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2017

Registration opens for summer classes
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is offering a number of Summer Session classes this year. Take classes on computer integrated engineering, heat transfer, and more. Register now.
[posted 3/21/17]

Buechler, E17, honored with Senior Award
The Tufts University Alumni Association has selected Elizabeth Buechler as one of twelve honorees to receive the Senior Award for her academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities, and leadership. Read more about Elizabeth.
[posted 3/20/17]

Students design for early engineering education
In Assistant Professor Kristen Wendell's Senior Design Project class, a group of students put their heads together to create an educational water table to teach electrical concepts to young children using a water-electricity analogy. Read more.
[posted 3/8/17]

Zimmerman's research highlighted on PBS
Professor of the Practice Mike Zimmerman was featured in the NOVA special titled "The Search for the Super Battery." NOVA host David Pogue tested Zimmerman's polymer-based solid state battery. Watch the full episode and read more.
[posted 2/2/17]

Messner writes on driverless cars for The Conversation
Professor Bill Messner covered the current state of the development of autonomous vehicles in The Conversation. He says that recent advances "suggest a future filled with driverless cars that are both safer than today’s vehicles and radically different in appearance and comfort." Read more.
[posted 1/31/17]

2016

New York Times features Zimmerman's solid battery
At his startup Ionic Materials, Professor of the Practice Mike Zimmerman is developing the first polymer-based solid state battery. His work could bring safer, flexible and non-combustible lithium batteries to the market. Read more.
[posted 12/12/16]

Ph.D. student Xiao and Barlow, E17, win best poster award
At the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference, Xiao Xiao and Stan Barlow received the Best Poster – Young Investigator Award. Read more.
[posted 11/07/16]

Messner interviewed on the safety of self-driving cars
Professor Bill Messner appeared on CCTV America to discuss the safety record of autonomous vehicles. Watch now.
[posted 09/27/16]

Gallegos, E19, blogs from Talloires
This summer, Hernan Gallegos blogged about his experiences as a mechanical engineer in the Tufts in Talloires program. Read more on the blog.
[posted 08/18/16]

Messner weighs in on autonomous car development
Professor Bill Messner wrote on the potential next steps in autonomous car development, following the recent fatal crash of a Tesla vehicle that was in autopilot mode. Read more in The Conversation.
[posted 08/08/16]

Tufts Racing competes in the 2016 Formula Hybrid Competition
Congratulations to Tufts Racing for their hard work preparing their electric car for the Formula Hybrid Competition, which was held May 2-5 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
[posted 05/20/16]

Zenyuk Researches Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk is working to understand and overcome a key stumbling block to creating a commercially viable hydrogen fuel cell. These fuel cells could be used in everything from cars to consumer electronics. Read more about Zenyuk's research.
[posted 05/20/16]

Black, E16, Wins One of Two NCAA Scholarships
Mechanical engineer Mitchell Black, E16, was one of two student-athletes nationwide to receive the 2016 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship recognizing academic excellence. Black plans to pursue his doctorate in aerospace engineering at either Georgia Tech or the University of Michigan.
[posted 04/25/16]

Alumna Zimmerman, E09, Wins in Health & Life Sciences Track
Mechanical engineering alumna Alexandra Zimmerman, E09, was on the BrainSpec team, which won first place in the Health and Life Sciences track of the 2016 $100k New Ventures Competition. BrainSpec is a software platform that enables the accurate and non-invasive diagnosis of brain disorders, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
[posted 04/25/16]

Buechler, E17, Receives Goldwater Honorable Mention
Lily Buechler, E17, received an Honorable Mention in the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The Goldwater Scholarship is one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards in the STEM fields.
[posted 03/31/16]

Kemmerling Talks 3D Modeling and Mechanics in The Conversation
Assistant Professor Erica Kemmerling writes for The Conversation about fabricating physical models to study how cardiovascular devices affect blood flow. Now 3D printing technology is advanced enough to build realistic models of human blood vessels, and pulsatile-flow pumps can drive flow through these vessels to mimic the heart's pumping. Since the vessel models are synthetic, there are no ethical issues associated with damaging them to take flow measurements.
[posted 03/28/16]

Track star Mitchell Black, E16, wins third NCAA crown
Senior Mitchell Black is a double major in mechanical engineering and astrophysics and has applied to graduate programs in aerospace, aeronautics and astronautics, and space engineering, as well as for positions at NASA. On March 12 in Grinnell, Iowa, Black added a third NCAA 800 meters title to his resume, winning the 2016 indoor event with considerable ease. Read more about Mitchell.
[posted 03/16/16]

Wendell Named 2016 PECASE Winner
Assistant Professor Kristen Wendell was named a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. She will receive her award at a Washington, D.C. ceremony in the spring. The 105 awardees were selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach.
[posted 02/18/16]