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Event Name Date Description
MEE Seminar - Evaluation of the Durability of Polymer Pipes Based on Fracture Mechanics Approaches 01/24/2014 - 4:00pm

This seminar will be held in Discovery Park Room D202

Speaker: Byoung-Ho Choi, Ph. D. Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Sep. 2009 – present: Associate Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 2001

For many years, the key physical, chemical and mechanical properties of polymers have been widely investigated. However, due to the complexity of the detail mechanism of mechanical properties of various polymers, in-depth researches based on the structure-property-process relationship in this area are still required. In this seminar, a brief overview of industrial standards for evaluating the durability of polymer pipes and non-conventional fracture mechanics approaches for the analyzing the long-term lifetime of polymer pipes.

MEE Seminar: Fracturing - Taking Away the Mysteries and the Myths 01/31/2014 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Department of Mechanical & Energy Engineering
Presents
Fracturing - Taking Away the Mysteries and the Myths
Friday January 31st
B155 UNT Discovery Park

Speaker: Pat Handren from Denbury Resources

About the Seminar:
We hear a lot about fracturing in the media with particular emphasis on concerns for water and the environment and also on the earthquakes “associated” with fracturing. If you work in the oil industry you are a considered a steward of industry. The purpose of this talk will be to educate attendees on fracturing concepts and processes, and will try to debunk some of the “myths” that have been generated by the media.

About the Speaker:
Pat Handren has worked in the petroleum industry for over 30 years. Pat is currently the Well Integrity Manager for the West Region at Denbury Resources. He was the Bakken Operations Engineering Manager for Denbury until it was recently sold to XTO/Exxon. Through his career, he has worked for Sun Gas Company (later Oryx Energy Company), as an independent consultant, for Carbo Ceramics and Ascent Energy Company. Pat has worked in many of the oil and gas fields across the continental United States, as well as fields in South America. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers and articles through the SPE and industry trade journals. He is an author for the US patent on overbalanced perforating. Pat has spoken at many SPE meetings and conferences. He graduated in 1981 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a BS in Petroleum Engineering.

MEE Seminar - Utilizing Agricultural Waste as Functional Filler for Polymeric Composite Materials: The Case of the Coconut 02/07/2014 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

This seminar will be held in Discover Park Room B155.

Speaker: Walter Bradley
Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University,
Mechanical Engineering
Distinguished Professor, Baylor University

 About the Seminar:

The goal of this research has been to significantly increase the income of poor farmers in developing countries by taking the agricultural waste that they own that has little or no value (that is why it is called waste) and creating markets for it as functional filler in polymeric composite materials. The presentation will share the adventures (and challenges) of doing triple bottom line materials science research and business venturing.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Bradley received his B.S. in Engineering Science and his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Texas in Austin. During his 24 years at Texas A&M University, Dr. Bradley served as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University (1500 students and 65 professors) and as Director of the Polymer Technology Center . While at Baylor University, he focused his research efforts on helping the poorest people in under developed parts of the world by developing appropriate technologies to improve their quality of life and increase their economic opportunities

MEE Seminar - Multiscale Computation in Innovative Direct Conversion of Phonon Energy 02/12/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

This seminar will be held in Discovery Park Room B142.

Speaker: Dr. Seungha Shin
from the University of Michigan

ABSTRACT

Since more energy from various sources is wasted as heat than harvested, finding solutions to effective thermal energy conversion and transport is important for efficient and sustainable energy systems. Thermal energy is stored mainly as phonon in solid in the atomic-scale perspective, and this phonon energy can be directly converted to harvestable energy by interaction. I introduce the heterobarrier structure for the direct phonon energy conversion energy to electric potential, and suggest this structure for in-situ recycling of the resistive-emitted (nonequilibrium) phonons in microelectronic devices. The multi-scale analysis on this system to address from the fundamental to application expects that this recycling can enhance the electron transport and the energy efficiency, reducing the operation temperature. I will also present my research on thermal energy transport across interfaces (for thermal management) and molecular junctions (for thermoelectricity and graphene composites), and molecular-gas laser cooling. This research employs energy related multi-scale computations based on fundamental examination of energy carriers, and particularly focuses on nonequilibrium carrier occupancy kinetics and heterostructures. Lastly, I will discuss my future research plans, including hot-phonon upconverter, graphene thermal transport and thermoelectric properties, and other hot phonon and junction applications.

BIO

Seungha Shin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Heat Transfer Physics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Prof. Massoud Kaviany as advisor) in May 2013, and his M.S. and B.S. are from Seoul National University in 2003 and 2008, in Mechanical Engineering. His research is on fundamentals of energy transport and conversion with theoretical and multi-scale approaches. He was the recipient of the Rackham Graduate School Pre-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2011, and he was also selected as an official nominee of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the university-wide Distinguished Dissertation Award. As a Graduate Student Instructor for the undergraduate course Heat Transfer

 

MEE Seminar - Energy Storage Potential of a Thermocline Nanofluidized Solar Salt Thermal Energy Storage System 02/14/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am

This seminar will be held in Discovery Park Room B142.


Dr. V. Kumar, Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering, the University of Texas at El Paso

About the Seminar

Topic 1 (Research): Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology has the potential to provide cheaper power from sun. An efficient CSP plant with thermal energy storage can provide a viable source of electricity generation from solar energy in the absence of sunlight as opposed to limited and expensive electrical battery storage with the photo-voltaic technology.

Topic 2 (Educational Innovation): I have developed a Dynamic Learning Framework that enables dynamically generated course contents (currently, implemented in engineering analysis, statics, mechanics, and engineering economy courses) to better evaluate the effectiveness of learning materials, effectively assess student learning, and hence provide an enhanced learning experiences. The framework effectively leverages the recent advancement in computing technologies (e.g., tablets PCs with cloud computing based content delivery method) and web-based technologies (e.g., WebGL/SVG for virtual-reality experience and PHP based server level programming language for dynamic content creation).

