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(April 6, 2017) MME student, Amelia Brown, selected as a Goldwater Scholar
Materials science and engineering undergraduate student, Amelia Brown, was selected as a Goldwater Scholar. This is the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences. She is one of only four winners from the state of Washington to win the award. Amelia works with Scott Beckman and wrote her proposal based on the research manuscript they submitted to Applied Mathematical Modeling, "Modeling of reaction-diffusion transport into a core-shell geometry." Amelia will be granted up to $7500 tuition per year.
(April 4, 2017) MME students win awards at WSU SURCA
3 MME students win awards at this years Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) on March 27.
  • Gray award: Bryan Heer, mentor Amit Bandyopadhyay, on “Novel 3D Printing of Metal Composite Aerospace Structures;”
  • Novice Researcher award: Austin Blake, mentor Arda Gozen, on “Drop on Demand Inkjet Printed Electronics Using Graphene Based Inks.”
  • Early Career award: Dylan Blair, mentor Arda Gozen, on “3D Printed Composites with Shape Memory Behavior.”
(January 27, 2017) Kelvin Lynn was featured in an article in the Spring 2017 issue of the Washington State Magazine.
Today, manmade crystals power an astonishing range of devices from the sensors that control electronic functions in cars to the semiconductors driving computers and smartphones. Discreetly hidden from view, industrial crystals form the backbone of our technology-based society. Much of the credit for perfecting the underlying raw materials goes to the glittering mind of Kelvin Lynn.
Read more from this article at WASHINGTON STATE MAGAZINE.
(January 13, 2017) MME research team develops soy based air filter.
Professor Weihong (Katie) Zhong’s research team recently had a report published in the journal of Composites Science and Technology discussing this new air filter. WSU news and the local Moscow Pullman newspaper also reported on this new soy based air filter research.
(November 28, 2016) MME's Susmita Bose and Katie Zhong elected as AAAS Fellows.
Katie Zhong and Susmita Bose are among 391 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) members elected fellows this year by their AAAS peers because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Learn more at aaas.org.
(November 9, 2016) ME Coug students make a 'reel' difference for veterans.
Working with Kurt Hutchinson, MME students are designing and building more than 30 fly fishing reels to be donated to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, nonprofits that teach fly fishing and provide guided trips to military veterans and people with life threatening illnesses.
See the WSU News article for more details
(November 4, 2016)ME student Casandra Evans receives $1,000 Auvil award for 2016-17.
Casandra Evans is majoring in mechanical engineering and will be working with Dr. Jacob Leachman on her research project. Results of the research will be displayed at the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) in March.
(October 26, 2016)MME’s Yuehe Lin and Scott Beckman develop low cost water splitting catalyst.
The team lead by Dr. Lin and Dr. Beckman developed a catalyst from low cost materials. It performs as well as or better than catalysts made from precious metals that are used for the process.
Read more about the catalyst at WSU NEWS.
(October 19, 2016)MME researchers build low-cost cancer detection laboratory on a smartphone.
Assistant professor Lei Li’s research team has developed a low-cost portable laboratory on a smartphone that can analyze several samples at once to catch cancer biomarkers. The MME research team created an eight channel smartphone spectrometer that can detect human interleukin-6 (IL-6), a known biomarker for lung, prostate, liver, breast and epithelial cancers. A spectrometer analyzes the amount and type of chemicals in a sample by measuring the light spectrum.
See the WSU news article for more details.
(September 14, 2016)School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering researchers awarded $1.1 million to advance solar technology
The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative cooperative award has issued $1.1 million to a team of researchers from WSU. Dr.Kelvin Lynn, Regents Professor from The School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, is one of team of researchers that is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Nious Technologies on this project.
Click here to read the WSU News article.
Click here to read more about the SunShot Initiative.
(August 24, 2016)MME researchers create special aerogel to create more productive and cost effective fuel cells
Researchers, led by Dr. Yuehe Lin, in the in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering have created an aerogel to enhance the performance and reduce the costs of fuel cells.
This team of researchers' aerogel is made up of inexpensive metals and it's these metals that cause the fuel cell reactions when applied. This aerogel was created by Dr. Chengzhou Zhu, as assistant research professor in Dr. Yuehe Lin's research group.
Read the publication here at Wiley's online library.
Click here to read the WSU News article.
(August 4, 2016) Dr. Qizhen Li, MME Associate Professor, is invited to participate in NAE's U.S. Frontier's of Engineering symposium
The National Academy of Engineer's (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering symposium gathers promising engineers together for a 2 1/2 day program. This symposium gives engineers an opportunity to interact with the hopes that it will promote future collaborations between engineers that may have not met if it were not for the program.
Dr. Qizhen Li, MME Associate Professor, is one of 83 other young engineers to be chosen to participate in this symposium. Dr. Li is recognized nationally as an NSF Career award holder and also has a Young Leader Professional Award from TMS, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.
Click here to read the WSU News article.
(July 25, 2016) Dr. Michael R. Kessler named ASME Fellow
Berry Family director and professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Dr. Michael R. Kessler, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. According to the ASME website, "A fellow, one who has attained a membership grade of distinction, at the time of advancement shall be a corporate member of the Society, shall have been responsible for significant engineering achievements, and shall have not less than 10 years of active practice and 10 years of corporate membership in ASME".
Dr. Kessler is also the co-director for the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), the first industry and univerisity cooperative research center devoted to the development of biologically based plastics. Recently, his team has been recognized for developing a shape-changing smart material that has light-activated capability and self-healing behavior.
The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering would like to congratulate Dr. Michael R. Kessler on another amazing accomplishment!
Dr. Kessler joined MME in 2013 and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(July 13, 2016) Dr. Yuehe Lin named one of the most cited researchers in the world
Dr.Yuehe Lin was listed in the 2016 "MOST CITED RESEARCHERS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING BY ELSEVIER SCOPUS DATA", which includes only the top 300 of the world's researchers in the field of materials science and engineering (MSE) ranked by the total citations of their papers.
The complete list is available here.
(June 30, 2016) WSU researchers develop polymers that can change shape from heat or light
Dr.Michael Kessler, professor & Berry Family Director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and, Yuzhan Li, MME Staff Scientist, in collaboration with Orlando Rios, researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have developed a multifunctional material which combines several smart abilities, including shape memory behavior, light-activated movement, and self-healing behavior, into one material. This material can bend, shape, re-shape, and heal when heat or light is applied.
"We knew these different technologies worked independently and tried to combine them in a way that would be compatible," said Dr. Michael Kessler.
Click here to read more about this material and see the material in action in the embedded video!
(June 22, 2016) Siemens PLM Software gives WSU in-kind software grant
WSU students will be a step-ahead after graduation starting with an in-kind software grant given to WSU by Seimens PLM Software. What will set WSU students ahead is that graduates that can operate this software tend to standout when being recruited for highly technical jobs.
The Boeing Company's Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering, or AerosPACE, and the senior mechanical engineering capstone design courses will be using the program primarily.
Click here to read more about Seimens PLM Software in-kind grant.
(June 13, 2016) Dr. Yuehe Lin and Research Team Improve E.Coli Detecting Biosensors
The need for a system to easily detect the food pathogen Escherichia coli (E.Coli) is grand. Small traces of E.Coli can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney damage. Dr. Yuehe Lin, his research team, and WSU School of Food Science's Associate Professor Meijun Zhu, have created a handheld device concept that uses biosensors to amplify the pathogen's signal so that it is easier to detect. Dr. Lin led his team in creating a nanoflower, a nanoscale particle made up of inorganic and organic materials that resemble a flower. This nanoflower is what amplifies E.Coli's signal.
Click here to read more about Dr. Lin, and his research team's, improved biosensors.
Read the journal publication online here.
(June 8, 2016) MME Graduate Student, Preetam Mohapatra, Wins 1st Place in the SAMPE Student Poster Contest
Every year, the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering, or SAMPE, holds a Poster Competition for students to showcase their research. This year, 20 students particiated and the competition was held in Long Beach, CA.
First Place went to Preetam Mohapatra, a graduate student in Dr. Lloyd Smith's research group. Preetam's poster was titled "Effect of Pressure Sensitive and Elastic Plastic Yield on Toughened Adhesives". Congratulations, Preetam, from the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering!
Read more about the poster competition and SAMPE at here.
(June 6, 2016) MME's Everett Mars Rover Team takes second place in international competition
The team of nearly 20 mechanical engineering recent graduates and students from MME, competed in the June 2-4 challenge. The team spent more than a year designing and building a Mars rover of their own under the supervision of WSU clinical associate professor Dr. Xiaopeng Bi. The rover is meant to be able to work alongside human explorers on the surface of the Red Planet; tough enough to move over rough terrain, agile enough to pick up and move a variety of tools and smart enough to test soil for elements that might help sustain life. Read more about the team at WSU News.
(May 27, 2016) Xiaopeng Bi Wins Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award for Non-Tenured Faculty
Clinical Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU North Pugent Sound at Everett, Dr. Xiaopeng Bi, was awarded the Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award for Non-Tenured Faculty. This award is given out to one tenure and non-tenure track faculty member, out of the entire Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, at the annual convocation ceremony.
Dr. Bi was praised by students as a "passionate instructor, mentor and program coordinator". Also, he had an inaugural part in launching the Everett Engineering Club.
Read more about Dr. Xiaopeng Bi's achievement and the annual convocation ceremony here.
MME Director, Dr. Michael R. Kessler and Reid Miller Award Recipient, Dr. Xiaopeng Bi
(May 6, 2016) MME PhD Student, Cameron Hohimer, Receives National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
PhD student Cameron Hohimer, a WSU mechanical engineering doctoral student in Changki Mo’s research group received a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. Of 17,000 applicants, 2,000 students across the U.S. received the three-year awards. The program, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math, provides a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost of education allowance, according to the NSF website. Cameron’s is exploring the possibilities of soft robotics through 3D printing.
Read the WSU News article here.
(May 6, 2016) Director of Industrial Design Clinic, Chuck Pezeshki, Developing Radio Tracking System to Monitor Apes in Borneo
Chuck Pezeshki’s Industrial Design Clinic projects to develop a radio tracking system to monitor the survival rates of reintroduced apes in Borneo and for aerial surveys of endangered painted dogs in Zimbabwe was featured in WSU Magazine.
Read the full Washington State Magazine article here.
(May 6, 2016) MME Faculty, Rahul Panat & Indranath Dutta, Featured in WSU Magazine
Rahul Panat’s and Indranath Dutta’s research on smart and flexible electronics was featured in WSU Magazine.
Read the full Washington State Magazine article here.
(May 2, 2016) MME Student, Carl Bunge, awarded NASA Space Grant Fellowship
Carl Bunge, a WSU MME Senior working in Jake Leachman’s research group has been awarded a 2016-2017 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF) valued at ~$70k/year. Carl is already working with Jake Leachman, Konstantin Matveev, and Dustin McLarty on the vortex tube project for the Department of Energy. His research project for NASA will be to model and demonstrate the Heisenberg Vortex tube for light-weight cooling of liquid hydrogen in space-stage rockets.
Read more at this WSU News article.
(April 13, 2016) Pacific Northwest H2 + Fuel Cells Symposium on April 19, 2016
The very first Pacific Northwest H2 + Fuel Cells Symposium takes place next Tuesday and will be held at the newly built Paccar Environmental Technology Building.
One purpose of the symposium is to popularize the discussion on current and future applications of using hydrogen as a fuel source. There are current applications of hydrogen use as a fuel source, but more funding is required to develop an affordable system for mass application.
For the symposium schedule and to RSVP; click here.
(March 28, 2016) MME Student, Michael Kindle, Wins a WSU SURCA Crimson Award
The Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) held its largest ever showcase in WSU history March 28th with 231 students making presentations. 48 awards were given in total with 7 awarded in the Engineering and Physical Science category; a Crimson Award was awarded to MME undergraduate, Michael Kindle, for his presentation on "The Effect of a MnO2-Sulfur Composite Cathode on Li-S Batteries for Use in Emerging Technologies", with Dr. Min-Kyu Song as his mentor.
Michael Kindle's Presentation (link to high resolution picture)
Read more about the WSU SURCA poster presentation event at this WSU News article.
(March 22, 2016) WSU Mars Rover Team Update
WSU's Mars Rover Team, based in Everett, are preparing to head to Utah for the next leg of their international competition, the University Rover Challenge. There are a total of 30 teams that will head to Utah to compete against one another in the hopes to be one of the 15 that will advance in the competition. However, the team needs more funding to get there.
Donate using the WSU Foundation’s online giving site, to help them pay for additional parts, lodging and travel costs.
WSU News Photo of Blain Liukko, MME Student
Read more about the WSU Mars Rover team at this WSU News article.
(March 11, 2016) Lauren Wells, MME Fiscal Specialist II, Wins 2016 Crimson Spirit Award
WSU Human Resources photo of Lauren Wells
(March 8, 2016) Dr. Robert Richards and Project Team Give Preview of TrashWall
Dr. Robert Richards' TrashWall Project team gave a preview of their presenation they will present at the National Science Festival.
See what they presented online at this WSU News article.
(March 8, 2016) Dr. Prashanta Dutta Receives a Fulbright Scholar Grant to Develop Advanced Methods of Cancer Detection
Read the WSU News article.
(February 29, 2016) MME Director and Research Team Develop Method of Creating Cheaper Carbon Fiber
Dr. Michael Kessler and his research team have discovered a way to create carbon fiber cheaper than it is currently made. To do so they replaced a key-ingredient, in carbon fiber's product, with something that's less expensive.
This is so revolutionary, and is so, because if carbon fiber can be produced at an affordable rate it can be used for practical application on a wider basis.
Read the The Daily Evegreen article.
(February 29, 2016) Solar cell voltage technology advancement made by MME's Dr. Kelvin Lynn and research team
Dr. Kelvin Lynn, in collaboration with WSU, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and University of Tennessee, has helped develop improvements to cell voltage technology so that solar energy may as cost-effective as conventionally generated electricity. Solar energy hasn't been able to compete with electricity because it can be costly to produce solar cells.
Read more about how Dr. Lynn and his team have been able to do this from this WSU News article.
(February 22, 2016) MME Students and Professor Participate in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Funded Project "TrashWall"
Mechanical Engineering professor, Robert Richards, along with Taiji Miyasaka, professor of architecure in the Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture, are leading students from both schools in a project funded by The Environmental Protection Agency. The goal is to create a "TrashWall" that will be used as an interior wall of sorts with the purpose of insulating the room. Stipulations include, the cost of each TrashWall must be under 10 cents per square foot and "the payback period from utility energy savings should be less than one heating season", as stated on the EPA website.
In April, the group will be attending the National Sustainable Design Expo to present their TrashWall project, but you can see it March 3rd in the Engineering Teaching/Research Lab (ETRL) room 101 at 9 a.m.
Read the The Daily Evegreen article.
Read the Waste DIVE article.
Read details of the Trashwall Project on the EPA website.
(February 15, 2016) Dr. Yuehe Lin, WSU MME Researcher, is recognized by Spokesman Review as an 'Influential Mind'
Dr. Yuehe Lin is currently a Professor in the School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at WSU and a Laboratory Fellow, in joint appointment, with Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNNL).
Despite his local address, Dr. Lin's research is of the top most sought after and cited across the globe. However, this isn't the first time that Dr. Lin has been recognized for the number of times his publications have been cited; there are several articles addressing his publications.
Read the The Spokesman-Review article.
Read the Tri-City Herald article.
Read the WSU News article.
(February 1, 2016) Three MME Students Awarded 2015 University Innovation Fellowship
Three mechanical engineering students, Victor Charoonsophonsak, Ryan Pitzer and Mitchell Scott, each received the prestige of becoming a University Innovation Fellow. The Fellows are college students from across the United States that have been chosen to help influence their peers to be involved in the "economy of the future", as said on the University Innovation Fellows website.
University Innovation Fellows is a program run by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, also known as, Epicenter; which is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Standford University and VentureWell.
Victor, Ryan and Scott are planning an innovation night for the fall 2016 semester. They hope this event will help direct students of various ambition to a student group that will help them acheive their goals, whether it be something in engineering or an entrepreneurship.
Read about University Innovation Fellows.
Read the WSU News article.
(January 22, 2016) NASA Chooses Dr. Sinisa Mesarovic's Research Proposal
Nasa's Physical Sciences Research Program has selected two proposals that will assist in solving various issues in the area of fluid physics and combustion science.
Dr. Sinisa Mesarovic's proposal, "Computational Framework for Capillary Flows", was one of two proposals that were selected by NASA. The total award amount, between the two proposals, is about $300,000 during a two-year period. Both proposals will use the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system, which is a database of past and present International Space Station (ISS) flight experiments.
Read the NASA news story.
(January 29, 2016) Professor Prashanta Dutta Receives Fulbright Award
MME Professor Prashanta Dutta has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar grant (2016-2017) to pursue research in Germany. He will collaborate with his colleagues at the Center for Smart Interfaces of the Technical University of Darmstadt to develop next generation detection techniques for circulating tumor cells. Professor Dutta will work on advanced theoretical and computational models to design new separation and detection techniques for circulating tumor cells in cancer patients.
The prestigious Fulbright program was founded by United States senator J William Fulbright in 1946 to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through exchange of knowledge. It’s the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright Scholar grants are approved annually by a presidentially appointed board, and these grants are administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
(December 7, 2015) Mechanical Engineering 416 "Painted Dog Research UAV Project" Group Successfully Flies Their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Over this past weekend, the "Painted Dog Research UAV project" group, with ME 416, had a successful flight at the test strip in Lewiston, Idaho.
Mechanical and Materials Engineering students; Vitou Chea, Sunghun Han, Paul Menendez, Nick K. Peterson, Yuki Tanikawa, Seth Whittington and Cory Johnson are all in this ME 416 project group.
Watch the YouTube video here.
(December 1, 2015) Senior in Mechanical Engineering, Omar Ruiz Wins 2nd Place in Mastercam's Wildest Parts Competition
Omar Ruiz designed and submitted a piston coffee mug to Mastercam's Wildest Parts Competition. After designing and printing a 3D model, Ruiz custom-cut the final product out of an aluminum piston and rod.
Ruiz's submission won him 2nd Place with a prize of $500 cash and $40,000 worth of Mastercam software.
WSU News photo of Omar Ruiz.
Read the WSU News article.
(November 16, 2015) Washington State University hosts The Center for Bioplastics & Biomaterials (CB²) national conference.
From Monday, November 16th through Wednesday, November 18th, industry members, university faculty members and several others will meet to hear new project proposals for The Center for Bioplastics & Biomaterials. These members hailing from Washington State University, Iowa State University, 3M Company, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Newell Rubbermaid, Viskase Companies, Inc and many others, travel a couple of times a year to first hear the project proposals and then learn the progress and results of the projects chosen for funding.
All projects share the same goal of using biologically based plastics to develop bio-based products.
Read the WSU News article.
(November 10, 2015) Once named MME Outstanding Senior, Armistead (Ted) G. Russell is given WSU Alumni Award
Washington State Alumni, Armistead (Ted) G. Russel, was awarded with the Washington State University Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Russell's research in air qualty and developing national public policies earned him this award.
The School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering would like to congradulate Dr. Ted Russell for all of his achievements!
WSU News Photo of Ted Russel with Dean Claiborn and his nominator, Roger McClellan.
Read the WSU News article.
(November 5, 2015) Fall 2015 Scholarship Reception
On October 11, 2015 MME held a Scholarship Reception to recognize our scholarship recipients. Visit our events website for more pictures from the reception.
Picture of Finch Scholarship recipients.
(October 26, 2015) Dr. Yuehe Lin, and His Research Team, Develop a Natural Protein Cage That Improves The Delivery of Cancer Drugs
By adding an anticancer drug to a natural protein cage, a cage developed by Dr. Lin and his research team, they were able to weaken the adverse side-effects of cancer medications. Healthy cells can be attacked when receiving these medications, but with this delivery method healthy cells are not targeted.
WSU News Photo of Dr. Yuehe Lin
Read in More Detail at this WSU News article.
(October 22, 2015) New Equipment in WSU's Cleanroom Set Us Ahead
Washington State University is home to one of the few cleanrooms available to students in this state. The School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering's very own, Dr. David Field, uses this clean room to develop nanotubes. Also, students use this precious opportunity to set them apart when applying for jobs after college. Experience working in a clean room is just not widely available and the WSU students that actually have this experience are a precious commodity.
WSU News Photo of Cleanroom
Read the WSU News article.
(October 13, 2015)Dr. Jacob Leachman, and His Research Team, Awarded $2.2 Million Towards Advancing Liquid Hydrogen Power
Jacob Leachman
"Washington literally has streams of hydrogen gas venting to space across our state. This technology is the heart of an economical system that can collect and store the hydrogen for future use in vehicles or chemical feedstock," said Dr. Leachman.
Check out the HYPER Lab and read more about Dr. Leachman and his team's research.
Read the WSU News article.
(October 2, 2015) MME’s Professor Susmita Bose was featured on the WSU main webpage.
The article on Dr. Bose was the feature article from September 22 through October 1. The article includes an interview with Professor Bose, photographs in her laboratories and two YouTube videos.
(September 23, 2015) Yuehe Lin Among World's Most Cited Professors
Yuehe Lin is among approximately 3,200 top cited or influential researchers, according to Thomson Reuters, because they have published the most or most influential articles among those frequently cited by fellow researchers.
Lin joined WSU in 2013 as a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.
His research interests include synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials; materials and devices for sensing, bioimaging, and drug delivery; materials and systems for water monitoring and treatment; nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage; electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.
His research has resulted in more than 300 publications and he holds more than 10 patents. His publications have been cited about 21,336 times; he has an h-index (measure of productivity and impact of a scientist or scholar) of 78, according to Google Scholar.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
(September 11, 2015) MME Professors John McCloy & Kelvin Lynn named Senior Members of SPIE
Congratulations to Professors John McCloy and Kelvin Lynn on being named as Senior Members of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. SPIE Senior Members are Members of distinction who will be honored for their professional experience, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and/or significant performance that sets them apart from their peers.
Read the announcement here
(September 1, 2015) Recent Ph.D. Graduate, Yuri Hovanski, Wins Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium Far West Region
Dr. Yuri Hovanski, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Program Manager, was recently interviewed by the Tri-City Herald regarding a process that won PNNL two awards from the Federal Laboratory Constortium Far West Region. Dr. Hovanski received his Ph.D. from Washington State University. Light-weighting of vehicles through FSW of tailor welded blanks was the subject of his dissertation.
Read the complete article at Tri-City Herald.
(August 5, 2015)MSE Grad, Erin Patterson, Wins Employee of the Year Award
Former MME student, Erin Patterson, a 2013 alumna in materials science and engineering, was named Bradken’s Young Employee of the Year. Every year Bradken, a global manufacturer and supplier of differentiated consumable and capital products, honors a select few employees who demonstrate the core values of their company. In the process of their selection, Bradken chooses amongst 4,000 of their employees, and awards employees who stand out in each region. Patterson was selected from the Bradken America group. “I felt honored and happy to be recognized for the work I’ve done in the two years I’ve been with Bradken,” she said. Patterson was first hired at Bradken’s Tacoma site as a metallurgist intern. After just two months, she was hired permanently. Bradken selected Patterson for the company’s prestigious award for her part in the installation of an optical emission spectrometer in Bradken’s melt shop, where she demonstrated the company’s values of high-motivation as well as innovation and continuous improvement.
Erin Patterson
(July 30, 2015) Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose awarded 1.8M NIH Grant
MME professors Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose have received support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements. The five-year, $1.8 million grant will be used to study 3D printing and nanomaterials to improve how bone implants integrate into the body.
Grant Abstract: Though non-cemented implants are becoming popular among both traditional and younger patients, a key challenge still remains with these implants i.e., early stage osseointegration. Porous metal coated implants take longer time to bond with the surrounding bone tissue than cemented implants. Moreover, current manufacturing practices for porous metal coating results in a weak interface between the coating and the implant as evidenced from many recalls of coated implants due to interface failures. Our application is focused on surface modified three dimensionally printed (3DP) porous tantalum (Ta) and titanium (Ti) coating for load-bearing implants to improve early-stage osseointegration abilities. Both Ta and Ti have excellent biocompatibility and are safe to use in vivo. The low modulus of elasticity of porous coatings allow for better physiologic load transfer and relative preservation of bone stock. The objective of this proposed research is to test our central hypothesis, which is porous surface modified 3D printed Ta or Ti coating on Ti can enhance early stage in vivo tissue integration ability in load-bearing implants. The rationale is that once we delineate the effect of porosity and surface modification along with mechanical, in vitro and in vivo biological properties, we can achieve fundamental information on tissue integration for porous Ta and Ti coated implants, and identify optimal material properties that can help us design bone replacement devices based on application needs. Our long range goal is to design and manufacture surface modified reliable porous Ta and Ti coatings with strong interfacial bonding to improve early stage osseointegration abilities that is comparable to bioactive HA coated implants (the gold standard). Our program has three specific aims – (1) To establish processing parameters for porous Ta and Ti coatings on medical grade commercial Ti6Al4V alloy using laser-based 3D printing; (2) To measure mechanical and in vitro biological properties of surface modified Ta- and Ti-coating on Ti6Al4V alloys; and (3) To measure in vivo biological properties of surface modified Ta- and Ti-coating on Ti6Al4V alloys. The success of our program lies with innovative and translational laser-based 3D printing of porous Ta and Ti coatings that will be safer to use due to reliable and mechanically strong interface with improved early-stage osseointegration ability because of both micro- and nano-scale surface modification.
Read the complete article at WSU NEWS.
(July 1, 2015) ME graduate student Ian Richardson wins cryogenics award.
Ian Richardson, graduate student in Professor Jacob Leachman’s research group, has won the top award in the U.S. for students studying cryogenics, or materials at very low temperatures. The Klaus and Jean Timmerhaus scholarship is given to one student in the U.S. every other year at the Cryogenic Engineering Conference.
Ian Richardson
link to WSU News article with more details.
(July 1, 2015) WSU Everett ME places 2nd at ASEE
The WSU Everett ME team won 2nd place at the ASEE National Design and Manufacturing Competition in Seattle, which included a project presentation and demonstration for their design titled “Harvesting Unused Energy from Water.” Team
The team was advised by Professor Xiaopeng Bi and included John Boone, Andrew Crain, Mark Meister, Oleksander Pankovets, and Bikramjit Singh.
