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Alum helps with development of liquid-repellant tape that adheres to any surface

Wei Wang PhD '14 helped develop the tape with superomniphobic surfaces which are extremely repellent to all liquids, made possible by an air cushion that lies between a liquid and a solid surface. Read More here >>

SUNY Bearcat Motorsports wins national Formula Hybrid 2016 Competition

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A team of 13 students from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University and Broome Community College known as SUNY Bearcat Motorsports won the Electric Division of the national Formula Hybrid 2016 Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. on May 5.

The competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series held throughout the summer.

The formula-style electric racecar topped dozens of other collegiate creations from across America including the University of Michigan, Princeton and the Rochester Institute of Technology. The team won events such as acceleration (75 meters in 6.207 seconds from a standing start) and autocross (agility course) on the way to the title. More Photos & Video >

Binghamton University Researchers Look to Prevent Another Flint Water Crisis

With documented public water problems in Flint, Mich., and Hoosick Falls, N.Y., caused by corrosion, understanding how copper is affected at the atomic level is critical to avoiding problems in future pipes. Corrosion-related damage costs more than three percent of the United States' Gross Domestic Product (about $503.1 billion, going by 2013 numbers).

Using state-of-the-art in situ microscopy techniques, researchers including Guangwen Zhou, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, were able to watch the oxidation of copper—the primary building material for millions of miles of water piping—at the atomic level as it was happening. What they saw could help create pipes with better corrosion resistance.

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'Electrospray' System Could Revolutionize Manufacturing; NSF Grant Recipient to Explore 3D Printing Technique

Paul Chiarot, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, recently received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's most prestigious program for early-career researchers, and he aims to redefine 3D printing at a very fine scale. His "electrospray" technique puts tiny particles into a solvent and applies them to a surface, creating electronics in a process not unlike an inkjet printer. Read More >

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Boron nitride nanotube composites outperform their carbon cousins

Changhong Ke, at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and colleagues used a nanomechanical test to probe the strength of the interface between polymers and boron nitride nanotubes in composites of the two materials. They found that binding strengths were higher than those reported for carbon nanotube composites – 35% higher for the poly(methyl methacrylate) interface and approximately 20% higher for the epoxy interface. Read More > 

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Making hearing aids better

Ongoing research into designing better directional microphones may also help sort signal from noise. This is tricky because hearing aids are so tiny, but groups led by Ronald Miles at Binghamton University, Neal Hall at the University of Texas, Miao Yu at the University of Maryland, and Scotland’s University of Strathclyde are designing directional microphones inspired by the ears of a parasitic fly.  Read More >

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Cooling the cloud

PhD student sets sights on improving data-center efficiency

Husam Alissa

PhD student Husam Alissa is exploring new possibilities for cooling the clusters of servers that are among the largest consumers of electricity in the United States.  Read More...

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Printing nanomaterials

Watson mechanical engineer is exploring greener electronics-manufacturing techniques

Prof Timothy Singler and Liang Liu

Think of inkjet printing and you'll likely picture an old printer in an office. Not so if you're Timothy Singler, director of graduate studies and professor of mechanical engineering. In the Transport Sciences Core at the Innovative Technologies Complex, Singler is collaborating with Paul Chiarot and Frank Yong, assistant professors of mechanical engineering, to study inkjet printing of functional materials.  Read More...

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Guangwen Zhou published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Study: Atom-high steps halt oxidation of metal surfaces
By Karen McNulty Walsh
Published on December 29, 2014

Rust never sleeps. Whether a reference to the 1979 Neil Young album or a product designed to protect metal surfaces, the phrase invokes the idea that corrosion from oxidation — the more general chemical name for rust and other reactions of metal with oxygen — is an inevitable, persistent process. But a new Binghamton University study reveals that certain features of metal surfaces can stop the process of oxidation in its tracks. Read More...

Other links to related stories:

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Brookhaven National Laboratories

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Dr. Peter Huang Receives TAE Award

Hidden Images: Revealing the Three-Dimensionality of Film Emulsion

Peter Huang

A collaborative project between Dr. Peter Huang ( Mechanical Engineering department) and Dr. Tomonari Nishikawa (Cinema department) was funded by the 2013 Health Sciences Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence. Digital technology has expanded the way artists express their ideas, and in cinema most filmmakers today choose digital video as their medium mostly for cost and distribution reasons. Recently, Fujifilm announced its cessation of the production of most motion picture filmstrips, and many film labs have closed down in the last decade. Thus, now is a crucial time to examine the dying film medium with its many artistic values still left unexplored. Through this project, we will create a live-processed film/video installation to re-examine the 3D film material and its uniqueness by combining engineering and artistic filmmaking, an angle that is pursued by very few. The core concept of this project is to reveal the 3D quality of the film medium, an aspect often ignored when we are watching a movie, by using digital technologies and computer programming to create pseudo-3D images. The project exhibit will stimulate the audience's visual sense when the filmstrip's 3D aspect is brought to the forefront of its attention, and the audience will understand more about the film medium.

