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2021 News

Terry Beck recognized as Professor of the Week
Terry Beck, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, was recognized as Professor of the Week at the Dec. 1 men's home basketball game.

Carl R. Ice College of Engineering presents inaugural Sue Barsamian Awards for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering had even more to celebrate than usual at this year's fifth annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit on Nov. 9, presenting a pair of new awards created by alumna Sue Barsamian.

Bindra receives DOE grant to study thermal transport within 3D-printed reactor components
Hitesh Bindra, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, is receiving a nearly $800,000 grant from the DOE to study thermal transport in 3D-printed ceramic nuclear reactor core components to help optimize reactor fuel design.

Engineering professor and graduate student receive Institution of Civil Engineers Prize
Gurpreet Singh and Shakir Bin Mujib win the prestigious Nanomaterials and Energy Prize for 2021, awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers, U.K.

NRC funds data-driven analysis framework for advanced nuclear reactors
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has awarded Hitesh Bindra a nearly $500,000 grant to develop data-driven computational models for safety analysis of advanced nuclear reactors for regulatory and licensing purposes.

U.S. Department of Energy funds project to investigate safety of shippable nuclear reactors
Hitesh Bindra, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received a nearly $800,000 grant to investigate safety in horizontally oriented micro-scale nuclear reactors designed for shipping in standard-sized containers.

Bindra receiving DOE grant to explore microreactor end-use in hydrogen and fertilizer production
Hitesh Bindra, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, will receive a nearly $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore the use of micro-scale nuclear reactors in the production of hydrogen from agricultural waste.

Powercat Motorsports competes at Formula SAE Michigan 2021
K-State's formula race team, Powercat Motorsports, competed in the Formula SAE Michigan July 7-10.

K-State's high-powered rocketry team places fourth at annual international Spaceport America Cup
K-State's high-powered rocketry team, Final Frontier Aerospace Systems and Technology, or FFAero, placed fourth out of 36 teams in its division and 10th out of 76 teams overall at the 2021 Spaceport America Cup.

K-State Collegiate Wind Competition team recognized in national event
The U.S. Department of Energy has joined universities and wind energy experts from across the country to announce the winners of the 2021 Collegiate Wind Competition. A team from K-State was on that list as winner of the turbine prototype contest.

Global Food Systems Seed Grants awarded
The Office of Research Development announces the results of the fiscal year 2022 call for proposals for the Global Food Systems Seed Grant Program.

Commitment, dedication earn two K-State seniors Muir Alpha Tau Omega Blue Key Leadership Scholarship
Two 2020-2021 members of Blue Key Senior Honorary are recipients of the William L. Muir II and John T. Muir Alpha Tau Omega Blue Key Leadership Scholarship for their commitment, dedication, support of others, unselfishness and willingness to help.

Wildcat Wind Power students judge Kansas KidWind Competition
Seven members of the Kansas State University Wildcat Wind Power team served as judges for the 2021 Kansas KidWind Challenge, resulting in five teams from Kansas schools being invited to the National KidWind Challenge.

Mechanical and nuclear engineering hosts spring/summer 2021 Graduating Senior and Awards Celebration
The Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering recently hosted its graduating senior party and awards celebration.

K-State receives NRC funding for Nuclear Engineering Fellowship Program
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has funded a new Nuclear Engineering Fellowship Program to provide financial support and mentoring to at least three Kansas State University nuclear engineering doctoral students.

K-State junior awarded national DOE scholarship
Broderick Sieh, junior in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy Integrated University Program.

Recent mechanical and nuclear engineering publication recognized as journal editor's pick
A recent paper published by MNE doctoral candidate Tyler Albright and assistant professor Jared Hobeck is selected as one of five editor's pick articles out of the 110 articles published in the Journal of Materials Science April 2021 issue.

Undergraduates selected to present research at virtual Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
Five undergraduate students including Broderick Sieh, junior in mechanical engineering, will represent K-State at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, a virtual event this year from March 2-4. The students were selected by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

Two alumni join Engineering Hall of Fame
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will induct two new members into its Hall of Fame on March 5.

Engineering alumni honored for career success
The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will honor 10 alumni for professional career accomplishment during the first 20 years following their graduation.

Doctoral student in mechanical engineering places second in poster competition
Doctoral student in mechanical engineering places second in poster competition.

Engineering faculty members receive named positions
Amir Bahadori and Walter McNeil are two of seven faculty members in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering announced as its most recent recipients of named positions.

DOD funds research to expand development of form-fitting circuitry
The Radiological Systems Integration Laboratory at K-State, in partnership with Radiation Detection Technologies Inc., has been awarded a nearly $1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Two K-State graduates to receive 2020 Distinguished Young Alumni Award
Two Kansas State University graduates — Dr. Jamie Ball, Clinton, Missouri, and Kristine Davis, Houston, Texas — are the recipients of the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board's 2021 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

MNE professor takes part in national panel on low-dose radiation
Amir A. Bahadori, assistant professor in the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, was an invited panelist for the American Nuclear Society nationally broadcast program, “Talking about Low-Dose Radiation.”

Melanie Derby and two others recognized as Professors of the Week
Alex Red Corn, Melanie Derby and Lauren McDaniel were recognized as Professor of the Week at the Dec. 29 and Jan. 2 men's home basketball games, respectively. Please join us in honoring their contributions to K-State.