Susmita Bose Recipient of the Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) Women to Watch in Life Science Award
Susmita Bose has been chosen as one of this year’s recipients of the Life Science Innovation Northwest (LSINW) Women to Watch in Life Science Award. Susmita and three other award recipients are invited to attend LSINW to be recognized during the conference’s second day luncheon on July 1 at 12 pm at the Washington State Convention Center. The master of ceremony for the awards program will be Karimah Es Sabar, CEO, Centre for Drug Research and Development, and recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) “2013 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.”
The LSINW Women to Watch in Life Science award was established 2 years ago to recognize women who are thought-leaders in their fields and shaping the future of our industry. They are seen as innovative go-getters, inspirational to others and highly motivated with a record of accomplishment in their careers. As more companies continue to put exceptionally bright and dynamic women in more prominent roles, the LSINW Women to Watch in Life Science program shines a spotlight on these women and acknowledges them for their leadership in the office and in the community.
Link to WSU News Article with more details.
Pam Loughlin Wins AP Contribution Award
PULLMAN, Wash. – Annual awards were presented and new council members named Thursday at the last meeting of the academic year for the Administrative Professional Advisory Council at Washington State University.
AP Contribution Award winners for 2015 are Russ Salvadalena, manager of the WSU Creamery in Pullman, and Pam Loughlin, academic coordinator for mechanical engineering at WSU Everett.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
McCloy represents WSU at 16th German-American Frontiers of Engineering in Potsdam, Germany
April 15-18, Prof. John McCloy of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program joined 29 other Americans and 30 German scientists and engineers for a 2.5 day workshop sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation. McCloy was selected by the NAE and the AvH funded travel and expenses for Americans to join the international event. The 60 participants were collocated in a cozy hotel in Potsdam, where they ate together, networked, and discussed some of the frontiers of engineering. Specific to this meeting were sessions on Nano-to-Micro Robotics, Particle Accelerators and their Applications, Synthetic Membranes and their Applications, and Protecting User Privacy in the Age of Big Data. As part of the event, participants were taken on a cultural tour of Potsdam, including the Sanssouci palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, as well as the location of the Potsdam Conference where the Allied powers of the USSR, USA, and UK met after World War II to determine the fate of Europe. The symposium alternates between Germany and the US every other year, for the purpose of encouraging German-American collaborations. McCloy intends to further the relationships he made during this short but intense symposium, and hopefully generate international collaborations with his German colleagues.
Tom Gualtieri Receives Fellowship
Tom Gualtieri, a Ph.D. student in ME, has been selected to receive the Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship.
Katie Zhong receives an NSF grant
Dr. W.H. Katie Zhong as the PI received a NSF grant recently. The objective of this project is to create a novel composite, gum-like (or gummy) material for electrolytes with the desired performance for next-generation energy storage devices including lithium ion batteries. The gummy material to be designed and fabricated will possess multiple critical properties for electrolytes, such as high ionic conductivity at the liquid electrolyte level, strong adhesion (like chewing gum) to maintain good/stable contact with solid electrodes, good mechanical properties and the safety of solid material level. The proposed study on the high performance electrolyte that will combine safety and beneficial properties of various electrolytes is significant and important for broad industry sectors, as well as further benefit the clean energy driven market. The total amount is $350,000 for three years.
Researchers Use Plant Oils for Novel Bio-Based Plastics
PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.
The researchers, led by Michael Kessler, Berry Family director and professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, have published a paper on the work in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
MME VCEA Award Winners
Outstanding Junior – Parot Victor Charoonsophonsak
Outstanding TA – Sahar Vahabzadeh
Reid Miller Teaching Award, Tenure-track – Bob Richards
Anjan Bose Research Award – Hussein Zbib
Employee of the Year – Pam Loughlin
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
MME Students and Faculty awarded GPSA Excellence Awards
Every year GPSA recognizes outstanding graduate and professional students in the areas of research, teaching assistants and independent instruction as well as graduate and professional student mentors and advisors. Nominations are accepted from students, peers, and advisors in the fall, summer and spring with winners being recognized during the spring awards banquet.
Dr. Dutta
Prashanta Dutta on the right, recipient of the Spring 2015 GPSA Excellence Award for Academic Advisor.
Dr. Banerjee
Soumik Banerjee on the right, recipient of the Fall 2014 GPSA Excellence Award for Academic Advisor.
Mr. Kisoo
Kisoo Yoo on the right, recipient of Summer/Fall 2014 GPSA Excellence Award for Research Assistant.
Mr. Wang
Yu Wang on the right, recipient of Summer/Fall 2014 GPSA Excellence Award for Research Assistant.
(Complete list of award recipients can be found here.)
Harrison Scarborough Wins 2015 SAMPE Student Leader Experience Award
WSU SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) student club president, Harrison Scarborough, was selected as a winner of the 2015 SAMPE Student Leader Experience Award. The award will sponsor him to attend SAMPE 2015 in Baltimore, MD in May.
MME 2015 Outstanding Student Awards
2015 Outstanding student awards:
Outstanding MSE senior: Muad Saleh
Outstanding MSE junior: Jose Avila
Outstanding MSE sophomore: Bryan Heer
Outstanding ME senior: Carl Bunge
Outstanding ME junior: Victor Charoonsophonsak
Outstanding ME sophomore: Ryan Pitzer
MME Outstanding TA Awards for 2014
MME Outstanding TA Awards for 2014
Sahar Vahabzadeh for ME
Ian Richardson for MSE
Katie Zhong Receives USDA NIFA Grant
Dr. W.H. Katie Zhong as the PI received a USDA NIFA grant recently in collaboration with the Co-PIs: Dr. L Scudiero, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dr T. L. Marsh Professor, School of Economic Sciences, and Dr. H. W. Lei Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering. The objective of the project is aiming to apply abundant plants, such as canola meals, soy products, biomass derived lignins, etc, to develop novel battery materials: canola or soy protein-based solid-state electrolyte materials strengthened by lignin with superior ionic conductivity, and good mechanical properties for advanced lithium batteries. In addition, the research team will define the cost efficiency of the soy or canola-based and bio-material technologies and analyze the impact of the use of the abundant plants as raw materials for fabricating bio-battery materials on the agricultural economy. This research will lead to dramatically reduced costs of energy storage systems due to the low-cost of commercially available bio-products. This cutting-edge exploratory research will lead to significant benefits to society, including advancing the agricultural economy through use of bio-based materials for energy, a new market, and reducing deleterious impacts to the environment through enabling more-electric platforms using ethically sustainable materials. The total amount is $494,805 for 3 years.
Elaine Thomas Receives Brigg's Medal
Elaine Thomas, (BS, ’76, metallurgy), has been a pioneer in her field.
Thomas recently became the first woman to receive the Steel Founders Society of America’s (SFSA) Charles W. Briggs Memorial Technical & Operating Medal for her career contributions in the field of metallurgy. The award includes a scholarship donation, which Thomas gave to Washington State University.
The award is one of many firsts for Thomas, starting with her being the first woman to graduate from WSU with a degree in metallurgy.
Thomas is the first woman to ever receive the Brigg’s medal. She says she feels privileged to have worked with the top people in materials engineering in the world, helping to modify specifications for materials. Her work has worldwide implications.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Amit Bandyopadhyay named to National Academy of Inventors
National Academy of Inventors announces 2014 NAI Fellows TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2014)—The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 170 distinguished innovators including Dr. Amit Bandyopadadhyay of Washington State University to NAI Fellow status. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society. The NAI Fellows will be inducted on Mar. 20, 2015, as part of the 4th Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations Andrew Faile will be providing the keynote address for the induction ceremony. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy, newly designed medal, and rosette pin in honor of their outstanding accomplishments.
Read full press release at NAI. Read WSU News Article
Susmita Bose and Amit Bandyopadhyay Receive 1.8 Million National Institute of Health R01 Grant
WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professors, Susmita Bose and Amit Bandyopadhyay, and Professor William Dernell of the College of Veterinary Medicine have received an $1.8 million National Institute of Health five year R01 grant to research on currently used Titanium based hip or knee implants to improve their biocompatibility. Bone like material coating on Ti will help enhance implant life time by attaching better with the host bone in our body. These coatings are generally expected to improve the overall performance of all metal implants. The researchers will also collaborate with physicians from Stanford University and University of Washington Medical Schools on this project.
Musculoskeletal disorders with bone deficiencies, and conditions such as hip and knee problems are common important human health conditions that exist today. Bone loss due to trauma, aging, deep infection, tumor, osteoporosis are also challenging health conditions. In many clinical situations bone reconstruction is often accompanied by an artificial metallic implant that must integrate with the surrounding bone. The objective of this research is focused on bone like material coating (such as calcium phosphate) with selected salts / dopants those are present in our body and drug / medicine / antibiotic on Titanium (Ti) implants. These coatings are expected to improve bioactivity with enhanced tissue material interactions and at the same time serve as a drug delivery vehicle if there is a clinical need. The scientific understanding from this program will lead to improved long-term fixation of cementless joint replacements, especially for younger patients, and in revision surgeries where bone volume is compromised. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this research, graduate and undergraduate students will be trained through this program in a multidisciplinary research and educational environment.
Industry/University Bioplastics Research Center a First
Washington State University, in collaboration with Iowa State University, is establishing the first industry and university cooperative research center devoted to the development of biologically based plastics.
“The field of plastics is not new, but making them from renewable materials rather than from petroleum is a growing area of interest in research and in industry,’’ said Michael Kessler, Berry Family Professor and center co-director.
“There are advantages of bioplastics from an environmental, economic and even performance standpoint, and the field is growing exponentially,” he said. “I am confident that this center will address many of the critical issues in biobased polymers and composites and will lead to a more sustainable future.’’
With support from a National Science Foundation grant, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites will work with industry and university partners to increase the use of biologically based, sustainable materials in the marketplace.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites website.)
Qizhen (Katherine) Li Awarded 2015 TMS Young Leaders International Scholar-JIM Award
Dr. Qizhen (Katherine) Li has been selected as recipient of the 2015 TMS Young Leaders International Scholar-JIM Award and will represent TMS at the 2015 Japan Institute of Metals (JIM) Spring Annual Meeting in University of Tokyo. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) is a professional organization encompassing the entire range of materials and engineering and JIM is also an organization aiming for the development and promotion of science and technology of materials. The International Scholar program contributes to the strengthening of the collaborations between TMS and JIM.
She will present a paper in the JIM Annual Spring meeting and visit selected industrial facilities, research labs, or universities. Upon return, she will need to write an article about her experience for JIM's publication. JIM will support her partially with complimentary meeting registration and financial/non-financial assistance as necessary.
Washington State is Selected as One of the Best Sports Engineering Colleges
Washington State University was selected as one of the nation’s top 5 sports engineering programs by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The Sports Science Laboratory, directed by School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Lloyd Smith, conducts research into the dynamics of bat and ball collisions while also allowing students a facility to conduct sports science research. Recent projects included the characteristics of ice hockey sticks and pucks, and computer modeling of the performance of cricket bats. The laboratory is capable of measuring bat performance, stiffness, impact testing and modeling.
Sports engineering applies math and physics to problems related to sports, such as designing equipment, analyzing an athlete’s performance or building facilities. The field of sports engineering is relatively small, with no organization ranking such programs. However, top-ranked universities in engineering for 2011 to 2013, such as by “U.S. News and World Report,” CWTS Leiden and the National Academies of Science, point to universities with the resources for a top program or concentration in sports engineering.
(More details are available here.)
(Dr. Smith's Sports Science Laboratory website.)
Cecilia Richards Named 2014 Fellow of ASME
Dr. Cecilia Richards, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a 2014 fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for her contributions to MEMS power and small-scale engines. The Fellow grade is truly a distinction among ASME members and is awarded to recognize outstanding engineering achievements.
Professor Richards joined the department in 1992. She has been a leader in the development of small-scale engines for portable power applications and is recognized for her contributions to MEMS power. Her work on integrating thin film piezoelectrics as generators in MEMS engines was pioneering and has contributed to the fundamental understanding of power conversion efficiency for devices that contain piezoelectric components. The NSF, DARPA, ARMY, NRC, INEEL, PNNL, NIST, NIH, and ARCO have supported her work. Dr. Richards has received the NSF Young Investigator Award, an NRC fellowship, and the AIAA/Gordon C. Oates Air Breathing Propulsion Award. She has authored over 120 technical papers and proceedings and holds two patents.
Doctoral Student in MSE Receives Space Technology Research Fellowship from NASA
Three graduate students recently earned national fellowships that will help them further their research at Washington State University.
Sarah Waldo and Emily Hall are among 105 students nationwide to receive Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowships from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Ian Richardson is one of 54 to earn the Space Technology Research Fellowship from NASA.
Richardson, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, received a grant worth up to $74,000 per year to improve understanding and make fundamental measurements of hydrogen-helium mixtures that occur in rocket fuel tanks.
Liquid hydrogen is the preferred rocket fuel of NASA and other aerospace companies. As a rocket burns liquid hydrogen, pressure in the fuel storage tank decreases. Cold helium gas is pumped into the fuel tank to maintain tank pressure and stability.
