Mechanical Engineering Department celebrates 2021-22

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Thomas J. Watson College or university of Engineering and Utilized Science has had a successful educational yr in 2021-22, such as modern research and scholar accomplishment.

College news

As of Aug. 1, Professor Bruce Murray has stepped down as the chair of the division and will officially retire this drop. He has served as chair considering the fact that 2019 and has been a member of the Watson school because 1997. Associate Professor Paul Chiarot, a school member since 2011, has been elevated to department chair.

In tumble 2021, Professor Roy McGrann retired after two decades on the ME school. For a lot of Watson alumni, McGrann is greatest remembered as director of the 1st-year Engineering Design and style Division plan (2004-08) and as the co-founder and co-director of the college’s minor in sustainability engineering.

Professor SB Park, who has investigated electronics packaging for practically 30 decades as the director of Binghamton University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Heart (IEEC), was named a fellow of the American Modern society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) past fall.

Professor Mohammad Younis, an ME school member from 2004-13, returned to Watson in tumble 2021 following educating for eight several years at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Investigation news

Associate Professor Shahrzad “Sherry” Towfighian is establishing far better monitoring of knee replacements applying sensors that generate their individual electrical power through motion. She obtained a 5-yr, $2,326,521 grant from the Nationwide Institutes of Health’s Nationwide Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Pores and skin Health conditions to further more investigate she began many a long time ago.

Distinguished Professor Ron Miles Jian Zhou, PhD ’18 (now performing postdoctoral investigation at the Argonne Countrywide Laboratory) and Junpeng Lai, a present-day PhD student in Miles’ lab, revealed an write-up on orb-weaving spiders — the species showcased in the typical children’s guide “Charlotte’s Web” — exhibiting that the spiders use their webs as prolonged auditory arrays to capture sounds, possibly giving spiders highly developed warning of incoming prey or predators.

Assistant Professor Kaiyan Yu obtained a 5-yr, $588,608 National Science Basis Occupation Award to review techniques to overcome concerns with regards to the independent manipulation of massive numbers of nanoscale objects exactly and reliably. A Occupation grant supports early-vocation college who have the prospective to serve as tutorial job models in investigate and schooling.

Yu’s function with robots substantial and compact also was highlighted in this year’s Watson Evaluate magazine.

Assistant Professor Pu Zhang also been given a 5-yr, $565,337 NSF Occupation Award to exploration his concepts for tender electronics using liquid metallic networks in rubber that can deform conveniently when remaining very conductive. The results could be built-in into wearable electronics, delicate robotics and bioelectronics for clinical utilization.

College student news

As their senior capstone challenge, college students Salvatore Mezzatesta, Jung Wok Oh and Justin Adamczak labored with Windsor sixth-grader Delaney Dixon and her father, Chris, to improve on Delaney’s design for the Tick Stik, a gadget to support individuals locate ticks on their bodies in places they can’t generally see. Their advisor was Associate Professor Peter Huang.

The Watson Assessment also highlighted another senior task to structure and make an unmanned radio-controlled (RC) airplane that can provide vaccine components as an entry to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 26th annual Design and style, Make, Fly competition. Advisors were being Kirill Zaychik (lecturer) and Assistant Professor Pu Zhang college students have 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 building a drop-arrest program for use throughout gait assessments as section of the Decker College of Nursing and Wellbeing Sciences’ new Motion Analysis Investigate Lab.

Alumni news

Innocent Kukulu ’22 is gathering discarded phones in the U.S. and redistribute them to recipients in his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. The price tag of a cell phone continues to be out of arrive at for quite a few individuals in economically deprived nations, limiting their capability to apply for work, maintain in contact with relatives and come to feel portion of the wider entire world.

Last drop, Binghamton College named two mechanical engineering alumni as Bold (Bearcats of the Last Decade) 10 Beneath 10 Award winners: Devan Tracy ’13, who the Smart Properties and Go Eco-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 gained his master’s degree even though doing work comprehensive time at Universal Devices, the place he is currently the vice president of the company’s engineering firm.