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Dr. Alan Taub, General Motors Company
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Presentation: Smart Materials in the Automotive Industry
Time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Ormandy West

Keynote Abstract: General Motors is intent on playing a key role in creating the science and technology that will help shape the automotive future. A major area of focus is on technology solutions that will increase vehicle efficiency and make our vehicles more sustainable. Among the main avenues to more efficient, more sustainable automobiles are vehicle electrification and mass reduction, which encompass the use of smart materials in future vehicles. Smart materials, in fact, present a huge untapped potential for providing unique and enabling solutions to complex problems faced by automotive engineers. Integrated with electronics, mechanics, controls, and dynamics into "mechamatronic" systems, these materials can enable quiet, robust, low-mass, low-package space actuation systems that enhance functionality and performance. In this talk, Dr. Taub will discuss GM's progress on smart and active materials, including shape memory alloys that are nearing production and a variety of other potential applications being tested in prototype vehicles. Key technical hurdles that must be overcome to speed the introduction of these novel materials and mechamatronic systems will also be highlighted.

Biography: Alan Taub is Vice President, General Motors Global Research & Development. Dr. Taub oversees GM's seven science laboratories in Warren, MI, Bangalore, India, Honeoye Falls, NY, Mainz-Kastel, Germany, Palo Alto, CA, Tel Aviv, Israel, and Shanghai, China. He also has responsibility for GM's advanced technical work activity, global technology collaboration network, and global science offices. Dr. Taub received his bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Brown University and master's and Ph.D. degrees in applied physics from Harvard University. He spent 15 years in research and development at General Electric, where he ultimately managed GE's materials properties and processes laboratory. He also worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years, where he held a number of executive positions. He joined GM R&D in 2001 and was appointed to his current post in July, 2009.

Dr. Charles R. Farrar, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Presentation: Future Directions for Structural Health Monitoring of Civil Engineering Infrastructure
Time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Ormandy West

Keynote Abstract: The process of implementing a damage detection strategy for aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering infrastructure is referred to as structural health monitoring (SHM) or condition monitoring. Our approach is to address the SHM problem in the context of a statistical pattern recognition paradigm. In this paradigm, the process can be broken down into four parts: (1) Operational Evaluation, (2) Data Acquisition and Cleansing, (3) Feature Extraction, and (4) Statistical Model Development for Feature Discrimination. This presentation will discuss each portion of the SHM process with particular emphasis on applications to civil engineering infrastructure. New technologies and outstanding technical challenges associated with the civil infrastructure applications will be discussed.

Biography: Chuck Farrar has 27 years experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he is currently the Engineering Institute Leader and was recently elected as a Fellow in ASME. His research interests focus on developing integrated hardware and software solutions to structural health monitoring problems. Additional professional activities include current appointments to associate editor positions for two international journals and the development of a short course entitled Structural Health Monitoring: A Statistical Pattern Recognition Approach that has been offered more than 17 times to industry and government agencies in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S.

Prof. Christopher S. Lynch, University of California Los Angeles
Friday, October 1, 2010
Presentation: Ferroelectric Materials and their Applications
Time: 8:00 am - 8:45 am
Ormandy West

Keynote Abstract: Ferroelectric materials display a coupling between electrical, mechanical, and thermal and optical properties that is related to the crystal structure. This presentation will begin with a description of the linear electro-mechanical coupling that occurs in ferroelectric materials and the utilization of this material behavior in a host of applications that include ultrasound, energy harvesting, and surgical tools. Focus will then shift to the underlying mechanisms giving rise to the electro-mechanical behavior and issues associated with reliability.

Biography: Dr. C.S. Lynch is the director of the UCLA M.S. Engineering Distance Learning Program. His major technical interests are centered on ferroelectric materials and include experimental work on field coupled constitutive behavior, field driven phase transformations, material reliability, as well as modeling work that includes multi-scale multi-field constitutive behavior, field coupled fracture mechanics, finite element code development, and device design. He is currently associate editor of Smart Materials and Structures, and Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures. Dr. Lynch received his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in 1992.

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