Sep 22 2017

Mohsen Safaei wins Student Competition at 2017 ASME SMASIS

Safaei Award SMASIS 2017DSSL PhD student Mohsen Safaei has won the Best Student Hardware Paper Competition and was runner up for the Best Student Paper Competition at the 2017 ASME Smart Materials Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems conference held September 18-20, 2017 in Snowbird, UT! Mohsen was awarded for his work entitled “Experimental Evaluation of Sensing and Energy Harvesting Behavior of Implanted Piezoelectric Transducers in Total Knee Replacement.” Students participating in the Best Hardware competition were judged based on their technical paper by a committee of smart materials and structures experts. Five finalists were selected and the overall winner was judged based on a poster presentation and demonstration of the developed hardware in a special session of the conference. Students participating in the Best Paper competition were judged based on their technical paper by a committee of smart materials and structures experts. Six finalists were selected and the overall winner was judged based on an oral presentation of the research in a special session of the conference. Congratulations Mohsen for this prestigious award!

Sep 22 2017

DSSL Presents at 2017 ASME SMASIS Conference

Anton Safaei SMASIS 2017DSSL presents two technical papers and one technical presentation at the 2017 ASME Smart Materials Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems conference held September 18-20, 2017 in Snowbird, UT. Both Dr. Anton and Mohsen Safaei were in attendance.

  • Safaei, M. and Anton, S. R., Experimental Evaluation of Sensing and Energy Harvesting Behavior of Implanted Piezoelectric Transducers in Total Knee Replacement, Proc. ASME SMASIS, 2017, SMASIS2017-3881 (8 pp.)
  • Ponder, R. I., Safaei, M., and Anton, S. R., Development of Surrogate Biomedical Knee Implants for Validation of Embedded Smart Sensors, Proc. ASME SMASIS, 2017, SMASIS2017-3879 (7 pp.)
  • Ehite, E. H., Kettle, R. A., and Anton, S. R., Investigation of Various Excitation Signals for Real-Time Impedance Structural Health Monitoring, ASME SMASIS Conference, Snowbird, UT, September 19, 2017, SMASIS2017-3902

Aug 28 2017

DSSL Welcomes Robert Ponder

Robert PonderDSSL welcomes MS student, Robert Ponder.  Rob received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from Tennessee Tech University. Rob previously participated as an undergraduate researcher in DSSL.  Welcome back Rob!

Apr 07 2017

Safaei and Ponder receive Best Poster Awards at TTU Research Day

Safaei_Otuonye_Research_Day_2017DSSL PhD student Mohsen Safaei received the Best Poster Award for graduate research in Mechanical Engineering, and DSSL undergraduate researcher Robert Ponder received the Best Poster Award for undergraduate research in Mechanical Engineering at the 2017 TTU Research and Creative Inquiry Day. The awards were presented by Dr. Francis Otuonye, Associate Vice President for Research at TTU. Mohsen presented a poster entitled ““Smart Knee” – Instrumented Total Knee Replacement with Piezoelectric Transducers,” and Robert presented a poster entitled “Modeling and Prototyping of Artificial Knee Joint for Embedded Piezoelectric Transducers” Congratulations Mohsen and Robert!

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TTU President Dr. Philip Oldham also stopped by to chat with DSSL researchers Ryan Kettle and Ekramul Ehite regarding their poster entitled “Investigation of Alternative Electromechanical Impedance Method for Condition Monitoring”!

Mar 31 2017

DSSL Presents at 2017 SPIE Smart Structures Conference

Anton Safaei SPIE 2017DSSL presents five technical papers at the 2017 SPIE Smart Structures & Nondestructive Evaluation conference held March 26-29, 2017 in Portland, OR. Both Dr. Anton and Mohsen Safaei were in attendance.

