Dr. Olevsky publishes book on Field Assisted Sintering


Dr. E. Olevsky published a book on Field Assisted Sintering: Science & Applications, Springer Nature IP, 425p., 2018. This book represents the first ever scientific monograph including an in-depth analysis of all major field-assisted sintering techniques. Until now, the electromagnetic field-assisted technologies of materials processing were lacking a systematic and generalized description in one fundamental publication; this work promotes the development of generalized concepts and of comparative analyses in this emerging area of materials fabrication.


Dr. Olevsky recognized as one of ASM International’s 2018 Class of Fellows


Dr. Eugene Olevsky is being recognized as one of ASM International’s 2018 Class of Fellows for his “outstanding contributions to materials engineering education and sintering research…” ASM (American Society of Metallurgy) International is the world’s largest association of materials-centric engineers and scientists.

He will receive this recognition at the ASM International Annual Awards Banquet in Columbus, OH in October. This will be his third Fellow rank conferred by a major national professional society (Dr. Olevsky is also a Fellow of ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of AcerS – American Ceramic Society.)

Dr. Naseradinmousavi receives NSF award for $230,377

Dr. Peiman Naseradinmousavi, as Lead PI, received an NSF Award # 1823951/18233983 entitled “Collaborative Research: Decentralized Adaptive and Extremum Seeking Control of Robot Manipulators Using Image Processing”. The SDSU budget is $230,377. The methods developed in the project are tailored to the efficient use of image data to facilitate real-time multi-agent path planning and collision avoidance. This will be accomplished using a combination of geometric representations and feature-based learning. Orientations and 3-D positions will be characterized for HSV color-classified objects to be grasped, for obstacles, and for destinations where the objects are to be placed. These orientations and 3-D positions will be employed for real-time generation of collision-free paths to be used as desirable trajectories. Computationally efficient fully decentralized and energy-efficient extremum seeking control schemes will be formulated, leveraging inherently parallel and highly redundant processing architecture and operating in the presence of interconnected nonlinearities, saturations, and uncertainties. Experimental validation of the results, using a 28th-order Baxter robot, will be carried out to examine the robustness and to validate the computational-energy efficiency of the algorithms.




Former/Retired Northrop Grumman Executive Provides Leadership in ME Capstone Design Class

Dr. Scott Shaffar, a former aerospace industry leader, joined the SDSU Mechanical Engineering faculty in August, and now serves as the instructor for the capstone design program.  Dr. Shaffar earned his B.S. in aerospace engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Shaffar’s service at Northrop Grumman spanned 34 years and included engineering assignments covering wind tunnel testing, aircraft environmental control systems, propulsion systems, low observables technologies, combustion research, and advanced test and evaluation methods.  Dr. Shaffar also held progressive leadership positions across many disciplines including knowledge management, program management, supplier management, manufacturing, and mission assurance.  His career focused on both manned and unmanned aircraft programs with his final assignment as the mission assurance director for Northrop Grumman’s Autonomous Systems Division.

For the 2018-2019 Fall-Spring series ME capstone program that Dr. Shaffar is leading, there are a total of 174 students.  The capstone program framework for this year includes the application of project management and systems engineering processes coupled with a design cycle that progresses the students through project definition, requirements, research, design, fabrication, test and final system demonstration.  A key goal this year was to quickly get the students formed into teams and projects identified.  This was accomplished by the third week of the Fall semester, with 100% of the students assigned to teams and projects established.  We have a total of 30 project teams, with most teams comprised of 5 to 6 students.  Roughly 87% of these projects are sponsored from industry, faculty, non-profit organizations or external student competitions.  We also have collaborating faculty supporting our project teams from Aerospace Engineering and the Fowler College of Business.  The project topics are impressive, and include a wide range of design challenges such as aiding disabled veterans to participate in sports, improving farming methods in Ethiopia, solving high technology manufacturing problems, enabling faculty research with new test capabilities, creating a new waste treatment system for a local San Diego brewery, and removing debris from our oceans.  At the end of the fifth week, all of the teams completed a detailed project management plan and a systems requirement document.  The students are now in their research and design phases, which will culminate in a Critical Design Review in December.  The project teams will then transition to their fabrication, assembly and test phases during the Spring semester culminating in demonstrating their designs at our SDSU Design Day in May.


