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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department

Noteworthy News

Where are our MNEs?

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May 2013 Graduates

December 2013 Graduates

MNE student accomplishments

  • Romil Bhandavat, graduate student, received the Kansas State University Graduate Award for Academics. His adviser was Gurdip Singh, professor.
  • A team from the College of Engineering is among 10 teams selected nationally to compete in the inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition and build a small wind turbine that can charge an electronic device such as a cell phone or electronic tablet. Faculty advisers are Ruth Douglas Miller, associate professor, ECE, Youqi Wang and Greg Spaulding, professor.
  • John Elson, graduate student, will present a paper, “Evaluation of Personal Cooling Systems for Military Use,” at the International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics in Queenstown, New Zealand, Feb. 11-15. Co-authors are Steve Eckels, professor, and Elizabeth McCullough, textiles and marketing emeritus professor.
  • John Elson, Jason Schlup and Will Asher, also attended the ASHRAE 2013 National Conference to report on an Institute of Environmental Research project looking at optimization of chiller design for large industrial systems.

MNE faculty recognition

  • Weixin Zhao, post-doctoral, and Terry Beck, professor, both presented papers at the Joint Rail Conference 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • The MNE nuclear reactor had a record-setting 1008 visitors in the month of April 2013. These numbers included students from K-State classes, visiting students from regional colleges and universities and prospective students, local Boy Scouts troops, and 558 visitors during Open House. Jeff Geuther is manager of the reactor.
  • Mohammad Hosni, professor, received ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service Award for his contributions to the organization at its 2013 annual meeting in Denver, Colo.
  • Donald Fenton, professor, received the Distinguished Service Award for his long-time service work for ASHRAE at its 2013 annual meeting in Denver, Colo.

  • Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor, has been awarded an NSF Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems grant to investigate the structure and thermal damage resistance of molecular precursor-derived ceramics for high-power laser radiometry.” The three-year, $260,000+ award is Singh’s second NSF grant as sole principal investigator in the past two years.

  • Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor, was interviewed for a piece in the nanotechnology journal Azonano, where he spoke about the ongoing research at the K-State College of Engineering.

  • K-State’s Engineering Summer Institute has received the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Central Region’s 2013 Innovative Noncredit Program Award. The institute began in 2012 as a collaborative effort between the state of Gujarat, India, and Kansas State University. For the past two summers students from Gujarat Technical University have studied engineering at the K-State campus. Program coordinator is Mohammad Hosni, professor.