May/June 2002
Volume Two - Issue Three

In The Spotlight

ICES is interested in market opportunities and the many research challenges posed by fuel cells. Fuel cell research requires contributions by biologists, chemists, chemical engineers, electrical engineers, material scientists and mechanical engineers. Issues concerning control, low power conditions, thermal management and materials are a few of the many opportunities for research. From an applications perspective, fuel cell uses will require input from nearly every college and department. As such, ICES provides a natural home for fuel cell research at Carnegie Mellon.

To create greater interest in the subject, ICES is sponsoring a series of seminars on the subject. The seminar series began in April and will continue into the early fall of 2002. The following paragraphs present an overview of the seminar topics discussed to date:

  • Professor Robert Savinell, Dean of Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University visited ICES on April 22. Professor Savinell presented concepts for micro-fuel cell design and descriptions of related technical issues. The objective of his research is to produce an air-breathing fuel cell by combining microfabrication techniques with polymer electrolyte fuel cell technology. Issues, approaches, and results related to design and electrolytes were discussed. This research is building a foundation for designing and fabricating low-cost and high volume fuel cells for a variety of applications. The size of these fuel cells ranges from chip-size to larger, portable electronic devices to power cell phones, computers, and other devices.
  • On May 3, Professor Chao-Yang Wang, associate professor of mechanical & materials engineering and the director of the Electrochemical Engine Center (ECEC) at the Pennsylvania State University spoke about the latest experimental and modeling efforts at Penn State ECEC. Professor Wang spoke about PEM fuel cells and the multi-disciplinary engineering challenges associated with the design and production of these novel electrochemical engines, stressing the important issue of water management and two-phase phenomena under high power conditions. Professor Wang also discussed the progress made toward developing a basic understanding of two-phase flow physics in PEM fuel cells.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation, and the department of mechanical engineering will conduct future seminars on various aspects of fuel cell research. The dates, speakers and topics will be announced in the calendar of events on ICES web page ( Those interested in fuel cell research and applications are welcome to attend. Please contact Christina Cowan at
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Rodrigo Escobar is currently a graduate student in mechanical engineering under the supervision of Professor Cristina Amon. He was recently accepted into the Ph.D. program after earning his masters in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon. His interests are in biomechanics, particularly in the design of artificial organs. He is currently working on studying the blood flow and mass transfer characteristics of an intravenous membrane oxigenator by simulating several 3D models. Recently Rodrigo received the "Best Presentation" Award and 2nd place in the poster competition at a Mechanical Engineering Technical Conference. Prior to attending Carnegie Mellon, Rodrigo was an undergraduate at the University of Santiago, Chile. In his free time, Rodrigo enjoys playing heavy metal music and dancing the salsa at ICES happy hours. Click to see more images...


ICES is pleased to announce that the following students defended during the academic year 2001-2002. Congratulation to all!

Mechanical Engineering:

Under the supervision of Cristina Amon

Ender Finol , Ph.D., "Fluid Mechanics of Pulastile Blood Flow in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms."

Sherry Xia, Ph.D., "Simulation of Electrodeposition in Ultra-Deep Micro Cavities."

Civil and Environmental Engineering:

Under the supervision of Jim Garrett

Becky Buchheit, Ph.D., "VACUUM: Automated Procedures for Assessing and Cleansing Civil Infrastructure Data."

Christian Buergy, Ph.D., "An Interaction Constraints Model for Mobile and Wearable Computer-Aided Engineering Systems in Industrial Applications."

Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., "A Framework for Developing Field Inspection Support Systems."

Under the supervision of Pradeep K. Khosla, Christian J.J. Paredis, and Susan Finger

Rajarishi Sukant Sinha, Ph.D., "Compositional Design and Simulation of Engineered Systems."

Electrical and Computer Engineering:

Under the supervision of Phil Koopman,

John DeVale, Ph.D., "High Performance Robust Computer Systems."

Bill Nace, Ph.D., "Graceful Degradation via System-Wide Customization for Distributed Embedded Systems."

Under the supervision of Daniel P. Siewiorek

LeMonté Green, Ph.D., "Design of Multiported Interfaces to Improve Local Area Network Performance."

Under the supervision of Gary K. Fedder

Hasnain M. Lakdawala, PhD., "Temperature Control of CMOS Micromachined Sensors."

Xu Zhu, Ph.D., "PostCMOS Micromachining of Surface and Bulk Structures."

Under the supervision of Bruce H. Krogh

Zhiyuan Ren, Ph. D., "Aggregation and Multi-mode Switching Control in Markov Decision Processes."

Braz Izaias da Silva Jr., Ph.D., "Model and Verification of Hybrid Systems with Clocked and Unclocked Events."


Cristina Amon is the Chair of the Eighth Intersociety ASME/IEEE Conference on Thermal, and Thermomechanical Phenomena and Emerging Technologies in Electronic Systems ITherm 2002 to be held in San Diego on May 29-June 1, 2002.

This bi-annual conference, sponsored by IEEE and ASME, is the premier international technical meeting where researchers and practitioners from industry, academia and government laboratories come together to present, discuss and learn of the developments in the field. Over 150 papers will be presented at ITherm 2002 in 35 sessions along three tracks: Thermal Phenomena, Thermomechanical Phenomena, Emerging Technologies and panel discussions, in addition to short courses and technology exhibits. With ITherm 2002 co-locating with the 52th IEEE/ECTC, we are expecting over 1,000 combined attendees. More information at

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