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December 2012:
The ME Chair, Dr. Eggleton, invites everyone to enjoy a holiday party in the department.


November 2012:
Dr. C. L. Williams at US Army Research Lab will give a seminar entitled: The effects of peak shock stress on the substructure evolution and spall response of 1100-O aluminum. Dr. Williams completed his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering at UMBC, and received his PhD at John Hopkins University.


September 2012:
The ME S-STEM program invites everyone to an end of summer potluck gathering in DR. Liang Zhu's house. The weather was great, and we have so much food to share. Everyone was relaxing and had a good time.


September 2012:
The ME S-STEM program welcomes new scholars to our program. They are: Khalid Lamaafi, Kabish Shah, Christopher Mullen, Markus Prostor, Jeramiah Hess, and Matthew Wold. A ME S-STEM retreat was held for the new scholars to describe the program and expectations.


June 2012:
Congratulation to our S_STEM scholars who graduated from our program and working in industry or pursuing graduate career: Jason Dunthorn (UMBC), Andrew Horton (US PATENT OFFICE),Chao Hou (UMBC), Vikesh Patel (GE AVIATION), Chelsea Stinson (JOHN DEERE), Luke Roberts(UMCP), and Phillip Sinex (Gannon University).


May 2012:
Spring 2012 Seminars: Dr Jens Karlsson from Villanova University on Cryopreservation, and Dr. Devandra Bajaj at Stevenson Institute of Technology on Orthopedic Biomechanics.


March 2012:
The ME S_STEM program at UMBC welcomes DR. Beth Wyler and students from Anne Arundel Community College students to our campus. They will visit research labs and attend workshops describing transfer process from community colleges to UMBC ME program.


November 7, 2011:
S-STEM scholars are invited to visit the MicroCT imaging facility in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UMBC, and the research laboratory directed by Dr. Liang Zhu at UMBC.

August 2011:
On August 29th , 2011, the Mechanical Engineering S-STEM program held the second S-Stem retreat for the new and return scholars and their mentors in the Department. The S-STEM scholars had the opportunity to meet their mentors and introduce themselves to each other. The Program Director, Dr. Liang Zhu, gave an overview of the program, including the special features of the scholarship program. Dr. Anne Spence, Dr. Dwayne Arola, and Dr. Charles Eggleton led discussions with the scholars on motivations for being interested in the mechanical engineering program, tutoring service, research experience activities, scholar recruitments, and departmental support for the scholarship program. The scholars shared their experience in Mechanical Engineering, especially what they learned in the past to help them perform better at UMBC. Volunteers stepped out to form a social sub-committee to take over the responsibility of improving interaction among scholars and mentors. Later, participants had lunch and exchanged information for future contact.

June 2011:
Congratulation to our S-STEM scholars who graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Program! Two of our S-STEM scholars, Mr. Binh Tran (3.9/4.0 GPA) and Mr. Mariano Mumpower (4.0/4.0 GPA), graduated Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude,respectively, from the Mechanical Engineering Program in May 2011. Both scholars transferred from Community College of Baltimore County to the Mechanical Engineering Program at UMBC. Currently, Mr. Tran works in Simens as a system specialist and Mr. Mumpower serves as a system engineer at Conveyor Handling Company in Elkridge Maryland.

April 25, 2011:
The research Seminar Schedule for Spring 2011 has been posted here.

September 9, 2010:
The Research Seminar Schedule for Fall 2010 has been posted here.

September 5, 2010:
A Blackboard site was established for information posting and exchange for the S-STEM scholars and their mentors.

August 27, 2010:
The Mechanical Engineering S-STEM program held the first S-STEM retreat for our scholars and their mentors in the Department. The S-STEM scholars had the opportunity to meet their mentors and introduce themselves to each other. The Program Director, Dr. Liang Zhu, gave an overview of the program, including the special features of the scholarship program. Dr. Anne Spence, Dr. Dwayne Arola, and Dr. Charles Eggleton led discussions with the scholars on motivations for being interested in the mechanical engineering program, tutoring service, research experience activities, scholar recruitments, and departmental support for the scholarship program. Later, participants had lunch with each other and exchanged information for future contact. Event photo can be found here.

January 10, 2010:
The Mechanical Engineering S-STEM site is launched at http://www.umbc.edu/me-sstem. Information and an application for the S-STEM scholarships are available on the website.

December 8, 2009:
The Mechanical Engineering Department at UMBC was awarded a four-year S-STEM grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships and educational and research opportunities to undergraduate students in the Department.