Two UC professors Women of Influence finalists

29 September 2015 Two University of Canterbury professors are among the finalists for the Women of Influence awards for 2015. (read article)

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‘There will always be somebody close by who is willing to help you out, academically or otherwise...’

Willy Dunlop Studying towards a BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering
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Formula SAE Racecar

The Formula SAE Racecar is a student-run competition where the students design, construct and race a single-seat racecar. More information about the project can be found on the UC Motorsport page here and on their Facebook page here.


Warman Design and Build Competition

The Warman comeptition is a student competition where the students design and build a device to undertake a set task each year. The winning team from UC travels to Australia to compete against universities from across Australasia. A video about the competition can be seen here.

Department News:

UCSA Lecturer of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Dr Geoff Rodgers & Dr Sid Becker on recieving awards at the UCSA Lecturer of the Year
award ceremony, arranged by the UCSA Welfare and Advocacy Team.

Dr Rodgers won the top prize of Lecturer of the Year 2015 and Dr Sid Becker received the award for Most Enthusiatic Lecturer.





2015 Weir-Warman Competition

Congratulations to Mechanical Engineering students Toby White, Angus Mabin, Laura Myers and Tom Morgan who represented UC in the Australasian Weir-Warman 2015 competition achieving 2nd place overall. The competition was extremely close and the team have been outstanding ambassadors for the department.

Final Year Projects Showcase Week 2015

On Monday 12th October, from 4-6pm in the Upper Concourse of the Central Lecture Theatres, Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering final year students will be on hand to discuss their projects and showcase their posters and design prototypes. All are welcome.

Mechanical Engineering academics awarded Research Fellowships from the Royal Society of New Zealand

One of the four new James Cook Research Fellowships has been awarded to Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase for his research entitled: "The (unknown) role of arterial mechanics in sepsis and shock (TRAMS)".

Dr Geoff Rodgers will receive one of 12 new Rutherford Discovery Fellowships awarded to rising stars of research for his earthquake-related research.

Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Tim Flint will research computational fluid dynamics and fluid dynamic shape optimisation at Stanford University, California, after recently receiving a Fulbright Award to support his studies. Tim graduated with a BE (Hons) specialising in Mechanical Engineering from UC in 2015.

Joseph Corbett-Davies will complete a PhD in Mechanical Engineering researching algorithms for control and planning in robotic systems at Cornell University in New York State, having also received a Fulbright Award. Joseph graduated with a BE (Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering from UC in 2014.

The Fulbright Awards are for promising New Zealand graduates to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields targeted to support growth and innovation in New Zealand.

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Amy McLeod awarded the Keith Williamson Medal

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Amy McLeod recently presented at the 27th New Zealand Conference on Microscopy, where she was awarded the Keith Williamson Medal for excellence in microscopy research. The award is made to the young microscopist at the conference who is judged to have presented the most innovative technique, inventive use of an instrument, and/or original interpretation of results.

Part of Amy’s PhD project involves using microscopy to characterize the microstructure of highly carburized, high temperature stainless steel tubes, with an aim to relate the microstructural characteristics to mechanical properties and magnetic response to assist in remaining life assessment. Amy presented her recent work in determining the best method for image analysis of the complex microstructures, which led to the use of an unconventional combination of EDS mapping, SEI imaging, and automated image segmentation with a recently released software framework, ilastik. The image below shows an elemental map from the scanning electron microscope.

Mechanical Engineering student Daniel Redmond awarded prestigious travel grant.

Mechanical Engineering PhD Student Daniel Redmond has been awarded the 2014 James G. Hay Travel Award by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Daniel will travel to the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland in July 2015, where he will present his paper on Modelling Expiration Using Viscoelastic Pressure Dependant Recruitment Models. The James G. Hay Travel Award, named after a pioneer in the discipline of biomechanics in New Zealand is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Daniel is very excited about the award and is really looking forward to attending the conference.

Winner of Medical Poster Award

Mechanical Engineering Students have won the Medical Poster Award at the 38th Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society Annual Scientific Meeting (38th ANZICS ASM) in Melbourne on October 7-10, 2014. The software is called CURE Soft. Predator and Alien are the two main algorithms the team has  developed that make CURE Soft “go”.

New funding for biomaterials research

Dr Mark Staiger is working with collaborator Dr. George Dias (University of Otago) to develop degradable magnesium plates and screws that will reduce hospital costs and improve patient outcomes, representing a paradigm shift in the current technology. The proposal recently received a grant of $690,000 in funding from the Health Research Council. This new approach to orthopaedic biomaterials will deliver reduced patient recovery time by enhancing new bone formation and reduce cost by eliminating the need for secondary surgery to remove implants. Based on the number of plates used annually at Dunedin Hospital and the cost of maxillofacial surgery, plate removal alone is estimated to cost the New Zealand health system $12 million a year, while worldwide the total costs are staggering.

Mechanical Engineering PhD student Jan Dormanns wins 1st prize Poster Award at the 2nd International Conference on Biopolymers and Composites in Visegard, Hungary (24-28th August 2014).

Congratulations to our Phd student Jan Dormanns who has been awarded 1st prize out of 150 entries in the Poster competition at the 2nd International Conference on Biopolymers and Composites, held in Visegard, Hungary. Jans' winning poster entitled 'Size Effects and Damage Evolution in All-Cellulose Composite laminates' can be viewed here.

Tree-felling robot for steep terrain

Many of New Zealand’s forests are located on steep slopes which requires manual tree felling. The forestry industry has one of the highest fatality rates in New Zealand. Currently there are no solutions for mechanised tree felling on steep slopes. Excavators and level swing machines are limited to a maximum slope of 27⁰. In 2013, SCION and a University of Canterbury developed a manoeuvrable biped tree traversing robot capable of moving from one tree to another. A team of Mechanical Engineering students is currently designing, fabricating and testing an attachable cutting head to the existing tree-traversing robot.

Recently elected Fellows of IPENZ for their contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge and technological education

Professor Milo Kral - recognised for his contributions to failure analysis in the field of metallurgy.
Professor XiaoQi chen - recognised for his contributions within the field of mechatronics.

UC takes lead in clean energy

What is the largest source by far of affordable, low-carbon energy available for development?  If people think the answer is wind or solar or even hydro, University of Canterbury mechanical engineering professor Susan Krumdieck says they might be surprised.

New Scholarship Available

A scholarship is available for study towards a Master of Engineering (ME) degree at the University of Canterbury. The successful candidate will, for their thesis research project, design a rig to test corrosion and scaling of sample materials. The rig components will be built in our workshops, and by our industrial partners, and the candidate will commission the completed rig and obtain the first set of results. The rig will expose the materials to flows of different liquids at temperatures up to 300oC. Further information.

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