Departmental News


    • [3-14-2019] Dr. Payam Matin, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering received grant award from the Army Research Laboratory to support engineering students for Drone Design Competition to be held at University of Texas El Paso, April 23-25, 2019. The design competition involves design and prototype of a small drone. During the competition, the designed drone must navigate the test course in a predetermined time period. Congratulations to Dr. Matin and the engineering hawks !
    • [3-12-2019] Engineering and Aviation faculty, staff, and students participate in the Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore outreach event at the Civic Center of Salisbury, March 12, 2019. Link1 , Link 2.
    • [2-15-2019] Drone Design Competition at 2nd Annual Aerospace/Aviation Summit at Joint Base Andrews. Link.
    • [2-8-2019] UMES Engineering students Ryan Valente (Captain), Chris Blanks, Robert Perez, and Joshua Seldon participated in the AMIE Design Challenge at the 2019 BEYA STEM Conference in Washington DC on February 8, 2019. The team was coached by Technical Advisor Dr. Jess Donaldson, Mr. Claudio Copello, Mr. Azaria Gezahegn of Northrop Grumman Corporation,  as well as Prof. Lei Zhang and Prof. Payam Matin of the Engineering Program, along with the Dean of SBT Dr. Kate Brown. The problem of the design challenge is in Public Safety - How the UMES design team help improve response times and general safety for high school students during emergency situations. link.
    • [2-7-2019] Dr. Yuanwei Jin, Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering, received Innovations Award at the 2019 BEYA STEM conference in Washington DC on Feb 7, 2019. 
    • [12-5-2018] Senior Design Project Final Presentation Session #1, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Location: Auditorium EASC Room 1088. Link.
      [12-3-2018] Congratulations to Dr. Willie Brown for securing the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship grant for the following six engineering and aviation science students in the department: Brehanna Sigwalt, Davidson Anyanwu, Scott Hogan, Axel Bayangana, Harry Godwin, and Omari Carter. Congratulations to the students for receiving the fellowships for FY 2018. 
    • [11-29-2018] Next generation scholars from Kent county visit the Aviation Program at UMES. Link 1 , Link 2.
    • [11-9-2018] UMES Engineering students participated in the NASA's zero-gravity (known as zero-g) experimental study through NASA's citizen-science astronautics program, known as Project PoSSUM. Engineering undergraduate students Nathan Bane, Justin Derickson, Ayobami Ogunmolasuyi, and Jesudara Omidokun built a payload to test solid body rotation experiment in zero-gravity. Congratulations to engineering students and advisor Dr. Das !!  Link.
    • [11-5-2018] Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri, professor of engineering received a new Maryland Space Grant Consortium (MDSGC) award to conduct research “Sustaining a Vertically Integrated Multidisciplinary Team to Enhance Research and Extension Efforts in Precision Agriculture (2019)”. Precision Agriculture has been identified as a relevant approach for coping with the food demands of a growing population in an environmentally responsible manner. This project will fund research in the broader area of precision agriculture including unmanned aerial systems, Farmbot, etc. Congratulations to Dr. Nagchaudhuri !
    • [10-15-2018] Southwest Airline recruiters visited UMES Sep 27 to meet with aviation science students and share employment prospects available at the airline, which is rated among the nations top 50 employee-frinendly companies.Link.
    • [10-11-2018] Engineering senior Habilou Ouro-Koura was selected for admission to the MIT ACCESS program in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at MIT. The two day event on October 11-12 aims to expose the student to the opportunities that a graduate education in materials science and engineering at MIT will offer. Congratulations to Habilou. Link.
    • [10-10-2018] The aviation program received Restricted-ATP (airline transport pilot) approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  This authorization allows our Professional Pilot graduates to enter an airline with 1000 flight hours instead of the normal 1500 hours. The R-ATP status allows UMES's students to be eligible for hiring by the industry sooner.  UMES will be only the 3rd HBCU in the nation to receive this approval, a distinction that was noted at the recent White House Initiative for HBCUs. Congratulations to the aviation team !
    • [9-27-2018] Meet Student Christopher Blanks September 27, 2018 UMES Hercules Scholar. Link.
    • [9-25-2018]  Mr. Tramaine Brown, Inclusion & Diversity of Apple Inc. gave a seminar talk to engineering and computer science students on the application to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund regarding the Apple HBCU Scholars Program. link.
    • [9-18-2018] Aviation science senior Richard Asante received Honda Awards Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships. In partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), Honda has awarded scholarships to five students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the 2018-19 academic year. The awards are part of an annual scholarship fund Honda established to support students pursuing an education in engineering, supply chain management and manufacturing-related fields. Congratulations to Richard !. Link.
