Meet Our New Faculty

Dr. Babak Hejrati

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

Postdoctoral Research at Harvard University

Research Interests: Robotics, Wearable Robots, Robot-Assisted Gait Rehabilitation; Controls and Dynamic Systems; Biomechanics and Motion Analysis; Haptics and Virtual Reality; and Mechanical Design and Manufacturing


Dr. Yingchao Yang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Carolina

Postdoctoral Research at Rice University

Research Interests: Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials; Structural and Multifunctional Nanocomposites; Biomass Based Three-Dimensional Porous Materials for Environmental Sustainability; and Design and Fabrication of Micro-/Nano-Devices 


Donald Bistri, Outstanding Graduating International Student and Hovey Awardee

Donald Bistri of Tirana, Albania is a mechanical engineering major who has been a student research assistant for two years in the Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC). At UMaine, his honors included the Alton S. and Adelaide B. Hamm College of Engineering Scholarship. At ASCC, Bistri’s research focused on the structure of a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator (HIAD) technology developed by NASA to enable spaceships to carry astronauts and heavy loads to explore Mars. He also was a research assistant in the Alfond W2Ocean Engineering Lab. His capstone project involves the modeling and fabrication of a lightweight autonomous land drone to address the need for a cost-effective, safe method for patrolling borders. When not in the research lab or in class, Bistri is on the field as part of the Friday Night Soccer Club. He has been a mathematics tutor, and a grading assistant in the departments of mechanical engineering and mathematics and statistics. Bistri has been awarded a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in aerospace engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

May 2017 Francis Crowe Society

The graduating class of 2017 and the distinguished member (Dr. David Rubenstein, second from left) were inducted into the Francis Crowe Society, May 13, 2017.

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Kevin Bois: Engaged leadership

Leadership has long been part of the student experience for University of Maine mechanical engineering senior Kevin Bois. At Westbrook High School, Bois was involved in student government and Key Club. Read more