Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department

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Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 05/23/2024

No one is immune to imposter syndrome & burnout but thankfully we have for support.

Thank you Abigail & Neha for meeting with our staff today!

Reeja Jayan named faculty director of the Center for Faculty Success 04/30/2024

Reeja Jayan has been named faculty director of the Center for Faculty Success.

The relaunched center will provide professional development, training, and leadership opportunities that empower faculty to succeed throughout their academic careers

Reeja Jayan named faculty director of the Center for Faculty Success The relaunched Center for Faculty Success will provide professional development, training, and leadership opportunities that empower faculty to succeed throughout their academic careers.

LeDuc named 2023 AAAS Fellow 04/23/2024

Philip LeDuc has been named a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2023 due to his research in the mechanics of cellular and molecular systems.

This distinction is a lifetime honor achievement within the organization, which promotes the use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to solve current issues.

Congratulations, Phil!

LeDuc named 2023 AAAS Fellow Philip LeDuc has been named a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2023 due to his research in the mechanics of cellular and molecular systems.

Honoring our educators 04/22/2024

Congratulations Reeja Jayan on receiving the Teaching Innovation Award in recognition of her work in Materials and Their Processing for Mechanical Engineers, an upper-level course that uses Minecraft to demonstrate key concepts like polymer deposition and molecular structure.

Takumi Natsume, a senior in the School of Art, says that taking Jayan’s course was still a valuable learning experience even though he doesn’t study engineering.

“At times, it is hard for an artist to be aware that the skills they have are gifts, especially in an academic environment where everybody is coding away,” said Natsume. “However, Professor Jayan isn’t hesitant about accepting and valuing ideas or people outside of her field.”

Honoring our educators Six members from the College of Engineering were recognized at CMU’s annual Celebration of Education Awards

04/15/2024

Are you a female graduate student or postdoc considering a career in academia?

Apply by August 1st for the 2024 Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop in October on CMU's campus.

The purpose of the workshop is for participants to gain career skills, connect with a cohort of peers, and engage with mentors.

This annual workshop rotates between Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon University

https://www.meche.engineering.cmu.edu/rising-stars.html

04/11/2024

One way for alumni to stay involved after graduation is through the MechE Advisory Council. The group comes together twice a year to brainstorm ways for us to continually enhance our department.

2024 Alumni Awards recipients 04/08/2024

Congratulations Andre Sutanto (MechE 2013) on receiving the Recent Alumni Service Excellence Award from the College of Engineering.

"Andre Sutanto's contributions epitomize the spirit of service and leadership within the university community. His unwavering commitment to student mentorship and academic advocacy leaves a lasting legacy of support and empowerment for future generations."

2024 Alumni Awards recipients College of Engineering 2024 Alumni Award recipients

Good scents: five eco-friendly ways to make your home smell great 04/03/2024

Ryan Sullivan chatted with The Guardian about eco-friendly ways to make your home smell great.

He warns, “Products can contain dozens of chemicals, and all it shows up as is one word on the ingredient list: fragrance.”

Good scents: five eco-friendly ways to make your home smell great Many ingredients in fragrance formulas can be harmful, but there are safe ways to help your home smell inviting and fresh

Litster sub-awardee on $50M of new DOE hydrogen projects 04/01/2024

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded 52 projects $750 million to dramatically reduce the cost of clean hydrogen and reinforce American leadership in the growing hydrogen industry.

Shawn Litster’s Electrochemical Decarbonization Laboratory is partnered on 5 of the teams selected for $50M.

Litster sub-awardee on $50M of new DOE hydrogen projects The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded 52 projects $750 million to dramatically reduce the cost of clean hydrogen and reinforce American leadership in the growing hydrogen industry.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 03/27/2024

During season 7 of Rethink the Rink, Brynn Broaddus and 15 of her peers spent spring break developing advanced neck protection to improve hockey player safety on the ice.

Rethink the Rink is a make-a-thon in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro, and Bauer Hockey

These defects are not to be mistaken as scratches 03/26/2024

Shrinkage porosity, a common defect in metal castings, has been identified in laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing by Sneha Prabha Narra and William Frieden Templeton

“This will particularly impact researchers and manufacturers working towards developing process parameters for printing at high temperatures closer to 500°C and printing complex geometries susceptible to local temperature build up,” said Frieden Templeton.

These defects are not to be mistaken as scratches Shrinkage porosity, a common defect in metal castings, has been identified in laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.

03/18/2024

Congratulations Uche Agwu who won second place at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM!

Uche is a final-year Ph.D. student in Kenji Shimada's lab working on metal additive manufacturing research.

Last week, Uche was also selected as a recipient of the G. Sundback Graduate Fellowship!

Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 02/28/2024

Congrats to our Three Minute Thesis preliminary round winners Mason Zadan, Sampada Acharya, and Kristi Kacker!

Cheer them on at the championship on March 14th

Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 02/22/2024

We have been celebrating engineers week on campus, most recently the College of Engineering’s DEI Committee hosted an immersive reality experience “MLK:Now is the Time” to explore key themes of Dr. King’s speech and highlight systemic inequities that persist in our society.

