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Stony Brook’s Got the Power: How One University Earned Four Major Energy Research Awards in Less Than a Year

William Worek, Jon Longtin, Sotirios Mamalis and Ya Wang of the Department of Mechanical Engineering stand together for energy technology research with Provost Dennis Assanis (center)

It took only six months for Stony Brook University to hit an energy research grand slam, earning major federal funding on four projects poised to revolutionize the world’s energy technology.

“These four projects, which together earned nearly $5.7 million in funding, showcase Stony Brook’s dedication to researching and developing technologies that will have a major impact on how we generate and consume energy globally,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University.

Faculty Ya Wang at Stony Brook Receives $2 Million DOE Grant to Create a New Super Energy-Saving Air Conditioning Vent

A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to develop an active air conditioning vent capable of modulating airflow distribution, velocity, and temperature designed for commercial or residential unions.  The goal of the project is to create a vent that results in up to 30 percent energy savings through directed localization of existing building heating/cooling output.

Ya Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor and Wei Deng, PhD student
Department of Mechanical Engineering 


Mechanical Engineering Student Roger Carson's Story is featured in Stony Brook University Happenings

Mechanical Engineering major, Roger Carson '15 is highlighted in the below article, "Building a Better Future for Engineers of Color"

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Receives Prestigious CAREER Award from NSF

Assistant Professor Qing Chang has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award 


Mechanical Engineering Solar Boat Team Won 1st Place in ASME SolarSplash Competition

Our Solar Boat team has brought home a trophy for winning the first place in SolarSplash Competition co-sponsored by IEEE Power Electronics Society and ASME Solar Energy Division.
Shown is a photo of our graduating senior Mr. Ankit Tyagi, the team captain, with the trophy and the plaque.
The team has been co-advised by David Hwang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, as well as David Westfield, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.
David Westfield traveled with the team to the competition.
Mechanical Engineering Department sent the first team to participate in SolarSplash competition in 1998. Last year, the team ranked the 5th overall and this year they took home the trophy!























STONY BROOK, NY, January 24, 2014- Stony Brook’s William Worek, PhD, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Edwin F. Church Medal, a high honor of achievement that recognizes eminent service in increasing the value, importance and appeal of mechanical engineering education. Worek was honored for the development of new courses in combined heat and mass transfer and the establishment of a master of energy engineering program that gives students the tools to design, execute and manage new energy projects. Worek is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering andan Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. He is a recognized expert in heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics, as applied to energy efficient, renewable and sustainable energy systems. 

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Mechanical Engineering Faculty Receives Prestigious CAREER Award from NSF

Assistant Professor Qing Chang has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award titled "CAREER Collaborative Modeling for Distributed Sensing and Real-Time Intelligent Control to Improve Battery Manufacturing Productivity and Efficiency" ($400,001) in 2014.


 Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Students attend Naval Academy Conference


Three College of Engineering and Applied Sciences students and Sotirios Mamalis, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, were honored to be invited to the Fourth Annual Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC), held from November 3-6, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland. Joseph Venezia (senior, Mechanical Engineering), Sebastian Gomez (senior, Mechanical Engineering) and Morgan DiCarlo (sophomore, Civil Engineering) came together with undergraduate students from a wide variety of institutions of higher education to participate in discussions about STEM and the challenges our nation faces in solving critical issues. Venezia and Gomez worked on a research collaborative at the conference and proposed Alternative Energy solutions, while DiCarlo’s project focused on water quality and safety. The students also met and networked with the influential keynote speakers: Arati Prabhakar, Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; The Honorable G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; and The Honorable Kathryn D. Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space and the Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator.

Mechanics of Composites Conference to be held at Stony Brook University, June 8-12, 2014

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University will host the 1st International Conference on Mechanics of Composites June 8-12, 2014. Please visit the website for more information about the conference:


Researcher of the Month

About Plinio 

PlinioGuzmanPlinio Guzmán, a Mechanical Engineering major enrolled in the 5-year B.E./M.S. program, has just begun his senior year, joining his classmates in MEC 440 on a collaborative senior design project under the direction of Dr. Anurag Purwar. Since fall of 2012, Plinio has also been hard at work in the laboratory of Dr. Maen Alkhader of Mechanical Engineering while engaged in independent research on the fabrication and testing of materials, and experimental apparatus design (e.g. Split Hopkinson pressure bar for dynamic testing of materials). 

Plinio was one of ~35 undergraduates selected last spring from a competitive applicant pool for the 2013 URECA Summer award: the URECA funding helped to support his work on the “Dynamic Response of Auxetic Foams," in particular optimizing auxetic solid foam materials with enhanced impact energy absorption capacity. Plinio will be presenting this ongoing project at URECA’s annual campus wide poster symposium next April. Together with his mentor, Prof. Alkhader, Plinio also plans to submit an abstract and present his work in the 1st International Conference on Mechanics of Composites ( MECHCOMP2014), an international mechanical engineering conference which will be held in Stony Brook in summer 2014.

