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Seminar Series

The Department of Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series consists of exceptional speakers whose research span the range of the Mechanical Engineering discipline. Through this series we seek to expose our faculty, graduate students and undergraduate researchers to a spectrum of topics in areas both similar to and complementary to those areas investigated within the department. Below is a list of speakers slated for the upcoming semester as well as speakers from previous semesters. All seminars are held in 132 Fluor Daniel. For more information, contact: Dr. Ethan Kung at (864) 656-5623 or

Fall 2017

Dr. Paul Witherell, Sustainable Maufacturing Processes
October 13th, 2017, 1:30 -2:30 pm Fluor Daniel room 132
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Spring 2017

Dr. Venkat Krovi, Automotive Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University
"A Distributed Robotic Systems Roadmap for Robotics & Automation Systems"
February 10th, 2:30 PM
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Fall 2016

Dr. Chris Hogan, Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota
"Aerosol Based Nanometrology: Applications in Nanomedicine and Macromolecular Analysis"
November 18th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Margaret M. Wiecek, Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University
"Robust Multiobjective Optimization for Decision Making under Uncertainty and Conflict"
October 24th, 3:00 PM
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Dr. Alexander Alexeev, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology
"Efficient swimming using oscillating flexible fins"
October 6th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Martin Tanaka, Western Carolina University
"Biodynamics Research and Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Collaboration"
September 30th, 3:00 PM
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Spring 2016

Dr. Francis G. Spinale, USC School of Medicine
"Designing and Translating Novel Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Repair"
April 15th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Hua Bao, University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
"Numerical Investigations of the Thermal Transport Properties at Micro/Nanoscale"
April 8th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Yung C. Shin, Purdue University
"Lasers in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing"
March 25th, 2:30 PM
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Fall 2015

Dr. John T. Wen, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Co-Robots: Collaborative, Assistive, Sensor-driven"
November 13th, 1:30 PM
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Spring 2015

Dr. Joshua B. Bostwick, Northwestern University
"Sessile drop dynamics"
May 11th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Congrui Jin, Northwestern University
"Adhesion Selectivity via Complementarity"
May 4th, 1:15 PM
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Dr. Minh-Son Pham, Carnegie Mellon and NIST
"Crystal Plasticity of Metallic Materials: Experimental Characterization and Constitutive Modeling"
April 30th, 1:30 PM
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Kai Yu, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Thermomechanical Behaviors of Shape Memory Polymers"
April 28th, 2:00 PM
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Garrett Pataky, University of Illinois at Champaign - Urbana
"Experimental Studies of Material Deformation and Fracture: Linking Deformation to the Microstructure"
March 30th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Jing Du, University of California
"Adhesion and Contact in Healthcare or Energy Related Materials and Structures"
March 9th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Robert L. Jackson, Auburn University
"From Transmissions to Graphene: Leading Friction and Wear Research and Education into the Digital Age"
March 5th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Nichole Nadermann, National Institute of Standards and Technology
"Structuring soft materials for improved behaviors"
March 2nd, 2:00 PM
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Jarred Heigel, PhD Candidate, Penn State University
"Additive Manufacturing: In situ measurement to improve process knowledge and validate models"
February 16th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Cameron Turner, Colorado School of Mines
"Complex Engineering Design Problems: The Past, Present and Future Application of Surrogate Approximation Models"
February 9th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Ashley Carson Brown, Georgia Tech
"Development of Microgel Systems for Evaluation and Modulation of Biological Responses"
February 5th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Weiwei Deng, University of Central Florida
"Droplet-based Additive Manufacturing"
February 2nd, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Dong Lin, Purdue University
"Improving fatigue performance of additive manufactured metal structures by ultra-stable microstructures"
January 29th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Gaurav Nilakantan, University of Southern California
"Challenges with the Predictive Modeling of Composite Armor, and Upcycling of Scrap Aerospace Prepreg"
January 27th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Jean-François Boujut, Grenoble Institute of Technology
"Studying Design and Designers"
January 23rd, 2:30 PM
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Fall 2014

Dr. R. Glynn Holt, Boston University
"Fire and Ice: Intense bubble dynamics at high pressure"
December 12th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Srikanth Pilla, Clemson University
"Sustainability in the Automotive Industry: Engineered Approaches using Renewable Materials and Green Manufacturing"
November 20th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Andres Arrieta, ETH Zurich
November 19th, 2:30 PM
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Mr. Jakob Axel Bejbro Andersen, Denmark Technical University
"Design research at DTU"
September 15th, 10:30 AM
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Spring 2014

Dr. Xiaopeng Qu, Duke University
"Jumping droplets: from self cleaning to hotspot cooling"
May 20th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Ethan Kung, University of California San Diego
"Integration of Computational and Benchtop Experimental Engineering Methods in Cardiovascular Medicine"
May 16th, 1:30 PM
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Mr. Xin Zhao, Purdue University
"Ultrashort Laser Pulse-Matter Interaction: Fundamentals and Novel Applications"
May 15th, 1:30 PM
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Dr. Oliver J. Myers, Mississippi State University
"Smart Materials Research"
April 14th, 2:30 PM
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Ms. Shan Hu, University of Minnesota
"Nanotechnology for the Next Generation of Batteries, Supercapacitors, and Solar Cells"
April 4th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. John D. Williams, University of Alabama
"High Aspect Ratio Micro Systems Technologies (HARMST) and Work Toward a MEMS Oligo Synthesis Reactor"
March 31st, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Minkyu Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Design & Characterization of Biopolymer Building Blocks: Toward Manufacturing Biopolymer-based Functional Materials"
March 26th, 1:00 PM
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Dr. Yuhang Hu, Harvard University
"Poroelastic materials: from fundamental mechanics to novel applications"
March 24th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Shuodao Wang, University of Illinois
"Mechanical Design and Fabrication Techniques for Bio-Electronic Systems"
March 10th, 2:30 PM
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Mr. Ping Guo, Northwestern University
"Elliptical Vibration Texturing of Micro-Structured Functional Surfaces"
March 5th, 2:00 PM
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Ms. Yayue “Anna” Pan, University of Southern California
"Research in Stereolithography based Additive Manufacturing and Thoughts on Next Generation Direct Digital Manufacturing"
March 3rd, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Hu Tao, Tufts University
"Advanced Materials and Manufacturing for Life Sciences"
January 31st, 2:30 PM
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Fall 2013

Dr. Hsueh-Chia Chang, University of Notre Dame
"Perm-Selective Membranes as Ion-Current Molecular Sensors"
November 21th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. Andrea Prosperetti, Johns Hopkins University
"A physics-based approach to the numerical simulation of particulate flows"
October 18th, 2:30 PM
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Dr. David H. Frakes, Arizona State University
"Toward Interventional Planning of Endovascular Therapies for Cerebral Aneurysms"
October 4th, 2:30 PM
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