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Category: ESM News
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 26, 2013
ESM Graduation Ceremony
Friday, May 3, 2013; 1pm–3pm
Grand Ballroom, Ramada Conference Center
1650 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801
(814) 238-3001

Please RSVP at this website or contact Melissa Fink at or (814) 865-4523 with the number of guests in your party. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Families are welcome to visit the Department. See this website for driving directions.

Students should arrive at the Grand Ballroom Foyer, Ramada Conference Center, no later than 12:40 p.m. The ceremony will start promptly at 1:00 p.m.
Category: Alumni News
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 23, 2013
Mike Erdman
ESM alumnus, Mike Erdman '69, W. L. Robb Director of Engineering Leadership and Instructor in the department of Engineering Science and Mechanics has been elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Congratulations Mike!
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 20, 2013
Kyle Sinding, undergraduate in Engineering Science, was notified that he has been selected to receive an American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) Engineering Undergraduate Award based on his paper “The Past, Present and Future Contribution of NDE in My Life.” ESM Congratulates Kyle on his accomplishments!
Category: Alumni News
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 16, 2013
Shaun Clair
Engineering alumnus Shaun E. Clair was one of 11 young University alumni honored for outstanding professional accomplishment and presented with the Penn State Alumni Association's 2013 Alumni Achievement Award at a dinner ceremony April 12 at The Penn State Conference Center Hotel.

The Alumni Achievement Award honors bright, young alumni for reaching an extraordinary level of professional achievement by the age of 35 or younger.

A 2006 engineering science graduate, Clair is CEO of Clair Broadcast, where he oversees business lines to the broadcast market. The firm rents equipment and provides technical consulting to the entertainment industry.

Clair has helped diversify the company into new business beyond audio, including backline and wireless, communications, video and information technology systems.

He is also a project manager for Aermonix, a new sound technology delivered to concert-goers via a smartphone application. He serves on the board of directors of Music for Everyone, a nonprofit organization that strengthens the role that music plays in the Lancaster, Pa., schools and community.

Clair resides in Lititz, Pa., with his wife, Nicole, and their daughters, Bella and Lilly.

The Alumni Achievement Award began in 2005 and has since honored 96 outstanding alumni. Academic colleges or campuses nominate alumni who are then selected by a University-wide committee.

Winners are invited to return to campus for several days to share their expertise with students and the University community.
*Source: Penn State Live
Posted by: sls60 on Apr 15, 2013
Douglas E. Wolfe
Applied Research Laboratory, PSU

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
3:35pm - 4:25pm
114 EES Building
Category: ESM News
Posted by: wea100 on Apr 12, 2013
E MCH 212 Dynamics will be offered online by Professor Gary Gray in the Summer of 2013.

E MCH 212 Online Textbook
E MCH 212 is an introductory course in dynamics, which is the science of motion. In this course we will develop the ability to analyze engineering problems concerning the motion of objects and the system of forces acting on them. The solution of these problems requires the use of very few basic principles. We will develop and/or improve our engineering problem solving skills (think before beginning the solution, ask what principles apply, and critically judge our results), our visualization skills (e.g., free body diagrams), and our understanding of basic physical principles of dynamics.

For more information, please visit

Non Penn State students (non-degree students) should contact Deb Zimmerman at or 814-865-7643 to register.
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 12, 2013
Professor Corina Drapaca
Professor Melik Demirel
Professor Albert Segall
The College of Engineering and Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) would like to express congratulations to this year's PSEAS Award winners including three from the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department.

The 2013 PSU College of Engineering Faculty/Staff, Engineering Science and Mechanics Award Recipients are:

Corina Drapaca has been awarded the PSEAS Outstanding Teaching Award

Melik Demirel has been awarded the PSEAS Outstanding Research Award

Al Segall has been awarded the PSEAS Outstanding Advising Award

ESM Congratulates our winners!
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 12, 2013
Infant infections take more lives in Africa than malaria or tuberculosis. In Uganda, over 4,000 new cases of infant hydrocephalus are reported each year. With only four neurosurgeons in the country and limited medical facilities, most of these children do not receive medical attention, leading to severe disabilities and even death.

A recent study links 60 percent of hydrocephalus cases in Uganda to environmental conditions, the first time that a major neurological disorder is associated with climate changes.

