Thursday, July 31, 2008

America's Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program Ranking 2008

2008 2007
1 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2 2 Stanford University (CA)
3 3 University of California–Berkeley
4 5 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
6 6 Georgia Institute of Technology
7 7 Purdue University–West Lafayette (IN)
8 10 Cornell University (NY)
9 8 California Institute of Technology
10 15 Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
11 11 University of Texas–Austin
12 13 Penn State University–University Park
13 12 Princeton University (NJ)
14 22 Virginia Tech
15 18 Texas A&M University–College Station
16 9 University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
17 17 Northwestern University (IL)
18 16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
19 14 University of Wisconsin–Madison
20 - Johns Hopkins University (MD)
21 19 Ohio State University–Columbus
22 - Lehigh University (PA)
22 - Mechigan Technological University
22 - University of California–San Diego
22 - University of California–Santa Babara

The 2008 International Conference of Mechanical Engineering

The 2008 International Conference of Mechanical Engineering (ICME'08) took take place in London, U.K., 2-4 July, 2008.

The conference ICME'08 was held under the World Congress on Engineering 2008. The WCE 2008 was organized by the International Association of Engineers (IAENG), and served as good platforms for the engineering community members to meet with each other and to exchange ideas.

The last IAENG conferences in 2007 has attracted a total of over seven hundred participants from over 30 countries. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceeding (ISBN: 978-988-98671-9-5). The abstracts will be indexed and available at major academic databases. The accepted papers will also be considered for publication in the special issues of the journal Engineering Letters, in IAENG journals and in edited books.

2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering

October 31 - November 6, 2008 at Boston, Massachusetts

Final Paper Submission
Deadline: August 18, 2008


Learn more about and browse through the extensive program with over 1900 papers across 20 topics including:

Design and Manufacturing
Micro and Nano Systems
Advances in Aerospace
Heat Transfer, Fluid Flows and Thermal Systems
Electronics and Photonics
Simulation Methods and Software
Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
Electronics and Photonics

Friday, July 25, 2008

Engineering Course Material from IITs

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register and download course materials for various courses prepared by IIT faculty.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Automoblie Component Manufacturing Processes

1. Korean Hwashin and Swedish AP&T in successful partnership
A unique press hardening process
for the automotive industry

2.Advanced manufacturing system for automotive
components production
Pacifico Marcello Pelagagge
Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy;jsessionid=A2776326F42DAB9E984864B8A7CDC497?Filename=html/Output/Published/EmeraldFullTextArticle/Pdf/0290970806.pdf


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Michelin Challenge Design

Michelin North America, Inc. (“Michelin”) created the annual Michelin Challenge Design™ to celebrate, promote, publicize and give visibility to original creative thinking and innovation in vehicle design.

By embracing and supporting design, Michelin aims to establish a closer relationship with the design community, combining technical innovation with transportation design to create vehicles that consumers want to buy and will enjoy driving.

Michelin Challenge Design is a collection of events and activities reflecting Michelin North America’s interest in and commitment to innovative design. Michelin’s corporate culture places a high value on design and innovation as important to consumer satisfaction and maintaining Michelin’s role as the industry leader.

This year marks the eighth year for the international competition. Individual designers, teams, studios, and companies from over 45 countries have submitted full-size vehicles, scale models and renderings in support of the central theme 'BRAVE+BOLD', America's Next Iconic Vehicle. The designs will be evaluated for uniqueness, emotional appeal, design courage and technical execution.

The Michelin Challenge Design 2009 Jury includes:

- Chuck Jordan, Retired, Vice President of Design, General Motors
- Geza Loczi, Director of Design, Volvo Monitoring Concept Center
- Dave Marek, Chief Designer & Sr. Manager, Automotive Styling Group, Honda R&D-Americas
- Stewart Reed; Chair, Transportation Design Department, Art Center College of Design, Consultant and Jury Chairman, Michelin Challenge Design
- Frank Saucedo, Director, General Motors Advanced Design Studio
- John (Jack) J. Telnack, Retired, Global Vice President, Design, Ford Motor Company
- Freeman Thomas, Director, Strategic Design, Ford Motor Company
- Geoff Wardle, Director of Mobility, Industrial Design, Art Center College of Design

"The panel of judges we have assembled this year is truly outstanding," said Tom Chubb, vice president of marketing for Michelin Automotive Industry Division. "Their dedication and willingness to participate reinforces the quality and importance of the Michelin Challenge Design program."

