Saleh Faruque publishes fourth ‘Made Easy’ book in series on electrical engineering concepts

Professor of Electrical Engineering Saleh Faruque has published the fourth book in his “Made Easy” series on electrical engineering concepts.faruque

In his latest release, Radio Frequency Modulation Made EasyFaruque blends theory and practice to bring readers up-to-date in key concepts, underlying principles and practical applications of radio frequency modulation. The presentation is designed to be easily accessible, minimizing mathematics and maximizing visuals. Read more

Civil Engineering Assistant Professor Organizes a Three-day Symposium at the 252nd ACS National Meeting

Dr. Feng ‘Frank’ Xiao, a Civil Engineering Assistant Professor, will attend the 252nd ACS National Meeting (Philadelphia, August 21-25) where he will organize and co-chair a three-day symposium on environmental sorption and advanced oxidation processes and present a paper on the interactions between heavy metals with environmental and engineered black carbon. The ACS National Meeting is one of the largest conferences in chemistry/biology and chemical/biological/environmental engineering bringing together ~15,000 attendees including professors, scientists, postdocts, students and other professionals. Dr. Xiao’s symposium has 46 oral presentations with two keynotes and 22 invited speeches by leading scientists in the field, including the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

~ Feng Xiao, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

Science on Ice: BBC Reports on Jaakko Putkonen’s Research

This is about science on ice.

The Wright Valley in Antarctica, a landscape similar to where Jaakko discovered million-year-old ice. Image is courtesy of Jaakko Putkonen at the UND Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering.
The Wright Valley in Antarctica, a landscape similar to where Jaakko discovered million-year-old ice. Image is courtesy of Jaakko Putkonen at the UND Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering.

And as science goes, the headline in the latest issue of the American Geophysical Union’s Geophysical Research Letters triggers excitement: “Million year old ice found under meter-thick debris layer in Antarctica.”

It’s a report from research conducted by geomorphologist Jaakko Putkonen, director of the UND Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering, and a team that included one of his former graduate students, Theodore Bibby, now a Ph.D. who’s teaching and researching part-time for UND. Read more

Petroleum Engineering Certificate Program Now Available

A certificate program in Petroleum Engineering is now offered to those who would like to learn about different topics in oil and gas disciplines. The program is offered online and requires completion of four courses chosen from several available courses. There will not be any official exams, however, several field type and practical examples and case studies are presented to learn about the applications of each topic in oil and gas operations. Read more

Floating Fascination: ‘Islands’ on the Coulee Filter Runoff

UND biology major Rachel Thorstenson observed three years ago the English Coulee needed help. Too many nutrients equaled big algae blooms—and the bacteria that feasted on algae. Result: messy look, unpleasant odors.

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The Plymouth, Minn., native then took a course—co-presented by Phil Gerla, Geology & Geological Engineering, and Nick Ralston, UND Energy & Environmental Research Center—that focused on the coulee and inspired her to take action. Among the potential remediation ideas she found: floating islands filled with soil and native plants to clean the water. Read more

Gupta Receives NSF Grant to Organize Young Professionals Forum, Gives Invited Talk

Surojit Gupta, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation grant to organize a Young Professionals Forum in Toronto this summer at the 9th International Conference on High Temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites and Global Forum on Advanced Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Development 2016. Read more

UND Honored at Annual Summit for Work with Geothermal Technology

Every year, the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) honors a number of organizations who strive to further knowledge in geothermal technology, as well as economic and environmental advances, at the Baseload Renewable Energy Summit.

This year UND’s own Will Gosnold, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering, accepted an award for “launching the first commercial project for co-producing geothermal power from oil and gas wells.” Read more

Engineering Students Score at NASA Robotics Competition

Back Row: Naima Kaabouch, Jerod Nelson, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Allen, Erik Peterman, Ryan Ahrens and Jack Heichel. Front Row: Bryan Koenig, David Laurion and Bradley Messer. Not pictured: Charles Foxworthy and Travis Winter.
Back Row: Naima Kaabouch, Jerod Nelson, Daniel Smith, Nicholas Allen, Erik Peterman, Ryan Ahrens and Jack Heichel. Front Row: Bryan Koenig, David Laurion and Bradley Messer. Not pictured: Charles Foxworthy and Travis Winter.

The University competed with more than 50 universities from around the United States in a NASA robotics competition May 16-21, 2016 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. UND took first in outreach and second in presentation and demonstration, and placed fifth overall. Read more

Featured scholar: Surojit Gupta

The Featured Scholar series recognizes faculty researchers whose recent work has had an important impact on their professional field   and has brought exposure to the University

Dr. Surojit Gupta
Dr. Surojit Gupta

This month, the University recognizes Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Surojit Gupta.

“UND has an excellent engineering program, and it fits well with my background in materials science and engineering,” Gupta said. Read more

Improvement of Alstom’s Limestone Chemical Looping Combustion Process

Under a subcontract from GE Power (formerly Alstom) on a U.S. Department of Energy funded project, the UND Institute for Energy Studies will be investigating ways to improve Alstom’s Chemical Looping Technology. UND researchers will be working with Alstom to develop novel oxygen carrier compositions and optimize process conditions to improve fuel conversion and maximize carrier durability. Testing will be conducted using UND’s novel chemical looping test facility. The overall objective of this multi-year project is to advance Chemical Looping technology, an attractive option for reducing CO2 emissions from fossil fuel power generation systems.

~ Daniel Laudal, Research Engineer, Chemical Engineering

Oil and Gas Engineering Expert Speaks December 10, 2015

Please join the Department of Petroleum Engineering Thursday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. in Harrington Hall Room 100G (The Jodsaas Center Conference Room) for a presentation by Hemanta Sarma, Professor, Oil and Gas Engineering, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering […]