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Nanotechnology Research Group (NRG) members travel to Miami for the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC)

On February 22nd, Keith Alvares, Madhav Thaker and May Chan, members of Dr. Rollin's Nanotechnology Research Group travelled to Miami to present a poster at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC). FURC gathers undergraduate students from all institutions in Florida to present their research during 1-hour poster sessions. A total of 285 posters were presented this year, split in 3 sessions. Students and faculty members also had the possibility of attending workshop sessions on subjects such as "preparing for graduate school" or "research methods". Poster presentations had a wide variety of subjects, from "Teens at the mall" to NRG's poster "Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Growth using Chemical Vapor Deposition". Embry-Riddle had a strong presence at the conference, with a total of 5 posters being presented. Next year's conference will be hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. For more information on NRG, visit

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Scanning Electron Microscope Installed in the College of Engineering

In September 2013, Dr. Rollin along with co-PIs Dr. Sypeck (Aerospace Engineering) and Dr. Mathis (Physical Sciences) was awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation award for a Scanning Electron Microscope with Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) and Remote Operation capabilities. The microscope ordered is an FEI Quanta 650 with a Bruker EDX system. It was installed in March and the PIs have received training on it. The microscope is set to become a user facility for ERAU students, faculty and staff, as well as for outside users. The remote operation capability is currently not available as IT ensures that it will not compromise our network.    A scanning electron microscope is an essential tool that allows scientists to visualize not only materials and structures, but also biological tissues, or particles from environmental samples. This is a great addition to our campus, one that will allow students to conduct more experimental projects, and will also attract local companies to do business with ERAU. Look for our open house in the next few weeks to discover the many uses of the SEM.

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Invited Talk at CD-adapco’s Flow and Thermal Simulation and Optimization Workshop

Dr. Mark Ricklick (Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering) was invited to give a presentation at CD-adapco’s Flow and Thermal Simulation and Optimization Workshop, on March 27th in West Palm Beach, FL. His presentation, entitled “Benchmarking Heat Transfer Simulations Against Experimental Results: Pin-Fin Channel,”  discussed the needs and challenges associated with the benchmarking of numerical simulations against experiments for industry relevant design work.  During his presentation, he showcased an example of the benchmarking process for a pin-fin channel relevant to the gas turbine cooling community. His results highlighted the capabilities of modern Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools, and the need for detailed experimental results in the effort to accurately model real-world cooling designs. These results will also be presented at this year’s AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference.

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Faculty Attend Strategic Grant Development Writing Workshop

On March 19th and 20th, Professor Dae Won Kim and  Professor Mark Ricklick attended a Strategic Grant Development Writing Workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Institute for Strategic Funding Development at the University of Central Florida. The Institute for Strategic Funding Development’s grant writing workshop course is designed to assist in the grant writing process. It provided a comprehensive overview of effective grant development techniques, including: finding best fit funding sources, creating innovative programs, and planning for funding sustainability.

By |April 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

AE Department Welcomes New Professor: Dr. J. Gordon Leishman

  Dr. J. Gordon Leishman holds Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, and a B.Sc with 1st Class Honors in Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics, all from the University of Glasgow in the U.K. He is an internationally recognized specialist in low-speed aerodynamics, rotorcraft aerodynamics and wind turbines, and his work has covered experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches. His areas of interest and expertise also include unsteady aerodynamics, dynamic stall, aeroacoustics, two-phase fluid dynamics, wind tunnel testing, micro-air-vehicles, aircraft flight-testing, and the history of aeronautical technology. Dr. Leishman was an Aerodynamicist at Westland Helicopters in England from 1983 to 1986, before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland in late 1986. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2000, and served as the Minta Martin Professor of Engineering from 2004 to 2014. Dr. Leishman has taught classes in fluid dynamics, applied aerodynamics, rotorcraft aerodynamics, aircraft and rotorcraft design, and aircraft flight-testing. He has advised dozens of students for their MS and PhD degrees, and many of his students have gone on to take leadership roles in government and industry. Dr. Leishman has authored over two hundred papers and reports on helicopter aerodynamics, fluid mechanics, experimental methods, and wind turbine aerodynamics. Many of his mathematical modeling techniques for helicopter aerodynamics, including dynamic stall and rotor wakes, are widely used and have been incorporated into numerous design methodologies. Dr. Leishman’s wind tunnel and other flow measurements have also formed benchmark validation test cases for computational model validation. Dr. Leishman is the author of two books, Principles of Helicopter Aerodynamics, which was published in its expanded second edition in 2006 and has been adopted as a [...]

By |March 28th, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

AIAA Annual Dinner

For our annual spring dinner meeting, we hosted Col. Richard Graham, USAF(Ret.), who presented on the SR-71 Blackbird.  Hispresentation outlined the development of the SR-71 through several engineering challenges as well as the problems faced by SR-71 pilots.  He had an extensive collection of photos and a video which he shared with us.  His experience as a pilot, squadron commander, and 9th Wing Commander at Beale Air Force Base clearly makes him the subject matter expert on the SR-71, and discussing everything about the SR-71 would be impossible for one meeting so he graciously brought several of the books he has authored on the subject.  He was available to sign them for the guests at the meeting as well.  

By |March 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SPIE Smart Structures / Nondestructive Evaluation Conference in San Diego, CA

In early March, Daewon Kim, Richard Prazenica, and Balaji Sivasubramanian attended the 2014 SPIE Smart Structures / Nondestructive Evaluation Conference in San Diego, CA.  Mr. Sivasubramanian, who is an MS candidate advised by Dr. Kim, presented the paper “Development, Analysis, and Comparison of Electromechanical Properties of Bucky Paper IPMC Actuator,” which was authored by Balaji Sivasubramanian and Daewon Kim.  Dr. Prazenica presented the paper “Design, Characterization, and Testing of Macro-Fiber Composite Actuators for Integration on a Fixed-Wing UAV,” which was authored by Richard J. Prazenica, Daewon Kim, Hever Moncayo, Boutros Azizi, and May Chan.  Mr. Azizi is an MS candidate co-advised by Dr. Prazenica and Dr. Kim, and Ms. Chan is an MS candidate advised by Dr. Moncayo.  Dr. Kim also attended the ASME SHM TC meeting as well as the Aerospace Division branch meeting.

By |March 23rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|0 Comments