Baylor's Mechanical Engineering Department Welcomes Three Upcoming Speakers

March 22, 2011

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Baylor University's mechanical engineering department in the School of Engineering and Computer Science will host three upcoming lectures on the Baylor campus. The events are free and open to the public.

William Anderson, executive director of the Council of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, will lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in room 109 of the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building.

Anderson will discuss roughness that is multiscale and geometrically self-similar over an extended range of wavenumbers. He will present the method and results of his proposed self-consistency method that can be used to model drag effects of roughness during a computational fluid dynamics simulation, paying particular attention to contemporary applications of his research effort.

Dr. Mark F. Horstemeyer, Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems chair in computational solid mechanics and professor at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., will lecture at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in room 204 of the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building.

Horstemeyer will discuss cradle-to-grave history modeling of a material through its manufacturing process and in-service life by using multiscale modeling with internal state variable theory. He will show that the modeling concept addresses a broad range of engineering problems.

Dr. Kevin Rainey, Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., will lecture at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in room 109 of the Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building.

Rainey will discuss the continual need for more efficient heat dissipation that conventional cooling schemes can provide, due to the continual advancement of microelectronic chip designs in the electronics industry. He will present the major results of his study of possible solutions, along with results from a prototype cooling module.

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by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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