University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering
Newsletter | October 2015
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October 2015 Mechanical Engineering eNewsletter

The fall semester is well underway, and with the crisp change in weather comes new department information we are excited to share with you.

In this issue you will learn about a student and faculty designed robot that can determine if it can complete a task, how Maryland alumni at Bell Helicopter support current scholars, recent awards and publications, and how you can help our very own Terps Racing team succeed in the upcoming year.

Also, we are looking forward to connecting with our friends and alumni at the upcoming 2015 ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition Conference in Texas. If you are attending, be sure to RSVP for the Mechanical Engineering Networking Reception on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Hilton Americas.


In This Issue

Feature Stories
Research News
Alumni News
Student Corner
How You Can Help

Connect With Us!

Support a Legacy at Terps Racing, Help Fund a New Tow Vehicle

Terps Racing is an organization of about 100 students that design, build, test, and race a formula-style and baja-style race car in collegiate design competitions each year. These competitions are all over the country and the cars have to be towed in a trailer to these locations to allow the team’s hard work to pay off. The 1996 Chevrolet Suburban that tows the trailer for these cars is in bad shape and is older than some of the members in the club. Since we expect this vehicle to last at least twenty years, your contribution will play a pivotal role in leaving a decades-long legacy at Terps Racing. Give Today.


Department Receives $50K Grant from Dominion Foundation

The Dominion Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the University of Maryland for students to model, design, fabricate and test a solar cooling system with the highest possible cooling performance, giving students a hands-on opportunity to solve an important, real-world engineering problem. Read more here


News from Around the Department


In case you missed it, be sure to check out the latest copy of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's annual magazine, METRICS.

Undergraduate Engineering Programs Earn Top Rank in U.S. News & World Report
The University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering has maintained its rank as a top 25 Undergraduate engineering program in the country, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering has continued to maintain its top twenty ranking among undergraduate programs in the country.


Less mess, more versatility: building a smarter industrial robot
Professor S.K. Gupta and his students have developed RoboSAM (ROBOtic Smart Assistant for Manufacturing), an industrial robot smart enough to know when something is wrong, to pause and to call a human for help.

RoboSAM: Robotic Smart Assistant for Manufacturing
Surfing Liquid Drops Shed New Light in Soft Material Research
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Siddhartha Das and researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands recently published work in Nature Communications. Their research sheds new light on how liquid drops behave on soft, squishy materials.

UMD Researchers Creating First Onboard Fast-Charging System for Electric Vehicles
Mechanical Engineering professor Patrick McCluskey and colleague Alireza Khaligh have received a three year Grant Opportunity for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) award to fund their project centered on the design of an integrated universal fast electric car charger compatible with all charging levels.


Ohadi Receives ASHRAE E.K. Campbell Award of Merit
Professor Michael Ohadi was recently awarded the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE) E.K. Campbell Award. This award is given to one ASHRAE member annually in recognition for their outstanding service and achievement in teaching.


Dally Given ICCES 2015 Lifetime Achievement Medal
Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus James Dally was honored at the International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES) with a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Medal.


Han and Colleagues Win ICEPT Outstanding Paper Award
Professor Bongtae Hae and two colleagues were awarded the Outstanding Paper Award at the 16th International Conference on Electronic Packaging Technology (ICEPT) held in Changsha, China.The paper examines the reliability of the standard discrete packaging component under passive temperature cycling.


Fourney Receives SEM Chuck Taylor Award
Keystone Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering William Fourney won the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) 2016 C.E. (Chuck) Taylor Award. It recognizes both his technical excellence and good citizenship within the field.


Gupta Receives ASEE 2015 Ralph Coats Roe Award
Professor Ashwani Gupta was awarded the 2015 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Mechanical Engineering Division Ralph Coats Roe Award at their annual conference.


Two Mechanical Engineering Professors Named PROMISE Mentors
Mechanical Engineering Professors Hugh Bruck and Jeffrey Herrmann have been named University System of Maryland (USM) PROMISE Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) Outstanding Faculty Mentors for the 2015-2016 year.


Alumna Liz Goldwasser Receives Inaugural UMD Alumni Volunteer Award
The University of Maryland Alumni Association awarded Alumna Liz Goldwasser (BS '03), center, the Alumni Volunteer Award as part of their inaugural Volunteer Leadership Awards presented June 13, 2015. Winners were nominated by their peers and selected in recognition of their commitment and service to the University of Maryland.


Student Wins Poster Session at NASA's Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate David Squiller took third place at 2015 NASA's Thermal and Fluid Analysis Workshop's Poster Competition.

Two Graduate Students Named BDF-Suez Fellows
Mechanical Engineering graduate students Mohamed Beshr and Radia Eldeeb received the 2015 GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowships. The fellowship will support their research on technologies that can improve energy effiency and reduce environmental impacts.



Terps at Bell Helicopter Pay it Forward
UMD and Bell have been fostering a relationship to educate, support, and recruit students with a passion for engineering and interest in working at a company that values the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in local communities.


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.

GIVE | Donate today to the Department of Mechanical Engineering Gift Fund. The Mechanical Engineering Gift Fund provides resources for student activities and other departmental needs.

DONATE TIME | We're still looking for guest judges for both the Fall and Spring Design Day showcase. Interested in learning more? Visit or contact Natalie Grandison, Director of External Relations at 301-405-1364 or

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