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MEAM Seminar: “Micromechanics of Near-ideal Polymer Networks”

Understanding the relationships between the structure of polymer networks and their mechanical properties remains a long-standing challenge in polymer physics. In recent years, a new paradigm for network formation has emerged, whereby near-ideal hydrogels are produced by the cross-coupling of branched macromolecules with well-defined chain length. Such near-ideal networks constitute an excellent model system to […]

MEAM Seminar: “Design, Fabrication, and Control of Biologically Inspired Soft Robots”

Robotics has the potential to address many of today’s pressing problems in fields ranging from healthcare to manufacturing to disaster relief. However, the traditional approaches used on the factory floor do not perform well in unstructured environments. The key to solving many of these challenges is to explore new, non-traditional designs. Fortunately, nature surrounds us […]

MEAM Seminar: “Nonintrusive Reduced Order Models Using Physics Informed Neural Networks”

The development of reduced order models for complex applications, offering the promise for rapid and accurate evaluation of the output of complex models under parameterized variation, remains a very active research area. Applications are found in problems which require many evaluations, sampled over a potentially large parameter space, such as in optimization, control, uncertainty quantification, […]

MEAM Seminar: “Lubrication and Tribology Trends and Challenges in Passenger Electric Vehicles”

It is becoming more difficult and expensive to continue developing internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles to meet the increasingly tight emissions goals addressing global climate change. Over the last few years, automobile manufacturers have been turning their attention toward electrification as the most practical and cost-effective way of providing personal transportation options that will […]

MEAM Seminar: “Breaking Bones In situ: Multiscale Bioinspired Functional Materials”

In structural materials engineering, we often aim to create materials that are simultaneously strong, tough and lightweight- a combination classically considered mutually exclusive. Biogenic composite materials such as bone exhibit a combination of these properties exceeding that of their constituents, a feat generally credited to their hierarchal structure, down to the nanoscale. In this talk, […]

GRASP/MEAM Seminar: “Towards Safe and Efficient Learning and Control for Physical Human Robot Interaction”

From factories to households, we envision a future where robots can work safely and efficiently alongside humans. For robots to truly be adopted in such dynamic environments, we must i) minimize human effort while communicating and transferring tasks to robots; ii) endow robots with the capabilities of adapting to changes in the environment, in the […]

MEAM Seminar: “Exploring the Structure of Sediment-Laden Turbidity Currents”

Turbidity currents are sediment-laden turbulent shear flows that run over a sloping bed, submerged beneath a deep layer of quiescent ambient fluid, driven by the excess hydrostatic pressure. As the current travels downslope, the flow interacts with the ambient fluid layer above through entrainment at the interface. In this process, the ambient fluid is continuously […]

Technology, Business and Government Lecture: “STEM and the Future of Work- A Conversation with Rep. Chrissy Houlahan”

Representative Houlahan will speak about how her experiences as a former teacher and engineer have shaped her priorities and work in Congress, and about the importance of STEM work/jobs across all sectors of society. Zoom Webinar Link Passcode: 130891

MEAM Seminar: “Control of Turbulent Wall Shear Flows and the Potential for ‘Designer Turbulence'”

The financial and environmental cost of turbulence is staggering: manage to quell turbulence in the thin boundary layers on the surface of a commercial airliner and you could almost halve the total aerodynamic drag, dramatically cutting fuel burn, emissions and cost of operation. Yet systems-level tools to model scale interactions or control turbulence remain relatively […]

MEAM Seminar: “Understanding and Controlling Pattern Formation of Soft Materials”

Soft elastic solids, such as elastomers and hydrogels, are used in many practical applications ranging from adhesives to biocompatible scaffolds for tissue engineering. Biological cells and tissues have very similar mechanical properties as those of soft materials. Such solids undergo large deformations and can respond to forces such as interfacial tension, gravity, and residual stresses […]

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