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Pie-in-the-Face round one

As a part of the United Way/Food Brings Hope fundraiser 2014 for College of Engineering, the  Pie-in-the-face contest was planned, advertised and successfully executed on March 13th. The event is the first one of the three planned, so those of you who missed the fun yesterday, please mark the calendars for March 25th and April 3rd! The pie-in-the-face takes place on the West L    oan and you simply    cannot miss, pun intended! Yesterday featured the following "targets": - Dr. Anderson  takes the title of the most popular professor this time! - Dr. Rollin is the first female faculty to volunteer! - Dr. Stansbury was the first one to get "pied"! - Prof. Steman maintained the happiest face throughout the event! - Olena Manakina is among the organizers of the event and paid for it dearly! - Tammie Radikopf is a great sport and took quite a few pies for the team!   The contest brought in just north of $250.00 for the United Way/Food Brings Hope Fundraiser. The goal this year is $4000.00 and at this point we have just over $300.00 in donations                 

By |March 17th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dr. Strawn: High-Performing Computing for Rotocraft Modeling and Simulation

On February 20, Dr. Strawn presented a highly interesting seminar on rotocraft modeling and simulation. Presentation abstract:The Department of Defense has a goal to effectively design and upgrade all its aviation systems with minimal development cost and risk. One of the biggest risk factors for new designs comes from unexpected aerodynamic and dynamic behavior of the integrated vehicle during initial flight tests. The Army is tackling this problem head-on by developing new high-fidelity modeling and simulation software to identify and remedy potential problems early in the design cycle, well before a prototype vehicle undergoes its first flight test.  This talk will describe the Army’s new Helios software tool that use high-performance computers to accurately model a variety of complex and multidisciplinary problems in rotary-wing aerodynamics and structural dynamics. These same computational techniques also work for wind turbines and this talk will also show Helios simulations of wind turbines and wind farms. Finally, the talk will describe the design and implementation of a maintainable and extensible software development framework for the overall effort.   About the speaker:Dr. Strawn leads the Computational Aeromechanics Technical Area for the Army’s Aviation Development Directorate in Moffett Field, Calif. This group is responsible for the development and applications of advanced computational modeling tools for rotary-wing aeromechanics. Over the past 25 years, Strawn has led the development and application of such methods for a range of Army helicopter configurations including the CH-47 Chinook, the UH-60 Black Hawk and the OH-58 Kiowa.

By |February 21st, 2014|Categories: Blog, Research, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments