IMG Seminar: Interface and Filler Morphology Control for Enhancement of Multifunctional Materials

Event date: 
Fri, 08/05/2011 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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.


IMG Seminar: A Process for Fabricating Robust Electrothermal Micromirrors with Customizable Thermal Response Time and Power Consumption

Event date: 
Fri, 07/29/2011 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm

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

IMG Seminar: Integrated Study of Separation Control; Unsteady Circulation Control for High-Performance Low-Noise Aircraft

Event date: 
Fri, 07/22/2011 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

IMG Seminar: Improving the magnetic properties of Parylene-bonded NdFeB Powder Micromagnets; Wireless Power Transmission using Electromechanical systems

Event date: 
Fri, 07/15/2011 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

IMG Welcomes Henry Sodano to the Faculty

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.

IMG Seminar: Transonic Flow over a Turret; Microfluidic Device for Second Hand Smoke Detection

Event date: 
Fri, 07/08/2011 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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.

Matt Williams Wins College of Engineering Award for Integrity

Dr. Matt Williams, a recent graduate of IMG, has been selected by the UF College of Engineering as the 2011-2012 recipient of the Attribute of Gator Engineering Graduate Student Award for Integrity. As a recipient of this award, Matt is recognized for being "honest, ethical, willing to work for achievements (persistent, hard-working, determined), and impelled toward right action." Congratulations, Matt!

Shuo Cheng Wins College of Engineering Award for "Professional Excellence"

Shuo Cheng has been selected by the UF College of Engineering as the 2011-2012 recipient of the Attribute of Gator Engineering Graduate Student Award for Professional Excellence.  He was selected based the criteria of being "technically competent, skilled in management and planning, problem-solving, and scientifically insightful."  Shuo will be recognized by Dean Abernathy in an awards ceremony in August.