Fall 2018 Newsletter
Message from the Chair

The 2018-19 academic year is well under way. The Department currently has an enrollment of more than 1350 undergraduate students and about 100 graduate students. The last academic year saw more than 300 students graduate with the BSME degree. While our enrollment numbers are high, we have successfully reduced class sizes and introduced more electives while taking initiatives to increase our 4-year graduation rate. As part of the effort to provide more options for a diverse group of students to graduate faster, we have increased our offering of summer classes. Summer 2018 saw the largest offering of summer classes ever. Enrollment in summer classes increased by 50% compared to the previous year. Student advising at the departmental level which has been strengthened in the last year with the hiring of a full-time permanent staff person, is now complemented by the recently opened College-level Student Advising Center. 
While focusing on the education of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty continue to make great strides in discovery through cutting-edge research and the dissemination of those discoveries through high-impact publications and monographs. They have also attracted significant amount of external funding to support their research work. Some of these are featured in this Newsletter. We are also fortunate to have an excellent group of highly dedicated Lecturers who are committed to student success. One of our recent hires is featured below. 

We are delighted to welcome two new faculty members, Drs. Amneet Bhalla and Kevin Wood, to our Department. They are featured in this Newsletter. We plan to continue to grow our faculty. In the current academic year, three tenure-track searches are active in the areas of Biomedical Sensors and Nanotechnology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Automation and Control in Advanced Manufacturing. Links to the jobs postings on the departmental website are given below.  


We take great pride in our engagement with the Advisory Board, alumni, parents, and other stakeholders in San Diego and beyond. I invite you to enjoy this Newsletter, visit the department or contact us, and stay engaged with us. We would love to hear from you. If you would like to arrange a visit, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our contact information is given below.


John Abraham, Ph.D., Professor and Chair

Dr. Amneet Bhalla, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joined the Department this Fall. Dr. Bhalla obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2013. Dr. Bhalla's research includes developing numerical methods and high performance computing techniques for computational fluid dynamics. Read More...
Dr. Kevin N. Wood, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, joined the Department this Fall. Dr. Wood specializes in electrochemical energy storage devices. Before joining SDSU, Dr. Wood was an adjunct professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at the Colorado school of Mines and postdoctoral researcher at both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Read More...

Dr. Camacho receives grant from NSF to support research in  innovative fabrication processes for energy storage electrodes using flame-based processes
Dr. Joaquin Camacho, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded an $80,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is entitled, " EAGER: Flame-Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition for Energy Storage Electrode Fabrication" Read More...
The SDSU NSF ERC Center for NeuroTechnology (formerly known as CSNE) awarded $311,372 for fiscal year 2018-2019

The center, where Dr. Samuel Kassegne, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the Deputy Director, has received a total amount of award in the last 3 years alone to more than $1.4 million. Read More...

Dr. Katira receives $192,000 in funding from the NSF
Dr. Parag Katira, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, received a grant from the NSF to study how cancer cells migrate across stiffness barriers in tissues and metastasize. This grant is part of a $592,000 collaborative research project between SDSU and UCSD. Read More...
Pictured: Dr. Parag Katira
Dr. Naseradinmousavi receives NSF award for $230,377

Dr. Peiman Naseradinmousavi, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, as Lead PI, received an NSF Award # 1823951/18233983 entitled “Collaborative Research: Decentralized Adaptive and Extremum Seeking Control of Robot Manipulators Using Image Processing”. The methods developed in the project are tailored to the efficient use of image data to facilitate real-time multi-agent path planning and collision avoidance. Read More...

Dr. Olevsky recognized as one of ASM International's 2018 Class of Fellows

Dr. Eugene Olevsky, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will be recognized for his "outstanding contributions to materials engineering education and sintering research.." ASM (American Society of Metallurgy) International is one of the world's largest association of materials-centric engineers and scientists Read More...

Dr. Randall German and Dr. Eugene Olevsky awarded $75,000 from NASA
In June, Drs. German and Olevsky were awarded $75,000 from NASA for further advancing their research on Multi-Scale Modeling and Experimentation on Liquid Phase Sintering in Gravity and Microgravity Environments
Pictured: Dr. Eugene Olevsky
Dr. Olevsky publishes book on Field Assisted Sintering
This book represents the first ever scientific monograph including an in-depth analysis of all major field-assisted sintering techniques Read More...

