The Fall 2011 IMG Kickoff Meeting will be held on Friday August 19 11am-12:30pm in NEB 201. All IMG personnel are expected to attend. We will discuss IMG announcments, lab safety reminders, and a few other topics. The faculty will provide pizza and drinks.
Dr.Brent Gila will be giving a talk on the current status of NRF and the new state-of- the-art tools which offer capabilities that expand the NRF user base into new fields of micro/nano technology and research, and have enabled the traditional users to increase yield and productivity. Following the seminar there will be BBQ in the Larsen-Benton courtyard.
Dr. Henry Sodano will present the topics of active research in his group with specific attention to the development of functionally graded interfaces with responsive properties and the synthesis of nanocomposite materials which capitalize upon anisotropic fillers to achieve high dielectric permittivity and electromechanical coupling.
Sagnik Pal in his talk will discuss the fabrication process for a robust electrothermal biomorph based MEMS device. Aluminium and Tungsten form the active biomorph layers, with polyimide for thermal isolation;The device parameters can be chosen to customize thermal response time and power requirements. Following the seminar, there will be Nigerian-Chinese BBQ in the Larsen-Benton courtyard
John Griffin will be giving a talk on nonlinear flow interactions that dominate separated flows. He will discuss the methodology for implementing effective, low power control strategies using various actuators in realistic separated flows. Ashley Jones will be speaking on unsteady circulation control: the motivation as well as the ongoing research on its potential applications in today's technology.
Ololade Oniku in his talk will be discussing the motivation and present development in the use of powder micromagnets for MEMS applications. He will also highlight the techniques that could be employed in the future to improve the properties of these micromagnets. Vikram Divakar will be speaking on the topic of using magnetically excited electrodynamic harvesters to acheive wireless power transmission. Following the seminar there will be Haitian BBQ in the Larsen-Benton courtyard.
Please join us in welcoming Prof. Henry A. Sodano to the IMG Faculty. Dr. Sodano holds a joint appointment in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and Materials Science and Engineering department at UF. He received his Ph.D. (2005), M.S. (2003), and B.S. (2002) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining UF, he was an assistant professor at Arizona State University (2007-2010) and, before that, Michigan Technological University (2005-2007). Dr. Sodano's research interest lie at the boundaries between materials science and engineering, and his current research focuses on energy harvesting, nanotechnology, hybrid composites, and multifunctional materials.
Sagnik Pal will defend his dissertation, entitled "Modeling and Reliability of Electrothermal Micromirrors," at 10am on Tuesday, July 12th in Larson 234. The abstract is available at http://sagnik.yolasite.com/phdabstract.php. Refreshments will be available from 9:45am.
At this week's IMG seminar, Benjamin George will give a talk to outline the initial steps in using flow control to improve the aero-optic performance of flow behind a three dimensional turret. Kiri Hamaker will speak on the topic of detection of nicotine metabolites for second hand smoke using micellar electrokinetic chromatography.
Dr. Huikai Xie was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor, an important milestone in faculty careers. Congratulations, Dr. Xie!