  • Safaei, M. and Anton, S. R., Analytical and Finite Element Performance Evaluation of Embedded Piezoelectric Sensors in Polyethylene, Proc. SPIE, 2017, (12 pp.).
  • Hoummadi, E., Safaei, M., and Anton, S. R., Design, Analysis, and Fabrication of a Piezoelectric Force Plate, Proc. SPIE, 2017, (11 pp.).
  • Tefft, E. C., and Anton, S. R., A Multiple Degree of Freedom Model of Piezoelectret Foam in an Updated Multilayer Stack Configuration, Proc. SPIE, 2017, (13 pp.).
  • Scheyer, A. G. and Anton, S. R., Impedance Based Structural Health Monitoring of Additive Manufactured Structures with Embedded Piezoelectric Wafers, Proc. SPIE, 2017, (10 pp.).
  • Poissenot-Arrigoni, B., Scheyer, A. G., and Anton, S. R., Determination of Orthotropic Mechanical Properties of 3D Printed Parts for Structural Health Monitoring, Proc. SPIE, 2017, (9 pp.).

Feb 24 2017

Dr. Anton receives Rising Renaissance Engineer Faculty Scholar Award

Anton E Week 2017Dr. Anton has been named as the inaugural recipient of the College of Engineering Rising Renaissance Engineer Faculty Scholar Award. The award, which recognizes tenure-track faculty who are making outstanding accomplishments as documented in their scholarship activities, was presented at the 2017 Engineer’s Week Banquet hosted by the Tennessee Tech College of Engineering on February 23, 2017.

Feb 24 2017

Ponder receives Spectrum Award at E-Week Banquet

Ponder Anton E Week 2017DSSL undergraduate researcher Robert Ponder was awarded the Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Award for Mechanical Engineering at the 2017 Engineer’s Week banquet on February 23, 2017. The Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Award recognizes a diverse body of students across all the degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering for their initiatives and achievements in educational, research, and professional development activities. Congratulations Rob!

Feb 03 2017

DSSL presents at 2017 SEM IMAC Conference

DSSL presents one technical paper at the 2017 SEM IMAC conference held January 30 – February 2, 2017 in Garden Grove, CA. Both Dr. Anton and Ryan Kettle were in attendance.

  • Kettle, R. A., Dodson, J. C., and Anton, S. R., High Frequency Impedance Measurements for Microsecond State Detection, Proc. SEM IMAC, 2017, (9 pp.)

Jan 20 2017

DSSL welcomes URECA! researcher Ponder

DSSL welcomes undergraduate URECA! (Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity) grant winner Robert Ponder to the lab.  The title of Robert’s research project is “Modeling and Prototyping of Artificial Knee Joint for Embedded Piezoelectric Transducers.

Robert Ponder

Robert Ponder

Jan 20 2017

DSSL Welcomes Jeff Foote

Jeff FooteDSSL welcomes PhD student, Jeff Foote.  Jeff received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 and the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 from Tennessee Tech University. Jeff is currently an Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Tennessee Tech and has begun his PhD studies.  Welcome Jeff!

Dec 12 2016

Dr. Anton receives TTU ASME Distinguished Researcher Award

Anton ASME Distinguished ResearcherDr. Anton has received the Distinguished Researcher award from the Tennessee Tech Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The award was presented by Mr. Josh Watkins (right), president of the Tennessee Tech Student Chapter of ASME at the annual Mechanical Engineering department holiday luncheon.

Oct 04 2016

DSSL presents at 2016 ASME SMASIS Conference

Anton Safaei SMASIS 2016DSSL presents one technical paper and one technical presentation at the 2016 ASME Smart Materials Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems conference held September 28-30, 2016 in Stowe, VT. Both Dr. Anton and Mohsen Safaei were in attendance.

  • Safaei, M. and Anton, S. R., Sensing and Energy Harvesting Performance, and Fatigue Life of Embedded Piezoelectric Transducer in Total Knee Arthroplasty, Proc. ASME SMASIS, 2016, SMASIS2016-9216 (11 pp.)
  • Kettle, R. A., Dodson, J. C., and Anton, S. R., Experimental Feasibility Study of Microsecond State Detection using Electromechanical Impedance, ASME SMASIS Conference, Stowe, VT, September 30, 2016, SMASIS2016-9206

Sep 30 2016

Kettle receives NDIA SMDWG Graduate Fellowship

Kettle NDIA SMDWGDSSL PhD student Ryan Kettle has been awarded the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Space and Missile Defense Working Group (SMDWG) Graduate Fellowship Award from the Tennessee Valley chapter of NDIA. Congratulations Ryan on this exciting award!