The interaction between cold helium gas and liquid hydrogen is not well understood. Richardson’s research aims to characterize this interaction and improve understanding of rocket fuels.
With a longtime interest in space and space exploration technologies, Richardson said he was fortunate to end up working in a hydrogen laboratory, which is primarily of interest to the aerospace industry. He hopes to have a future career in aerospace and even to travel to space one day.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Professors Bandyopadhyay and Bose Jointly Named Lindholm Chair
Professors Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose were jointly named to the Lindholm Chair in 2014 for their contributions in the field of materials science and engineering and the reputation they each enjoy amongst their international peers.
(More information about the Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair in Metallurgy found here.)
Three MME staff members earn Crimson Spirit Awards in 2014
Kurt Hutchinson - March 2014
MichaelMichael Shook - June 2014 PamPam Loughlin - August 2014
The Crimson Spirit Award is a special monthly commendation for superior efforts in quality service, exceptional creativity in problem solving, noteworthy extra effort, and demonstration of trust and respect in a difficult situation, in support of Washington State University's Strategic Goals. The Crimson Spirit Award is a monthly recognition for individual employees who perform in an exemplary manner and make outstanding contributions to the university community. Awardees exemplify university values and promote strategic goals through:
  • Superior quality of service
  • Exceptional creativity in problem solving
  • Noteworthy extra effort
  • Exemplary performance
  • Demonstration of trust and respect in the work place
  • Outstanding contributions to the WSU community
  • Other superior efforts in support of university strategic goals and values
Yuehe Lin Among World's Most Cited Professors
PULLMAN, Wash. – Three professors in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture have been named among the top cited or influential scientific researchers in the world.
Alex Guenther, Su Ha and Yuehe Lin are among approximately 3,200 top cited or influential researchers, according to Thomson Reuters, because they have published the most or most influential articles among those frequently cited by fellow researchers.
Lin joined WSU in 2013 as a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.
His research interests include synthesis and characterization of functional nanomaterials; materials and devices for sensing, bioimaging, and drug delivery; materials and systems for water monitoring and treatment; nanomaterials for energy conversion and storage; electrochemistry and electrocatalysis.
His research has resulted in more than 300 publications and he holds more than 10 patents. His publications have been cited about 21,336 times; he has an h-index (measure of productivity and impact of a scientist or scholar) of 78, according to Google Scholar.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
WSU North Puget Sound Everett Sees its First Graduates
EVERETT, Wash. – The first 23 students in Washington State University’s mechanical engineering program at WSU North Puget Sound Everett received their diplomas last week at a graduation dinner and induction ceremony into the Order of the Engineer, a professional engineering association.
The program, which allows students to complete a WSU mechanical engineering degree while taking classes on the Everett Community College campus, came about as part of a state initiative to increase the number of engineering and computer science students and graduates. The program addresses two major concerns for the state by providing more affordable and accessible higher education options for students and more engineers who are critically needed for the state’s economy.
“We are so proud of the efforts of our first WSU graduates,’’ said Paul Pitre, dean of WSU North Puget Sound Everett. “Because they were able to get their engineering degrees right here in Everett, they can make a real difference to our local industries and positively contribute to the workforce in this region.’’
Interest in the WSU program has been growing rapidly. Last year, 50 students applied for 30 openings. This year there were 72 applicants. Five of the graduating seniors have been hired as mechanical engineers by local or regional employers.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
$3M Gift Supports Bremerton-Area Scholarships
BREMERTON, Wash. – As a teenager in the Great Depression, Bob Stewart made his way from Minnesota to the Bremerton area, where he worked his way up from shipyard apprentice to U.S. Navy and Boeing employee, investor, founder of Olympic Savings and Loan and Bremerton finance commissioner.
He passed away in 2011 but his legacy in the area continues with a $3 million donation establishing the Robert Stewart Memorial Scholarship Fund. It will support Washington State University students from Bremerton and surrounding counties who are pursuing degrees in engineering, math and physical sciences through a WSU program in the region.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Super-Absorbent Gel Could Help Farmers Save Water
PULLMAN, Wash. – A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields.
Developed by Washington State University researchers led by Jinwen Zhang, the gel is similar to that used in absorbent diapers. But the hydrogel pellets are made from biodegradable agricultural material, rather than a petroleum product.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Lloyd Smith's Sports Science Lab Featured in NCAA Magazine
NCAA Champion Magazine – Thwack! Boom! Ping! These are the sounds of a hard day’s work at the Washington State University Sports Science Laboratory. With the push of a button, a cannon is fired, projecting a baseball or softball toward a bat for testing. The data gathered in the experiments are then analyzed. The goal: maintaining the integrity of the two sports.
(Read the entire article here.)
WSU Hosts Eight Summer Research Programs for Undergraduates
PULLMAN, Wash.—Fifty-nine students from colleges across America are spending over two months at Washington State University this summer participating in eight faculty-led research programs funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), or individual departments and grants.
The students’ home schools include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, New York University, Tufts University, Penn State University, Gonzaga University, Alabama A&M University, University of Tulsa, University of Arizona, Bellevue Community College, Columbia Basin Community College, and WSU, among others.
The students met their faculty mentors and teammates at a breakfast orientation Thursday, May 29 organized by Shelley Pressley, director of undergraduate research, a program in the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education.
The students’ summer work will be disseminated publicly at the annual WSU Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. The 2014 event is set for Friday, August 1, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) Atrium from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. New this year will be a public address by a distinguished guest speaker.
(Read the entire article here.)
Students Win First Prize with Hydrogen Fueling Plan
A group of Washington State University students has designed a plan for an innovative and economical fueling station that could help make environmentally friendly, hydrogen-powered cars a viable option for future transportation.
The idea took first place this week in an international hydrogen design competition against teams from Asia, Europe, South Africa and North America. The award was announced at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation exposition in Long Beach, Calif.
(Read the entire article here.)
Alumni Awarded NSF Research Fellowship
Michael Heiden, BS MSE, 2012 was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Michael began graduate school at Purdue University after leaving WSU and has been doing great in his research there.
(News about the fellowships can be found here.)
Susmita Bose Receives Richard M. Fulrath Award
Dr. Bose Center
Recently American Ceramic Society announced that Prof. Susmita Bose of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University will receive the Richard M. Fulrath award for the 2014. The Fulrath Awards promote technical and personal friendships between professional Japanese and American ceramic engineers and scientists and encourage a greater understanding among the diverse cultures surrounding the Pacific Rim. The awards recognize individuals for their excellence in research and development of ceramic sciences and materials. Each of the awardees receives a certificate at the ACerS Annual Meeting banquet, which epitomizes the “Bridge Across the Pacific” theme that the award has come to symbolize since its inception in 1978. There are 5 awardees total: 1 US Academic; 1 Japanese Academic; 1 US Industrial; 2 Japanese Industrial. Prof. Bose received the award as the US Academic. The American academic awardee will attend the annual meeting of the Ceramic Society of Japan the following year and present a paper at that meeting. While in Japan, the American awardee is also expected to visit universities and industrial laboratories and present seminars as arranged by members of the Japanese Fulrath Memorial Association Committee. To receive this prestigious award, the awardee must be 45 or younger at the time of award presentation. Susmita, a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, will receive this award for her exceptional contribution in the field of bioceramics towards bone tissue engineering and drug delivery.
Tyler Strom is Employee of the Year
Employee of the year: Tyler Strom, undergraduate academic coordinator in mechanical and materials engineering (MME), coordinates branch campus undergraduate programs. He computerized the MME undergraduate advising system, making it more efficient and effective. He developed an online application process for the Bremerton and Everett programs that is easily accessible by faculty and staff on multiple campuses.
Virtual Reality Vision Achieved
For years virtual reality has been a cool idea but wasn’t ready for popular adoption. Conducting their research among the wheat fields of the Palouse at WSU, Drs Jay and Uma Jayaram, professors in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, have been studying and developing virtual reality applications since the 1990s.
At WSU, they founded the Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Lab (VRCIM) and made seminal contributions in virtual reality applications in engineering design and manufacturing.
A few years ago, they co-founded 3D-4U with the goal of creating immersive virtual reality experiences. S. Jay Jayaram, a highly enthusiastic Cougar and Seattle Seahawks football fan, simply wanted to feel like he was at the game when he couldn’t be. Many of the company’s scientists and engineers who worked to develop the virtual reality-inspired technology are WSU graduates and were trained in the VRCIM lab.
In fall 2012 with renovation of Martin Stadium at WSU, the 3D-4U technology was used for the first time in a stadium.
(Read the entire article here.)
Graduate & Professional Student Association Awards
Excellence as an Academic Advisor, Dr. Lloyd Smith (Fall 2013), Excellence as a Research Assistant, Mahdi Salavatian (Fall 2013)
Graden Hardy Wins Competition at the Wiley Expo
Graden Hardy, ME PhD student, won the best oral presentation award for the Engineering and Physical Sciences category at the Wiley Expo, which comes with a scholarship. Congratulations Graden!
Niaz Abdolrahim Wins Young Writers Prize
Former WSU PhD student Niaz Abdolrahim has been selected for 2014's The James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize, which is awarded annually to a talented young writer of a published paper.
Niaz Abdolrahim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA "The Mechanical Response of Core-Shell Structures for Nanoporous Metallic Materials", Niaz Abdolrahim, David F. Bahr, Benjamin Revard, Cassandra Reilly, Jia Ye, T. John Balk & Hussein M. Zbib, Philosophical Magazine Volume 93 Issue 7 Pages 736 - 748
(Her paper is free to view online until July 2015 here.)
MME Outstanding TA Awards for 2013
MME Outstanding TA Awards for 2013:
Ryan Kelley for ME
Wenjia Song for MSE
Dr. Chuck Earns Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction
Charles Pezeshki, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, earned the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction.
Known as “Dr. Chuck” by students and industry leaders alike, he has a long history of diligently working to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching. He is an internationally recognized expert in active and problem-based learning and is known for his expertise in the social dimension of organizing high-performance teams and goal-based learning.
His signature course, ME 416, is a capstone class that he designed and has taught since 1994. He has raised more than $2 million in external funds to support the course.
“All I’ve done is serve as a switch operator, connecting our talented and responsible senior undergraduate students with industrial partners needing work completed,” Pezeshki says. “It’s a combination of the kids, engineers across the region, my MME colleagues’ diligence in preparing our students for career success, our talented staff and WSU’s commitment to economic outreach that has made this program a shared win for everyone.”
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Gummy material addresses safety of lithium ion batteries
A group of Washington State University researchers has developed a chewing gum-like battery material that could dramatically improve the safety of lithium ion batteries.
Led by Katie Zhong, Westinghouse Distinguished Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers recently reported on their work in the journal, Advanced Energy Materials. They have also filed a patent.
High performance lithium batteries are popular in everything from computers to airplanes because they are able to store a large amount of energy compared to other batteries. Their biggest potential risk, however, comes from the electrolyte in the battery, which is made of either a liquid or gel in all commercially available rechargeable lithium batteries. Electrolytes are the part of the battery that allow for the movement of ions between the anode and the cathode to create electricity. The liquid acid solutions can leak and even create a fire or chemical burn hazard.
While commercial battery makers have ways to address these safety concerns, such as adding temperature sensors or flame retardant additives, they “can’t solve the safety problem fundamentally,’’ says Zhong.
Zhong’s research group has developed a gum-like lithium battery electrolyte, which works as well as liquid electrolytes at conducting electricity but which doesn’t create a fire hazard.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Projects prepare students to lead industry innovation
Assistant professor Gaurav Ameta packed technology trends, hands-on learning and industry-applicable skills into one semester-long class project.
Rather than just read about the mechanics of flying devices, students in his mechanical engineering design course designed and built 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that could land and take off from water.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Researchers hit virtual heads to make softball, sports safer
Two nearly identical softballs, both approved for league play, can have dramatically different effects when smacked into a player’s head.
Those are the findings from a study conducted by Professor Lloyd Smith in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and project engineer Derek Nevins. The report will be presented at the Asia Pacific Congress on Sports Technology later this month in Hong Kong. Their work was published in the journal, Proceedia Engineering.
Smith’s group developed a unique model of a softball that they electronically throw at a virtual head to better understand and prevent injuries.
About a quarter of the injuries that happen on the softball field come from players getting hit with a ball, either thrown or batted at them. Most vulnerable are the pitcher, base runner and third baseman. When these incidents do occur, the injuries are almost always serious, oftentimes including a bone fracture, says Smith.
In many sports, balls are standardized for consistency and performance. But, researchers haven’t understood specifically how the balls’ different properties and materials affect player safety.
The researchers hope that their ball model work can be extended to better understand more subtle but serious collision injuries, such as concussions, as well as lead to improved protective equipment and injury prevention in a number of sports.
(Complete story and video from WSU Today can be found here.)
Susmita Bose Named Fellow of American Ceramic Society (ACERS)
Dr. Susmita Bose, a professor in the school of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has been named as a fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACERS). This year ACERS has announced names of 18 members who were elevated to the Fellow status for their outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences, broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry, or by outstanding service to the Society. Dr. Bose at award presentation The 2013 Class of ACERS Fellows were recognized at ACerS’ Annual Honors and Awards Banquet on Oct. 28, 2013 in Montréal, Québec Canada, as part of the Society’s Annual Meeting, in conjunction with Materials Science & Technology 2013 Conference and Exposition (MS&T’13).