02/15/2024

Jeremy Michalek, Kate Whitefoot, and more visited Capitol Hill yesterday to discuss critical technology assessment including work on electric vehicles and batteries.

Head-to-head: Human vs. AI-human teams 02/01/2024

With 70% of U.S. companies expected to adopt AI by 2030, organizations need to understand and address the key challenges of employee-AI interaction. To shine light on the future of AI in the workplace, Chris McComb and Jonathan Cagan, Ph.D., P.E. put human and AI-human “hybrid" teams to the test.

At the end of the day, the human-AI hybrid teams performed just as well as the human teams, demonstrating the ability of hybrid teams to adapt to unexpected events.

“The bottom line here is that humans are an essential part of human + AI teaming, and future engineers need to be trained to work effectively with AI agents,” emphasized McComb.

Head-to-head: Human vs. AI-human teams New research from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Human+AI Design Initiative underlines the adage “teamwork makes the dream work,” especially when it comes to human-AI collaboration.

Automating consistent product design 01/29/2024

Levent Burak Kara, Jonathan Cagan, and Sean Chen develop AI-driven method to automate the discovery of brand related features in product design.

"This technology can save domain experts significant time. Companies will no longer need to rely on people who have worked with them for 20+ years to understand the brand."

Automating consistent product design Researchers develop AI-driven method to automate the discovery of brand related features in product design.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 12/28/2023

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Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 12/20/2023

“We are opening up a new avenue for modeling,” said Janghoon Ock, PhD candidate.

12/18/2023

Sending a heartfelt congratulations to our student athletes honored for their academic achievements!!
Erica Lizuka (women’s swimming),
Dustin Moss (football)
Andrew McGovern (men’s track and field)
Diederik Schlingemann (men’s soccer)
Billy Boucuvalas (men’s soccer)
Catherine Or (women’s basketball)
Leo Badaker (men’s swimming)

Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 12/13/2023

Yesterday, our faulty, staff, and students welcomed the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center to share local Native American culture while learning how to make dream catchers.

The event was organized by the MexhE DEI Committee for Community Engagement

Big picture, small robot 12/12/2023

Meet “Mugatu,” the first steerable bipedal robot with only one motor built by Aaron Johnson and his team.

Nicknamed “The LEGO Project,” the team aims to eventually get these walkers down to the size of a LEGO. “It’s going to take a while because the mechanics of everything changes as you start down-sizing,” Hart says. “But what makes the project so special and so impactful in the community is because it’s never been seen before.” The drastic simplification of this walking device combined with its single degree of freedom is a promising step (pun intended) toward highly-efficient small robots.

Big picture, small robot A team of mechanical engineering researchers create “Mugatu,” the first steerable bipedal robot with only one motor.

Chop, chop: Improving food prep with the power of AI 12/05/2023

Researchers at CMU (Amir Barati Farimani) combined two vision foundational models—models trained on large visual data sets—to help a robot arm recognize the shape and the type of fruit and vegetable slices.

Chop, chop: Improving food prep with the power of AI Researchers at CMU combined two vision foundational models—models trained on large visual data sets—to help a robot arm recognize the shape and the type of fruit and vegetable slices.

Ansys endows chair at Carnegie Mellon University 11/21/2023

Associate Professor Rebecca Taylor has been named the first Ansys Career Development Chair in engineering.

“Using Ansys software in my lab will help prepare my students to use self-assembly as a powerful tool for advanced manufacturing," she said.

Ansys endows chair at Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday announced Associate Professor Rebecca Taylor has been named the first Ansys Career Development Chair in engineering.

Photos from Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department's post 11/17/2023

“This is one of the examples of the wonderful relationship between UPMC () and CMU where the barriers are tremendously low for us to collaborate in interdisciplinary ways.”

CMU celebrates Alan Magee Scaife Hall grand opening 11/13/2023

We are thankful for all of our friends and supporters who made our new home possible. We look forward to pushing the boundaries of innovation, design, science and discovery.

CMU celebrates Alan Magee Scaife Hall grand opening The Alan Magee Scaife Hall and Gordon E. Moore Engineering Quad bring energy and vibrancy to the heart of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering.

Scaife Hall to transform research and education at CMU 11/08/2023

Tomorrow, we celebrate the grand opening of the Alan Magee Scaife Hall of Engineering. Scaife was designed to spark innovation, create real-world impact, and foster the College of Engineering’s culture of Advanced Collaboration™.

Scaife Hall to transform research and education at CMU Carnegie Mellon hosts grand opening of reimagined Scaife Hall.

450-million-year-old organism finds new life in Softbotics 11/06/2023

Researchers find new life for 450-million-year-old organism by introducing Paleobionics—a new field aimed at using Softbotics to understand the biomechanical factors that drove evolution using extinct organisms.

450-million-year-old organism finds new life in Softbotics Researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering used fossil evidence to engineer a soft robotic replica of pleurocystitids, a marine organism that existed nearly 450 million years ago and is believed to be one of the first echinoderms capable of movement using a muscular stem.

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