Aug 31 2016

DSSL Welcomes Ekramul Ehite

Ekramul EhiteDSSL welcomes PhD student, Ekramul Ehite.  Ehite graduated from Michigan Technological University with a MS in Mechanical Engineering in May, 2016 and previously earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Oct, 2014.  Welcome Ehite!

Aug 15 2016

Dr. Anton receives NIH Research Grant

NIH_logoDr. Anton has received an Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his work entitled “Self-Powered In Vivo Force and Implant Wear Sensing in Knee Arthroplasty.” The grant has been awarded through the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

This work, which will be supported for three years, will focus on developing implantable, self-powered piezoelectric sensors in total knee replacement implants to record force and wear data in a non-intrusive manner, allowing in vivo feedback to be used by surgeons, physical therapists, and implant manufactures to develop better surgical procedures and better implant designs in order to improve surgical outcomes and ultimately public health.

Through this grant, Dr. Anton and his team at TTU will collaborate with R. Michael Meneghini, MD, Director of Joint Replacement at IU Health Saxony Hospital and Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, two TTU undergraduate students will have the opportunity to conduct hands on biomedical research each summer in Dr. Meneghini’s clinic.

Jun 06 2016

Ryan Kettle selected for AFRL Scholars Program

Kettle AFRL ScholarsDSSL PhD student Ryan Kettle has been selected to participate in the 2016 Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program. The program aims to pair graduate and undergraduate students with AFRL researchers and scientists to pusue cutting-edge research and technology. Ryan will be spending 10 weeks this summer conducting research at Eglin Air Force Base near Destin, FL. Ryan will continue the work he pursued last summer at Eglin on the development of a real-time state detection framework for highly dynamic systems. Additionally, he will work on various dynamic testing projects in the shock laboratory. Photo is taken at the Air Force Armament Museum.

Apr 18 2016

Dr. Anton receives Vibration Institute Grant

VI_logo Dr. Anton has been awarded a 1-year Academic Research Grant from the Vibration Institute entitled “Enabling Microsecond Condition Monitoring for Real-Time Assessment of Critical Infrastructure.” The grant will provide support to pursue the adaptation of our Real-Time State Monitoring concept to the condition monitoring community by investigating near instantaneous fault identification in rotating machinery.

Apr 07 2016

Safaei receives Best Poster Award at TTU Research Day

Safaei_Research_Day_2016DSSL researcher and PhD student Mohsen Safaei received the Best Poster Award for graduate research in Mechanical Engineering at the 2016 TTU Research and Creative Activities Day.  Mohsen presented a poster entitled “Energy Harvesting and Load Sensing by Piezoelectric Transducer in Total Knee Arthroplasty” Congratulations Mohsen!

Apr 07 2016

DSSL presents at 2016 TTU Research and Creative Activities Day

DSSL_Research_Day_2016DSSL researchers Ryan Kettle, Mohsen Safaei, and Edward Tefft presented posters at the 2016 TTU Research and Creative Activities Day on April 7, 2016.  The event is an effort to emphasize the significance of research in postsecondary education; and to recognize the diverse areas of research unique to the different disciplines.  Participants from all colleges in the university are welcome to present their research.

Mar 28 2016

DSSL presents at 2016 SPIE Smart Structures Conference

DSSL presents three technical papers at the 2016 SPIE Smart Structures & Nondestructive Evaluation conference held March 21-24, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV

  • Kettle, R. A. and Anton, S. R., Rapid Evaluation of Mechanical Boundary Conditions using Impedance Based Structural Health Monitoring, Proc. SPIE, 2016, (13 pp.).
  • Safaei, M. and Anton, S. R., The Effects of Dimensional Parameters on Sensing and Energy Harvesting of an Embedded PZT in a Total Knee Replacement, Proc. SPIE, 2016, (13 pp.).
  • Tefft, E. C., and Anton, S. R., A Multiple Degree of Freedom Modeling Approach of Piezoelectret Foam in a Multilayer Stack Configuration, Proc. SPIE, 2016, (12 pp.).

