News

May 2015

Eyes of the Robot

The University of New Hampshire VEX Robotics Team recently obtained a pair of security IP cameras from CCTV Camera World and 123 CCTV Camera to use on the competition robots in the upcoming season. These cameras are designed to stream high definition video over Ethernet and are traditionally used for security purposes. But, CCTV Camera World and 123 CCTV Camera has helped incorporate the RTSP video stream from the camera with the robotics team’s applications.

The upcoming game challenge requires teams to launch game objects into an elevated scoring goal. That scoring goal has a distinct color around the boarder that aids teams in launching game objects when using sensors that have the ability to track the colored boarder.

The robotics team plans to create a launching mechanism that can continuously adjust itself for different launching positions on the field. These adjustments will be made using the video stream from the cameras mounted on the robots. This will give the team a huge advantage throughout the competition season through such an advanced and precise system!

Posted: May 01, 2015

April 2015

ME Senior Daniel Valente Receives Unsung Hero Award

Congratulations to Daniel Valente, member of the ET-Navswarm senior project, who received the Unsung Hero Award! This award recognizes a student who works behind the scenes, often goes beyond their duties, and is respected by other students.

Posted: April 30, 2015
Graduate Student Receives NDSEG Fellowship

Congratulations to Meagan Wengrove, Prof. Diane Foster’s student, who received a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship!

Posted: April 02, 2015
ME Junior Goldwater Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Joe Collins on being awarded the Goldwater Scholarship! For details see: 

https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/yyschrel.php

Posted: April 02, 2015

March 2015

Engineers Without Borders Article

Check out this article from the Union Leader about the Professional Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter currently being organized by Heidi Lemieux and Jon Ordway. The UNH EWB chapter is mentioned as well!

Posted: March 17, 2015

October 2014

Volcanic Ash Project Highlighted in NSF

ME Professors Klewicki and White's volcanic ash project (see page 11) has been highlighted in the latest edition of NSF's Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) quarterly newsletter!

Check out the article at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15003/nsf15003.pdf?WT.mc_id=USNSF_80 

Posted: October 28, 2014
Below is an article on UNH ME Graduate Dale Delisle:

MITRE Employee Shares His Passion for Engineering

by Eidson, William B.

on 9/16/2014 9:17 AM

The tension of the three teams was palpable as the remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) approached the sunken sub. One team’s ROV hovered above, providing visual guidance. Another’s had already successfully opened the sub’s hatch. They watched the monitors intently as the deployment motor whirred, propelling the payload into the sub.

Mission accomplished.

“Everyone just screamed and started clapping and singing, ‘We Are the Champions,’” said Dale Delisle, a lead mechanical engineer in MITRE’s National Security Engineering Center, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Department of Defense. The payload was a bottle of water, the sunken sub a set of six black milk crates, and the undersea setting a pool. And the three teams were comprised of eight middle-school girls and two boys at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Tech Camp in late summer. Dale and three other colleagues were using the SeaPerch ROV program to provide students with the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

"They gained so much pride as engineers," said Dale. "They were nervous in the beginning, but by the end they felt they could do anything."

Professionally, Dale is well-qualified to teach about ROVs. Before MITRE, he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Yard for the Navy. He once dove 2,000 feet down in a deep submergence rescue vehicle.

“You should hear the hull creaking at that depth,” he said. “And for MITRE, I’ve done interesting work all over the world. I want to share my passion for engineering and help students understand that it’s far from dry and dull, but genuinely exciting.”

Dale took a circuitous path to his love of engineering. After two years study to be an electrical engineer, he dropped out of college to join the Army. He served in Desert Storm and ultimately ended up in Germany in communications. After he returned home, he ran a martial arts school for eight years. But he was always strong in math and science and returned to engineering.

“What really thrills me is the application of engineering as much as the theory. I’ll ask the kids as they are sitting in an air-conditioned room, ‘Are you comfortable right now? What if it was 40 degrees outside? Or 90? The air conditioning or heating systems that are keeping you comfortable—and engineers designed them. The same is true for your smart phones, which didn’t even exist ten years ago.’ My goal is to help young people realize how engineering can improve and often impact lives on a massive scale. That a doctor may save one life at a time, but an engineer who does something like figuring out a low-cost water filtration system may save millions.”

