Funded by a three-year NASA grant, Assoc. Prof. Alireza Amirkhizi and Dean James Sherwood are conducting research to create a computer model of how parachute canopy fabrics and suspension lines behave during deployment, inflation and descent.
Using computer modeling and 3D printing, Assoc. Prof. Christopher Hansen designed lightweight, energy-absorbing lattice structures that could have applications in shoes, sports helmets and space travel.
Mechanical engineering alumni — Dave Cloutier ’10, Tim Marinone ’12 and Chris Nonis ’13 — conducted dynamic testing of Webb’s telescope structure, ensuring that technical issues were identified and addressed.
Joe Blonski ’78, an electrical engineering graduate, led the team that designed the communications module for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 16.