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Mechanical Engineering design Symposium

SOCORRO, N.M. May 03, 2013 – Join our Mechanical Engineering Juniors and Seniors as they present their final design clinic projects of the year!

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Multiphysics Modeling of Structures Subjected to Terminal Ballistics and/or Blast

SOCORRO, N.M. April 09, 2013 - Shane C Schumacher from Sandia National Laboratories will talk about his research focusing on the history of how his research was formed and the current status.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar

SOCORRO, N.M. March 28, 2013 - NMT Mechanical Engineering Department graduate students Kevin Heister, Ryan Grainger and Jon Schlavin will talk about their research.

Research Symposium Features 68 Projects

SOCORRO, N.M. March 26, 2013 – The second annual Student Research Symposium at New Mexico Tech features a wide range of innovative projects, including 39 posters and 29 oral presentations.

Grad Students Staging Three Minute Speech Competition

SOCORRO, N.M. March 19, 2013 – Mechanical engineering faculty Dr. Julie Ford started the project to give her students an opportunity to practice communicating. Students in this semester’s Communication 589 course are required to prepare for and participate in this event, which will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Cramer 124.

New Mexico Senator Heinrich Tours Tech Campus

SOCORRO, N.M. March 6, 2013 – Sen. Martin Heinrich visited the campus of New Mexico Tech on Friday, Feb. 22, to tour various facilities and become acquainted with Tech's capabilities. Several student teams gave very brief descriptions of their Senior Design projects in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a tour of several labs and workshops.

Dr. Nadir Yilmaz and Mechanical Engineering Students Miquela Trujillo, June Stanley Honored by Engineering Society

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. February 28, 2013 – Three New Mexico Tech students were honored by the Society of Professional Engineers on Friday, Feb. 22, in Albuquerque as the Engineering Student of the Year and two runners-up. Additionally, Mechanical Engineering Department associate professor Dr. Nadir Yilmaz won the NMSPE Young Engineer of the Year Award from the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers.

Dr. Zagrai and his team flies instrument to edge of space

MADRAS, Oregon, February 26, 2013 - Tech mechanical engineering professor Dr. Andrei Zagrai and a team of Tech students designed and built the monitoring system to determine structural integrity for space vehicles. The system was launched successfully on a high-altitude balloon and the experiment has successfully delivered data that validated both sensors and wireless communication electronics.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Deformation and Damage Mechanisms in Double Wall Carbon Nanotube and Hybrid Composites

SOCORRO, N.M. December 04, 2012 - NMT Materials Engineering Professor Dr. Bhaskar S. Majumdar will be presenting his work in this week's seminar. His presentation will highlight our understanding of load transfer in double wall carbon nanotube (DWNT)/epoxy composites obtained by combination of in situ FTIR and Raman measurements.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Deformation and Damage in Multilayer Thin Films: Perspective from Numerical Modeling and its Correlation with Experiment

SOCORRO, N.M. November 06, 2012 - Dr. Yu-Lin Shen from University of New Mexico will be talking about the mechanical characterization of aluminum-silicon carbide multilayers. .

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Acceleration Profile of an Explosively Driven Flat Metallic Flyer during Projection

SOCORRO, N.M. October 30, 2012 - Dr. Bin Lim one of our faculty members will be presenting his work in this week's seminar.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Improving simulations of mechanical and aerospace systems

SOCORRO, N.M. October 23, 2012 - Dr. Laura Jacobs-O'Malley from Sandia National Labs will talk about increasing the accuracy of simulations to design mechanical and aerospace systems

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Focusing schlieren systems for high-speed, large field-of-view applications

SOCORRO, N.M. October 16, 2012 - Dr. Drew L’Esperance a Senior Scientist from MetroLaser will talk about the schlieren systems that captures the images of large, fast-moving objects. A demonstration of the system will also be performed in Dr. Hargather’s laboratory after the seminar.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: NMT Skeen Library’s engineering databases and electronic documents

SOCORRO, N.M. October 09, 2012 - Dr. Lisa Beinhoff NMT Skeen Library Director will talk about engineering databases and electronic documents capabilities of the Skeen Library.