    • [8-20-2018] Aviation Science Program received final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Provisional Pilot School under CFR §141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. This certification is for the following pilot ground school courses: Private Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land, Instrument Airplane and Commercial Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land. Part 141 Pilot schools are held to a higher standard with regard to instructor credentials, student record keeping and instructional content, and receive yearly inspections from the FAA. Congratulations to the aviation faculty and staff in the department !.
    • [8-17-2018]  Dr. Nagchaudhuri, professor of engineering, presented at the IEEE/ASME International Conference of Mechatronics and Embedded Systems Applications (http://mesa2018.org/) in Oulu, Finland. Dr. Nagchaudhuri was a session chair at the  symposium session in Mechatronics and Embedded Systems Applications in Agriculture at the conference. At the conference, Dr. Nagchaudhuri was inducted into the International Technical Committee. Congratulations to Dr. N !. Link.
    • [5-24-2018] The inaugural Aviation Advisory Council meeting was held in the Dean's Conference Room on May 24, 2018. Council Chair Dr. Geoff Bland of NASA presided over the meeting. Some of the members toured the engineering laboratories, including the Aerospace Lab, and talked to engineering students that participated in the ENGE 150 freshmen engineering design project. The wind tunnel design project is effective at building on theory, practice, testing, scheduling, ad fabrication skills. Link.
    • [5-14-2018] Spring 2018 Senior Design Projects Final Presentation, Group 2  , Link.
    • [5-10-2018] Senior Design Project final presentation, Group 1. Link
    • [5-9-2018] Aviation management graduating senior Jordan Ward received a full time employment offer from Southwest Airlines (SWA), starting in the middle of this month. Congratulations to Jordan !!  
    • [4-24-2018]  Congratulations to Dr. Willie Brown’s AVSC 490 Senior Capstone class for participating in the 2018 UMES Research Symposium, 3MT trail undergraduate competition!  link.
    • [4-20-2018] Engineering student Favour Dada has been selected for the Summer 2018 Duke Research Experience in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Duke University. Her research project will be "Improving Morphology and Content Interfaces for Printed Nanomaterial Based Electronics". Congratulations to Dada !
    • [4-18-2018] The Engineering Advisory Council spring meeting was held in the Dean's Conference Room on April 18, 2018. EAC Chair Dr. Ricky Stanfield of Northrop Grumman Technical Service in Princess Anne, MD presided over the meeting. Attendees include members of EAC, faculty, and Interim Dean of SBT Dr. Kate Brown. Issues relating to student learning outcomes, curriculum changes of the engineering program, and the experience and expectations of engineering students in internships and job placement were discussed.  
    • [4-13-2018] Aviation junior Mr. Daniel Hunte received the 2017-2018 Thurgood Marchall College Fund/ Wells Fargo Scholarship.  Congratulations to Daniel on being selected a TMCF Scholar!. Link.
    • [4-3-2018] Dr. Dabipi, Dr. Henry, Dr. Brown, and Dr. Jin attended the Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI) Launch Event in Annapolis, MD. Link. Link 2.
    • [3-22-2018] Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity. Link.
    • [3-2-2018] Engineering professor Dr. Rajnish Sharma received appointment as a fellow in 2018 Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program at AFRL-Aerospace Systems in Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Congratulations to Dr. Sharma. 
    • [2-19-2018] Department Student Faculty Forum was held in the EASC 1088 Lecture Hall on February 15, 2018 with the purpose of facilitating open dialogs between students and faculty in the Department and to create a foundation for student academic success from freshmen to senior years. Link.
    • [1-23-2018] UMES students are geared up for the upcoming 2018 BEYA STEM conference for network, internships and job opportunities. Link. 
      and opportunity for student awards. Link2.
    • [12-13-2017] Engineering senior design final presentation Group 2. Link.
    • [12-12-2017] Dr. Willie Brown, assistant professor of aviation science, won the 2017 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program local competition, received $27,500 from The Center for Transportation Workforce Development’s Universities and Grants Programs of the Department of Transportation to support 5 aviation science students in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences. Congratulations to Dr. Brown and the students. link. 
    • [12-7-2017] Final Presentation of Senior Design Project Group 1, link.
    • [11-10-2017] UMES aviation students participate in record-breaking test flight. Link. 
    • [11-9-2017] Engineering faculty Prof. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri and colleagues led UMES student delegation to tour NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Link.
    • [10-19-2017] Engineering students Ms. Ruth Crippen of Electrical (second from left) and Mr. Marquise Johnson of Aerospace(far left) with Maryland System Chancellor Dr. Robert Caret (third from left) and Chairman of USM Board of Regents Mr. James Brady (far right) at the Board of Regents' Dinner. Link.
