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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

Text Box: RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES

 

 

NEWS:

 

·       For Questions Contact: Dr. Andrew Ketsdever at (aketsdev@uccs.edu)

 

·       Please check this website often.  Scheduled days and times are subject to change.

 

 

 

Fall 2014

All seminars begin at 2pm in EN 101.  The seminars now meet with MAE 4000

 

 

 

Spring 2014

All seminars begin at 2pm in EN 109.  The seminars now meet with MAE 4000

 

7-Feb-14

Austin Ventura

UCCS MAE

The Intern, the Research Assistant, and International Intrigue

14-Feb-14*

Dr. Andrew Ketsdever

UCCS MAE

The Space Shuttle Challenger: A Case Study in Engineering Ethics

20-Feb-14†

Blake Bullock and Martin Frederick

Northrop Grumman

The James Webb Space Telescope

7-Mar-14

Nathan Strange

NASA JPL

NASA’s Asteroid Redirection Mission

4-Apr-14

Joshua Engle

UCCS MAE

Optical Spectroscopy of High Altitude Lightning Events

11-Apr-14

Prof. Chris Jenkins

Montana State Univ.

Bio-inspired Engineering

25-Apr-14

Prof. Eric Frew

CU Boulder

CU Boulder UAV Research

*Special start time at 1:40pm.

Special Day and Time (6:00pm).  Location: Dwire Hall Room 121

 

 

Fall 2013

All seminars begin at 2pm unless otherwise stated.

 

18-Oct-13

Tom Amundson*,1

UCCS MAE

Computational Evaluation of the Effects of Voids on a Thermal Energy Storage System in a Combined Solar Power and Propulsion System

25-Oct-13

2nd Annual Technical Symposium of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) Rocky Mountain Section2

15-Nov-13

Dan Gould*,3

UCCS MAE

Computational Analysis of Micro-Channels for use in a High Temperature Heat Exchanger

22-Nov-13

Prof. Michael Calvisi and Prof. Leal Lauderbaugh4

UCCS MAE

TBD

6-Dec-13

Prof. Andrew Ketsdever5

UCCS MAE

Mimicking Biology to Explore Extreme Environments

13-Dec-13

Jacob Graul†,6

UCCS MAE

Diagnosing Kinetic Flows Using Optical Lattices

13-Dec-13

Carlos Maldonado,7

UCCS MAE

Measurements of Drag in a Simulated Low-Earth Orbit Environment

*MS Thesis Defense – public welcome.  All thesis defense times and locations are TBD and subject to change.

†PhD Comprehensive Exam – public welcome.

1 1pm (note change in time) in Engineering Building Room 105.

2 On UCCS Campus.  Registration fee applies.  Please email Taylor Lilly (tlilly@uccs.edu) for more information.  Link to agenda here.

3 2pm in Engineering Building Room 105.

4 11:30am.  Part of the UCCS Biofrontiers Seminar Series.  Location Osborne Center Room A204.

5 11:30am.  Part of the UCCS Biofrontiers Seminar Series.  Location:  Osborne Center Room A204.

6 11am in Osborne Center, NISSSC Classroom Room A343.

7 2pm in Engineering Building Room 105.

 

 

Spring 2013

All seminars begin at 2pm in ENGR 109.

 

15-Feb-13

Carlos Maldonado

UCCS MAE

Chamber for Atmospheric and Orbital Space Simulation

8-Apr-13

Tim Siefers*,1

UCCS MAE

Flow and Vibration Analysis of Parachute Suspension Line

TBD

Lauren McNair*

UCCS MAE

Dynamics of a Thrusting, Spinning Satellite with Changing Center of Mass Position

19-Apr-13

Prof. Scott Trimboli

UCCS ECE

Robust Cell-level Modeling and Control of Large Battery Packs for Electric Vehicles

26-Apr-13

Prof. Andrew Ketsdever

UCCS MAE

Biomimetics: Exploring Flocks, Schools and Herds for Robotic Swarms

3-May-13

Dan Gould

UCCS MAE

Thermal Characterization of a mm-Wave Heat Exchanger

*MS Thesis Defense – public welcome. All thesis defense times and locations are TBD and subject to change.

1 Starts at 11:30am in OCSE A208.

 

 

Fall 2012

All seminars begin at 2pm in TBD.