Mathematica 8: Up Close and Personal @ New Mexico Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. September 29, 2012 - This seminar will highlight the latest directions in technical computing with Mathematica, and the impact of these new technologies on education and research.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Quadratic growth in single-mode Rayleigh-Taylor instability

SOCORRO, N.M. September 18, 2012 - This week's Seminar features one of our faculty members Dr. Tie Wei. He will talk about the computational investigation of the growth of the 2D single-mode Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) using Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS).

Mechanical Engineers Win ITEA Scholarships

SOCORRO, N.M. September 11, 2012– Two mechanical engineering students earned scholarships from the International Testing and Evaluation Association this year. Undergraduate Steven Bayley and graduate student Kevin Heister each earned the award.

Seismology Intern Enjoyed Socorro And Greenland

Alan Shi, one of our undergrad students from Woodinville, Washington recently completed a summer internship at the IRIS/PASSCAL Instrument Center and he has some interesting stories to tell...

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar:Michael Faraday’s: The Chemical History of a Candle, Lecture 1

SOCORRO, N.M. September 11, 2012 - This week's Seminar features one of our faculty members Dr. Michael Hargather. He will present the first lecture of Faraday’s series including demonstrations and an addendum which will connect Faraday’s ideas and insights to current combustion research initiatives.

MathWorks MATLAB and SImulink Seminar

SOCORRO, N.M. September 19, 2012 - Please join MathWorks for a complimentary MATLAB and Simulink seminar on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 in the Skeen Library, Room212. Presenter: Mehernaz Savai, Application Engineer.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Applications of science and engineering to musculoskeletal biomechanics and assistive device design

SOCORRO, N.M. September 04, 2012 - This week's Seminar features Dr. Jason Wheeler from Sandia National Labs. He will will present a brief overview of human movement biomechanics and discuss several specific applications of engineering to clinical settings including haptics, prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation devices.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Computational Solid Mechanics Research Using Dual Particle Dynamics

SOCORRO, N.M. August 28, 2012 - Dr. Jason Sanchez from Kirtland Air Force Base will talk about Computational Solid Mechanics research at Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Kirtland Air Force Base.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dynamic Failure of Brittle Solids: Properties and Processes

SOCORRO, N.M. August 21, 2012 - Our new faculty member Dr. Jamie Kimberley will talk about dynamic failure of brittle solids.

FE Exam Registration

FE Exam registration deadline is September 6. The exam is gonna take place at NMT East Gym on October 27th. Please see the pdf file below for further details about the registration.

Tech Welcomes New Students: Convacation 2012 - Keynote Speaker is a recent NMT Mechanical Engineering Graduates, Fabian Vigil

SOCORRO, N.M. August 20, 2012 - New Mexico Tech welcomes new students. At this years convacation Fabian Vigil, one of mechanical engineering department recent graduates now working with Honda RD Center will be presenting.

Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics

SOCORRO, N.M. August 19, 2012 - Our new faculty member Dr. Tie Wei will be offering Introduction to CFD class this semester. Please find the course details in the pdf file below.

June Stanley – Tau Beta Pi Award

SOCORRO, N.M. June 28, 2012 - June Stanley one of our undergraduates was selected for the The Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society 2012-2013 scholarship. Congratulations!

New Faculty Members

SOCORRO, N.M. June 25, 2012 - We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jamie Kimberley and Dr. Tie Wei and will be joining to our faculty this semester as assistant professors. We look forward to them being here!

Jared Kuker – Cramer Award

SOCORRO, N.M. May 15, 2012 - Jared Kuker, one of mechanical engineering department undergraduate students completed his BSc degree this year winning the Cramer Award with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Congratulations!

