Tag Archives: engineering

3D modeling could help develop treatments for lung disease caused by COVID-19

By | September 14, 2020

A 3D bioengineered model of lung tissue built by U-M researchers is poking holes in decades worth of flat, Petri dish observations into how the deadly disease pulmonary fibrosis progresses. Some clinicians are concerned that critically ill COVID-19 patients may develop a form of pulmonary fibrosis after a long stay in the ICU.  Researchers are searching for better treatments.… Read More »

Wellman named chair of CSE

By | August 5, 2020

Michael P. Wellman, the Lynn A. Conway Collegiate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, will be recommended to the Board of Regents to become the new chair of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) division in the College of Engineering. Wellman takes over from Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Peter Chen, who has served as interim chair of CSE… Read More »

Navatek opens Ann Arbor office, partners with U-M to conduct naval research for data-model fusion

By | August 5, 2020

U-M’s Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) enters partnership with one of the nation’s most innovative research and technology firms, Navatek LLC, to advance research in the area of data-model fusion for future naval platform design and operation. Navatek, a leading contractor focused on technology research for U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Defense… Read More »

Finalists for post-quantum security standards include U-M research

By | August 4, 2020

Quantum computer hold the potential to solve certain computational problems much more quickly than classical computers can. But with the new capabilities come unfortunate drawbacks: several of these problems form the foundation of our current encryption techniques. A large quantum computer could retroactively decrypt almost all internet communication ever recorded. To prepare for this possibility, in 2017 the… Read More »

One-credit class for curious students with no CS background

By | August 4, 2020

Discover Computer Science provides a basic background in all the skills a student needs to pursue further education in computing. If you’re intrigued by computing but afraid to dive in, an introductory course returning this fall may be just what you need. EECS 198: Discover Computer Science is a one-credit course designed for curious students with no programming… Read More »

Student developer builds commuters a safer, more accurate train app

By | July 31, 2020

CS undergrad Ryan O’Connor led front-end development on a major update to Long Island Rail Road’s TrainTime app, helping the country’s biggest commuter line offer socially distanced service. At a time when taking the train is more stressful than ever, CS undergrad Ryan O’Connor helped roll out a major app update to keep Long Island commuters safe and… Read More »

Sticking the landing on Mars: High-powered computing aims to reduce guesswork

By | July 30, 2020

As the Mars 2020 launch approaches, a separate effort is using simulations to understand landing dynamics for tomorrow’s missions. Future spacecrafts bound for the moon or beyond will benefit from high-powered computer simulations underway at the University of Michigan that model the particulate mayhem set in motion by rocket thruster-powered landings.  During descent, exhaust plumes fluidize surface soil… Read More »

New Master of Engineering provides professional training for industry-track students

By | July 28, 2020

A new Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree program will be offered beginning fall 2020. The MEng program is specially designed for students who plan to enter industry after graduation and who have decided their specialty. The program is highly structured and emphasizes rigorous theory combined with practical training. Additional areas of focus are… Read More »

Precision Health expands campus-wide data resources offered on Analytics Platform

By | July 28, 2020

Precision Health at the University of Michigan has recently improved and expanded its offerings for campus researchers in genetics, pharmacogenomics, operations, AI, and a host of other precision health–related fields. With this enhanced Analytics Platform, Precision Health has defined a clear pathway for researchers across campus to access de-identified clinical data: a milestone in its goal of accelerating research and… Read More »

Making plastic more transparent while adding electrical conductivity

By | July 13, 2020

In an effort to improve large touchscreens, LED light panels and window-mounted infrared solar cells, a team of researchers at U-M has made plastic conductive while also making it more transparent. They provide a recipe to help other researchers find the best balance between conductivity and transparency by creating a three-layer anti-reflection surface. The conductive metal layer is… Read More »

To the moon and beyond: Aerospace engineering is on the cutting edge of electric space propulsion

By | July 5, 2020

The University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department’s Plasmadynamics and Electric Propulsion Laboratory (PEPL) is developing the next-generation of Hall thruster technology that may one day propel the first human missions to Mars. A Hall thruster is a form of electric space propulsion that replaces conventional rockets with a stream of charged ions that can propel a spacecraft for… Read More »

Inclusive technology: How a single step could pave the way

By | June 30, 2020

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and other recent incidents of police brutality, a coalition of Black computer scientists drafted an open letter calling for action in the computing community to address systemic and structural inequities Chad Jenkins, a roboticist and associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, is among… Read More »

84 internships and research fellowships for the pandemic summer

By | June 30, 2020

With many students facing the cancellation of their summer plans to work as engineering interns, the Multidisciplinary Design Program has rushed to fill the gap. Cobbling together resources from inside and outside U-M, the program team created 54 paid internships and research fellowships, and 30 additional unpaid positions each mentored by U-M faculty.  The Multidisciplinary Design Program (MDP)… Read More »

Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

By | June 30, 2020

Tiny wireless sensors for recycled N95 masks could verify, in real time, whether the respirators are being exposed to proper decontamination conditions.  These batteryless sensors are being developed and tested at the University of Michigan through a new National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant. They are designed to provide more accurate and less cumbersome monitoring during the decontamination… Read More »

NERS Professor Kevin Field wins DOE Early Career Award

By | June 30, 2020

Kevin Field, associate professor in the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS), has been awarded funding for research as part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. Field is a nuclear materials scientist with expertise in advanced alloy development and radiation effects in material systems relevant for nuclear… Read More »

Tandem wins teaching innovation prize

By | June 30, 2020

Tandem, a tool that helps track and facilitate group projects, has received the University of Michigan Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize. Tandem was developed by the Center for Academic Innovation and Michigan Engineering. Robin Fowler, a lecturer in the Department of Engineering, and one of the faculty leads who helped develop Tandem. She is talking about Tandem at the… Read More »