Profs. Michael W. Renfro and George Lykotrafitis are recognized by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Career Teaching Excellence and Early Career Research Excellence Awards respectively.
 
Prof. Leila Ladani was chosen a finalist in the Connecticut of Women of Innovation hosted by CT Technology Council.
 
Prof. Jiong Tang is elected to membership in Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE)
 
Prof. George Lykotrafitis is awarded NSF-CAREER award for his project titled "Agent-based Modeling of Action Potential Initiation and Propagation in Unmyelinated Neurons".
 
Mechanical Engineering alumnus Michael McKeon (B.S., 1990) has made a generous donation of $100,000 to the department.
 
Mechanical Engineering faculty member Prof. Kazem Kazerounian has been named the Dean of Engineering (read more)
 
Prof. Robert Gao's research has been featured in the September 2013 North American issue of the magazine International Innovation on page 27-29
 
Three faculty members joined our ranks in the fall 2013 semester:  Dr. Leila Ladani, Dr. David M. Pierce and Dr. Michael T. Pettes.  We welcome them all to our department.
 
Profs. Wilson Chiu and Tom Barber were inducted to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) as members at its annual gathering on May 22 at the Quinnipiac University.  Read more
 
Prof Tom Barber is recognized by ASME Hartford Section with an award for his contributions to our program and leading our department's capstone senior design project activities.  We congratulate Tom for this well-deserved recognition.
 
The Mechanical Engineering Department is seeking applications for four tenured and/or tenure-track faculty positions: three in the area of Advanced Manufacturing and one in the area of thermal-fluid sciences. (For more information see: Job Opportunities)
 
Mechanical Engineering faculty member and the Dean of Engineering Prof. Mun Y. Choi has been named UConn's Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
 
Mechanical Engineering held its first Annual Alumni and Friends Day on October 27, 2012 to showcase its educational and research activities to alumni and friends.
 
Professor Michael W. Renfro has been selected to serve as UTC Professor in Engineering Innovation for a two year term.
 
Mechanical Engineering Professor Chengyu Cao performs autonomous vehicle research.  See video and read more at UConn Today.
 

The department is pleased to welcome two new faculty members, Dr. Pinar Zorlutuna and Dr. David M. Pierce, who are joining the department in Fall 2012 and Fall 2013 respectively.

 
The Mechanical Engineering Program graduated a record number of students with Bachelor of Science degrees (131) during the 2011-2012 academic year.
 
Mechanical Engineering awarded 12 Ph.D., 18 M.S. and 5 M. Eng. degrees during the 2011-2012 academic year.
 
 
UTC Pratt and Whitney presented another generous cash gift to the Mechanical Engineering Department
 
Prof. Horea Ilies is recognized by the Castleman Term Professorship for his outstanding achievements in research and education.
 
The 2012 Pratt & Whitney Distinguished Lecture titled "Evaluating the Potential Effects of Aviation Emissions on Climate" was delivered by Prof. Donald Wuebbles of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
 
Mechanical Engineering hosted three new inductees of the UConn Academy of Distinguished Engineers: Dr. J. Michael McQuade, Senior VP of Science & Technology at United Technologies, alumnus Prof. Ryszard Pryputniewicz (M.S., Ph.D) of WPI and alumnus Mr. Jackson E. Mogan (M.S.) of GD Electric Boat.

Profs. Robert Gao and Tai-Hsi Fanwere the recipients of 2010-2011 Research and Teaching Excellence awards respectively.

Mechanical Engineering Department's 2010-2011 Annual Report is now available

Mechanical Engineering Department hosted the 2011 Fall Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute, October 9-12, 2011. Learn more

Two new faculty members joined our department: Prof. Ikjin Lee received his Ph.D. from University of Iowa and joined our faculty in the area of design and design optimization. Prof. Zhuyin Ren received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His area of expertise is computational fluid dynamics and large eddy simulations of reacting flows.

FirstD.E. Crow Innovation Prizewas awarded to Nishang Gupta (ME & BUS major) for design and marketing of a low-cost power conditioning device for farmers in the developing world. Two other student teams were also recognized with runner-up prizes.

Profs. Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung and Hanchen Huang
elected to membership in Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).

2011 Pratt & Whitney Distinguished Lecture titled "Volcanic Ash: Aircraft Engine Encounters" delivered by Prof. Michael Dunn of Ohio State University.

