May 2020

May 7, 2020
A proposal written by MAE faculty member, Jonathan Singer, assisted by PhD Candidate, Michael Grzenda, has been selected by NASA to improve crop production in space. The goal of the research is to use electrospray deposition to grow plants using absolutely minimal amounts of water. More information can be found here.   
May 7, 2020
MAE master’s student Arielle Gamboa has won a graduate fellowship from Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. The fellowship is awarded with the goal of financing one year of graduate study for a select group of members, chosen for merit, in order to advance engineering education and the profession. Arielle is currently completing her thesis, titled Morphological Control of Multifunctional Melting Gel Coatings via Electrospray Deposition, advised by Prof. Jonathan Singer.
May 7, 2020
Jonathan Singer, MAE faculty member, is honored to receive one of this year's two Provost's Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching. This award is given to individual faculty whose teaching practices involve non-traditional approaches to enhance learning outcomes, including new forms of pedagogy, instructional technologies, and multimedia.
May 7, 2020
Professor Xi Gu, MAE faculty member, has been selected for the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). This award recognizes manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry. Prof. Gu is one of the 15 recipients of the award this year. Read the full press release here>>    

February 2020

February 28, 2020
Dr. Ramendra Pal (PI), Professors Aaron Mazzeo (co-PI), Rajiv Malhotra (co-PI) and Francois Berthiaume (co-PI from BME) have received a DoD CDMRP Discovery Award to work toward a wearable device that administers cold plasma to enhance wound healing. The collaborative work focuses on studying the effectiveness of wearable patches that administer atmospheric plasma to pressure and diabetic ulcers on mice.
February 18, 2020
After winning Tournament Champions and the Design Award at the Widener University Competition, the Rutgers IEEE VexU Robotics team aimed higher after missing out on a World tournament spot. They traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to compete in the VexU Cardinal Classic competition. This time, they only brought one team, SKAR (Scarlet Knights at Rutgers), to compete. Of the over a dozen people who worked on the bots throughout the year, the team members who traveled to Maryland were Agam Modasiya, Akash Pathuri, Rakesh Warrier, Josh Chung, Karun Kanda and Damian Modzelewski

January 2020

January 30, 2020
The Rutgers IEEE VexU Robotics division competed in the Widener University Robotics tournament in Chester, Pennsylvania against teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. RIEEE brought two teams, SKAR (Scarlet Knights at Rutgers) and RUSK (Rutgers University Scarlet Knights) to this competition. The teams consisted of: • Tim Petersen, ECE-20’ • Israel Jackson, MAE-20’ • Agam Modasiya, MAE-22’ • Jack Lowry, ECE-23’ • Akash Pathuri, ECE-23’ • Rakesh Warrier, RBS-23’ • Josh Chung, CS-23’ • John Plaras, ECE-21’ • Haolin Jim, CS-23’ • Karun Kanda, CS-22’ • Felix Shames, ECE-22’

November 2019

November 22, 2019
Stephen Tse, professor and director of outreach in the School of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has waited patiently for years to run a series of experiments involving spherically-symmetrical flames known as “s-Flame” on the International Space Station. “It was a decades-long process to get these experiments to finally run,” he says. “The project was approved around 2002, but many things occurred which cancelled and delayed it. Now, in fall 2019, we finally get to see the experiments begin.”
November 1, 2019
MAE undergraduates, Catherine Nachtigal and Darrel Dsouza, both members of Professor Singer's Hybrid Micro/Nanomanufacturing Laboratory, have each been awarded the 2020 Academic Year New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Fellowship. Catherine will investigate differing methylcellulose morphologies after deposition via self-limiting electrospray and Darrel will be working on electrohydrodynamic oscillators for waste heat harvesting using pyroelectric material.