ME Seminar - MER 010
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 seniors during Fall and Winter terms, as well as Spring term for ME juniors.
Other students are welcome to attend if interested.
These seminars will be held every Friday during common hour (1:00-1:45 pm) in OLIN 115.
Week 1 - January 5 - OPEN
Week 2 - January 12- Lara Atkins, Director of International Programs
Lara Atkins, the Director of the International Programs office, will speak about term abroad options, and answer any questions you have. ME students will also be in attendance to share their experiences participating in terms abroad.
Week 3 - January 19- None
No Seminar will be held on this date.
Week 4 - January 26- Dr. Yifei Guan, Postdoctoral research associate, Rice University
Research related to computational fluid dynamics.
Week 5 - February 2- Dr. Cheng-Nian Xiao, Center for Research Computing, University of Pittsburgh
Research related to computational fluid dynamics
Week 6 - February 9- Dr. Ashok Ramasubramanian, Dean of Engineering. "The easy and hard of engineering ethics"
This presentation will discuss some prominent engineering case studies.
We will begin with some famous examples of engineering ethics lapses. As well as cover some commonly-used engineering codes of ethics. Then move on to much more tricky ethical dilemmas like; balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders. Practicing engineers today often need to consider environmental and societal aspects that are frequently at odds with traditional engineering design and practice.
This presentation will include an interactive exercise from a case study provided by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Week 7 - February 16- Elizabeth Calebaugh '11, Technical Engineering Manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems
Week 8 - February 23- MER-497 Students
Senior Project progress presentations.
Week 9 - March 1- Kentaro Barhydt '18, PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT “Robotic Strap: A High-Strength, Highly-Flexible Manipulator for Harnessing, Lifting, and Transferring Humans”
Safely harnessing and lifting humans for transfer is a challenging unsolved problem for current robots because of the high forces and gentle interaction necessary to do so. Humans are heavy, delicate, deformable, and vary widely in shape and pose. Standard robotic manipulators and grippers cannot achieve sufficiently gentle interaction while applying the high forces needed to lift the body, although many high impact tasks depend on this functionality. Straps, however, are great for this as they are both flexible and strong, in that they can wrap around the body to hold the full human weight while distributing the load over a large contact area. We present the Robotic Strap, the first robot to automatically harness and lift a human above the ground, which it achieves by (1) actively wrapping itself around the human, and (2) passively harnessing and lifting them in the same manner as standard straps. In this talk, we will discuss the concept, framework, realization, implementation, and experimental validation of the Robotic Strap design. The prototype has a tensile load capacity of 1314.0 N, a maximum bending stiffness of 0.1 Nm, and successfully demonstrated safe and effective harnessing and lifting of three human participants without any manual intervention. This new manipulator design paradigm unlocks significant advances in robotic handling of heavy yet fragile objects, enabling new capabilities in important applications such as elderly care, occupational therapy, emergency medical response, search and rescue, ergonomic support for manual labor, and so forth.
Week 10 - March 8- MER-498 Students
Senior Project Elevator Pitches