Events Calendar

February 2014

Event Name Date Description
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


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.


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.

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