[March 21, 2020] Remote Instruction Information

Assimina A. Pelegri, PhD

Professor and Undergraduate Director

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering




March 21, 2020 

Dear ME and AE students,

I hope my email finds you well. We are about to end the spring break but I know that to most of us it doesn’t feel this way. We are following the developments nation- and world-wide and are trying to keep up with this “new” reality as it is changing every day.

Monday you are coming back to your virtual classes. All the MAE faculty and staff are working hard to ensure that you will have all your courses available to you online.  Please find below the steps we have taken to ensure the successful continuation of your studies.

On-line instruction

  1. We have set up a webpage where we have consolidated all the information you will need in order to go to your classes. The webpage will be live by the afternoon of Saturday, March 21st.https://mae.rutgers.edu/where-is-my-mae-class. In that webpage you will be able to find all the information about the virtual classrooms by course, office hours, professors’ contact info etc. You will have live links to take you directly to your classes.  On the left-hand frame is the online instructions that you need familiarize yourselves with. Please make every effort to try to login prior to the class time.
  2. Attendance is required for ALL MAE courses except if otherwise indicated by the instructor. As such, all the web tools we are using have the ability to capture participation.  Please make sure you are present.  The instructors will be taking snapshots of participation several times throughout the  synchronous sessions in order to ensure that you are there. 
  3. All classes will be held at their original, regular times using online recourses as discussed above. In the case that there is an emergency and you miss a class, please fill out the “email request” for a recorded session.
  4. Rutgers has developed webpages with a lot of information about how to follow online instruction, writing workshops, mentoring etc. https://rlc.rutgers.edu/remote_instruction and  how to succeed in an online course https://rlc.rutgers.edu/succeedonline  We strongly encourage you to use them.
  5. The laboratory courses will also take place online.  The TAs will provide more information at your individual online sessions. Please make every effort to participate at the times as you would have on your regular lab sessions.  We have instructed the TAs not to allow any consolidation of the groups or alter the times.  This is happening for two reasons: 1) to keep the normalcy of our schedule, and 2) to allow participation as much as possible in the lab experience.
  6. Students who are doing Co-Ops or Internships and they are not able to complete their time at the companies: You will need to provide alternative plans for finishing up your internships.  Upon completion, you will need to follow normal procedure found in our handbook at https://mae.rutgers.edu/flipbook/ughandbook/mobile/ I will send out a form to you in order to capture this information and to further advise you on the process.  In the meantime, please device alternative plans to finish up your work in consultation with your company supervisor. 


  • We will communicate to you through SAKAI about the requirements for finishing up your senior projects.  We are making sure that you will be able to finish your requirements for graduation on time.
  • The forms for Energy and/or Aerospace certificates are online and we will be sending you pertinent information as we are getting closer to the graduation deadline.


  • We will communicate to you through email for setting up virtual rooms with the  2020-2021 senior design project so you can make selections.  The projects will be posted on our website by April 20th.  General guidelines will be sent via email.


  • Familiarize yourselves with the MAE website and the MAE handbook.
  • Make sure you are talking to your academic advisors to plan for curriculum.


JJ Slade Scholars

Please contact your advisors for project completion. The Undergraduate Office has the alternative plans of project completion from your advisors and I will send individual emails to all of you by Friday, March 27. 

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research (6650:299/399/499):  I have discussed with your advisors and have requested alternative plans to be made for your research projects. Please contact your advisors for alternative project completion (perhaps including a literature review or other means of scholarship for your ongoing research).

All undergraduates

  • I cannot stress enough how important it is to be professionals in your communications. Make sure that you are to the point and polite, make constructive criticism, and give credit when appropriate.
  • If for any reason, including internet connectivity issues, you miss a class we will make every effort so the class material will get to you.
  • Make sure you successfully finish your semester. 

All of us have been working very hard the whole break to make sure that we can make your online experience as stress-free as possible. I am sure that there will be hiccups but as I said above be patient and professional.  These are times to show our best selves and rise above difficult circumstances and obstacles. I will communicate with you via email and office hours through WebEx.

Finally, in order to lift our spirits a bit, I am attaching a few comments and words of wisdom that your professors and teaching assistants have offered.

