Monthly Archives: March 2012

Zinkle Named to National Academy of Engineering


Steve Zinkle

Steve Zinkle

Steve Zinkle, a senior materials researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (ORNL) is one of 68 members elected this year to the National Academy of Engineering. It is one of the highest honors an engineer can receive.

Zinkle earned his BS, MS and PhD in nuclear engineering and an MS in materials science from UW-Madison from 1980-’85.

Chief scientist in ORNL’s nuclear science and engineering directorate, Zinkle was cited by the academy “for advancing understanding of radiation damage in metallic and ceramic components.”


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McCarthy Applies Engineering and Medicine to Help Children Walk

James McCarthy

James McCarthy

Bone is a remarkable organ, says orthopedic surgeon and engineering mechanics graduate James McCarthy (BSEM, ’86).

It grows and heals itself, and not many organs can do that. It can be cut and gradually lengthened. The bone fills itself in. If done at the right rhythm, a bone can grow to be just about as long as you want it to be.

Bone protects internal organs including the heart, lungs and brain. It transduces sound so that we can hear. It provides the scaffold upon which to hang all our other parts, and works with muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints to generate and transfer forces so that our bodies can move in three-dimensional space. In general, bone is a sort of dream material for the engineering mechanics major. But it wasn’t a fascination with bone that motivated McCarthy to become director of pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. (more…)

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