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MSU’s Anthony receives $500,000 NSF CAREER Award

EAST LANSING — Rebecca Anthony, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Michigan State University College of Engineering, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to research nanostructure manufacturing that will make LED lights more efficient and versatile.

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Denso Opens R&D Center At UM

SOUTHFIELD — The Japan-based auto supplier Denso Corp. announced the opening of the Denso R&D Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The company said 12 UM students were selected to help on various research projects being undertaken at the lab. The projects will begin this month and continue throughout the year.

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UM robotics building design approved, including space for Ford

ANN ARBOR — Robotic technologies for air, sea and roads, for factories, hospitals and homes will have tailored lab space in the University of Michigan’s planned Robotics Laboratory.

The UM Board of Regents has approved the schematic design for the $75 million building, which is slated for the northeast corner of North Campus in the College of Engineering.

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MSU Sets Chemical Engineering Research Forum

EAST LANSING — The Department of Chemical Engineering and
Materials Science at Michigan State University has scheduled its annual ChEMS Research Forum for Thursday, May 12.

The forum will be held at the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.

The 13th Annual ChEMS Research Forum will showcase Departmental research advances in the areas of energy and sustainability, nanotechnology and materials, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.

The one-day program will feature plenary speakers, posters and oral
presentations describing the latest department research. Registration, lunch, and refreshments are complimentary.

Featured speakers include Matthew Neurock, Shell Professor of
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Minnesota;
Deborah F. Mielewski, senior tech leader on materials and sustainability at the Ford Motor Co. Research and Innovation Center; Scott Calabrese Barton, associate profesesor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU; and Andre Y. Lee, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU.

Sponsors include Battelle, Chemtura, Dow Chemical Co. and Dow
Corning Corp.

To register, visit http://www.chems.msu.edu/forum2016/Registration.

Michigan Tech Engineers Make Wheelchair Exercise Equipment Better

HOUGHTON — Regular exercise is important for maintaining health, especially for wheelchair users. However, exercise equipment to be used with a wheelchair is not always readily accessible, adjustable or effective. A team of mechanical engineering, kinesiology and physical therapy students are collaborating on developing new exercise equipment for wheelchair users. Steven Elmer leads the team, which is working to bridge the gap between engineering and rehabilitation.

Elmer is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and
Integrative Physiology, and also has affiliated appointments in the
Departments of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics and Biological Sciences. Over the past several months and into the New Year, Elmer’s team is bringing 10 wheelchair users to campus to use the specially designed exercise equipment and measure how it impacts upper body muscles.

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WMU Part Of Team That ‘Tunes’ Abundant Elements For Semiconductors

KALAMAZOO — In a world concerned about the dwindling supply and skyrocketing prices of rare elements used to make semiconductors, an international team of scientists and engineers has demonstrated that a new material made from more abundant elements can be “tuned” to take their place for solar cell applications.

The findings of the team’s work, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.K. Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, are featured in a paper appearing in the latest edition of the journal Advanced Energy Materials.

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At Michigan Tech, Battery ‘Flaws’ Drive Innovation

HOUGHTON — Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities.

Tech researchers have found that defects called twin boundaries —
small, symmetrical defects in materials — may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries. The twin boundary defects act as energy highways and could help get better performance out of the batteries.

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