The Virginia Tech Mechanical Engineering Department serves its students, alumni, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation through a variety of academic, research and service activities. Our missions are to: holistically educate our students for professional leadership as creative problem-solvers in a diverse society, conduct advanced research for societal advancement, train graduate students for scholarly inquiry, and engage with alumni, industry, government, and community partners through outreach activities. In order to produce engineers prepared for success across a range of career paths, our academic program integrates training in engineering principles, critical thinking, hands-on projects, open-ended problem solving, and the essential skills of teamwork, communication, and ethics.

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  • Momentum, Spring 2018 

    Department of Mechanical Engineering (Virginia Tech, 2018-03-13)
    Momentum is the quarterly magazine of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.
  • Efficient Direct-Drive Small-Scale Low-Speed Wind Turbine 

    Kishore, Ravi Anant; Marin, Anthony; Priya, Shashank (De Gruyter, 2014)
    There is growing need for the green, reliable, and cost-effective power solution for the expanding wireless microelectronic devices. In many scenarios, these needs can be met through a small-scale wind energy portable ...
  • Momentum Winter 2017 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    Issue description: 3-D printing at the nano-scale | QL+ signs on with Senior Design | Corina Sandu elected SAE Fellow | Brian Vick elected to NC State MAE Hall of Fame | Rolls-Royce Ph.D. Day | About Alumni with Nicholas ...
  • Momentum Fall 2017 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    Issue description: Using sound to increase working memory Researchers find way to print the unprintable Building a low-cost UAV to help UNICEF in Malawi Students earn wins with Dream Machine & golf club grips Fractals may ...
  • Momentum, March 2016 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016-04-12)
    Issue description: Lead-free piezoelectric material in development; Harnessing the energy of ocean waves; Meet the Hyperloop team; Maleshia Jones - Graduate student with focus. Magazine description: Virginia Tech Dept. ...
  • Momentum, Vol. 1 No. 2 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016-07-18)
    Issue description: Mechanical Engineering's Nuclear Engineering program; EcoCAR3 takes second place; Robotic gloves for medical diagnostics; StreamVane makes jet inlet design efficient, economical; and more. Magazine ...
  • Momentum, Spring 2017 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017-03-14)
    Issue description: Robotics team heads to the UAE Program gives teachers 3D printers; Rail Technologies Laboratory part of unique DOT University Transportation Center; Professors create portable lab experience ... and ...
  • Momentum, Fall 2016 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016-10-28)
    Issue description: Nano engineering - Scaling up; Coating 3D objects quickly Energy Harvesting - from soldier's backpacks to nuclear monitoring Hyperloop - team readies pod, university to build test track. Magazine ...
  • Momentum, Summer 2017 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017-06-21)
    Issue description: Building an ExoSuit for Lowe's | In Memoriam: James B. Jones | Simulator adds depth to autonomous vehicle research | Sr. Design Expo | Photos from Graduation and more. Magazine description: Virginia ...
  • Momentum, Winter 2016 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016-12-19)
    Issue description: In this issue, Honeywell donates aircraft engines; New Scholarship formed in memory of alum; Flexible solar panel a game changer. Magazine description: Virginia Tech Dept. of Mechanical Engineering ...
  • Mechanical Engineering 2017 Annual Report 

    Mechanical Engineering (Virginia Tech, 2017-10-04)
    A comprehensive look at the Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year.
  • Mechanical Engineering 2016 Annual Report 

    Mechanical Engineering (Virginia Tech, 2016-11-16)
    The 2016 Annual Report for the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. This issue contains demographic information, a faculty list and a partial list of laboratories within the ME Dept.
  • Radiation Search Operations using Scene Understanding with Autonomous UAV and UGV 

    Christie, Gordon; Shoemaker, Adam; Kochersberger, Kevin; Tokekar, Pratap; McLean, Lance; Leonessa, Alexander (Virginia Tech, 2016-08-31)
    Autonomously searching for hazardous radiation sources requires the ability of the aerial and ground systems to understand the scene they are scouting. In this paper, we present systems, algorithms, and experiments to ...
  • A computational model for biosonar echoes from foliage 

    Ming, Chen; Gupta, Anupam Kumar; Lu, Ruijin; Zhu, Hongxiao; Müller, Rolf (PLOS, 2017-08-17)
    Since many bat species thrive in densely vegetated habitats, echoes from foliage are likely to be of prime importance to the animals’ sensory ecology, be it as clutter that masks prey echoes or as sources of information ...
  • Synchronization challenges in media access coordination for vehicular ad hoc networks 

    Blum, Jeremy; Natarajan, Rajesh; Eskandarian, Azim (Wiley, 2010-01-18)
    Vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) can support a wide range of future cooperative safety and efficiency applications. However, the node density and high demand for wireless media in these networks can lead to the Timeslot ...
  • Effectiveness and Acceptance of Adaptive Intelligent Speed Adaptation Systems 

    Arhin, Stephen; Eskandarian, Azim; Blum, Jeremy; Delaigue, Pierre; Soudbakhsh, Damoon (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2008)
    Intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) systems face significant consumer acceptance hurdles that limit the likelihood of widespread adoption, particularly in the United States. However, if these systems are designed as speed ...
  • Bioinspired Tracking Control of High Speed Nonholonomic Ground Vehicles 

    Shoemaker, Adam; Leonessa, Alexander (Hindawi, 2015-10-04)
    The behavior of nature’s predators is considered for designing a high speed tracking controller for nonholonomic vehicles, whose dynamicsare represented using a unicycle model. To ensure that the vehicle behaves intuitively ...
  • Wind Induced Vibration Control and Energy Harvesting of Electromagnetic Resonant Shunt Tuned Mass-Damper-Inerter for Building Structures 

    Luo, Yifan; Sun, Hongxin; Wang, Xiuyong; Zuo, Lei; Chen, Ning (Hindawi, 2017-07-13)
    This paper proposes a novel inerter-based dynamic vibration absorber, namely, electromagnetic resonant shunt tuned mass-damper-inerter (ERS-TMDI). To obtain the performances of the ERS-TMDI, the combined ERS-TMDI and a ...
  • Validation of Underwater Sensor Package Using Feature Based SLAM 

    Cain, Christopher; Leonessa, Alexander (MDPI, 2016-03-17)
    Robotic vehicles working in new, unexplored environments must be able to locate themselves in the environment while constructing a picture of the objects in the environment that could act as obstacles that would prevent ...
  • Bacterial chemotaxis-enabled autonomous sorting of nanoparticles of comparable sizes 

    Suh, SeungBeum; Traore, Mahama A.; Behkam, Bahareh (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016-02-18)
    High throughput sorting of micro/nanoparticles of similar sizes is of significant interest in many biological and chemical applications. In this work, we report a simple and cost-effective sorting technique for separation ...

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