Asteroid mining is a trending topic among engineers and entrepreneurs, and efforts are already underway. But, will the rewards be worth the risk? In this video, Alec Gallimore, professor of aerospace engineering, discusses the challenges and opportunities related to asteroid mining.
New electron microscope
Students at UM-Flint train on a new Scanning Electron Microscope, which has been added to the school’s Engineering Laboratory. Its applications extend from pure research and teaching to a wide range of industrial uses, and every engineering student will learn how to use it, says Mojtaba Vaziri, professor of physics and engineering (rear center). Read more about the Flint campus’ latest high-tech research equipment. (Photo by Mel Serow, UM-Flint)
Making cars lighter
Is it possible to cut the weight of a vehicle in half? Researchers at the College of Engineering are trying to do just that — using materials such as aluminum, steel or composites. In this video, Kazuhiro Saitou, professor of mechanical engineering, discusses the effort to make vehicles lighter and consume less fuel, while retaining the structure and safety standards of today's automobiles.
School of Public Health students Mark Huizenga, Tiffany Huang and Stephanie Nguyen help Chief Health Officer Dr. Robert Winfield affix new decals to trash cans across campus to reinforce the message that U-M is smoke free. The no-smoking rule took effect July 1, 2011, and most faculty, staff, students and visitors have honored the ban, but Winfield says these additional reminders will help people who are confused about boundaries or may be unaware of the policy. The SPH students were enrolled in a fall tobacco policy course. (Photo by Scott C. Soderberg, Michigan Photography)
U-M astronomers could be the first to witness a rare collision expected to happen at the center of the galaxy by spring. With NASA’s orbiting Swift telescope, the U-M team is taking daily images of a mysterious gas cloud about three times the mass of Earth that is spiraling toward the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s core. This image is a montage of all data obtained in the monitoring program from 2006-13. (Image by Nathalie Degenaar)