Feb 25 2016

DSSL Friend Carlos Carvajal Receives TTU COE Young Alumnus Award

Carvajal Young AlumniDSSL friend Mr. Carlos Carvajal, MBA, PE (BSME 2006) has received the inaugural TTU College of Engineering Young Alumnus Achievement Award for 2016. Carlos joined Eastman Chemical Company in 2007 after completing his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and is currently a Global Procurement Manager at Eastman. During his tenure with Eastman, Carlos has been the lead inventor on two U.S. patents and a contributor to an additional four patents. He has also continued to advance his education, earning the Professional Engineer license in 2012, the Six Sigma Black Belt in 2014, and the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014.

Carlos is an active member of his local ASME chapter and held the position of Education Initiatives Program Chair. He is also active in his community and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, Carlos is involved in leadership within the College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech. He served on the Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board from 2013-2015 and is currently a member of the Dean’s College of Engineering External Advisory Board.

Congratulations Carlos and thank you for your service to the profession and to TTU!

Feb 15 2016

DSSL volunteers at 2015 FIRST Lego League Championship

Anton_Kettle_FLL_2016 Dr. Anton, Ryan Kettle, and Edward Tefft (not pictured) volunteered for the 2015 FIRST Lego League East Tennessee Championship event held at Tennessee Tech.  FIRST Lego League is an exciting STEM robotics program for small teams of students ages 9 to 16.  Teams build unique robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  The 2015 challenge was called Trash Trek.  There were about 40 teams from all over Tennessee in attendance.  Click for more information on FIRST!

Jan 29 2016

DSSL presents at 2016 SEM IMAC Conference

DSSL presents one technical paper at the 2016 SEM IMAC-XXXIV conference held January 25-28, 2016 in Orlando, FL

  • Kettle, R. A., Dick, A. J., Dodson, J. C., Foley, J. R., and Anton, S. R., Real-Time State Detection in Highly Dynamic Systems, Proc. SEM IMAC, 2016, (9 pp.).

Jan 18 2016

Dr. Anton receives the 2016 Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

AFOSR_logoDr. Anton is one of 56 researchers in 2016 awarded the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) for his work entitled “‘Continuous Real-Time State Monitoring in Highly Dynamic Environments.” Further details can be found in the AFOSR press release.

This work, which will be supported for three years, will focus on developing novel sensing systems for structures experiencing rapid changes “by extending conventional electromechanical impedance-based structural health monitoring (SHM) concepts to structural systems experiencing rapid changes in state (e.g. boundary conditions, interfaces, structural damage, etc.) in order to identify those changes on the microsecond to millisecond time frame.”

Dr. Anton is honored to be selected for this prestigious award. Through this award we are excited to continue our research with our collaborator Dr. Jacob Dodson at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida!

Jan 16 2016

Dr. Anton hosts FIRST Robotics Workshop for East Tennessee Schools

FIRST Robotics Workshop

Dr. Anton traveled to Kingsport, TN this weekend to host a workshop entitled “FIRST Robotics Design Brainstorming Session” to 6 tri-cities high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams. The workshop was presented by Dr. Anton and his wife, Tiffany Anton and sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company and Tennessee Tech. Approximately 50 high school students and adult volunteer mentors attended the event, which focused on providing advice for running sustainable and competitive FRC teams. The workshop was organized with the help of DSSL friend and TTU alum Mr. Carlos Carvajal of Eastman.

Sep 25 2015

Dr. Anton named ASME SMASIS 2016 Symposium Chair

Dr. Anton has been named the Energy Harvesting Symposium Chair for the 2016 ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems conference.  The conference will be held in Stowe, VT from September 28-30, 2016.

Sep 25 2015

DSSL presents at 2015 ASME SMASIS Conference

DSSL presents one technical paper at the 2015 ASME Smart Materials Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems conference held September 21-23, 2015 in Colorado Springs, CO

  • Contreras, C. E., Parkison, A. E., Wilson, B. E., Meneghini, R. M., and Anton, S. R., Geometric Effects on Embedded Piezoelectric Energy Harvester in Knee Replacement Bearing, Proc. ASME SMASIS, 2015, SMASIS2015-9063 (11 pp.)

