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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

From left to right: John O., Mary E., John F., and Penny Higdon.

Oct 5, 2022

Aerospace engineering alumnus gives in honor of family

The Caldwell Fellows program is pleased to celebrate the recent gift from John F. and Penny Higdon, of Matthews, North Carolina. John is an ‘86 Aerospace Engineering alumnus and Caldwell Fellow. He currently serves as the Director of Product Engineering at the Merit Bass Company and serves as the Mayor of Matthews, North Carolina.  

Bronze wolf statue in silhouette against trees and sky.

Sep 29, 2022

Engineering faculty among Fall 2022 DELTA Express Grant recipients

DELTA has awarded a total of eight Express Grants stretching across five colleges. Grant types include six Instructional Tools Grants and two 3D Object Scan grants. 

Hannah Fletcher flashes the Wolfpack sign just before skydiving from a plane.

Sep 20, 2022

NC State engineering alumna named U.S. Air Force Cadet of the Year

Hannah Fletcher (Mechanical Engineering and International Studies ’21) is the first NC State student to receive the national honor. 

Graphic respresentation of a latticed nanostructure with measurements overlaid onto the image.

Sep 13, 2022

Unique material property discovered in complex nanostructures

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and North Carolina State University, including Andrew A. Adams Distinguished Professor Yong Zhu from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, have discovered a unique property in complex nanostructures that has only ever been found in simple nanostructures.  

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Sep 6, 2022

Prosthetic robotics proposal awarded $1.2 million in NSF funding

The award, titled “Collaborative Research: NRI: Smart Skins for Robotic Prosthetic hand,” seeks to further develop smart skin technology within robotic prosthetic hands for more effective and efficient prosthetics. 

Aerial view of the NC State Belltower on main campus. The downtown Raleigh skyline is in the background.

Sep 2, 2022

Chancellor’s Innovation Fund awards support to five promising engineering projects

This year’s awardees are researching a better way to make EKGs wireless, a novel coating to simultaneously prevent and remove ice, faster COVID-19 antibody tests, and a number of other discoveries with the potential to revolutionize human healthcare. 

The morning tide crashes on the shoreline at Carova.

Aug 15, 2022

MAE professor receives Edge Award from North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Program

Earlier this summer, MAE Associate Professor Chris Vermillion received the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Program’s (NCROEP’s) Edge Award. Named after famed NC State marine engineering professor and pioneer of the NCROEP Billy Edge, this award is given annually to one member of the program who demonstrates exemplary research in the area of marine renewable energy. 

Person wearing an exoskeleton on legs while walking outside in a natural area.

Aug 15, 2022

MAE researchers develop new lightweight exoskeleton

Researchers with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at NC State University have developed a new portable, lightweight, and highly-compliant knee exoskeleton that helps wearers reduce muscle effects during walking. 

Trent Kingery, shown with a T-38N supersonic jet, which NASA uses to flight-train astronauts.

Aug 12, 2022

Astronaut scholar and alumnus honored for his aviation career

Growing up in Spartanburg, SC, and then Forest City, NC, Trent Kingery knew two things: that he wanted to serve in the military like his father and grandfathers and that he would love to study in Raleigh. 

Glossy white plastic robotic hand with index finger extended over a white and blue illuminated background.

Aug 3, 2022

Su appointed editor of top journal in robotics

Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University, Dr. Hao Su, has been appointed as an editor for one of the most respected journals in the field of robotics.