 

21-Sep-12

Prof David Schmidt1

UCCS MAE (Emeritus)

On the Flight Dynamics of Aeroelastic Vehicles - Redux

17-Oct-12

Barry Cornella†,2

UCCS MAE

PhD: Neutral Gas Heating via Pulsed Optical Lattices

24-Oct-12

2nd Lt Michael Reid*,3

UCCS MAE

MS: Computational Thermal Characterization of Satellite CHP System Using Latent Heat Storage with High Temperature PCM Under Microgravity

31-Oct-12

2nd Lt Ross Elder*,4

UCCS MAE

MS: Numerical Modeling of Ultrasonic Cavitation Microbubbles in Ionic Liquids: A Study of Fluid Properties and Thermal  Effects

1-Nov-12

2nd Lt Lucas Derby*,5

UCCS MAE

MS: Microwave Augmented, In-Space Propulsion

2-Nov-12

Prof Peter Gorder6

UCCS MAE

Strategic Plan of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

9-Nov-12

Zach Asher*,7

UCCS MAE

MS: Capture and Removal Orbital Analysis of Multiple Debris Objects Using a Tethered Spacecraft

16-Nov-12

Prof Gregory Bogin6

Colo. School of Mines

The Role of the Ignition Quality Tester as a Validation Tool for Ignition Kinetics of Low Volatility Fuels

7-Dec-12

Austin Ventura6

UCCS MAE

Negative Thermophoresis in Radiometric Flows

†PhD Dissertation Defense – public welcome.

*MS Thesis Defense – public welcome. All thesis defense times and locations are TBD and subject to change.

1 Starts at 2pm in Osborne Center  B136.

2 Starts at 3pm in Osborne Center B216.

3 Starts at 1pm in Osborne Center A343.

4 Starts at 1pm in Osborne Center A343.

5 Starts at 3pm in Centennial 188.

6 Starts at 2pm in ENGR 103.

 

 

Spring 2012

All seminars begin at 2pm in Osborne Center B215.

 

17-Feb-12‡

Pamela Kay Strong

United Launch Alliance

Space Shuttle TPS Repair Return to Flight Activities

24-Feb-12

Prof. Taylor Lilly

UCCS MAE

Experimental Use of Lasers in Aerospace Diagnostic Applications

2-Mar-12

Dr. Gustav Freyer

GJF Consulting

EMI - Electromagnetic Interference - Effects are Everywhere

6-Mar-12†

Tom Ramsay

Honda R&D Americas

Race Car Aerodynamics

9-Mar-12

Carlos Maldonado and Ryan Bosworth

UCCS MAE

Chamber for Atmospheric and Orbital Space Simulation (ChAOSS)

16-Mar-12

Prof. Mark Borden

CU Boulder – ME

Design Principles for Medical Microbubbles

6-Apr-12

James Carroll*

UCCS MAE

Nonlinear Dynamical Analysis and Control of Ultrasound Contrast Agent Microbubbles

11-Apr-12

Robert Hindy**

USAF Airborne Laser Prog.

Development of High Energy Laser Airborne Weapon Systems

13-Apr-12

Prof. Steve Tragesser

UCCS MAE

Modeling, Measuring and Optimizing Human Motion

27-Apr-12

Prof. James Stevens

UCCS MAE

Thermal Aspects of High Speed Wear Testing

*MS Thesis Defense – public welcome. All thesis defense times and locations are TBD and subject to change.

Make-up date due to weather.

†Special day, time, and location.  Refreshments at 6:30pm.  Lecture at 7:00pm.  LOCATION: CENT 192.  A joint seminar event with the AIAA Rocky Mountain Section.

**Special day, time, and location.  Refreshments at 6:30pm.  Lecture at 7:00pm.  LOCATION: CENT 203 (Theater).  A joint seminar event with the AIAA Rocky Mountain Section.

 

 

Fall 2011

All seminars in Osborne Center, Room A343 unless otherwise noted.

 

9-Sep-11

Barry Cornella†

UCCS MAE

PhD Comp Exam: Neutral Gas Heating via Pulsed Optical Lattices

23-Sep-11

Peter Szyjka†

UCCS MAE

PhD Comp Exam: Modeling the Deposition Rate of Sputtered Materials

13-Oct-11

2nd Lt Ryan Kerns*,1

UCCS MAE

MS: Dynamometer Development to Measure the Output of a Fluidyne Engine

21-Oct-11

2nd Lt Max Poppler*,2

UCCS MAE

MS: Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy of Gas Phenomena

26-Oct-11

2nd Lt Wayne Black*,3

UCCS MAE

MS: Performance Measurements of Low Reynolds Number Nozzle Geometries

28-Oct-11

2nd Lt Gabriel Staples*,4

UCCS MAE

MS: Experimental Evaluation of Collimated Solar Radiation Absorption by a Microstructured Surface

31-Oct-11

2nd Lt Joey Ulisse*,5

UCCS MAE

MS: Viscous and Compressible Effects in Ultrasonic Cavitation with Heat and Mass Transfer

11-Nov-11

Meral Sarper6

UCCS MAE

Modal Assessment of Inertial Load Simulator

†PhD Comprehensive Exam – public welcome.

