Department of Mechanical Engineering Announces New Faculty
Han Hu joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor in August 2019. He received his B.S. in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2011, and his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 2016.
He was a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University before he joined the University of Arkansas.
Hu's research covers a broad span of areas including microstructure-enhanced boiling, wetting kinetics of liquid droplets, evaporation from thin liquid films, long-term robustness of surface structures, and machine-learning-aided atomistic modeling. His work is critical to the development of high-performance cooling technologies for microelectronics, hybrid vehicles and data centers, among others. His research has resulted in 21 journal publications, 34 invited seminars and conference presentations, 2 book chapters, and a patent grant.
Jessica Mathis, a graduate student in biological anthropology, will lecture on bioarcheological applications in cultural resource management at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Discovery Hall 505.
Tomika Ferguson of Virginia Commonwealth University will present two lectures on Oct. 1, one on black women student-athletes and a second on safe spaces and visibility in the classroom.
Nearly 50 students — licensed practical nurses — from across Arkansas and beyond enrolled in the inaugural class to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing through online instruction.
Lori Birrell has been appointed associate dean for Special Collections, and Joel Thornton has been appointed interim associate dean for Research and Learning.
Evan Michelson, program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will discuss philanthropic support for research from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in room 504 of the Arkansas Union.