Aug 31 2015

DSSL welcomes Austin Scheyer

Austin ScheyerDSSL welcomes MS student, Austin Scheyer.  Austin graduated from Tennessee Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in December, 2014.  Welcome Austin!

Aug 30 2015

DSSL welcomes Edward Tefft

Edward TefftDSSL welcomes MS student, Edward Tefft.  Edward graduated from Tennessee Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in May, 2015. He previously conducted undergraduate research in DSSL.  Welcome Edward!

Aug 30 2015

DSSL welcomes Mohsen Safaei Mohammadabadi

Mohsen SafaeiDSSL welcomes PhD student, Mohsen Safaei Mohammadabadi.  Mohsen received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran and the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yazd University in Iran.  Welcome Mohsen!

May 26 2015

Dr. Anton and Ryan Kettle spend summer at Eglin AFB

Anton Kettle AF SFFPDr. Anton and DSSL PhD student, Ryan Kettle, spent the summer at Eglin Air Force Base near Destin, FL performing research as part of the Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship program.  Their work is on high speed detection of dynamic states in real-time.  Photo is taken in front of a SR-71 Blackbird at the Air Force Armament Museum which currently holds the Air Speed Record for a manned airbreathing jet aircraft with a speed of 3,530 km/h (2,193 mph) set back in 1976!

May 12 2015

Commencement – Spring 2015

Commencement 2015Congratulations to Brooke Wilson and Chase Ray who completed the requirements for the MS degree and participated in Commencement on May 9, 2015!

Apr 29 2015

Kettle, Ray, Contreras receive Eminence Awards

2015 Eminence AwardsThree DSSL researchers were recognized at the 2015 College of Engineering Eminence Awards banquet for their excellence in research and teaching.  Congrats Ryan, Chase, and Cesar!

  • Ryan Kettle – Outstanding Teaching Assistant
  • Chase Ray – Outstanding Graduate Research
  • Cesar Contreras – Outstanding Undergraduate Research

Apr 17 2015

Dr. Anton receives Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Anton has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant for 2015-2016 from the Office of Research at Tennessee Tech titled “Integrated Sensing and Energy Harvesting in Total Knee Replacement Implants.

Apr 16 2015

Brooke Wilson defends her MS thesis

Brooke Wilson successfully defended her Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering entitled “Modeling and Experimentation for Evaluation of Piezoelectric Sensors for In-Vivo Monitoring” on April 16, 2015.  Congratulations Brooke!

Abstract:

The knee replacement is the second most common orthopedic surgical intervention in the United States, but currently 1 in 5 knee replacement patients are not satisfied with their level of pain reduction one year after surgery. It is imperative to make the process of knee replacement surgery more objective by developing a data driven approach to ligamentous balance, which increases implant life. In this work, piezoelectric materials are considered for both sensing and energy harvesting applications in the total knee replacement implants. This work aims to embed piezoelectric material in the polyethylene tibial component of a knee replacement unit to act as sensors that will aid in the alignment and balance of the knee replacement by providing intraoperative feedback to the surgeon. Postoperatively, the piezoelectric sensors can monitor the structural health of the implant in order to perceive potential problems before they become bothersome to the patient. Specifically, this work will discuss the use of finite element modeling coupled with uniaxial compression testing to prove that piezoelectric stacks can be utilized to harvest sufficient energy to power the sensors needed for this application. This work will show that energy on the order of 20 J can be generated over the course of a day.

Apr 14 2015

Chase Ray defends his MS thesis

Chase Ray successfully defended his Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering entitled “Piezoelectret Foam in a Multilayer Stack Configuration for Vibration Energy Harvesting” on April 14, 2015.  Congratulations Chase!

