Mechanical Engineering Featured News

AY 2016-2017
 

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A new $2.7M grant from the DOD-OEA program with the University of Utah will establish the ADAPT Mountain West Manufacturing Network; a new manufacturing platform that will advance economic and workforce resilience. Specifically, the project will network past, present and potential Defense-supported metals manufacturers directly with advanced manufacturing R&D centers via a centralized, artificially intelligent database. This platform will enable Defense manufacturing contractors to efficiently use additive manufacturing processes to shorten product development cycles, expand their product mix, enter new non-Defense related markets and thus increase the economic diversity of their business. Full Story>>

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Congratulations to Team DiggerLoop, who have not only won the CECS Senior Design Spring Trade Fair, but have also been selected by SpaceX as one of 24 team across the world to advance to the final Hyperloop II competition weekend in Hawthorne, California this August.  Team members include both mechanical and electrical engineering students: Jeremy Che, Jacob Suter, James Bloomfield, Tim Walker , Zach Melphy, Jackie Knott, Will Marquis (Project Manager), Braiden Olds, Christian Grundfor, Ryan France, Vincent Koch, Austin Genger (Project Manager), Michael Lanahan, Karl Grueschow (Chief Engineer) 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TEAM DIGGERLOOP…Break a Pod!

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Congratulations to the ADAPT center on receiving Jeffco EDC's Genesis Award for outstanding economic development achievement. “The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) represents a vital partnership moving Jefferson County and the State of Colorado’s economy forward,” said Sam Bailey, President and CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation. “This partnership of small and large businesses, the State of Colorado, Manufacturer’s Edge, and Colorado School of Mines embodies Jefferson County’s spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, workforce development, and a shared interest of building the next great generation of advanced industries technologies.” Full Story>>

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Congratulations to Sydney Holdampf, Jasmin Honegger and Brittany Marshall who were each awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines pursuing research-based graduate degrees. For 2017, the NSF received over 13,000 applications and offered 2,000 of those applicants awards. Look for a full profile of their projects coming soon! 

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Congratulations to the ASME Robot Pentathlon team who became the first team from Mines to win the student design competition at #EfestWest on March 18, 2017. The cross-disciplinary team consisted of ME sophomore Daniel Schmerge, Physics/ME junior Jacob Aas and EE/CS freshman John Wiens. Way to go gentlemen! Full Story>>

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Congratulations to Rowlinson Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Aaron Stebner (right, with CO Governor Hickenlooper), who was awarded a $150,000 grant for the 3D printing of Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs), particulary NiTiHf,  for use in biomedical devices. 

The ultimate goal of the project will be to establish Colorado as the world center for 3D printing SMAs, and expand into 3D printing for the aerospace industry. 

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Congratulations to Assistant Professor Anne Silverman, who was awarded a $15,000 grant in support of her research in the development of rehabilitation and device interventions to improve mobility and function. 

This award from 3M recognizes outstanding new faculty based on their research, experience and academic leadership and is designed to support them in their tenure process. Congratulations Dr. Silverman! 

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Congratulations to ME Assistant Professor Xiaoli Zhang, who has been awarded a five-year grant through the NSF CAREER program, in support of her project “CAREER: Goal-Guided Self-Reflective Control Interface in Teleoperation.” Full Story>>

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ME Assistant Professor Paulo Cesar Tabares-Velasco opened his Building and Thermal Science Lab, located on the fourth floor of Brown Hall. It is a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art environmental chamber that allows researchers to control the environmental conditions in which their experiments will take place, opening the door for HVAC research at Mines.  Full Story>>

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Computer Science Professor and Division Director Tracy Camp, ME Professor and Department Head Greg Jackson and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Debra Lasich have been awarded ~$650K for a new NSF project titled Path Ambassadors To High Success, in order to attract low-income academically talented students from Colorado to study computer science at Mines. The PATHS program will offer between 10 and 20 NSF-funded scholarships per year, as well as build the infrastructure to recruit, retrain and enable low-income students to succeed. PATHS project partners include Colorado Education Initiative and Red Rock Community College. In addition, Mines leaders Dan Fox (Student Life), Brian Winkelbauer (Mines Foundation), Jean Clark (Career Center), Kim Medina (Admissions), Jill Robertson (Financial Aid), Tricia Douthit (Institutional Research) and Andrea Salazar Morgan (MEP) are involved.  

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Pig Patrol, a team of seven ME seniors, received first place in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Fall Senior Design Trade Fair on December 1, 2016. They designed an integrated cleaning and inspection pig that can collect data more frequently and affordably, without interrupting pipeline flow, specifically for smaller pipelines - a market that has been virtually ignored in favor of the major pipelines. The team is confident that they will be able to successfully pitch their design for production. Team members include: Logan Nichols, Evan Marshall, Grant DeShazer, Evan Thomas, Matthew Atherton, Victoria Steffens and Kyle Crews. Congratulations team!

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ME Assistant Professor Steven DeCaluwe has been awarded a a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation for acquisition of an Environmental X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy instrument to establish a unique regional facility for exploring behavior of material surfaces in operating and/or reactive environments and for training in advanced measurements.  

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Governor Hickenlooper kicks off Colorado Manufacturing Month with a tour of the ADAPT Center. Full Story>>

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Professor Aaron Stebner has been awarded a two-year $330,000 grant for a new Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences program, "Microstructure Anisotropy Effects on Fracture and Fatigue Mechanisms in Shape Memory Alloy Martensites," with Dr. L. Catherine Brison of Northwestern University. Their research will study fracture mechanics in the low symmetry phases of shape memory alloys.

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Mines ME professors Aaron Stebner and Cristian Ciobanu are part of a project that has been awarded $1.6 million to improve the design of soft magnetic materials, which would increase the efficiency of electrical systems. Full Story>>

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ME Research Professor Angel Abbud-Madrid presented at TEDxMileHigh at their Make + Believe Event in June. His talk titled, “How to live off the land in space,” focused on space exploration and the possibility of mining asteroids. Full Story>>

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George R. Brown Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert J. Kee received the Combustion Institute's highest honor, the Bernard Lewis Gold Medal at the 36th International Symposium on Combustion. 

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Mines has received $2.1 million from the Department of Energy to fund three projects led by faculty, include ME's Mark Deinert and Douglas Van Bossuyt, in the interdisciplinary Nuclear Science and Engineering Program.

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Denise Dihle, a Mines 1993 alumna with a specialty in mechanical engineering, and her firm, Three Sixty Engineering, Inc., were recently awarded the U.S. Department of Energy's Women-Owned Small Business of the Year Award for 2015. Full Story>>

 

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