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Essays and books on writing well

  • G. M. Whitesides, Writing a paper. Advanced Materials 15, 1375-1377, 2004.  This three-page essay by a prolific professor at Harvard advocates a process:  start writing a paper at the same time you start a research project.  Every thinking person should read this essay, and give the process a try.
  • David Weitz, Weitzlab Guide to Good Paper Writing.  David Weitz, of Harvard University, leads a large and prolific experimental soft condensed matter group.

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iMechanica Poster

I created this one page poster for publicizing iMechanica, primarily in schools among students, where I think a lot of students are unaware of iMechanica. I hope I am not infringing on any copyright rules or negatively impacting iMechanica's image and sensitivities. Would it be okay to print this out and post it on notice boards in school? Also, please let me know if I can improve on the design or add/remove any components. I will resubmit the final version as a pdf for student volunteers to print (if it is acceptable).

Thanks for your time,

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Looking for Suggestion and/or Further Cooperation

To who concern, 

I am currently a Mechanical & Maintenance Engineering PhD candidate in the University of Manchester. My research is focused on measurement technique in condition monitoring for machinery maintenance. My project is “Using an Optical Sensor to Measure the Instantaneous Rotating Speed of Machinery as Non-Contact Measurement”.

A place for students

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Modeling SMAs in ABAQUS

Hi Dear fellow Mechanicians

I am Ali Nojoumi a M.Sc. Civil engineer and I'm modleing shape memory alloys using in concrete shear walls to reduce the effects of earthquakes...

making my Model by ABAQUS, I should use UserSubroutine to define such SuperElastic behavior How can I manage that and   have anyone ever done this?

I would be glad to have your suggestions or any contribution.

thanks alot; AliNojumi@GMAIL

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CALLING ALL STUDENTS! (and everyone else)

Recently, Prof. Suo and several of us students have been discussing the possibility of increasing student presence and activity on iMechanica . With this in mind, two of us: Mahdi Kazemzadeh and I, have identified three important issues we would like to get your thoughts on. Please comment and let us know what you think, even if you are not a student. Also, if you wish to add any more issues you think we should look at, please post your thoughts in this regard as well.

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Productivity tools associated with the Internet

One of the mission statements of iMechanica is to use the Internet to enhance communications among mechanicians. It seems that the top three uses of the Internet among many of us are

  • Emails
  • PDF
  • Google search 

It might be useful, and fun, for us to share the experience with these and other tools associated with the Internet.  I'll start a list of tools that I have found exceptionally useful.  All these tools are free of charge.

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The 2007 Melosh Medalists

The 19th Annual Melosh Competition for the Best Student Paper in Finite Element Analysis was held last Friday, April 27, at ETH Zurich. Two medalists were selected this year from the six finalists. The 2007 Melosh Medalists are Vikram Gavini, from Caltech, and Michael Hain, from Leibniz University, Hannover.

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research opportunities, join us!

Welcome to join our research team in the Extreme Loading and DesignSchool of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester, England !

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jianhao chen

Hi, I'm a Physics grad student working with Dr. Ellen Williams. My job is basically making nanoelectronic devices, measuring their characteristics and trying to understand the underlying "Physics".

ENME489X - Introduction (V.Tsai)

What I want to gain from this course is to come to know how flexible macroelectronics are approached and researched. An increasing trend of "thin" applications poses new challenges in terms of low power usage and durability.

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Daniel Min

My name is Daniel Min.  I am a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland.  I am currently enrolled in Dr. Teng Li's flexible macroelectronics course.  I chose to enrol

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James Wang

I am Yong Wang, currently a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Maryland. I got my Bachelor degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and Master degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. I am enrolled in Dr. Teng Li's class on flexible macroelectronics in this semester.

Kurt Vargas

My name is Kurt Vargas. I am an international student from Costa Rica, currently attending the University of Maryland at College Park. I am a Christian who loves the Lord and serves Him full time. I also love reading my Bible!

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Josh Crone

My name is Josh Crone and I am an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. I am in the BS/MS program with a focus in mechanics and materials. My current research interests are in atomic force microscopy.

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My name is Nathan and I am a Masters student in my second year at the University of Maryland, College Park studying mechanical engineering.  I was born and raised in Erie, PA.  For my undergraduate studies, I attended the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA where I also studied mechanical engineering.  When I am not engineering, I enjoy running, playing the piano, and following the stock market. 

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Dan Forrest

My name is Dan Forrest and I am currently a biological resources engineering student at the University of Maryland. I am taking ENME489X: Flexible Macroelectronics to fulfill a degree requirement. However, I chose this specific class because the topic in general seemed interesting to me and appears to be an up and coming field in the electronics industry.

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Anand Pillarisetti

My name is Anand Pillarisetti. I am a graduate research assistant at University of Maryland, working towards my doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. I received Master of Science (MS) degree in mechanical engineering and mechanics from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and Bachelor of Technology (B-Tech) degree in mechanical engineering from National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, India.  I am currently enrolled in the course "Flexible Macroelectronics" taught by Dr. Teng Li at University of Maryland.

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Hongo Bi

My name is Hongbo Bi and I am a Ph.D candidate in Mechanical Engineering under Dr. Bongtae Han at the University of Maryland, College Park. I recieved Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park and and Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Automatic Control from University of Science and Technology of China. I am currently entrolled into class of Flexible Macroelectronics (ENME808H) at the University of Maryland, which is taught by Prof. Teng Li.

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Daniel Kodan

My name is Daniel Kodan, I am an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Maryland.  I am currently taking a flexible macroelectronics class taught by Dr. Teng Li.  I am

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Gary Palmer II

Hi my name is Gary Palmer II and I'm a senior mechanical engineering major at the University of Maryland. My interest in flexible macroelectronics stems from its future capabilities. The fact that these components can be integrated with everyday objects is fascinating. Since this technology will be used in the future, it will be great to be on the leading edge of its development.

Christianna Ryon

My name is Christi Ryon. I am a senior undergraduate mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am taking a course in flexible macroelectronics for two reasons. First, this course fulfils a major requirement. The second reason is that the subject of flexible macroelectronics is a new emerging technology that I was not familiar with but is a topic that I wished to learn more about.

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Benjamin R. Marshall

My name is Ben Marshall and I am an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at the University of Maryland.

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