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In the news: Michigan Engineering experts October 11-15

Highlights include The New York Times, Popular Science and Forbes.

In The News


October 11

U-M receives $1.7M from NIH to build exoskeletons for lower limbs

Robert Gregg says small, modular additions to exoskeletons can provide power to specific joints to increase mobility for individual users. Gregg is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Popular Science

October 12

The enormous cost of the Bolt EV recall is falling on LG

Greg Less says the battery problem issue Chevy experienced is unlikely to happen again now that the cause and fix are identified. Less is the technical director of the Michigan Battery Lab.

The New York times

October 13

This Pristine Beach Is One of Japan’s Last. Soon It Will Be Filled With Concrete

Jeremy Bricker says giant concrete jacks built to resist erosion built into coastlines are common in countries plagued by earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis, landslides and typhoons. Bricker argues it might make more sense to replace concrete with natural buffers like supplemental sand or heavy vegetation. Bricker is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Washington Post

October 14

These swing-state GOP leaders are resisting election fraud claims

Halderman says Michigan’s approach to election processes and equipment makes it practically “impossible for any computerized attack to interfere with.” Halderman is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science.


October 14

Why closing Palisades nuclear plant is like sinking the lifeboats

In an op-ed for Bridge, Todd Allen argues it is a mistake to close a carbon-free nuclear plant and replace it with fossil fuels. Allen is the Glenn F. and Gladys H. Knoll Department Chair of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences.

Financial Times

October 15

The battle for Motor City: why Ford chose Tennessee for its electric factory

Gregory Keoleian says that while electricity is a significant cost to manufacture EV batteries, lithium, cobalt and battery components are much more expensive. Keoleian is a professor of civil and environmental engineering.


october 11

Researchers use augmented reality to see radiation defects in nuclear reactors

Kevin Field says their AR method can also be applied to energy, transportation and biomedical sectors. Field is an associate professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.

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