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2016

Vaibhav Gokhale successfully deffends his MS thesis
(May 16, 2016) Graduate research assistant Vaibhav Gokhale successfully deffended his MS thesis titled "Design of a helmet with an Advanced Layered Composite for energy dissipation using a multi-material compliant mechanism synthesis." An invention disclosure has been filed: IURTC Project # 2016-073: Advanced layered composite for energy dissipation using a 3D lattice of micro compliant mechanism array: A. Tovar and V. Gokhale, 2016. Results of his thesis have been presented at the 2016 SAE World Congress.
Prof. Tovar is awarded with a FORCES grant
(May 10, 2016) IUPUI faculty members receive $85,000 from Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success (FORCES) to commercialize research. Prof. Andres Tovar is awarded $25,000 to commercialize a multi-phase topology optimization algorithm. The FORCES funding will support the development of an alpha version of Prof. Tovar's algorithm for multi-phase, nonlinear topology optimizaiton. This algorithm allows the design of lightweight, multi-functional components with optimized internal cellular (porous) structure. E&T press release. IUPUI press release.
Fabian Lischke successfully deffends his MS thesis
(Apr 11, 2016) Graduate research Fabian Lischke successfully defended his MS thesis in the area of design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) titled "Design of self-supported 3D-printed parts for fused deposition modeling." The results of this thesis will be presented at the 2016 ASME AM3D. Fabian will join Bosh in Germany in May 2016.
T.J. Sego successfully deffends his MS thesis
(Apr 11, 2016) Graduate research assistant T.J. Sego successfully defended his MS thesis in the area of long-term stability of dental implants titled "Finite element analysis and multiscale skeletal tissue mechanics of a dental implant site." The co-advisor is Prof. Gabe Chu (Department of Orthopedic Surgery). Results of T.J.'s thesis will be presented at the 2016 ASME IMECE. T.J. will start his PhD in ME under Prof. Tovar's mentoring in Fall 2016.
Prof. Tovar receives the 2016 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award
(Mar 2, 2016) Prof. Andres Tovar has been selected to receive the 2016 Indiana University Trustess Teaching Award (TTA). The TTA honors individuals who have a positive impact on learning through the direct teaching of students, especially undegraduates.
Prof. Tovar receives the OVCR Release Time for Research (RTR) grant
(Feb 10, 2016) The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (OVCR) selected Dr. Tovar's application "Improved crashworthiness in lightweight automotive vehicles through material substitution and shape optimization with carbon fiber-reinforced composites. Phase 1: material modeling and simulation" as an awardee for the competition Release Time for Research (RTR).
IUPUI CRL sponsors research in novel recycled materials for additive manufacturing
(Feb 10, 2016) IUPUI Center for Research and Learning (CRL) awards a Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) grant to sponsor the research project titled "Optimal filament fused fabrication of 3D printed components made of recycled mixed shredded plastic." This project is mentored by Dr. Tovar and Dr. Siegel. Four undergraduate research assistants are sponsored by this grant: Laura Luther (Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering), Uladzimir "Vlad" Kasacheuski (Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics), Qiuyu "Autum" Deng (Mechanical Engineering), and Jinyun "Jason" Zhou (Mechanical Engineering). Application process for future undergraudate students can be found here.
EDRL will host student apprenticeships for the Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
(Jan 14, 2016) IUPUI has been selected to host student apprenticeships for the 2016/2017 Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP). REAP is made possible by the U.S. Army through its U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). REAP and many other AEOP programs provide America’s youth with opportunities not existing in their local schools in order to better prepare them to meet the challenges of the future. The student apprentice will be involved in experimental research with lightweight energy dissipating materials and additive manufacturing in EDRL. The two selected students come from Decatur Central High School: Makylah Wallace (oncoming Junior) and Shanlyn Jefferson (oncoming Senior).
Kai Liu accepts an internship position at Tesla
(Jan 11, 2016) Ph.D. student Kai Liu starts an internship at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, California) working on design optimization for a period of six months.

