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A A letter from the
DEPARTMENT HEAD
The spring 2020 semester came with unprecedented challenges due to the
COVID-19 global pandemic Within a a a a a a a a a matter of days we had to to to pivot our bustling busy department into a a a a a a a a a fully remote environment I’m delighted to to to report that the
the
department remains as as active as as before and we finished the
the
semester strong without interrupting our world-class education and and research Our staff faculty and and and students continue to impress me with their innovation and and flexibility Despite the
the
the
bumps in the
the
the
road we entered the
the
the
summer with new faculty awards prestigious
student successes and and research that that stands to make its mark on on the
the
world I chose “robotics” as the
the
the
connecting thread that that weaves through this newsletter because the
the
department truly excels at at teaching robotics robotics robotics and pushing robotics robotics robotics research forward to new frontiers In this issue you’ll you’ll learn about robotics at at the
the
the
Department of Mechanical Engineering and you’ll you’ll also get the
the
the
the
latest on the
the
the
the
work our faculty faculty is is is doing in in in in in the
the
the
the
fight against COVID-19 When faced with with a a a a a a a a a a a a global problem ME faculty faculty jumped in in in in in without hesitation and the
the
results were truly impressive — including the
the
first emergency ventilator alternative of its kind to to get FDA approval I I I hope you enjoy learning about the
the
work that continues to to be be done at at the
the
department It’s a a a a a a a a a a team I’m proud to to be be a a a a a a a a a a part part of now more than ever Best wishes Susan Mantell
Ph D James J J Ryan Professor Professor Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor Professor Department Head
ME Goes Remote: Q&A with Professor Mantell
The U temporarily transitioned to online teaching in in March 2020 due to COVID-19 How did you make sure students’ education wasn’t interrupted?
It was a a a a a a tough transition We are a a a a a a hands- on on department and we had to go online in in about four days The department bought document cameras for faculty to use in live demonstrations and we ramped
up up our our at-home tech setups For our our graduating seniors we put together a a a a way to celebrate their successes online Some lab work had to fall by the
wayside but I’m confident that we we did the
best we we could for our students given the
circumstances What departmental strengths have become clear in this transition?
Adaptability Problem-solving Creativity — yes engineers can be creative it turns out out The easy way out out would have been to just consider the
semester a lost cause but ME faculty demonstrated their commitment to our students and worked harder than ever to to come up with ways to to teach a a a a a deeply practical field in in an online environment We also demonstrated significant strengths in in the
fight against a a a a global pandemic especially in filtration aerosols and biomedical devices ME is at the
forefront of anti-viral innovation 2 2 2 ME News Summer 2020 







































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