May 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
Recipient of the UNH Alumni Association Endowed Alumni Scholars Legacy Fund Joshua A. Chabot!

Joshua A. Chabot ’13 is a recipient of the UNH Alumni Association Endowed Alumni Scholars Legacy Fund and the student speaker for the Great Works luncheon. A mechanical engineering major from Manchester, N.H., Chabot will share some of his experiences as a UNH student and talk about the role scholarship support has played in his successful college career. Professor May-Win Thein is his academic and research advisor. See this link here for more information!

Posted: April 25, 2013
ME Senior project featured in The New Hampshire newspaper!

Check out the article here!

Posted: April 11, 2013

March 2013

Article about one of our 2004 Alumni!

Erin Schroeder (nee Ludwig) – class of 2004. Read more about how her involvement in playing volleyball in school helped her to succeed in her career at NASA!

Posted: March 06, 2013

February 2013

FSAE Winter Banquet and Fundraiser event

Please mark your calendars for the FSAE Winter Banquet and Fundraiser event – see the details below. 

Hope to see you there! UNH FSAE Winter Banquet Feb. 24th @ 5:00pm 

Granite State Room, Memorial Union Building 

Italian Dinner

Presentation by the FSAE Team members

Question and Answer session with review of progress

50/50 raffle 

UNH students and facility - $20

Non-students and facility - $25  

Tickets go on sale today at the MUB Ticket office. They can also be purchased on the night of the event at the door!  

Tyler Young

Senior Mechanical Engineering Student

University of New HampshireFormula SAE Captain 

Posted: February 12, 2013
Congratulations Professor Korkolis!

Congratulations to Prof. Yannis Korkolis who was named one of the top reviewers of the year for the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering. Please see this link for more information! 


Posted: February 07, 2013

January 2013

Congratulations to Erin Ludwig Schroeder – Class of 2004!

Congratulations to Erin Ludwig Schroeder – Class of 2004 – who has just been named the Program Manager for the GPS Small Satellite (NAVSAT) Program!  Read more about this Program in the Washington Technology.

Posted: January 25, 2013

Please welcome our new staff member Professor Marko Knezevic! He will be teaching ME 643!


Take a look at his faculty profile here!

Posted: January 16, 2013

October 2012

Article about Professor Kinsey's recent research in the Campus Journal!

Research Profile: Brad Kinsey, Testing the Mettle of Metals

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

By Sonia Scherr

Do you drive a car? Drink out of soda cans? Use a washing machine? Travel by plane?

If so, Brad Kinsey’s research could have an impact on your daily activities. He studies how to better predict failure in sheet metal, the thin metal skin used in products ranging from retro Coca-Cola Zero bottles to the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Kinsey’s research has the potential to improve manufacturing processes


Click here to view the full article!

Posted: October 24, 2012

September 2012

Professor Thein featured in UNH's "In the Classroom"!

Watch the video of Professor Thein "In the Classroom" here!


Posted: September 18, 2012
Dr. Charles (Charlie) Taft, Professor Emeritus, has been elected to Fellow status in ASME

Congratulations to Dr. Charles (Charlie) Taft, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, who was recently elected to Fellow status in The American Society of Mechanical Engineers with the following citation: Prof. Taft made seminal contributions in non-linear controls, stepper motors and fluidics.  He established a paradigm for collegial treatment of students in dynamic systems, fluid, electromechanical and discontinuous control and instrumentation courses he developed.  His award-winning solutions of complex problems such as ground-breaking modelling of train air braking systems won him the ASME Rail Transportation Award (1980).  His permanent magnet stepper motors modelling won him the IEEE IECI best paper award (1975).  His fluid dynamics expertise is exemplified by fluidics patents, DARPA research on ship steering, and his skiing passion led to development of snow cover enhancement polyhedrons using prevailing winds.  He authored 16 refereed papers, three books and 9 Patents.




Posted: September 18, 2012