    • [10-19-2017] Engineering students Ms. Ruth Crippen and Mr. Marquise Johnson spoke to members of Board of Regents, USM Presidents, and donors  at a dinner. link
    • [10-11-2017] UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is hosting the fifth annual HBCU Innovation Summit in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley from October 25-28. Summit sponsors include: Google, Alaskan Airlines, Adobe, eBay, NetApp, Salesforce, Workday, Twitter, Uber, and many others. UMES engineering students Iragena Serge Bangamwabo (senior) Chidubem Benjamin Dimukeje (junior) have been selected to represent UMES at this Silicon Valley conference. Congratulations to Serge and Chidubem. Link. Link 2.
    • [10-7-2017] Aviation faculty participated in the Georgetown, DE Wings and Wheels Career Day. link.
    • [10-5-2017] Engineering alumnus Mr. Alex Gunter of aerospace engineering returned to campus to recruit students on behalf of Orbital ATK at the 2017 Annual Graduate/Professional Job Affair.Link.
    • [9-30-2017] Aviation faculty participated in the Eastern Airport Day. Link.
    • [9-26-2017] Dr. Xavier Henry, Mr. Edward Brink, and Mr. Chris Hartman attended the Worcester Technical High School Program Advisory Committee Meeting. Aviation faculty will serve as capstone mentors for the high school. 
    • [9-19-2017] Dr. Yuanwei Jin received SBIR/STTR Phase I funding from NASA to conduct research on structural health monitoring for spacecraft and aircraft. 
    • [8-29-2017] Engineering student Loyd Haynes received Senatorial Scholarship from the Senate of Maryland. The Senatorial Scholarship is automatically awarded each year for up to four years. Congratulations to Loyd Haynes. 
    • [5-12-2017] Congratulations to Engineering senior Benjamin Whiteley and his advisor Professor Lei Zhang for pioneering research in virtual reality. link.
    • [5-11-2017] Senior Design Projecct I and II Final Presentation to be held on May 15, 2017. Link 1.Link 2.
    • [5-11-2017] Student led paper by Joshi, R., Derrickson, J. E., Bane, N. J., Williams, M. E., and Nagchaudhuri, A entitled “Preliminary trial results for the redesigned strider platform with sampling capability from different depths” has been accepted for publication for the proceedings of The 13th IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications (MESA2017).
    • [5-2-2017] Chris Hartman, Assistant Professor of Aviation Science and Aviation Coordinator, received five-year NASA Cooperative Agreement grant entitled "AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network" to train the next generation scientists to observe and understand our planet Earth through experiential learning using NASA technology and data in real-world settings. Congratulations to Professor Hartman.
    • [5-1-2017] Congratulations to Professor Payam Matin for winning NASA Maryland Space Grant Consortium grant "Improving Technical Competencies of Engineering Students at UMES by Designing a Remotely-Controllable Quadcopter".
    • [5-1-2017] Congratulations to Professor Abhijit Nagchaudhuri for winning two grants. His grant "Building Capacity to Investigate Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency Using Variable Rate Tech & UAV based Remote Sensing in Field Settings" is funded by US Department of  Agriculture (USDA). Another grant " Engineering, Aviation and STEM Teacher Education Majors through  Summer Enrichment and other Academic Support Efforts" is funded by NASA through the Maryland Space Grant Consortium.
    • [5-1-2017] Two engineering  professors Dr. Ibibia Dabipi and Dr. Abhijit Nagchaudhuri received post tenure review as exemplary in all three areas of teaching, research/scholarship, and service to the University. The outstanding status is a reflection of his unwavering commitment and dedication to the university as a well-accomplished senior faculty member in the department. Link.
    • [3-29-2017]  Dr. B. L. Ramakrishna, Director of National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program spoke to engineering students and faculty about the NAE grand challenges. Link.
    • [3 - 28 - 2017] The department holds an open house for Salisbury University's Physics Majors to enroll in the UMES-SU Physics/Engineering Dual Degree program for the upcoming fall 2017 semester.
    • [3-08-2017] Dr. Sacharia Albin from NSU, visited the Engineering department to give a presentation about the Silicon Photonics, Link.
    • [2-28-2017] Two recruiters from Lockheed Martin Corporation came to the Department for campus recruiting. Link.
    • [2-23-2017] Representatives of Parkside High School Career Technology Center (CTE) visited the UMES Engineering and Aviation Science Department, discussed possible collaborations to facilitate the growth of the pre-engineering program at the CTE.
