Battle of the MechE’s: Spring 2017

THURS. 3/8 – This week, ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honors Society, co-hosted Battle of the MechE’s. Both teams competed in a series of games including Pictionary and Charades, with PTS emerging as the victors. Ice cream and beverages were also provided. Thanks to everyone who came out.

Before a round of charades.

Speaker Series: Kevin Paulsen

THURS. 3/2 – Graduate student Kevin Paulsen presented his research in microfluidics with Professor Chung to ASME members at the general body meeting. His research revolves around using UV lights to polymerize 3D shapes on the micro and nano scale. The talk included an explanation of the science behind microfluidics, the different types of experiments going on in his lab, and what they plan to research next. Thanks to everyone who came out and to Kevin for giving the talk.

Comparing microfluidics with different micro-scale manufacturing processes

Speaker Series: Jim Olson

THURS. 2/23 – ASME welcomed GE engineer Jim Olson to campus to give a talk¬†entitled “The Physics of Power Generation.” This was a follow up to the tour of GE Power facilities in Schenectady, where Jim researches what a zero-carbon infrastructure would look like. Topics included the comparisons of kinetic, chemical, and quantum energy production as well as interactive problem solving. Thanks to the all the attendees for coming and Jim for giving a great talk.

Drawing a free body diagram of a cup of water.

Textbooks were available in case anyone disagreed with the physics.