Spotlight

Patti Gassaway
Congratulations to Patti Gassaway, AES Office Manager & Assistant to the Chair

Patti Gassaway received a Commitment to Excellence Award from the College of Engineering and Applied Science on June 12 for 25 years of service to the University, having also earned the highest performance rating for the most current three years.

Slowing Heat without Obstructions with Professor Mahmoud Hussein

AES faculty member Prof. Mahmoud Hussein and doctoral student Bruce Davis have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the development of improved solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling equipment, and even the creation of new devices that could turn the vast amounts of heat wasted at power plants into more electricity. Read more here.

Nisar Ahmed
Welcome Assistant Professor Nisar Ahmed

Dr. Nisar Ahmed’s research interests lie in collaborative human-unmanned robotic vehicle systems, with a specific emphasis on the development of intelligent “human-friendly” strategies that improve dynamic estimation and control performance for complex information-driven applications such as search and rescue, surveillance, and exploration. Dr. Ahmed earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (2006) and his master of science degree (2010) and doctorate (2012) in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University.

Congratulations to Claire Yang, Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Claire Yang, Undergraduate Advisor for AES since August 2004, won the 2013 College of Engineering & Applied Science Outstanding Staff Award. Her innovative approach to handling the increasing enrollment of undergraduate students (mobile and group advising) earned her praise from both administration and faculty. As one student put it, “Every minute of every day, she is purely and completely devoted to the success of the students in the Aerospace department.”