University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering
Newsletter | Spring 2017 Issue #1
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Spring 2017 Newsletter

A University of Maryland (UMD) team, UMDLoop, won the Performance and Operations Award and placed in the top five for overall pod design at this weekend's SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition held in Hawthorne, Calif.

The UMD Hyperloop team includes mechanical engineering students Catherine Demmerle, Nico Gomez, Hae Lee Kim, Vineet Padia, Adith Thummalapalli, Alex Valdez and Cody Wright.

Demmerle, Gomex and Kim (pictured at left) are also members of Terps Racing, our Formula SAE student team. #GoTerps!

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Research News

RoCo Keeps its Cool while Showcased at 2017 ARPA-E Technology Showcase

The Department of Energy spotlighted RoCo, our roving, cooling robot at this year's ARPA-E Technology Showcase. RoCo is being developed by the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering as part of ARPA-E's DELTA program.

"One of the world’s first personal air conditioning systems, this portable system uses a “smart” nozzle to track user’s movements and direct cool or warm air where needed. RoCo cuts down on the need for central AC or heat, keeping the occupants comfortable with much lower energy use. Listen to [their] podcast episode about the “future of cool” for more about RoCo and interviews with its creators."

Spotlight on NAVAIR-Funded Research at Maryland
A cooperative agreement between the University of Maryland (UMD) and the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) concerning the Research and Educational Development Program helps support a variety of research projects in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

UMD Research Makes Back Cover Soft Matter
New research led by Assistant Professor Siddhartha Das was featured on the back cover of the January 21, 2017 issue of the Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Soft Matter.

UMD Research Featured on Advanced Materials Technology Cover
Research by UMD alumni Alexi Charalambides (Ph.D. '16) and Professor Sarah Bergbreiter was featured on the January 2017 cover of Advanced Materials Technologies.

Maryland part of $253 million federal Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute
The University of Maryland is among 231 academic, industry and government partners in the new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute (ARM).

Department News

Gupta Awarded AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature Award
Distinguished University Professor Ashwani Gupta has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)  Pendray Aerospace Literature Award. The award is presented for an outstanding contribution to aeronautical and astronautical literature, with an emphasis on the high quality or major influence of the piece.


Das Named Editorial Board Member of Nature’s Scientific Reports
Assistant Professor Siddhartha Das was named to the editorial board of Nature's Scientific Reports in the Fluids and Plasma Physics category.

Sandborn Publishes Second Edition of Cost Analysis of Electronic Systems
Professor Peter Sandborn recently published the second edition of his book Cost Analysis of Electronic Systems. The first edition was released in 2013.

Assistant Professor Siddhartha Das interviewed for article "How Cheerios May Help Cure Cancer"

Alumni News

Alumna ToniAnn Thomas
(B.S. '82) and IBM colleagues visit a Clark School FLEXUS class this spring to discuss harvesting innovation and career opportunities for engineers at IBM. Thomas is a partner with IBM Global Business Services, Public Sector and Commercial Healthcare and serves on the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Visiting Committee.


Brewing Up Success: Terps on Tap
ME Alumnus Francis Smith (B.S. '14) featured in Terp Magazine for his successful start up of Diamondback Brewing in Baltimore.

The Clark School & UMD Alumni Association will be hosting an Engineering Alumni event at Diamondback Brewing on Friday, March 17, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. A portion of drink sales will benefit the Engineering Alumni Network's Leadership Endowment for scholarship assistance. RSVP Today!

Alumnus Michael Armani to Give Whiting-Turner Lecture
"M3D: Defining How U.S. Innovators Compete Globally"

Alumnus Michael Armani (B.S. '05 Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. '11, Bioengineering) will be this spring's Whiting-Turner lecturer at the Clark School of Engineering. Armani is the CEO at M3D, a major innovation company in 3D printing. Armani attended the University from 2001–2011. During that time he was active in many technology innovation projects and startup businesses.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 4:30 p.m.
University of Maryland | Lecture Hall, 1110 Kim Engineering Building

Calling All Terps!

What an exciting time to be a Maryland Mechanical Engineering Alumni! 2019 is right around the corner and it will mark 125 years of engineering innovation and excellence at the University of Maryland. To keep that momentum going for the next 125 years, we're calling all MechE Terps to stay connected with the department and support the next generations of engineers through some of these opportunities.

Play a Round of Golf, Support ME Scholarships

This event is being organized by Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honors Society, and the department to help more students pursue an education in mechanical engineering. Your participation in this tournament as a player or a sponsor will directly provide for scholarships to engineering students in need. REGISTER TODAY!

Be a Guest Judge for Spring Design Day
May 9, 2017!

Design Day celebrates the engineering creativity of our senior students, who engineer solutions to everyday problems as part of their Capstone Design class.

At right: Last year's spring 2016 Design Day People's Choice winning team Skimreaper. They developed an autonomous lake-skimming robot that helped improved water quality by managing harmful vegetation like algae and duckweed.

Interested in volunteering as a guest judge?

Contact Natalie Grandison
Director of External Relations
301-405-1364 |

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