About the Speaker

Dr. Kumar received his Ph.D. from Rice University in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. He is a member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. Kumar was also the Vice President for International Student Association at Rice from 2003-2005. He founded the Plant Your Trees Foundation, a non -profit organization dedicated to making our environment greener and cleaner by planting trees. He in a wildlife conservancy advocate; involved with organizations like Katy Prairy Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy.

UNT Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair 02/20/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair is for students who are seeking internship, part-time, or full-time opportunities. Employers will be at the UNT Discovery Park Campus Commons from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to meet and network with you. Business attire is required. Bring copies of your resume. Call the Career Center at 940-565-2105 if you have any additional questions. View additional information on the career fair as well as a list of attending employers.

Engineering and ITDS Interview Day 02/21/2014 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Career Center is sponsoring Engineering and Information Technology Decision Sciences (ITDS) Interview Day on Friday, February 21, 2014. Employers from Technology & Engineering Industries interested in hiring students for Internships and full-time jobs post day-long interview schedules. Students who meet the employer's qualifications will be able to sign-up for an open time.

To view and sign-up for schedules for which you qualify:

  • click on the "Interviews" tab within your Eagle network account
  • select "Sign-up for Interviews I am Qualified for"
  • scroll down to the interview schedule of your choice
  • click on the schedule and submit your resume

View additional information on the Spring 2014 Engineering and ITDS Interview Day.

Electrical Engineering Seminar 03/21/2014 - 10:30am - 11:30am

The Department of Electrical Engineering presenats a seminar on Research Challenges in Airborne Netowrks, by Dr. Bow-Nan Cheng, technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The seminar will take place in EENG B242.

Design Your World – STEM Conference for Girls 03/29/2014 - 8:30am - 3:30pm

The next Design Your World – STEM Conference will be hosted at the University of North Texas Discovery Park for 6th-12th grade girls. In addition to exposing them to female STEM role-models and engaging engineering hands-on activities we hope to answer questions about SAT, PSAT, college prerequisites, AP, Pre-AP classes and much more!

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Seminar: Non-Contact Air-Coupled Sensing for NDT of Concrete Infrastructure 04/17/2014 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Department of Mechanical & Energy Engineering

Presents

Non-Contact Air-Coupled Sensing for NDT of Concrete Infrastructure

Thursday April 17th, 2014
D212 UNT Discovery Park

1:00-2:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Jinying Zhu,

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin

 

Delaminations detected by air-coupled impact-echo test

About the Seminar:

With aging of our nation’s infrastructure, development of rapid and reliable sensing techniques becomes more important than ever to reduce assessment related cost and to improve safety and resilience of critical structures.  Air-coupled ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT) provides a solution for rapid scanning of large concrete structures.  In this presentation, I will review the development of air-coupled sensing technology for civil engineering applications and present most recent progress in realizing a fully non-contact air-coupled sensing system. The presentation will show four stages of the research: 1) feasibility study of air-coupled sensing through theoretical analysis; 2) experimental validation of air-coupled surface wave and impact-echo tests; 3) improvement of signal-to-noise ratio by using a parabolic reflector; and 4) most recent progress in development of a non-contact, spark acoustic source focused by an ellipsoidal reflector. A demonstration of air-coupled testing using a robot climber will be presented.

About the Speaker:

Jinying Zhu is an assistant professor in Department of Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Her research expertise and interests include NDT for concrete, wave propagation, cement material characterization using innovative sensing techniques. Dr. Zhu is the pioneering researcher in air-coupled sensing for concrete. Dr. Zhu is a recipient of the ASNT Fellowship Award in 2012, and three time winner of ACI-James Instrument Award.

 

Seminar: Stochastic Simulation, Modeling & Optimization of Complex Systems via Parameterized Model Reduction 04/18/2014 - 10:30am

Department of Electrical Engineering Proudly Presents a Seminar on

Stochastic Simulation, Modeling & Optimization of Complex Systems via Parameterized Model Reduction

By Dr. Luca Daniel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 18, 2014

Time: 10:30 am

Location: EENG B242

Design Day 2014 04/25/2014 - 9:30am - 5:00pm

All seniors in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Energy Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Computer Engineering and Engineering Technology culminate their undergraduate engineering education with a two-semester capstone, senior design project. The senior design course provides students with hands-on experience at solving ‘real world’ problems while working in a team environment. Students learn important concepts such as project planning, designing, scheduling and working as a cohesive group to accomplish an objective. Many of the senior design projects in our college are sponsored by industry.

For more information, visit the UNT Engineering Capstone page.

Physics Colloquium - Prof. Paulina Lira, Department of Astronomy, University of Chile 05/06/2014 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Physics Colloquium - Prof. Paulina Lira, Department of Astronomy, University of Chile

Title: "Astronomy in Chile"

Room 104, Physics Building

For additional information, please visit http://physics.unt.edu/speaker-spotlight/colloquium-paulina-lira.

UNT Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair 10/02/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Engineering & Computer Science Internship & Career Fair is for students who are seeking internship, part-time, or full-time opportunities. Employers will be at the UNT Discovery Park Campus Commons from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to meet and network with you. Business attire is required. Bring copies of your resume. Contact the Career Center at 940-565-2105 or careercenter@unt.edu if you have any additional questions.

Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering 11/11/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering serves to display the outstanding work being done by the undergraduate researchers in the College of Engineering at UNT. The event will provide an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share the knowledge they have gained through their research as well give them experience in conducting a poster presentation. Register at http://engineering.unt.edu/sure-registration

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