Thayer by Degrees
BE, MEM, MS, and PhD News
MEM Program, March 2013
Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Director and trailblazer Robert Graves will in September retire from a much different Thayer School than the one he walked into ten years ago.
BE Program, March 2013
At the annual Motorcycle Speed Trials on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, Bob Mighell ’85 Th’86 gunned it as fast as his tilting wheels would take him down the mile stretch at an average record-breaking speed of 132.339 miles per hour.
PhD Program, March 2013
The Advanced Surgery Center on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center campus will be the first in the country dedicated solely to translational research.
MS Program, March 2013
The final two of eight radars built by Dartmouth engineering professor Simon Shepherd and his former fellow postdocs at JHU APL will complete the mid-latitudes expansion of the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN).
MS Program, December 2012
Just a few months ago Brenden Epps was a postdoc at MIT. Now the first-time Assistant Professor at Thayer has returned to the Upper Valley Region—he visited in 2004 while hiking the Appalachian Trail—bringing a vast knowledge of fluid mechanics as it relates to wind and wave energy, which he is using to research aeroelastic modeling of offshore wind turbines. Epps took a few minutes to chat about his research and his experience since arriving in August.
MEM Program, December 2012
Residents in Upstate New York spend a higher percentage of their income on heating costs than any other region in the United States. Most can't afford to or just won't invest a mere $50 in small electrical upgrades that will improve efficiency, even if the LED light bulbs, power strips, or space heaters would pay for themselves in savings within just five months. Tristan Morris M.E.M.'13 went searching for a solution to this problem for his undergraduate engineering thesis at Cornell University and found what later became the basis for a startup, Cirquility, that he launched through the Tuck School of Business' Barris Incubator Program over the summer.
BE Program, December 2012
Anyone who remembers waiting as a child for Magic Grow Dinosaurs to expand in water understands the gist of an invention by a team of recent B.E. graduates. While this capsule morphs into a dinosaur sponge in minutes, it takes months for the polyacrylamide gel also used in Expandable Hydrogel Sphere for Orbital Implantation to slowly expand the eye socket in patients with anophthalmia and microphthalmia, conditions of lacking an eyeball or having a small eyeball.
PhD Program, December 2012
For the inaugural event of Thayer's Visionaries in Technology series, Harvard Professor of Chemistry Dr. George Whitesides discusses what he considers one of the world's toughest jobs: Leading the Office of Naval Research, which entails listening to endless grant proposals and deciding what projects deserve funding. Former ONR head Fred Saalfeld came up with a strategy, known as the Saalfeld criterion, says Whitesides: "He'd stop people after the first three minutes and say, 'Assume all these lies you've told me will work as well as you say. Assume I give you all the money you ask for and more. Then the question is who cares?' If they could answer the question, they'd get the money."