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mechanical engineering

COVID-19
New model calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission
Published Oct 21, 2020
The Contagion Airborne Transmission inequality seeks to make sense of the many variables, including environmental ones, that can affect transmissibility of COVID-19
Mechanical engineering
New method can pinpoint cracks in metal long before they cause catastrophes
Published Oct 13, 2020
Testing metals at the microscopic level could prevent the kinds of material cracks that plague industries such as air travel and construction
Mechanical engineering
Researchers catch a wave to determine how forces control granular material properties
Published June 30, 2020
Mechanical engineering study reveals how and why granular materials respond to wave force, paving the way for a new understanding of how to design materials and technologies
Fluid dynamics
The ill winds of COVID-19
Published May 11, 2020
A group of Johns Hopkins mechanical engineers believes fluid dynamics can tell us a great deal about the COVID-19 pandemic—and how people can protect themselves when the country reopens
Mechanical engineering
For engineering students, classes are an at-home design challenge
Published April 28, 2020
Teaching engineering design during COVID-19 is a tricky business—but professors are retooling projects to give students hands-on design experiences at home
Robotics
Slithering snakes help engineers learn how to build better robots
Published Feb 18, 2020
Mechanical engineers design a snake robot based on the climbing technique of the kingsnake that could help advance search-and-rescue technology
Mechanical engineering
Students navigate the ups and downs of engineering design
Published Dec 6, 2019
First-year students vie to see whose glider will soar to victory in annual design competition
Q+A
Engineering better breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
Published Oct 4, 2019
Mechanical engineer SJ Claire Hur is working to develop a device that collects tumor cells from blood samples, enabling scientists to develop and test personalized treatment plans
Printing in 4D
Published Summer 2019
Engineers develop origami-inspired implants that grow along with the patient over time / Johns Hopkins Magazine
New cool tools
Rock on—just not too hard
Published Summer 2019
SmartGuitar prototype prevents injury by telling musicians when they exert too much force on the strings / Johns Hopkins Magazine