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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

May 2013

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Prof. Diane Foster’s doctoral student, Sylvia Rodriguez-Abudo, who was selected as an awardee in the Ford Foundation Fellowship 2013 dissertation competition.  Read more here

 

Posted: May 28, 2013
NASA Student Launch Projects: USLI Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the UNH Rocketcats who came in 14th out of a total of 36 international teams at the annual competition in April sponsored by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics!  This is GREAT especially since this is the first year UNH has competed in this competition.

 

                                   

Posted: May 22, 2013
New Article in UNH Today featuring Professor Thein and her students!

Check out this article posted in UNH Today featuring Professor Thein and her students!

 

Posted: May 20, 2013
New M.E. Chair

Prof. Todd Gross will finish his tenure as the Mechanical Engineering chair at the end of the summer after 9 years of dedicated service. We are pleased to announce that Prof. Brad Kinsey will be the new chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department effective AY 2013-14.

Posted: May 09, 2013

April 2013

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Award

We are pleased to announce that Nicholas Landry, ME junior, was selected by the Hamel Center’s Faculty Review Committee to receive an Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for this summer.  He will be working in the Manufacturing and Design Lab for Prof. Marko Knezevic.

Performing microstructure sensitive metal-forming simulations is widely recognized as a computational challenge because of the need to store large sets of state variables related to material microstructure data. Nicholas will explore the possibility of reducing these large sets of microstructure material data in the form of statistical distributions to computationally manageable but representative statistical distributions using Fourier spectral methods. The objective is to determine the minimum number of microstructure data to accurately represent the material response. Successful implementation will facilitate performing microstructure sensitive simulations of metal-forming processes.

 

Posted: April 30, 2013
2013 University Research Conference

Congratulations to all the seniors who participated in the 2103 University Research Conference.  There was a very impressive display of both research and design projects.  Please go to our fb page to see all of these wonderful projects that the seniors have been working on all year.

Special congratulations to Joshua Chabot, Michael Johnson, Joseph Kelley, and Prof. May-Win Thein (advisor) whose NASA Magnetospheric Multi-Scale Mission TableSat Project was chosen as best project.  The URC judges were impressed with the number of variables considered by the team and how they overcame multiple design challenges uncovered during the prototype and initial testing stage.  The team also recognized the limitations of their design due to scope constraints but considered the future possibilities and they provided an excellent demonstration of their final product.  The NASA Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission (to be launched in 2014) consists of four spin-stabilized spacecraft flying in precise formation.  The MMS spacecraft, which have 60 m long wire booms protruding from their circumference, are analyzed using the UNH MMS TableSat IC, a limited 3-DOF rotation (full spin, limited nutation) table top simulator of the MMS spacecraft.  A PID and LQR controller are implemented on TableSat IC to observe the effects of spin rate and nutation control on the experimental satellite platform and scaled booms.

Also, congratulations to Chris Boamah-Mensah whose Lungs research project received an honorable mention at the Awards Ceremony. The goal of his project was to develop a mathematical model that describes the micro-mechanics of aqueous lung tissue. The model was verified and tested computationally. This project was inspired by the need to provide physicians with additional lung pressure-volume information and to investigate the role of surfactants in respiratory distress syndrome.

 

                               

NASA Magnetospheric Multi-Scale Mission TableSat Project                  Chris Boamah-Mensah Lungs Research Project 

Posted: April 30, 2013
Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship and Summer TA Fellowship Awards

We are very pleased to announce that Ivaylo (Ivo) Nedyalkov, ME doctoral candidate, has been awarded a Summer TA Fellowship for 2013 as well as the Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-14 academic year from the UNH Graduate School.  These awards are very competitive and Ivo was chosen out of 50 applicants.  Ivo is conducting research in renewable energy. He is developing bi-directional hydrofoils for harnessing energy from the ocean and studying their fluid dynamics. Improvements made in marine energy conversion devices can help to have a more sustainable planet.  Ivo’s research advisor is Prof. Martin Wosnik.

Congratulations to Mehdi (Saman) Nouri, ME doctoral candidate, who has been awarded a Summer TA Fellowship for 2013. These awards are very competitive and Saman was chosen out of 128 applicants.  A total of 40 awards were made.  Saman is investigating computer-based smart machining systems to monitor and control CNC machines in order to maintain optimum process conditions. This could potentially help to increase the efficiency of manufacturing practices.  Prof. Barry Fussell is his academic advisor. 

Posted: April 30, 2013
2013 Parents Association Award

We are very pleased to announce that Carolyn Przekaza, ME Sophomore, is the recipient of the Parents Association Award this year.  Profs. Brad Kinsey and May-Win Thein nominated Carolyn for this award for all of her outreach activities in SWE and the Robotics Club and in the ME department and college.  The Parents Awards is given to sophomores or juniors who have shown an understanding and appreciation of the value of a university education and who have accepted the responsibility to share their education to better the community in which they live. 

Posted: April 30, 2013