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Tech Professor Dr. Jack L. Skinner Receives Acclaim for Research


Dr. Jack L. Skinner, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech, was just notified by the President of the IEEE Sensors Council Vladimir Lumelsky that the paper entitled Spatial Sensing Using Electrical Impedance Tomography, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, No. 6, June 2013, was one of the most 25 downloaded Sensors Journal papers for the month of May.

Being included in the top 25 most popular papers is significant given the 1,000 available journal articles included in this list. Skinner, the senior author, is building on the success of this collaborative nanotechnology research conducted between Sandia National Laboratories, the University of California and Montana Tech. This research involves the use of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) to impart electrical conductivity to otherwise low-conductivity materials, such as glass fiber reinforced composite polymers. CNTs have diameters similar to the smallest viruses (single nanometers) and lengths on the order of red blood cells (10 micrometers). The resultant nano-composite material enables the measurement of both location and severity of damage in realized structures.