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Posted by: emg5174 on Dec 26, 2013
Graduate student Aniruddh Vashisth was among the four finalists selected for the Best Student Hardware Competition at the Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) Conference held in Snowbird, Utah in Sept. The competition focused on applications of research related to smart materials, adaptive structures, and intelligent systems.

Aniruddh, who is working in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Bakis, presented a paper on "Evaluation of Millimeter-Size Fluidic Flexible Matrix Composite Tubes" at the conference. The research aims to develop adaptive structures using small fiber-reinforced tubes (two millimeters in diameter) embedded in a soft binding matrix. These materials can change shape and stiffness depending on how fluid flow is controlled in the tubes.

SMASIS is organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Posted by: emg5174 on Dec 16, 2013
Engineering science students were awarded top prizes for project and poster designs at the Engineering Design Showcase on Dec. 12.

The showcase is the culmination of a semester-long effort by engineering students to design prototypes and remedies to real-world challenges posed by industry clients.

Senior Hanzhen Lin and his teammates from the Departments of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering received the Lockheed Martin Design Award for best project for their development of a PureStep anti-germicidal device prototype. Intended for medical applications, PureStep uses UVC light to disinfect a person's feet when he or she stands on it. The team was sponsored by MMEH LLC and advised by Mike Erdman, Walter L. Robb director of the engineering leadership development program and instructor of engineering science and mechanics.

Senior Micah Fuge and juniors Emma Hocker and Jason Scott and their teammates from the Penn State Engineering Leadership Development program won second prize for best poster. Sponsored by Flora Assogbadjo and advised by Dr. Erdman, they were challenged to mechanize the Pentadesma butter extraction process. Pentadesma seeds are commonly found in West Africa.
Posted by: emg5174 on Dec 2, 2013
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Charles Godfrey Binder Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, visited the National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, the week of Nov. 25, as the Honorary International Chair Professor of Electro-Optical Engineering.

Dr. Lakhtakia delivered a seminar entitled "Surface multiplasmonics and Dyakonov-Tamm waves" on Nov. 26. On Nov. 29, he delivered a seminar entitled "Sculptured thin films" at the Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, and a seminar entitled "Engineered biomimicry for harvesting solar energy" at the Department of Optics and Photonics, National Central University, Chung-Li.