News and Announcements
- Professor Lands NSF Funding to Teach Robotics to Kids
- Professor Anurag Purwar to be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors - Stony Brook Chapter
- MEC Graduate, Steve Hansen '90, Serves as Chief Engineer for Honda R&D
Professor Lands NSF Funding to Teach Robotics to Kids
Robotics is part of nearly all fields of science and has helped to transform work ranging from manufacturing to vehicle technology to surgery. To help students from elementary school through high school to advance their knowledge and creativity using robotics in STEM fields, , PhD, Research Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University, has received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research and development of , a robotics education platform.
Research Associate Professor Anurag Purwar has been selected to become a Member of the National Academy of Inventors through the Stony Brook Chapter (NAI-SBU). The National Academy of Inventors was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors who have a patent issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); enhance the visibility of university technology and academic innovation; encourage the disclosure of intellectual property; educate and mentor innovative students; and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The Stony Brook University Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors was established in 2016 to recognize the contributions of scientist-inventors across all disciplines in the university community. The inaugural NAI-SBU Chapter Members will be honored at the Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, May 1, where a Member Certificate will be awarded to each inductee. Professor Purwar is the sixth Mechanical Engineering faculty inducted into the NAI-SBU. He joins the company of Jahangir Rastegar (NAI Fellow), Jon Longtin, Imin Kao, Fu-Pen Chiang, and Satya Sharma.
MEC Graduate Serves as Chief Engineer at Honda R&D
Halfway through his interview at Honda, Steve Hansen ’90 felt certain he wasn’t going to get the job. It wasn’t until he pulled out a photo of the senior design project he had completed at Stony Brook that the interview really turned around. Now, nearly thirty years later, Hansen is a Chief Engineer for Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and he still credits his work at Stony Brook with landing him the job. Today, Hansen has led the development of several Honda and Acura models, most recently leading the global development of the 2019 Acura RDX.
- URECA Names MEC Senior "Researcher of the Month" for December 2018
- BNL Senior Scientist Selected for ASME Freeman Scholarship Award
- MEC Alum, Sabrina Thompson '07, speaks to Mechanical Engineering students about her experience as a NASA Engineer
- Graduate Program Coordinator, Ms. Dianna Berger, receives 2017-2018 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Classified Service
- CEAS inducts Prof. Mamalis into the Millionaire's Club for securing over $3.8M worth of grants in 2018 from the DOE for combustion research
- ASME awards Haythornthwaite Foundation Research Initiation Grant of $20K to Prof. Kirane
- Prof. Purwar participated in SBUHacks, offer guidance to aspiring computer programmers, software developers, graphic designers, and interface designers
- NSF award of $415K granted to Prof. Shikui Chen for research in Computational Framework for Designing Conformal Stretchable Electronics
- Mechanical Engineering Students Launch High-Powered Rocket in 2018 NASA Competition
- Profs. Longtin, Mamalis, and Lawler receive $2.3 million ARPA-E Award to Develop New Technology For Power Generation and Propulsion Systems
- Prof. Anurag Purwar receives an NSF I-Corps award for A Design Driven Educational Robotics Framework
- SUNY FACT 2 Excellence Award given to Prof. Anurag Purwar for consistently superior professional achievement
- NSF CAREER Award of $500K granted to Prof. Ya Wang to support research of "Dynamics of Ultra-small Magnetic Nanoparticles in the Brain for Neuron Regeneration Therapies"
- Society of Experimental Mechanical awards Prof. Fu-Pen Chiang for his distinguished orginal contributions to photomechanics, optical metrology, applied optics, NDE, and experimental solid mechanics
Andrew Nwuba began doing research in his sophomore year, and joined two different research groups in the Department of Mechanical Engineering: one specializing in fluid mechanics, one focused on solid mechanics. In Professor Carlos Colosqui's research group, Andrew currently investigates the behavior of fluids, quantifies data-powder wettability, contact angles and surface tension in MATLAB, and seeks to develop new technologies related to hydrophobic materials. In the research group of Professor Fu-Pen Chiang (where Andrew worked for ~ 3 semesters until April 2018), Andrew used laser speckle interferometry to measure the strain and roughness of objects. This research involved using MATLAB scripts to generate random speckle patterns. An in-depth interview with Andrew can be found here.
Upendra S. Rohatgi, Ph.D., has been selected to receive the 2019 Freeman Scholarship Award for his paper entitled, "Validation, Verification, Scaling and Uncertainty Quantification for Thermal-Hydraulics." Dr. Rohatgi is a Senior Scientist at Brookhaven National Lab and Adjunct Professor for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He will present the paper at the ASME-JSME-KSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference in San Francisco, California in July.
