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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Person with shaded protective goggles holds item against manufacturing equipment in a darkened room.

Jan 30, 2023

MAE alumni cut path forward with innovative invention

Three MAE alumni are laying the groundwork for the future of the manufacturing industry with a new innovative invention intended to make CNC automation more compact and user-friendly than ever before. 

Illustration shows cross-section of a clogged blood vessel, with blue lines representing the vortex ultrasound clearing the clot.

Jan 25, 2023

New tool uses ultrasound ‘tornado’ to break down blood clots

Researchers have developed a new tool and technique that uses “vortex ultrasound” – a sort of ultrasonic tornado – to break down blood clots in the brain. The new approach worked more quickly than existing techniques to eliminate clots formed in an in vitro model of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). 

4 images in sequence, left to right, top to bottom, demonstrating movement of a strain sensor manipulated by two latex-gloved hands.

Jan 4, 2023

Researchers demonstrate new strain sensors in health monitoring, machine interface tech

The new stretchable strain sensor that has an unprecedented combination of sensitivity and range. 

Closeup image of injectable vial of non-stick coating held by two black latex gloved hands.

Dec 16, 2022

Kota research group develops non-stick coatings for biofluid manipulation

Kota research group from NC State University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has recently published new research related to health care applications of non-stick coatings. 

Dale Hopkins

Dec 7, 2022

‘The right thing to do’: MAE alumnus gives back to WMEP

Now retired and working as a consultant, Hopkins has made it a point to give back to NC State, especially wanting to help students who are traditionally underrepresented in engineering. 

Aerospace engineering students work in the nearly completed hypersonic wind tunned lab. The students are working under Dr. Venkat Narayanaswamy. Photo by Marc Hall

Dec 6, 2022

Long-duration hypersonic research facility will be first in Southeast

A hypersonic tunnel being built by Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) students will help develop the next generation of high-speed vehicles that will lead to fundamental changes in travel and transportation. 

Summer camp students participate in competition.

Dec 1, 2022

Summer on campus

At 9 a.m. on a July Wednesday, more than 70 middle school students filed into a classroom, waiting to be assigned the real-world problem they’d be solving that day. Clustered together, campers tackled complex problems like how to construct a moving boat or how to stop a viral outbreak. Using cardboard, aluminum foil, balloons and more, these campers were trying to solve some of the fundamental challenges in engineering. 

NC State Belltower

Dec 1, 2022

Inspiring Engineers event series promotes NC State engineering excellence

The College of Engineering (COE) has been the starting point for thousands of careers. Through the Inspiring Engineers event series, the College invites alumni to share their journeys and accomplishments to encourage new generations of engineers. 

Wolf Plaza during fall. Two bronze sculptures of wolves, one head down, the other howling.

Dec 1, 2022

Young alumni board adds 10 new members

Ten College of Engineering (COE) graduates joined the 2022-23 Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB), bringing the group to 30 members. Formed in 2018 by the NC State Engineering Foundation, YAAB aims… 

Students work inside the Entrepreneurship Clinic on Centennial Campus.

Nov 29, 2022

NC State becomes part of KEEN to improve entrepreneurial thinking in engineering

This fall, NC State University joined the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), which brings together engineering faculty and staff members who aim to prepare students to graduate with entrepreneurial mindsets. As a land-grant university with a philosophy of Think and Do, NC State’s goals to prepare students to succeed in their chosen industries and create value in the world align well with KEEN’s mission.