Celebrating Student Achievements

Matthew Ireland, a Mechanical Engineering senior and president of the 3D Printing Club, is the recipient of the 2018 J. Morris Weinberg Student Innovation Award. The award recognizes outstanding students who exhibit exceptional skills of innovation, enterprise and creativity in a multidisciplinary environment.

More than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students presented their work during the third annual University of Maine Student Symposium. Hannah Allen, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering received the top award in the Engineering and Information Sciences category for presentation of her research on Testing and Validation of Emerging Hull Technologies for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines. Hannah is conducting her research at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Goupee and Dr. Anthony Viselli.

Ehsan Tabatabaie, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, has received a Susan J. Hunter Teaching Fellowship. As part of his research, Ehsan is exploring the application of ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) materials for developing smart multifunctional actuators/sensors. He is performing experiments with IPMCs for generation of haptic feedback and tactile sensing that are critical in robotic surgery. Ehsan’s research is directed by Prof. Mohsen Shahinpoor.  

Weili Jiang, a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, has received a Janet Waldron Doctoral Research Fellowship. Weili’s research is aimed at utilizing a high performance, three-dimensional continuum mechanics based fluid-structure interaction model to systematically examine and quantify the effects of inner layer geometry and tissue properties of vocal fold on phonation. Her research advisor is Dr. Xudong Zheng.

Celebrating Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. Sheila Edalatpour and Dr. Carl Tripp have received a $350,000 grant from NSF to test the hypothesis that the spectrum of near-field thermal radiation can be tuned using man-made materials that are engineered at the sub-wavelength scale. The research is expected to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technology in the field of nanoscale radiative heat transfer in several ways. It will provide physical insight into the mechanisms of near-field thermal emission by man-made materials, and it will help to establish theoretical models that accelerate design and discovery of materials with novel radiative properties.

Dr. Qian Xue has been awarded $400,000 from NIH for “Development of an Accurate and Real-Time Voice Simulator for Voice Disorders.” The award is to support a collaborative research effort between Mechanical Engineering Department at UManie and the National Center for Voice and Speech. The goal is to to develop an innovative high-fidelity computer model for simulating vocal fold vibrations and voice outcomes in various irregular vocal conditions for studying the cause-effect relationship between vocal fold biomechanics and voice outcomes. Read more

Prof. Senthil Vel is the recipient of the 2018 Presidential Outstanding Teaching AwarSenthil Veld at UMaine. Recognized as an inspiring and gifted teacher, students rush to sign up for his courses, no matter the subject. He encourages and challenges students to develop deep knowledge of the subjects they are studying, and constantly improve their communication and critical thinking skills. Prof. Vel’s teaching is informed by his research in the mechanics of composite materials, computational solid mechanics, and multiscale modeling of heterogeneous and polycrystalline materials.