ME, CEE Caterpillar Seminars Set for April 24

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

There will be two Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" Seminars April 24 for mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering students and faculty.

The mechanical engineering seminar, schedule for 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall, features Vigor Yang, John L. and Genevieve H. McCain Chair in Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, who will speak on "Combustion Dynamics in Propulsion Systems." His research interests include combustion instabilities in propulsion systems, chemically reacting flows in air-breathing and rocket engines, combustion of energetic materials, and high-pressure thermodynamics and transport. Yang has been the Editor-in-Chief of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power since 2001.

The civil and environmental engineering seminar is set for 4:30-5:20 p.m. in Stanley Auditorium, 1505 Seamans Center. Pedro Alvarez, George R. Brown Professor of Engineering and department chair of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, will speak on "Microbial Interations with Fullernes and Other Engineered Nanoparticles: Environmental Implications and Applications." Alvarez previously taught at the University of Iowa, where he also served as associate director for the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing and as Honorary Consul for Nicaragua. His research interests are related to the applications and implications of biological processes in natural and engineered systems, including bioremediation and phytoremediation of sites contaminated with hazardous wastes, and environmental nanotechnology.

The Caterpillar "On the Edge of Technology" Lecture is made possible through grants awarded to the College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, IL. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids students, faculty, and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.