Associate Professor Reza Shahbazian Yassar (ME-EM) provided expert commentary for an ABC Science story, “Cotton T-shirt to Charge Mobile Phones?” on a University of South Carolina scientist’s effort to convert a T-shirt into a supercapacitor. Read more
Assistant Professor Bo Chen (ME-EM/Advanced Power Systems Research Center) and coPIs Professor Jeff Naber (ME-EM), Professor David Shonnard (ChE) and Dean Jacqueline Huntoon (Graduate School) have received $48,660 from the National Science Foundation for a project, “US-China Workshop and Planning Visit on Sustainable Fuels and Clean Vehicles.”
Four graduate students are going to Lansing for Graduate Education Day, Thursday, March 29. Governor Rick Snyder has declared the week of March 26 as Graduate Education Week, and more than 50 students from universities and colleges across the state will meet with legislators at the Capitol Building in Lansing.
Represenmting Michigan Tech and ME-EM, Mark Hopkins, a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering from Charlotte. He will be discussing his work on in-space electric rockets.
Michigan Tech’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics jumped from 48th to 44th in the US News & World Report rankings published in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” just in time for their 85th Anniversary. As the Department celebrates 85 years of education, innovation, and invention; the increase ranking reinforces the strides made to be a continuing force in Mechanical Engineering at a national and international level.
“I am extremely pleased and proud,” said William Predebon, chair of the department. “This is just fantastic. The ranking is a recognition by our peers and is the result of hard work on the part of our faculty and staff, as well as the accomplishments of our graduates.”
The US News rankings of individual engineering programs in doctorate-granting universities are based on reputation as measured by feedback from department heads or chairs in each specialty, who rate other programs on a five-point scale. The rankings were released March 13, 2012.
Professor Gordon Parker (ME-EM/PRC) and co-PI Wayne Weaver (ECE) have received $325,000 for a project, “Sandia National Laboratories Agent Based Control with Application to Microgrids with High Penetration Renewables.”
Assistant Professor John Hill (ME-EM/MTTI), co-PI Colin Brooks (MTRI) and co-PI Liza Jenkins (MTRI) have received $94,789 from the Michigan State Police, Office of Highway Safety Planning for a project, “2012 Michigan Seat Belt Observation Study.”