MEC Alum and NASA Engineer Speaks with MEC Students
NASA Engineer, artist, and alum of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sabrina Thompson '07, has been recognized by Stony Brook University as a 40 under Forty honoree. This semester Sabrina spent time on campus, speaking with aspiring engineers and, in particular, encouraging young females to dive into STEM fields.
Pictured below, Prof. Sotirios Mamalis is inducted into the Millionaire's Club of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences for securing over $3.8M worth of grants in 2018 from the Department of Energy. Funding will go towards research on "Hybrid Electrochemistry and Advanced Combustion for High Efficiency Power" and "Naphthenic Biofuel-Diesel Blend for Optimizing Mixing Controlled Compression Ignition Combustion."
Research Associate Professor Anurag Purwar (third from left) and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Fotis Sotiropoulos (fourth from left) participated in the 2018 SBUHacks. This annual 24-hour event offers aspiring computer programmers, software developers, graphic designers, and interface designers a chance to collaborate under the guidance of academic and industry mentors.
Fu-pen Chiang's research emphasis is on the development of optical and other experimental mechanics techniques and their applications to stress analysis (including NDE), fracture and fatigue of engineering and biological materials and structures. He has written over 400 journal and conference articles published in 58 archival journals and numerous conference proceedings. He has given invited lectures at 23 institutions in 17 countries and was a visiting faculty of Cambridge University (Cavendish Laboratory), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne), National Taiwan University, Tsinghua University (Beijing and Taiwan), among others. His research has been supported by NSF, ONR, AFOSR, ARO,, NIH, DOT and industrial concerns. He received Theocaris Award (2015), Frocht Award (2008) and Lazan Award (1993) from the Society of Experimental Mechanics and the Life Time Achievement Medal (2012) from the International Conference of Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences. In 2016 he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the European Society of Experimental Mechanics at the 17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics held in Rhodes, Greece. He served as Editor of Int. J. Optics of Lasers in Engineering, Associate Editor of J. of Experimental Mechanics and ASME J. of Engineering Materials and Technology. He also served as Guest Editor for four special issues of J. Optical Engineering and has organized many international and national conferences.
- Prof. Jon Longtin receives $50K seed grant from Energy Systems for Sustainability Research for Energy-Harvesting Fusion project
- New occupancy detection device designed to save home energy use
- Prof. Jon Longtin & Prof. Ya Wang receive $1M ARPA-E award for developing advanced, low-cost occupancy sensor for residential homes by building upon commercially available pyroelectric infrared sensor technology to detect human presence
- Prof. Fu-Pen Chiang receives $150,000 2 year grant from US Navy Office of Naval Research for conducting research on using digital volumetric speckle photography to map interior deformation of composites
- Prof Cindy Chang promoted to associate Professor
- Prof. Ya Wang's advisee advances to Regeneron STS scholar
- Prof. Anurag Purwar speaks at the final lecture of the Spring 2017 University Libraries STEM Speaker Series
- Prof. Imin Kao discusses the future of biotechnology on Long Island
- Prof. Ashish Singla from Thapar University and Prof. Ekta Singla visit Prof. Anurag Purwar's research lab for summer
The ASME Student Club was at the Power Racing Competition held at the 2017 World Makerfaire in NY.
Start with $500 and a Power Wheel. (Or any electric kids’ ride on vehicle.) Get some new batteries. A new motor. Heck, some nice new tires. Tie LEDs to the hood. Sprinkle it with glitter. Maybe a feather for class. Haul it to one of our many races.
Department welcomes new Undergraduate Program Coordinator
The Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes Amanda Flanagan as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.
Amanda has a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA '11) and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising (BS '09) from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. While completing her graduate degree, she began a career in education with the Career Services department. Since returning to Long Island in 2011, Amanda worked as a Career Advisor for students pursuing a vocational education in the healthcare industry.
Amanda comes to Stony Brook with strong administrative and interpersonal skills. She has already become an active member of the Stony Brook University community by attending workshops and volunteering in Academic Advising. Amanda strives to create a positive experience for the students and faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Prof. Anurag Purwar receives prestigious award at the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
Anurag Purwar, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and his PhD student Shrinath Deshpande were honored with A. T. Yang Memorial Award in Theoretical Kinematics in recognition of their prize-winning paper “A Task-driven Approach to Optimal Synthesis of Planar Four-bar Linkages for Extended Burmester Problem” at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 41st Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, held August 6 through 9 in Cleveland, OH as part of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.
