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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Prof Gary Dargush, has co-authored a new book on Structural Dynamics

Prof Gary Dargush, Chair and Professor of MAE has co-authored a new book on Structural Dynamics-Applications in Seismic Response. Further details can be found here

Prof Tarunraj Singh named AAAS Fellow

Prof T Singh has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. >>

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Asst. Prof. Puneet Singla has received the Young Investigator Award

Assistant  Prof. Puneet Singla, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
was given the Young Investigator award at the Celebration of Staff Excellence ceremony on September 19, 2011.

The Young Investigator Award is presented to untenured researchers who have obtained the highest degree in their field within the past eight years, and whose work has garnered universal acclaim or been completed under the auspices of a prestigious fellowship grant.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Prof Hui Meng given Exceptional Scholar Award-Sustained Achievement

Hui Meng, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, SEAS was awarded the
Exceptional Scholar award at the Celebration of Staff Excellence ceremony on September 19, 2011.

The Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement honors outstanding professional achievement that has been focused on a particular body of work over a number of years. It recognizes an unprecedented accomplishment in a senior scholar’s career, distinguishing a body of work of enduring importance that has gone beyond the norm in a particular field of study.>>

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Aerospace Engineering students to build satellite for space launch

A team of students from UB has been chosen to participate in the U.S. Air Force-sponsored University Nano-satellite Program. Groups from 12 schools have been selected to compete in this round of the nano-satellite program >>
UB SEDS NANOSTAT homepage can be found here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Professor Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas and Khurshid A. Guru, were awarded the UB Faculty Entrepreneur Award. for developing robot-assisted surgical simulators

MAE Professor Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas and Khurshid A. Guru, co-founders of Simulated Surgical Systems, were awarded the UB Faculty Entrepreneur Award. for developing robot-assisted surgical simulators>>

Monday, May 23, 2011

UB Accepted as full university research site of the NSF prestigious center for e-Design

E-DESIGN: UB has been accepted as a full university research site of the National Science Foundation's prestigious Center for e-Design. “This  achievement is 100 percent due to the
work of the NYSCEDII team led by Kemper  Lewis,” says Acting Provost Stenger,
referring to the UB professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering
and NYSCEDII executive director.>>

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Avoiding space collisions focus of research

Puneet Singla, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was chosen recently to receive a prestigious Air Force Office of Scientific Research award to develop more robust mathematical models to assess space situational awareness. The highly competitive Young Investigators Research Program award will fund Singla’s research into “Information Collection and Fusion for Space Situational Awareness.” >>

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Professor Kemper Lewis named a Fellow of ASME

Kemper Lewis, PhD, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fellowship, which is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME, is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who have made significant contributions to the profession.>>

Prof. Singla wins AFOSR Young Investigator Award

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced it will award approximately $16.5 million in grants to 43 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program.  Among them is Dr. Puneet Singla, State University of New York, Buffalo, who will conduct investigation on information collection and fusion for space situational awareness. >>

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eleven University at Buffalo students to collaborate on the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASCAL) competition

Eleven University at Buffalo students (making up a team called the “Space Bulls”) have been given the opportunity to collaborate on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace’s (NIA) Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops (RASCAL) competition. As one of approximately five teams still in the running across the nation in this competition, their acceptance is stunning in and of itself.

“This is our first year participating; other teams like University of Utah and University of Pennsylvania have been participating in this competition for very long. In fact, their rovers are ready by now, and we are still in the preliminary round,” said Kumar Vishwajeet, a Master of Science (MS) student in mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Space Bull in charge of the team’s controls. “So, this is a lot of new experience for us. It will be a very tough competition, but we are learning many new things.”

The contest challenges university teams to design and construct a “planetary rover and demonstrate its capability to perform a series of competitive tasks at the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Rock Yard in Houston, Texas,” according to the competition’s official website at nianet.org/RASCAL/RoboOps/index.aspx.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Students selected to participate in prestigious Air For Nanosat competition

The University of Buffalo Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) has been selected by the US Air Force to compete in the University Nanosat Program.  This prestigious program tasks each team to design and manufacture a small satellite.  Ultimately, if all of the requirements for the program are met, we will have the opportunity to launch this satellite into orbit.  Other schools that have had the opportunity to compete include Cornell University, University of Central Florida, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The current mission is to design and build a satellite system for the purpose of collecting photometric data on space debris which can be used for debris population characterization. Secondary mission objectives are to test autonomous orientation sensor calibration and inertia parameter determination approaches to serve the goals of Operationally Responsive Space. These mission objects will require the design of many system components, including but not limited to attitude determination and control systems, orbit determination systems, power systems, structural systems, and communication and data transmission.

