Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series

ME Seminar Schedule: Spring 2024

ME Distinguished Seminars have a new time! All seminars will be held on Tuesdays in BB W280 from 3:30pm-4:30pm unless otherwise noted. Check back often for updated details!

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Feb. 27, 2024: Frank DelRio

Principal Member of the Technical Staff
Materials Mechanics and Tribology Department, Sandia National Laboratories
“Seeing is believing: In-situ and high-throughput microscopy and mechanics of advanced materials”
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Mar. 12, 2024: Dr. Steve Harris

Materials Science and Energy Storage Divisions at Lawrence Berkeley Lab
“Early Prediction of the Failure Probability”
View Dr. Steve Harris’ bio and seminar abstract

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April 2, 2024: Raymundo Arroyave

Segers Family Dean’s Excellence Professor
Texas A&M University
View Dr. Arroyave’s Bio

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April 16, 2024: Fernando Garzon

Director, Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, Distinguished Professor Chemical Engineering
University of New Mexico
View Dr. Fernando Garzon’s bio and seminar abstract

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April 30, 2024: Venkat Viswanathan

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan

View Dr. Venkat Viswanathan’s bio and seminar abstract

Past Seminar Schedules

Fall 2023

Aug. 30, 2023: Professor Guha Manogharam

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
“What is all the fuss about Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Hybrid Manufacturing? Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century”

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Sep. 27, 2023: Dr. Peter Hamlington

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Woodward-Vogel Leadership Chair, and Vogel Faculty Fellow in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Colorado, Boulder
“Novel Sloping Wind Tunnel Experiments and Adaptive Mesh Simulations of Fine-Scale Combustion for Physics-Based Models of Wildland Fire”
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Oct. 11, 2023: Dr. Dhruv Bhate 

Associate Professor in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks
Arizona State University
“Honeycombs, Networks and Branches: Architected Materials Inspired by Nature”
View Dr. Bhate’s Bio


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Oct. 25, 2023: Dr. Scott Roberts 

Distinguished R&D Chemical Engineer
Thermal/Fluid Component Sciences Department, Sandia National Laboratories
“Mechanical Influences of Engineered Battery Composite Electrodes on Electrochemical Performance”
View Dr. Roberts’ Bio



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Nov. 8, 2023: Dr. Eric Brown

User Facility Director and Senior Director
Physical Sciences Directorate at Los Alamos National Laboratory
“Shock Compression and Strain Rate Effect in Semi-crystalline Polymers”
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Nov. 29, 2023: Dr. Emilio Baglietto

Norm C. Rasmussen Professor and Associate Head of Nuclear Science and Engineering Department
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
“Advancing High-Fidelity CFD Methods Toward Executable Digital Twins Deployment”
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Spring 2023
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Feb. 10, 2023: Dr. Richard Weir

Director of the VA/CU Biomechatronics Development Laboratory
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS)
“Optogenetics, Neural Interfaces & Bionic Limbs: Thoughts from an Arm Builder”
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Feb. 17, 2023: Dr. Jincheng Du, PHD

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
University of North Texas
“Understanding Glass Corrosion from Multiscale Simulations”
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April 21, 2023: Dr. Badri Narayanan

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Louisville
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Fall 2022
Oct. 14, 2022: Dr. Sheng Xu
Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering 
University of California San Diego
“Soft Wearable Ultrasound Technologies for Deep Tissue Sensing”

