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MEAM Seminar: “Tribofilms at the Asperity Scale”

The presentation will start with an introduction to tribology. This term was first used in a 1965 UK government report which identified the economic loss due to preventable wear and poor friction performance. It helped bring together the diverse community of engineers and scientists that need to collaborate in order to tackle the complex interactions […]

MEAM Seminar: “Fault-Tolerant Control on VTOL Aircraft”

High-speed rotorcraft such as coaxial compound helicopters have a significant degree of control redundancy that can be exploited to minimize power requirement, noise, and vibration, in various flight conditions. This lecture focuses on a new idea – how control redundancy can be leveraged to compensate for control actuation failure. Both adaptive as well as robust […]

PICS Seminar: “Impact of Non-Native Structures in Ionic Liquid-Ionic Liquid Mixtures on Phase Equilibria Properties of Gases”

Ionic liquids are substances that are composed entirely of ions. Negligible vapor pressures and the availability of a large number of cations and anions to tune physicochemical and biological properties for a given chemical process have been the primary drivers for research in this field over the last two decades. Majority of these investigations have […]

MEAM Seminar: “Data-driven Discovery of Governing Physical Laws in Engineering, Physics, and Biology”

A major challenge in the study of dynamical systems is that of model discovery: turning data into models that are not just predictive, but provide insight into the nature of the underlying dynamical system that generated the data. This problem is made more difficult by the fact that many systems of interest exhibit parametric dependencies […]

PICS Seminar: “Topology, Geometry, and Fracture in Networked Materials: A Tale of Scales”

The skeleton of many natural and artificial structures may be abstracted as networks of nonlinearly interacting elements. Examples include rubber, gels, soft tissues, and lattice materials. Understanding the multiscale nature of deformation and failure of networked structures hold key for uncovering origins of fragility in many complex systems including biological tissues and enables designing novel […]

MEAM/MSE Special Seminar: “Scalable Functional Phase Change Materials for Displays and Photonic Non-von Neumann Computing”

In electronics, doping silicon results in one of the most versatile functional materials ever employed. The pursuit of such functional materials in the optical domain is an area of great interest in the photonics community. I hope to convince you that whatever route photonics takes, a class of materials known as phase change materials, will […]

MEAM Seminar: “Wrinkles, Spaghetti, and Knots”

Buckling, twisting and fracture are ubiquitous phenomena that, despite having been studied for centuries, still pose many interesting conceptual and practical challenges. In this talk, I will summarize recent theoretical and experimental work that aims to understand the role of curvature and torsion in wrinkle pattern selection, fragmentation cascades and knots. First, we will show […]

MEAM Seminar: “Integrating Manufacturing and Topological Optimization for the Design of Architected Materials and Components”

Topology optimization has long been touted as a powerful tool capable of discovering innovative solutions to engineering design problems. It has been used to design ‘structures’ characterized at a range of length scales, from tens of microns (material architectures) to decameters (structures), for performance properties governed by a range of physics. Despite its tremendous potential […]

The Joy of Being Faculty: How to Apply for a Faculty Position

This professional development workshop is designed to provide Penn Engineering graduate students and postdocs with a richer understanding of what it is like to pursue a career in academia from those that have navigated the process successfully. Deputy Dean Kathleen J. Stebe (SEAS) will lead this extemporaneous panel discussions with a mix of both tenured […]

MEAM Seminar: “Additive Manufacturing and Architected Materials”

Material properties are governed by the chemical composition and spatial arrangement of constituent elements. Over the past decade, the field of architected materials has sought to design, fabricate, and demonstrate materials with performance that is fundamentally controlled by geometry at multiple length-scales rather than chemical composition alone. There have been many advancements ranging from the […]

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