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Pedro Mago - A welcome message from Dean Pedro Mago

On July 1, Pedro Mago, a distinguished higher education leader and expert in energy systems and sustainability, joined the Statler College as the new Glen H. Hiner Dean. He shared his vision for the College in a welcome message to the Statler College community.

 
Space junk in low Earth orbit poses a critical challenge for operating spacecraft in the future.

Navigating space junk: WVU engineer selected for NASA Small Business Innovation Research Program

Over the last six decades, spacefaring nations have slowly, but surely, cluttered up the final frontier. The staggering amount of space debris poses a difficult challenge for safely operating spacecrafts in lower Earth orbit without collision. To meet this challenge, a WVU engineer, Piyush Mehta, is working to improve the accuracy of predicting drag on objects in lower Earth orbit.
 
(Left) Pete Hinkey, a 2016 mechanical engineering graduate and design engineer at Rifton Equipment. (Right) The injection mold created by Rifton allowed the mask extenders to be produced more quickly to support health care workers.

A classic backyard brawl sparks humanitarian effort for WVU alumnus

When Pete Hinkey, a 2016 mechanical engineering graduate, received a text message from his boss about the University of Pittsburgh’s coronavirus research efforts, there was some playful teasing about what WVU may or may not be doing in the humanitarian effort against the virus. What Hinkey would do next resulted in a coordinated effort between the Innovation Hub at the Statler College and Rifton Equipment to supply personal protective equipment to hundreds of frontline pandemic workers.
 
Graduate students in Song's research lab perform a measurement of electrical properties.

It’s getting hot in here: WVU engineer improves efficiency of U.S. energy infrastructure

In the United States we throw away a lot of energy. In power plants fired by fossil fuels alone, 67 percent of the electricity generated is release unproductively into the environment in the form of heat, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. By rethinking the design of thermoelectric materials, which have the ability to convert heat to electricity, Xueyan Song, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is working to recover the wasted heat energy from the air.
 
Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in earth intelligence and space infrastructure, has announced over $2 million in funding for the Robotic Technology Center at West Virginia University.

WVU Robotic Technology Center and Maxar Technologies partner on SPIDER: The future of in-space assembly

A new space race is underway throughout the globe and the renewed interest in space exploration is trickling down to the Robotic Technology Center in a big way. Maxar Technologies has announced over $2 million in funding for the Center to assist them in performing the first in-space assembly demonstration of a satellite using a lightweight robotic arm.
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