Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering 

Mechanical Engineering Seminar

Date(s): 3/7/2013 11:00 AM - 3/7/201312:00 PM
Location: Textile Building, Room 101E
Contact: Dr. Sankha Bhowmick 508-999-8619
Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering Department is pleased to present a SEMINAR by DR. DANIEL MACDONALD, Dept. of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences, SMAST on March 7, 2013 from 11am - 12pm in the TEXTILE 101E Conference Room.

TOPIC: Development of a New Low Cost, Low Maintenance Wave Energy Converter at UMass Dartmouth.

The ocean is rich with renewable and sustainable energy, and the extraction of energy from waves and tides is gaining attention as a viable component of the nation’s energy portfolio in the 21st century. UMass Dartmouth has positioned itself in the center of this new and exciting industry, with plans for the development of offshore test facilities, expansion of opportunities in marine renewable energy for both graduate and undergraduate students, and a variety of related research. This talk will provide an overview of these activities, and focus on a recent research project involving the development of low-cost wave energy converters for near shore use. These devices are designed to produce electricity from wave energy, and to be integrated into existing coastal infrastructure (piers, breakwaters, etc.). Initial device development, in conjunction with a 2010-11 ME/ECE Senior Design Project, will be discussed, along with recent numerical modeling of the device, which will guide development of a 2nd generation prototype.

Dr. Daniel MacDonald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences, School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) at UMass Dartmouth, where he has been on the faculty for ten years. He received a B.S.C.E. from the University of New Hampshire in 1992, followed by an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in 1996, a Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 2003, and a number of years in the environmental engineering consulting industry. Dr. MacDonald’s research interests are focused on coastal regions and the fluid mechanics associated with land-ocean interactions. He has led several large efforts understanding the evolution of river plumes in the coastal ocean, and has also undertaken studies to evaluate the environmental impacts associated with thermal discharges from power plants. Recently, his interests have led him to the growing field of marine renewable energy, and he has been active with the UMass Dartmouth Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) for the last five years.

ALL ARE WELCOME. First year MNE MS students are REQUIRED to attend; all other MNE students are encouraged to attend.

For more information please contact Dr. Sankha Bhowmick (, 508-999-8619).

Thank you.

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