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Fall 2021

Letter From The Chair

Dear Friends,

The spring and summer 2021 terms have been full of exciting activities for our students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Idaho. We continue to perform at traditional levels of excellence in teaching, research, and service activities. I invite you to read about some of these activities by browsing the web links below or downloading a printable copy of our fall 2021 newsletter.

Thank you for your readership and ongoing support of our unique program

Go Vandals!

Gabriel Potirniche
Professor and Chair
gabrielp@uidaho.edu
208-885-4049


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NEW ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP  Pages 1-2

  • Strengthening Research — Professor Eric Wolbrecht named Dean and Cindy Haagenson Mechanical Engineering Endowed Professor.

TEACHING INNOVATIONS Pages 3-4

  • Improving the First-Year Experience — During the Fall 2021 semester, our department piloted a new 2-credit First Year Engineering (FYE) course featuring hybrid development of technical skills needed in early STEM courses and professional skills needed for academic and career success.
  • Manufacturing experiences in the classroom — Lean manufacturing is back in-person for 2021. Students in the course formed teams to make block projects and get some machine shop experience.
  • Capstone Tackles Impactful Project List — Strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration continues. This year’s projects have common interests and themes, with objectives that address real societal challenges.

INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS Pages 4-6

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT NEWS Pages 6-7

GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS Page 8

FACULTY & STAFF NEWS Pages 9-11

ALUMNI NEWS Page 11

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR Page 12

Gabriel Potirniche

Contact Us

Engineering Physics Building Rm. 324K

Mailing Address:

Mechanical Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0902
Moscow, ID 83844-0902

Phone: 208-885-6579

Fax: 208-885-9031

Email: medept@uidaho.edu