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

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

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

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

Dylan Kraus, MNE senior


Noteworthy News

Where are our MNEs?

We would like to hear from you. Email Mitzi Farmer at 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