Bose joined MME in 1998, and her research interests are focused largely on medical materials. This includes resorbable ceramics and composite for bone tissue engineering using 3-D printing technology, drug delivery and in vitro bone cell material interactions. She is also interested in nanoscale surface modification of medical devices, microwave and plasma processing of materials. In 2009, Bose received the American Ceramics Society Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering (PACE) Award. She is a Kavli fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation in 2004. The PECASE award is given at the White House by the President in WA DC. Bose earned her PhD in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University, NJ, in 1998. In 2013 Dr. Bose has also been named as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The fellow induction ceremony was held in WA DC at the National Academy of Sciences in February 2013.
Bob Richards Selected to Share Hands-On Learning Expertise at National Gathering of Engineering Educators
Two Washington State University professors have been selected to participate in a prestigious national gathering this month of 73 engineering educators to share ideas, research and best practices.
“WSU and the College of Engineering and Architecture have a reputation for providing hands-on experience that prepares our students to be ‘work ready, day-one,’’’ said Bob Olsen, CEA associate dean. “Our faculty participation in this important symposium demonstrates our innovative leadership in the critical field of engineering education.’’
Ali Mehrizi-Sani, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Robert Richards, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, will join the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.
Richards was part of a group led by professor Bernie Van Wie that developed a desktop learning module that the company Armfield, Inc. commercialized in August. The DLM can hold seven interchangeable cartridges, each representing a miniaturized industrial equipment process. It allows students to conduct physical experiments that help them understand concepts like heat transfer.
Building on that project, Richards began working on educational devices that would be cheaper and more accessible to students. Using thermoform plastic – the material in disposable coffee cup lids and those impossible-to-open toy packages – Richards is creating experiment tools that would cost $1-2.
“Studies have shown that people learn better when actively solving problems,” he said, “so these experiments would do more than just give on-campus students a hands-on experience. They will allow distance learners and online students to have labs on branch campuses or in their homes.”
In addition to engineering education, Richards does research in thermodynamics and heat and mass transfer. He is a co-inventor and principal investigator of the P3 micro engine, a one cubic millimeter dynamic engine that could someday be used to power electronics.
He will present his experiment tools and related research at the symposium, where he hopes to receive feedback and learn more about what others are doing in engineering education.
“Anything we can do to help the next generation be successful, we should do,” he said. “Finding new ways to get students engaged in education is our contribution.”
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Prashanta Dutta Named ASME Fellow
Dr. Prashanta Dutta, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a 2013 fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his fundamental contribution in Micro, Nano and Bio fluidics. The Fellow grade is truly a distinction among ASME members, according to ASME.
Prof. Dutta joined the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in 2001, and he has established the Microfluidics Research group to design and develop miniature devices for separation, sensing, and energy applications. Dr. Dutta’s seminal works have contributed to the fundamental understanding of electric field driven transport in micro/nano/bio-fluidic devices. His remarkable scientific contributions include: introduction of multi-dimensional electrophoretic models to design microchips for protein sensing, separation and preconcentration; design of field-effect transistor for precise flow control in microdevice; fabrication of microscale ion mobility sensors for explosive and environmental contaminant detection; development of analytic models for electromagnetic heating for industrial and food processing; demonstration of dielectrophoretic particle chaining and self-assembly for reconfigurable antennas. He has pioneered the use of transport phenomena in multidisciplinary fields for betterment of human health and safety. Prof. Dutta currently serves as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering.
Gaurav Ameta Receives Joint Center Award
Dr. Gaurav Ameta has received a “Joint Center” award for Design of Sustainable Products, Services and Manufacturing Systems from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum. Partners on the Joint Center are Cliff Davidson (Syracuse University), David Dornfield (Univ. of California, Berkeley), Amaresh Chakrabarti (Indian Institute of Science, Banglore), etc. The center supports exchange of faculty and students for two years to work on research and industry issues on sustainable design and manufacturing.
Sankar Jayaram Named ASME Fellow and ‘Top Idea Innovator’
Dr. Sankar (Jay) Jayaram, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a 2013 fellow of ASME for his expertise and extensive contributions in the areas of virtual assembly simulations for engineering, 3D technologies, and CAD interoperability and feature-based data transfer between CAD systems. Prof. Jayaram has made significant contributions to mechanical engineering by being very active in both academia and industry. He has been the Director of the Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (VRCIM) Lab at WSU. He has co-founded and held leadership positions in three companies, 3D-4U, Integrated Engineering Solutions, and Translation Technologies, that are well regarded for their technical products and consulting services.
Professor Jayaram was in the ISO standards committee for graphics standards representing USA. Dr. Jayaram started the first Virtual Environment Systems track in the ASME DETC Conference, a premier conference for Mechanical Engineers in academy and industry. He also served as the first Associate Editor in Virtual Environments for the ASME JCISE journal (Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering). The ASME Board of Governors confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates from the US and internationally to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.
Sankar Jayaram honored as one of 15 top “Idea Innovators” by the Sports Business Journal for his work with the company 3D-4U Solutions.
Dr. S. (Jay) Jayaram, Professor in the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Affiliate Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been recognized as one of 15 “Top Idea Innovators’’ by Sports Business Journal, an influential national magazine for sports industry executives. The magazine recognized Dr. Jay for his work with 3D-4U Solutions (a company based in WSU Research and Technology Park) in developing a Personal Event Viewer (PEV) for individualized and interactive second-screen fan engagement on 3D and 2D televisions and mobile devices.
( Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Soumik Banerjee and Prashanta Dutta Receive Grant, From JCATI, Towards Modeling Lithium Batteries
Drs. Soumik Banerjee and Prashanta Dutta have received grant from the State of Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation (JCATI) based on an ongoing collaboration with Boeing. JCATI awarded $1.27 million in its second round of grant awards in 2013 to 16 research projects with the goal to solve technological questions relevant to the Washington aerospace industry. As part of the proposed study, the PIs will employ a multiscale model to identify new materials for developing non-inflammable lithium-air batteries that will lead to safe and robust auxiliary power sources for aircrafts. Lithium ion battery technology has shown excellent promise in terms of performance and specific energy storage and is a promising candidate for meeting the current demands of the aerospace industry. However, the principal challenge in the development of Li-air batteries is the selection of appropriate electrolyte with enhanced performance without compromising on safety standards. While current batteries based on organic electrolytes exhibit high performance, these electrolytes are flammable and hence there are concerns related to their safety when used in aircrafts. The identification of novel liquid electrolytes will lead to the development of robust batteries for aircrafts. Currently, electrolytes are tested on a trial and error basis by repetitive experimental synthesis and characterization, which is expensive and time consuming. The PIs are developing a one-its kind hybrid model to efficiently predict the performance of batteries using a unique bottom up approach that accounts for processes all the way from the atomistic to the observable length and time scales. In the proposed project, the PIs will employ this unique model to simulate and study the efficacy of a range of liquid based electrolytes for lithium batteries. The outcome of this project will lead to the identification of novel electrolytes for Li-air batteries that can be used as auxiliary power sources in aircrafts.
Michael R. Kessler, PhD, Selected as New Director for MME
Michael R. Kessler has been selected as the new director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
Dr. Kessler comes from Ames, Iowa, where he has worked for the last 8 years at Iowa State University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (with a courtesy appointment in Mechanical Engineering). Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kessler’s appointment will officially begin on August 16th.
“I am passionate about mechanical and materials engineering, and that is why I am so excited to be coming to Washington State to lead and serve the internationally recognized School of MME, which has been established through generations of excellent students, faculty, and staff.” Says Michael Kessler, “I can’t wait to work with you all over the coming years to build on that tremendous success.”
David Field Named 2013 Fellow of ASM International
David Field, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a 2013 fellow of ASM International for "important contributions to the technical development of electron backscatter diffraction and orientation imaging microscopy, and applying these technologies commercially to engineering materials characterization.”
Field joined MME in 2000 with research interests in metal deformation and recrystallization, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, crystallographic texture, grain boundary structure, thin film and IC interconnect structure/properties relationships, and advanced experimental techniques.
ASM International established the honor of Fellow of ASM (FASM) in 1969 to provide recognition to ASM members for their distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering. Recipients of one of the highest honors in the field of materials, ASM Fellows are technical and professional leaders who have been recognized by their colleagues and now serve as advisors to the society. Their solicited guidance, provided by ASM Fellows to the ASM Board of Trustees, enhances the society's standing as a leading organization for materials and provides a unique resource to serve the worldwide community of materials scientists and engineers in the years ahead.
WSU unmanned aerial vehicle's first flight
Watch a You Tube video of WSU unmanned aerial vehicle's first flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvTFXk-kAaI
CEA Awards Announced
The College Convocation took place yesterday, and they announced who received the various College awards for faculty, staff, and students. Here are the award recipients of people in our department:
Breanna Bence, CEA Outstanding Junior (she is a BS ME student)
Preetham Burugupally, CEA Outstanding Teaching Assistant (he is a PhD ME student)
Priscilla Hastay, CEA Employee of the Year
Please congratulate these people when you see them!
GPSA Awards MME Graduate Students and Professor Katie Zhong
The Graduate and Professional Student Association just announced its awards. Here are the winners for our department. Please congratulate these people when you see them for their outstanding work!
Behrang Asgharian Dastenaie, “Teaching Assistant Honorable Mention” for Fall 2012,
Tracy Jianying Ji, “Excellence as a Research Assistant” for Fall 2012,
Dr. Katie Zhong, “Excellence as an Academic Advisor” for Fall 2012.
The recipients of these awards and others will be recognized at the GPSA’s Annual Awards Luncheon in April.
( More information can be found here.)
Jianying Ji and Niaz Abdolrahim Receive AFW Rigas Award
Jianying Ji was selected to receive the First Place AFW Rigas Award and Niaz Abdolrahim was selected to receive the Third Place AFW Rigas Award. The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) announces a call for nominations for outstanding graduate student awards. These awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU's graduate students completing their degrees in the 2012-2013 academic year.
( More information can be found here.)
Sinisa Mesarovic Receives Fulbright Scholar Grant
Sinisa Mesarovic received the Fulbright Scholar grant to spend his sabbatical (2013-14 academic year) at University of Kragujevac, Serbia. During his stay, he will pursue research and educational collaboration with the host institution. The research projects include Computational plasticity of crystal interfaces, and, Micromechanics of granular materials. Educational activities include a graduate course in multiscale modeling and development of an interdisciplinary graduate program in computational materials science.
The Fulbright Program (http://eca.state.gov/fulbright) is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Grant Norton Selected as Dean of Honors College
M. Grant Norton, a professor with the Washington State University School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been selected as the new dean of the Honors College.
"The Honors College and its associated programs are extremely important parts of WSU’s undergraduate programs,” said Warrick Bayly, WSU provost and executive vice president. "Grant impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and the quality of his ideas during the interview process. I am confident he will effectively lead the college through the next phase of its development.”
Norton, who will assume the position May 16, served the College of Engineering and Architecture as associate dean of research and graduate programs 2005-11 and was chair of the interdisciplinary materials science program 2001-05. He joined WSU in 1991 after working for two multinational industrial companies in Europe.
"I am privileged to have this opportunity to lead the Honors College,” said Norton. "My goal is to build on the excellent academic and cultural experiences provided by the Honors College. In particular, I want to increase opportunities for students in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and global engagement.
"I am looking forward to working closely with the academic colleges to create synergies that enhance the visibility of the Honors College at Washington State University," he said.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Niaz Abdolrahim Awarded AIME Henry DeWitt Smith Scholarship
Niaz Abdolrahim, an MME graduate student, won the AIME Henry DeWitt Smith Scholarship at the TMS 2013 annual meeting in San Antonio - one of only two students nationwide selected to win this award. The AIME Henry DeWitt Smith Scholarship was established in 1967 to assist worthy students in the pursuit of their graduate education in the Mining, Metallurgical, Materials, or Petroleum Departments of leading universities and colleges. These are administered by the four AIME Member Societies individually.
(Complete list of awardees and additional information can be found here.)
Soumik Banerjee receives 3M Nontenured Faculty Award
Soumik Banerjee, an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, was awarded a 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant. This highly competitive award, which is administered by 3M Research and Development in partnership with the Corporate Giving Program, recognizes outstanding new faculty for the quality and pertinence of their research. It is intended to help young faculty members to achieve tenure, remain in their academic positions and to conduct research.
Banerjee joined MME in 2011 and his research focuses on molecular modeling of transport phenomena and self-assembly of nanomaterials relevant to energy conversion and energy storage devices. A couple of Banerjee’s ongoing research projects at WSU include modeling the morphology of the photoactive layer of organic photovoltaic solar cells using fundamental atomistic simulations and evaluating the mechanism of ion transport through electrolytes in Lithium batteries. Banerjee received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech in 2008. He has received several prestigious awards including the Pratt Fellowship at Virginia Tech in 2006 and 2007 and a Best Poster Award at Dean’s Forum on Energy Security and Sustainability at Virginia Tech. Before joining MME, Banerjee has held several prestigious positions including a Research Scholar position at the Max Planck Institute in Magdeburg, Germany (2008 - 2009) and a Research Fellow position at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (2009 – 2011).