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Faculty Awards and Grants

Xin (Frank) Yong, assistant professor, received a Doctoral New Investigator grant of $110,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for a two-year project titled "Mesoscale Modeling of Stimuli-Responsive Composite Colloids at Oil-Water Interfaces".

Paul Chiarot, assistant professor, received a National Science Foundation CAREER award grant of $500,000 for a project titled "CAREER: Additive Manufacturing using Electrospray Printing of Nanoparticle Inks".

Jeffrey Schertzer (PI, assistant professor, Biological Sciences), Paul Chiarot, assistant professor, and Xin (Frank) Yong, assistant professor, received a National Institute of Health (NIH) R21 grant of $399,850 for a project titled "Evaluating the Bilayer-Couple Model of Outer Membrane Vesicle Biogenesis Using Novel Asymmetric Membrane Templates".

Ryan Willing, assistant professor received a National Institute of Health (NIH) award (R03 - Small Grant Program for New Investigators) from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for three years ($212,700) for a project entitled "Multiobjective Design Optimization of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty".

Guangwen Zhou, associate professor, was awarded a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) for his research project "In-situ visualization and theoretical modeling of the early-stage oxidation of metals and alloys". This grant for $450K runs from 5/15/2015 to 5/14/2018 and is a continuing renewal of a DOE program that Dr. Zhou has led since 2009.

Guangwen Zhou, associate professor received a four-year, $600K grant for the period of 08/01/14 to 07/31/18 from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) - the NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NCCES). Prof. Stanley Whittingham is the director of NCCES.

Sherry Towfighian, assistant professor, was awarded the smart energy transdisciplinary award ($20,000) for a project titled "Smart energy harvesting from human breathing for wearable body sensors". She is exploring energy scavengers from biomechanical energy such as stomach motion during human breathing.

Paul Chiarot, assistant professor and his colleagues received a National Science Foundation grant of $294,000 for a project titled "MRI: Development of a Microfluidic Instrument for High-throughput Production of Asymmetric Vesicles to Support Membrane Biology Research".

Paul Chiarot, assistant professor received an American Chemical Society grant of $110,000 for a project titled "Electrohydrodynamic Atomization of Fuels Using Charge-Injection for Efficient Flameless Catalytic Combustion at Small Scale".

Paul Chiarot, assistant professor; Timothy Singler, professor; and Xin (Frank) Yong, assistant professor, received a National Science Foundation grant of $399,970 for the project titled "Inkjet-Electrospray Hybrid Printing: Understanding the Processing-Structure Relationship".

James Pitarresi, distinguished teaching professor, "Scholarship Program for Master's Degree Seeking Students in Engineering," has been fully funded by the National Science Foundation for $610,180, over a period of 5 years beginning July 1, 2015. Pi: Steve Zahorian, co-PI: James Pitarresi

Guangwen Zhou, assistant professor, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) three-year grant ($250,461) for a project entitled “Probing Nanoscale Oxidation Mechanism of Metals Under Applied Stress”.

Roy McGrann, associate professor, received the 2008 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Student and Alumni Achievements 

ACEC NY awards scholarships to 23 New York engineering students

Twenty-three engineering students attending colleges and universities in NYS will receive $62,500 collectively in scholarship money from member firms of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York). Individual awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 and are given based on the students’ cumulative grade-point average, college activities, work experience and essays on consulting engineering.

The HDR Scholarship ($2,500) went to Binghamton mechanical engineering major Miles Garwood.


5 Skills Hiring Managers Look for in Engineering Grads

You are now an engineer on the job hunt.

You know that you’re a highly skilled engineering graduate, but the job hunt can feel like a particularly arduous task.

Maybe you have a couple strong internships or some engineering competition wins under your belt.  Maybe you were a project team leader or a volunteer with a STEM outreach program.

But even with all your qualifications, it’s difficult to know out what will catch a recruiter’s eye.

