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Posted by: mus41 on Jul 28, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Francesco Costanzo and Dr. Tony Huang on being elected Fellows by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dr. Costanzo was nominated "for his scholarship of research contributions to thermo-elastodynamics, homogenization and finite element methods, and for innovative educational pedagogies culminating in new textbooks on Statics and Dynamics." The ASME Announcement of Dr. Costanzo's accomplishment can be found here.

Dr. Huang's nomination was "for his pioneering contributions to optofluidics, acoustofluidics and the invention of surface acoustic wave tweezers."
Posted by: mus41 on Jul 9, 2015
The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics will welcome Dr. Huanyu Cheng as an assistant professor this summer. Dr. Cheng is seeking highly motivated PhD students and visiting scholars to join his research group and carry out analytical, numerical, and experimental studies on design and manufacturing of wearable tattoo electronics capable of dissolving in the human body.

From Dr. Cheng: "The focus of my research group takes bio-inspired approaches to design and fabricate nano-/ micro- electronic systems for a broad range of applications, including health monitoring, human-machine interface, and energy systems. Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of my research, I invite students with various backgrounds to apply. Candidates with strong knowledge in theoretical/ numerical/ experimental mechanics or electronics are preferred. Should you have any interest, please contact Dr. Huanyu Cheng at with your CV, transcripts, and a brief cover letter."

Dr. Huanyu Cheng earned a Ph.D. and a Masterís degree from Northwestern University in 2015 and 2011, and a Bachelorís degree from Tsinghua University (China) in 2010. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Cheng also worked with Dr. John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellow. Throughout Dr. Chengís research career, he has worked on mechanics design and manufacturing of biologically inspired electronics with applications in robotics, biomedicine, and energy. Dr. Cheng has co-authored 46 peer-reviewed publications, and his work has been recognized through the reception of awards including International Institute for Nanotechnology Outstanding Researcher Award, Best Paper Award at ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (ASME-IMECE), and Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.
Posted by: mus41 on Jul 8, 2015
Melik Demirel, Professor of Engineering with the ESM Department as well as the Materials Research Institute and Huck Institutes of Life Sciences recently present a talk at the Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS) in Prague, Czech Republic.

This event, sponsored by the Electromagnetics Academy "provides an international forum for reporting progress and recent advances in the modern development of electromagnetic theory and its new and exciting applications." Demirel's invited talk was was entitled "Bioinspired Soft Photonics."
Posted by: mus41 on Jul 2, 2015
Congratulations to Huilong Hou, a graduate student in Dr. Reginald Hamilton's lab. Hou was awarded a $300 travel grant by The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS) to attend the Materials Science and Technology conference in Columbus, Ohio this October.

Hou will be presenting two projects, entitled "Structure and Interfacial Analysis of Nanoscale TiNi Thin Film Prepared by Biased Target Ion Beam Deposition" and "NiTi Alloys Nanowires: Feasibility and Mechanism of Nanoskiving."

Posted by: mus41 on Jul 2, 2015
Dr. Bernhard Tittman, the Harry and Arlene Schell Professor of Engineering, has been elected to the level of Senior Member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics, (SPIE).

Senior Members of SPIE are "honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers." Dr. Tittman and other Senior Members will be recognized at the Optics and Photonics Senior Members Breakfast in San Diego, this August.