Spring 2018 Newsletter
Message from the Chair

As the articles in this Newsletter will show, the department continues to make strides in research, student success, and engagement. A major event was the opening and dedication of the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex, an 85,000 sq.ft addition to research, instructional and innovation space in the Colleges of Engineering and Sciences. Five mechanical engineering research laboratories are now housed in the new building with its ultra-modern research space. These are the Advanced Energy Systems, Bioengineering – Wearable Devices, Energy Research, Material Sciences Research, and Nanotechnology Laboratories. Instructional Facilities in the EIS building include the Michael and Christine Peck Creative Design Studio and Northrop Grumman Fabrication Facility, used by mechanical engineering students in their design courses including the capstone design course, Materials Laboratory, and the Mechanical &Thermal Systems Laboratory. Some of the student organizations are also housed in this building. The additional facilities and space are expected to have a significant impact on creative endeavors and student success in the department.

On a sad note, the Mechanical Engineering department, the College of Engineering, and the University mourn the passing of Dr. Morteza Monte Mehrabadi, Dean of the College of Engineering (2014-2018), and past Chair of the Department (2007-2013). We will miss Dean Monte’s exemplary leadership of the College, his warm, friendly, and calm attitude, his stoic determination to get things done, and his passion to raise the College to new levels in research productivity, student success, and engagement with outside stakeholders. The College has grown dramatically, in all measures, in the four years that he was at the helm. 

The department takes great pride in its 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, contact us, and stay engaged with us. Our contact information is given below.


John Abraham, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
Dean Morteza "Monte" Mehrabadi Passes Away

Dean Morteza "Monte" Mehrabadi passed away on March 13, 2018. He became Dean of the College of Engineering at SDSU in January 2014, after being the Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering for seven years. Read More...
Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex

SDSU opened the new EIS Complex on January 16, 2018 with a Dedication and Opening Ceremony. SDSU students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors and administration were in attendance, along with Mayor of San Diego Kevin Falcouner. The EIS Complex was created to foster collaboration and innovation that will accelerate SDSU's climb into the ranks of the top public research universities. 

View pictures of the EIS Dedication and Opening Ceremony here

The new 85,000 sq ft Engineering & Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex has 11,500 sq ft of instructional space and 17,000 sq ft of research space.

Learn more about the new EIS Complex here
Fall 2017 Senior Design Day
Our Fall Senior Design Day was held on December 13, 2017. ME capstone design projects, completed in Fall 2017, were featured at the event. Each team displayed and presented their projects.
2018 Explore SDSU

Explore SDSU Open House is a free all-campus event featuring an information fair, academic program information sessions, tours and open houses. This is a great opportunity for future students to explore what life is like as a student at San Diego State University. Various ME faculty and student organizations showcased their labs and projects. Read More...
210 students are expected to graduate with a BSME degree in Spring 2018, in addition to 105 graduates in Fall 2017. Featured below are five of our outstanding Spring 2018 graduates.
Eric Ohler
Eric is the Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate for Spring 2018. Eric has been involved in various student organizations at San Diego State University, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Design Build and Fly (DBF), and Tau Beta Pi. Eric served as an officer in ASME and participated in the Student Design Competition (ASME SDC), helping to design and manufacture a robot capable of forming and launching a paper projectile. He has been a member of Tau Beta Pi - California Xi since the spring of 2017. Read More...
Brianna Manns
Brianna Manns is a mechanical engineering student graduating in May 2018. She is receiving the Outstanding Service Award from the Department. She has been on the Dean’s List every semester since her freshman year in fall 2014. Brianna is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Read More...

Joseph Cashman
Joseph Cashman has attended San Diego State University for four years as a Mechanical Engineering Major, and as a recipient of the Lee and Frank Goldberg Endowed Scholarship. For the last year Joseph has held an internship position with the County of San Diego: Department of General Services, working alongside project managers headed by Tom Fincher.   Read More...