Space Test Experiment Gets Federal Grants For 2 Launches

SOCORRO, N.M. May 10, 2012 - Dr. Andrei Zagrai and Dr. Anders Jorgensen will be flying another experiment into space in coming months – twice actually.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: An investigation of magneto-elastic active sensors used in fatigue damage detection, The development of a finite element model to predict global system behavior from substructure modal test data

SOCORRO, N.M. April 24, 2012 - NMT Mechanical Engineering Department graduate students Dan Meisner and Joshua Mendoza will talk about their research.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: A Defense of Computational Physics: Popper’s Non-Verifiability versus Computational Validation

SOCORRO, N.M. April 17, 2012 - Dr. Patrick J. Roache will present his defense on Computational Physics.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Investigation of Magneto-Elastic Active Sensors for Ultrasonic Damage Detection in Aerospace

SOCORRO, N.M. April 10, 2012 - David Conrad, NMT Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student will present an experimental investigation into the capability of MEAS in detecting fatigue damage in aerospace materials.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mars Science Laboratory Mission: Challenges and Lessons Learned

SOCORRO, N.M. April 03, 2012 - Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov, DOD INSRP Coordinator, US Air Force Safety Center, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Tech will talk about the special sources of risk that are inherent to the launch of radioactive materials, and provide insights into the analysis of these risks given the complex combined-phenomenology environments that could exist during a launch accident or destruct event.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mitigating Renewable Energy Intermittency with Energy Storage.

SOCORRO, N.M. March 27, 2012 - Steve Willard, P.E. Project Manager, PNM Resources will talk about Mitigating Renewable Energy Intermittency with Energy Storage.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar:Image Analysis for Experimentation using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Safety Analysis Considerations for the Overpressurization of a Solid

SOCORRO, N.M. March 20, 2012 - NMT mechanical engineering graduate students Richard Nelson and Jason Rogers will talk about their research projects.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: The wise choice of dynamic system inputs

SOCORRO, N.M. March 6, 2012 - Dr. Victor Beazel, Air Force Research Laboratory Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, will talk about how to apply command shaping technique for dynamic system inputs to nonlinear systems with geometry-dependent resonances.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Structural Health Monitoring: Overview and Challenges Ahead

SOCORRO, N.M. Feb 21, 2012 - Dr. Thomas J. Baca, Baca Consulting Group Albuquerque, NM will describes recent trends in structural health monitoring (SHM) at Sandia National Laboratories.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: A review of satellite attitude determination without gyroscopes

SOCORRO, N.M. Feb 7, 2012 - Arthur Weber, an NMT Graduate Student, Lockheed Martin will speak on the techniques used for attitude determination without the use of gyros including all-stellar approach, QWEST methods, and pseudo gyro on Tuesday, Feb 07, 2 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: An empirical relationship for the prompt initiation of bulk Comp-B by Linear Shaped Charges SOCORRO, N.M. Jan 31, 2012 - David Peterson

SOCORRO, N.M. Jan 31, 2012 - David Peterson, a NMT Graduate Student, Sandia National Laboratories will speak on the behavior of covered bulk explosive to represent attack upon burster charges in chemical munitions. Tuesday, January 31, 2 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: What Does the VLA Do, and How Does it Work? A Primer on Imaging Radio Interferferometry for Mechanical Engineers

SOCORRO, N.M. Jan 24, 2012 - Rick Perley, EVLA Project Scientist at NRAO will speak on the elements of radio interferometry as they are applied to the VLA and other instruments of its class. He also will give examples of what radio astronomers do with the VLA.2 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Large-Scale Acoustic and Elastic Wave Propagation Simulations

SOCORRO, N.M. Nov 22, 2011 - Dr. Greg Tipton of Sandia National Labs speaks on "Large-Scale Acoustic and Elastic Wave Propagation Simulations." 2 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: What you really need to know to be a successful engineer but won't learn in college?

SOCORRO, N.M. Nov 8, 2011 - Mr. Chris Kutac, Director of Configuration Management and Data Services for Honeywell Aerospace Engineering Operations, will speak on "What you really need to know to be a successful engineer but won't learn in college." 2 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Design Clinic Final Presentations

SOCORRO, N.M. December 06, 2012 - Design Clinic Class Junior/Senior/Advanced Design Midterm Presentations will be held on Dec 6th at Macey Cebter at 1:00PM. Come when you can and enjoy the presentations!

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Employing Simple Models to Evaluate Complex Systems of Systems By Paul Vogel

SOCORRO, N.M. Oct 18, 2011 - Simulations have been employed for over 50 years in the arena of complex systems of systems to identify any shortfalls and maximize effectiveness. These simulations have evolved to employ confederations of reasonably simplistic models orchestrated by an executive controller to model the complexity of possible interactions between each subsystem in a verifiable and comprehensive manner. This talk will introduce this approach from a software, systems, communications and engineering orientation.

