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December 18, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

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Sun Named to Lou and Herbert Wacker Professorship in Mechanical Engineering

Ye “Sarah” Sun (ME-EM) has accepted the Lou and Herbert Wacker Professorship in Mechanical Engineering, which was created to retain and attract high-quality faculty who are at the top of their profession, can excite students to think beyond the classroom material, and knows how to integrate their research into the classroom.

Sun was chosen for this position as she is recognized as a rising star and outstanding researcher in the area of wearable sensors, systems, and robotics and a respected member of the smart health community.

Among her research honors is the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Research Award on “System-on-Cloth: A Cloud Manufacturing Framework for Embroidered Wearable Electronics.”

In recognition of her innovative research in wearable sensors, Sun’s NSF CAREER award was selected for presentation to congressional offices in April 2019.

She is also the director of the Cyber-Physical System Center and associate director of the Institute of Computing and Cybersystems at Michigan Tech.

Sun will use this recognition and support to enhance her research in wearable and soft robotics. Her goal is to develop flexible textile robotics by leveraging the physical understanding and modeling of textile materials and dynamics and the recent advances of morphological computing.

Textile robotics are not only able to enhance human capabilities via wearable design but also achieve autonomous locomotion. The controllable structures of textiles directly provide a unified platform that is capable of integrating sensing and actuating into textile robotics itself. The positioning support will be used to recruit graduate students and to set up the manufacturing platform.

This post appeared in Tech Today, Dec. 16, 2020. Posted by Office of the Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs


Faculty Fellow Program-Call for Applications

Originally posted in Tech Today on Dec. 15, 2020 by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Applications are being solicited for the Faculty Fellow Program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program expands familiarity with sponsored program administration and strategic planning among the faculty, develops leadership capacity among the faculty and improves sponsored programs administration and strategic planning through faculty input.

Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 and must be submitted electronically per the guidelines. For additional information, see Faculty Fellow Program.


Michigan Tech Announces Research Excellence Fund Awards

Originally posted in Tech Today on Nov. 30 by Vice President for Research Office.

The Vice President for Research Office announces the Fall 2020 REF awards. Thanks to the individual REF reviewers and the REF review panelists, as well as the deans and department chairs, for their time spent on this important internal research award process.

Research Seed Grants:

  • Sajjad Bigham, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Bo Chen, Computer Science
  • Daniel Dowden, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ana Dyreson, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Hassan Masoud, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Xinyu Ye, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Gretchin Hein Receives Award from SWE

Gretchen Hein (MMET) is the recipient of a major award from the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology.

During ceremonies held online earlier this month, Hein was honored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), with the SWE Outstanding Advisor Award. 

Hein is a senior lecturer in the Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology and has served as SWE’s Academic Advisor for many years. In March 2019, Hein attended SWE’s Congressional Outreach Days in Washington, DC where she discussed STEM education and inclusion of underrepresented groups with U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman. 

This is not the first honor bestowed on Hein. In February, she was awarded a Faculty Award at MTU’s 2020 Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards Ceremony. She has been recognized by advising an eCYBERMISSION national winning team by the National Science Teachers Association and in 2017 was named a Positive Female Role Model by Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Tech Today, posted by the College of Engineering