Summer Happenings in OSUMaterials

While our students are busy with summer jobs, internships, and classes, here are a few things going on in the department this summer.

The OSU’s Women in Engineering program holds a variety of outreach camps throughout the summer.  One group of rising high school seniors stopped by Dr. Guan’s lab in the MSE Department to learn about the use of polymer gels, stem cells, and the regeneration of heart tissue.  Here, students inject stem cells mixed in a polymer hydrogel (liquid at low temperatures, and more solid at body temperature) into a pig heart.  Read more about Dr. Jianjun Guan’s work here: Hydrogels for Cardiac Tissue Engineering.

Women in Engineering campers learn about biomaterials

In addition, the department acquired a new “toy” that will be used in classes and welding demonstrations to show a type of solid state welding called “cold pressure welding.” The hand-held device welds wire pieces together without the use of heat. Forcing two wires through a die several times, exposes pure areas of metal (copper, in this video) to come in close contact with each other, so that metallic bonding occurs.

In this video, visiting high school teachers learn about materials and solid state welding at an ASM Materials Teachers camp held in the department this summer.


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