FE Exam Review Sessions

The FE Review Sessions are as follows: Oct. 10 (M) - Thermodynamics Oct. 12 (W) - Circuits Oct. 17 (M) - Fluid Dynamics Oct. 19 (W) - Heat and Mass Transfer Oct. 24 (M) - Engineering Economics All sessions will run from 5 to 6:30pm in MSEC 103.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Designing a Spaceship for Everyone By Jonathan Firth, Virgin Galactic

SOCORRO, N.M. Oct 11, 2011 - This presentation will summarize the main cross-discipline challenges that Virgin is working to overcome and the progress made so far on its plans to turn commercial space travel into a reality.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Flying Explosives Detectors, Phil Rodacy, Sandia National Laboratories

SOCORRO, N.M. Oct 4, 2011 - The seminar will discuss how the bees are trained, what compounds they can detect, their sensitivity to various compounds and ability to reject interferences. A summary of work performed by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Montana to train bees to detect buried landmines will be presented.

Mechanical Engineering Students Launch Experiment Into Space

SOCORRO, N.M. Sep 27, 2011– A team of mechanical engineering students successfully launched a structural health monitoring experiment into space last spring, thanks to support from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Frederic (Rick) Bradshaw, High Bridge Associates

SOCORRO, N.M. Sep 27, 2011 - PMP Vice President and Regional Manager for High Bridge Associates, Mr. Frederic (Rick) Bradshaw will talk about his project management practices and experiences on Tuesday, September 27th, 2:00-2:50 pm at Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Undergrad Lands Space Grant Scholarship

SOCORRO, N.M. September 15, 2011 – Mechanical engineering junior Miquela Trujillo was awarded a competitive scholarship from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, based on her research proposal. A graduate of McCurdy High School in Espanola, Trujillo is testing a novel material developed by Dr. Ashok Ghosh. She is one of several students who have contributed to the testing of the material, which received a U.S. patent earlier this year.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. David Grow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. Sep 6, 2011 - Dr. David Grow who has recently joined to our faculty will speak on some promising uses of robotic technology. The presentation will cover the use of the Sarcos Treadport as a virtual-reality locomotion interface, the design of a haptic simulator of muscle spasticity, and the use of the KINARM Exoskeleton to investigate models of cerebellar ataxia and to explore rehabilitation methods.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Michael J. Hargather, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

SOCORRO, N.M. Aug 30, 2011 - Michael J. Hargather will speak on refractive flow visualization techniques on Tuesday April 30th, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is, "Refractive flow visualization techniques for investigating explosions and compressible flows". The basic physics and optical setup of these techniques will be discussed, with a focus on their application to studying explosions and high-speed compressible flows

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Publishes a Book Chapter in Wind Energy

SOCORRO, N.M. Aug 22, 2011 - New Mexico Tech graduate student Emrah Kulunk recently published a book chapter in "Fundamental and Advanced Topics in Wind Power, ISBN 978-953-307-508-2" about the aerodynamics of horizontal-axis wind turbines. The chapter sets out the basic analytical techniques that can be utilized for the aerodynamic design and performance analysis of HAWT rotors.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Nic Schafer got the Top Student Award at Graduation

SOCORRO, N.M. May 16, 2011 - Five New Mexico students earned the top annual awards at commencement Saturday. Three undergrads and two graduate students were recognized for their exceptional academic performance, integrity and community involvement. The winner of the top undergraduate award, the Brown Award, for 2011, is Nic Shafer, who earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.

Appreciation Award to Mechanical Engineering Graduate: Alex Plonczak

SOCORRO, N.M. May 17, 2011 - Every year at commencement, three organizations give awards to honor individuals who have provided exceptional service to New Mexico Tech. The Student Association, the Graduate Student Association and the Alumni Association each give awards. The Student Association honored mechanical engineering student Alex Plonczak this year due to his interest and dedication to serving the student body at New Mexico Tech.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Warren R. Maines, AFRL/RWMWO

SOCORRO, N.M. May 3, 2011 - Mr. Warren R. Maines, Chief of Range Operations at the Advanced Warhead Experimentation Facility (AWEF) at Eglin Air Force Base, will speak on Uniaxial Strain on Aluminum Foam on Tuesday May 3rd, 3-4 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is, "Results of Uniaxial Strain Experiments of Aluminum Foam".

