As the year draws to a close, we tend to reflect on the past and look forward to a bright future. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland has been around for over 100 years, a rich and vibrant history that makes us proud to be where we are today. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our alumni, friends, and sponsors whose generous support enables us to continuously expand education and research opportunities to our students and faculty. With your help, we look forward to the opportunity to educate the next generation of engineers for another 100 years to come.
UMD Engineering for Social Change Class Awards Non-Profit V-LINC $10,000 Grant to Support Custom Assistive Technology Program
During a ceremony held December 12, 2016 on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus, students in the Engineering for Social Change course awarded Baltimore based non-profit V-LINC a $10,000 grant to support their Custom Assistive Technology Program. Read more.
Gupta Named 2016 AAAS Fellow
Distinguished University Professor Ashwani Gupta named 2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.
Professor Jin-Oh Hahn, along with two other A. James Clark School of Engineering faculty, attended the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 2016 Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium.
Thank you to the many event and project sponsors, guest judges, faculty, staff, and students who continue to make our twice annual Design Day events such a success. The culmination of Mechanical Engineering's capstone Integrated Product and Process Development Course, Design Day features project presentations from 30 teams that highlight the talents and creativity of our mechanical engineering students.
In addition, the course offers opportunities for regional organizations to leverage the engineering ingenuity of our students to help solve challenges they are facing. Children’s National Health System was pleased to serve as an external mentor for two Design Day projects: a hippotherapy simulator and a low cost oxygen blender. Kevin Cleary, Ph.D., Technical Director of the Bioengineering Initative at Children’s National, and who served as a the mentor for both projects, had this to say, “It is inspiring to see the creativity of the Maryland students. Both teams did an outstanding job of reviewing the literature and developing prototype designs. This legwork has positioned us well to continue these projects for the benefit our pediatric patients."
This year's event sponsors included Bell Helicopter, Intralox, and Boeing. As part of local outreach, high school students from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute visited and spoke to seniors about their prototypes.
In case you missed it, or it hasn't hit your mailbox yet, be sure to check out the latest issue of the department's annual magazine, METRICS.
Could Standing on a Scale Give You Better Insights into Your Cardiovascular Health?
Assistant Professor Jin-Oh Hahn and his team, which includes research associate Chang-Sei Kim and graduate student Stephanie Ober, have spent the past several years exploring ways to mathematically model some of the human body's cardiac functions to create algorithms and tools aimed at both improving current cardiovascular monitoring tools—like blood pressure cuffs—and creating unobtrusive ways to monitor patient vitals as well as health and disease.
Newly Discovered Blue Whirl Fire Tornado Burns Cleaner for Reduced Emissions;
Could Lead to Better Oil Spill Cleanup
Fire tornados, or ‘fire whirls,’ pose a powerful and essentially uncontrollable threat to life, property, and the surrounding environment in large urban and wildland fires. But now, a team of researchers at Maryland, which includes Mechanical Engineering affiliate faculty member Elaine Oran, say their discovery of a type of fire tornado they call a ‘blue whirl’ could lead to beneficial new approaches in reduced carbon emissions and improved oil spill cleanup.
ALUMNI NEWS & NOTES
Alumna Maria Korsnick Elected President and CEO of NEI
Alumna Maria Korsnick (B.S. Nuclear Engineering ’86) has been elected to the position of President and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), which is the policy organization for the United States nuclear energy industry. She has served as their COO since May 2015.
Alumnus Alex Mehr (Ph.D. '03), founder and former Co-CEO of Zoosk, was one of four UMD alumni who presented at UMD's Digital Disruptors event. The TED-style event featured alumni sharing insights on how emerging technologies will impact our future. It was held November 10th at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Md.
Thank you to the many alumni, friends and corporate partners who have supported the department over the past year. Donations and support like this enables us enhance and expand the experiential and research opportunities we are able to provide our students.
FEATURED FUND: Department of Mechanical Engineering Gift Fund
The Mechanical Engineering Gift Fund provides resources for student activities and other departmental needs.
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