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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!

Assistant Professor Mrinal Kumar awarded the Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Assistant Professor Mrinal Kumar is awarded the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  Dr. Kumar’s award is entitled A Unified Dynamic Information Guided Particle Framework for Mission Design and Execution, and seeks to develop a Markov chair Monte Carlo framework for comprehensive mission design and execution.  A "mission" can be envisioned as a collection of tasks involving some or all of the following: modeling, sensing, forecasting, assimilation, allocation and control; that must meet certain measures of optimality in the presence of various forms of uncertainty.  This is critical as we move towards increased autonomy of agents that plan and execute missions. The goal of this research is to develop a unified framework, in which all component algorithms utilize and share data and information.

Six ASME members and student members selected as finalists in the 2015 DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering program

Six ASME members and student members have been selected as finalists in this year’s DiscoverE New Faces of Engineering program, which annually highlights the important contributions early career engineers and engineering students are making to the profession and to society.

Chelsey Simmons, PhD, the Society’s third finalist for the 2015 New Faces-Professional program, is an assistant professor at the University of Florida, where she is dedicated to developing the next generation of biomedical tools and training the next generation of engineers. In addition to teaching and advising students, Dr. Simmons leads a team of 10 undergraduate and graduate students in interdisciplinary research and has given...

Professor Jacob N. Chung receives ASME’s 2014 Heat Transfer Memorial Award

Professor Jacob Chung is the 2014 recipient of the ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award in Art. This is the highest ASME award in the area of Heat Transfer and is a Society-wide award. It is also considered the highest national award in the heat transfer community. 

The citation of the award reads as follows:

“For pioneering and seminal contributions to the science and engineering of heat transfer and phase-change of droplets and bubbles, transition in heated flows, microgravity and nano to microscale boiling fundamentals, thermal transport in the synthesis of nano-cluster materials, space cryogenic boiling heat transfer, and fuel-cell thermal transport modeling."

New MAE Student Design Center to open in January 2015

New MAE Student Design Center ready to open in January 2015. The newly renovated 3,600 sq. ft. facility will host various student design and build teams, such as the Human-powered Vehicle, Hybrid Rocket, Design-Build-Fly and SAE teams, as well as the MAE community service Wilmot Gardens project team. The official ribbon cutting will take place in January. The new Student Design Center provides a state-of-the-art facility and brings our many project teams together in a cooperative and safe environment.