Summer 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2019 Newsletter

From the Chair

Jim Widmann

Now that the 2018-19 academic year has closed, it’s a good time to reflect on the role of engineering in our society and how our mechanical engineering students are prepared to tackle societal problems. Cal Poly mechanical engineers show me every year that they are hard workers and amazing problem solvers.  

To support our students, the department faculty continue to enhance our unique laboratory and experienced-based education, founded on the fundamentals and enhanced through hands-on problem solving. Our program gives students the tools to grow and adapt to society’s ever-changing technological landscape. 

In this issue of News to ME we are highlighting just a few of the amazing activities going on in the largest department in the College of Engineering. You will read about the Human Powered Vehicle club’s efforts to set a collegiate speed record, how we are training future engineering educators (six of our spring graduates are entering doctoral programs across the country) and the humanitarian engineering work occurring in the QL+ club to name a few.  

We are also growing and excited to welcome new faculty to the department.  There is a hearty thank you to Dr. Jesse Maddren and Dr. Mason Medizade, who are entering our early retirement program, and a fond tribute to Professor Emeritus Jack Wilson who we recently lost.  In the fall, we again look forward to welcoming a large and extremely academically gifted class of freshmen and transfer students. 

As always, we appreciate the support of our industry partners and alumni who generously give to allow us to enhance the program and support Learn by Doing.  If you are coming to San Luis Obispo, please let the Mechanical Engineering Department know, as I am always delighted and proud to show you around our ever-changing department.  I hope you enjoy News to ME.

Sincerely,

Jim Widmann
Professor and Chair

 

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