Recent News & Events



San Diego County Engineering (SDCEC) will be awarding Nha Uyen for Outstanding Engineering Project Award for 2022

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Nha Uyen has been recognized on behalf of the San Diego County of Engineering Council. New Frontiers in Material Characterizations has been selected as a winner of the prestigious Outstanding Engineering Project Award for 2022. Nha is focusing on uncovering fundamental mechanisms in energy dissipation in impact mitigating polymers and the phase-evolution of magnetic polymers using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy.

NASA Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge Finalists Showcase their Design in Hampton, Virgina

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One of the Mechanical Engineering senior design project teams was one of the ten finalists in the NASA Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge competition. This project was interdisciplinary involving both mechanical engineering, electrical, and computer engineering students. It was supported by Collins Aerospace.  


Ph.D. Students Receive Awards at the National Congress on Computational Mechanics


Ramakrishnan Thirumalaisamy and Kaustubh Khedkar are students working in the Computational Flow Physics Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Amneet Bhalla, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received conference awards at the 16th U.S. National Congress on the Computational Mechanics conference award at the congress held in Chicago. Ramakrishnan presented a novel approach to impose Neuman and Robin boundary conditions on complex geometries in a fictitious domain framework. Kaustubh presented a novel method to implement a real-time control strategy within fully-resolved computational fluid dynamics simulations of wave energry converter (WEC) devices.



First Experimental Demonstration of Prescribed- Time Controller on the Baxter Robot 

baxter1Ph.D. Student, Alexander Bertino, working under the supervision of Dr. Peiman Naseradinmousavi, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, in the Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory, conducted the first experimental demonstration of prescribed-time stabilization in robotics


 ME Senior Selected to Participate in Toyota Dream Endowment Program   joseph

Joseph Dawisha, and ME Senior, was recently selected to participate in the Toyota Dream Endowment program. The program targets for students of diverse ethnic backgrounds, with excellent academic background and social skills, who are interested in a career in the automotive industry and motorsports.


Faculty Accomplishments

-Dr. Joaquin Camacho has received NSF Career Award  for project Career: Progression from Soot to Nanocrystalline Carbon in Elevated Temperature Flames ,  and the award amount is $508,122 ($561,990). 



Dr. Elisa Torresani awarded TMS-AIME Champion H. Mathewson Award


Dr. Elisa Torresani received the recognition for the significance of her article “Anisotropy of Mass Transfer During Sintering of Powder Materials with Pore–Particle Structure Orientation”

Dr. Yang Yang and Co Author Brandon Bethers a Graduate Student at SDSU

READ: New journal article co-authored by SDSU Mechanical Engineering professor Yang Yang and graduate student Brandon Bethers.
Featured in Advanced Science, the article highlights wearable thermoelectric devices to harvest the waste energy from human body for health monitoring. The project is a collaborative work with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Wuhan University. 
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Dr. Sung-Yong (Sean) Park: Optofludic Solar Indoor Lighting Towards Sustainable Buildings

Dr. Sung-Yong (Sean) Park has been awarded a NSF CAREER grant of $500,000 for his work on Optofludic Solar Indoor Lighting Towards Sustainable Buildings



Dr. George Youssef authors new book on Applied Mechanics of Polymers

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Elsevier Publishing is releasing a new book authored by Dr. George Youssef, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, entitled Applied Mechanics of Polymers: Properties, Processing, and Behavior.



Dr. Kevin Wood gives TEDx talk and is featured in Wired Magazine. 






      Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, gave a TEDx talk on the next generation battery systems in summer 2021. Dr. Wood is working with his students on repurposing used electric vehicle batteries and developing novel strategies for next generation advanced battery systems. For his work on repurposing EV batteries.



              $1.8M NSF DMREF Grant Supports Sintering-Assisted Additive Manufacturing Research  

      Dr. Eugene Olevsky , Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, in collaboration with investigators at Clemson University, received a $1.8M award for their collaborative research on Accelerating the Adoption of Sintering-Assisted Additive Manufacturing Using Integrated Experiments, Theory, Simulation and Data Science. Dr. Sungbum (John) Kang and Dr. Elisa Torresani, both Assistant Professors of Mechanical Engineering, serve as Co-PI's on this project.






  Dr. Subrata Bhattacharjee receives $514k renewal grant for work on Residence--Time Driven Flame Spread in Microgravity from NASA the project aims to understand flame spread and mitigate fire danger in outer space.




    DOE Award supports work on Materials Research Dr. Eugene Olevsky (PI) and Dr. Wenwu Xu (Co-PI) have received a DOE award (DE-SC0022244) entitled "Tailoring Grain-Boundaries by Electro-Nano-Pulsing" with an amount of $467,000 for two years. The project will develop a transformative materials processing utilizing an intense nanopulsed electric current.




 NSF Award to support 3D Printing in Bioinspired Structures. Dr. Yang Yang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the Principal Investigator on a collaborative NSF grant of $386, 694 with Dr. Xiangjia Lai of Arizona State University as co-PI to investigate 3D Printing of Bioinspired Hierarchical Structures with Controllable Roughness for Stable and Long-term Air Retention.




wood NSF Grant to support Medical equipment work in Interface Design Lab

Assistant Professor Kevin Wood and his laboratory (the Interface Design Lab) received an NSF grant of $50K aimed at commercializing a product line of emergency use medical equipment The grant included project funding and specific business training for engineers to successfully pursue evidence-based entrepreneurship. 






Dr. Elisa Torresani Co-Pl on Collaborative NASA-MUREP Grant Advancing Regolith-related Technologies and Education


The funding of $444, 000 for the project advances research capabilities at two HSI (NMSU, SDSU) in support of the NASA Artemis program with a focus on enhancing diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Kee Moon Leads a Big Ideas Finalist Team to Develop a Digital Platform for Lung Health



Six projects have been selected to be finalists in the SDSU Big Ideas initiative. Among these six is a team led by Dr. Kee Moon, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who will develop a transformative digital health platform that can monitor lung health status in real-time for large numbers of people, through innovative wireless sensors and rapid digital diagnosis and intervention. Dr. Sungbum (John) Kang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Sung-Yong Park, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, are part of the diverse team of 15 Faculty. Dr. Asfaw Beyene, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Joaquin Camacho, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, are members of another team selected to be a finalist: AZTEC: Advancing Zero-fossil Technologies for Engineered Carbon


                                                                                                 OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
Dr. Karen May-Newman, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, led a new summer internship program in the College of Engineering for freshmen, sophomores and transfer students called WE-BELIEVE (Women and Black Empowered Learners Interning in Engineering Environments).



 High School Students Engage in Scientific Literature

Dr. Parag Katira, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (left), is collaborating with teachers Jesse Wade Robinson and Kalle Palmer from San Diego's High Tech High School to engage high school juniors in a monthly journal club. The club had their first event on November 18 where ME faculty and graduate students, including Computational Sciences graduate student Esteban Vazquez-Hidalgo (right), guided research article discussions with the high school juniors.