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Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 31, 2014
Associate professor Sulin Zhang has been appointed associate editor of Extreme Mechanics Letters published by Elsevier.

The launch of this new journal is driven primarily by rapid advances at the forefront of applied sciences, such as: micro and nanotechnologies, soft materials, smart sensing/actuation, manufacturing, and device fabrication, with many of them depending heavily on mechanics tools. Extreme Mechanics Letters will serve as a forum for novel research featuring the important role of mechanics in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas across materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and engineering.

ESM faculty are encouraged to contribute to the journal. Submissions can be made here.
Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 30, 2014
Assistant professor Samia Suliman will present a paper at the 2014 Electrochemical Society and Sociedad Mexicana de Electroquimica joint international meeting, October 6, in Cancun, Mexico.

Suliman's paper is titled High-Temperature Reverse-Bias Stressing of Thin Gate Oxides in Power Transistors. More information on the conference and Suliman's presentation can be found here.
Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 28, 2014
ESM graduate student Jeremy Schreiber has been selected as a non-voting student member on the Thermal Spray Society (TSS) Board of Directors for a one-year term starting October 1, 2014. A graduate student from the University of Cambridge will serve with Schreiber as the second student board member.

TSS is an affiliate society of ASM International. The TSS Board of Directors focuses on increasing global exposure of thermal spray, engaging industry and academic leaders in society, as well as promotes thermal spray technology.

Schreiber received his BS in materials science and engineering from Penn State in 2011 and MS in engineering science and mechanics from Penn State in 2013. He is currently pursuing a PhD in engineering science and mechanics. Schreiber is a graduate assistant in Penn Stateís Applied Research Laboratory.
Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 28, 2014
Sarah Masters, an engineering science junior, has been awarded a Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

The SMART Scholarship for Service Program was established by the Department of Defense (DOD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines with the goal of increasing the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD laboratories. Awardees receive a full scholarship and are promised a position at a DOD research facility after graduation.

Mastersí sponsoring facility is the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) located in Quantico, Va. Masters will complete a summer internship at MCSC in 2015 and be employed there after completing her degree.
Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 22, 2014
ESM professor Melik Demirel will give a talk at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems on July 23.

Demirel's talk is titled Design, Fabrication and Synthesis of Protein-based Thermoplastic Materials. He will discuss recent advances in bio- and nano-technologies that are paving the way for development of eco-friendly materials produced from renewable resources, at a reduced cost, and for a broad array of useful applications.
Category: ESM News
Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 8, 2014
What does structural health monitoring have to do with formation evaluation?

The same technology that is used to detect structural decay in things like pipelines and highways may also help the oil and gas industry better characterize porosity in shale formations. It could also detect microstructural defects in oilfield equipment earlier than current methods, before it fails downhole.

The enabling technology is nonlinear ultrasonic guided waves. One of the leading experts in the field, Dr. Cliff Lissenden, recently spoke to Baker Hughes employees at a Distinguished Lecture event in Houston. Lissenden, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Penn State University, talked about the schoolís cutting-edge research and how it could be applied to the oil and gas industry.

Lissendenís Penn State colleague Dr. Joseph Rose delivered the first lecture on guided wave ultrasonics when he visited Baker Hughes last year as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

Ehsan Khajeh, Research Scientist, said Lissendenís research in non-linear harmonics could be used to obtain more accurate measurements of porosity in shale formations.

Source: Baker Hughes
Category: ESM News
Posted by: emg5174 on Jul 1, 2014
ESM professor and Penn State Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics director Michael Lanagan has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Research Alliance (PFI: AIR-RA) program award.

The PFI: AIR-RA solicitation is intended to accelerate the translation and transfer of existing research discoveries into competitive technologies and commercial realities by leveraging the investments NSF has made in research alliances and catalyzing academic-based innovation ecosystems. Co-supported by the NSF, Department of Energy, and local industry, total funds will be $750,000 over three years. Lanaganís project will establish the scientific and engineering foundations to deliver power electronic capacitors with high energy densities, low cost, and reliable operation under harsh environments.

The anticipated world market share of electric drive vehicles will increase to more than 50 percent of the 100 million vehicles in 2030 for hybrid, plug-in, and range extending options. In addition to renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power, hybrid electric vehicles rely on power converters to transform energy from batteries to motors and from the grid. A major component within the power converter is a DC bus capacitor which contributes a significant fraction of the volume and weight.

By the end of the proposed program, Lanagan and his team will prove that glass is a superior dielectric material for high-temperature capacitors in comparison to standard polymer materials. High temperature capacitors will be developed to reduce the requirement for costly coolant loops within electric drives and meet the performance and cost targets for power inverters.

There is general agreement within the automotive and power electronics communities that revolutionary approaches, drawing on diverse disciplines, will be necessary to develop the next generation of power systems. The university-industry structure of Penn Stateís Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics fosters significant exchange of ideas between students, faculty, and industry members and creates a sustainable model for transitioning breakthrough discoveries into commercial enterprise.