Mechanical Engineering Office celebrates 2021-22

The Office of Mechanical Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has had a effective educational calendar year in 2021-22, like ground breaking analysis and university student achievement.

Faculty news

As of Aug. 1, Professor Bruce Murray has stepped down as the chair of the division and will officially retire this tumble. He has served as chair given that 2019 and has been a member of the Watson faculty considering the fact that 1997. Affiliate Professor Paul Chiarot, a faculty member due to the fact 2011, has been elevated to department chair.

In slide 2021, Professor Roy McGrann retired soon after two many years on the ME college. For lots of Watson alumni, McGrann is very best remembered as director of the very first-12 months Engineering Design Division system (2004-08) and as the co-founder and co-director of the college’s small in sustainability engineering.

Professor SB Park, who has investigated electronics packaging for just about 30 years as the director of Binghamton University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Centre (IEEC), was named a fellow of the American Modern society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) final drop.

Professor Mohammad Younis, an ME college member from 2004-13, returned to Watson in slide 2021 just after teaching for eight yrs at King Abdullah University of Science and Engineering (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Exploration news

Associate Professor Shahrzad “Sherry” Towfighian is establishing superior checking of knee replacements using sensors that make their possess power via movement. She acquired a 5-yr, $2,326,521 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders to further more exploration she began several years back.

Distinguished Professor Ron Miles Jian Zhou, PhD ’18 (now undertaking postdoctoral investigation at the Argonne Nationwide Laboratory) and Junpeng Lai, a recent PhD pupil in Miles’ lab, posted an post on orb-weaving spiders — the species featured in the classic children’s e book “Charlotte’s Web” — exhibiting that the spiders use their webs as extended auditory arrays to capture appears, potentially providing spiders highly developed warning of incoming prey or predators.

Assistant Professor Kaiyan Yu gained a 5-yr, $588,608 Nationwide Science Foundation Vocation Award to review means to get over challenges with regards to the unbiased manipulation of big figures of nanoscale objects precisely and reliably. A Career grant supports early-career college who have the possible to provide as tutorial purpose versions in research and instruction.

Yu’s operate with robots large and modest also was highlighted in this year’s Watson Overview journal.

Assistant Professor Pu Zhang also gained a five-calendar year, $565,337 NSF Profession Award to research his strategies for soft electronics making use of liquid metallic networks in rubber that can deform easily though remaining remarkably conductive. The findings could be built-in into wearable electronics, smooth robotics and bioelectronics for health-related usage.

College student news

As their senior capstone job, pupils Salvatore Mezzatesta, Jung Wok Oh and Justin Adamczak labored with Windsor sixth-grader Delaney Dixon and her father, Chris, to increase on Delaney’s style and design for the Tick Stik, a machine to assist people today find ticks on their bodies in places they just cannot ordinarily see. Their advisor was Associate Professor Peter Huang.

The Watson Assessment also highlighted another senior undertaking to layout and establish an unmanned radio-controlled (RC) airplane that can deliver vaccine parts as an entry to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 26th once-a-year Style and design, Establish, Fly level of competition. Advisors were Kirill Zaychik (lecturer) and Assistant Professor Pu Zhang students had been ME seniors Ilan Bregman, Daniel Coladangelo, Marwan Gomaa and Brian Lineback ME junior Baiyina Richardson and electrical engineering junior Xiaofei Li.

Mechanical engineering college students are developing a tumble-arrest system for use in the course of gait assessments as part of the Decker College of Nursing and Health and fitness Sciences’ new Motion Assessment Research Lab.

Alumni news

Harmless Kukulu ’22 is gathering discarded telephones in the U.S. and redistribute them to recipients in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. The value of a mobile phone stays out of get to for a lot of persons in economically deprived nations, limiting their ability to apply for careers, hold in touch with spouse and children and sense component of the broader world.

Final tumble, Binghamton College named two mechanical engineering alumni as Daring (Bearcats of the Final Ten years) 10 Below 10 Award winners: Devan Tracy ’13, who the Sensible Properties and Go Environmentally friendly affiliate supervisor for the Rotary and Mission Programs division of Lockheed Martin and Christina Arbor ’12, an estimator at Turner Development Co.

Philip Castoro, MS ’06, mentioned how he attained his master’s diploma whilst doing work full time at Common Instruments, in which he is now the vice president of the company’s engineering organization.