The award carries an inscribed plaque and an honorarium sponsored by the A. T. Yang Memorial founded in recognition of late Prof. A. T. Yang's seminal contributions to the field of theoretical kinematics.
Ms. Dominique Barone Receives Permanent Appointment
The Department of Mechanical Engineering would like to congratulate Dominique Barone, Assistant to Chair, for receiving permanent appointment in her position as Senior Staff Assistant.
Dominique joined the University community in 2001 as an undergraduate transfer student studying sociology. Following graduation, she began working for Clinical Practice Management Plan at Stony Brook Hospital, and soon after began pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management through the School of Professional Development. After receiving her graduate degree, she worked for several years in private industry as a recruiter, and then returned to Stony Brook where she worked first as the Assistant to the Assistant Vice President for Campus Residences for five years before joining Mechanical Engineering for a promotional opportunity in November 2014.
Dominique is an active member of the campus community and has served on various committees and volunteer assignments, notably, as a Judicial Board Member for University Community Standards, an ADV101 Instructor and Transfer Orientation Advisor for Academic & Transfer Advising Services, a LEAD/GOLD Mentor for the Department of Residential Programs, a member of the Student Employee of the Year Awards Selection Committee with the Career Center, as well as a Homecoming Banner Judge for Athletics. She is also the recipient of her former Division’s Outstanding Service Award in Spring 2014.
Dominique is excited for the opportunity to continue her work as an administrator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and remain an active community member at Stony Brook University.
Prof. Jon Longtin and Prof. Benjamin Lawler are awarded with the Student's Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Department of Mechanical Engineering's 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Dr. Ashish Singla visits from India
Dr. Ashish Singla, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Thapar University, Patiala visited during Summer 2017 as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He worked with Dr Anurag Purwar on development of assistive devices for rehabilitation.
Dr. Ekta Singla visits from India
Dr. Ekta Singla, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Ropar also joined as a Visiting Assistant Professor in our department. She worked with Dr. Anurag Purwar on developing a unified framework for redundant manipuator designs.
- Prof. Carlos Colosqui (PI), Thomas Cubaud (Co-PI), and David Hwang (Co-PI) receive a three-year $328,441 award from the National Science Foundation CBET to develop novel capillary “diodes” for water treatment and separation of immiscible fluids.
- Stony Brook Hosts 2016 M & M International Symposium for Young Researchers
- Martin Giordano honored with SUNY Chancellor’s award for excellence
- 17th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics Names Two Symposia in Fu-Pen Chiang's Honor
- Mechanical Engineering Alumni Md Islam B.E. Class of 2006 Accepted into Prestigious University of Chicago's Booth Executive MBA Program
- Intern Adarsh Karnati Announced as Semi-Finalist for 2016 Intel Science Talent Search
Mechanical Engineering partners with the WISE program, which receives a Grant to Continue Supporting STEM Education
TechPREP — a STEM program for middle school students on Long Island — has received a $20,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation. TechPREP is a collaborative effort that includes Stony Brook University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, Department of Technology and Society, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Research Technologies and Innovation, along with local school districts. The grant will provide funding and facilitators for a one-week summer STEM program, which will serve as many as 100 students from high-need school districts.
As part of the TechPREP program, Prof. Anurag Purwar will offer a Robotics Workshop to the middle school girls from the disadvantaged school districts in Long Island. He says, “the TechPREP program generously funded by the LICF seeks to address the gender imbalance in engineering, and the Women in Engineering Day will introduce students to the art, practice and excitement of doing engineering design and ultimately help them make better career choices.”
Prof. Carlos Colosqui (PI) wins a three-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the interaction of colloidal micro/nanoparticles with lipid bilayer membranes forming the outer wall of biological cells and 2D biomaterials
Prof. Carlos Colosqui (PI) wins a three-year award from the National Science Foundation
(NSF) to study the interaction of colloidal micro/nanoparticles with lipid bilayer
membranes forming the outer wall of biological cells and 2D biomaterials. The project
is a NSF collaborative effort with Prof. Howard Stone at Princeton University and
Yuan-nan Young at NJIT and is co-funded by the NSF Divisions of Mathematical Sciences
(DMS) and Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET). The
total award amount ($505,000) is split between the three academic institutions involved,
with $150,000 awarded to Stony Brook University.
Prof. Anurag Purwar served as General Conference Co-Chair for IDETC 2016
Prof. Anurag Purwar from our department recently served as the General Conference Co-Chair for the 2016 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC/CIE) held in Charlotte, NC and attended by more than 1400 people. This flagship meeting for the ASME Design Engineering Division and the Computers and Information in Engineering Division consisted of the 11 conferences on topics ranging from Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Design Automation, Design Education, Mechanisms and Robotics, Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Control, Vibrations, Biomedical Devices, Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference, and Micro- and Nanosystems.