New ME Faculty: Dr. Amneet Bhalla


Dr. Amneet Bhalla obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2013, and his Bachelors (2004-2008) and Masters (2009) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur. He has a postdoctoral training from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Mathematics Department) and Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory (Computational Research Division). He also has an industrial experience at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company where he worked as a computational research engineer.
In his research, Dr. Bhalla develops numerical methods and high performance computing techniques for computational fluid dynamics and computational fluid-structure interaction problems. The broad goals of his research include developing mathematical models for flow phenomena in engineering devices and processes, and to use novel simulations to interrogate the underlying physics of the problem, with the aim of improving and optimizing the engineering design.

New ME Faculty: Dr. Kevin Wood

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Dr. Kevin N. Wood is a new Mechanical Engineering faculty member who specializes in electrochemical energy storage devices. Before joining SDSU,  Dr. Wood was an adjunct professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at the Colorado school of Mines and postdoctoral researcher at both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He specializes in interfacial design, electrochemistry, and battery technology.  During his career, he has been awarded a National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship, a Joint Undertaking for an African Materials Institute (JUAMI) Fellowship, and been named as an NREL Key Contributor.

Dr. Bhalla’s research featured in article on DEIXIS: Computational Science at the National Laboratories website


Dr. Amneet Bhalla’s research was recently featured in an article published on DEIXIS: Computational Science at the National Laboratories website. Dr. Bhalla, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering who joined the Department this Fall, developed a new approach to simulate how fluid swirls around a fish or any other solid object, while he was a postdoctoral scholar at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Bhalla and his team followed fish movements to build energy-efficiency algorithms, that can be used to study more complex flows in many applications, including renewable-energy devices. Read more about Dr. Bhalla’s research here.

Aztec Baja 2018 Competition Results

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Aztec Baja had an incredible run in all three of their competitions this past April and May, traveling to Maryland, Kansas and Oregon. While each city and competition brought new challenges , the team was able to finish each competition with high placements. Below are notable finishes from each of the 3 competitions:

7th place – Acceleration Event
8th place – Endurance Race

3rd place – Endurance Race
5th place – Overall Competition Finish
10th place – Design Presentation (SDSU best finish ever)

3rd place – Endurance Race
3rd place – Sales Event (SDSU best finish ever)
5th place – Acceleration Event
5th place – Rock Crawl Event
7th place – Hill Climb Event
10th place -Maneuverability Event
4th place – Overall Competition Finish (SDSU best finish ever)

Aztec Baja also came in 6th place out of 21 teams eligible for the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award. The Mike Schmidt Award is the combined overall points from each of the three competitions in the 2018 season. This award is better explained in this link: https://www.sae.org/attend/student-events/baja-sae-kansas/awards/mike-schmidt-memorial . According to Max Drew, Aztec Baja Team Manager, “Being in the running for this award alone is a compliment in itself. We built a brand new car this year on a predetermined schedule that we put together in the summer of 2017. We finished on time with two and a half weeks of testing, before leaving to our first competition in Maryland back in April. The car never came back to campus at all in between Maryland, Kansas, and Oregon. The fact that we had to have 3 sets of spares made for each competition on time, is remarkable.”

Aztec Baja also was voted the BEST Baja SAE team on the west coast, and also the second best Baja SAE team up to the midwest, finishing right behind the University of Akron! The top 8 teams with the overall points were:
Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T)
Cornell University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Akron
Ecole De Technologie Superieure (E.T.S) – Canada
San Diego State University
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Case Western Reserve

This has been this club’s most successful season so far, and the team is looking to keep the ball rolling as they have already started the transition into the 2019 season. Their goals for the 2019 season are to create a private test track within San Diego County and work to acquire a Baja specific trailer for future competitions, as well as continue to move up in the standings.

The competition line up for 2019 will be at Tennessee Tech (April), Gorman-Southern California (May), and R.I.T (June). The team would like to welcome anyone from San Diego to come up and stop by for the BajaSoCal event next year in Gorman to see this competition first hand!

Congratulations to the whole Aztec Baja team and can’t wait to see what is in store for you in 2019!

ME Joint Doctoral Program student Luca Carmignani wins Best Poster Award at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering 2018 Research Expo

ME student Luca Carmignani won the M. Lea Rudee Outstanding Poster Award and the Katie Osterday Best Poster Award for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the 2018 Research Expo held by UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. Luca is in the joint Ph.D. program between UC San Diego and San Diego State University.

Luca was one of 209 graduate students to present their work to a group of almost 90 judges at Research Expo 2018, an annual opportunity for alumni, industry partners and faculty to connect, collaborate and recruit graduate students.

Luca works under the direction of Professor Kalyanasundaram Seshadri at UC San Diego, and Professor Subrata Bhattacharjee at San Diego State University.

Below is Luca’s award-winning poster that he presented at the 2018 Research Expo


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