We are in it together!

Warm wishes,

Professor Pelegri

MAE Undergraduate director



Assimina Pelegri


Be careful, be kind, stay smart. We are here to support you now and, in the future, and we will meet again in person soon.

Alberto Cuitiño

You are part of our MAE Rutgers family and we are here for you! Together, we will navigate through these difficult times. Stay positive, stay safe, stay healthy. 

Todd Rossi

I'm looking forward to productive virtual learning. Feel free to engage me as needed.

Siddika Pasi

We are in this new journey together.  Let's make the best out of it.  I am excited about exploring new efficiencies in going virtual.  As the famous Plato saying goes "Necessity is the mother of all invention", let us try to innovate around this situation.  Hope you stay in good health and spirit.  I look forward to our virtual meeting.

Annalisa Scacchioli

I am so glad to "meet" you again very soon with new great initiatives and learning opportunities for you!

Howon Lee

RU strong!

Jerry Shan

Fluids is fun!

Rajiv Malhotra

Be safe, be healthy.

Xi Gu

Stay safe and healthy.

Stephen Tse

Thermo is fun!

Jingang Yi

Stay safe and healthy. Let us work together through the semester!

Qingze Zou

Stay safe and healthy.

Jonathan Singer

All Room Locations will be posted on the Canvas. We were already an odd format. Things will just get a little odder... Remember: We're all in it together.

Onur Bilgen

With or without a classroom, we must all do everything we can so that you learn the subjects in your program, and apply that knowledge correctly in your career. In this context, I trust that you will utilize the time away from the campus wisely, focus, and work harder during these difficult times. I wish you, your family and friends good health.

Javier Diez

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie

Edward DeMauro

"But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer." - Samwise Gamgee

Laurent Burlion

We're going to go through it all together !

Kimberly Cook-Chennault

Though this may be a stressful time, we can work together to grow as a class and university.

Zhixiong Guo

Stay safe and believe.

Aaron Mazzeo

"Have courage, and be kind." -- Cinderella

Haym Benaroya

We all wish you the best of health - and especially to the seniors who were in my Spacecraft course last semester, I know that you will be very successful upon graduation, and I hope that our paths cross soon.

Doyle Knight

Be safe and healthy.

Andrew Norris

Let's use this as an opportunity for new and deeper study, just as Newton developed his theory of gravity when Cambridge University sent everyone home because of the plague.  At the same time please put a priority on your physical health and that of your loved ones.

Xiaoli Bai

Stay safe, healthy, and sharp.

Purusottam Mookerjee


Stay safe and healthy.











It's going to be a different experience but we will ensure it is fun and informative just like usual! 



Hope this time pass soon. Stay safe.

Erd Kurtyigit


I am sure we will work diligently and get over these hard days together.  We are going to continue to meet in healthy and fun days.



We are experiencing an unprecedented event in our lifetime, and as such we are all adapting to our new reality. Please, be patient and compassionate as we are learning and adapting with you. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay positive. We will prevail.



Don't worry too much as we will be with you all the time during this difficult and challenging period of time and hope that you all enjoy your online study.



I wish you and your family are healthy and safe. This is going to be a new experience for all of us we will learn a lot. Happy Spring!

Pournadali Khamseh


It seems that we are in a difficult time, but you are not alone, we are here to support you. We are here to show you that there is still hope to move forward and make some progress. Stay safe.



While we distance ourselves and keep our community safe, we'll manage to move forward and enjoy these upcoming fun online meetings. Let me say that facing difficulties is inevitable, but learning from them and turning it to positive experiences is the skill  ;)) 



Go give your grandparents a call and ask them how they lived through the recession. You might learn some fun facts and ways to help you through this quarantine. And if you didn’t like canned soup yesterday, you should start liking it real soon.



It is the first time to try online labs for all of us. By working together, we can definitely go through this difficult time. Send me an email if you have any questions. Stay safe and healthy.



Start enjoying change and be prepared for transition to online learning , let us work together.



I hope you are safe and healthy. Remember to wash hands and practice social distance. Let us work together during this special time. Send me email if you have any questions. Take care of yourselves.