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Harne and Lynd win ASME Best Paper Award

On Sept. 19, Assistant Professor Ryan L. Harne and MAE alumna Danielle T. Lynd (’17 BS, Mechanical Engineering) received the 2017 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics. The prestigious award recognizes the best published or presented paper on adaptive structures during the previous calendar year.

Assistant Professor Ryan Harne (right) accepted the 2017 Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems in Snowbird, Utah.Assistant Professor Ryan Harne (right) accepted the 2017 Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems in Snowbird, Utah.Harne and Lynd’s award-winning paper, “Origami Acoustics: Using Principles of Folding Structural Acoustics for Simple and Large Focusing of Sound Energy,” was published in the Smart Materials and Structures journal in 2016.

The duo’s paper bridges the physics of acoustics and origami-based design to discover that the simple topological reconfigurations of a Miura-ori-based acoustic array yield many orders of magnitude worth of reversible change in wave energy focusing.

“The new idea investigated in our paper is to leverage principles of folding and deployable structures for adaptive, acoustic wave guiding devices,” said Harne, who directs the Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research.

“In one application potential, these findings will have significant impact for future ultrasound-based medical practices that will involve folded-up transducers easily transported through the body which become unfolded and activated at point-of-care, such as for cancer treatment.”

Harne has been an ASME member since 2011, and he is an elected member of the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch within ASME’s Aerospace Division. He is also the chair of ASME’s Technical Committee on Energy Harvesting. In 2016, Harne was awarded ASME’s Haythornthwaite Young Investigator Award, facilitated by the Applied Mechanics Division.

After graduating from Ohio State this year, Lynd joined Norwood Medical as an industrial engineer. In her new role, she will advance the medical device manufacturing field by developing the next generation of complex medical devices and implants.

The award was presented at the 2017 ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems in Snowbird, Utah.

 

About ASME

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment and skills development across all engineering disciplines. The nonprofit’s goal is to help the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries.