Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Department News

Professor Ya-Ting Liao Received a New NSF Grant

Professor Ya-Ting Liao received a new grant from NSF’s Combustion and Fire Systems program, entitled "Ignition Propensity of Structural Materials Exposed to Firebrand in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires". The project, funded at $300K, is for the period September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021.

This project will characterize the ignition process of materials caused by firebrand attacks, a key mechanism of wildfire spread into Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) communities.

PhD Student Receives AHA Fellowship

Erdem Kucukal, a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a predoctoral fellowship award from the American Heart Association.
Erdem is exploring abnormal cellular adhesion in pumonary vascular shunts.

Award Recognition for EMAE Research Associate, Dr. Phillip McClellan

Dr. Akkus' Research Associate, Dr. McClellan received the Orthopaedic Research Societys' "ORS Tendon Section Trainee Awards" given out for posters. The title of his presentation was "Woven Collagen Biotextiles Enable Mechanically Functional Rotator Cuff Tendon Regeneration During Repair of Segmental Tendon Defects In Vivo" 

ORS Tendon Section 2018 Conference
Tendon Section Conference 2018 Award Recipients

AIAA Announces Class of 2019 Associate Fellows

Two EMAE research professors, Mohammad Kassemi and Vedha Nayagam, have been recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

AIAA will formally honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, 7 January 2019, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in San Diego, California, during its 2019 AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition.

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Clare Rimnac Awarded Distinguished University Professorship

It may fall to medical historians to recall when even successful total joint replacements would sometimes result in patients suffering needlessly as the plastic inside their knee or hip began to degrade. Among the scientists credited with solving that post-surgical complication is Clare Rimnac, the Wilbert J. Austin Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Dr. Umut Gurkan won the 1st place in the Vodafone Wireless Innovation Competition

Among 120+ applicants, Professor Umut Gurkan and his team won the first place in Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project, at Social Innovation Summit 2018 in Silicon Valley.

Chris Yuan is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award

Professor Chris Yuan is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Chao and Trigger Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.

Robert Gao is the recipient of the 2018 ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gauge Award

Robert Gao, the Cady Staley Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been selected to receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’