In 2008, Dale took a semester-long [unpaid] sabbatical and taught at UNH, including a college-level version of the SeaPerch ROV project that the middle school students did this summer.

“It was more challenging, with tighter restrictions, but essentially the same program. These middle school students had to measure, design, cut, and figure out the systems. We showed them how to waterproof the motor including taping and then potting them in wax. It’s a real challenge to use electricity in water. And this year, they came up with a unique way to push the payload into the sub—they used a motor to accelerate the water around the water bottle to push it in.”

Dale devotes about 80 hours a year to volunteering for STEM programs.

“As the baby boomers retire, they are leaving a significant gap in the fields of science and technology,” he said. “Do any reading about the topic, and you can see the shortfall is a real problem. So I feel it’s important to volunteer for these STEM training programs for the sake of our country and our position as a global leader—but it also does so much for me. It’s revitalizing. It helps me articulate for myself what I do. When I volunteer for these STEM programs, I easily get back as much as I give.” 

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Posted: October 21, 2014
Professor White's paper designated as Highly Cited Paper

A paper (listed below) that Prof. Chris White co-authored while at Sandia National Laboratories has been officially designated by the Thompson Reuters Essential Science Indicators as a Highly Cited Paper.  Highly Cited Papers are those that rank among the top one percent most cited in their subject field over the last ten years.  There are 22 subject fields in total, and this paper was ranked in the subject field of Engineering. Congratulations on this honor Chris!

White, C.M., Steeper R.R. and Lutz A.E.  “The hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine: a technical review.”  Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 2006. 31:1292-1305. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2005.12.001.

Posted: October 16, 2014
Ian Gagnon selected as NH College Student of the Year

Ian Gagnon (Mechanical Engineering, ’15) was selected as the New Hampshire College Student of the Year!

This award is an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize the state’s remarkable college students who are academic rising stars and give back to their community.

Ian’s selection was announced Oct. 3 in Manchester at the Rising Star Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations Ian!

photo credit: John Gagnon

Posted: October 14, 2014

September 2014

Bertram Husch International Scholarship Recipient

 

Tom Kroll.jpg

Congratulations to Thomas Kroll, ME senior, on receiving the first Bertram Husch International Scholarship!

Posted: September 16, 2014
Lewis F. Moody Award

 

UNH Mechanical Engineering Professor Martin Wosnik and former UNH ME graduate student Nathaniel Dufresne were awarded the Lewis F. Moody Award for their paper: “Experimental Investigation and Similarity Solution of the Axisymmetric Turbulent Wake with Rotation.” The Lewis F. Moody Award is presented by the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME to the most “Outstanding original paper useful to the practice of mechanical engineering.” 

Posted: September 10, 2014
2014 AMSE Fluids Engineering Division Graduate Student Scholar Award

Congratulations to Ivo Nedyalkov, ME PhD student, received an AMSE Fluids Engineering Division Graduate Student Scholar award for 2014 (one of 13 awarded), for his paper titled: “Performance of Bi-Directional Blades for Tidal Turbines.“

This award was newly instituted in 2013, when Ivo won it for the first time. Apparently the judges were impressed again by his new paper for 2014 and his engagement in the Multiphase Flow Technical Committee that Ivo became the first back-to-back recipient.

Ivo pictured in back row, second from right. 

Posted: September 10, 2014

August 2014

Fast Careers

Watch CEPS Fast Careers video clip about Andrew Cunningham, Mechanical Engineering Graduate!

Posted: August 15, 2014

July 2014

Milan Ardeljan, ME Graduate student Awarded the Seaborg Institute Fellowship

Milan Ardeljan, a current ME Graduate student, has been awarded a Seaborg Institute Fellowship to conduct research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico this summer. Milan will also be joined at the LANL by his graduate advisor, Professor Marko Knezevic.

See this article for more information.

Posted: July 03, 2014
Article featuring Paige Balcom, ME Undergraduate and Fullbright Summer Institute recipient!

Paige Balcom, ME Undergraduate, received a Fullbright Summer Institute study to the University of Wales this summer. Please read this article for more information about the programs six week stay in Wales. 

Posted: July 03, 2014