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.
A more efficient way to turn saltwater into drinking water Opens in new window
Researchers are working on a way to transform seawater into fresh drinking water with a new, honeycombed-patterned membrane—only a few atoms thick—that uses less energy than existing methods.
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.
Six things you should know about AI from experts in the field Opens in new window
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering share what they have learned about artificial intelligence while working in the field.
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.
Saving lives with cleaner air Opens in new window
More than 30,000 U.S. lives could be saved by reducing air pollution levels below the current air quality standard, two studies from the Center for Air Quality, Climate, and Energy Solutions find.
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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