Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Student Progress: Exams, Papers, Special Events, Job Opportunities

Ryan Elandt completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

January4

Candidate:  Ryan Elandt

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Andy Ruina (Chair), Mark Campbell, John Guckenheimer

Time and Place:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Title:  Simple and Robust Bipedal Walking

David Kemmenoe completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

January4

Candidate:  David Kemmenoe

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Shefford Baker (Chair), Alan Zehnder, Paul Steen

Time and Place:  Friday, December 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m., 106 Upson Hall

Title:  Mechanical Properties of Corrosion-Resistant Braze Joints made from Metallic Glass Foils

Bryan Peele completes oral defense of Ph.D. thesis

December18

Candidate: Bryan Peele

Candidate’s Field: Mechanical Engineering

Committee: Robert Shepherd (Chair), Christopher Ober, Ross Knepper

Time and Place: Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:00 p.m., 431 Upson Hall

Dissertation Title:  Imparting Dexterity, Touch, and Visual Expression in Soft Robotics

Pankaj Singh completes oral defense of Ph.D. thesis

December14

Candidate: Pankaj Singh

Candidate’s Field: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Committee: Herbert Hui (Chair), Jim Jenkins, Fernando Escobedo (proxy for Paulette Clancy)

Time and Place: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 9:00 a.m., 106 Upson Hall

Dissertation Title:  A Continuum and Molecular Modeling of Synaptic Vesicle Docking and Fusion

Julia Chen completes oral defense of Ph.D. thesis

December13

Candidate: Julia Chen

Candidate’s Field: Mechanical Engineering

Committee: Marjolein van der Meulen (Chair), Christopher Hernandez, Derek Warner

Time and Place: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 106 Upson Hall

Dissertation Title:  Alterations in Bone Tissue Properties with Parathyroid Hormone Treatment

Jonathan Puder completes oral defense of Ph.D. thesis

December7

Candidate: Jonathan Puder

Candidate’s Field: Mechanical Engineering

Committee: Amit Lal (Chair), Clifford Pollock, David Erickson, and Ronald Polcawich

Time and Place: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m., 254 Duffield Hall

Dissertation Title:  The Rapid Analytical-FEA Technique for Reduced Simulation Times of Piezoelectric MEMS Resonators

Sasank Vemulapati completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

December5

Candidate:  Sasank Vemulapati

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  David Erickson (Chair), Saurabh Mehta, Ankur Singh

Time and Place:  Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12:00 p.m., 331 Upson Hall

Title:  Advancing Diagnostic Technologies at the Point-of-Need

Zhengda Lu completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

December5

Candidate:  Zhengda Lu

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  David Erickson (Chair), Saurabh Mehta, Tanzeem Choudhury

Time and Place:  Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 2:30 p.m., 431 Upson Hall

Title:  Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Iron and Vitamin A Deficiency

Scott Hamill completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

November29

Candidate:  Scott Hamill

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Hadas Kress-Gazit (Chair), Ross Knepper, Robert Shepherd

Time and Place:  Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 3:00 p.m., 531 Upson Hall

Title:  Gait Synthesis and Resilience Planning for Walking Soft Robots

Katherine Polhemus completed admission to Ph.D. candidacy

November15

Candidate:  Katherine Polhemus

Candidate’s Field:  Mechanical Engineering

Committee:  Brian Kirby (Chair), Jefferson Tester, Emmanuel Giannelis

Time and Place:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m., 2159 Snee Hall

Title:  A novel Microfluidic Device to Assess the Potential of Hairy Nanoparticles as a Sensor and a Surfactant in Oil Recovery

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