//University of Massachusetts Lowell Research in Engineering Webinar Series

University of Massachusetts Lowell Research in Engineering Webinar Series

The objective of this series is to showcase latest research being conducted by engineering faculty at UMass Lowell. Anyone interested in exploring opportunities to collaborate or work in these research areas as post graduate students are encouraged to contact the individual faculty.
Webinar 1: Mon April 15 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Siavash Pakdelian, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Title: “Magnetic gears and magnetically-geared machines”
Abstract: In general, weight, volume, and cost of an electric machine are proportional to its torque rating. When it comes to torque/force-intensive applications such as wind turbines, ocean wave energy converters, and marine propulsion, machine designers have traditionally chosen from two options: designing a high-speed, low-torque machine and elevating its torque by a mechanical gear, or designing for the rated torque of the system. While the former solution suffers from disadvantages such as friction, low reliability, and need for regular maintenance, the latter results in bulky and costly designs. Recently, magnetic gears have been introduced as strong contenders for high torque applications. They offer contact-free torque transmission and inherent overload protection capability. This talk will present an overview on magnetic gears, their integration with electric machines, as well as some potential applications. Moreover, examples of research on magnetic design aspects and control aspects of magnetic gears will be presented to familiarize the audience with the nature of research in this area. 
Bio: Siavash Pakdelian is an Assistant Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell. He received his BS.c from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2003, MS.c from University of Tehran, Iran, in 2006, and PhD degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 2014. His research interests include design, control, and fault diagnosis of electromechanical energy conversion systems for a variety of applications including energy harvesting.
Webinar 2: Mon April 22 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Scott Stapleton, Mechanical Engineering Department
Title: “Multi-Scale Modelling of Fiber Reinforced Composites”
Webinar 3: Mon April 29 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Hang Liu, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Title: “High-Performance Graph Analytics — The Hardware, System, Algorithm and Applications”
Webinar 4: Mon May 6 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Kshitij Jerath, Mechanical Engineering Department
Title: “Grand challenges in complex systems: Applications in robotic swarms and autonomous vehicles”
Webinar 5: Mon May 13 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Zhu Mao, Mechanical Engineering Department
Title: “Structural Dynamics Identification via Computer Vision and Data Analytics in Structural Health Monitoring”
Webinar 6: Mon May 20 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Alireza Amirkhizi, Mechanical Engineering Department
Title: “Research Opportunities in Dynamic Response of Materials, Composites, and Metamaterials”
Webinar 7: Mon May 27 at 5:30 pm IST (8:00 am US EDT)
Dr. Joyita Dutta,Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Title: “Transforming Healthcare with Image Processing and Data Science: Applications in Brain and Lung Imaging”