Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series

ME Seminar Schedule: Fall 2020

Fall 2020 seminars will be held on Zoom from 4:00–5:00pm. Check back often for updated details!

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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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: Prof. Mark Horstemeyer

Dean of Engineering and Distinguished Professor
Liberty University

Nov. 10, 2020: TBD

Nov. 24, 2020: TBD

Past Seminar Schedules

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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