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2017 News

Energy department funding university research on use of contaminated waters as reactor coolant
Nuclear engineering researchers receive federal grant for work that could provide safer nuclear power.

Five Students selected for Orientation and Enrollment leadership team
Two MNE students take on the leadership role.

Dr. Wanklyn honored with a Faculty Recognition Award from Kansas State Mortar Board.

MNE student places in ASME poster competition
Dipta Sarkar, MNE doctoral student, won second place in a poster competition on nanotechnology at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' international congress and exposition, Nov. 3-9, in Tampa, Florida. His major professor is Zayd Leseman, MNE

Two students chosen as 2018 K-State Student Ambassadors
Darrell Reese Jr., junior in mechanical engineering, was elected a 2018 K-State Student Ambassador. 

Engineering students attend 2017 Gas Machinery Conference
A team of engineering students from Kansas State University experienced three days of technical training and presentations at the 2017 Gas Machinery Conference Oct. 1-4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gurpreet Singh, MNE, presented two invited lectures in September in Brazil, one at the Materials Research Society meeting, and another at the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Campinas.

MNE Students inducted into honorary society, Quest
Ali Karamali and Ronaldo Lopez, MNE, and Justin Schieber, general engineering, are three of 30 freshmen selected for membership in the freshman honorary, Quest.

Advanced materials manufacturing and international study opportunities focus of new NSF grant
A nearly $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to K-State's Gurpreet Singh will advance materials manufacturing and provide research and training opportunities to graduate students.

Chen named honorary fellow of Australian Institute
James Chen, assistant professor and Keystone research faculty scholar in mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been elected as an honorary fellow for the Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials.

Engineering professor recognized for early career success
Melanie Derby was awarded the 2017 American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels Outstanding Early Career Award at a recent conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Engineering professor recognized with leadership award
Amy Betz, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has been named recipient of the 2017 American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels Outstanding Leadership Award.

College of Engineering adds 10 to list of Keystone Research Faculty Scholars
MNE Associate Professors Bindra, Chen, Derby, and Roberts named Keystone Research Faculty Scholars.

Engineering professor appointed chair of American Ceramic Society Bulletin Editorial Advisory Board
The American Ceramic Society Board of Directors recently approved Gurpreet Singh, Harold O. and Jane C. Massey Neff associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, as chair of the Bulletin Editorial Advisory Board. 

NRC grants boost young faculty, graduate students in mechanical and nuclear engineering department
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded Kansas State University's mechanical and nuclear engineering department two grants totaling more than $843,000.

NSF grant to support engineering professors' development of triboelectric nanogenerators
Two Kansas State University mechanical and nuclear engineering professors have a received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Mechanics of Materials and Structures Program.

Mechanical engineering student from Topeka receives select scholarship for promise in his profession
Kansas State University student Michael Brown, Topeka, has been named a 2017 Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship winner from the Executive Leadership Council.

Kansas State University team breezes to high finish in wind turbine competition
MNE students participate on team that takes 2nd place at the U.S. Department of Energy's Collegiate Wind Competition.

Kansas State University student to research plants producing new antibiotics in Germany
If new antibiotics could come from plants, they would be an addition to the world's arsenal of bacteria-fighting tools, according to Gabrielle Phillips, a K-State sophomore in mechanical engineering.

Dominique Hoover, ME, named the 2017 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year at K-State.

MNE Graduate Student recognized by the K-State Alumni Center for outstanding achievements throughout college career
Michael Reichenberger, doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering to be recognized at April 18 luncheon.

MNE Student and Graphics Instructor Stephanie Farney wins K-State Voice!
April 1 marked the finale of the K-State Voice competition with Farney, sophomore in mechanical engineering, coming in first place followed by Adam McKinney, junior in communications studies, in second, and Kage Edgar, junior in music education, in third.

Engineer patents waterlike polymer to create high-temperature ceramics
Using five ingredients — silicon, boron, carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen — a Kansas State University engineer has created a liquid polymer that can transform into a ceramic with valuable thermal, optical and electronic properties.

Two alumni join Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame
M.A. "Meg" Yaege, Manhattan, is a 1979 and 1984 graduate of Kansas State University with bachelor's and master's degrees, respectively, in mechanical engineering. Induction to the hall is the highest honor bestowed on its alumni by the college. The honorees will be recognized for their professional success and accomplishment, involvement with and support of the College of Engineering, dedication to K-State, and professional and public service. 

College of Engineering alumni earn honors for career success
The Kansas State University College of Engineering will honor 10 alumni for professional career accomplishment during the first 20 years following their graduation. The honorees will be recognized at ceremonies on the Manhattan campus April 1.  Robb Raney, Overland Park, is a 1997 graduate of Kansas State University in mechanical engineering is among the honorees.

Blue Key Honor Society selects new members for 2017-2018 school year
Matthew Grosdidier and Nate Fleming from MNE are among just sixteen Kansas State University students selected to spend their upcoming senior year serving the university community through mentorship, leadership and service as members of Blue Key Senior Honor Society.

KS-LSAMP students present research at national STEM conference
Nicole Doughramaji, MNE, completed projects this past summer as part of the KS-LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM program, and attended the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math March 2-4 in Washington D.C.

Professor's work on reducing soil evaporation earns prestigious NSF CAREER award
Melanie Derby, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, will use a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation for her project, "Altering Transient Soil Evaporation Mechanisms through Hydrophobicity."

Chen one of 58 awardees of the U.S. Department of Defense Young Investigator Research Program
A Kansas State University engineering professor has been awarded $360,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program.

College of Engineering Ambassadors named for 2017
Engineering Ambassadors are current College of Engineering students chosen to promote the engineering profession and act as hosts for the college. Each ambassador is required to have completed the Engineering College Leadership, Understanding and Education, or CLUE, program to be considered for the organization.