University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering
Newsletter | April 2016
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April 2016 Mechanical Engineering eNewsletter

In this issue you will learn about how 3D printing at Maryland is revolutioning microfluidic processing, our students' success in both the DARPA RevCon competition and Hyperloop, recent awards and publications, and updates from our Terps Racing team regarding their fall UMD Launch fundraiser featured in our last newsletter.

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Department News
Research News
Alumni News
Student Corner
How You Can Help

Researchers Use Advances in 3D Printing to Rapidly Build Microfluidic Processors
New technique offers cost effective alternative to traditional microfabrication approaches.


Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus Clifford L. Sayre, Jr. Passes at 88
Retired Mechanical Engineering Professor Clifford L. Sayre, Jr. passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016 due to kidney and heart failure related to Alzheimer's complications. The long-time Silver Spring, Md. resident was a member of the University of Maryland faculty for more than 30 years.

Team Takes Top Honor in DARPA RevCon Competition
A team of engineering students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering took top honors at the 2015 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Field-Reversible Thermal Connector (RevCon) Challenge sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Engineering Course in Social Entrepreneurship Supports Building Wells in Africa
Students in the Mechanical Engineering course 'Engineering for Social Change' chose to support the nonprofit Bread and Water, which works to create clean water sources for communities in Africa.

Bergbreiter Named Director of Maryland Robotics Center
Associate Professor Sarah Bergbreiter (ME/ISR) has been named the new director of the Maryland Robotics Center effective January 2016.

Kim Awarded New US Patent
New patent is designed to optimize energy consumption of a building.   

Design Day Fall 2015
Fall Design Day, held on December 8, 2015, showcased 29 student teams, all featuring original product prototype designs. Thank you to all of our sponsors and judges who made this event a success, and ME alumnus Tim Arnold who donated $15,000 to the Capstone Design Fund!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the latest issue of the department's annual magazine, METRICS.


Terps Racing Thanks You; UMD Launch Campaign Update
"Thank you to all of our donors who helped us raise a grand total of $25,255 on Launch UMD! You made it possible for us to reach 136% of our initial goal and made this a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign. It’s remarkable that we have so many supporters who believe in the educational value of our program." – Terps Racing


UMD Researchers Use a Simple Stretch to Create Powerful Pseudomagnetic Fields in Graphene
UMD researchers have made a breakthrough discovery in graphene research that could provide a testbed for understanding how electrons move in extremely high magnetic fields.

Researchers Shed Light on Mechanics of Aortic Dissection
Innovative research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering sheds new light on some of the mechanical properties behind aortic dissection.

Surface Physics Driven Nanomanufacturing Opens Up New Possibilities of
Synthesizing Metal Chalcogenides Nanostructures

Mechanical Engineering professor Siddhartha Das publishes joint research outlining new method to synthesize Metal Chalcogenides Nanostructures.



Li Awarded Society of Engineering Science Young Investigator Medal
Associate and Keystone Professor Teng Li has won the 2016 Society of Engineering Science (SES) Young Investigator Medal.  


Han Receives ASME Mechanics Award
Professor Bongtae Han was named the 2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Mechanics Award winner in ASME's Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division (EPPD).


Mote Named Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering and former University of Maryland (UMD) President, C. D. Mote, Jr., has been appointed a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).  


Professor Emeritus Named to Royal Society of Canada
Professor Emeritus Ugo Piomelli was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).


Gabriel Named Associated Member of GERAD
Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) Names Professor Steven Gabriel an Associate Member  


Mechanical Engineering Professors Receive DURIP Awards
Professors James Duncan and Ashwani Gupta have been named recipients of 2016 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) funding through the


Alumnus Dr. Jeong H. Kim Receives 2016 Horatio Alger Award
Alumni and philanthropist Dr. Jeong H. Kim (Ph.D., Reliability Engineering, ’91), pictured center right, was recognized for his exceptional business leadership and success.

Korsnick Delivers Transforming Energy Lecture at UMD
Alumna and Visiting Committee member Maria Korsnick (B.S. '86), COO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, joined us at UMD to present her lecture "Nuclear Energy's Vital Role in America's Diverse Electricity System" which discussed the strengths of the U.S. nuclear energy industry, its ability to help meet carbon emissions reduction goals, and the transformative changes expected in the coming years.



Sinha Appointed to ASME-IPTI Collegiate Council
Ph.D. student Shayandev Sinha was selected as a 2015-2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Petroleum Technology Institute (IPTI) Collegiate Council member.

Chen Awarded Northrop Grumman Graduate Fellowship in Engineering Education
Graduate student Guang Chen has received the Northrup Grumman Graduate Fellowship in Engineering Education for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Ansari Named Bell Helicopter Engineers on a Mission Scholarship Recipient
Undergraduate student Soophia Ansari has been named the inaugural Bell Helicopter Engineers on a Mission scholarship recipient.


FEATURED FUND: Marvin Roush Fellowship in Risk & Reliability

As one of the pioneers in reliability engineering, Professor Emeritus of Reliability Engineering Marvin Roush helped establish the educational program in risk and reliability at the University of Maryland. This fellowship honors Dr. Roush and his contributions to the field of risk and reliability by providing support to graduate students studying reliability engineering.

Dr. Roush is a University of Maryland alumni (Ph.D. '64) and has authored or co-authored a number of publications in reliability engineering system analysis and process safety management.

To contribute to this fund today, visit:

Inspiration. Boldness. Curiosity. Passion. These are the values that have elevated the University of Maryland to become one of the world’s top academic and research institutions. These are the values that unite our alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends—a community committed to Fearless Ideas that improve the lives of millions around the globe. With your support, we can inspire the next leader, launch the next great business, make a world-changing research breakthrough and strengthen passion and pride in our university.

CAN YOU DONATE TIME THIS SPRING? | We're looking for judges for Spring Design Day on Thursday, May 5th. Interested in learning more? Visit or contact Natalie Grandison, Director of External Relations at 301-405-1364 or

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