View Dr. Sheng Xu bio and seminar abstract

Oct. 28, 2022: Dr. Olga A. Marina
Chief Scientist, Energy Processes & materials Division
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
“Hydrogen and Syngas Production Using High Temperature Electrolyzers”
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Nov. 4, 2022: Dr. Marcia O’Malley
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University
“Promoting Patient Engagement in Upper Limb Robotic Rehabilitation”
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Nov. 11, 2022: Dr. Christopher B. Williams
L.S. Randolph Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Tech
“Realizing Multi-Functional Products with Next-Generation Multi-Material/Modality/Scale/Axis Additive”
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Dec. 2, 2022: Dr. Matthew John M. Krane
Professor, Materials Engineering
Purdue Center for Metal Casting Research
Purdue University
“Uncertainty Propagation Through Solidification Process Models”
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Spring 2022
Jan. 25, 2022: Dr. Ronald J. O’Malley
F. Kenneth Iverson Chair and Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
“Advancements in the Use of Fiber Optic Sensors in Metals Casting and Steel Manufacture”
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Feb. 1, 2022: Dr. Todd Otanicar
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Boise State University
“Challenges of Solid Particles as a High Temperature Heat Transfer Medium”
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Feb. 22, 2022: Dr. Federico Municchi
Researcher, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Colorado School of Mines
“Numerical Methods for Particulate Flows with Conjugate Heat and Mass Transfer”
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Mar. 8, 2022: Dr. Sheila Edalatpour
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Member, Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies
University of Maine
“Radiative Heat Transfer at the Micro/Nanometer Scale”
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Mar. 16, 2022: Dr. Jennifer Franck
Assistant Professor, Engineering Physics
Director, Computational Flow Physics and Modeling Lab
University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Oscillating Foil Wake Dynamics and Predictive Modeling”
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Mar. 29, 2022: Dr. Babak Hejrati
Associate Member, Center on Aging and the Institute of Medicine
University of Maine
“Robot-assisted Gait Training”
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Apr. 26, 2022: Dr. Sepideh Kavousi
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computational Materials & Mechanics Laboratory
Colorado School of Mines
“Quantitative multi-scale models for predicting process-structure-property relationships in metals and alloys”
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Fall 2021
Sept. 28, 2021: Dr. Kristine Fischenich
Post Doc Fellow, Biomedical Engineering
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
“Towards Better Understanding Growth Plate Injuries and Recent Efforts to Engineer Treatments”
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Oct. 12, 2021: Dr. Peter Johnson
Emeritus Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington
“Making a Health, Safety and Business Case for Higher-Performing Commercial Vehicle Operator Seats: Including a New Passively Active Seat Suspension Design”
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Nov. 2, 2021: Dr. Eric R. Homer
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Brigham Young University
“Using Machine Learning, Math, and Genomic Analysis to Discover the Physics Controlling Metallic Interfaces”
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Nov. 16, 2021: Dr. Tim Barckholtz
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ
“CO2 Capture Using Carbonate Fuel Cells”
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Nov. 30, 2021: Dr. Himanshu Sahasrabudhe
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Michigan State University
“Exploring Multi-material Structures and Novel Materials using Laser Directed Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing”
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Summer 2021