Abstract:

Electronic devices are high demand commodities in today’s world, and such devices will continue increasing in popularity. Currently, batteries are implemented to provide power to these devices; however, the need for battery replacement, their cost, and the waste associated with battery disposal present a need for advances in self- powered technology. Energy harvesting technology has great potential to alleviate the drawbacks of batteries. In this work, a novel piezoelectret foam material is investigated for low-level vibration energy harvesting. Specifically, piezoelectret foam assembled in a multilayer stack configuration is explored. Modeling and experimentation of the stack behavior when excited in compression at low frequencies are performed to investigate piezoelectret foam as a multilayer energy harvester. An examination of modeling piezoelectret foam as a stack with an equivalent circuit is made following recently published work and is used in this study. Two 20-layer prototype devices and a 40-layer prototype device are fabricated and experimentally tested via harmonic base excitation. Electromechanical testing is performed by compressing the foam stacks to obtain output electrical energy; consequently, allowing the frequency response between input mechanical energy and output electrical energy to be developed. Modeling results are compared to the experimental measurements to assess the fidelity of the model at resonance. Lastly, energy harvesting experimentation in which the devices are subject to harmonic base excitation at the natural frequency is conducted to determine the ability of the piezoelectret foam stack to successfully charge a capacitor. For a 20-layer stack, a 100 F capacitor is charged to 1.45 V in fifteen minutes, and produces a peak power of 0.45 W. A 40-layer stack can charge a 100 F to 1.7 V in iffteen minutes, and produce a peak power of 0.89 W.

Apr 10 2015

Ray and Contreras receive Best Poster Awards

DSSL researchers Chase Ray and Cesar Contreras received Best Poster Awards at the 2015 TTU Student Research Day.  Chase presented a poster titled “Evaluation of Piezoelectret Foam in Stack Configuration for Low-Level Vibration Energy Harvesting” and Cesar presented a poster titled “Finite Element Modeling of Embedded Piezoelectrics in Knee Replacements Bearings.”  Congratulations Chase and Cesar!

Apr 10 2015

DSSL presents at 2015 TTU Student Research Day

Research_DayDSSL researchers Brooke Wilson, Chase Ray, April Parkison, and Cesar Contreras presented posters at the 2015 TTU Student Research Day on April 9, 2015.  The event is an effort to emphasize the significance of research in postsecondary education; and to recognize the diverse areas of research unique to the different disciplines.  Participants from all colleges in the university are welcome to present their research.

Mar 21 2015

Dr. Anton named Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow

Dr. Anton has been selected for the 2015 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AF SFFP).  This program, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), allows faculty to gain first-hand exposure to Air Force research challenges through summer residencies at participating Air Force research facilities.  Dr. Anton, along with DSSL PhD student, Ryan Kettle, will spend 10 weeks this summer at Eglin Air Force Base performing research in the Munitions Directorate on a proposal titled “Real-Time Monitoring of Structures under Highly Dynamics Environments”.

Mar 13 2015

DSSL presents at 2015 SPIE Smart Structures Conference

DSSL presents two technical papers at the 2015 SPIE Smart Structures & Nondestructive Evaluation conference held March 9-12, 2015 in San Diego, CA

  • Wilson, B. E., Meneghini, R. M., and Anton, S. R., Embedded Piezoelectrics for Sensing and Energy Harvesting in Total Knee Replacement Units, Proc. SPIE, 2015, Vol. 9431, 943111E (10 pp.)
  • Ray, C. A. and Anton, S. R., Evaluation of Piezoelectret Foam in a Multilayer Stack Configuration for Low-Level Vibration Energy Harvesting Applications, Proc. SPIE, 2015, Vol. 9431, 943111 (11 pp.)

Feb 27 2015

Parkison receives Spectrum Award at E-Week Banquet

DSSL undergraduate researcher April Parkison was awarded the Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Award for Mechanical Engineering at the 2015 Engineer’s Week banquet on February 26, 2015. The Rising Renaissance Engineer Spectrum Award recognizes a diverse body of students across all the degree-granting departments in the College of Engineering for their initiatives and achievements in educational, research, and professional development activities. Congratulations April!

Feb 16 2015

DSSL volunteers at 2015 FIRST Lego League Championship

Anton_Kettle_FLL_2014Dr. Anton and Ryan Kettle volunteered as a referees at the 2014 FIRST Lego League East Tennessee Championship event held at Tennessee Tech.  FIRST Lego League is an exciting STEM robotics program for small teams of students ages 9 to 16.  Teams build unique robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  The 2014 Challenge was called World Class.  There were about 40 teams from all over Tennessee in attendance.  Click for more information on FIRST!