Recalling their data on climate patterns, hospital records and microbiological research, Dr. Steve Schiff, Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at Penn State University told UNEARTH News, “There turned out to be nothing subtle here. You could see the relationship between case numbers and rainfall in the raw data.”

US Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia Blaser visits CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda in Mbale. Photo credit: US Mission, Uganda

Hydrocephalus is a common neurological disorder among children. In sub-Saharan Africa, up to 375,000 infants develop hydrocephalus every year.

The brain naturally produces cerebrospinal fluid that circulates nutrients and cushions the brain. Hydrocephalus occurs when the brain fails to absorb the fluid, causing internal build up that enlarges the child’s head and puts pressure on the brain. Left untreated, this impairs cognitive and physical abilities, leaving the child scarred for life.
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 12, 2013
Professor Osama Awadelkarim
Dr. Osama Awadelkarim, Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, traveled to Saudi Arabia in mid-April to discuss progress with research collaborations with Taibah University in Almadinah. He was also invited to attend a higher education exhibition and conference in Riyadh.
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 12, 2013
Daniel Leonard, graduate student in Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been notified by the Hydro Research Foundation that he has been selected to receive a Hydro Fellowship. The Steering Group members felt that Daniel has the ability to do high-quality graduate work and are pleased to offer this fellowship to him in recognition of Daniel’s great potential for success. The fellowship is based on successful academic research progress and with continued recommendation from Daniel’s academic advisor.

The Hydro Research Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is designed to provide opportunities and benefits to outstanding early career graduate students. The fellowship includes a possible opportunity to work with an industry partner, a tuition allowance of up to $16,900 and a living stipend of up to $26,000 annually.

Leonard’s research focuses on computation of cavitating flow in hydroturbines. His efforts in designing hydroturbines and machinery with reduced cavitation may reduce material loss, vibrations and repair costs. Leonard’s work may also increase operational efficiencies and provide cost savings to the hydroelectric power industry.

He is advised by Jules Lindau, head of the advanced fluid-thermal modeling department in the Applied Research Laboratory.
Category: ESM News
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 12, 2013

10:00 am – 11:30 am , Stadium, on the corner of Park Avenue and Porter Road (see tailgate map for details)

Game Time
12:00 pm kickoff, Beaver Stadium, no tickets required

To learn more, visit RSVP by April 17, 2013. Timely responses are greatly appreciated. To register, contact Jason M. Lyons (814) 867 - 1569 OR JML43@PSU.EDU.
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 9, 2013
Professor Barbara Shaw
Dr. Barbara Shaw, Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, will travel to Houston, Texas in early April to attend the ATI Oil and Gas Workshop. While in attendance, Dr. Shaw was invited to give a presentation on internal coatings to address corrosion of oil and gas pipelines.
Posted by: sls60 on Apr 8, 2013
Jerzy Ruzyllo
Department of Electrical Engineering, PSU

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
3:35pm - 4:25pm
114 EES Building
Posted by: jml43 on Apr 5, 2013
Dr. Judith A. Todd, Engineering Science and Mechanics Department Head has announced the winners of the spring 2013 ESM Today Graduate Research Symposium. ESM Today is a showcase for the research done by the graduate students of the Engineering Science and Mechanics department.

Poster Awards
1st prizes
Daniel Ahmed, “Probing Fast Biomolecular Process Using Time-Controlled Chemical Waveforms in Microfluidic Channels”
Maryam Neshastehriz, “Self-Lubricating Ni-Encapsulated Hexagonal Boron Nitride Coatings via Cold-Spray”

2nd prizes
Changjin Huang, "Coarse-grained Modeling of Receptor-Mediated Endocytosis of Nanoparticles"
Chandra Chindam, “Acoustic Scattering from Sculptured Thin Film Elements"

Paper Awards
1st prizes
Koray Sekeroglu, “Transport of Droplets and Gels on Nano-PPX Surface”
Jason Sheldon, "A Comparison of Fluid-Structure Interaction Coupling Algorithms”

2nd prizes
Joseph Mahoney, “Optimal Strategy Selection in Shuffleboard with Penalty”
Hitesh Basantani, “Through-film Conductivity of VOx Thin Films for IR Imaging"

Posted by: sls60 on Apr 1, 2013
Aman Haque
Department of Mechanical Engineering, PSU

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
3:35pm - 4:25pm
114 EES Building