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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Newsletter 2016

From the Director

Michael KesslerThese are truly exciting times in the history of our school as we continue to see unprecedented growth. I’m proud of the transformative educational experience that we provide. We are educating and preparing our students for professional careers and leadership, and our researchers are conducting important fundamental and applied research that is leading to new knowledge, technology, and design. [more]

Newsletter Highlights

Blaine Liukko and the Mars rover the WSU North Puget Sound at Everett Engineering Club built.WSU Mars rover team places 2nd in international competition

Students from Washington State University North Puget Sound at Everett placed second out of 30 teams from seven countries in the Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge this summer in Utah. The team spent countless hours designing, testing, and building a vehicle meant to be able to work alongside human explorers on the surface of Mars. [more]

Kelvin LynnKey improvement made in solar cell voltage technology

A critical milestone in solar cell fabrication will help pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources. Researchers improved the maximum voltage available from a cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell, overcoming a practical limit that has been pursued for six decades and is key to improving efficiency. [more]

WSU students look at their pixlr wall made from rolled up magazine pages.Efficient walls made from trash

A group of WSU students displayed their energy-saving walls made from trash at the National Sustainable Design Expo and National Science Festival in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the students $15,000 to improve their inexpensive wall designs, which the team hopes to market as a consumer product. [more]

Ron Bliesner (center) examines the cryogenic chamber in Dr. Leachman’s (left) lab at Washington State University in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.Helping Washington’s space industry grow with work-ready students

Not many people can say they helped make history in their first job, but Ron Bliesner (’11 B.S., ’13 M.S.) is one of those few. When the New Shepard vertically landed back on Earth after a trip to space, the first rocket to successfully do so, Bliesner was cheering with his Blue Origin colleagues at a watch party. [more]

And More…

Natural protein cage would improve cancer drug delivery

WSU part of $2.2M grant to advance liquid hydrogen power

Air quality, health policy researcher receives WSU alumni award

Doug Hammrick named WSU Tri-Cities distinguished alumnus