Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Verbyla ’06 in Honduras

May 23, 2012

NSF Research Fellowships Help Four Alumni Pursue Graduate Degrees

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To call Brian Carey ’11 motivated is an understatement. The civil engineering and economics graduate is living in Trinidad and Tobago on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he is working at the Seismic Research Center at University of the West Indies to conduct a seismic assessment of the residential construction in Trinidad. Carey is no stranger [...]

Joel Lefever ’12 and Professor Joshua Smith

May 7, 2012

Joel Lefever ’12 Researches Cutting-Edge Techniques to Treat Brain Disease

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Joel Lefever ’12 (Lancaster, Pa.) is spending his senior year tackling a topic that researchers have pursued for over 30 years. A mechanical engineering major, Lefever is creating a computerized model of a health condition called hydrocephalus as his honors thesis under the guidance of Joshua Smith, assistant professor of mechanical [...]

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May 1, 2012

Lafayette Honors Students for Academic Excellence

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Lafayette honored more than 120 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation April 29 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. This spring, 47 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate [...]

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April 9, 2012

Integrated Metal Prototype Machine Provides Engineering Design Opportunities Across Many Disciplines

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A material additive manufacturing suite in Acopian is providing opportunities for students and faculty to make contributions to interdisciplinary engineering design in all of Lafayette’s engineering areas, as well as projects being done in departments across campus. “This equipment is a vehicle for the integration of liberal arts and engineering,” says James Ferri, associate professor [...]

Joseph Heaney '85 (right) with Michael Werner '07

March 6, 2012

Joseph Heaney ’85 Has Hosted More Than 45 Student Interns

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By Kevin Gray An avid scuba diver and successful businessman, Joseph Heaney ’85 draws comparisons between his two passions. Both start, he says, with a plan. Founder and principal of Walden Associates, Oyster Bay, N.Y., an environmental consulting firm, he has designed soil and groundwater remediation systems, water and wastewater treatment systems, and corrective action for [...]

Professor Joshua Smith works with Kathleen Starkweather '11.

February 21, 2012

A Global Professor: Joshua Smith’s Teaching and Research Have Taken Him all Over the World

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Spin a globe and place your finger on it. Wherever it lands, it may not be far from where Joshua Smith, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is working. An adviser to the Lafayette student chapter Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and its work in Honduras, a fluid-flow researcher with brain tissue modeling collaborations in Colombia and [...]

Aaron Birt ’12, left, and professors Daniel Sabatino and Lawrence Malinconico work in the newly refitted hydraulic flume lab.

February 21, 2012

Aaron Birt ’12 Works to Minimize Damage Caused by Tsunami Waves

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Mechanical engineering major Aaron Birt ’12 (Billsburg, Pa.) is used to working out problems using his mind, but an independent study is giving him a chance to take a more hands-on approach. Birt is refitting the geology department’s hydraulic flume lab with equipment that will allow it to model large waves. Using the new wave tank [...]

Panayiotis Vitakis '96

February 13, 2012

Panayiotis Vitakis ’96 Directs Mobile Technology for Upstream

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By Kate Helm In just 10 years, the cell phone has become ubiquitous. “It has changed human communication, sparking the mobile revolution that is sweeping the globe,” says Panayiotis Vitakis ’96, director of technology andoperations for Upstream, one of the largest mobile marketing companies in the world. “The mobile phone has grown into the most [...]

Ahsan Nawroj ’12, Shailesh Shrestha ’11, and Professor Yih-Choung Yu

February 2, 2012

Students Present Research at National Biomedical Engineering Conference

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Lafayette students have been putting their problem-solving skills to work combating health problems. Ahsan Nawroj ’12, Chris Angeloni ’12, David Salter ’12, Yue  “Luna” Yuan ’12, and Felix Hutchison ’12 presented research at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, a three-day gathering where participants share work that advances human health and well-being. Nawroj (Dhaka, [...]

Halie Zeller

January 12, 2012

Hallie Zeller ’12 and Kevin Ling ’12 Present at National Chemical Engineering Conference

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Hallie Zeller ’12 (Bridgewater, N.J.) likes to understand things, from how they work on the atomic level to what they’re like on gigantic scales.  Mechanical engineering, she says, is the best way to gain this understanding. Zeller recently got to experience the field on a gigantic scale.  She, along with Kevin [...]