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NSF Announces Awards for Soft Robotics Research

By: Sarah Bates, NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $20 million in 10 research awards to push forward the frontiers of engineering research in soft robotics. “Configurable, strong, mobile robots could safely explore environments too hostile for humans, such as disaster zones and the deep ocean,” said Dawn Tilbury, NSF's assistant director for Engineering. “They could allow unprecedented extension of human perception and action to places we’ve only dreamed about, opening up vast reservoirs of knowledge and potential for innovation.” From robots with programmable “skins” that allow them to alter... Read more

Ankur Singh helps a student

Assistant Professor Ankur Singh received research excellence award

Ankur Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Singh has strong expertise in the engineering of biomaterials-based platforms for cell and immune modulation, cell-biomaterial interactions, cell adhesion, stem cell engineering, and vaccines. He received his postdoctoral training at Georgia Tech where he employed engineering and molecular cell biology principles to understand human stem cell reprogramming and differentiation, stem and mature cell adhesion, force response and mechanotransduction. Dr. Singh received his Ph... Read more

Meinig Family Professor of Engineering

Brian Kirby named to endowed professorship

Brian J. Kirby, Professor with indefinite tenure, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, was elected the Meinig Family Professor of Engineering, effective November 1, 2018. Brian has long been distinguished in research, teaching and service, and this recognition is a wonderful testament to his impact and leadership. Education Stanford University 2001 Website Kirby Research Group Read more

John Brancaccio Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Silvia Ferrari named to endowed professorship

Silvia Ferrari, Professor with indefinite tenure, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, was elected the first John Brancaccio Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, effective November 1,2018. Biography Silvia Ferrari is a Professor of MAE at Cornell University. Prior to that, she was Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, and Founder and Director of the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) and Fellowship program on Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks (WISeNet) at Duke University. She is the Director of... Read more

Meredith Silberstein promoted

Biography Meredith Silberstein is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in June 2011 from the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering with a major in solid mechanics and a minor in energy. Afterward, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, investigating mechanochemically active materials. Research Interests Meredith Silberstein's Mechanics for Materials Design (MMD) Lab is devoted to using mechanical experiments and modeling methods in... Read more

Nelly Andarawis-Puri promoted

Biography Dr. Andarawis-Puri joined the Cornell MAE faculty as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in January 2016. Prior to her appointment at Cornell, she was an Assistant Professor in the Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She holds a B.S. from Columbia University in Biomedical Engineering, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Bioengineering, specializing in Biomechanics, with Dr. Louis Soslowsky as her graduate mentor. Following her graduate studies, she completed her post-doctoral training... Read more

Shape shifting robot

Shape-shifting modular robot is more than the sum of its parts

By: Melanie Lefkowitz

General-purpose robots have plenty of limitations. They can be expensive and cumbersome. They often accomplish only a single type of task. But modular robots – composed of several interchangeable parts, or modules – are far more flexible. If one part breaks, it can be removed and replaced. Components can be rearranged as needed – or better yet, the robots can figure out how to reconfigure themselves, based on the tasks they’re assigned and the environments they’re navigating. Now, a Cornell-led team has developed modular robots that can perceive their surroundings, make decisions and... Read more

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Defense spending bill extends Air Force research partnership with CHESS

By: Tom Fleischman

For the past 10 years, the U.S. Air Force has funded research on high-performance materials at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). The partnership has resulted in numerous advances, including a greater understanding of metal fatigue and analysis of the best metals for aircraft. This partnership was extended with $8 million in funding to CHESS as part of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill, a $674.4 billion package that President Donald Trump signed into law Oct. 1. The bill passed both the U.S. Senate – supported by New York Sens. Charles Schumer, who is Senate... Read more

Cornell graduate student and mentor Chris Budrow, FLC undergrad Joseph Cavale, FLC Professor Ryan Haaland, FLC undergrad Topher Flynn, Cornell grad student and mentor Timothy Long, FLC undergrad Kurtis Pink, FLC undergrad Jacob Reader, Cornell professor Matt Miller

A Match Made in Durango--Cornell and Fort Lewis College

By: Chris Dawson

Dream Big Way back around 1974 a talented high school football player in Durango, Colorado had a coach who convinced him to leave town and dream big. So instead of staying in the Four Corners region and attending college there, Matt Miller moved 350 miles away (if you take US-285) to Boulder, Colorado. At Boulder, Miller earned a B.A. in geology and was an All-America offensive tackle drafted in the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. He went on to a six-year profession football career. When his football career ended, Miller started a second career as an academic. He earned a B.S. in... Read more

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Professor Avedisian is collaborating with Auburn University as it leads a $2 million DOE project to maximize U.S. fuel economy

By: Paul Hollis

Auburn University researchers are leading a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy project that promises to improve fuel efficiency and economy. The project will create a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Joining as collaborators in the research are Cornell University, the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech and corporate partners Microvi Biotech, Inc. and EcoEngineers. The project is one of 42 totaling $80 million awarded by the DOE to support advanced vehicles... Read more