ROMAC Announcements

    NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop

    January 29, 2019

    Congratulations to Cori Watson who was recently selected to participate in the 2016 NextProf Fall Engineering Workshop at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The workshop takes place in late September.

    2016 Short Course

    January 29, 2019

    The 2016 ROMAC Advanced Rotordynamics Five-Day Short Course took place July 11 -15 at the ROMAC lab at the University of Virginia. In addition to the many presentations by industry experts, faculty and graduate students the participants were given tours of the ROMAC labs, viewed test rigs actively involved in research and had hands-on experience with ROMAC software.

    ROMAC Students present papers at ASME Turbo Expo

    January 29, 2019

    WATSON and GRESHAM, both ROMAC Students present papers at ASME Turbo Expo in Seoul, S. Korea

    Thomas G. Gresham recently completed his M.S. studies with ROMAC, he presented his paper, Characterization of Brush Seal Permeability. Upon the completion of the conference, Mr. Gresham began employment with Pratt & Whitney, (a ROMAC industry member) in Hartford, CT. Also attending was Cori E. Watson. Ms. Watson plans to graduate in 2017 with her Ph.D. Her paper, Response Surface Mapping of Performance for Helical Groove Seals With Incompressible Flow was also presented.

    2016 Annual Meeting

    January 29, 2019

    The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Rotating Machinery and Controls Consortium (ROMAC) took take place June 6-10, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia home of the University of Virginia and the ROMAC laboratories.

    The meeting was attended by over 30 industry members from the US, China, Germany, and Japan.  Edgar J. Gunter, UVA Professor Emeritus, Ryodyn Virbgration Analysis, Inc., President and co-founder of ROMAC gave the keynote on his recent paper, Dynamic Analysis and Field Balancing of 100 MW Utility Gas Turbine – Generators.  In addition, thirty-five industry and research related talks were given by members, faculty, and students.

    Cori Watson awarded Early Careerist Award

    January 29, 2019

    Cori E. Watson, a ROMAC Ph.D. graduate student under Prof. Houston Wood’s guidance, has been awarded one of four Early Careerists Awards from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). Ms. Watson will be attending the upcoming annual meeting and exhibition on May 15-19 in Las Vegas, NV.

    Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

    January 29, 2019

    Director of ROMAC, Houston Wood announced that Edgar J. Gunter, a founding member of UVA’s rotating machinery program and an expert in the field of rotordynamics and fluid film bearings will be the keynote speaker at the ROMAC Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA in June.

    MAE Spring Banquet

    January 29, 2019

    The Mechanical and Aerospace Department of the University of Virginia School of Engineering held a spring banquet to recognize and honor deserving faculty and students. Among those honored were ROMAC graduate students Long Di and Neal Morgan. Both students received an Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

    Long Di, (Dee)  (photo left) plans to finish his studies later this year to earn his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Neal Morgan, (photo below) plans to complete his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering next year.

    Houston Wood proudly presented both student scholars their awards.



    photo credit Emma Bross, UVA

    Alumni Database

    January 29, 2019

    The creation of our Alumni Database is underway!

    Are you graduate of ROMAC? We are putting together a database of ROMAC Alumni. If you would like to be included in the newly created alumni database, please click to complete the registration form. This is a developing program. Information will be shared as it becomes available.

    Tribology and Lubrication Technology Paper

    January 29, 2019

    Tribology and Lubrication Technology publication featured a 2013 ROMAC paper as the Editor’s Choice Peer-Reviewed Paper in their February 2016 issue: Properties and Performance of Gas-Expanded Lubricants in Tilting Pad Journal Bearings. Lead author Brian Weaver, ROMAC ’15 and currently ROMAC’s software engineer, came across the article while flipping through the publication online. Read it here!


    Professor Di Award

    January 24, 2019

    Long Di (Dee)a 2017  MAE Ph.D. graduate and his advisor, Professor Zongli Lin received the 2016 Control Theory and Technology Best Paper Award for “Control of a Flexible Rotor Active Magnetic Bearing Test Rig: A Characteristic Model Based All-Coefficient Adaptive Control Approach”

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