Dr. Olevsky receives $150,000 award from US Department of Energy
Dr. Olevsky and his Ph.D. student Geuntak Lee established a start-up company Rapid3DMaterials which has received $150,000 award from US Department of Energy with a sub-contract to SDSU

Pictured: Dr. George Youssef
Dr. Youssef receives $598,500 grant from US Department of Defense to advance mechanics of impact mitigating polymers

Through the recent award by the Department of Defense, the Experimental Mechanics Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. George Youssef, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will seek to uncover the deformation mechanisms of impact mitigating polymers by developing a novel experimental mechanics setup.  Read More...
ME JDP Student Luca Carmignani wins Best Poster Award at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering 2018 Research Expo
ME student Luca Carmignani won the M. Lea Rudee Outstanding Poster Award and the Katie Osterday Best Poster Award for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the 2018 Research Expo held by UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Luca is in the joint Ph.D. program between UC San Diego and San Diego State University. Luca works under the direction of Dr. Subrata Bhattacharjee, Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Read More...
Dr. Bhattacharjee and Dr. Camacho attend 37th International Symposium on Combustion
Dr. Bhattacharjee and Dr. Camacho, along with their Ph.D. students, Luca Carmignani and Shruthi Dasappa, respectively, attended the 37th International Symposium on Combustion in Dublin, Ireland this summer. Both Ph.D. students gave presentations on their respective research. Read More...
Dr. Kassegne organizes C-MEMS 2018 International Conference at SDSU
Dr. Kassegne organized a successful international conference on Carbon-MEMS that was held at SDSU between June 1-12, 2018. More than 50 of the leading experts and researchers in the broad areas of carbon-based mirco devices attended this conference. Read More...
Aztec Baja Places 6th Overall in 2018 Competition

Aztec Baja had an incredible run in all three of their competitions this past April and May, traveling to Maryland, Kansas and Oregon. While each city and competition brought new challenges , the team was able to finish each competition with high placements. Read More...
Former/Retired Northrop Grumman Executive Provides Leadership in ME Capstone Design Class
Dr. Scott Shaffar, a former aerospace industry leader, joined the SDSU Mechanical Engineering faculty in August, and now serves as the Instructor for the capstone design program. Dr. Shaffar’s service at Northrop Grumman spanned 34 years and included engineering assignments covering wind tunnel testing, aircraft environmental control systems, propulsion systems, low observables technologies, combustion research, and advanced test and evaluation methods.  Read More...
Spring 2018 Senior Design Day
The SDSU College of Engineering's Senior Design Day was held on May 2, 2018. All Departments from the college displayed their Senior Design projects completed in Spring 2018. Over 45 teams from our ME Department presented their projects.
Interested in sponsoring a senior design capstone project? Click the link below to fill out a ME Senior Design Sponsorship Form
ME Student Excels in Academics & Athletics
Anna is currently a Mechanical Engineering Junior and will be graduating in Spring 2020. She joined the SDSU Women's Swimming and Diving Team this past fall, after transferring from San Diego MESA College. Anna has excelled in both swimming and academics; she currently has a 3.95 GPA. Read more about Anna's story...
ME Senior Balances Football & Academics
Garrett is currently a Mechanical Engineering Senior and will be graduating in Spring 2019. He has been the backup kicker on the SDSU Aztecs Football Team since 2015, when he came to SDSU. Read More about Garrett's story...
Aztec Racing Formula SAE Team is to promote collegiate education through the design, manufacturing and marketing of a small, open wheel race car. The cars are built with a team effort in under one year and are taken to the annual Formula SAE in Lincoln, Nebraska .
Baja SAE t eam consists of 35+ members who are challenged every school year to design, test, and build a single seat off road buggy that will compete in 3 nation-wide events where 100 global universities are evaluated in static and dynamic events. This past year, Baja traveled to Maryland, Missouri, and Oregon to compete.
The Mechatronics Club consists of 40 members who are developing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the 2019 RoboSub Competition. 

Aztec Electric Racing , commonly referred to as AER, is a new club at San Diego State University that is making waves (electromagnetic waves, that is.)
ASME Club sponsors workshops, tours and guest speakers to prepare students for a career in the field of Mechanical Engineering.
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Our mission is to promote the education of our members by supporting academic and professional excellence, and innovative research.
From the Baja Car to Senior Capstone Projects to Scholarship support, your generous giving makes a tremendous difference for our students. Please consider making a gift to support the Department of Mechanical Engineering
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