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2016 News

Fall 2016 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants announced
Hitesh Bindra, MNE, is a recipient of a Faculty Development Award, which are awarded each fall and spring by the Office of the Vice President for Research through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

K-State student selected for Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter
John Boyington, MNE, is among the more than 800 college and university students who have been inducted into the Japanese National Honor Society-College Chapter.

MNE student places 2nd at the 2016 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference
Jesus Loera, CHE, and Samantha Judd, ME, were members of first- and second-place winning teams, respectively, at the 2016 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers national conference, Nov. 2-5, in Seattle, Washington. Eighteen members of the K-State chapter attended. LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin, MEP director, is faculty adviser for the group.

MNE students selected for the Johnson Cancer Research Center undergraduate mentoring and award program
Megan Richards, Tristan McCallister and Anna Brokesh, BAE; Zachary Lock, CHE; Daniel Clausing and Whitney Cox, EE; and Elshaddai Abamegal and Gabrielle Phillips, ME, are eight of the 47 students selected.

Protecting the people: Education that kept Kansans safe in turbulent times 
At a time of national and global tension following the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early 1960s, Jerry Boettcher took a job at Kansas State University to teach people how to build fallout shelters statewide. The program started through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Ph.D. student published in the Journal of Fluids Engineering
Louis Wornell, Ph.D. student, publishes "Morphing Continuum Theory: Incorporating the Physics of Microstructures to Capture the Transition to Turbulence Within a Boundary Layer".

Kansas State University researcher receives $1 million from DOE to advance safety in nuclear reactors
Hitesh Bindra, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received more than $1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy for nuclear reactor safety research and work.

WIBW report of MNE Students Prototype (VIDEO)
A team of mechanical engineering seniors at K-State are proposing a solution for a real world problem—the blue-green algae bloom in the northeast corner of Milford Lake. They designed a prototype for their client, Clay County park manager Mike Carney to review.

Increasing efficiency, reducing waste: Student plays key role as Bayer intern
Sam Oxandale, junior in mechanical engineering, Kearney, Missouri, was an integral piece of a new project for Bayer's environmental and utility services technical plant in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shultis endowed by teaching excellence fund
J. Kenneth Shultis, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been named a recipient of the Ike and Letty Evans Cornerstone Teaching Scholar Excellence Fund in the College of Engineering.

AFOSR Awards Grants to 58 Scientists and Engineers through its Young Investigator Research Program
James Chen, Assistant Professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been named a recipient in the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). $20.8 million in grants will be awarded to 58 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions.

Doctoral candidate receives national fuel cycle research award
Michael Reichenberger, doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, received a second-place prize in the Innovations and Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Air travel with dummies
Engineers use special mannequins to improve airplane safety and comfort.

Welcome to K-State
Welcome to our new additions in the MNE department.

K-State alumni invest in opportunities for next generation
The U.S.S.R.'s Sputnik satellite launch in 1957 sparked an interest in space travel for Jim Jaax, a farm boy from Maize, Kansas.

Kevin Bultongez
Master Student's Creativity Helps Win National Research Award

Dr. Garth Thompson Retires after 44 years at K-State
Dr. Garth Thompson, retired this year after 44 years at Kansas State University. Dr. Thompson served as the MNE Department Head from 1971-1974 and again from 1997-2001.

Engineering professor named to professional society fellow status
Liang-Wu Cai, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, has been named a 2016 fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, in recognition of his significant engineering achievements.

Students have strong showing at American Nuclear Society Student Conference
Undergraduate nuclear reactor operator Max Nager, junior in mechanical engineering, and reactor operator Matthew Myers, won Best Presentation in the Accelerator Applications Division for their paper at the 2016 American Nuclear Society Student Conference.

Mechanical engineer builds 'ready-to-go' battery electrode with glass-ceramic
A Kansas State University mechanical engineer has developed a paperlike battery electrode that may improve tools for space exploration or unmanned aerial vehicles.

Junior in mechanical engineering to receive Presidential Award for undergraduate research
Sarah Stevenson, junior in mechanical engineering, Wichita, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research.

University honors four with Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award
Kevin Wanklyn, instructor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, is one of four faculty members being recognized with the 2016 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award for making a difference in the classroom.

Two engineering professors make Top 25 list
William Dunn and Terry Beck, both professors of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, have been recognized as two of the 25 top professors of mechanical engineering.