Measuring Flying Baseballs
WSU research is providing clues for how far baseballs will fly this summer.
Professors Annie Du and Yuehe Lin are among the top 1% most cited researchers in the world.
The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU has one of the largest undergraduate programs in the Pacific Northwest, with about 1000 students and 45 faculty members spread across three sister campuses (the main campus at Pullman, and sister departments at Everett, Tri-cities, and Bremerton). Our graduate student and postdoctoral researcher populations are growing, underpinned by continuously increasing annual research expenditures (currently over $9m), with over 130 PhD students and 60 MS students. It is one of few schools where both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) programs are offered under the same roof, allowing our students to be reared in a highly interdisciplinary, enriching environment. Read more from the Director, Indranath Dutta.
Dr. Néstor O. Pérez-Arancibia, a new faculty member in the School of MME, conducts research and teaches in the areas of feedback control, mechatronics, microrobotics, soft robotics, and biologically-inspired engineering. He has developed robots that are inspired by nature — from the world’s smallest beetle-like robot to an entirely soft robot that uses air flow and pneumatics instead of electronics to move.
As the Major League Baseball season gets underway, new WSU research provides clues on exactly how high and far some of those balls will fly.Read Story
The WSU Materials Advantage student chapter has received a $1000 grant from Bruce and Barb Wollstein that supports student efforts to build a forge and participate in next year’s Bladesmithing Symposium and Competition, sponsored by the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).Read Story
A WSU student team is building small satellites about the size of a Kleenex box that they hope to someday launch into space.Read Story
The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is expanding its Advanced Manufacturing program to include additive manufacturing, design, automation, and bio-printing; additionally, the school intends to upgrade its undergraduate laboratory facilities and also recruit talented leaders to further strengthen its research capabilities.
The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering aims to establish a preeminent educational and research enterprise in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, including applications of Machine Learning in these fields. The school intends to fill multiple faculty positions in this area during the next 3 years, introduce a sequence of new undergraduate and graduate courses, offer an Autonomous Systems specialization-track to our undergraduates, upgrade its undergraduate robotics laboratory facilities, and augment its research capabilities.