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EWind Facility Aimed at Improvements in Wind Energy

staff   May 08, 2012

A wind turbine and a meteorological tower recently erected on the University of Notre Dame’s White Field are highly visible symbols of the University’s commitment to establish a premier wind energy research program.

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Unique Research Laboratory Focuses on Making Aircraft Engines More Efficient

nwelding   May 01, 2012

Unique Research Laboratory Focuses on Making Aircraft Engines More Efficient Travel on airlines has become so routine for most of us, we often fail to appreciate what a true technological marvel it is. And it’s a costly and noisy marvel. Moving millions of passengers millions of miles each year requires an astounding amount of costly jet fuel and generates a significant amount of engine noise. That helps explain why the companies that manufacture aircraft engines often find their way to the laboratory of Scott Morris, an associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

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Graphene-based Terahertz Devices: the Wave of the Future

staff   April 26, 2012

Graphene-based Terahertz Devices: the Wave of the Future Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have shown that it is possible to efficiently manipulate THz electromagnetic waves with atomically thin graphene layers. This achievement, which was recently published in Nature Communications, sets the stage for development of compact, efficient and cost-effective devices and systems operating in the THz band.

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Notre Dame Leads in Discussion of the Ethical and Societal Impacts of Nanotechnology

staff   April 26, 2012

Notre Dame Leads in Discussion of the Ethical and Societal Impacts of Nanotechnology In a recent paper, Kathleen Eggleson, a research scientist in the Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) at the University of Notre Dame, provided an example of a nanotechnology-related safety and ethics problem that is unfolding right now.

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ND Alum Named Dean of Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

staff   April 20, 2012

ND Alum Named Dean of Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Notre Dame alum Christopher B. Roberts, the current department chair and the George E. and Dorothy Stafford Uthlaut Professor of Chemical Engineering in Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been named dean of the college effective July 1, 2012.

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Notre Dame to Host National Robotics Week Event

staff   April 13, 2012

Notre Dame to Host National Robotics Week Event On April 14 (Saturday), the University of Notre Dame is hosting a free community-wide event celebrating National Robotics Week, which will give participants the opportunity to see and interact with robots built for fun, learning and cutting-edge research. The event, which will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the North Dome of the Joyce Athletic and Convocation Center, is open to the public. Local students, parents, and teachers are especially encouraged to attend.

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James Schmiedeler Receives 2012 Ganey Award for Community-based Research

staff   April 12, 2012

James Schmiedeler Receives 2012 Ganey Award for Community-based Research James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is the recipient of the 2012 Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Faculty Community-based Research Award, which is given annually by the University of Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns. Schmiedeler has an extensive record of research and scholarship in several fields including robotic-assisted rehabilitation and the dynamics of bipedal walking motion. The award, in the amount of $5,000, honors a Notre Dame faculty member whose research has made a contribution in collaboration with a local community organization.

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ND Engineering Undergraduate Named Newman Civic Fellow

staff   April 11, 2012

Jonathan Schommer, a junior majoring in civil engineering and the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact which recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

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Mechatronic Football Goes Intercollegiate: Notre Dame to Take on Ohio Northern University April 20

staff   April 05, 2012

Mechatronic Football Goes Intercollegiate: Notre Dame to Take on Ohio Northern University April 20 The University of Notre Dame Robotic Football Team will host the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern University in the first ever intercollegiate mechatronic football game at 7 p.m. Friday (April 20) in Notre Dame’s Stepan Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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More Energy Efficient Transistors through Quantum Tunneling

staff   March 26, 2012

More Energy Efficient Transistors through Quantum Tunneling  Researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Pennsylvania State University have announced breakthroughs in the development of tunneling field effect transistors (TFETs), a semiconductor technology that takes advantage of the quirky behavior of electrons at the quantum level.

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ESTEEM Student Working with AD&T Recognized as Rising Star in Africa

staff   March 22, 2012

ESTEEM Student Working with AD&T Recognized as Rising Star in Africa Dina Imbabazi, a student in the University of Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters program (ESTEEM), has been invited to be an official associate of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance (HEA), a leading group that supports entrepreneurial engagement opportunities for the next generation of African professionals.

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New Paper by Notre Dame Researchers Describes Method for Cleaning up Nuclear Waste

staff   March 21, 2012

New Paper by Notre Dame Researchers Describes Method for Cleaning up Nuclear Waste While the costs associated with storing nuclear waste and the possibility of it leaching into the environment remain legitimate concerns, they may no longer be obstacles on the road to cleaner energy. A new paper by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, led by Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt, professor of civil engineering and geological sciences and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, showcases Notre Dame Thorium Borate-1 (NDTB-1) as a crystalline compound that can be tailored to safely absorb radioactive ions from nuclear waste streams. Once captured, the radioactive ions can then be exchanged for higher-charged species of a similar size, recycling the material for re-use.