    • [2-11-2017] UMES Engineering students Marquise Johnson, an aerospace major and Shane Randall, a mechanical major, received Student Leadership Award at the 31st BEYA STEM conference, for their academic excellence. The pictures are shown here Link.
    • [2-11-2017] UMES engineering students attended the 31st BEYA STEM conference career fair on February 10 and 11, receiving full time employment and internship offers from major corporations such as the Boeing Company, the Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman, Boston Scientific, and Lockheed Martin. The fields in which the students were offered jobs include Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Computer. Many students who received offers are graduates of high schools in the local regions, including Parkside High School, Wicomico High School, Holly Grove Christian School, and James M. Bennett High School.
    • [2-7-2017] Professor Matthias Gobbert of Mathematics at University of Maryland Baltimore County gave a talk entitled "REU site: Interdisciplinary program in high performance computing" to engineering students about recent advances in high performance computing and its applications in medical research. UMES Engineering senior Ben Whiteley attended UMBC REU site in 2016 under the direction of Professor Gobbert. See link.
    • [2-07-2017] Virtual Reality: the Fun and Practicality of New Technology, The headset and hardware at UMES Assistant Professor Dr. Lei Zhang's classroom are more advanced: no smartphones needed. And the work being done goes beyond riding a roller coaster and is broken down into two parts, read more.
    • [11-21-2016] Dr. Tom Maloney, Chief Technology Officer of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc, gave a presentation on the alternative power arena both for the space program and for defense applications. Dr. Maloney was accompanied by the Honorable Bill Anderson, CEO of Anderson Global Innovation Group and Dr. John J. Allen, Jr., VP of Delmarva Power Region and Chairman of the UMES Board of Visitors.  
    • [11-17-2016] Dr. Marilyn H. Lewis, an Education Programs Specialist with the AETOS Systems, Inc. of Marshall Space Flight Center presented to engineering and aviation faculty and students about the NASA Human Exploration Rover Workshop Opportunity in 2017. The Rover competition is for students to design human-powered rovers to traverse over a half-mile obstacle course of simulated extraterrestrial terrain of craters, boulders, ridges, inclines, crevasses and depressions. https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/competition/index.html
    • [11-15-2016] Mrs. Patricia McCaa of Office of Recruitment and Mrs. Carla Downs of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Office of the National Security Agency (NSA) gave a presentation on the internship and job opportunities available at the NSA.  UMES students were encouraged to participate in the NSA Codebreaker Challenge https://codebreaker.ltsnet.net/home
    • [11-04-2016] Dr. Payam Matin briefs board of regents chairman. Link.
    • [11-03-2016] Engineering student Christian Walston won the CISCO competition, Link.
    • [10-24-2016] Mr. Julius O. Ejevnavi, a UMES engineering alumni, joined the Department as Engineering Program Coordinator. Welcome aboard.
    • [10-20-2016] Engineering senior  Christian Walston won the 2016 CISCO Competition. 
    • [10-19-2016] Four engineering seniors, Mitra English, Alex Gunta, Benjamin Whiteley, and Marquise Johns presented at the session "Real Interns, Real Advice" at the Building Sustainable Partnership and Engineering Building Dedication Conference to speak about their internship experiences at Orbital ATK, NASA, UMBC, and  Boeing, respectively. 
    • [10-19-2016] Aerospace Senior Mr. Marquise Johnson spoke at the Engineering and Aviation Science Complex Building Dedication Celebration. Link.
    • [9-30-2016] Games and Gamification Symposium with UMES Students. Link.
    • [9-14, 2016] Aviation Faculty Mr. Willie Brown and Engineering faculty Dr. Dabipi, Dr. Zhang will present at the Games and Gamification Symposium cosponsored by UMUC and the USM Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation on Thursday, September 29th, 2016.
    • [8- 22- 2016] Two new aviation faculty members Dr. Xavier Henry and Mr. Edward Brink joined the Department.  Welcome aboard!. 
    • [8- 15, 2016] The UMES-Salisbury University  Physics/Engineering Dual Degree Articulation Agreement has been signed. According to the agreement, Salisbury University students will spend the first 3 years at Salisbury University and spend another 2 years at UMES to obtain a second degree in engineering. Link
    • [4-22-2016] Engineering alumni Abbas Diab received Collage  Community Leadership Award by the Greater Salisbury Committee. Link.  
    • [4-22-2016] Mulugeta Brtu, a senior majoring in mechanical, received 2016 Richard Bernstein Achievement Award of Excellence. Link
    • [3-11-2016] UMES professor undertake summer space research project. Link.
    • [3-11-2016] STEM conference exposes UMES students to top career options. Link.