Professor receives Patent For A Multifunction Composite

SOCORRO, N.M. April 22, 2011 - Tech professor Dr. Ashok K. Ghosh recently learned that the U.S. Patent Office has approved his application and granted him Patent Application No. 2009-044475A1. Dr. Ghosh’s invention is a composite structure that has Kevlar skin with a fluid-filled polyurethane foam core. The material may find applications in a variety of devices – from submarines and the Space Shuttle to military helmets and bullet-proof vests to radiation shielding.

Duo Wins Statewide Survival Kit Design Competition

SOCORRO, N.M. April 21, 2011 - Two of New Mexico Tech’s bright, ambitious and innovative engineering students won a statewide contest for their independent design project through the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Senior Tyler Bushnell and December 2010 graduate Austin Silva won $6,000 for their survival kit project. Both have won numerous awards previously, both at Tech and through other professional organizations.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Julie Ford, Technical Communication, New Mexico Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. April 19, 2011 - Dr. Julie Ford, Technical Communication, NMT, will speak on Effective Thesis Writing on Tuesday April 19th, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of her presentation is, "Effective Thesis Writing: Tips for Clear and Organized Communication (and Sanity Preservation)".

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Shaun Geerts, Mechanical Engineering Department, New Mexico Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. April 12, 2011 - Mr. Shaun Geerts, Mechanical Engineering Department, NMT, will speak on Pipe Fragmentation Analysis on Tuesday April 12th, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is, "Pipe Fragmentation Analysis to Determine Characteristics of Improvised Explosives".

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Oleg Bobrenko, New Mexico State University

SOCORRO, N.M. April 5, 2011 - Mr. Oleg Bobrenko, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NMSU, will speak on Analysis of High-speed Milling on Tuesday April 5th, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is, "Analysis of Periodic Systems with Time Delay via Chebyshev Spectral Collocation with Application to Milling".

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Gerald Simons, Simons Systems (Part 2)

SOCORRO, N.M. MArch 29, 2011 - Mr. Gerald Simons, President of Simons Systems, will speak on Flywheel Peak Power Shaving Systems on Tuesday March 29nd, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is,"Describing the Need for Peak Power Shaving".

Statewide Engineering Honors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. March 9, 2011 - Two Mechanical Engineering seniors were honored at the annual banquet of the New Mexico chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers in late February. Will Reiser was named the Student of the Year and Ricardo Echeverria was a runner-up.

Board of Regents: Tenure and Promotion

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. March, 2011 - The Board of Regents for New Mexico Tech granted tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor to Dr. Andrei Zagrai. This recognizes Dr. Zagrai's outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarly work and service. This is wonderful news for Dr. Zagrai and the department.

Society of Automotive Engineers Educational Award

SOCORRO, N.M. March 22, 2011 – Dr. Yilmaz has been chosen to receive the 2011 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to SAE's engineering education initiatives. He will be receiving this award at a ceremony in Detroit during the month of April.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Gerald Simons, Simons Systems (Part 1)

Mr. Gerald Simons, President of Simons Systems, will speak on Flywheel Peak Power Shaving Systems on Tuesday March 22nd, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is,"Describing the Need for Peak Power Shaving".