The University Nanosat Program gives students the opportunity to work on an engineering team in the design and hands on construction of a physical satellite.  This program will provide students with a unique opportunity to be involved with a project with real world applications.  This will include opportunities for students to help develop their resumes through leadership experience.To find out more, contact the team at nanosat@ubseds.org

Friday, February 11, 2011

Professor Robert Wetherhold named a Fellow of ASME

Robert C. Wetherhold, PhD, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fellowship, which is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME, is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who have made significant contributions to the profession.>>

Professor Tarunraj Singh named a Fellow of ASME

UB Professor Tarunraj Singh Is Named a Fellow of ASME 11/11/10 Tarunraj Singh, PhD, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fellowship, which is the highest elected grade of membership in ASME, is conferred upon members with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who have made significant contributions to the profession.>>

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

BSME Program adds Professional Practice and Science and Mathematics Tracks

The Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC) of MAE regularly surveys our undergraduates and also our alumni. Based on these results, the BSME program in Mechanical Engineering will be changing the structure of the Technical Electives... >>

How are our students doing in this difficult economy? Very well, as it turns out!

85% of our graduating students participated in a survey and the results show that... >>

Professor Thenkurussi Kesavadas develops software for surgery simulator

The software developed for use with Robotic Surgical Simulator ™ interface has the potential to revolutionize surgical training worldwide .>>

Professor Paul Desjardin wins prestigious Chancelor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching honors those who consistently demonstrate superb teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level. >>

MAE Professors Chung, Singh, and Singla author outstanding new texts

These texts will serve as valuable additions to the scientific literature both for practitioners in the field and as teaching resources.

Professor D Chung has authored two textbooks, entitled:
Composite Materials: Science and Applications
This tutorial-style reference book examines both structural composite materials (including their mechanical properties, durability, and degradation) and functional composite materials (including their electrical, piezoresistive, and thermal properties), as needed for a substantial range of applications. The emphasis on application-driven and process-oriented materials development is enhanced by a large amount of experimental results that provide real illustrations of composite materials development.
Functional Materials: Electrical, Dielectric, Electromagnetic, Optical, and Magnetic Applications
This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of functional materials, which are needed for electrical, dielectric, electromagnetic, optical, and magnetic applications. Materials concepts covered are strongly linked to applications.

Professor T Singh has authored a new monograph entitled:
Optimal Reference Shaping for Dynamical Systems: Theory and Applications
This text provides a rigorous yet accessible presentation of the theory and numerical techniques used to shape control system inputs for achieving precise control when modeling uncertainties exist. It includes up-to-date techniques for the design of command-shaped profiles for precise, robust, and rapid point-to-point control of under-damped systems.

Professor P Singla has authored a new textbook entitled:
Multi-Resolution Methods for Modeling and Control of Dynamical Systems
Unifying important methodology in the field, this book explores existing approximation methods and develops new ones for the approximate solution of large-scale dynamical system problems. It brings together a wide set of material from classical orthogonal function approximation, neural network input-output approximation, finite element methods for distributed parameter systems, and various approximation methods used in adaptive control and learning theory. The text features benchmark problems throughout to offer insights and illustrate some of the computational implications.

UB AIAA Student Team to NASA

A team of students from the UB student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is one of just 28 undergraduate student teams selected by NASA to test their science experiments in simulated weightlessness during the Summer of 2010. As one of NASAs Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities and Systems Engineering Educational Discovery (SEED) programs.>>

Invention by MAE faculty featured in Discovery Channel

The Fingertip Digitizer, developed by mechanical engineer Young-Seok Kim and Thenkurussi Kesavadas, director of University of Buffalo's Virtual Reality Lab, could be used for everything from inputting information into a computer or PDA to transferring the physical characteristics of an object to a computer for design purposes. >>