Alexandra Ferrell
Alexandra is a Mechanical Engineering student graduating with her B.S. in May 2018. This semester she was busy working on her senior design project and doing research in Dr. Bhattacharjee’s lab. After graduating, she will be working at ACCO Engineered Systems in San Diego as an HVAC design engineer. During her time here at SDSU, Alexandra has been a calculus and chemistry tutor for the SDSU Athletic Center, participated in the ASME Student Design Competition, and been involved in SWE and Tau Beta Pi. Read More...
Tyler Brinkman
Tyler is a Mechanical Engineering student graduating with his B.S. in May. As a child, Tyler always enjoyed working with his hands and knew that he wanted to do something in the field of Engineering. Tyler transferred from MiraCosta Community College after two years to SDSU. Tyler has been involved in SAE Baja and has been a T.A. for Professor Charles Negus. Read More...
Dr. Olevsky Appointed Interim Dean of the College of Engineering

Dr. Eugene Olevsky has been appointed Interim Dean for the College of Engineering. Dr. Olevsky joined the ME Department in 1998 and became a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Joint SDSU-UCSD Doctoral Programs in Engineering Sciences in 2007, and was appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in 2016.  Read More...
Dr. Moon receives a $58,900 grant from Sejong University South Korea
 This grant will be used for a Winter Program at SDSU Read More...
Dr. Moon receives an $112,611 grant from Amosense Co.
 This is for the development of sustainable power module for implantable medical devices based on ultrasonic wireless power transfer Read More...

Dr. Moon, along with other faculty members at SDSU, received a $1,800,000 grant from the NIH Read More...
Pictured: Dr. Kee Moon
Pictured: Dr. Eugene Olevksy
Dr. Olevsky receives award from the US Department of the Army MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium

Dr. Olevsky is the PI on the $358,735 3-year research award titled "Stable Manufacturing of Advanced Powder Components by Ultra-Rapid Pressure- and Field Assisted Sintering"

Dr. Miller awarded a $136,362 grant from Excet Inc.
This grant is to support the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Communities Research Program.

Dr. Miller awarded a $18,961 grant from SDSU for a ARPA-E Focus Project Post-Doc
Pictured: Dr. George Youssef
Dr. Youssef receives a $18,354 grant from NASA.
This grant is to conduct research on rim driven impeller pumps for space applications.

Dr. Youssef receives a $26,697 grant from Armocast Products Company
This grant is to conduct research on the characterization of creep behavior of E-glass/Epoxy Composite Panels. Read More...

Dr. Youssef appointed as an Summer Fellow for the Office of Naval Research 2018 Summer Faculty Research Program. Read More...

Dr. Youssef and graduate students receive Special Recognition Award at 30th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Read More...

Dr. May-Newman selected as Engineering Educator of the Year
Dr. May-Newman was selected by the San Diego County Engineering Council as Engineering Educator of the Year and the winner of the prestigious Outstanding Engineering Educator Award for 2017. She was honored in an ceremony on February 23 at the National Engineering Week awards banquet. Read More...

Dr. Camacho's publication featured on the cover and in the ChemPhysChem journal

Dr. Camacho contributed to a publication that was featured as a "Very Important Paper" on the cover of ChemPhysChem journal. The work is entitled, "Phase Equilibrium of TiO2 Nanocrystals in Flame-Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition". Read More...
Pictured: Dr. Asfaw Beyene

Dr. Beyene appointed Associate Dean for SDSU-Georgia.

Dr. Beyene served as Guest Editor for the prestigious Journal of Applied Energy, which has an impact factor of 7.5.

President's Award
Sophia Stepp (Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate) and Sophia Do (Bioengineering Graduate) presented their research on Synthesis and Characterization of Polyurea Microspheres at the university-wide 2018 Student Research Symposium. Sophia and Sophia work in the Experimental Mechanics Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. George Youssef. Read more about their research here...

Women in Engineering Award
Vi Vu, a Mechanical Engineering Graduate student, received the Women in Engineering Award at the university-wide 2018 Student Research Symposium. Vi Vu is apart of the Cardiovascular Bioengineering Lab, directed by Dr. Karen May-Newman. Read More...

Provost's Award: Engineering
Nikolas Marquez-Maya, a Bioengineering Undergraduate, received the Provost's Award: Engineering at the university-wide 2018 Student Research Symposium. Nikolas is apart of the Cardiovascular Bioengineering Lab, directed by Dr. Karen May-Newman. Read More...
SDSU ASME Student Chapter Participates in E-Fest
SDSU’s own ASME members participated in the 2018 E-Fest Student Design Competition hosted at the Fairplex in Pomona on March 23-25. The team, led by project lead Dylan Ramirez and electronics lead Pierce Howell, made it to the semifinals of the four-way robot soccer tournament. Read More...

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 year, Baja will be traveling to Maryland, Missouri, and Oregon to compete.
The Mechatronics Club consists of 40 members who are developing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the 2018 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.
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