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Posted by: mff3 on Sep 23, 2015
Gianluca Piazza
Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
3:35pm - 4:25pm
114 EES Building

MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) have become a commercial reality and are readily found in many electronic systems enabling unique signal processing and sensing functionalities in a small form factor. MEMS and their nano version, known as NanoElectroMechanical Systems (NEMS), would have greater transformative impact on the electronic industry if used in large arrays and directly or heterogeneously integrated with CMOS electronics. Large scale integration (LSI) of mechanical components could provide enormous gains in terms of power consumption and overall system performance when used to process radio frequency (RF) and digital signals. Furthermore they would enable new functionalities such as programmability and in-field reconfigurability, paralleling what field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have provided to circuit designers.
This talk will provide a historical introduction and broad overview of the field of MEMS. It will then highlight ongoing efforts in LSI of micro/nanomechanical components: 1) the development of piezoelectric MEMS resonators for the implementation of low power and programmable RF microsystems and 2) the development of piezoelectric NEMS relays for the synthesis of ultra-low power memories and programmable logic.
Posted by: mff3 on Sep 16, 2015
Wayne Moorehead
Director of the Forensic Science Program

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 3:35pm - 4:25pm
114 EES Building

Forensic science can be used as an umbrella term for many scientific areas related to answering
legal questions or to mean specifically criminalistics. Trace evidence is a large topical area in
criminalistics covering many diverse areas. My areas of research include explosives, drug
analysis, fire debris/ignitable liquids, toxicology, and the typical areas of trace evidence some of
which will be explored. New areas of research include but are not limited to nanotechnology for
fire debris analysis, hypergolic explosives analysis, and optical properties of and establishing
polymorphic forms in street drugs.
Posted by: mus41 on Sep 10, 2015
Congratulations to Tony Jun Huang, professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics on being awarded the Huck Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering Science and Mechanics. The full story on this new endowed professorship can be seen here.
Posted by: mus41 on Sep 9, 2015
Huanyu Cheng, Ph.D.
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, PSU

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
3:35pm - 4:25pm

114 EES Building

ABSTRACT: Recent advances in electronics enable powerful biomedical devices that have greatly reduced therapeutic risks by monitoring vital signals and providing means of treatment. Implantable devices can help us better understand the behavior and effects of various diseases. However, an additional procedure is required to remove the device after an initial implantation. Conventional electronics today form on the planar surfaces of brittle wafer substrates and are not compatible with the complex topology of body tissues. Therefore, stretchable and absorbable electronics are the two missing links in the design process of implantable monitors and in-vivo therapeutics. This talk presents the challenges, mechanics, and design strategies, behind a potential medical device that (a) integrates with human physiology, and (b) dissolves completely after its effective operation. Implanted devices will provide a much better understanding of organ functions and offer more time efficient treatments for serious diseases such as heart failure.
Category: ESM News
Posted by: mus41 on Sep 3, 2015
The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics is proud to welcome three faculty members--Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Saptarshi Das, and Ibrahim Ozbolat.

Cheng is an assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics. He received his bachelor’s degree in engineering mechanics and aerospace engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University, where he recently completed a research fellowship.

Cheng’s research interests are in mechanics of micro/nano structures, micro/nano manufacturing, and biomedical devices for diagnostics and therapeutics.

He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Das will join the department in January, 2016, as an assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics. He received his bachelor’s degree in electronic and telecommunication engineering from Jadavpur University, India, and his doctorate degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University.

He is currently an assistant scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he focuses his efforts on device physics of low dimensional semiconductors.

Das’ research interests include nanofabrication of electronic and optoelectronic devices; material characterization: carbon nanotube, graphene, black phosphorus, MoS2, WSe2; electrochemical synthesis of 2D materials; energy efficient low power flexible electronics and wearable technology; and analytical modeling of transport in low dimensional systems.

He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Ozbolat is an associate professor of engineering science and mechanics and a faculty member in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. He received bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering and mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and his doctorate in industrial and systems engineering from the University at Buffalo.

Prior to joining Penn State, Ozbolat was a faculty member at the University of Iowa’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group and a member of the university’s Diabetes Research Center.

His areas of expertise include manufacturing and tissue engineering, bioprinting, biomanufacturing, and 3D printing.

Ozbolat is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.
Posted by: mus41 on Sep 2, 2015
Ibrahim Ozbolat, Ph.D.
Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, PSU

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
3:35pm - 4:25pm

114 EES Building

Abstract: Bioprinting is an emerging field that is making a revolutionary impact on the medical sciences. It offers great precision for spatial placement of cells, proteins, genes, drugs and biologically active particles to better guide tissue generation and formation. This emerging biotechnology appears to be promising for advancing tissue engineering toward functional tissue and organ fabrication for transplantation, drug testing, research investigations, and cancer or disease modeling, and has recently attracted growing interest worldwide among researchers and the general public. This talk presents possibilities in bioprinting scale-up functional tissue and organ constructs and discusses alternative approaches, their limitations and promising directions for new research prospects.

Bio: Dr. Ozbolat is an Associate Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Penn State University. Before Penn State, he was an Assistant Professor at The University of Iowa. He received is Ph.D from the University at Buffalo, New York, and dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Dr. Ozbolat's major research thrust is in the area of Biomanufacturing and Tissue Engineering with a special focus on 3D Bioprinting, particularly bioprinting for organ fabrication. He has published over 70 journal and conference articles, and his research has been featured in local, national and international media, broadcast TVs and press numerous times. He is the founder of two spin-off companies and received several prestigious international awards from several agencies and societies including ASME, SME, IIE and NSF.
Posted by: mus41 on Sep 1, 2015
Penn State news highlighted Dr. Melik Demirel's research into a self-healing bioplastic that originates from squid ring teeth protein. The full article and a video highlighting the polymer's self-healing capabilities can be found here.