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In Motion is an electronic newsletter produced by the Statler College Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Department for alumni and friends, and faculty and staff. 

To receive In Motion, visit Mountaineer Connection.


InMotion Fall 2023

  • Damage control: WVU researchers aim for the sky to track lethal space debris
  • WVU breaks record for externally supported expenditures, underscoring research commitment
  • WVU researchers develop hydrogen technology to curtail greenhouse gases from food, beverage industry
  • Electrode cuff developed at WVU improves testing of medical treatments that use electricity to heal
  • WVU robotics team wins international Mars rover challenge
  • WVU finishes second in EcoCAR EV Challenge Year One competition
  • Statler College students win West Virginia Business Plan Competition
  • Two WVU students earn Boren Scholarships to study abroad WVU rocketry team competes in international collegiate rocketry competition
  • WVU students, alumna awarded prestigious NSF graduate fellowships
  • Meet the Grads, Michael Lough: a passion for robotics and inspiring future engineers
  • Meet the Grads, Matteo Cerasoli: The sky’s the limit
  • WVU’s Design, Build and Fly club participated in the 27th annual Design/Build/Fly competition
  • Statler College establishes microgravity research team alumni scholarship in honor of Dr. John Kuhlman
  • Liu honored by Energy Department for hydrogen production technologies
  • WVU faculty chosen for seventh IDEA Fellows cohort
  • Statler College Professor Jason Gross selected for Generation Next: 40 Under 40
  • Rocket scientist credits 4-H in discovering her lifelong passion

InMotion Spring 2023

  • WVU researchers receive $5.5M to examine methane emissions at oil and gas sites
  • Statler College Research Programs Rank Among Top 100 in U.S. in Latest NSF Survey
  • Statler College faculty awarded $3.9 million in funding to support the creation of research centers in West Virginia
  • WVU Lab’s Game-Changing High-Performance Semiconductor Material Could Help Slash Heat Emissions
  • Meet our Spring 2023 MAE Mountaineer Mentors
  • WVU Student Researchers Present at 2023 URDC
  • West Virginia University’s Design, Build and Fly club was selected to participate in the 27th annual Design/Build/Fly competition hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Alexander Flasch: Powering agriculture through robotics
  • Alum’s $50K scholarship gift aids women pursuing STEM degrees at WVU
  • Mebane to conduct battery powered air travel research in partnership with NASA
  • Nix elected as AIAA Associate Fellow
  • Statler College and WVU Robotics welcomed 40 members of the Mountaineer Area Robotics Team to campus for an outreach event
  • WVU Statler College crowns winners of VEX Robotics Competitions

InMotion November 2022

  • WVU engineers aim to improve safety with autonomous robotic inspection system for coal waste storage facilities
  • WVU engineers advance U.S. Air Force search and rescue missions in hostile territories with unmanned drones
  • Natural gas is key to WVU engineer’s vision for clean hydrogen energy
  • WVU engineers bring new life to electronics recycling, address supply chain shortfalls affecting national defense
  • WVU space robotics research helps Mars rovers find their footing
  • WVU engineers deploy robots to improve on-the-job safety for retail workers
  • MAE Department launches MAE Mountaineer Mentor program
  • WVU Experimental Rocketry Club earns multiple awards in 2022 Spaceport America Cup
  • WVU students awarded Gilman Scholarships to pursue education abroad
  • WVU finishes sixth in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year Four competition; Nix receives NSF Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
  • West Virginia University EcoCAR team selected to compete in new EcoCAR EV Challenge
  • WVU RASC-AL Team wins Best in Theme and WVU Robotics 10th place in University Rover Challenge
  • Meet the Grads, Eleanor Kearney: The three-time NASA intern
  • MAE graduate research assistant receives 2022 HENAAC award
  • WVU alums earn prestigious NSF fellowships to give back to the Mountain State with research
  • Knotts delivered 2022 Statler College Commencement Address
  • Flight simulator donated by WVU alumnus aids education and research at Statler College
  • Alumna Emily Calandrelli inspires WVU students during Fireside Chat
  • Statler College announces faculty appointments for new Dean’s Leadership Fellows Program
  • Homeschool team from Morgantown wins 33rd annual WVU Pumpkin Drop
  • WVU awarded grant from the 100K Strong Americas Innovation Fund to partner with Brazilian higher education institutions

InMotion March 2022

  • Future trillion dollar ‘space economy’ threatened by debris, NSF CAREER Award recipient says
  • WVU researchers to improve the flow of renewable energy to power plants with $7.5 million in grants
  • WVU engineers address NASA problems through artificial intelligence
  • WVU engineers creating software for aerobots to explore Venus
  • Black History Month: Working at the forefront of innovation with Statler College alum Gbolahan "Bugzy" Idowu
  • Black History Month: Following childhood aspirations with mechanical and aerospace engineering student and Lane Innovation Hub team member Dre' Hodges
  • Kristyn Johnson received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Pressure Gain Combustion’s Best Paper Award

InMotion November 2021

  • WVU researcher’s insect-inspired robots could advance space exploration, agriculture and mining
  • WVU leading the fight against climate change through $6 million NSF carbon capture and utilization project
  • WVU scientist earns $2.5 million to help pump the brakes on diesel emissions
  • WVU engineer receives $1.25 million to fuel a cleaner future through hydrogen
  • WVU researchers develop new robot pollinator as a backup for declining insect populations
  • WVU researchers hope to build the bridge to a greener future with clean hydrogen
  • WVU engineer earns federal award for safety validation of AI-based avionic systems
  • A deep subject: WVU engineers tackle limitations of data transfer during space exploration
  • Former international ergonomics consultant to deliver Gochenour Lecture at WVU
  • WVU alumna Emily Calandrelli visits Morgantown campus to meet with women and non-binary students
  • Dinu leads interactive lecture with Statler College alumni on thriving in a diverse workplace environment
  • Four elected to WVU Foundation Board of Directors
  • WVU robotics team places 6th in final round of NASA Centennial Challenge
  • WVU finishes third in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge Year Three competition