Summer 2021 ME Special Seminar Speakers


May 18, 2021: Dr. Ankit Gupta
Post Doc, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Colorado School of Mines
“Uncovering Key Structure-Property Relationships in Nanostructured Materials Using Multi-Scale Simulation Framework and Novel Computational Tools”
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June 11, 2021: Dr. Luca Mastropasqua
Senior Research Scientist, Irvine’s National Fuel Cell Research Center
University of California
“Multi-scale Modelling the Thermo-Electrochemical Performance of Solid Oxide Cells and Systems”
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Spring 2021
Jan. 26, 2021: Dr. Shelly Miller
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Colorado Boulder
“Superspreading Events: How to Minimize SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Transmission”
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Feb. 2, 2021: Dr. Daniel Esposito
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Columbia University
“Electrolysis without Membranes: Opportunities and Limitations”
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Feb. 23, 2021: Dr. Christos Bergeles
Reader, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences
King’s College London
“Design and Control of Patient-Specific Continuum Robots”
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Mar. 9, 2021: Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Chair, Materials Science and Engineering
University of California Riverside
“There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom: Advanced Processing of Ultralightweight Mg Alloys”
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Mar. 23, 2021: Dr. David Sailor
Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Director, Urban Climate Research Center (UCRC)
Arizona State University
​”Urban Cooling Technologies: Breaking down barriers to widespread implementation”
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Apr. 13, 2021: Dr. Ashley Spear
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah
“Characterizing Microstructure-sensitive Mechanical Response of Open-Cell Metal Foams using High-fidelity Models and In-situ Experiments”
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Apr. 27, 2021: Dr. Eric Diller
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
“Micro-Scale Surgery: Using Magnetic Fields to Control Tiny Robots in the Gut and Brain”
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Fall 2020
Sandrine Ricote Sept. 8, 2020: Dr. Sandrine Ricote
Research Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
“Recent Progress and Promise of High-Temperature Proton Conductors”
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Sandrine Ricote Sept. 22, 2020: Dr. Francesca Tavazza
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Thermodynamics and Kinetics Group
“Materials Discovery via Machine Learning: Modeling Across Properties and Uncertainty Evaluation”
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Claire Oct 6, 2020: Dr. Clare Fitzpatrick
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Boise State University
“Applying Computational Models to Address Clinical Issues in Biomedical Engineering”
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Oct. 27, 2020: Dr. Mark Horstemeyer
Dean of Engineering and Distinguished Professor, Liberty University
Managing Director, DoD HPCMP Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute
“Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME): Past, Present, and Future”
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Nov. 10, 2020: Dr. Robert Webster
Richard A. Schroeder Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
“Can Needle-Sized Robot Tentacles Help Surgeons Save Lives?”
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Nov. 24, 2020: Dr. Chunmei Ban
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
“Fast Determination of Lithium Content and Failure Mechanism for Aged Lithium-ion Battery Electrodes”
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Dec. 8, 2020: Dr. Daniel Gonzalez
ARL Postdoctoral Research Fellow, United States Military Academy, West Point
“Wearable Robotic SuperLimbs and Agile Robotic Teammates for Empowering Emergency Responders”
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Spring 2020
Jan. 21, 2020: Dr. Nuno Rebelo
Nuno Rebelo Associates, LLC
“Transforming Lives Through Virtual Reality”
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Feb. 4, 2020: Prof. Harry Millwater Jr.
Samuel G. Dawson Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio
“High-Order Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis Using the Hypercomplex Finite Element Method with Applications to Additive Manufacturing”
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Feb. 25, 2020: Prof. Michael Calvisi
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
“Dynamics and Control of Encapsulated Ultrasound Microbubbles for Biomedicine”
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Mar. 5, 2020: Prof. Russell Cummings
Professor, Aeronautics, U.S. Air Force Academy
Managing Director, DoD HPCMP Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute
“The DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program’s Hypersonic Vehicle Simulation Institute: Objectives and Progress”
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Aaron Stebner Mar. 10, 2020: Prof. Aaron Stebner
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
“The Fusion of Mechanics, Manufacturing and Machine Learning at Mines”
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Fall 2019
Joe Samaniuk Sept. 3, 2019: Prof. Joseph Samaniuk
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
“Understanding Particle-Particle Interactions that Drive Self Assembly of 2D Film Materials such as Graphene, Molybdenum Disulfide, and Hexagonal Boron Nitride”
Guangdong Zhu

Sept. 17, 2019: Dr. Guangdong Zhu
Research Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
“A Perspective on Concentrating Solar Power Technologies: An Undervalued Foundation and an Underestimated Potential”
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Reinhard Radermacher

Oct. 1, 2019: Prof. Reinhard Radermacher
Minta Martin Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
“The Future of Indoor Climate Control”
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Chris Debrunner

Oct. 22, 2019: Dr. Chris Debrunner
Fellow, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Autonomous Systems Group
“The Future of Autonomy at Lockheed Martin”
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Mark Tschopp

Nov. 5, 2019: Dr. Mark Tschopp
Regional Lead, US Army Research Laboratory Central
“ARL Central: Polycrystalline Materials by Design, and Other Short Stories”
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Chris Weinberger

Nov. 19, 2019: Dr. Chris Weinberger
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University
“Developing Physically Based Multiscale Models of Plasticity in BCC Metals”
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