Born and raised in Mexico, and a graduate of Tecnológico de Monterrey high school, Plinio currently serves as treasurer of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and an executive e-board member for the campus Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Plinio has also been involved on campus as a member of Stony Brook Motorsports (Fall 2010) and as an Undergraduate College Fellow(Fall 2011-GLS); and has worked as a lab assistant in the Department of Physics (2012-2013) setting up experiments for instructional use and repairing lab equipment. His hobbies include cycling, skateboarding, reading and travel. Plinio's long-term goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. Click here excerpts of his conversation with Karen Kernan, URECA Director.


July 3, 2013

A paper authored by Prof. Lei Zuo and his graduate student Peng Li was selected as Student Best Paper with $500 cash award by the 2013 ASME DTEC/Advanced Vehicle Technologies Conference. "Equivalent Circuit Modeling of Vehicle Dynamics with Energy Harvesting Shock Absorbers."

Stony Brook prof develops lift for seniors

Published: March 28, 2013 6:44 PM
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Stony Brook University professor Anurag Purwar with his

Photo credit: Daniel Brennan | Stony Brook University professor Anurag Purwar with his Mobility Assistant device, used by Michael Geronimo, 90. (March 27, 2013)

The idea for the product came to Anurag Purwar when his friend, a retired physician, complained of struggling to do what so many younger people take for granted: sitting and standing.

So Purwar, a Stony Brook University mechanical engineering associate professor, designed a device resembling a walker that's equipped with an electric motor to lift seniors from chairs, then ease them back down. Now he is working with Biodex Medical Systems Inc. of Shirley to develop it into a full-blown product.

"There are so many people who need help standing and sitting as they grow older," Purwar said.

The collaboration between the professor and Biodex is part of a growing push on Long Island to commercialize technology from Stony Brook and other research facilities. Officials hope the brainpower of local laboratories will spawn a culture of high-tech start-ups to boost the region's struggling economy.

Purwar and Biodex have $80,000 to develop the invention, primarily from The Research Foundation for SUNY. They plan to target nursing homes, hoping to sell about 500 of the products annually for around $5,000 apiece. They plan to pitch the device as a way to help nurses and other employees avoid back injuries while helping patients out of chairs.

The challenge, industry experts say, will be making the device lighter, cheaper and more versatile than existing products.

"Back injuries are a huge issue, and there are already products out there," said Robert Heppenheimer, chief executive of the Nesconset Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, who isn't associated with the product. "But if this one is cheaper and easier for nursing homes to use, there could be a market."

The bigger potential, however, could be selling the product for seniors to use in their homes, Heppenheimer said.

Purwar designed the device, called the Mobility Assistant, with help from a student, Thomas Galeotafiore. It's powered by a 12-volt battery, weighs about 30 pounds and is equipped with wheels to function also as a regular walker -- a feature Purwar says sets it apart from other products.

Ed Behan, a Biodex vice president, met Purwar last year at a workshop at Stony Brook for aspiring entrepreneurs. The company, founded in the 1950s as Atomic Products Corp. to develop equipment for researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, manufactures a variety of medical devices. Behan hopes to have Purwar's invention on the market within 18 months.

"More and more people want to maintain their independence and mobility," he said. "And this fits that need perfectly."

US Rep. Timothy Bishop remarks about Assistant Professor Lei Zuo's research to Congress on November 27, 2012

Assistant Professor Thomas Cubaud has been awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER award titled "CAREER Microflow of highly viscous fluids: mixing and dissolution processes" ($401,653) from the Fluid Dynamic Program of the CBET division of the NSF in 2012. He has also received the 2012 Frenkiel Award for Fluid Mechanics.  The Award is sponsored by the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the APS, and is given annually to a young author of a paper that has been published in Physics of Fluids, during the calendar year preceding the presentation.Following is a link to the award announcement:
Harvester could save millions of dollars in energy costs while cutting CO2 

STONY BROOK, NY, November 15, 2012 – Stony Brook University engineers have 
won a national award for an innovative energy harvester that has the 
potential to save millions of dollars in energy costs for railroads while 
reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The team’s work, “Mechanical Motion 
Rectifier (MMR) based Railroad Energy Harvester,” was awarded “Best 
Application of Energy Harvesting” at the Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 
2012 conference, held in Washington, DC on November 7-8, 2012.

The Stony Brook team, led by Professor Lei Zuo and two graduate students 
Teng Lin and John Wang from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and 
Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, developed a new type of 
energy harvester that converts the irregular, oscillatory motion of 
train-induced rail track vibrations into regular, unidirectional motion, 
in the same way that an electric voltage rectifier converts AC voltage 
into DC. Professor Zuo estimates that the invention could save more than $10 
million in trackside power supply costs for railroads in New York State 
alone, along with a reduction of 3000 tons per year of CO2 and a half 
million dollars of electricity savings.


