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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Engineering Wellness Through Biomechanics

“We work with the Physical Therapy Department here to study how people walk, and move, and help improve the quality of their lives,” Bigelow told Spectrum News 1 inside her [Engineering Wellness Through Biomechanics] lab. 

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3D Printing Prosthetics

Mechanical engineering assistant professors, Bob Lowe and Tim Reissman, engineer 3D printing with soft elastomers to create prosthetic hands. The goal is to provide customized, affordable prosthetics to amputees in developing countries.

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Engineering for the Common Good
Exemplifying Engineering for the Common Good, MEE capstone design students, Jeffery Lecave and Marc Wautelet, designed a device under the direction of John Hageman that enables sight-impaired veteran to stay centered when running on a treadmill.
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Sumo Bot Competition
Kate Sexton and Alex Duda, sophomore engineering students, teamed up to develop a robot to enter the Stander Symposium Sumo Bot Challenge. During the competition, Duda told WDTN news, ". . . working with a partner can be helpful and adding a competition to a learning environment is beneficial because it pushes you to be more creative."
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Adaptive Cars for Children

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Megan Reissman, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UD, helped manage the team of volunteers. "Typically the modifications are going to be re-setting the pedal or moving it to a button that's easy for the child to press," Reissman said.

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Entrepreneurially Minded Learning

Assistant Professor Sidaard Gunasekaran (Sid) designed and now teaches Introduction to Flight for sophomores pursuing a degree in aerospace engineering. Believing that engineering is the artful use of resources and scientific understanding to create value, he incorporates Entrepreneurially Minded Learning (EML) using KEEN methodologies. How does he do it?

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It Flies! UK
Hunter Johnston and Jacob Korczyk (pictured) entered the competition with a design for an industrial client, a crop duster aircraft, and won the prize for the best project presentation.
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It Flies! USA
Our University of Dayton Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering IT Flies Competition was featured in the Aero Society's Aerospace Magazine August 2017 issue.
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Dr. Sid Gunasekaran

Some people love sailing, others golf or running. First year faculty member, Dr. Sidaard “Sid” Gunasekaran, has a passion for aerodynamics and the equations that are used to improve performance in not only flight, but all of these activities.

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Dr. Tim Reissman

Dr. Tim Reissman wanted to give his students in MEE 434 a hands-on assignment that would challenge their engineering and innovation skills, so he developed the first University of Dayton Sumo Bot Competition. Senior mechanical engineering majors, Brandon Smith and Kyle Vanden Eynden, only lost one match during Sumo Bot Competition 2016! Congratulations, Brandon and Kyle! 

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Dr. Jun-Ki Choi

"Sustainability goes hand-in-hand with value creation," said Dr. Jun-Ki Choi, mechanical engineering assistant professor recently in KEEN's KEEN'zine magazine.

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Dr. Drew Murray

Why do we still drive gasoline cars: 90-second lecture by Dr. Andrew Murray.

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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Jamie Ervin, Department Chair

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