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News, Uncategorized / 11.06.2018

For the past four years 16 teams from across the country have been working to turn a stock Chevy Camaro into an efficient hybrid vehicle as part of EcoCAR 3, a challenge sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors. The end of EcoCAR 3 marks the 30th year of Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, going back to 1988’s Methanol Marathon. Since its inception in 1994, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) has taken part in nine AVT competitions under the leadership of Doug Nelson, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. The run includes a fourth place finish this year where the team missed a podium spot by a single point to Alabama, to wrap up EcoCAR 3. While...

News, Uncategorized / 11.06.2018

For graduate students, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is a rare thing with only 2,000 students nationwide receiving the award this year, including Lindsey Bass, a first year graduate student in mechanical engineering working in the lab of Christopher Williams, associate professor and John R. Jones III Faculty Fellow. The NSF graduate fellowships only allow graduate students to apply once and Williams, who received an Honorable Mention for the award as a graduate student, said Bass is the first mechanical engineering student from Virginia Tech to receive the recognition since 2007. “Lindsey’s been a phenomenal student and researcher since her undergraduate days,” Williams said. “She published her first journal article as a junior and it’s terrific to see her receive...

Uncategorized / 01.03.2017

May 4 -- Professor Huseyin Sehitoglu of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will be the featured speaker for the May ME Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Kelly 310. The topic will be Shape Memory Metals - Recent Advances....

Uncategorized / 28.10.2016

  Lei Zuo, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Energy Harvesting and Mechatronics Research Lab in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the John R. Jones III Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The Jones Faculty Fellowship was established in 2006 to acknowledge and reward mid-career faculty who have shown exceptional merit in research, teaching, and/or service. Jones, a member of the Class of 1967 who earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, is a retired executive of American Electric Power. He has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board since 1998. Recipients hold the title of Jones Faculty Fellow for a period of five years. Zuo...