Kansas State University


Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department

Author: Mitzi Farmer

Greetings from the Department Head

Dr. William L. Dunn, Department Head of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering


Well, we broke another record this fall—reaching an undergraduate enrollment of 870 students in the mechanical and nuclear engineering (MNE) department! The trend over the last five years in undergraduate enrollment is shown in the chart below. In addition, we now have 63 graduate students, a number we are working to increase significantly over the coming years. To help us deal with this growth, we have active searches ongoing for three new faculty members and we will soon advertise two new staff positions. I am delighted to say that our search committees have done great jobs and we are interviewing eight very promising candidates to fill these new faculty positions. I expect to introduce some new faculty members to you in our next newsletter. Continue reading “Greetings from the Department Head”



A Kansas State University professor and a group of students designed and built a Segway Style Balancing Robot (Segbot). A  two-wheeled, balancing robot, it is an example of an underactuated, nonlinear, nonholonomic dynamic system.

Warren White, MNE associate professor, led the development team. The microcontroller is called the myRIO and is manufactured by National Instruments. The K-State team is the first to develop an application of the myRIO to the Segbot. Continue reading “Segbot”

Special Recognitions


Hosni named International Educator of the Year

Dr. Mo Hosni



Mo Hosni, MNE profosser, was honored as the International Educator of the Year by Kansas State University in a ceremony on Nov. 18, 2014.

The award recognizes Hosni not only for his distinguished record, but also for his key involvement in the Gujurat University (India) summer exchange program; his mentoring of students from Austria, Hong Kong, and many other countries; and his dedicated efforts at distance education that allow students from around the world to experience classes taught by K-State faculty members. Continue reading “Special Recognitions”

Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Forum


The first Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Forum on April 22 in the College of Engineering Atrium included 22 poster presentations from five different engineering departments. Research topics included advanced manufacturing and materials, energy, nuclear engineering and sensors, and systems and networks, among other topics. Twenty-six faculty, staff and graduate students were involved in judging the posters, and many others stopped by to view the research posters. Continue reading “Spring 2014 Undergraduate Research Poster Forum”

Noteworthy News

Where are our MNEs?

We would like to hear from you. Email Mitzi Farmer at mwfarmer@k-state.edu with information about your career, family or other post-graduation updates. When you send news be sure to include your name, graduation year, a photo if available and your location.


Employer’s matching gift helps grad’s giving go further
Emily Jones has built a racecar’s suspension, led research and development, coordinated public relations events and recruited corporate sponsors — all before completing her bachelor’s degree.
The mechanical engineering graduate is quick to point out that her involvement with Powercat Motorsports Formula SAE Team transformed her K-State education from textbook information to “a physical representation of what I’d learned.”
Now employed as a Facilities Engineer for ConocoPhillips, Jones has given back to the team that gave so much to her. Her employer matches her charitable giving, doubling the support for today’s team members. Continue reading “Noteworthy News”

Message from the Department Head

Dr. William L. Dunn, New Department Head of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

The department of mechanical and nuclear engineering (MNE) is undergoing significant change. In addition to the four new hires we announced in the last newsletter, we have hired a new assistant professor, Hitesh Bindra, to whom you will be introduced later in the newsletter. We also are looking to hire several new instructors. Change is occurring outside the department as well.  The College of Engineering will welcome Darren Dawson as new Dean effective July 1, 2014, and the university has hired Karen Burg as vice president of research effective August 3, 2014. Continue reading “Message from the Department Head”

Phase IV Expansion

Phase IV-College Heights Rd and Denison Ave. entrance view

The Phase IV building expansion of the engineering complex will create a portal to campus on an active corner across from Ahearn Field House and near the K-State Union. With east and west access, it will provide ease and convenience for students and visitors. It will bring all engineering students closer together, creating a more cohesive, collaborative learning environment. Continue reading “Phase IV Expansion”

Special Announcements


College of Engineering – Hall of Fame Inductee

Alan Levin

Alan Levin, ME ’69, was inducted into the Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame on March 29, 2014. Induction to the hall is the highest honor bestowed on its alumni by the college. Honorees are recognized for their professional success and accomplishment, involvement with and support of the College of Engineering, dedication to Kansas State University and public service. Continue reading “Special Announcements”

MNE Student Groups in the Spotlight

Baja SAE Team

The Engineering Student Council presented the Baja SAE team with the “2014 Most Outstanding Competition Team Award.” The group recently competed in the 2014 SAE Baja event in El Paso, Texas. They had a strong showing with several top-10 finishes, including ninth place in the four-hour endurance race and eighth place in sales presentation. The team placed 12th overall out of the 100 teams registered. The next competition will be in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the students are looking forward to traveling to new locations and experiencing different types of terrain that will test the car’s design. Members are hoping to have a lot of local support at the Kansas event.

More information about the team is available on Facebook at facebook.com/ksubajasae.

Dylan Kraus, MNE senior


Noteworthy News

Where are our MNEs?

We would like to hear from you. Email Mitzi Farmer at mwfarmer@k-state.edu with information about your career, family or other post-graduation updates. When you send news be sure to include your name, graduation year, a photo if available and your location.

Kendall Pacey

Kendall Pacey, ME ’09, began working for Halliburton in Duncan, OK as a mechanical design engineer. This position in the oil and gas industry has allowed him travel all over the U.S. and once to Canada. He is pursuing an MBA degree in the evenings after work, and he and his wife recently welcomed their first child, Ava. Pacey says she has been “a joy and we hope to bring the future Wildcat to many events in the coming years.” Continue reading “Noteworthy News”