University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering
Newsletter | Winter 2017
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Winter 2017 Newsletter

There is a lot to celebrate this holiday season in College Park. With final exams over, students, faculty and staff are finishing up another exciting semester. In this newsletter, in addition to department news and updates, you'll hear a student perspective on this year's Solar Decathlon Competition. We're also proud to say this semester we celebrated women engineers at Maryland, as the department now has the highest number of female professors ever and two of our alumna were awarded prestigious Clark School Alumni Awards. We want to take this opportunity to wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes as you head into the new year.

Go Terps!

Solar Decathlon 2017 Recap

In October, students from Mechanical Engineering team flew out to Denver to compete in the 2017 Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon collegiate competition. Undergraduate student Charles White (B.S. '17 Winter) discusses his experience serving as HVAC Team Lead for the competition, and how it felt to get top marks at an international competition.

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Department News

Engineering for Social Change Class Awards $10,000 to Oyster Recovery Partnership
The grant will go towards new equipment for shell recovery process improvement in the Chesapeake Bay. Now in its fourth iteration, the class has given more than $40,000 to local nonprofits.

Azarm Retires as Technical Editor of ASME JMD
Professor Shapour Azarm has recently finished his term as the Technical Editor (TE) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Mechanical Design. He began this term in 2013.

Mechanical Engineering Launches Nanometrology Core Facility
The ME Nanometrology Core Facility was launched this semester. This shared facility expands the department’s ability to conduct research at the micro- and nano-scale.

Sarah Bergbreiter wins ISR Outstanding Faculty Award
Associate Professor Sarah Bergbreiter is the 2017 winner of the Institute of Systems Research (ISR) Outstanding Faculty Award.

Design Day Fall 2017 Recap
Mechanical Engineering hosted Fall Design Day on December 5, 2017. This semester, 29 teams showcased their final projects built to solve selected engineering problems. First place went to Team Not Perpendicular with their project "Parker," an aftermarket parallel park assist system that simplifies the parking process.

Our Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at the University of Maryland Golf Course on April 20, 2018. Proceeds benefit student scholarships within the Department of Mechanical Engineering. For more information, including how to register, visit our website!

Alumni News

ME Alumna Awarded Clark School Early Career Award
Mechanical Engineering alumna Preeti Chauhan (MS/PhD ’12) has been named the 2017 Early Career Award recipient by the A. James Clark School of Engineering. This award honors a Clark School alumnus or alumna who has achieved meritorious contributions and significant rapid advancement in the early stages of their career.

ME Alumna Awarded Clark School Glenn L. Martin Medal
Mechanical Engineering alumna Nancy Margolis (M.S. ’80) has been named a 2017 recipient of the A. James Clark School of Engineering Glenn L. Martin Medal. This award, given once a year, honors individuals who have made a contribution to the mission and ideals of the Clark School.

In case you missed it, ME alumnus Luke Roberts (M.S. '16) was featured in The Baltimore Sun for his company "My App Feeds Kids."


Student Corner

Mechanical Engineering Students Attend SHPE Conference
In November, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) undergraduate students attended the 2017 SHPE Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Graduate Student Partners with FDA to Research Wearable Device Reliability
Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Mehdi Kohani with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help develop new standards for wearable electronics. His research will help eliminate the threat of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) in malfunctioning devices by qualifying new tests for device manufacturers to ensure their products are safe.

Catalini wins 2017 GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowships
Mechanical Engineering graduate student David Catalini is one of two student recipients of the 2017 GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowships, implemented by the Center of Environmental Energy Engineering.

Graduate Student Panelist at International Student Event
Ph.D. student Shayandev Sinha was invited to speak at a UMD Graduate School International Student event.

February 23, 2018
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FEATURED FUND: Department of Mechanical Engineering Gift Fund

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