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MAE team participates in 2016 Florida Space Day at the Florida State Capitol

MAE department chair David Hahn along with MAE undergraduate students Cesar Santoyo (AIAA student chapter president) and Tanya Martin traveled to Tallahassee to participate in Florida Space Day. The event provides an opportunity to educate Florida legislators about the importance of the aerospace industry and its impact on the Florida economy. The UF team joined leaders from across the space and aerospace industry of Florida, helping to showcase the value of mechanical and aerospace engineering to the Florida aerospace sector.

Soft Matter Solutions

A dozen or so polymer jellyfish float in an aquarium in Tommy Angelini’s engineering lab, not alive but freaks of nature nonetheless, about to rock the world.

Just months ago, these jellyfish could not have existed; there was no way to make something so soft. That changed in 2014. Angelini was exploring ways to create fragile arrays of cells when he realized the contraption he had cobbled together not only did what he wanted it to do, but much, much, much more.

Dr. David Lambert receives the Department’s inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer award

Dr. David Lambert visited campus recently to receive the Department’s inaugural Distinguished Alumnus Lecturer award, MAE’s highest honor for technical excellence awarded to our alumni. Dr. Lambert received his PhD in 1998 under the direction of MAE Professor C. Allen Ross. Dr. Lambert joined the Munitions Directorate of Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, as a mechanical engineer in 1987, and has fulfilled a variety of technical positions. He was recently promoted to Chief Scientist, where he serves as the principal scientific and technical advisor to the lab director and the primary authority for technical content of the directorate’s science and technology portfolio.

Professor Warren Dixon Honored by IEEE

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology, has elevated Professor Warren E. Dixon to its most prestigious rank, IEEE Fellow. Each year, the IEEE Fellow Committee follows a rigorous evaluation procedure and recommends a select group of recipients for elevation to IEEE Fellow. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected annually for this member grade elevation. Professor Dixon was cited for “for contributions to adaptive control of uncertain nonlinear systems”.

MAE Spins Off Special Bikes

Two recent UF graduates are using MAE technology to produce very special bicycles that enable paralyzed people to exercise. Alan Hamlet and Matthew Bellman started Myolyn in Gainesville in 2013, seeking to commercialize technology from the MAE Nonlinear Controls and Robotics Lab, headed by Dr. Warren Dixon. The patented technology provides regulated electric impulses to the muscles of paralyzed users of the stationary bicycles, allowing highly beneficial exercise.

MAE Fixes the Swamp

MAE students have redesigned and built critical parts for seating in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the Athletic Association. Permanently-installed seat backs are available for season ticket holders, but corrosion has been damaging the brackets. Replacement parts are no longer available, so the Athletic Association turned to MAE for a solution. MAE graduate student Aaron Wall and his colleagues were able to reverse engineer the original parts, improve their design, and manufacture them in their laboratory.

Formula SAE team takes the podium in Michigan

Gator Motorsports Formula SAE team finished 3rd place overall at the 2015 Formula SAE Michigan competition.  The podium finish was our best ever showing, with the team earning 1st place in acceleration, 1st place in powertrain development, 2nd place in engineering design and 2nd place in endurance.  This year’s competition had 127 teams, representing nine nations.  A team of 26 students went to competition, along with MAE Senior Lecturer and SAE faculty advisor Mike Braddock.

Assistant Professor Saeed Moghaddam awarded the 2014-2015 Pramod R. Khargonekar Award

Assistant Professor Saeed Moghaddam is awarded the 2014-2015 Pramod R. Khargonekar Award. The Khargonekar award recognizes the most accomplished Assistant Professor undergoing review for tenure and promotion by the College of Engineering. Professor Moghaddam works in the area of energy transport for energy science and conversion and directs the Nanostructured Energy Systems Labs. He has been funded by NSF, ARPE-E and DARPA. Congratulations!

PhD student Cody Kunka recently awarded three of the nation’s prestigious graduate fellowships

PhD student Cody Kunka has recently been awarded three of the nation’s prestigious graduate fellowships:  The National Science Foundation GRFP the Department of Defense SMART Fellowship and the Department of Defense National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship.  All three awards are highly competitive and we congratulate Cody on his accomplishment of an academic hat-trick.  Cody received his BS from MAE, where he was the College of Engineering’s Four Year Scholar, and is pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Professor Ghatu Subhash in the Center for Dynamics Response of Advanced Materials.

Professor Warren Dixon and graduate students awarded 2015 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council

MAE Professor Warren Dixon and his graduate students were awarded the 2015 O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award from the American Automatic Control Council.  Dr. Dixon and his PhD graduate students Matthew Bellman, Teng-Hu Cheng and Ryan Downey were recognized for their paper entitled “Stationary cycling induced by switched functional electrical stimulation control” and will be recognized at the 2015 American Control Conference.  Congratulations to the team!

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