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Steven N. Todd, Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Steven N. Todd from Sandia National Laboratories will speak on energetic materials on Tuesday March 1st, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is,"An introduction to energetic materials with a focus on initiation process-Part 2".

echanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Mr. Paul Cooper, Mechanical Engineering Department, New Mexico Tech

Mr. Paul Cooper of New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department will speak on "Designing Robust Detonation Interfaces" on Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Karim Salehpoor, Mechanical Engineering Department, New Mexico Tech

Dr. Karim Salehpoor of New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department will speak on "A new design of blood flow through hollow fibers for prevention/minimization of hemolysis for possible use in blood oxygenators and dialyzers" on Tuesday Feb 15th, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Scott R. Runnels, Computational Physics Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Dr. Scott R. Runnels of Los Alamos National Laboratory will speak on Cell-Centered Hydro Research on Tuesday Feb 8th, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. This talk, which is geared for a wide audience, will start with the continuous form of the governing hydro equations and review their discretization using the staggered grid Lagrangian approach. After that review, a detailed presentation of a new cell-centered discretization will be presented, followed by results on key test problems. Dr. Scott R. Runnels holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in multiple industries, including semiconductor manufacturing, railroad, aerospace, conventional weapons, and nuclear weapons, applying computational mechanics to various problems ranging from reliability, to manufacturability, and safety. He has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2002, and now serves as their University Liaison for the Advanced Scientific Computing Program. His current research efforts are in cell-centered finite volume methods for hypervelocity solid deformation, i.e., “hydro” methods.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Steven N. Todd, Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Steven N. Todd from Sandia National Laboratories will speak on energetic materials on Tuesday Feb 1st, 2-3 p.m. in Cramer 124. The title of his presentation is,"An introduction to energetic materials with a focus on initiation process-Part 2".

Dr. Osman T. Inal, 1940-2010

New Mexico Tech lost a dear and beloved member of the campus community Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. Dr. Osman T. Inal passed away at his home after a long illness. Dr. Inal joined the faculty at Tech in 1972 as an associate professor of materials engineering and earned full professorship in 1980. He added the titles of Associate Vice President and Dean of Engineering in 2001. He also served as department chairman for more than 15 years.

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student Design Conference Fall 2010

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student Design Conference will be held in the Macey Center, on Thursday December 9th 2010 from 1pm to 5.15pm. The faculty, students and guests of New Mexico Tech are all invited!

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

Exam registration deadline: Friday, February 18, 2011 Exam date: Saturday, April 9, 2011 Exam location: NMT East Gym FE Exam Fee: $120

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty Seminar: Walter Kruse and Brent Meins, New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department

Walter Kruse and Brent Meins from New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department will speak on Nov 30th at 2pm in Cramer 124. Brent Meins's speech is titled 'Novel Structural Control for Multi-Hazard Protection' and Walter Kruse will talk about 'Incipient Damage Detection on Aerospace Structures using Piezoelectric Active Sensors'.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty Seminar: Andrew Thompson, New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department

Andrew Thompson New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department will give presentation on Nov 23th at 2pm in Cramer 124. Andrew Thompson's speech is titled 'Jet Damage to Concrete Targets and Revised Analytical Model for the Collapse of Linear Shaped Charges'.

GSA Thanksgiving Dinner: Annual GSA Thanksgiving Dinner (with Turkey and Live Music) will be held on Nov. 18, at Ranchers Steakhouse

The annual GSA Thanksgiving Dinner and canned food drive will be this Thursday, Nov. 18, at Ranchers Steakhouse (Road Runner). The doors will open at 6. Vegetarian options will be available. There will be door prizes for children and adults! All graduate students and their families are invited!

NMT Mechanical Engineering Faculty visited NMSU Mechanical and Aerospace Department for collabration in Aerospace Program

Mechanical engineering faculty; Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov, Dr. Ashok Ghosh, Dr. Warren Ostergren and Dr. Andrei Zagrai also graduate students Emrah Kulunk, David Chavez, Chris Turner and Miquela Trujillo visited NMSU Mechanical and Aerospace Eng Department on Nov 12th in search of possible co-operative activities in Aerospace Program. Both parties presented their aerospace program and current research activies in aerospace field at their department. After an informal lunch and a tour of NMSU aerospace facilities professors and students have discussed about possible co-operative activities and future interactions.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty Seminar: Joseph Indeck and David Chavez, New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department

Joseph Indeck and David Chavez from New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering Department will speak on Nov 16th at 2pm in Cramer 124. Joseph Indeck's speech is titled 'A predictive analysis of metal deformation using oblique shockwaves' and David Chavez will talk about 'The Application of Fluid-Filled Foam Composites for a Personal Protective Material'.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Faculty Seminar: Clifford K. Ho, Concentrating Solar Thermal Power, Sandia National Laboratories

