(Fluid) Dynamic Trio

Fluid Dynamic Trio

Stefanie Anderson is a junior in mechanical engineering from the north side of Chicago. She is a sub-team leader on the university’s Baja SAE team and enjoys listening to music and playing video games in her spare time. Veronica Holloway is a junior in ME from Mount Prospect, IL. She is a sub-team leader on the Baja SAE team, and an undergraduate research assistant with Dr. Emma Mercier in the College of Education. She spends her free time running, playing soccer, and listening to excessive amounts of music and podcasts. Amanda Maher is a junior in ME from Batavia, IL. She is in Women’s Glee and loves to play piano and cook in her down time.

Read blog posts for the (Fluid) Dynamic Trio:

3D printed animal bone models

To Give a Dog a Bone

February 21, 2019 - Amanda dives into some of the amazing animal bone models being developed here at the College of Vet Med with the help of 3D printing.
2D materials

2D materials, the new frontier

February 11, 2019 - Stef explores the vast field of two-dimensional materials.
Charpy tests on Titanic

Titanic material failure

January 28, 2019 - We've all heard about the sinking of the Titanic, but are you familiar with the mechanical reasons why the the ship's design failed?
finite element analysis

Breaking Down FEA

December 12, 2018 - Stef breaks down the history of the development of FEA.
3D printed prosthetics and orthotics

3D printing animal prosthetics and orthotics

December 11, 2018 - Amanda shows examples of animals - both wild and domesticated - that have benefited from 3D printing technology.
Iron Man mechanics of Marvel

The mechanics of Marvel

December 3, 2018 - In honor of the late Stan Lee, Stef breaks down the amazing mechanics of some of Marvel's most iconic character costumes.
carbon fiber weave

Unraveling the mystery behind carbon fiber

November 14, 2018 - Stef breaks down the mechanics of carbon fiber reinforced polymers.
lessons from a gecko

Lessons from a gecko

November 13, 2018 - Geckos' night vision and sticky feet serve as bioinspiration for engineers.
flute

The flute and harmonics

November 7, 2018 - Amanda shows us the mechanical properties of the flute that work to produce its unique harmonies.
make your own animated character

Creating a Mechanically Animated Character

October 23, 2018 - Disney researchers have created a software for users to make 3D prototypes of mechanically animated characters using linkage systems as a basis. Recognize any lessons learned in ME 370 (Mechanical Design I)?
animal crackers

Animal Crackers!

October 19, 2018 - The processes for manufacturing animal crackers and graham crackers include techniques MechSE students learn about in ME 270. Amanda shows how certain techniques we associate with a particular set of materials can have very broad applications.
Bend it like Bernoulli

Bend it like Bernoulli

October 11, 2018 - Ever wondered about the mechanics behind the soccer technique of "bending the ball"?
MechSE interns

Three internships, three experiences

October 2, 2018 - Our three MechSE communications interns reflect and offer advice on finding - and loving - your summer internship.
Plane wave

What Makes Up our Everyday Symphony

September 27, 2018 - Amanda takes us through the mechanics of sounds and acoustic impedance.
Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge, a brilliant bascule

September 21, 2018 - Amanda highlights the mechanical engineering feats of Tower Bridge in London.
piano mechanism

(Fluid) Dynamic Trio: How a piano works

September 5, 2018 - Inspired by her passion for the piano, Amanda shows us the mechanics of how a piano actually works.