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Dr. Tony Farquhar

Associate ProfessorT_Farquhar_Primary

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250

Phone: (410) 455-3339
Office: ENGR217

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Ph.D., Engineering, Cornell University, 1991
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1988
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1977

Employment History

2000-present Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering. UMBC
1995-2001 Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UMBC
1991-1995 Senior Engineer, Scanning Electron Microscopy. Bausch & Lomb, Ottawa, Ontario
1982-1984 Research Fellow, Veterinary Microbiology. Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell
1980-1981 Design Engineer,  Analytical Systems. Bausch & Lomb,  Rochester & Jamestown, NY
1978-1979 Production Engineer, Welch Allyn Medical. Skaneateles Falls, NY

Honors and Awards

2010 Guest Research Scientist (pending). Building & Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards & Testing (NIST)
2009 Orden Hijos del Sol, Protector del Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Peru. Award in recognition of contribution to the protection of a major World Heritage site
2008 Exploring drug-temperature interaction. University Technology Development Award, TEDCO
2007 Monitoring geohazards around Machu Picchu Pueblo. The World Bank, Latin American Sector
2005 Location finding in rugged GPS denied environments. Invisitrack, Inc.
2005 Distributed sensing of hazardous geophysical flows. Maryland Industrial Partnerships Award
2001 Laminating advanced organic dielectrics. IBM Faculty Partnership Award

Research Interest

My research program is focused on applying quantitative structural analysis to issues that affect human nutrition, safety, and security at global scales.  Re food production, my lab has identified new criteria for improving the wind tolerance of wheat in collaboration with the International Center for Maize & Wheat Development (CIMMYT). Re high speed transport, my lab has investigated the fatigue and impact resistance of aerospace structures, and other laminated or fiber-reinforced structures. Re medical devices, my lab has identified a promising approach to reducing pain caused by hypodermic needle insertion, and is also developing a device for screening potentially useful drugs for temperature sensitivity. Re the Earth’s surface, my lab is involved in the development of several new technologies for human motion tracking and geohazard detection, which include a MEMS instrument for emergency workers, a new form of radiofrequency ranging, and a host of remote sensing techniques. With collaborators, my students and I have conducted tested these techniques under real world conditions, sometimes close to the UMBC campus, and other times in the sun-scorched Sonora Desert of Mexico, the debris strewn hills above Muzaffarabad in Kashmir just after the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake, and the tropical slopes above Machu Picchu in Peru just prior to the catastrophic flood of early 2010. One likely effect of climate change will be a negative impact on built infrastructure. In this context, my lab is interested in the reliability and sustainability of reinforced masonry construction. In particular, we are studying the benefits of using coal fly ash and/or plant fibers in concrete, to increase strength and fracture toughness, and to reduce life cycle cost and embodied energy.

Classes Taught at UMBC

ENES 110 Statics
ENME304 Machine Design
ENME432L Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
ENME444 Mechanical Engineering Systems Design
ENME489 Biomechanics
ENME670 Continuum Mechanics
ENME677 Applied Elasticity
ENME815 Composite Materials

Selected Publications

Bulmer M., & Farquhar T. (2010). Installation of a prototype geohazard monitoring system near Machu Picchu, Peru. EOS, American Geophysical Society. In review.

Farquhar T., Harandi A. & Buchholz M. (2010). A novel device for cell-based development of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. Journal of Thermal Science Engineering Applications. In review.

Farquhar T., & Bulmer M.  (2009). 2nd Report: Vilcanota Valley slope monitoring for flashfloods & other natural hazards. GFLO#09-06.20-MPP. Also in Spanish. The World Bank, 54 pages.

Bulmer M., Farquhar T., & Roshan M. (2009). How to use fiducial-based photogrammetry to track large-scale outdoor motion. Journal of Experimental Techniques, 34(1), 40-47.

Bulmer M., & Farquhar T.  (2008). 1st Report: Vilcanota Valley slope monitoring for flash flood prevention. GFLO#08-05.1-MPP. Also in Spanish. The World Bank. 28 pages.

Bulmer M., Farquhar T., Roshan M., Akhtar S.S., & Wahla SK. (2007). Landslide hazards after the 2005 Kashmir Earthquake. EOS, American Geophysical Union, 88(5), 53-55.

Farquhar T. & Zhao Y. (2006). Fracture mechanics & its relevance to botanical structures. American Journal of Botany, 93(10), 1289-1293.

Farquhar T., & Marlowe R.B. (2006). A novel lightweight sandwich panel with substantial resistance to ballistic penetration. In Structures under shock & impact IX. WIT, Boston. 377-387.

Zhou J., & Farquhar T. (2005). Wheat stem moduli in vivo via reference basis model updating. Journal of Sound Vibration, 285(4-5), 1109-1122.

Farquhar T., Zhou J., & Haslach H.W. (2003). A mechanism for sensing crop canopy ventilation. In Sensors and Sensing in Biology and Engineering. Springer-Verlag. 213-219.