Clifford K. Ho of Sandia National Laboratories will speak on Concentrating Solar Thermal Power on Tuesday, 2 p.m. in Cramer 124. This presentation will provide an overview of CSP and the primary technologies that are used to implement it: parabolic troughs, central receivers, and dish engines. Areas of research to improve the performance and economics of CSP technologies will also be discussed. Cliff Ho is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where he has worked since 1993 on problems involving heat- and mass-transfer processes in porous media, probabilistic performance assessments, water treatment and distribution, solar power, and the development of microchemical sensor systems for environmental applications.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate-Faculty Seminar: Dr. Matthew Barone, Wind and Water Power Technologies Department, Sandia National Laboratories

Dr. Matthew Barone of Sandia National Laboratories will speak on Aero/Hydrodynamics of Wind and Hydrokinetic Turbines on Thursday. 2 p.m. in Library 212. This talk focuses on the aero- and hydrodynamics of both wind and hydrokinetic turbines, from the perspective of ongoing Department of Energy research programs at Sandia National Laboratories. The history and current status of wind turbine rotor aerodynamics is reviewed, and remaining research challenges involving complex flow phenomena and aero-acoustic rotor noise are described. An overview of these research areas is given, along with a description of hydrodynamic performance model development efforts at Sandia. Dr. Matthew Barone is the Aerodynamics and Acoustics Lead in the Wind and Water Power Technologies Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Current research interests include prediction of aerodynamic performance, loads, and noise for wind and marine hydrokinetic turbines.

Six Techies Explore Career Options At HENAAC Conference

Six New Mexico Tech mechanical engineering students attended the annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corp., or HENAAC, conference in Orlando from October 7 to 9. Tyler Bushnell won third place in the Undergraduate Technology and Engineering Poster Competition. He presented his research into Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, which was an offshoot of his senior design clinic research project. Other students who attended were Alex Plonczak, Austin Silva, Nick Schafer, Daniel Vickers and Erica Summers. Plonczak said the HENAAC conference is unique in that future employers interact with students in what is called the College Bowl.

Heliostat Team Invited to EPA Design EXPO

Heliostat design team is in Washington D.C. this weekend, competing for $75,000 of research funding. The team of seven mechanical engineering undergraduates was selected as a finalist for the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s annual National Sustainable Design Expo on The Mall in the nation’s capital. The Tech heliostat design team had previously been awarded a Phase I grant through the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet, or P3, student design competition. That award was for $10,000. Now, the Tech students have their eyes set on a Phase II grant for $75,000.

Mechanical Engineer: Loving Life with Honda

Fabian Vigil, one of our 2008 BSc graduates is the first Tech alumnus to land a job as the prestigious Honda Research and Development facility near Columbus, Ohio. Vigil works on a team of engineers who design parts and frames for Acura and Honda vehicles. Currently, he’s in charge of the roof and pillar design for the Acura MDX, an SUV with a base advertised price of $42,230. Vigil and his teammates do modeling, research, and are involved with running simulations. He also plans and studies crash tests in order to understand performance and improve structural rigidity. He’s also a member of other research teams in design and materials. He said his work in design innovation might lead to a patent some day.

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student is Selected for The Space Scholars Program at AFRL

A graduate student at mechanical engineering department Andrew Murray landed an exclusive summer internship program at The Airforce Research Laboratory. He will spend this summer at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque working on the structural health monitoring for system identification of responsive space satellites. He said that he’s excited to have the opportunity to work on cutting edge research at the air force base and it should be a good experience to improve himself on this field. His mentor, Derek Doyle, is also a former Techie who graduated from the mechanical engineering department recently.

Techie Lands German Internship in Mechanical Engineering

A junior mechanical engineering student Nicholas Schafer landed an exclusive internship in Germany for the summer. He will spend two weeks in intensive language class, then commence a two month project helping engineer a novel drive system that allows movement in any direction.

Tech Plane Finishes 11th at National Competition

Team Canary made a great showing in the SAE Aero-Design West competition in Van Nuys, Calif., flying their radio-controlled plane in seven out of eight rounds and finishing 11th in an international field.

