Numerical model showing the flow of air and concentration of aerosols inside a campus bus. Credit: Zhihang Zhang, Jesse Capecelatro, Kevin Maki, Jim Smith and Jason Bundoff.
A few months ago, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to change in ways we never have thought possible, and that included the shut down of our research labs. Research labs are the heart of our mechanical engineering work, they are where major breakthroughs happen, and where solutions to big world problems begin.
Written by Shannon Danforth
This week is a pivotal one for the University of Michigan (U-M) Mechanical Engineering (ME) undergraduate students. In a normal semester, it is time to put the finishing touches and conduct tests on their semester-long team projects in ME 250 and ME 350. It all culminates during the U-M ME Undergraduate Symposium (MEUS) where they meet in the BorgWarner Galleria of GG Brown for a showdown of machines and what always proves to be a solid demonstration of problem-solving.