*MS Thesis Defense – public welcome.  All thesis defense times and locations are TBD and subject to change.

1 Starts at 11:30am; 2 Starts at 2pm; 3 Starts at 9am; 4 Starts at 2pm; 5 Starts at 9:30am; 6 Starts at 2pm.

 

 

Spring 2011

All seminars begin at 2pm in SENG B216.

 

18-Feb-11

Prof James Stevens

UCCS MAE

Energy Harvesting from Ground-Source Heat Engines

04-Mar-11

Prof Michael Calvisi

UCCS MAE

A Mathematical Model of Intracranial Aneurysms: Evidence of Hemodynamic Instability

01-Apr-11

Julie Horvath*

UCCS MAE

Experimental Study of Microscale Radiation

15-Apr-11

Prof Andrew Ketsdever

UCCS MAE

Using Undergraduate Researchers in the Laboratory

20-Apr-11

Larry Korb

North American, Retired

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

29-Apr-11

2nd Lt Ryan Kerns

UCCS MAE

A Dynamometer for Testing Liquid Piston Stirling Engine Performance

06-May-11

Trey Quiller**

UCCS MAE

Investigation of Density Perturbations in Molecular Nitrogen Formed by Pulsed Optical Lattices

*MS Thesis Defense (Date/Time subject to change).

**Time Change: This seminar is now scheduled for 1pm in SENG B216.

† Special day and time (Social starts at 6:30pm, lecture begins at 7pm);  Location: Columbine 128.  A joint seminar event with the AIAA Rocky Mountain Section.

 

 

Fall 2010

All Thesis Defense times and locations are TBD.  For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Ketsdever (aketsdever@eas.uccs.edu)

 

01-Oct-10

Jacob Schonig

UCCS MAE

MS: Implementation Strategies for In-Space Macron Propulsion

14-Oct-10

Jackson Mason

UCCS MAE

MS: Demonstration and Characterization of a Solar Powered Fluidyne Engine

19-Oct-10

Anthony O’Shea

UCCS MAE

MS: Development of THz Rayleigh Scattering Diagnostics for a Solid Rocket Exhaust Plumes

28-Oct-10

Andrew Kirk

UCCS MAE

MS: Transient Fluid Topology Optimization using the Lattice Boltzmann Method

28-Oct-10

Joel Halpert

UCCS MAE

MS: A Comparison of Water and Liquid Nitrogen Cooling in a Microchannel-Array Heatsink

28-Oct-10

David Meyer

UCCS MAE

MS: Lattice Boltzmann Thermal Convective Topology Optimization

29-Oct-10

Luis Barrs

UCCS MAE

MS: Dynamics and Control of a Tether Sling System on a Rotating Body 

04-Nov-10

David McDaniel

UCCS MAE

PhD: Deformation of Viscous CFD Meshes for Aeroelastic and S&C Applications

TBD

Curtis Stanley

UCCS MAE

MS: Apparent Impacting Trajectories, Identification, and Orbit Determination of Tethered Satellite Systems

 

 

Spring 2010

All seminars begin at 2pm in ENG 105

 

22-Jan-10*

Col David Swanson

AF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)

Role of Systems Engineering on the Mission Assurance Process

12-Feb-10

Maj Thomas Joslyn

USAFA/DFAS; UCCS MAE PhD

Liquid Droplet Thrusters for Constant Momentum Exchange Between Formation Flying Spacecraft

19-Feb-10

Sebastian Kreissl

CU Boulder

Towards Topology Optimization of Fluid-Structure-Interaction Problems

12-Mar-10

Prof David Schmidt

UCCS MAE

Dynamics and Control of Airbreathing Hypersonic Flight Vehicles

2-Apr-10

Dr Sergey Gimelshein

Univ. Southern California

The Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Method and Its Application

16-Apr-10

Dr Linda Krause

USAFA/DFP

Diagnosing Plasma Turbulence in the Ionosphere Above Nigeria

20-Apr-10†

Prof. John Valasek

Director, VSC Lab/Texas A&M Univ.