MME Outstanding Student Awards for 2012-2013
Franco Spadoni ME Outstanding Sophomore
Breanna Bence ME Outstanding Junior
Pavel Rusev ME Outstanding Senior
Buhyeong Park MSE Outstanding Junior
Craig Owen Named MSE Outstanding Senior
MME Outstanding Student Awards for 2012-13
Brooks Lively, MME Outstanding Researcher Award (PhD)
Preetham Burugupally, MME Outstanding TA Award (ME)
Solaiman Tarafder, MME Outstanding TA Award (MSE)
Uma Jayaram Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
At the International Conference on Agile Manufacturing Systems (ICAM) held at the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi in Dec 2012, Professor Uma Jayaram of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering received a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was conferred on her “in recognition of her illustrious career in teaching, research, and industry, and also of her distinguished contribution to the fields of Mechanical and Materials Engineering."
Christopher Chaney Receives NASA Space Grant Fellowship
Christopher Chaney, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, has received the NASA Space Grant Fellowship to work on a novel Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The research project in which he is involved focuses on developing a remotely piloted aircraft to demonstrate flight under power from a PEM fuel cell and liquid hydrogen. If successful, the team will be the first university group to do so. Liquid hydrogen is a clean, lightweight fuel that can be used to keep an aircraft aloft for several days. The aircraft purpose-designed by the team for the project is a large 5.5m wingspan UAV. This vehicle will be used as a test-bed to familiarize the team with liquid hydrogen handling, prove that flight is capable with this revolutionary fuel, and facilitate the production of future long-endurance UAV’s by the research team. Even in its initial configuration, the current aircraft can be utilized for atmospheric sampling, forestry, and crop research. Faculty Principal Investigators: Dr. Matveev and Dr. Leachman.
John Mingé BSME '83 Named President of BP America
PULLMAN, Wash. Jan 31, 2013 - John Mingé, a 1983 WSU graduate in mechanical engineering, has been appointed chairman and president of BP America, Inc., and will serve as BP’s chief representative in the United States. He will succeed Lamar McKay, who has been appointed to head BP’s Upstream business.
Mingé has led BP Alaska since January 2009, where he is responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
Mingé earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University in 1983, and started his BP career in the Gulf of Mexico as a drilling engineer.
"John Mingé has done a superb job in Alaska, where he has led the way in enhancing safety and making BP Alaska a stronger business,” McKay said. "His background prepares him well for the challenges of representing BP in the US, which is home to our largest and most diverse portfolio of businesses anywhere in the world.”
Under his leadership, BP Alaska successfully tested innovative enhanced oil recovery technologies, such as Bright Water™ and LoSal®, which are now used by BP around the globe. In 2012, BP Alaska achieved the lowest recordable incident rate in its history, with a 50 percent reduction from 2009.
During his nearly 30 year career with BP, Mingé has held a variety of executive and engineering posts around the globe. These include assignments as president of BP Indonesia, head of BP’s Asia Pacific Unit, and president of exploration and production for Vietnam and China.
Mingé will take on his new role on Feb. 15, 2013 and will be based in Houston, where BP business units are involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping and alternative energy.
The US is home to the largest concentration of BP employees in the world, more than 23,000, and its business activities support an estimated 210,000 more American jobs. BP’s capital investments in the U.S. over the past five years exceed $52 billion, more than any other company and more than BP invests in any other country.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Bose Named 2013 Fellow of AIMBE
Susmita Bose, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a 2013 fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. AIMBE says fellows are "leaders in the field who have distinguished themselves through contributions in research, industrial practice and education.”
Bose joined MME in 1998, and her research interests are focused largely on medical materials. This includes resorbable ceramics and composite for bone tissue engineering using 3-D printing technology and in vitro bone cell material interactions. She also is interested in nanoscale surface modification of medical devices and microwave and plasma processing of materials.
In 2009, Bose received the American Ceramics Society Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award. She is a Kavli fellow at the National Academy of Sciences and received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation in 2004. Bose earned her PhD in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Rutgers University in 1998.
AIMBE is a nonprofit organization made up of 50,000 medical and biological engineers. It advocates for public policy issues related to medical and biological engineering with help from the distinguished College of Fellows, which is made up of 1,000 individuals. Fellows are nominated by their peers each year and represent the top 2 percent in their field.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
ME Industrial Design Clinic Makes the News
Almost 60 years ago, the Washington State College Division of Industrial Research engineered a dry, one-pass whole grain milling system. This semester, seven Washington State University Industrial Design Clinic students brought the Unifine mill up to speed with modern technology.
Brendan Vermeulen, team leader and mill engineer, said during a breakfast presentation Thursday he and his group had the opportunity to dial into the engineering aspects of a project that first began in their department more than half a century prior.
Vermeulen said the first Unifine mill was introduced in 1950 when an article published by WSC explained how members of the school had been working to develop a simplified milling process. The Unifine milling system not only eliminates about three-quarters of the steps required in a roller mill system, Vermeulen said, but it produces a whole grain flour that offers the same desirable qualities as white flour. White flour - a product of a roller milling system that removes the bran and germ of the grain leaving only the endosperm by sending it through the mill several times - is preferred for baking because it allows for fluffier breads and pastries, he said. Vermeulen said bran and germ are course and would puncture air bubbles making for denser baked goods.
Even though removal of bran and germ makes for fluffier bread, the two items contribute nutrients not found in the endosperm. Consumer demand for the lost nutrients led to the production of whole wheat flour, which Vermeulen said still goes through the same process as white flour. He said once the flour is processed as if it were white, the bran and germ are added back in. He said with the Unifine milling system, the bran and germ remain in the flour from the beginning.
The Unifine flour milling system was brought back to the forefront at WSU by Steve Fulton, president of the Unifine Flour LLC after his wife noticed an increase in consumer demand for whole grain products in 2006 and remembered his uncle's mill. Fulton is the nephew of Leonard Fulton, who owned and operated the Unifine mill until he retired at age 89. Fulton said his uncle contracted with WSU to produce three mills - two of which were donated to the school - and the university allowed him to use the Unifine name. When he was younger, he said, he had very little to do with the mill despite his parents involvement.
"I didn't even know how the mill worked," Fulton said. But when he started looking into what happened to it, he said he learned Azure Standard, a nonretail cooperative located in Oregon, was using the Unifine name for its flour. After sending an email to Azure, he found out the company had not only his uncle's mill, but three other reverse engineered mills.
Azure Standard founder Alfred Stelzer, who also attended the breakfast presentation, said they increased the size of the motor from 20 horsepower to 30 creating a second model of the mill. "It's high output with what little goes into the mill," Stelzer said. The Industrial Design Clinic students said they wanted to stay true to the original technology of the mill in the model they designed, and traveled to Oregon to see the working Azure mill. Taylor Mishalanie, who worked on mill engineering and manufacturing in the group, said they were given design notes and drawings from previous designs that they worked from to create a 3-D model. He said they made some minor improvements, but were able to use previous dimensions to ensure manufacturing ability.
"The mill itself ... if you picture a dishwasher or stove at home, the mill will fit into it," Vermeulen said.
Because the Unifine mill eliminates about 8-12 steps required for a roller mill, as well as its size and limited required manpower, Fulton estimated the cost to manufacture at $75,000-$100,000 compared to the multi-million dollar investment for a roller-mill system.
The newest version of the mill, which is in the process of being manufactured and should be completed by March, will also be sporting some Cougar pride, which Mishalanie said was a result of Fulton wanting it to look "killer." While the mill will be primarily made of stainless steel, Mishalanie said he researched FDA requirements and found accommodating materials and protective coating to use to give the mill color.
"No one wants nice Cougar colored flakes in their pancakes," he said.
Fulton said the students mill design is expected to produce 2,000 pounds of flour per hour. He also said the cost to purchase the whole grain flour would be comparable to similar flours found on store shelves. Throughout each version of the mill, it has needed little maintenance, and Vermeulen said that is an aspect that is still true for the team's design. The mill can also process a variety of grains, pulse crops and rice. "In my opinion, I do not see any limitations to this design," Vermeulen said.
Unifine flour for purchase can currently be found at Azure Standard and orders can be made online atwww.azurestandard.com. Fulton said he has also let WSU know he is willing to donate a mill if the university wishes to add a "Cougar Golden" flour line, but nothing is set at this time. Fulton said he plans to manufacture 10 mills to begin a joint-venture approach with farming cooperatives to get the Unifine milling system on the market and is confident the milling system will be successful. For more information about Unifine Flour LLC, visit www.unifineflour.com.
Original newspaper article appeared in the Moscow/Pullman Daily News written by Elizabeth Rudd, reprinted with permission.
Amit Bandyopadhyay Named AAAS Fellow
WASHINGTON - Eight Washington State University faculty have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, honoring scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
They will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin of gold and blue, representing science and engineering, at the 2013 AAAS annual meeting in Boston in February.
This year’s 702 new AAAS fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Nov. 30.
In MME Professor Amit Bandyopadhyay, was named an AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the field of materials science and engineering, particularly for innovations in biomaterials and their manufacturing and applications in orthopedics.
The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. It publishes the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.
(Complete story and list of all fellows, from WSU Today, can be found here.)
3-D Printer Makes Parts from Moon Rock
PULLMAN, Wash. - Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful – like a needed wrench or replacement part. "It sounds like science fiction, but now it’s really possible,’’ says Amit Bandyopadhyay, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University. Bandyopadhyay and a group of colleagues recently published a paper in Rapid Prototyping Journal demonstrating how to print parts using materials from the moon.
Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose, professors in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are well known researchers in the area of three-dimensional printing for creation of bone-like materials for orthopedic implants.
In 2010, researchers from NASA initiated discussion with Bandyopadhyay, asking if the research team might be able to print 3-D objects from moon rock. Because of the tremendous expense of space travel, researchers strive to limit what space ships have to carry. Establishment of a lunar or Martian outpost would require using the materials that are on hand for construction or repairs. That’s where the 3-D fabrication technology might come in.
Three-dimensional fabrication technology, also known as additive manufacturing, allows researchers to produce complex 3-D objects directly from computer-aided design (CAD) models, printing the material layer by layer. In this case, the material is heated using a laser to high temperatures and prints out like melting candle wax to a desired shape.
To test the idea, NASA researchers provided Bandyopadhyay and Bose with 10 pounds of raw lunar regolith simulant, an imitation moon rock that is used for research purposes. The WSU researchers were concerned about how the moon rock material - which is made of silicon, aluminum, calcium, iron and magnesium oxides - would melt. But they found it behaved similarly to silica, and they built a few simple shapes. The researchers are the first to demonstrate the ability to fabricate parts using the moon-like material. They sent their pieces to NASA. "It doesn’t look fantastic, but you can make something out of it,’’ says Bandyopadhyay. Using additive manufacturing, the material could also be tailored, the researchers say. If you want a stronger building material, for instance, you could perhaps use some moon rock with earth-based additives. "The advantage of additive manufacturing is that you can control the composition as well as the geometry,’’ says Bose.
In the future, the researchers hope to show that the lunar material could be used to do remote repairs. "It is an exciting science fiction story, but maybe we’ll hear about it in the next few years,’’ says Bandyopadhyay. "As long as you can have additive manufacturing set up, you may be able to scoop up and print whatever you want. It’s not that far-fetched.’’
The research was supported by a $750,000 W.M. Keck Foundation grant.
(Complete story and video from WSU Today can be found here.)
Amit Bandyopadhyay Uses Additive Manufacturing to Build Biomedical Implants
PULLMAN - When he first saw the extent of the injuries, Amit Bandyopadhyay wondered if the patient was still alive.
The young man had been in a motorcycle accident. He'd collided with a telephone pole and was missing a 6-inch section of his skull. The doctor called Bandyopadhyay: "Was there anything he could do to help?" Bandyopadhyay is not a brain surgeon. He is a materials science professor at Washington State University's School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
For years he and his wife, Susmita Bose, have been preaching the possibilities of custom-made biomedical implants. Their research combines advanced manufacturing technologies with chemical and biological science to address unique medical problems.
The doctor knew of their work and asked if Bandyopadhyay could make a metal plate to match his patient's skull.
For Bandyopadhyay, the story illustrates the possibilities of additive manufacturing - a technology that's only become widely available in the last decade or so. The metal skull plate, for example, was fabricated from a digital model of the patient's head, using a machine that melts titanium powder with a laser. "It makes titanium ink and prints with that," Bandyopadhyay said. "We start with nothing and add one layer on top of another. It's the opposite of machining." Given this technology, Bandyopadhyay said, researchers can now design objects that would have been exorbitantly expensive or impossible to make just a decade or two ago.
For example, one of the props Bandyopadhyay uses when talking with students is a plastic toy that has several interlocking gears. It was fabricated as a single piece, with no subsequent assembly. He also has a titanium hip implant that's hollow and weighs half as much as the standard implants used today.
Custom implants that exactly match a patient's skeleton are one way of doing this. Another, he said, is to make dissolvable "scaffolds" that mimic not only the shape of the bone, but its composition. Bandyopadhyay calls this the Band-Aid approach to fracture repair. When someone gets a small cut, they put a Band-Aid over the area to protect it and let the body go through its natural healing process. It should be possible to do the same thing with fractures, he said. Instead of binding bone together with permanent metal plates and screws, "why not put in a 'bone cement' that holds the fragments together for the months or years it takes for the body to heal, and then have the scaffold material dissolve away?" This area has been a major part of his wife's research.