So what skills are recruiters and hiring managers looking for? Read More >


TechWorks! celebrates the roots of simulation

Dozens of simulation experts and local students got the chance to look back at the growth of simulation technology in Binghamton Wednesday night-- as TechWorks! hosted its' 32nd annual simulation symposium.
"The industry is pretty niche, and there's a lot of need for engineers to come out and take these jobs,” Binghamton University Engineering student Vamsi Chivukula said. “It's growing-- so I see a bright future for this industry.” Read More > 

Designer 3D Prints His Own Wind-Powered USB Device Charger

wind powered USB charger

Anthony Dorsa is a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Binghamton University, and he's come up with a 3D printed device which is ingenious – and simple – in every way.

His wind powered USB charger was designed to work with just two specific pieces, and while he says it does work to juice up his portable battery charger, he's had slightly less luck getting it to charge his phone, but he calls it a work in progress.


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Colleagues and Car Guys

Alumni find professional challenges, success at Ford

Vladimir Bogachuk and Shawn Morgans

At Binghamton, Morgans earned bachelor's degrees in physics and mechanical engineering through the University's five-year, 3-2 physics and engineering program before getting a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Within a week of receiving final approval for his master's thesis, he joined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. Twenty-one years later he's still with Ford. Read More...

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Trash to treasure

Young engineers create sculpture from recycled parts

Sharon Aluma

Sharon Aluma '15, who is majoring in mechanical engineering, led the design and construction of the sculpture base. She values her time spent with Fellows both in SWE and in the classroom. "As a teacher, Sharon Fellows inspires everyone to completely think outside the box and to really use their imagination," Aluma says.  Read More...

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Commencement 2015 profile: Jordan Levine

Jordan Levine

Jordan Levine, a mechanical engineering major, will work for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a technology consultant following commencement.

Read Jordan Levine's Commencement Profile here...

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Commencement 2015 preview: Meet the student speakers

Adam Lemma

Adam Lemma, a mechanical engineering major from eastern Pennsylvania, plans to pursue a career in the contracting field, mostly likely in the northeastern part of the country.
When asked why he chose Binghamton, he said, "I came to Binghamton because I'm a big fan of the diversity on campus, as well as the reputation of the program. I liked the 'tried and true.'"
Read the rest of Adam's story as well as the other here...

Mechanical Engineering graduate students receive Graduate Excellence Award in Research.

Vadim Bromberg Xiaoming Chen
Bromberg Chen

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First place awarded to grad students in Student Research

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Mechanical Engineering Chancellor Award recipient, Jin Woo Lee, discusses undergraduate research

Jin Woo Lee

Jin woo Lee

"Participating in undergraduate research was a truly rewarding experience that helped me develop critical thinking skills and gain a clear understanding of what I should do for the future. Through the Summer Scholars and Artists program, I was able to pursue a research project of my interest and apply the theories I learned in classrooms to a practical application. This past summer, I explored the possibility of sterilizing medical equipment inside a body by optically heating gold nanoparticles. Micro and nanotechnology is a relatively new field with many discoveries yet to be uncovered.
Through this experience, I have become fascinated with the potential of using micro and nanotechnology to solve the modern day problems to serve people in need and make a lasting impact in their lives. I not only gained new understandings and concepts outside the classroom but also developed more appreciation for the theories and applications that are taught in classes. The summer experience provided me a clear direction to pursue in future research career. Without the Summer Scholars and Artists program, it would have been hard for me to make the choice to continue on to a graduate school and have a clear goal for the future years."

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Kelsey Pieper '09 and former president of Binghamton University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, was selected as the Region II winner of the Student Initiative Award by the Association of Council Members and College Trustees of SUNY in recognition of the Nature Preserve stair system project she coordinated.

Maureen Gundlach, BSME 2006, recently presented a talk (sponsored by Binghamton University's SWE, ASME and SAE student chapters) on behalf of Continental AG, a tire manufacturing company located in Germany. Gundlach recently completed a two-year program, Conti Explore, Tire R&D Talent Initiative, where she was a member of a multicultural, high-performance team, working on state-of-the-art technological projects and also dealing with current business issues.

ME undergraduate student Brenno Veranda was named "America East Swimmer of the Meet" at the AE Championships. Also, three ME undergraduate students, Craig Coon, Kelsey Pieper and Brenno Veranda were inducted into the student athlete honor society (Chi-Epsilon) during the spring semester.

Last Updated: 10/31/16