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MARCH 2022


Piyush Mehta

Future trillion dollar ‘space economy’ threatened by debris, NSF CAREER Award recipient says

The space economy is on track to be valued at a trillion dollars by the end of 2030, according to Piyush Mehta, Wayne and Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow and assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at WVU. Yet space assets – equipment that is placed in space such as navigation, weather and communication satellites that serve our society daily – are threatened by space debris.
Wenyuan Li looks through various pieces of equipment

WVU researchers to improve the flow of renewable energy to power plants with $7.5 million in grants

Integrating renewable energy with the power grid continues to be a big challenge for the electrical grid infrastructure in the United States. While the solution isn’t simple, it’s not impossible either, and researchers from WVU have been competitively awarded $7.5 million from the United States Department of Energy to help solve a critical part of the problem.


Bugzy Idowu

Black History Month: Working at the forefront of innovation with Statler College alum Gbolahan "Bugzy" Idowu

Statler College alum Gbolahan "Bugzy" Idowu graduated from WVU with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in petroleum and natural gas engineering. Fast forward to 2022, Idowu is now working at Tesla in Reno, Nevada, as a manufacturing equipment engineer.
Dre' Hodges (left) made President Gordon Gee (right) two 3D printed bowties the night before the Lane Innovation Hub dedication. The bowties took Hodges two hours to design and six hours to print. The bowties are wearable, using a magnetic clip Hodges designed at the Lane Innovation Hub

Black History Month: Following childhood aspirations with mechanical and aerospace engineering student and Lane Innovation Hub team member Dre' Hodges

In celebration of Black History Month, we feature mechanical and aerospace engineering major and Lane Innovation Hub team member, Dre' Hodges. Hodges was inspired to choose engineering because of his parents and other leading Black engineers like Lonnie Jonson, Walter Braithwaite and Katherine Johnson. Learn more about Hodges’ engineering path how he continues to make a difference in the Statler College.

Dear friends and colleagues,

I hope you are enjoying the start of spring! This issue of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering newsletter highlights the success of Piyush Mehta, assistant professor, who earned the prestigious NSF CAREER award. In addition, you will read about some of our recent research awards in our areas of strength, including: aerospace systems, materials science and robotics.

You will find that our department is engaged in a wide variety of exciting projects from a diverse set of sponsors. Please visit our recently revamped website https://mae.statler.wvu.edu/ to learn more.

Best Regards,

Jason Gross
Jason Gross
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
West Virginia University
jason.gross@mail.wvu.edu | mae.statler.wvu.edu
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