Jan 20 2015

DSSL welcomes URECA! researchers Parkison and Contreras

DSSL welcomes two undergraduate URECA! (Undergraduate REsearch and Creative Activity) grant winners, April Parkison and Cesar Contreras, to the lab.  The title of April and Cesar’s research project is “Feasibility Analysis of Piezoelectric Materials in Knee Replacements.

April Parkison

April Parkison

Cesar Contreras

Cesar Contreras

Oct 05 2014

Dr. Anton gives invited lecture at National Academies of Science

Dr. Anton presented an invited lecture titled “Project-Based Learning Approaches for Cyber-Physical Systems Education” to the National Academies of Science in Washington DC at the Workshop on 21st Century Cyber-Physical Systems Education organized by the National Science Foundation held on October 3, 2014.

Sep 11 2014

Dr. Anton named ASME SMASIS 2015 Symposium Co-Chair

Dr. Anton has been named the Energy Harvesting Symposium Co-Chair for the 2015 ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems conference.  The conference will be held in Colorado Springs, CO from September 21-23, 2015.

Sep 11 2014

DSSL presents at 2014 ASME SMASIS

DSSL presents one technical paper at the 2014 ASME Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems conference held September 8-10, 2014 in Newport, RI.

  • Wilson, B. E., Anton, S. R., and Meneghini, R. M., Development of Biomechanical Knee Force Model for Evaluation of Piezoelectric Sensors for In-Vivo Monitoring, Proc. ASME SMASIS, 2014, SMASIS2014-7692.

Sep 02 2014

DSSL paper becomes a featured article in JIMSS

DSSL paper titled “Piezoelectret Foam-Based Vibration Energy Harvesting” has been selected as a featured article in the “Editor’s Choice – SMASIS 2014” of the Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures.

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Sep 01 2014

DSSL welcomes Ryan Kettle

Ryan KettleDSSL welcomes our first PhD student, Ryan Kettle.  Ryan graduated from Tennessee Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in May, 2014.  Welcome Ryan!

Aug 05 2014

DSSL paper published in MSSP

DSSL paper titled “A Case Study to Quantify Prediction Bounds Caused by Model Form Uncertainty” has been published in Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.

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Jul 29 2014

Dr. Anton gives invited lecture at LADSS

Dr. Anton presented an invited lecture titled “Smart Materials: An Enabling Technology for Cyber Physical Systems” to the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School (LADSS) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM.

Jul 08 2014

DSSL paper published in JIMSS

DSSL paper titled “Piezoelectret Foam-Based Vibration Energy Harvesting” has been published in the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures.

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Jun 16 2014

Dr. Anton gives invited lecture at MINATEC

Dr. Anton presented an invited lecture titled “Piezoelectric Materials & Energy Harvesting” at the MAT4ENERGY workshop at Grenoble INP – Phelma MINATEC in Grenoble France

Apr 11 2014

Dr. Anton receives Faculty Research Grant

Dr. Anton has been awarded a Faculty Research Grant for 2014-2015 from the Office of Research at Tennessee Tech titled “Exploring Novel Piezoelectret Polymers for Energy Harvesting

Dec 07 2013

Dr. Anton volunteers at FIRST Lego League Championship

Anton_FLLDr. Anton volunteered as a referee at the 2013 FIRST Lego League East Tennessee Championship event held at Tennessee Tech.  FIRST Lego League is an exciting STEM robotics program for small teams of students ages 9 to 16.  Teams build unique robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  The 2013 Challenge was called Nature’s Fury.  There were about 40 teams from all over Tennessee in attendance.  Click for more information on FIRST!

Sep 01 2013

DSSL welcomes Chase Ray

Chase RayDSSL welcomes one of our first MS students, Chase Ray.  Chase graduated from Tennessee Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in December, 2012.  Welcome Chase!

Sep 01 2013

DSSL welcomes Brooke Wilson

Brooke WilsonDSSL welcomes one of our first MS students, Brooke Wilson.  Brooke graduated from Tennessee Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in May, 2013.  Welcome Brooke!

Aug 01 2013

Dr. Anton joins TTU

Steve AntonDr. Steven R. Anton joined Tennessee Tech on August 1, 2013 as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and has established the Dynamic and Smart Systems Laboratory.