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2017 NEWS

DMMLS's Zazzy wins a Make a Difference/Impact Scholarship from the Alpha Omega Epsilon Foundation given to those that "use their academic gifts in math and science with a passion to make a difference within their community" - CONGRATULATIONS!
DMML's senior design team of Gregory Hart, Deborah Hudson, Jacqueline Tawney, and Megan Sahm present their fall design review - and the senior design faculty instructor declares it "the best one he's seen."  CONGRATS TEAM!
Dr. L heads north!  She gave an invited lecture at a snowy Michigan Tech in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
DMML has a kickoff of the composites ONR project- the whole team worked together and gave awesome presentations for the program manager and NAVAIR guest.  Thanks TEAM job well done!
FirstHand Philly, inspiring the next generation of innovators, made a visit to DMML today- thanks Steve and Pete for helping and arranging the tour of the lab!
DMML's Jacqueline, SWE Vice President, leads an effort hosted and organized by SWE to Present the 2nd ever Lives and Lessons session about diversity in STEM, with panel discussions of invited academic and industry guests.  Dr. L (SWE advisor) was there to support this amazing effort and important dialogue. 
Zazzy presents a poster on her buckling of layered solids research at the 8th Naval Academy Science & Engineering Conference in Annapolis, MD.
Dr. L heads to Tampa, FL to present research and sit on an invited Panel for folks Interested in academia, focusing on the Tenure and Promotion track process at the 2017 IMECE annual technical conference.
Jacqueline presents a technical poster on her basalt research and wins 3rd place in the Collegiate Poster & Rapid Fire Competition at the World's Largest Conference for Women in Engineering and Technology in San Antonio, TX.  Way to go Jacque!
Dr. L attends her first ever American Society for Composites (ASC) Conference held at Purdue University to present Ariana's fiberglass work. 
Stelios and Dr. L head to Cleveland to visit TeamWendy for the ONR Kickoff of the TBI project along with Brown University and Sandia.  
New faces at DMML!  Welcome aboard visiting MS student Xavier Cadiot from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, MS Thesis student Amanda Bellafatto, and Postdoc Stelios Koumlis from USC.  
Bon voyage!   Dr. L heads to France for 5 weeks as a visiting faculty scholar, invited by colleague Prof. Pascal Forquin at the University of Grenoble and his SR3 lab.  Edge on impact tests of MAX phases and fracture model development are on the docket!  
The REU program on Energy and the Environment that Dr. L heads up comes to a close with a wonderful well-attended research poster session presented by the participants - all DMML members pitched in  - everything from setting up poster stands to food pickup and setup.  Job well done all around!
July is on fire! Dr. L attends & presents invited 2 talks: one on Steve's work on the dynamic behavior of WC hardmetals at her first time attending the American Physical Society (APS) Shock Compression of Condensed Matter conference, and the other presenting Pete's at the Society of Engineering Science (SES) conference at Northeastern University of electromechanical behavior of piezoelectric ceramics.
Dr.L's 2017 NSF Summer REU has kicked off!  Things are extra busy in the lab as DMML welcomes new members REU Student Eleni, STAR Scholar Jacob, BS/MS student Zazzy, and visiting PhD student from Dr. Thompson's lab at U-Alabama Qianying.  Welcome aboard!
DMML attends the 2017 SEM Conference in Indianapolis, IN- even with some crazy weather related travel issues . . .3 talks by the group & wonderful collaborations taking shape:  Dr. Pierron @ Southampton, Dr. Franck @Brown, Dr. Walters @ARL, and Dr. Forquin @Gernoble.  Way to go team!
DMML's Pete successfully passed his PhD candidacy exam today- CONGRATS!  
DMML's First PhD, Logan Shannahan, successfully defended his thesis entitled A Hybrid Experimental-Computational Approach for the Analysis of Dynamic Fracture.  Congratulations Dr. Shannahan!
Philadelphia Magazine named Dr. L as one of the 2017 Rad Award Scientist of the Year nominees. is annual event to honor local women leading the way in tech, media, culture, and business.  Read more here.
Dr. L gives an invited lecture Pushing Composites to the Limit: Next Generation Aerospace Materials in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology - awesome campus, awesome students, awesome faculty!  
DMML joins forces with the Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet Company and the Franklin Institute where accelerometer data of movement was used as a mirror for choreographic expression in dance. This collaboration culminated in 2 SOLD OUT performances as part of the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival with the premier of Nothing that is Not There.  Members of Drexel's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) presented pre-show demonstrations on dance mechanics. Read more here.
Dr. L was honored to judge the 2017 K'Nex Challenge alongside President and CEO of KNEX, Mr. Michael Araten, and the Pennoni Chairman, Mr. Chuck Pennoni, PE.  Three talented high school teams were tasked to create and assemble an environmentally friendly people mover from K'Nex in under 3 hours!
DMML's Jacqueline invites Dr. L to Drexel's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for an informal round table discussion on diversity and sensitivity issues at Drexel and in Drexel's COOP program.  
DMML member Pete receives the 2017 Joseph & Shirley Carleone Fellowship from Drexel's College of Engineering- CONGRATULATIONS!
Dr. L gives an invited talk to the Ceramic & Transparent Materials Branch at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen on Dynamic Fatigue and Fracture of WC Hardmetals, generously hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Swab.
Dr. L was invited to sit on the Scientific Committee for the 18th International Conference of Experimental Mechanics (ICEM) in Brussels, occurring July of 2018.  
Along with Professor Charles (Stan) Wojnar of MS&T and Dr. Raymond Brennan of ARL at Aberdeen, Dr. L hosted a Symposium at the 2017 MACH conference, put on by Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, entitled Field-Assisted Mechanics.
Dr. L visits the University of Southampton in the UK during Drexel's spring break to be an external examiner for a PhD defense, as well as collaborate with Professor Fabrice Pierron and his amazing research team on the stress gauge approach to dynamic behavior of WC samples.
Drexel's Pi Tau Sigma chapter that Dr. L advises, hosted the national PTS convention with over 200 honors mechanical engineering students from the across the country.  DMML provided lab tours and Dr. L presented at the banquet and had a table for discussions on graduate school with students.
Dr. L is awarded a wonderfully unexpected 2017 YIP from ONR . . . special thanks to the PM that believes in the potential of her research!
FirstHand, a group that aims to spark interest in STEAM disciplines for students that serves Philadelphia youth from under-resourced schools, visits our lab, where DMML's Steve provided a motivating tour!
DMML Welcomes visiting MS scholars Julie and Guillermo, and BS/MS student Ariana into the group!
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