Machine-Learning Control of Morphing Air Vehicles

23-Apr-10

2nd Lt Jacob Schonig

UCCS MAE

Macron Propulsion Technology and Applications

7-May-10

2nd Lt Anthony O’Shea

UCCS MAE

TeraHertz Rayleigh Scattering for Solid Rocket Motor Diagnostics

*A joint seminar event with the UCCS Student Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

† Special day and time.  Location: SENG Room 342

 

 

Fall 2009

All seminars begin at 2pm in ENGR 107.

 

11-Sep-09

Prof Russ Cummings

USAFA/DFAN

Integrated Computational/Experimental Approach to Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAV)

24-Sep-09*

Gen Jerry White

USAF (Ret)

The Lessons of Failures in US Space History

25-Sep-09

Dr Gary Vanderplaats

Vanderplaats R&D, Inc.

Saving Energy Through Optimization

9-Oct-09

Poti Doukas

Instar Engineering Inc.

Space Mission Structural and Mechanical Systems: STARDUST Mission Summary

23-Oct-09

Julie Horvath

UCCS MS Student

Sustainability Through Microscale Physics

6-Nov-09

Barry Cornella

UCCS PhD Student

The Crookes Radiometer Applied to Engineering Problems

13-Nov-09

Prof Gregory Plett

UCCS ECE

Battery Management Systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Using Li-Ion Batteries

4-Dec-09

Dr Nancy Ericson

AF Space Command

Preventing Collisions in Space

*Special Seminar of the UCCS Student Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 3pm in SENG B217

†A joint seminar event with Air Force Space Command.  Location: Peterson AFB Library, Start time 3pm MST (CAC required for base access)

 

 

Spring 2009

All seminars begin at 2pm in University Hall Room 132

 

30-Jan-09

Taylor Lilly

USC PhD Student

Acceleration of Atoms and Molecules Via Optical Lattices

13-Feb-09

Prof Andrew Ketsdever

UCCS MAE

An Overview of Advanced Propulsion Concepts for Space Access

27-Feb-09

Mark Staley

AF Space Command

Integrating High Resolution Terrain Data into Global PDOP Calculations

6-Mar-09*

Prof Bill Saylor

USAFA/DFAS

Undergraduate Satellite and Rocket Design, Fabrication, and Operations Programs

3-Apr-09

Prof Julie Albertson

UCCS MAE

The Benefits of Integrating Technical Communication Within an Engineering Curriculum

10-Apr-09

Prof Rebecca Webb

UCCS MAE

Efficiency and Sustainability Using Microscale Physics

17-Apr-09†

Barry Cornella and Sean Hammerland / Shawn Laabs

UCCS MAE Students

Critical Evaluation of Solid Rocket Thrust Augmentation Using Beamed Energy / Propulsion Subsystem Thermal Modeling for FalconSat 5

24-Apr-09

Prof Richard Balthazor and Prof Geoff McHarg

USAFA/DFP

Research in the Space Physics and Atmospheric Research Center, USAF Academy - Ground-based observations and Spacecraft Instrumentation

8-May-09§

Prof Valmiki Sooklal

UCCS MAE

Development of a Temperature Dependent, Non-Linear Cohesive Zone Model for Laser Induced Fracture

*A joint seminar event with the UCCS Student Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

†Special Seminar – AIAA Region V Student Conference Participants

§Note change in date

 

 

Fall 2008

All seminars begin at 2pm in University Hall Room 132

 

5-Sep-08

David McDaniel

USAFA/DFAN

Efficient Deformation of Unstructured Viscous Meshes

19-Sep-08

Prof Michael Larson

UCCS MAE

Development of a Medical Device for Laser Tissue Fusion

3-Oct-08

Prof Steve Tragesser

UCCS MAE

Satellite Formations using Momentum Exchange --Troubleshooting Equations and Code

17-Oct-08

Prof Georg Pingen

UCCS MAE

Kinetic Theory Approach to Computational Fluid Dynamics: Applications to Design Optimization, Modeling, and Analysis

31-Oct-08

Prof Jim Stevens

UCCS MAE

Energy Research At UCCS; Liquid Piston Heat Engines

14-Nov-08

Prof Mike Maixner

USAFA/DFEM

Assessment of Near-Surface Ground Temperature Profiles for Optimal Placement of a Thermoelectric Device

5-Dec-08

Prof Heather Song

UCCS ECE

Compact Microfabricated Terahertz High Order Harmonic Gyrodevice