URECA RESEARCHER OF THE MONTH - MAY 2012 -RICHARD ANGER, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 13

Richard Anger will be staying at Stony Brook a 5th year to complete a Master’s degree. He came to SB as a transfer student in fall 2009, and will be graduating with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, and a minor in Nanotechnology studies. Since Spring 2009, Richard has worked in the Nanotribology and Wear Mechanics Laboratory with Prof. Chad Korach of the Mechanical Engineering Dept. A recent project in the Korach group, presented recently at the URECA poster event, “Materials characterization for displacement of heating oil usage in legacy fuel pumps” was also singled out in the Mechanical Engineering graduate student poster symposium for “best poster". Richard also won first place design award for a liquid metering device in December 2010. He has participated in summer research programs, including the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) REU program at Cornell University (Summer 2010) where he studied, designed, and fabricated advanced carbon electrodes for use in vanadium redox microfluidic fuel cells; as well as the NJCEP REU program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Summer 2009) where he researched Nanocomposites containing functionalized carbon nanotubes de-agglomerated by RESS. Recently Richard received a grant supporting his use of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory, for his master’s thesis project at Stony Brook in 2012-2013 in the Korach Laboratory. [To see a video of Richard's NNIN REU presentation at the University of Minnesota REU Convocation, click here >>>. ] 


SBMotorsportsThe innovative CEAS Senior Design projects always draw a crowd at URECA's campus-wide research Celebration. Past exhibits have included optical pacemaker devices, curb climbing wheelchairs, interactive computer games, robots, and even a solar boat. But a perennial favorite—always front and center on the platform—is the latest Baja SAE off-road vehicle on display from the Stony Brook Motorsports Team. Last year’s vehicle (#34), weighing in at ~420 pounds, not only got our attention, but earned kudos at the SAE Collegiate Design Series competition it entered in Illinois last June where it placed tenth overall, and fifth in design. (*Yes it did play in Peoria!)

Success at SAE competitions doesn’t just happen, but is the result of many, many hours of hard work, including creative design, manufacturing, testing and troubleshooting. And two of the hardest-working students who provide much of the drive behind the SB Motorsports operations are: Lorena Rozo, Team President, and James Meehan, Design Manager, our Researchers of the month. 

Motorsports2011Both are currently working on their senior design capstone project, focusing on the powertrain design with continuously variable transmission (CVT) and braking systems (James) and/or suspension components (Lorena). The Stony Brook Motorsports Team works closely with its advisors, including faculty advisor Dr. Noah Machtay; Bob Martin, and Henry Honigman of Mechanical Engineering; and CEAS Senior Design professor for Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Yu Zhou. In talking about the Motorsports "family", James and Lorena enthusiastically acknowledge all the members on the Team, as well as their top-notch advisors—and express their deepest thanks to the loyal Motorsports sponsors who keep the wheels turning. Everyone involved is excited to show the newest Motorsports car that will be completed and be on display at URECA on April 25, 2012 – and will go on to two national SAE competitions, in Oregon (May) and Wisconsin (June). Lorena Rozo comments, We’ve made a lot of improvements. This year, we really have a chance to win!”

LorenaRozoLorena Rozo was born in Bogotá, D.C., Colombia and attended the Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Florida. She first got involved with Motorsports in her freshman year (fall 2008) where she took the initiative to learn welding. Lorena is one of 27 women currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering at SB (out of 297 total), and is a great advocate of the major, the department, and CEAS, representing Motorsports and Mechanical Engineering as a CEAS student ambassador at many recruiting events, and on admissions blogs. She has had multiple leadership roles with Motorsports, including being Team Treasurer (2009-2010), Chassis Design and Fabrication Leader (2009-2011), Team Vice-President (2010-2011), Suspension Design Leader, and Team President (Summer 2011-present). Lorena plans to continue here at SB to earn her master’s degree [2013] before seeking full time employment as a design or manufacturing engineer. For the past year, she also has interned at a local Setauket company, Flagpoles, Inc., that specializes in mass production of aluminum tubular standards and defense products. Lorena’s hobbies include running and hiking, and driving the Baja cars.

MeehanJamesJames Meehan was born and raised in Long Island, and attended West Babylon High School. He is a first generation college student: after working for half a year as a machinist, he attended SUNY Farmingdale, and then transferred to SBU. James currently trains new Motorsports members in design and fabrication processes, because of his proven expertise in precision machining critical vehicle components using CNC milling machines, plasma cutter, and manual lathe. He credits much of what he knows to his father, also a machinist, and to “hands-on” experience as a child, in taking things apart and being around small motors. James enjoys mountain biking, and is an avid Baja driver. He has also interned as a manufacturing assistant first at an aerospace manufacturer (2006-2010) and now at a medical devices manufacturer. Still undecided as to future plans, James has earned a 3.97 GPA at Stony Brook and is a member of SB’s Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society.

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