Published: Sept. 7, 2018

The 2018-19 Distinguished Seminar Series enables an opportunity for students and faculty among others to learn from six impressive mechanical engineering thought-leaders. This year, we welcome Ellen Arruda, Mark Campbell, Dennis Discher, Harriet Nembhard, David Y.H. Pui, and Alice White from institutions across the nation. They will discuss topics ranging from robotics in healthcare to nanoscale 3D printing and beyond.  

This series begins Friday, September 14th and runs through Friday, November 30th. All seminars are held from 10AM to 11AM at varying locations with refreshments provided.

Learn more about our fantastic lineup of speakers below.


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Harriet Nembhard, PhD

Oregon State University
Professor & School Head of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering

Robotics and Sensors to Advance Healthcare Delivery: An Operations Engineering Approach

Date: Friday, September 14
Location: ECCS 1B28




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Alice White, PhD

Boston University
Professor & Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Nanoscale 3D Printing to Enable Fundamental Biology Studies

Date: Friday, September 21
Location: ECCS 1B28





Mark Campbell headshotMark Campbell, PhD

Cornell University
S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, John A. Mellowes '60 Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Modern Robotic Perception: from Data to Information

Date: Friday, October 12
Location: ECCS 1B28




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Dennis Discher, PhD

University of Pennsylvania
Robert D. Bent Chaired Professor, Director of NCI Phys Sci Oncology Center

Matrix Mechanosensing: From Scaling Concepts in Omics to Mechanisms in the Nucleus and Tumor Heterogeneity

Date: Friday, November 2
Location: Benson Earth Sciences Rm 180




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David Y.H. Pui, PhD

University of Minnesota
Distinguished McKnight University Professor, LM Fingerson/TSI Inc. Chair in Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Particle Technology Laboratory and the Center for Filtration Research

Green Technologies for Sustainable Environment

Date: Friday, November 16
Location: ECCS 1B28

View Dr. Pui's Abstract and Bio



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Ellen Arruda, PhD

University of Michigan
Maria Comninou Collegiate Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Experimental Characterization, Constitutive Modeling, and Computational Simulations of the Soft Tissues of the Knee

Date: Friday, November 30
Location: ECCS 1B28