November 2021

November 23, 2021
Professor Yogesh Jaluria was co-chair of the 8th International Symposium on Advances in Computational Heat Transfer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 15-19, 2021. It was a virtual conference with around 150 participants from over 25 countries, 105 contributed papers, 13 keynote talks, a short course, and a workshop on publications. This is a major international conference held around the world every 2-3 years. The 6th conference was held at Rutgers University in 2015 and the 7th one at Napoli, Italy, in 2017, with Professor Jaluria as the chair/co-chair for both.
November 18, 2021
Professor Jonathan Singer receives the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence award for the year 2020-2021.  This award honors newly-promoted and tenured (as of July 1, 2021) members of the faculty who have made truly outstanding contributions to teaching during their early years at Rutgers.  More details can be found here. 
November 16, 2021
Rutgers researchers studying COVID-19 have created a new way to deliver DNA molecules into skin cells, using a suction technique similar to the ancient healing practice of cupping that increases blood circulation and promotes healing.  
November 12, 2021
Prof. German Drazer, Prof. Edward DeMauro and students win EPA Cleaner Indoor Air During Wildfires Challenge.  The proposal is a novel application of existing industrial technology that would be modified and scaled down for residential use. The team proposes to develop a two-phase air filtration device. The first phase uses a wet-scrubber method to capture particles within aerosolized water droplets followed by a second phase involving a series of stainless-steel wire filters, which are removable and washable.
November 11, 2021
In a recent work published by Science Advances on Friday, November 5th, a team of researchers from MAE and BME, in collaboration with sponsor GeneOne Life Science, found that a suction technique similar to traditional Chinese or Middle-eastern Hijima cupping, is able to boost the immune response of a DNA vaccine by 100 fold. This work has caught worldwide attention and has been reported in news outlet and online platforms in the US, UK, China, Korea, India, Australia, and Arabic speaking countries.
November 11, 2021
Dr. Peter Balogh, a recent PhD graduate (2018) of the MAE Department and advised by Prof. Prosenjit Bagchi, has joined NJIT's Mechanical Engineering Department as a tenure-track assistant professor from September 1, 2021. Dr. Balogh's area of interest includes computational fluid dynamics, biofluid mechanics, and high-performance computing. He was the 2019 recipient of the Acrivos dissertation award from the American Physical Society.
November 11, 2021
Catherine Nachtigal (MAE ’22) won a scholarship from Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Tau Beta Pi Scholarships are awarded to junior members on a competitive basis of high scholarship, campus leadership and service, and promise of future contributions to the engineering profession. Catherine was an intern at Northrop Grumman in the summer where she was working on collaborative research with the labs of Profs. Jonathan P. Singer, Assimina Pelegri, and Andrew Norris.  
November 11, 2021
Bryan Llumiquinga (MAE ’18 and current PhD candidate) was awarded a GEM 2021 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.” The GEM Fellowship will partially support the remainder of Bryan’s PhD candidacy in the lab of Prof. Jonathan P. Singer, where he will be conducting research on the topic of functional nanocomposites.
November 11, 2021
Ariana Dyer (MAE ’23) was awarded a New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Summer Internship to pursue research on the simulation of self-limited electrospray deposition in the lab of Prof. Jonathan P. Singer. NJSGC is NASA’s educational arm in New Jersey for higher education, charged with preparing students to become members of the technically literate workforce which NASA and the aerospace industry need.
November 11, 2021
Darrel Dsouza (MAE ’22) won an Agnes Malakate Kezios Scholarship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. The Agnes Malakate Kezios Scholarship supports students in their terminal year of undergraduate study and recognizes “leadership within the engineering academic context specified above, and a strong potential for contribution to the mechanical engineering profession.” Darrel was in intern at Marotta Controls in the summer and is a member of the lab of Professor Jonathan P. Singer.