Liquid Hydrogen Takes Flight
A WSU research team has successfully demonstrated the use of liquid hydrogen for powering Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
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.
Engineers developed the low‑cost sensor and tested it on orange juice and rice beverage samples that they spiked with the herbicide for the study.Read Story
Weighing in at about three grains of rice and not much bigger than a real beetle, Néstor O. Pérez-Arancibia’s Robeetle will be included in the upcoming Guinness Book of World Records.Read Story
Matveev, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.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.