Jul 10, 2013 12:25 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Professors, students attend engineering, research conferences

Dr. William Emblom, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, along with a recent alum and a graduate student, represented the University in June at a gathering of world-class engineers and researchers in advanced manufacturing engineering in Madison, Wis.

Two conferences were held simultaneously: the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the North American Manufacturing Research Conference, which is sponsored by the North American Manufacturing Institution of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. To attend, participants must write a paper or create a poster that is peer reviewed and approved.

"These are the most prestigious conferences on manufacturing in North America and they have an academically rigorous standard," Emblom said. He and Farhan Islam, who is pursuing a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and Mitra Aithal, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in May, presented their research in microscale hydroforming at the annual conference. Their work deals with creating small parts from sheets of stainless steel. "We're developing cost-saving processes for manufacturing," Emblom added.
They were among more than 600 researchers and engineers from industry, government and academic institutions from around the world. Participants included representatives of companies such as GE and Hitachi, Boeing and Lockheed, and major automotive companies; the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy; and universities such as the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech University, Purdue University, and the University Alabama.
Emblom has attended the conferences since 2007, but this was the first time a UL Lafayette student has attended the prestigious gathering.

"I'm really proud of the work Mitra and Farhan have done while at UL Lafayette. I had numerous people from industry and other universities come up to me and let me know how impressed they were with them. They met a lot of interesting people working on very difficult engineering problems and saw a lot of different products that were being made."
Hartley gets University of California at Berkeley internship Ross Hartley, a senior majoring in electrical and computer engineering, is taking part in the Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program.

The annual residential internship takes place at the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Sciences. The program consists of nine weeks of laboratory research with Berkeley faculty in areas such as electrical engineering, material science, physics and chemistry.

Perkins selected for Summer Naval Fellow program Dr. Dmitri Perkins, an associate professor at UL Lafayette's Center for Advanced Computer Studies, has been selected as an Office of Naval Research Summer Research Fellow.

Perkins will participate in national research projects during a 10-week summer appointment at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C.

The Office of Naval Research coordinates, executes and promotes science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. It also sponsors research initiatives conducted by the public sector, commercial contractors, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities. Food, Clothing, Shelter exhibit The "Food, Clothing, Shelter: Acquiring the Necessities of Life" exhibit explores survival in the days before convenience stores.

It features artifacts such as a branding iron and hand-woven baskets. It also includes information about techniques for making saddles, soap, bonnets, fiddles, cypress shingles and pirogues.
The exhibit will be in place through July in the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room of the Edith Garland Dupré Library. For more information, call 482-6031.



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