2015

Prof. Tovar delivers keynote presentation at CINVEST
(Nov 19, 2015) Prof. Tovar presented the opening talk at the International Research Conference on Health Sciences, Education, and Health (CINVEST) (Paipa, Colombia) entitled "Bioinspired design of impact-protective structures: from safer helmets to lightweight automotive structures".
Parisa Ghane successfully deffends her MS thesis
Graduate research assistant Parisa Ghane successfully defends her MS thesis in Electrical Engineering titled "Silent Speech Recognition in EEG-based Brain Computer Interface". The co-advisor is Prof. Linxi Li (Electrical and Computer Engineering). Parisa will join Texas A&M University as a Ph.D. student.
Tanjimul Alam receives the Federal Work-Study (FWS) award
(Oct 21, 2015) Undergraduate research assistant Tanjimul Alam has received the Federal Work-Study (FWS) award with up to $3000 to work in EDRL in conducting strain rate-sensitive material testing in a Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB).
Zongying Xu and Jorge Ortiz awarded with the CTEE grant
(Oct 12, 2015) ME students Zongying "Ivy" Xu and Jorge Ortiz have been selected been selected to receive funding from the Commitment to Engineering Excellence Research Fund (CTEE) for research with Dr. Tovar in the amount of $2500 each one.
IUPUI CRL sponsors research in novel recycled materials for additive manufacturing
(Sep 17, 2015) IUPUI Center for Research and Learning (CRL) awards a Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) grant to sponsor the research project titled "Development of the 3D printing technologies to reduce the cost of filament fused fabrication." This project is mentored by Prof. Andres Tovar and Prof. Lingxi Li. Five undergraduate research assistants are sponsored by this grant: Aaron Isaacs (Mechanical Engineering), Abigail Curdes (Mechanical Engineering), Carl Marko (Mechanical Engineering), Zonging "Ivy" XU (Mechanical Engineering), and Daniel Rodriguez Gambetta (Computer Engineering). In addition, undergraudate research assistant Carolina Cardona (Mechanical Engineering) participated in this project.
Prof. Tovar is appointed as Adjuct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering
(Aug 21, 2015) Prof. Tovar is appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) for a period of four years.
Prof. Tovar receives the Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award
(Aug 21, 2015) Prof. Tovar receives the 2014-2015 the Wisner-Stoelk Outstanding Faculty Award from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Picture.
IUPUI was selected to participate in the agBOT Challenge 2016
(Aug 6, 2015) The agBOT Challenge, set for May 2016 and the following two years, will turn the quiet little ag community of Rockville Indiana into a hub of activity showcasing the benefits of cutting-edge. Prof. Tovar lead the project. He mentored two capstone design teams in Mechanical Engineering. The IUPUI team presented its working prototype on May 7th, 2016. No awards, but lots of fun. Picture. Press release.
Prof. Tovar wins grand prize in LITECAR Challenge
(Apr 21, 2015) With the support of his research group, Prof. Tovar wins grand prize in The LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign (LITECAR) Challenge. The challenge was to create a purely conceptual, novel lightweight vehicle using advanced materials and innovative structural solutions while maintaining or exceeding current vehicle safety standards. Thsi goal was accomplished using a bio-inspired design optimization methods developed by Prof. Tovar. More info and press releases.
Kai Liu receives Purdue Research Grant
(Apr 15, 2015) PhD student Kai Liu receives Purdue Research Grant. His research work is in the area of non-linear topology optimization methods for crashworthiness.

2014

IUPUI receives grant grom Walmart and the Walmart Foundation Innovation Fund to help spur American manufacturing
Funding underwrites research, development of plastic injection tooling through additive manufacturing. Prof. Andres Tovar is the Principal Investigator (PI). Co-PIs are: Prof. Hazim El-Mounayri, Prof. Jing Zhang, Prof. Doug Acheson, and Prof. Razi Nalim. Industrial partners are: 3D Parts Manufacturing and Hewitt Moldling. The $291,202 grant was awarded in support of IUPUI’s research project, “Optimal Plastic Injection Molding Tooling Design and Production through Advanced Additive Manufacturing,” for two years (2014-2016). The project’s goal is to reduce the cost and increase the performance and versatility of U.S.-manufactured plastic injection tooling through experimentally-supported, multi-scale, thermo-mechanical topology optimization methods and metal additive manufacturing (3D printing). Press release
Prof. Tovar is awarded with a research grant from Honda R&D Americas
(Feb 14, 2014) Researchers at the IUPUI Engineering Design Research Laboratory under the direction of Prof. Andres Tovar and Honda R&D Americas will collaborate in the development of a design optimization methodology. Press release