarship Award from the ASME Fluids Engineering Division at the 2013 ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting in Lake Tahoe, NV last week for his outstanding paper entitled: “Cavitation Investigation of Hydrofoils for Marine Hydrokinetic Turbines.”  His academic advisor is Prof. Martin Wosnik.  This is the first year of the paper competition and Ivaylo received1 $1,000 check and is invited to join one of the six FED technical committees.


Posted: July 17, 2013
SkillsUSA National Competition Award Presented to Incoming UNH Mechanical Engineering Students!

Three seniors from Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH won a national award in manufacturing technology at the SkillsUSA National Competition last week.   Two of the seniors, Naomie Clark and Jackie McNally are coming to the Mechanical Engineering Department at UNH this coming semester.  We look forward to having them in our program!

 Please see more information here!  

Posted: July 09, 2013

June 2013

Congratulations to the UNH Mechanical Engineering Continuous-Bending-Under-Tension senior design team!

The UNH Mechanical Engineering Continuous-Bending-Under-Tension senior design team placed third at the ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division Student Design Competition which was held at the International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference in Madison, WI in June 2013.  Congratulations to Steve Racca and Kristen Berube, who made the trip to present their work!  Professors Kinsey and Korkolis were the academic advisors for this project. Steve, Kristen and Professor Kinsey are pictured below.



Posted: June 27, 2013
Congratulations LunaCats!

Congratulations to the UNH LunaCats who took 3rd in the Mining Category at NASA's Fourth Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center and won the award for Efficient Use of Communications Power! 



Posted: June 03, 2013