Top McKelvey Engineering stories of 2019

McKelvey engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2019. Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2019:

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The School of Engineering & Applied Science was renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school.


New campus area focuses on innovative, sustainable design and future reuse.




3. Biswas elected to National Academy of Engineering

Selected for research in aerosol dynamics, particle removal technologies, Pratim Biswas, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest honors in the field of engineering.


3. Rudy named to National Academy of Inventors

Yoram Rudy, along with a faculty member from the School of Medicine, were named to the National Academy of Inventors.



4. When WiFi is weak, send noise instead

Recognizing wireless noise can be key to sending information, researchers find.




5. Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria

Srikanth Singamaneni and Young-Shin Jun's research on a new water-filtering membrane was the cover story of the Jan. 2, 2019 issue of Environmental Science & Technology.



6. Multi-institutional team to study effects of age, gender on brain injury mechanics

Study's breadth encompasses often-overlooked group: domestic abuse victims.



7. Flame design in space may lead to soot-free fire

The International Space Station will provide a lab for an experiment that hopes to settle fundamental question about soot and combustion.



8. Imaging technology could better monitor tumor growth, drug effectiveness

Using a novel imaging technology, Chao Zhou plans to improve on an existing imaging method that will give researchers more insight into the effects of drug candidates on tumor models.

9. New faculty join McKelvey School of Engineering

Ten new faculty joined the McKelvey School of Engineering, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to more than 140, including 98 tenured and tenure-track faculty.



10. New, fundamental limit to ‘seeing and believing’ in imaging

As researchers probe smaller parts of our world, the resulting images may not always show the full picture.