Team Canary Takes Flight in National Competition

A team of New Mexico Tech Mechanical Engineering students takes flight this weekend. Team Canary will test the design and function of its airplane at a national competition in Van Nuys, Calif., this weekend, March 5 to 7.

Explosives Club Website Tops in Nation

The Tech chapter of the International Society of Explosives Engineers sent 11 students to the Society’s conference in Orlando in February, won the “Best Website Award” and received a certificate for the club’s 10 year anniversary. Also, Tech students presented three research projects.

Mechanical Engineering Student Earns Space Grant Scholarship

Phillip Chavez, a mechanical engineering senior, recently was awarded the prestigious New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship. Chavez earned the award based on his research with associate professor Dr. Ashok Ghosh and funded by the Office of Naval Research.

Evan Sproul: Standout Techie

One of our department's recent graduates Evan Sproul is interviewed as a Standout Techie.

Two Students Noted For Explosives Research

New Mexico Tech students Shaun Geerts and Micah Wild won third place for their research poster at the national American Indian Society of Science and Engineering conference in Portland in late October.

ASME Makes a Big Presence at HENAAC

The NMT ASME Chapter attended the annual HENAAC conference in Long Beach, CA at the beginning of October. They not only sent 17 students to a conference for the first time in years, but they came home with three top awards from the conference's "College Bowl X."

Mechanical Engineering Student Design Team Received another Grant from EPA

A group of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students: Evan Sproul (Student Lead), Kyle Chavez, Walker Sroges, Victoria De Oreo, Ian Luders, Joshua Christian, Derek Lucero, Kendra Valdez received another EPA award on National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (EPA-G2009-P3-Q3, Research Category: Energy). The project entitled “Design and Fabrication of a Reduced Cost Heliostat” was granted $9,415. This is a second award the design team receives from the EPA. Two years ago they received $10,000 grant. The team has already devised a “liquid-ballast” heliostat drive system, which reduces the cost of heliostat drive mechanics, ut ilizes an inexpensive mirror design, and eliminates an unnecessary support pedestal. By implementing this new design, the team will help to create a more economically viable and clean energy source that will benefit all energy consumers as well as the environment. To successfully complete the project, the team must create a heliostat that reduces the cost of production and operation by thirty percent. In doing so, the team must also meet strict accuracy and lifetime specifications created by Sandia National Labs (SNL) and NMT. In pursuit of meeting these specifications and creating a successful final product, the team emphasizes hands-on learning experiences and cutting edge research. T≠he team is working with experts from NMT and SNL while both getting valuable real-world experience and contributing to the reduction of the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. Dr. Warren Ostergren, Associate Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department is a PI and Supervisor of this project.

Kyle Chavez: Garner Statewide Engineering Award

The New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers have honored three New Mexico Tech students with statewide engineering awards at the Society’s annual banquet Friday, Feb. 13, in Albuquerque. Kyle Chavez, a mechanical engineering senior, has received the top prize as Engineering Student of the Year. Congrads!

Richard Holets wins You Tube Contest

Congratulations! Richard Holets with his Mechanical Engineering video got second place and $200 in the You Tube contest. See the winners on Youtube.com

Mini-Baja Team Impressive Performance

Mini-Baja team made an impressive performance, finishing 17th at the national competition May 26 to 30 in Illinois. Congratulations!!!

Heliostat Presentation at AVS Solar Energy Conference

The work by the Mechanical Engineering Department's Heliostat Design Clinic Team was presented by graduating senior David Peterson at a Solar Energy Conference in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, May 20th. The team advisor, Associate Professor Warren Ostergren, also attended. The conference, sponsored by the New Mexico AVS Society, focused on the current status and challenges for solar energy to meet global energy demand. It included a keynote address by Tom Bowles, Science Advisor to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, on the efforts of the state to develop solar energy. NMT's Heliostat Team is currently constructing a full size prototype heliostat utilizing its innovative drive and control system for reducing heliostat costs The design aspects were discussed and the benefits versus conventional heliostats reviewed. Plans for continued work to make heliostat technology more cost effective were also outlined.