Category: Research and Innovation

Matthew Zahr

Matthew Zahr receives Navy Young Investigator Award to develop new simulation technology for hypersonic flow

Matthew J. Zahr, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received a Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Office of Naval Research. The ONR YIP is one of the nation’s most selective research early-career awards in science and technology. It …

Margaret Coad

Vine robots: Exploring new paths to safety and health

The animal kingdom has long been a source of inspiration for the design of robots, which use legs to walk, run, jump, and climb. Now researchers are pioneering a new class of soft robots inspired by the plant kingdom — especially vines, which use growth as a way to move around, over, and …

Mark Plecnik receives NSF CAREER Award for new mathematical framework for designing mechanisms in robotics

Mark Plecnik, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award. The CAREER award is NSF’s most prestigious program in support of young faculty who have the potential to serve as …

Exploring mechano-immunology for clues in the fight against brain tumors

Meenal Datta, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health Career Transition Award through the National Cancer Institute for her work at the intersection of mechanical engineering and cancer immunology. She is working to …

Yipu Du (left) and Yanliang Zhang

A new 3D printing frontier: self-powered wearable devices

When most people think of wearable devices, they think of smart watches, smart glasses, fitness trackers, even smart clothing. These devices, part of a fast-growing market, have two things in common: They all need an external power source, and they all require exacting manufacturing processes. …

Pinar and graduate student in lab

Aging breast tissue could set the stage for invasive breast cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that 284,200 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021, and 43,600 will die of the disease — the second highest cause of cancer death in women. A woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age, but while scientists …

Pinar Zorlutuna with a graduate student in lab

Low-cost, portable device could diagnose heart attacks in minutes

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and the University of Florida’s College of Medicine have developed a sensor that could diagnose a heart attack in less than 30 minutes, according to a study published in Lab on a Chip. Currently, it takes health care …

bubble formation in the Space Tango CubeLab on the ISS.

Space Bubbles: Experiment on International Space Station aims to improve cancer detection

Tengfei Luo had certain hypotheses about what would happen during his scientific experiment, conducted in June aboard the International Space Station, to form water vapor bubbles in an environment without gravity. His goal was to engineer material surfaces to make bigger bubbles that adhere to …

Ship on a foggy sea, early morning

Marine fog comes under focus in new five-year study

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame will lead a five-year study to improve the fundamental understanding, detection, and predictability of marine sea fog. Harindra Joseph Fernando, the Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and …

International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

Notre Dame experiment is in route to space station; could lead to more effective early cancer screenings

Researchers studying how bubbles form and function sent a fully automated, self-contained experiment to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Space X rocket that launched this afternoon. The study, led by Tengfei Luo, a professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical …