Colloquium Spring 2013

Seminars are held from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in MEC 224 unless indicated *

February to April 2013

April 17, 2013

MEC 221*

Dr. Richard Ranky
President & CEO3
Spark LLC

"How do Patents Work? An Engineer's Guide to Intellectual Property"

April 10, 2013 Dr. Ozer Unluhisarcikli
Mechatronic Systems Engineer/D&E US, ASML

"Wearable Robots and Rehabilitation Robotics"

March 13, 2013
MEC 221*
Dr. Shawn A. Chester
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology

"Mechanics of Amorphous Polymers and Polymeric Gels"


March 6, 2013

MEC 221*

Dr. Ting Tan
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Vermont

"A Preliminary Idea of Bio-Inspired Wind Turbine Blade Structures"

February 27, 2013

MEC 221*



Dr. Paul Ranky
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology

"Some R&D Results and New Research Methodologies in Concurrent/Simultaneous Product & Process Design Engineering with 3P and Other Methods"

February 25, 2013

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Manish K. Tiwari
Group leader and senior scientist in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies (LTNT), ETH Zurich

 “Functional Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Characterization and Performance Evaluation”


February 22, 2013

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Brendan J. Englot

United Technologies Research Center

“Sampling-Based Coverage Path Planning for Complex 3D Structures Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, June 2009”


February 20, 2013

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Zi Chen
Washington University

“Nonlinear mechanics, morphology and instability of ribbons, plates and rods”

February 19, 2013

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Alper Murat
McGill University

 “An Allocation based Modeling and Solution Framework for Location Problems with Dense Demand"


February 18, 2013

10:3- - 11:30 a.m.


Dr. Rajiv Malhotra
Northwestern University

“Fundamentals of Process Mechanics and Process Innovation in Incremental Forming
February 15, 2013

MEC 221*

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Inanc Senocak
Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
Boise State University

"Advanced Computing for Wind Energy and Environmental Applications"

February 14, 2013

MEC 221*

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Dr. Yingchun Yuan
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin

“A System Approach for Reducing the Environmental Impact of Manufacturing and Sustainability Improvement of Nano-scale Manufacturing”, Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.

February 13, 2013

MEC 224*

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Jekanthan Thangavelautham
Field and Space Robotics Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“A Regulatory Theory of Cortical Organization and Its Applications to Robotics
Advisor: Prof. Gabriele M.T. D’Eleuterio, External: Prof. Dario Floreano (EPFL)”

February 12, 2013

MEC 224*

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Nicholas A. Roberts
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN

"Science/Engineering: Micro/Nano Thermal Transport, Thermal Rectification, Thermal Property Measurement, Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo, Phase Change Materials, Electronics Packaging, Nanofabrication, Electron-and Ion-Beam Induced Processing, Self- and Directed Assembly of Nanostructures via Pulsed Laser Induced Dewetting"

February 5, 2013

MEC 224*

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Siva P.V. Nadimpalli
School of Engineering
Brown University

"Experimental Solid Mechanics with an emphasis on nano and micro mechanics of materials, Energy Storage Materials, Fracture Mechanics, Plasticity, Finite Element Modeling, and Microelectronic Packaging"