Pushing robotics uphill Opens in new window
Mechanical Engineering senior Vinay Mitta is working with a four-legged Minitaur robot the size and shape of a briefcase with legs. He studies its movements and teaches it new skills and maneuvers so that the robot can be used to aid search and rescue operations or for large survey projects.
Creating an on-off switch for heat Opens in new window
This polymer thermal regulator can quickly transform from a conductor to an insulator, and back again. By switching between the two states, it can control its own temperature as well as the temperature of its surroundings, such as a refrigerator or computer.
Tran overcomes setback, engineers final year of football Opens in new window
Long Tran, a defensive end for the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans, returned to the starting lineup last year after sitting out the 2017 season following heart surgery to stop premature ventricular contractions, or extra, abnormal heartbeats.
Polymers, printing, and pathways
A novel approach to 3D printing using a support bath can greatly expand the types of polymers that can be printed, enable chemical reactions of the printed materials to gain novel material properties, and increase the mechanical strength and reduce the print time of mechanical parts through design optimization.
Transforming ideas into reality in Tech Spark Opens in new window
In the College of Engineering’s Tech Spark, Robert Smith, senior windows systems engineer, has developed a system that allows students, faculty, and staff to access machines and tools they have been trained on, and directs them to training courses they may need to use the systems in the future.
Collaborators’ creation reveals how mechanical forces control genes
A LeDuc/Minden collaboration in mesofluidics—a medium-sized twist on microfluidics—was featured on the cover of the journal Lab on a Chip. The research team merged expertise in biomechanics, biology, and engineering to develop a new device.
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