November 2020

November 12, 2020
A paper from Professor Howon Lee’s group Wins Materials Horizons Outstanding Paper Award 2019.  In this paper, Professor Lee and his students present an innovative 4D printing approach to create geometrically reconfigurable, functionally deployable and mechanically tunable metamaterials. Produced through digital 3D printing with a shape memory polymer, the lightweight microlattices show extraordinary ability in shifting stiffness and shock absorption by orders of magnitude, as well as in reprogramming of their s

October 2020

October 7, 2020
SoE professors’ research projects target new discoveries for space and Earth Whether looking to gain a deeper understanding of combustion to conserve energy or looking to nourish plant roots with electrostatic spray, recent research efforts of mechanical and aerospace engineering professors Stephen Tse and Jonathan Singer aim to impact life in space – and on Earth. Conducting “Flames in Space” Experiments from Planet Earth
October 7, 2020
Engineers invent way to spray extremely thin wires on 3D objects Engineers have invented a way to spray extremely thin wires made of a plant-based material that could be used in N95 mask filters, devices that harvest energy for electricity, and potentially the creation of human organs.

September 2020

September 11, 2020
People who worry about the safety of self-driving cars might either be reassured or concerned by an approach that Jingang Yi, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is proposing: add race car driving skills and techniques to the brains of autonomous vehicles. “Professional drivers perform extreme maneuvers to avoid crashes with other vehicles, or to avoid running off the road,” Yi said. “But typical drivers out on the streets and highways don’t know how to do them.”
September 11, 2020
Professor Xiaoli Bai has been elected to the grade of Associate Fellow for the Class of 2021 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Each year, only one for every 150 voting members are selected and approved. Only 17 percent of AIAA members are selected for the rank of Associate Fellow.  More details can be found here.  

August 2020

August 13, 2020
Prof. James Guo has been conferred an Honorary Professorship of Amity University in Noida, India, in recognition of his research achievements and leadership in the areas of enhanced heat transfer and radiative heat transfer. He received this distinction at the valedictory ceremony of the 2nd International Conference on Future Learning Aspects of Mechanical Engineering (FLAME - 2020), 5th – 7th August 2020. He has delivered a Plenary Lecture “Heat Transfer Enhancement with Nanofluids” in the conference.

July 2020

July 16, 2020
Last spring as a group of mechanical and aerospace engineering students were putting the pieces in place for their senior design project, the team’s advisor and assistant professor in the department, Onur Bilgen, suggested they apply for a NASA University Student Research Challenge (USRC) grant. Bilgen felt confident their multi-mode hybrid drone delivery system (MMHDDS) project could be a strong contender, and he was right.
July 16, 2020
Professors Kimberly Cook-Chenault and Jonathan P. Singer were among the six faculty members from across Rutgers University who recently received coveted 2019-20 Provost’s Awards for Faculty Excellence. The Provost’s Awards honor outstanding faculty members at all stages of their careers whose exceptional work in innovative teaching, cross-disciplinary research, and STEM diversity has been recognized by their peers.   Prof. Singer received a Provost’s Award for Excellence in Innovative Teaching in recognition of his non-traditional approach to active learning.  

June 2020

June 18, 2020
Robert Green-Warren, an incoming second year PhD student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, has been awarded a 2020 PhD Engineering Associate Fellowship. GEM is “a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.” Robert has also previously been awarded the SUPER-Grad Fellowship for the Fall 2019-2020 academic year, which supports his current research under the guidance of Prof.