We are excited to share with you the winter edition of the Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering e-newsletter. Our students and faculty continue to amaze us as they pursue the interdisciplinary research and knowledge needed to solve real-world problems. In this edition, we have highlighted just a few of their stories. I hope you enjoy reading them.

— Brian Helenbrook, Professor/Chair of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering/Paynter-Krigman Endowed Professor in Engineering Science Simulation

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Navy Reaches Out to Clarkson

Joint care is a concern for all of us at some point —  even ships need professional joint help. But instead of consulting a rheumatologist, the U.S. Navy turned to a group of Clarkson professors, who will assist it in developing novel structural joining methods as an alternative to more costly, yet widely used mechanical joints.

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Building a Better Luge

Funded with an NSF grant, Clarkson mechanical & aeronautical engineering professors are working with AeroWorks LLC to enhance luge sled aerodynamics. As if helping luge athletes win Olympic gold isn’t enough, the professors are hoping their methodologies can be applied in other industries to improve various vehicle designs.

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Doug Bohl and Brian Helenbrook US Luge Study
Colleges Worth Your Money

We’re a Good Investment

Getting a bang for your buck has always been a priority for those considering which college to attend. If they didn’t hear about it elsewhere, prospective students reading the new guidebook, Colleges Worth Your Money, can rest assured that Clarkson, one of only 150 colleges featured, is an investment they will be happy they made.

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Welding Group Awards Researchers

And the award for most valuable student or faculty paper published in the Welding Journal goes to … a group of Clarkson researchers, for their paper, “In-situ Monitoring of Transient Strain Formation in Vertical Welds.” Their study received the prestigious Charles H. Jennings Memorial Award from the American Welding Society.

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AWS Award Winners