Drawing largely from the 970 draft papers submitted, the conference featured 772 archival paper presentations and 74 technical presentations across a wide range of session topics, complemented by plenary and keynote lectures, lively panel discussions, industry sessions, and informational tutorials and workshops addressing a rich spectrum of cutting-edge topics related to design, analysis, computation, and academic/professional success.
Prior to serving as the chair of the ASME IDETC/CIE, he served as the conference chair of the 2015 ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference and as the Program Chair of the 2014 Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (MR). He is an elected member of the prestigious ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee. https://www.asme.org/events/idetccie/about/organizing-committee
Prof. Anurag Purwar (PI) and Jeff Ge (Co-PI) win a three-year $440,735 prestigious NSF award for conducting their research on A Computational Framework for Data-Driven Mechanism Design Innovation
Recent trends in democratization of manufacturing capability such do-it-yourself hobby shops, 3D printing technology, as well as low-cost sensors, actuators, and microcontrollers, call for a corresponding democratization of design tools that can help engineers and tinkerers alike to innovate and invent motion generating devices. Motion generation is a fundamental aspect of machines, at the heart of which are kinematic mechanisms that make it possible for motions to be transmitted or transformed. A kinematic mechanism is a collection of moving pieces linked together through kinematic joints such as hinge joints and sliders. Mechanism design innovation involves the selection of an appropriate mechanism type (i.e., the number of moving pieces and joints as well as the pattern of their interconnections) and the determination of key dimensions in the mechanism needed to generate the desired motions. Once a mechanism type is selected, the appropriate dimensions can often be determined by solving a system of polynomial equations. The task of type selection, however, is not so amenable to mathematical treatment, and requires a level of intuition that may take many years to develop and is difficult to pass on. This award supports the development of a set of web-based, data-driven design tools that unify the type and dimensional synthesis for mechanism design innovation. The planned MOOC (massive open online course) will help bring these tools to the masses and help promote interest in science and engineering including high school students and those from under-represented groups. The research team will bring together the diverse fields of reverse engineering, computational shape analysis, and design kinematics to develop a data-driven paradigm for kinematic synthesis of mechanical motion generation devices. The goal is to advance the science of mechanism design and lead to practical and efficient design tools capable of solving highly complex motion generation problems faced by machine designers. Central to this research is the creation of a new computational framework for simultaneous type and dimensional synthesis of various mechanisms.
General Motors Research & Development Donates Bosch Palletized Conveyor System to Stony Brook's Department of Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Qing (Cindy) Chang received donated Bosch Palletized Conveyor System from GM, valued at approximately $50K. The system includes a closed loop Bosch TS plus conveyor, VFD controller, and set of proximity switches and cords.
The automatic conveyor system can be used for control sequence analysis and control optimization. "This will be very useful for research and education in digital manufacturing, cyber-physical manufacturing, and can be combined with robotic system, which aligns very well with the current trends in advanced manufacturing." - Professor Chang
- Jahangir Rastegar announced into 2015 National Academy of Inventors Fellows
- Under the Microscope: Researchers Receive Grant to Improve Engine Tech
Stony Brook’s Got the Power: How One University Earned Four Major Energy Research
Awards in Less Than a Year
It took only six months for Stony Brook University to hit an energy research grand slam, earning major federal funding on four projects poised to revolutionize the world’s energy technology.
“These four projects, which together earned nearly $5.7 million in funding, showcase Stony Brook’s dedication to researching and developing technologies that will have a major impact on how we generate and consume energy globally,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University
Faculty Ya Wang at Stony Brook Receives $2 Million DOE Grant to Create a New Super Energy-Saving Air Conditioning Vent
A Stony Brook University research team has been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to develop an active air conditioning vent capable of modulating airflow distribution, velocity, and temperature designed for commercial or residential unions. The goal of the project is to create a vent that results in up to 30 percent energy savings through directed localization of existing building heating/cooling output.
Ya Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor and Wei Deng, PhD student
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Student Roger Carson's Story is featured in Stony Brook University Happenings
Mechanical Engineering major, Roger Carson '15 is highlighted in the below article, "Building a Better Future for Engineers of Color"
Mechanical Engineering Faculty Receives Prestigious CAREER Award from NSFAssistant Professor Qing Chang has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award titled "CAREER Collaborative Modeling for Distributed Sensing and Real-Time Intelligent Control to Improve Battery Manufacturing Productivity and Efficiency" ($400,001) in 2014.