"Her background is in chemistry and biology, mine is in engineering and materials science, so we've found this to be a wonderful area where we can both contribute," Bandyopadhyay said. Bose agreed, saying this kind of interdisciplinary approach is needed to address human health issues. "Our work is a marriage between advanced manufacturing and basic science," she said. The bone scaffolds, for example "are made of calcium phosphate, which is the same thing our bones are made of. By controlling the chemistry of the material, we can control the rate at which it dissolves."
With two small sons, he said, he and Bose aren't planning to start an implant manufacturing business - but they want their students and the general public to understand the possibilities.
"We've been preaching this concept for years," Bandyopadhyay said. "In our lifetime, we may see orthopedic centers that have 3-D printers in the basement. It's not science fiction. It's a model that's viable, and that can have a positive impact on many lives."
Original newspaper article: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 By William L. Spence of the Lewiston Tribune, reprinted with permission.
Jin Liu and Prashanta Dutta Received Grant for Molecular Assembly
Drs. Prashanta Dutta and Jin Liu have received a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the assembly of biomolecules on a targeted surface. Self/controlled assembly of biomolecules has broad impacts on a variety of disciplines related to bio/nanotechnology, such as surface science, biomedicine, targeted drug delivery, biomolecular reorganization, contrast-based imaging, nanofabrication and environmental sciences. The biomolecular assembly is an extremely complex process, which is governed by events occurring in multiple length and time scales, and is dictated by a wide range of variables such as electric field, pH value, heat and fluid flow, as well as the molecular scale entropy changes due to structural rearrangements and charge group redistributions. In this project, Drs. Liu and Dutta will combine their individual research strengths to develop a multiscale model, which will be able to take the advantage of the efficiency of continuum models and the accuracy of atomistic models for the process of biomolecular assembly on a targeted surface. The model will allow them to investigate and delineate the effects from a broad range of experimentally controllable parameters across different scales. Predictions from the model will guide active design and optimization of many biomedical and engineering processes. NSF has awarded $431,882 for this three year grant through the Computational and Data-Enabled Science & Engineering (CDS&E) program.
Sinisa Mesarovic Receives an NSF Grant
In collaboration with Prof. D. Sekulic (University of Kentucky), Sinisa Mesarovic has received an NSF grant for a three year study of reactive and non-reactive wetting of rough surfaces by liquid metals. Spreading of liquids over solid surfaces is ubiquitous in nature and is the key aspect of many industrial processes, such as low temperature soldering, high temperature brazing, de-icing, organic liquid imbibing, etc. For example, in the case of brazing/soldering, the tight time scheduling of the processing combined with dissimilar wetting properties of materials being joined and a possible variability of temperature during spreading, require a precise control, which in turn requires quantitative prediction tools. The impact is expected in a broad set of applications, related to industrial and natural processes. The expected result is the ability to effectively control wetting by surface alterations and the selection of liquid system and solid substrates, which will enable rational design of industrial processes which depend on liquid spreading, and products whose function depends on wetting.
Katie Zhong Named Westinghouse Distinguished Professor
Professor Weihong (Katie) Zhong was named to the Westinghouse Distinguished Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering for the three-year period, August 16, 2012 to August 15, 2015. This prestigious appointment was made in recognition of Dr. Zhong's continued contributions in the field of materials science and the reputation amongst her international peers.
The Westinghouse Distinguished Professorship in Materials Science and Engineering was established to focus on research and advanced study in areas such as superconductivity, advanced ceramics, photoelectric materials and fiber optics. Westinghouse's objective through the professorship is to establish an alliance between Westinghouse and WSU and to attract outstanding faculty by providing additional funding for the position or for his/her research activities.
Kelvin Lynn Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences
Five Washington State University scientists have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the scientific organization established to offer advice on science policy in the state.
Kelvin Lynn, professor in both the Department of Physics and the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, director of the WSU Center for Materials Research, George and Diane Conniff distinguished professor, and Boeing chair of advanced materials is one of the five WSU scientists who has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.
The five will join 30 other inductees from around the state when they are inducted during the academy's fifth annual meeting in Seattle in September. Their election brings the total number of active members to 184.
The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington. Additional information about the Academy and its members is available online at http://www.washacad.org/.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Uma Jayaram Elected Fellow of ASME
Dr. Uma Jayaram was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The Fellow grade is truly a distinction among ASME members. Uma has the privilege of being one of only 3140 Fellows out of 112,884 ASME members. Honoring members by elevating them to the grade of Fellow demonstrates ASME’s commitment to its vision “to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals throughout the world for solutions that benefit mankind.”
This award recognizes Dr. Jayaram’s pioneering contributions to the development of virtual reality techniques for design, in particular assembly. She has also done seminal work in integrating various CAD/CAE systems by using advanced knowledge representation techniques, including ontologies and the evolving Semantic Web. She holds three patents and has published influential work. In addition to being active in academia, Dr. Jayaram is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies. Dr. Jayaram has also contributed significantly to enhancing the participation of women in engineering.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
MME Student Jianying Tracy Ji received Boeing Flightglobal Award/Flightglobal's Engineering Students of the Year 2012
Jianying Tracy Ji, a doctoral candidate of MME at Washington State University , and Yayu Monica Hew, an undergraduate student of the University of Texas at Arlington, were recognized Wednesday as Boeing/Flightglobal's Engineering Students of the Year during a ceremony in London. This is the first year Boeing and Flightglobal selected winning students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the annual Engineering Student of the Year Award (ESOYA) competition.
In pursuing her PhD at Washington State University in materials science and engineering, Ji has conducted research on advanced rechargeable lithium battery materials. She made significant achievements in creating a new electrolyte with ultra flexibility and high conductivity based on a natural plant protein. Ji's research focused on innovative manufacturing methods and performance validation testing of soy protein combined with more traditional electrolyte materials, producing a material with high strength and unprecedented flexibility that is also environmentally progressive in its production and disposal. This soy-based material has strong potential for wide application in next-generation electronics used in aerospace and in many other sectors, according to the judges.
Hew is entering her senior year at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she is majoring in aerospace engineering and physics.
"These two individuals have demonstrated the achievements that are possible when students and professionals are committed to pursuing a career in science, technology and mathematics," said John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology. "They are off to a great start in making a difference through a career in engineering. In addition, they are role models for others pursuing this critically important and personally rewarding field."
Boeing has partnered with Flightglobal to host the worldwide ESOYA competition for the last seven years to encourage students to pursue careers in aerospace-related engineering fields. The winning students' work must be judged as likely to impact the future of aerospace engineering in areas such as new or enhanced capabilities, systems, processes or tools; new levels of performance; and improved lifecycle costs.
MME Students Place 2nd in International Design Competition
ME students Jacob Bair and Cale Levengood as part of a WSU design team placed second in the 2012 Hydrogen Education Foundation's Hydrogen Student Design Contest. You may view the results and read the teams design at: http://www.hydrogencontest.org/previous.asp. Read the WSU News article about the contest at: http://wsunews.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=31886&TypeID=1.
(Additional story from Oregon Public Radio can be found here.)
MME’s Sports Science Lab Featured in Instron’s Newsletter
The Sports Science Laboratory (SSL) specializes in the dynamics of bat and ball collisions. The results of this work help regulating agencies better understand equipment performance through experimental testing and numeric models. The lab is certified with the ASA and the NCAA and contracts with bat and ball manufacturers to verify compliance and evaluate prototype products. The lab also supports graduate students who conduct sports science research.
(Complete story from Instron Community Blog can be found here.)
WSU Researchers Create Super Lithium-Ion Battery
Washington State University researchers have developed a new technology that could triple the capacity of lithium-ion batteries, which as anyone who owns a cell phone or laptop knows, can be frustratingly limiting.
Led by Grant Norton, professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, the researchers have filed patents on the nanoscale-based technology, which also allows the batteries to re-charge many more times and more quickly than current models. They expect to bring it to the market within a year.
With support from the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture’s Emerging Technology Fund, which is funded by private donations, the researchers have started building and testing the batteries.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Jianying Ji Awarded Scholarship To Attend Singularity University
Jianying Ji, a doctoral student in Materials Science, has been awarded a Scholarship to attend the Singularity University Graduate Program in California.
Singularity University is not a traditional four-year university, but rather an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial learning institution whose mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address some of the grand challenges facing our world. They bring together a diverse group of experts from academics, business, and government to work with participating students throughout the 10-week course. To date, the Singularity University Graduate Program has produced 15 different start-up companies and had individuals from 37 countries participate.
Jianying Ji will receive a $30,000 scholarship from the WSU Graduate School to travel to California and participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Last year the WSU Graduate School sent Pavlo Rudenko, a doctoral student in Materials Science, to participate in SU’s 2011 Summer Graduate Program.
This Scholarship is for Singularity University 2012 Graduate Studies Program, which will be held from June 16 to August 26 in Mountain View, California. This 10-week interdisciplinary program brings together entrepreneurial leaders and top graduate and postgraduate students from around the globe to explore solutions aimed at solving some of the world's most pressing challenges.
This is a tremendous honor for WSU and a wonderful opportunity for our best and brightest students.
Katie Zhong Receives International Collaboration Research Grant
Katie Zhong, Professor, in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has received an international collaboration research grant: "Multi-functional Polymeric Materials (MPM) for Reduced Weight of Airplane Interior Materials, Improved Fuel Efficiency and Decreased Fabrication Costs: Materials, Modeling and Processing."
The goal of the Research Project is to create multifunctional thermoplastic nanocomposites for significantly reducing the weight of interior thermoplastic assemblies by achieving electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and acoustic damping while maintaining acceptable mechanical properties and flammability performances of the parts. The thermoplastic nanocomposites will provide weight reduction and fabrication cost benefits through elimination of parasitic conductive materials and/or replacing existing metallic parts with inherently lighter polymeric parts. It is a 4-way collaboration: WSU/KAUST/BOEING/SABIC-IP, and the total amount for WSU is $847,726.
It is well known that Boeing is global airplane company. KAUST is a famous university with global renown: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; SABIC-IP, SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS is a global plastics company.
RC Baja Takes First Place in NW Regional Car Competition
Washington State University’s Radio-Controlled Baja Club took first place in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference District D competition held this past weekend in Ellensburg, Wash.
The competition, which included teams from throughout the Northwest, requires students to design and build a radio-controlled car that must navigate a drag race, slalom and obstacle course. The teams are also judged on their design and presentation.
The students put in thousands of hours on the project, designing and building an aluminum-frame car, said Ryan Evans, team captain and a senior in mechanical engineering. They raised more than $6,500 in donations, which allowed them to build with high quality components. The experience provides valuable design experience outside the classroom that they don’t get in their lecture classes, he said.
The student group is advised by Jitesh Panchal, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Samantha Lawrence Receives Prestigious National Fellowship
Materials science and engineering Ph.D. student Samantha Lawrence is the first Washington State University recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF).
The fellowship program provides financial support and professional development for doctoral science and engineering students who are focused on stewardship science. Stewardship science relates specifically to the nuclear stockpile.
As part of the fellowship program, Lawrence receives full tuition and required fees, a yearly stipend, attendance at yearly conferences and the potential to renew the fellowship for up to four years.
Lawrence is in her third semester at WSU. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in metallurgical and materials engineering in December 2010 from Colorado School of Mines. She is advised by WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering director David Bahr.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Tasha Totten Wins Second Place in the TMS Undergraduate Paper Award
Congratulations to Tasha Totten (MSE) for winning Second Place in the TMS Undergraduate Paper Award!
Kassiopeia Smith Wins Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
Kassiopeia Smith (MSE) has been selected to receive this year's award for excellence in undergraduate research and scholarship in Physical Sciences and Engineering. This award comes from the WSU Emeritus Society, Secretary Dr. Tom Brigham, and it's Undergraduate Awards Committee. The award comes with a $500 honorarium and will be presented at the University College Awards Ceremony. Congratulations, Kassiopeia, on a very impressive piece of research!
Bryant Hawthorne Wins Best TA in CEA
Congratulations to Bryant Hawthorne, (MS/ME) for winning Best TA in the college this year from the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University. Dr. Jitesh Panchal is Bryant's faculty advisor.
Jitesh Panchal Wins Reid Miller Teaching Award from CEA
Congratulations to Jitesh Panchal, Assistant Professor, in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has won the Reid Miller Teaching Award from the College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University.
Katie Zhong Named Composites Educator of the Year 2012
Katie Zhong, Professor, in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has been named The Composites Educator of the Year 2012! The Composites Educator of the Year 2012, sponsored by Dow Chemical, is someone in the educational field who has made a significant contribution to the training of students in the composites area. Examples of contributions include the creation of new educational programmes, the development of new pedagogical tools, motivating students to enter the composite sector… It is based on contributions made during 2011.
The winner receives a plaque and a cheque for $750. The winner of this award has been announced at ANTEC 2012, Orlando, FL, April 2012.
