As we wrap up the spring semester and kick off the summer, we are excited to share some of the latest news from the University of Maryland Department of Mechanical Engineering.
In this issue you will learn how our students are making a difference not only in engineering, but in their local community, how our faculty are developing new and innovative energy technologies to improve power plant cooling, and how our alumni and friends are helping us support and educate the next generation of multidisciplinary engineers.
New Engineering Course in Social Philanthropy Seeds 'Green' Transformation
for DC Elementary School
Students in Mechanical Engineering awarded FRESHFARM Markets a $10,000 grant for the non-profit organization’s FoodPrints Program. The grant will be used by FRESHFARM Markets for the installation of a garden and greenspace at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Washington, D.C. The grant award is part of a new course piloted this spring: Engineering for Social Change.
The class, with support from UMD’s School of Public Policy, was established to introduce young engineers to the ideas of social change and social entrepreneurship through the intersection of concepts from both engineering and philanthropy. Read more.
Alumni Share Career Insights with Students
Mechanical Engineering is such a diverse field that there are almost limitless options for any aspiring engineer. From medical applications, robotics and sensors to energy, automotive design and beyond, the possibilities may be daunting to young engineers.
In an effort to provide students with insights into potential career opportunities in mechanical engineering, the department started the Career Paths course, ENME201, to help students navigate the multitude of options available to them. To do this, the course invites alumni who have followed some of the many different routes in the field—including less well known paths such as entrepreneurship, the biomedical industry and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office—to present their take on a career in engineering, the route they followed and to chat with students about their unique experiences. Read more.
Undergraduate research team publishes cover article in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
A team of undergraduate student researchers led by Assistant Professor Siddhartha Das published work shedding new light on the complex pH-dependent electrostatics of viruses that may greatly influence interactions between viruses and bacteria. Their paper, "Electrostatic potential distribution of a soft spherical particle with a charged core and pH-dependent charge density," was the cover article in the March 2015 issue of Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. Read more.From Engineering for Social Change to Research and Innovation, our students have diverse opportunities to gain first-hand experience to give them tools and experience to be the best next generation of engineers. See more of how our students are engaged in research, innovation, competition, and the campus community by visiting this issue's Student Corner.
The projects are two of 14 funded as part of a $30 million investment by ARPA-E's Advanced Research in Dry Cooling (ARID) program to spur transformative new power plant cooling technologies.
Larsson Receives NSF CAREER Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Assistant Professor Johan Larsson a 2015 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his project “Non-equilibrium wall-bounded turbulent flows at high Reynolds numbers.”
Baz Recognized for Teaching & Scholarship Excellence
Minta Martin Professor Amr Baz was recognized for his excellence in both scholarship and teaching. He was awarded both a University of Maryland 2015-2016 Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award and the A. James Clark School of Engineering's Poole and Kent Teaching Award for Senior Faculty.