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What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Walk Again

nwelding • Date: September 11, 2017

James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, builds and conducts research with biped robots. Even though physical therapy experience is conspicuously absent from his CV, as an engineer, he sees parallels. “It’s not too hard as an engineer to look at the human body and think of it as a mechanical system, and if you include the nerves, an electromechanical system,” says Schmiedeler. “By attempting to improve the control of robots to conduct smoother, more human-like locomotion, we also hope to better understand where the deficits lie in helping human patients relearn healthy walking.”

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Researchers Work to Unlock Clues to How Cells Move through the Body

nwelding • Date: August 14, 2017

Simulation of deformation process of red blood cell as it passes through slit in spleen. [PNAS, July 12, 2016]

A team of researchers, led by Notre Dame's Zhangli Peng and co-investigator Juan del Alamo of the University of California at San Diego, is studying the transmigration of red blood cells through inter-endothelial slits in the spleen, the narrowest point in the body through which these cells travel, to provide important clues in a variety of physiological and pathological processes and potentially impact the design of artificial organs and other biomedical devices.

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Engineering Faculty Awarded DURIP Grants for Tunable Laser System and Transonic Wind Tunnel Research

nwelding • Date: August 7, 2017

Highly competitive, the annual DURIP awards process is a merit competition conducted jointly by the Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This year the DoD received more than 685 proposals. Approximately 160 of the proposals have been or will be funded. To date Notre Dame faculty — David Bartels, David Go, and Scott Morris — have received two Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for 2017, totaling more than $773,000.

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30 Under 30: Kirsten Kozlovsky

Kirsten Kozlovsky

Notre Dame graduate and Fulbright scholar Kristen Kozlovsky was called “one of the best graduate students I’ve ever had the pleasure to advise” and “the best student in her class” by Professor Steve Schmid, who was closely involved in her undergraduate and graduate studies, and who nominated her for inclusion in SME’s 30 Under 30.

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New Jersey Resources names Maureen Borkowski to board

Maureen A. Borkowski

New Jersey Resources, a provider of retail and wholesale energy services, announced the election of Maureen A. Borkowski to its board of directors, effective September 11, 2017. Ms. Borkowski is a former Notre Dame graduate with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

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