Complete information on the Michelin Challenge Design, including themes, news and details, is available at

Monday, July 14, 2008

IIT Bombay to Spearhead Solar power Initiative

IIT-Bombay now proposes to build solar thermal power plants in India in a demonstration-cum-research facility, which would help in developing indigenous capability and serve as a national resource centre and testing facility.

The idea is to build the country’s first consortium of industries and research organisations in this area.

As a first step, DESE organised a workshop to discuss details and identify consortium partners. The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, also reviewed the status of various solar thermal power routes in the Indian context.

Three approaches were decided upon — medium temperature power generation, high temperature solar tower concept and distributed (smaller range) power generation.

While IIT-Bombay is likely to take the lead in medium temperature power generation, it will facilitate the other two. The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency has also committed to support the venture and will provide the land in Maharashtra, said Banerjee, head, Department of Energy Science and Engineering (DESE), IIT-Bombay.

Solar Power in India in Numbers

1. 5 lakhs solar laterns. cost of solar intern is Rs.3,600. subsidy 50%.

2. 3.42 home-lighting systems

3. 6,482 villages are using solar power units

4. 6000 solar power pumping water systems

5. 54,000 streetlights and traffic signals.

6. 17 grid solar photovoltaics in eight states generate more than 1,400 MW of power.

7. 2.3 million squaremetres of solar waterheating systems installed in India. Whilethe world has 180 million squaremetres.China has 100 million square metres.

8. Solar water heaters are being used y hotels, hospitals, cooperative societies, and guest houses.

9. Thane is commended for good progress in solar water heating systems installation in buildings.

1. About 7000 homes in Pune housing complex will use solar heating technologies.

Hindustan Times 7th July 2008 page 19

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

At its core, Mechanical Engineering is about thermal systems and mechanical systems, and the design, manufacture, and operation of these systems.

Georgia Tech has a strong program in manufacturing. Mechanical Engineering’s contribution to this activity is major, including design, controls, precision manufacturing, rapid prototyping, polymer processing, and electronic packaging. Environmentally conscious design and “green engineering” is also addressed.

University of Santa Barbara - Mech Engg Department

Research Areas:

Computational Science and Engineering
Dynamic Systems, Control, and Robotics
Environmental, Ocean, and Risk and Safety Engineering
Fluid Mechanics/Thermal Sciences
Micro/Nano Technology
Solid Mechanics, Materials, and Structures

Research Centers:

Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation (CCDC)
Materials Research Laboratory
Center for Risk Studies and Safety
Institute for Theoretical Physics
California Nanosystems Institute
Technology Management Program

Mechanical Engineering Basic Research

Benchmarking the Competitiveness of the United
States in Mechanical Engineering Basic Research
October 2007

Mechanical engineering is critical to the design, manufacture, and operation of small
and large mechanical systems throughout the U.S. economy. It is often called upon
to provide scientific and technological solutions for national problems, playing a key role in the transportation, power generation, advanced manufacturing, and aviation industries, to mention a few.

In 2006 Chinese mech engineers are published as many papers as US engineeers in reputed journals.

Friday, July 4, 2008

How Stuff Works - Automobiles

Visit the site for interesting information

Information available under categories

Auto Basics
Buying & Selling
Fuel & Alternative Fuel Technologies
Car Models
Driving & Safety
Under the Hood

Catalytic converter

The science channel

has information under the following categories

Buildings & Structures
Internal Combustion
Materials Science
Vehicles & Equipment