Jake Leachman Receives Faculty Excellence Award
Jacob Leachman, Assistant Professor, in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering has received a Faculty Excellence Award from the Naval ROTC Battalion at the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He was nominated from the graduating seniors who said his excellence in teaching and mentoring demonstrated a high degree of dedication.
David Bahr Awarded Patent in Energy Converters
Faculty who were awarded patents in 2011 will be among the honorees at the annual Showcase celebration of employee excellence. Dr. David Bahr, Professor and Director of the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering was awarded a patent in energy converters and associated methods.
Stanley Dittrick awarded Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship
Stanley Dittrick (PhD MSE) was recently awarded a Hydro Research Foundation Fellowship for 2012-13. This prestigious fellowship is awarded nationally each year to only 8 to 12 students – this year it is only 10 students. The program is funded by a grant from the Department of Energy. The fellowships are designed to allow outstanding early-career researchers to facilitate research related to hydropower. Research undertaken by the Foundation and its Fellows seeks to advance knowledge about hydroelectric technology, including efficiency improvements and environmental mitigation.
MME Outstanding Student Awards for 2012
Scott Burbank, MME Outstanding Researcher Award (MS)
Iman Salehinia, MME Outstanding Researcher Award (PhD)
Bryant Hawthorne, MME Outstanding TA Award (ME)
Brady Deacon, MME Outstanding TA Award (MSE)
MSE Scholarship Winners
Benjamin Revard won the Structural Materials Division Scholarship and the Light Metals Division Scholarship, while Veronica Perez won the Structural Materials Division Scholarship and the Extraction and Processing Division Scholarship at the 2012 TMS Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Both students won $5000 plus $1000 for travel expenses to the Annual Meeting in Orlando.
MME Outstanding Student Awards for 2012
Breanna Bence Named ME Outstanding Sophomore
Quinn Langfitt Named ME Outstanding Junior
Justin Bahrami Named ME Outstanding Senior
Thomas Gualtieri Named MSE Outstanding Sophomore
Craig Owen Named MSE Outstanding Junior
Benjamin Revard Named MSE Outstanding Senior
MME Outstanding TA Awards for 2012
Bryant Hawthorne Named ME Outstanding TA
Brady Deacon Named MSE Outstanding TA
Jia Liu Wins Awards
Jia Liu, a MSE graduate student, received the best oral presentation award in the Wiley Exposition under the Engineering and Physical Sciences category, which comes with the $500 scholarship.
Samantha Lawrence Wins Awards
Samantha Lawrence, MSE graduate student, won the best poster presentation award for the Engineering and Physical Sciences category at the Wiley Expo, which comes with a $400 scholarship. She also received a $1000 NACE Foundation Book Scholarship. Congratulations Samantha!
3D Printer Used to Make Bone-Like Material
PULLMAN, Wash. - It looks like bone. It feels like bone. For the most part, it acts like bone. And it came off an inkjet printer.
Washington State University researchers have used a 3D printer to create a bone-like material and structure that can be used in orthopedic procedures, dental work and to deliver medicine for treating osteoporosis. Paired with actual bone, it acts as a scaffold for new bone to grow on and ultimately dissolves with no apparent ill effects. The authors report on successful in vitro tests in the journal Dental Materials and say they’re already seeing promising results with in vivo tests on rats and rabbits. It’s possible that doctors will be able to custom order replacement bone tissue in a few years, said Susmita Bose, co-author and professor in WSU’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.
"If a doctor has a CT scan of a defect, we can convert it to a CAD file and make the scaffold according to the defect,” Bose said.
The material grows out of a four-year interdisciplinary effort involving chemistry, materials science, biology and manufacturing. A main finding of the paper is that the addition of silicon and zinc more than doubled the strength of the main material, calcium phosphate.
The researchers – who include mechanical and materials engineering Professor Amit Bandyopadhyay, doctoral student Gary Fielding and research assistant Solaiman Tarafder - also spent a year optimizing a commercially available ProMetal 3D printer designed to make metal objects. The printer works by having an inkjet spray a plastic binder over a bed of powder in layers of 20 microns, about half the width of a human hair. Following a computer’s directions, it creates a channeled cylinder the size of a pencil eraser. After just a week in a medium with immature human bone cells, the scaffold was supporting a network of new bone cells.
The research was funded with a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
(Complete story and video from WSU Today can be found here.)
(Story also featured on CBS News.)
WSU Honors College Recognizes Melissa Street
The Honors College presented the S. Town Stephenson Award for academic excellence inside and outside of their majors to three students. A faculty committee selects students with unusual combinations of courses and activities that demonstrate a diversity of interests, talents and commitments.
Melissa Street, mechanical engineering and Spanish major, is one of the fall 2011 graduating recipients. Street also received the Dean’s Award, which is presented to graduating seniors who exemplify the mission and values of the college.
"These students have made a mark on WSU during their time with us, and we won’t forget them,” Walker said. "We hope that Honors has also made a mark on them.”
Street and Gavin Mitchell, materials science engineering major, spoke on how the Honors College’s six learning goals had influenced their college experiences.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Hussein Zbib Named AAAS Fellow
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seven Washington State University faculty have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
They will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin of gold and blue, representing science and engineering, at the 2012 AAAS annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C., in February.
This year’s 539 fellows also will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Dec. 23.
One of MME's professors, Dr. Hussein Zbib was one of the seven Fellows recognized from WSU.
Hussein M. Zbib, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, for distinguished contributions to the field of mechanics and materials science and engineering, particularly for multi-scale theoretical modeling and predictions of the thermo-mechanical behavior of advanced nanomaterials.
The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. It is publisher of the journal Science as well as Science Translational Medicine and Science Signaling.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
Paper by PhD Candidate, Bin Li, Recognized by Health and Medicine Week
Quoting from Health and Medicine Week:
"Findings from Washington State University Broaden Understanding of Materials Chemistry"
2011 SEP 19 - According to the authors of recent research from Pullman, Washington, "High performance thermoplastic polymers, such as poly(etherketoneketone) (PEKK), etc., with excellent mechanical properties and thermo-oxidative stability are in great demand for expanding commercial applications. Transforming these materials into foamed structures through energy efficient approaches can be dramatically significant for various applications in which weight is critical."
Dr. Leland Weiss Receives NSF Career Award
Dr. Leland Weiss, a 2009 PhD graduate from WSU, and presently an Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University has recently been granted an NSF CAREER award focused on Ambient Thermal Energy Harvesting for Power Production.
WSU Material Advantage named "Chapter of Excellence"; Individual Students also Receive Scholarships
On October 18, the WSU Material Advantage Chapter received a "Chapter of Excellence" award from Material Advantage, the National Student Materials Science and Engineering Organization. The award, one of only 5 given to schools with MA chapters from across the world, was awarded to the chapter at the 2011 MS&T (Materials Science and Technology) conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Also, at the meeting Seniors Benjamin Revard and Erin Patterson received individual scholarships from ASM International at the ASM leadership banquet. Congratulations to the current and former students that worked so hard last year to help make this award possible.
Katie Zhong Receives Best Paper Award
MME Professor Weihong "Katie" Zhong has been selected as a 2011 Society of Plastics Engineering Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Best Paper award winner. She will be recognized with a special plaque during opening ceremonies on September 13th at this year’s SPE ACCE. Congratulations Katie!
MME Adjunct Elected to WA State Academy of Sciences
The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering's adjunct faculty member, Mohammad Khaleel, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, honoring his scientific achievements and tapping him for advice on science policy in the state. Mohammad Khaleel is also the director of the Computational Sciences and Mathematics Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
WSU Lab Shows Some Tricks Have Their Limits
PULLMAN, Wash. - Some baseball superstitions are accepted as cold, hard truth. But in the world of physics, the most accepted verities are subject to experimentation.
A corked bat hits the ball further? Not in Lloyd Smith’s lab.
Baseballs today are livelier than in the past? See above.
Storing balls in a humidor can curb home run production? We’ll grant you that one, but only because Smith has fired the balls through a cannon and measured their bounciness as they hit a bat.
Lloyd Smith, an associate professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, tested all three premises in his Sports Science Laboratory on the Pullman campus.
“I’ve got the cool machine that can do the tests,” said Smith. Working with colleagues from the University of Illinois and Kettering University, his findings are in this months’ American Journal of Physics article, “Corked Bats, Juiced Balls, and Humidors: The Physics of Cheating in Baseball.”
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
(Referenced publication: The physics of cheating in baseball)
(Recent related publication: July 5, 2011 Popular Mechanics)
Gaurav Ameta Receives ASME Award
Gaurav Ameta, an assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, been selected to receive ASME Computer and Information in Engineering Division’s Young Engineer/Investigator Award for 2011.
The award comes with a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium, which will be presented during the CIE Luncheon at the IDETC/CIE 2011 Conference in Washington, DC on Monday, August 29.
The excerpt from the award notice says: "We are grateful to have people such as Gaurav play a strong role in ASME and look forward to his continued contributions.“
Jianying Ji and Bin Li Receive Global Honor
Jianying Ji and Bin Li, PhD Mechanical Engineering students, have been selected to participate in the 2011 World Materials Summit Student Congress to be held in Washington DC. This is a global honor, including financial support, and only the top 50 graduate students/post-docs in the field of materials research are selected.
Pavlo Rudenko Awarded Prestigious Scholarship
Congratulations to Pavlo Rudenko, who was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the Singularity University 2011 Graduate Studies Program this summer in California. This 10-week interdisciplinary program brings together entrepreneurial leaders and top graduate and postgraduate students from around the globe to explore solutions aimed at solving some of the world's most pressing challenges. Pavlo is in the PhD Materials Science & Engineering program and Amit Bandyopadhyay is his advisor.
(Complete story from WSU Today can be found here.)
ME Student Luis Silva Dreams Big and Succeeds
Coming to the United States from Mexico for the first time at age 13, Luis Silva dreamed of owning a pair of in-line skates and riding them on sidewalks, which his town in Mexico did not have. His parents dreamed of providing a better life for their kids. Silva is now the first of his family to graduate from college, receiving his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
(Read the complete article by Tina Hilding here.)
Dr. Bahr Receives Faculty Advisor Excellence Award
David Bahr received the Spring 2011 Faculty Advisor Excellence Award from the Graduate and Professional Student Association.
Dr. Bandyopadhyay Named Fellow of American Ceramic Society
Amit Bandyopadhyay, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, has been named a fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) for outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences.
A member of the WSU faculty since 1997, Bandyopadhyay conducts research in the processing of ceramics, metals and composites using rapid prototyping technology. In particular, he is working to develop better implants for fracture management and bone disorders.
(Read the complete article from WSU Today here.)
Dr. Bahr Receives Outstanding Materials Science and Engineering Award
Dr. David F. Bahr, professor at the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, is the 2011 recipient of the Purdue University Outstanding Materials Science and Engineering (OMSE) Award for his contributions towards leadership, education, and research contributions in the areas of micromechanics of deformation, corrosion of bulk materials, and the design of microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices.
MMEs Honored at 2011 CEA Convocation
The College of Engineering and Architecture announced the names of its outstanding faculty, students and staff members at its annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 2011.
Award winners include the following:
Professor Weihong "Katie" Zhong received the MME Outstanding Researcher Award.
Professor Jitesh Panchal received the MME Excellence in Teaching Award.
2011 CEA Employee of the Year is Gayle Landeen
Other nominees included:
Outstanding Sophomore (ME) Quinn Langfitt
Outstanding Junior (ME) David Smith
Outstanding Senior (ME) Rhyan Russell
Outstanding Sophomore (MSE) Veronica Perez
Outstanding Junior (MSE) Benjamin Revard
Outstanding Senior (MSE) Ken Devoe
MME PhD Student Receives Three Scholarships
In 2010, the NACE Foundation awarded Samantha Lawrence three scholarships; the MTI-Bert Krisher Memorial Scholarship, the Sandia Mountain Section Scholarship, and the MC Miller Scholarship, in recognition for her outstanding academic achievements. Samantha, at the time, a final year student at Colorado School of Mines, found the scholarships most beneficial in helping her pay for her final semester, “Certainly the scholarships were a big help financially – they covered all of my tuition and fees for my final semester…with money to spare. The money left over from Mines even covered my residual tuition fee here at WSU…” (Samantha is currently working on her PhD, at Washington State University.)
(Read the complete article from NACE International here.)
'High Speed Boats' Kicks Off Series January 26
High speed boats will be the topic of a seminar at noon Wednesday, Jan. 26, in CUB 406, the first in the series "Inspiring a New Generation of Scholars and Scientists" for spring semester. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. Konstantin Matveev, assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, will talk about high speed air assisted marine vehicles. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Students, the seminars are designed to encourage students to explore careers in science and research. They are open to anyone.
The series will continue, at noon in CUB 406, with:
* "The White Collar Job in the Blue Collar World," Tom Heustis, Feb. 9.
* "Garbage to Fashion: Innovations in Sustainability," Meriem Chida, Feb. 16.
* "Novel Nanotechnologies in the Design of Electronic Systems," Jose Delgado Frias, Feb. 23.
* "A Nanoscale Look at the Living World of Microbes," Nehal Abu Lail, March 2.
* "When Too Much of a Good Thing Can Lead to Cancer," Nancy Magnuson, March 9.
For more information, contact John Doty, john_doty@wsu.edu or 335-5108.

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