Mechanical Engineering

Seminars

Fall 2022

Discussion of special topics in mechanical engineering important to professional development such as current engineering practices, engineering ethics, codes and standards and intellectual property. Required for all ME majors during the Fall and Winter terms of their Senior year and Spring term of their Junior year as part of the process of selecting their senior writing experience.

Fall term 2022 seminars are mandatory for all of our Seniors and as always other students are welcome to attend if interested.

These seminars will be held every Friday during common hour (1:00-1:45) in OLIN 115 (except for week one's poster session).

The tentative schedule will be posted soon.

Prof Rebecca Cortez (cortezr@union.edu)

Fall 2022

  • Week 2 - Sept. 16th - Speaker: J. Brennen Carr '18, University of Rochester graduate student. Title: Numerical Investigation Into the Role of Arterial Pulsations in the Glymphatic System

    Bio:
    After graduating from Union College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, J.
    Brennen Carr moved to University of Rochester where he received his Master’s in Mechanical
    Engineering in 2019 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Carr’s
    research interests include developing and/or applying computational fluid dynamic simulations
    to biological fluid flows. Specifically, the development of a novel computational framework to
    model the glymphatic system in the brain, simulating thoracic blood flow in humans, and
    developing patient specific modelling protocols. His research has been published in the Journal
    of Fluid Mechanics and has been presented at conferences world-wide. Outside of engineering,
    Carr is passionate about corporate strategy and obtained his Master’s in Business
    Administration in 2022, also at the University of Rochester.
    Abstract:
    The brain lacks a traditional lymphatic system for clearing waste material, but the Glymphatic
    system has been shown to fill this role. The Glymphatic system is hypothesized to play a critical
    role in the progression or mitigation for a wide range of conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease,
    stroke, and traumatic brain injury. The system is composed of a network of perivascular spaces
    (PVSs) which are annular channels filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). They surround the
    cerebral vasculature and provide a low flow resistance pathway that supports waste clearance.
    Experimental observations have shown that bulk flow in the same direction as blood flow
    exists, but the underlying driving mechanism is unknown. Experiments provide compelling
    evidence that the flow of CSF is at least partially driven by the cardiac cycle. However,
    computational studies disagree on its feasibility. In this work we investigate the three-
    dimensional nature of local flow dynamics in the PVSs driven by arterial pulsations,
    demonstrate the effects boundary conditions and domain size have on current computational
    frameworks, and develop a one-dimensional network model that couples arterial blood flow
    with CSF flow in the PVSs.

  • Week 3 - Sept. 23rd - Elevator Pitch Examples by ME Faculty

    ME Students who do senior projects will be required to make two-minute "elevator pitches" as part of their MER 498 requirements. The intent here is not to compress a full research or project presentation into a two-minute window. But rather, to present a clear and concise overview summarizing just the salient points and even leaving time for a question or two.

    ME faculty will present some examples of good two-minute presentations.

  • Week 4 - Sept. 30th - Job Search Strategies - Ashley Dwyer, Associate Director, Career Center in Becker Hall

    Ashley Dwyer will lead a discussion on job search strategies and answer any questions that you have about the resources available to you through the Career Center.

    Plus, look around for some of our Mechanical Engineering students participating in the campus Homecoming Poster Sessions at the same time...

  • Week 5 - Oct. 7th - Christopher Keinath, ME '09, Carrier Corporation

    Decarbonization of Space Heating

    Many efforts are underway to decarbonize the global economy. This is necessary to reduce the impacts of global climate change and improve our overall sustainability. HVAC&R companies and the equipment they produce are an important part of this decarbonization effort. Immediate steps, like the adoption of higher efficiency products, can have a significant impact. The development of next generation technologies is also needed. This presentation will look at several of the pathways to decarbonize space heating and the challenges that must be addressed.

    Bio:

    Christopher Keinath is the Sr. Manager of the Heat Transfer Group in Carrier’s R&D Division location in Syracuse, NY. This group is focused on the design and development of advanced heat exchanger technologies in support of Carrier’s different business units (Residential, Commercial, Refrigeration, and Fire & Security). Before joining Carrier in 2020, Chris was the Director of Engineering at SMTI in Johnson City, TN where he led a new product development team focused on commercializing a new line of thermally driven absorption heat pumps for both comfort heating and water heating applications. Chris holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College.

  • Week 6 - Oct. 14th - Dr. Jonathan Doll and Rich Hart, '00 Technology Management, Chemistry & Material Physics at GE Research

    Title: Overview of Chemistry Programs at GE Research

    Sponsored by the following Union College departments: Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and the Nanotechnology Program

    Come learn more about what they do and then discuss part-time job opportunities at GE Research…

    If you are interested in talking with them about such , then email your department AA to sign up for a time for speaking with the scientists after the symposium/seminar.

  • Week 7 - Oct. 21st Engineering & Tech Career Symposium

    To kick off the event, Dr. Tom Caulfield, P '19, President and CEO of Global Foundries, and member of Union College’s Board of Trustees, will present a keynote address during the Mechanical Engineering seminar at 12:50-1:45pm in Olin 115.

    Following that, students will learn from employers and alumni during small group sessions. Representatives from Global Foundries, Naval Nuclear Lab (NNL), GE and Centrotherm will share information about their organizations, the industry, job and internships, and their career paths. Sessions will be held 2-2:45pm and 3-3:45pm at the Career Center in Becker Hall.

    To wrap up the afternoon, all students are invited to Network with alumni and employers during a Networking Reception 3:30-5pm in Old Chapel. Business casual attire is recommended. Refreshments will be served.

    Some engineering faculty have offered to provide extra credit to students for attending. This is an excellent opportunity for students from all class years and majors to engage with employers to learn more about the engineering and tech industries. ALL students are invited to participate. We hope to see you and them at the events!

    From: Rochelle Caruso - Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations, Career Center

  • Week 8 - Oct. 28th - MER 497 Student Project Progress Reports 1 of 3

    Mechanical Engineering students that have been working on the first of two-term senior project sequence will share their progress with the department. Please join us to hear more about the activities that the seniors are working on. All ME students are encouraged to attend to learn about the broad range of projects that mechanical engineers may engage in.

  • Week 9 - Nov. 4th - MER 497 Student Project Progress Reports 2 of 3

    Mechanical Engineering students that have been working on the first of two-term senior project sequence will share their progress with the department. Please join us to hear more about the activities that the seniors are working on. All ME students are encouraged to attend to learn about the broad range of projects that mechanical engineers may engage in.

  • Week 10 - Nov. 11th - MER 497 Student Project Progress Reports 3 of 3

    Mechanical Engineering students that have been working on the first of two-term senior project sequence will share their progress with the department. Please join us to hear more about the activities that the seniors are working on. All ME students are encouraged to attend to learn about the broad range of projects that mechanical engineers may engage in.