ME senior Maxim Budyansky won first place in the ASME International Old Guard Competition.  Read more...

Profs. Jiong Tang and Michael W. Renfrohave been recognized by UTC Professorship in Engineering Innovation in successive terms.

Prof. Eric Jordan named the United Technologies Professor of Advanced Materials Processing.

UTC-Pratt and Whitney established a new Engineering Center of Excellence at UConn with major participation by Mechanical Engineering faculty. read more

Prof. Tai-Hsi Fan is the recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from National Science Foundation for his project "The Role of Mobility in Antibody Aggregation." read more

Prof. Yen-Lin Han joins our department as Assistant Professor in Residence from University of Southern California.

Prof. Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung joins our department as School of Engineering Professor in Sustainable Energy from Case Western Reserve University.

Prof. Hanchen Huang joins our department as School of Engineering Professor in Sustainable Energy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Prof. Shiva Kotha is the recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from National Science Foundation for his project titled "Hierarchies of Repair of Damaged Bone - A Role for Osteocytes."

Profs. Jackie Sung
and Wilson Chiu are investigators on two different Department of Energy - Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Centers.

Mechanical Engineering faculty members received grants and contracts in excess of $10 million from funding agencies NSF, DoE, DoEd and DoD between July 2008 and August 2009.

GRAPHICNew Mechanical Engineering Faculty Members Join the Department
The Department welcomes four new faculty members: Pratt and Whitney Endowed Chair Professor Dr. Robert Gao, Professor Tianfeng Lu, Professor Chengyu Cao, and Professor George Lykotrafitis.

Prof. Robert Gao of University of Massachusetts, Amherst will be joining us as the Pratt and Whitney Endowed Chair at the beginning of Fall 2008 semester. Prof. Gao has extensive experience in sensors and sensor networks as well as machine condition monitoring. His research . . .

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Mechanical Engineering Department's accreditation is renewed for six more years by ABET, Inc.

GRAPHICProf. Pasaogullari receives NSF CAREER award
Prof. Pasaogullari was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his proposed work, titled "The Role of Interfaces on Transport Phenomena in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells." Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (PEFCs) are gaining interest as a potential energy conversion technology for powering vehicles, as envisioned in the future "hydrogen economy" championed by President Bush.
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GRAPHIC2008 Senior Design Demonstration Day
This year the Senior Design Demonstration Day was hosted in the Student Union ballroom, a spacious new facility that provided enough room for hundreds of guests, students and faculty members, as well as some very large project equipment.

Three student teams were awarded prizes recognizing their impressive work by a panel of judges, with a fourth team receiving the new faculty award prize.


GRAPHIC2008 Graduate Student Research Competition
On April 25th, nine Mechanical Engineering Master's and Doctoral students presented their research results to faculty and students in this year's Graduate Research Competition. Four students were selected for awards of $3000 to $1375 based on their presentations on topics including porous membrane transport, geometric design, premixed flame stability, and optical temperature sensing of ceramic coatings. The awardees were Kyle Grew, Swetaprovo Chaudhuri, Huseyin Erdim and Mark Majewski.


Thomas Prete and Martin Seifert Join the External Advisory Board
The department is happy to welcome two distinguished new members to the External Advisory Board: Thomas Prete and Martin Seifert.

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Professor Robert Jeffers retires after 40 years at UConn
The send-off reception for retiring professor Dr. Robert Jeffers brought together many current and former Mechanical Engineering faculty members, staff, and student well-wishers. Prof. Jeffers retired after serving for more than 40 years in the Mechanical Engineering department. He will continue to participate actively in the department as an undergraduate advisor.
Faculty members assembled for the reception in honor of Prof. Jeffers.


Professors Baki Cetegen and Kazem Kazerounian elected to CASE
Prof. Baki Cetegen and Prof. Kazem Kazerounian were recently elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, CASE. The Mechanical Engineering department is now home to nine academy members, including Profs. Bergman, Crow, Faghri, Jordan, Langston, Olgac and Pitchumani. The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1976 to advise state government and industry in the application of science and engineering to economic and social welfare. The Academy is made up of 250 members who live or work in Connecticut and who are elected on the basis of their accomplishments in science, engineering and technology.

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