Tufts team wins MakeMIT
A team of Tufts students—including mechanical engineers Jackson
Bockhorst and Ethan Laverack—recently won first prize in the MakeMIT
hackathon. The Sphnx team developed a battery-operated sensor system
to track a cyclist's posture.
ME students win second place in $100k Competition
In the 2017 $100k New Ventures Competition, a team that included mechanical engineering majors
Richard Ding and Hermes Suen won second place in the Social Impact track. Their product
line, -sPARK+, harnesses children's mechanical energy and converts it into electricity.
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.
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.
Zenyuk receives CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk received a CAREER Award for her proposal to
study the mechanisms of ion transport in ionomer-free electrodes. The goal of her
work is to determine specific factors which limit the performance of polymer electrolyte
fuel cells using thin-film electrodes, allowing work to progress on overcoming these
hurdles. Read more.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Messner interviewed on the safety of self-driving cars
Professor Bill Messner appeared on CCTV America to discuss the safety record of autonomous vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kemmerling Talks 3D Modeling and Mechanics in The Conversation
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
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.
more about Mitchell.
Wendell Named 2016 PECASE Winner
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.