Month: March 2018

Senator Murphy Talks Innovative Engineering at IPB/Tech Park

Senator Murphy with UConn engineering students at UConn’s IPB/Tech Park.
Senator Murphy with UConn engineering students at UConn’s IPB/Tech Park.

On March 27, 2018 Senator Chris Murphy visited UConn’s IPB/Tech Park for an update from seven small research teams that pair UConn engineering faculty and students with local Connecticut manufacturing and engineering companies. These teams develop innovative ways to solve business challenges such as improving product quality or safety and provide the benefits of a well-trained future workforce and improved economic development. Senator Murphy is a strong proponent of entrepreneurship and innovation and regards them as essential building blocks for a strong economy.

2018 UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards

Dr. S. Pamir Alpay is among the recipients of the 2018 UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards. He has been recognized with the Excellence in Research & Creativity: CAREER award which recognizes scholarship with a national and international reputation, outstanding service in promoting scholarship at UConn, and long-term impact on UConn scholarship.

A formal presentation is planned on Monday, April 23, 2018, at the State Capitol building in Room #310, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Any and all who wish to attend are welcome. Please RSVP to BarbaraK@UConnAAUP.org or the UConn-AAUP office 860-487-0450.

Professor Alpay Named GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing

By Amanda Olavarria

Professor AlpayThe UConn Board of Trustees recently appointed MSE Professor Pamir Alpay as the General Electric (GE) Endowed Professor in Advanced Manufacturing. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Maryland. Dr. Alpay joined UConn’s Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in 2001 and from 2013 to 2017 he served as the Head of the Department. Dr. Alpay is presently the Executive Director of UConn Tech Park, leading efforts to increase strategic partnerships with businesses of all sizes at this unmatched, state-of-the-art research and development facility.

Dr. Alpay’s research is primarily focused in the areas of functional materials, metallurgy and materials modeling. In particular, Dr. Alpay and his students have laid much of the critical theoretical ground work relative to high performance materials that directly impact product process and functionality, including:

  • Engineering of thin film electroceramics for solid state cooling for HVAC systems with material properties quantitatively predicted by theoretical analysis; later experimentally confirmed at United Technologies Corporation as materials that dramatically exceed the coefficient of performance and cooling capacity of vapor compression systems,
  • Atomistic design and use of compositionally graded thin film ferroelectric devices for low cost night vision focal plane arrays with more than an order of magnitude better pyroelectric coefficient than their homogeneous bulk or thin film ceramic counterparts,
  • Discovery of electrically tunable phase shifter devices for automotive and DoD wide angle scanning radar (Delphi, SMI Inc. and Army Research Labs.),
  • Design of a new generation of self-healing electrical contacts, resilient in the presence of fretting, fritting, arcing, and high temperatures (GE Energy – Industrial Solutions) formed as native ceramic oxides on compositionally designed alloys.

Prof. Alpay’s research employs a palette of theoretical tools ranging from ab initio computations, to basic thermodynamic models for the determination of property predictors, to their integration into commercial modeling packages so as to ease technical transfer and model adoption by his industrial collaborators. Thanks to his successful collaborations and innovations in use by industrial partners, Dr. Alpay has been recognized as the General Electric Endowed Professor in Advanced Manufacturing.

Dr. Alpay is an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He is the winner/recipient of several awards including the NSF CAREER grant in 2001, the UConn School of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in 2004, UConn School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2013, and the UConn Department of Materials Science and Engineering Teacher of the Year Award in 2013. Dr. Alpay has ~190 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings, four invited book chapters, and an invited book co-authored on compositionally graded ferroelectric materials.