DIMLab - Design of Innovative Machines Lab

The Design of Innovative Machines Lab (the DIMLab) is home to the design team led by Dr. Drew Murray and Dr. Dave Myszka of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The primary goal of the team is to create, design, build, and test novel machines and mechanisms for a variety of applications while generating the theory that supports these innovations. The DIMLab is in Fitz Hall, room 537, on the University of Dayton campus. 



In May, the students submitted project videos for the class MEE 490: Kinematics of Robots and Mechanisms. Some of the videos may be found hereTanner Rolfe and Joseph Heck made excellent videos featured here. Tanner's project focused on developing a mechanical jellyfish.  His video is set to Debussy's "La Cathedrale Engloutie" as performed by Francois-Joel Thiollier.
Joseph's project, featuring the song "underwOrld" by zerO One, presented a mechanical design for a cardiod tracer proposed in sketch form by Artobolevskii.

On April 10th, Tanner Rolfe, Haithem Murgham, and Sean Conway presented research at the Sigma Xi Annual Spring Talk and Poster Competition. Tanner earned 1st in the undergraduate competition and Haithem earned 2nd in the graduate competition.

In April, Kevin Brand received the Graduate Student Summer Fellowship for his proposal on Statically Equivalent Serial Chains. The award comes will a full stipend for summer 2017.

On April 5th, Eight DIMLab members presented their research at the Stander Symposium:
  • Sean Duffin - The RASSO : A Robotic Assistant for Surgical LaparoScopic Operations
  • Sean Conway - Analysis of Joint Leakage in Variable Geometry Die 
  • Tanner Rolfe - Design and Prototyping of a Shape-changing Rigid-body Human Foot in Gait
  • Luke Kozal - Design of an Opposed-piston, Opposed-stroke Diesel Engine for Utility Aircraft
  • James Vogel - Assessing Shape Repeatability in Variable Geometry, Polymer Extrusion Dies
  • Saleh Almestiri - Spherical Linkages Analysis and Synthesis by Special Unitary Matrices for Solution via Numerical Algebraic Geometry
  • Ed Brinkerhoff - Energy Analysis of a Two Degree of Freedom Robotic System
  • Haithem Murgham - Simulation of an Automatic Commercial Ice Maker

On April 4th, Drew Murray participated in the Humanizing Technology panel session associated with the installation of UD's new president Eric Spina.
In March, Joe Raffoul and Luke Schepers become members of the S.U.R.E. program providing a stipend to stay on campus for the summer and participate in DIMLab research.

On March 3rd, Drew Murray was invited to give the talk "Designing With Many (& Sometimes Too Many) Links: Shape-Changing Mechanisms in Dies and Morphometry, Infinity Chains, and Statically Equivalent Serial Chains" at the Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microelectronique de Montpellier associated with the Universite Montpellier in France.
In January, Emerson continued their funding of the "Simulation of Refrigeration Equipment" project. This followed on the patent application for an ice machine simulation generated during the previous year's research effort.

Dave Myszka received the 2016 School of Engineering Vision Award for Innovation, which recognizes faculty and staff whom have made significant contributions to the education of our students through innovative teaching strategies.

Tanner Rolfe won the American Association for Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Science and Human Rights Coalition third annual student essay competition. Tanner’s essay, “Living Water: A Catholic Social Teaching Perspective on PFOA and Human Rights” was recognized at the July 25, 2016 Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Dave Myszka was invited to give a lecture series on refrigeration compressor design and analysis for Emerson engineers at the University of Dayton China Institute.

Drew Murray gave one of the keynote addresses at the Software and Applications of Numerical Algebraic Geometry Workshop at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. His talk was "Applications of Bertini in Kinematics, Robotics and Machine Design."

Bingjue Li won the Outstanding Research Award at the Graduate Student Showcase held on April 20 in the Meyer Room at River Campus.