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Engineering Faculty Receive CAREER Awards

staff   March 20, 2012

Engineering Faculty Receive CAREER Awards Two faculty members in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame — Arezoo Ardekani, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor; and Assistant Professor Philippe Sucosky — have been named recipients of the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to young faculty in engineering and science.

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$6-million Scholarship Gift is Largest Ever for Notre Dame Engineers

staff   March 14, 2012

$6-million Scholarship Gift is Largest Ever for Notre Dame Engineers The College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame has announced a $6-million gift from the Fotsch Family, to establish the William E. Fotsch Family Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering.

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New Paper Examines Issues Raised by Fukushima Reactor Accident

staff   March 08, 2012

New Paper Examines Issues Raised by Fukushima Reactor Accident As the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor accident is marked on March 11, a new paper by Peter C. Burns, the Henry Massman Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, and colleagues from the University of Michigan and the University of California-Davis, stresses that we need much more knowledge about how nuclear fuel interacts with the environment during and after an accident.

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New Study Examines Microorganisms in Aquatic Systems

staff   March 06, 2012

New Study Examines Microorganisms in Aquatic Systems Microorganisms play pivotal functions in nature, particularly within aquatic ecosystems. Whether in an ocean or a lake, they are key players in the food chain and the vitality of individual ecosystems. A team of researchers led by Arezoo M. Ardekani, the Rev. John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has shown that density stratification, a frequent feature of aquatic environments, has important ecological consequences on these small organisms.

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Engineering Professor Timothy Ovaert Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award

staff   March 06, 2012

Engineering Professor Timothy Ovaert Receives 1st Source Commercialization Award Timothy Ovaert, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named recipient of the 1st Source Commercialization Award celebrating research that has made it to the marketplace.

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Brennecke Elected to National Academy of Engineering

staff   February 10, 2012

Brennecke Elected to National Academy of Engineering Joan F. Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for her innovation in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing.

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New Paper Examines Seawater’s Effect on Nuclear Fuel

staff   February 06, 2012

New Paper Examines Seawater’s Effect on Nuclear Fuel Japanese officials used seawater to cool nuclear fuel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following last March’s tsunami. Although it was likely the best course of action at the time, a new study coauthored by University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that the action may have had unanticipated consequences.

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Engineering Students Building Hope through Bridge Construction

staff   January 30, 2012

Engineering Students Building Hope through Bridge Construction “Building Bridges-Building Hope” is the motto of an innovative program in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering that enables undergraduate students to use the knowledge they have gained to benefit residents of impoverished countries.

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Missouri S&T Selects First Female Chancellor; ND Grad

staff   January 23, 2012

Missouri S&T Selects First Female Chancellor; ND Grad From the January 19, 2012, issue of the News-Leader.com A former engineering dean at Boise State University in Idaho has been hired as the first female chancellor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, the school announced Thursday. Cheryl B. Schrader replaces John "Jack" Carney III, who retired last August after six years, overseeing the school's name change from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Schrader, 49, is an associate vice president for strategic research initiatives and former engineering dean at Boise State, where she has worked since 2003. She began her teaching career at Notre Dame, where she received master's and doctorate degrees, and later taught at Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Face Recognition in the Nose-Job Era

staff   January 23, 2012

The Wall Street Journal U.S. Edition Review: Ideas Market January 20, 2012 By Christopher Shea Face-recognition technology is crossing a new threshold: identifying people even after they’ve had plastic surgery.

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Kareem Appointed to Homeland Security Risk Assessment Committee

staff   January 19, 2012

Kareem Appointed to Homeland Security Risk Assessment Committee Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed by the National Research Council, Division of Earth and Life Sciences, of the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Committee on the Evaluation of a Site-Specific Risk Assessment for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Planned National Bio-and Agro-Defense Facility.

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In Memoriam: Nai-Chien Huang, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

staff   January 19, 2012

In Memoriam: Nai-Chien Huang, Professor Emeritus of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Nai-Chien Huang, professor emeritus of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday (Jan. 15) at his home in Los Altos, Calif., after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

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Wolfgang Porod to Help Review U.S. National Nanotechnology Efforts

jbirdsell   January 13, 2012

 Wolfgang Porod to Help Review U.S. National Nanotechnology Efforts University of Notre Dame professor Wolfgang Porod has been invited to serve on the committee conducting a comprehensive strategic review of the US government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

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