With students back in College Park after the summer break, we here at the Department of Mechanical Engineering are excited to share another issue of our eNewsletter. Over the almost 125 years since the department was established, Mechanical Engineering has graduated Terps who have entered into countless disciplines and traveled around the world. For this issue, in addition to our exciting new research publications, faculty awards and hires, and student stories, we reached out to a few alumni to talk about their careers and where they see the field of engineering heading in the future.
These alumni span the globe and the fields of mechanical, nuclear, and reliability engineering, and truly highlight the endless possibilities of an education here at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Degree: B.S. Nuclear Engineering '86 Current Occupation: President and Chief Executive Officer, NEI What excites you about engineering at the moment?
It’s a challenging and exciting time for the nuclear industry right now. We are working to get our current fleet of reactors recognized for the value they bring – very reliable, emissions- and carbon-free, ‘round-the-clock generation. Reduce regulatory burden to help sustain the fleet. Innovate and bring new reactors to the market – small modular and advanced designs.
Degree: Ph.D. '03 Current Occupation: Professor and Associate Chair, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington What excites you about engineering at the moment?
Mechanical engineering is making tremendous impact in medicine and biology. More and more of our innovations in mechanical engineering are being translated for use in the medical fields to help improve human health.
Degree: B.S. '99, M.S. '01 Current Occupation: Manager, Electrified Powertrain Engineering in Asia Pacific for Ford Motor Company What excites you about engineering at the moment? This is the greatest time to be an engineer in the automotive industry. There are many social and technical issues and trends impacting the field right now and we have the chance to make a real difference.
Degree: B.S. '96 Current Occupation: Director, Client Solutions for 10Pearls What excites you about engineering at the moment? Improving the quality of life for many, as well as making a difference in the world. As a passionate advocate for women in engineering, I am glad to see more women entering the field... I am proud to work for a company that is also committed to these same values.
Degree: B.S. '84 Current Occupation: Principal Engineer, Advanced Design Tools for GE Aviation What excites you about engineering at the moment? Our design process is evolving through the greater availability of data from the manufacturing and operation of our engines... The GE Digital Initiatives are transforming our business in many ways.
Degree: M.S. Reliability Engineering '12 Current Occupation: Risk and Reliability Engineering, Nuclear Regulatory Commission What excites you about engineering at the moment? The thing that excites me most is seeing the increased conversations around diversity in engineering. There’s still work to be done, but increased awareness will hopefully lead to workplace cultures that are more friendly to people of all different backgrounds.
Also headed to our alumni this month is this year's issue of Metrics, the annual department magazine. Hasn't hit your mailbox yet? Check out our electronic version online here: go.umd.edu/Metrics-2017
Terps Racing Students Visit Indy 500 Time Trial Practice Session
In May, Terps Racing students were invited to the Indy 500 Time Trials. Four students, including Ben Strobel from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Michael Dipalo, Konrad Anderson and Sean Stanley from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, made the trip to Indianapolis, Ind. to gain valuable knowledge about IndyCar racing and watch the time trial practice sessions.