News Briefs

Welcome to the University of Virginia's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering news briefs, a place to find quick notes and posts from the faculty, students, staff and alumni.



    NMCF Featured in SEAS Open House

    May 05, 2022

    UVa's Nanoscale Materials Characterization Facility (NMCF) featured during SEAS annual public open house.

    UVA MSE Open House 14.jpg

     

    Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, our laboratory spaces were opened to the public.

    Demonstrations by NMCF scientists and students were given during UVa's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Open House, which included engineering school building tours and program visits.

    This year's tours featured NMCF's new FEI Themis High-Resolution Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (HR-STEM), the Helios Focused Ion Beam and Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM), the X-ray Diffraction Laboratory with both powder and single-crystal diffractometers (XRD) on display, as well the Versaprobe III Imaging X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic (XPS) Microscope.

    Expert student users and scientists spent time describing each sophisticated instrument and materials characterization methodology, providing real-world examples to participants, as well as demonstrating the type of data acquired and answering questions.

     

    UVA MSE Open House 15.jpg     UVA MSE Open House 5.jpg

     

    Masking Requirement Lifted for NMCF

    March 20, 2022

    Masks and COVID vaccinations are now optional at UVa and within the NMCF, including during for-credit laboratory classes.

     

    If you have had close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for COVID, please wear a mask in the NMCF facilities per UVa policy.

     

    If you have significant health concerns where universal masking is advised, please reach out to the appropriate NMCF instrument scientist or class instructor.

     

    Details concerning UVa's COVID policy for staff & visitors can be found here.

     

     

    Roger Fittro is the New Director of UVA MAE's Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Industrial Program

    February 08, 2022

    fittro.jpg

    Roger Fittro, assistant professor, academic general faculty, research track, has been with UVA MAE's Rotating Machinery and Controls (ROMAC) Industrial Program for almost nine years. Before joining ROMAC he spent over a decade as a project engineer and manager in private industry where he developed advanced control solutions at GE Global Research. Fittro has helped lead the ROMAC program, which has two dozen industry members, as the associate director, and now the department is happy to announce his directorship at the start of 2022.

    “I’m excited to take on this new position with ROMAC and continue the 40+ year history of performing state-of-the-art research for the turbomachinery industry," Fittro said. "I’m thrilled to pursue the new research avenues opening up as the world goes through an unprecedented transformation to a renewable and sustainable energy model in the manufacturing and transportation industries.”


    AZtecTimed is now AZtecFlex

    November 03, 2021

    Heads up if you use AZTtec software for your SEM/TEM analysis.

    AztecTimed is no longer free to download, and has been updated.

    AZtecCrystal.jpg

     

    AZtecTimed is now AZtecFlex and for students the licence is discounted, from ($1,399.00) to ($139.00). For more information on how to access this discount as a student, click here.

     

    AZtecFlex is a 12-month personal subscription licence for installation on your desktop or laptop, designed to let you use AZtec anywhere and without needing to access shared facilities. 

    AZtecFlex includes advanced data processing features, for example, particle analysis and EBSD data processing, allowing you to access them even if they aren’t enabled on the system used to acquire the data.  Your licence will also provide access to the latest AZtec release as soon as it is available.

     

    Tutorials and Demos can be found here.

     

     
     

    David Green Honored as Scholar-Athlete

    October 13, 2021

    UVA Engineering joins the West Potomac (Virginia) High School Wolverine nation to celebrate its outstanding student athletes, coaches and administrators. David L. Green, associate professor of materials science, chemical, and mechanical engineering is among the 2020 inductees in the West Potomac Athletic Hall of Fame.


    3D Reconstruction Software Now Available for Phenom SEM

    October 07, 2021
    3D Reconstruction Software Image.JPG
     

    3D Reconstruction Software is now available on the NMCF Phenom Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

     

    3D Reconstruction Software can generate three-dimensional images and provide submicrometer roughness measurements over areas and lines. Calculation of Rz, Rz, and Sa, as well as topographical surface scans and line scans can be acquired. Scans can be displayed as heat maps (image below) or as profiles. Data can be exported to be displayed in user software.

     

    Details can be found here: https://www.thermofisher.com/us/en/home/electron-microscopy/products/software-em-3d-vis/3d-reconstruction-software.html

    A brief User Guide is available on Sharepoint, and additional information can be found in the Phenom Manual.

    Note that NMCF has a temporary license (expiration: 1 November 2021), so get your measurements in now!

     

    Would this software would be a useful permanent addition to the SEM toolkit? Let NMCF know! (email: rrw3q@virginia.edu)

    Surface Area Roughness Image.JPG
     

     

     
     


    Patrick Hopkins Wins ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award

    June 30, 2021

    UVA mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Patrick Hopkins has won the prestigious ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within ten to twenty years following graduation with a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering or related field. Hopkins joins the ranks of accomplished researchers like Evelyn Wang at MIT who won the award in 2017. Hopkins has also been recognized by other awards such as the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer. 


    NMCF moves into Research Phase III, allowing enhanced instrument access

    June 04, 2021

    The NMCF, along with the rest of UVa's Research Community, has been upgraded to COVID Safety Phase III

    This allows increased access to NMCF instrumentation for students, faculty, and researchers with no room occupancy restrictions. There are no restrictions on trained personnel instrumentation use, with both graduate and undergraduate students allowed access.

    For vaccinated members of the faculty, students, staff, and visitors, the use of face coverings is not longer required. Researchers and visitors who are not yet fully vaccinated are asked to continue wearing masks.

    Instrument training sessions are now conducted in person, although remote training may be requested. 

    Visitors to laboratory spaces no longer need to be logged.

     

    More information about UVa's Phase III safe research guidelines can be found on the VPR's "Research Ramp Up Guidance" Webpage.