Mechanical Engineering Seminars -- Fall 2016


Seminars take place from 2:00 to 3:20 p.m. Fridays at SSM 104, unless otherwise noted. 


Dec. 9 (Fri)

Speaker: Prof. Van P. Carey, UC Berkeley

Title: TBD

Nov. 28 (Mon, 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm, SE2-302)

Speaker: Prof. Baowen Li, University of Colorado, Boulder

Title: Heat Control by Phononic Thermal Circuits and Thermal Metamaterials

Nov. 18 (Fri)

Speaker: Prof. Wojciech Lipinski, Australian National University, Canberra

Title: Advances in high-temperature solar energy conversion

Nov. 10 (Thur, 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm, SE2-302)

Speaker: Prof. Peter Hosemann, UC Berkeley

Title: Small scale mechanical testing evaluating structural materials for nuclear application: Challenge and opportunity

Nov. 7 (Mon, 11:00 pm - noon, SE2-220)

Speaker: Harish Charan

Title: An Atomistic study of driven-dissipative strongly coupled dusty plasmas

Nov. 4 (Fri)

Speaker: Dr. Ravi Prasher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Title: Science and Engineering of Thermal Energy Materials and Devices: From Solid-State Engines to High-Energy Density Thermal Storage

Oct. 27 (Thur; COB 129, 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm)

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Dellacorte, NASA Glenn Research Center

Title: NiTi Alloys for Tribological Applications: In Situ Nanotechnology

Oct. 21(Fri)

Speaker: Prof. N. Sukumar, University of California, Davis

Title: "Partition of unity finite element method for ab initio electronic-structure calculations"

Oct. 14

Speaker: Dr. Adam Weber, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Title: TBA

Oct. 7

Speaker: Prof. Michael Jenkins, California State University, Fresno

Title: Next generation nuclear power and the need for test standards, design codes, and data bases for ceramic matrix composites

Sep. 23

Speaker: Dr. Kan Zha, Sandia National Laboratory

Title: Optical Diagnostics in Direct-Injection, Swirl-Supported Diesel Engines

Sep. 16

Speaker: Dr. Fan Yang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Title: Heat Transfer in Strongly Correlated Metals and Nanomaterials

Sep. 9

Speaker: Prof. Igor Podlubny, Tech Univ of Kosice, Slovakia

Title: Fractional-Order Modelling: Advances and Challenges

Aug. 26

Speaker: Prof. Shihua Li, Southeast University, China

Title: Theory and Application on Disturbance Observation and Compensation Based Motion Control Method


Mechanical Engineering Seminars -- Spring 2016

Apr. 22

Speaker: Prof. Roland Winston, University of California, Merced

Title: Concentrating light with strings and flow-lines

Apr. 15

Speaker: Prof. Chris Santangelo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Title: The mechanics of origami

Mar. 4

Speaker: Prof. David Steigmann, University of California, Berkeley

Title: Coupled-field problems in the mechanics and physics of lipid bilayers

Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series -- Fall 2015

Seminars take place from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Fridays in COB 113, unless otherwise noted. For a listing of seminars from previous semesters, click here.

Graduate students required to satisfy their seminar requirements will need to register for the ME 291 1-unit seminar course. The list of seminars is provided below.

Dec. 4

Speaker: Prof. James Chagdes, Miami University

Title: A nonlinear dynamics perspective on maintaining balance under destabilizing effects

Nov. 20

Speaker: Prof. Tina Katopodes Chow, University of California Berkeley

Title: High-resolution atmospheric boundary layer simulations for wind energy applications

Nov. 13

Speaker: Dr. Neil Benjamin, Lam Research Corporation

Title: Around the world of RF-Plasma generation (in 80 demi-minutes)

Nov. 6

(Joint seminar with Applied Math graduate group and will be held in COB 110, 3:30 – 4:30 pm)

Speaker: Dr. Dan White, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Title: Computational Design of Optimization of Electromagnetic Metamaterials

Oct. 23

Speaker: Dr. Art Wagner, San Jose State University

Title: Control of moving coil actuators in disk drives: c. 1980 to 2015

Oct. 16

Speaker: Dr. Haitao Xiang, The Climate Corporation

Title: Transforming agriculture with data-driven digital tools

Oct. 9

Speaker: Dr. Virginia P. Altoe, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Title: Sliding wear of a single asperity: AFM/TEM based studies

Oct. 2

Speaker: Dr. Scott Wilks, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Title: Fast ignition: An alternative route to inertial confinement fusion

Sept. 25

Speaker: Prof. Todd Lillian, Texas Tech University

Title: Simulation reveals the dynamics of supercoiled DNA

Sept. 18

Speaker: Dr. Shankar Sankararaman, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Inc.

Title: An Efficient Framework for Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Computational Science and Engineering

Sept. 14

(Joint seminar with BEST graduate group and will be held in COB 267, 12:15 – 1:15 pm)

Speaker: Prof. Gregory B. McKenna, Texas Tech University

Title: Nanomechanical Measurements in Polymers: Bubble Inflation and Nanoindentation

Sept. 11

Speaker: Dr. Ankur Agarwal, Applied Materials Inc.

Title: Role of Modeling in Developing Plasma Processing Technologies for Semiconductor Industry


Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series -- Spring 2015

Seminars take place from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fridays in Science & Engineering Building 2, Room 224. For a listing of seminars from previous semesters, click here.

April 03

Title: Systems with power-law memory and fractional attractors.

Speaker: Professor Mark Edelman. Stern College for Women and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York. (Flyer)

Feb. 27


Speaker: Professor Carlos Montalvo, Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of South Alabama. (flyer) (flyer in docx)


Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series -- Fall 2014

Seminars take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Fridays in Science & Engineering Building 2, Room 224. For a listing of seminars from previous semesters, click here.

Sept 19

Title: Multi-objective optimization via cell-to-cell mapping method – algorithm, application and philosophy.

Speaker: Furui Xiong, PhD candidate at Tianjin University, China.

Sept 26

Title: 3-D RF MEMS devices for reconfigurable radio front-ends.

Speaker: Xiaoguang Liu, University of California, Davis

Oct 3

Title: Toward a “Virtual Sputter Chamber”: Building a full process model of sputter deposition (Room SE2 220)

Speaker: Christopher Walton, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Oct 10

Title: Simple cell mapping and genetic algorithm hybrid method for multi-objective optimization problems.

Speaker: Yousef Naranjani, PhD candidate at University of California, Merced

Oct 17

Title: Improving reliability and robustness of wind turbine drive-trains.

Speaker: Jaspreet Singh Dhupia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Oct 24

Title: Connecting the human nervous system to machines

Speaker: Sanjay S. Joshi, University of California, Davis

Oct 31

Title: Overview of sensor processing research at HRL laboratories

Speaker: Yuri Owechko, HRL Laboratoes

Nov 7

Title: TBA

Speaker: Matthew J. McNenly, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nov 14

Title: Cold plasma biomedicine

Speaker: David B. Graves, University of California, Berkeley

Nov 21

Title: Fluctuating hydrodynamics of multiphase fluids

Speaker: Anuj Chaudhri, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nov 28

Title: Radiation tools for the determination of temperature and concentration from radiometric measurements in combustion system

Speaker: Tao Ren, PhD candidate at University of California, Merced

Dec 5

Title: Controls of power converters for energy systems and electric vehicle applications

Speaker: Woonki Na, California State University, Fresno



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