Prof. Anurag Purwar gives a TEDx talk on Machine Design Innovation through Technology and Education
The democratization of the programmable electronics and manufacturing capabilities calls for a democratization of design capabilities, which is needed for invention and innovation of machines. This talk focuses on challenges, opportunities, and possible solutions for bridging this gap by uniting the teaching of scientific and engineering principles with the new tools of technology while fostering invention, innovation, and creativity.
Mechanical Engineering Solar Boat Team Won 1st Place in ASME SolarSplash
Our Solar Boat team has brought home a trophy for winning the first place in SolarSplash Competition co-sponsored by IEEE Power Electronics Society and ASME Solar Energy Division. Shown is a photo of our graduating senior Mr. Ankit Tyagi, the team captain, with the trophy and the plaque. The team has been co-advised by David Hwang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, as well as David Westfield, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. David Westfield traveled with the team to the competition. Mechanical Engineering Department sent the first team to participate in SolarSplash competition in 1998. Last year, the team ranked the 5th overall and this year they took home the trophy!
William Worek Receives 2013 ASME Church MedalSTONY BROOK, NY, January 24, 2014- Stony Brook’s William Worek, PhD, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Edwin F. Church Medal, a high honor of achievement that recognizes eminent service in increasing the value, importance and appeal of mechanical engineering education. Worek was honored for the development of new courses in combined heat and mass transfer and the establishment of a master of energy engineering program that gives students the tools to design, execute and manage new energy projects. Worek is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering andan Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. He is a recognized expert in heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics, as applied to energy efficient, renewable and sustainable energy systems.
Mechanics of Composites Conference to be held at Stony Brook University, June 8-12, 2014
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stony Brook University will host the 1st International Conference on Mechanics of Composites June 8-12, 2014. Please visit the website for more information about the conference: https://sites.google.com/site/mechcomp2014/
William Worek Receives 2013 ASME Church MedalSTONY BROOK, NY, January 24, 2014- Stony Brook’s William Worek, PhD, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Edwin F. Church Medal, a high honor of achievement that recognizes eminent service in increasing the value, importance and appeal of mechanical engineering education. Worek was honored for the development of new courses in combined heat and mass transfer and the establishment of a master of energy engineering program that gives students the tools to design, execute and manage new energy projects. Worek is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering andan Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. He is a recognized expert in heat and mass transfer, fluid flow and thermodynamics, as applied to energy efficient, renewable and sustainable energy systems. See more at: http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/news/general/01242014_Worek.php?=marquee1#sthash.pGRpe5yG.dpuf
Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Students attend Naval Academy Conference
Three College of Engineering and Applied Sciences students and Sotirios Mamalis, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, were honored to be invited to the Fourth Annual Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC), held from November 3-6, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland. Joseph Venezia (senior, Mechanical Engineering), Sebastian Gomez (senior, Mechanical Engineering) and Morgan DiCarlo (sophomore, Civil Engineering) came together with undergraduate students from a wide variety of institutions of higher education to participate in discussions about STEM and the challenges our nation faces in solving critical issues. Venezia and Gomez worked on a research collaborative at the conference and proposed Alternative Energy solutions, while DiCarlo’s project focused on water quality and safety. The students also met and networked with the influential keynote speakers: Arati Prabhakar, Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; The Honorable G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; and The Honorable Kathryn D. Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space and the Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting NOAA Administrator.
Stony Brook professor develops lift for seniors
Published: March 28, 2013 6:44 PM
By JOE RYAN firstname.lastname@example.org
The idea for the product came to Anurag Purwar when his friend, a retired physician, complained of struggling to do what so many younger people take for granted: sitting and standing.
So Purwar, a Stony Brook University mechanical engineering associate professor, designed a device resembling a walker that's equipped with an electric motor to lift seniors from chairs, then ease them back down. Now he is working with Biodex Medical Systems Inc. of Shirley to develop it into a full-blown product.
"There are so many people who need help standing and sitting as they grow older," Purwar said.
The collaboration between the professor and Biodex is part of a growing push on Long Island to commercialize technology from Stony Brook and other research facilities. Officials hope the brainpower of local laboratories will spawn a culture of high-tech start-ups to boost the region's struggling economy.
Purwar and Biodex have $80,000 to develop the invention, primarily from The Research Foundation for SUNY. They plan to target nursing homes, hoping to sell about 500 of the products annually for around $5,000 apiece. They plan to pitch the device as a way to help nurses and other employees avoid back injuries while helping patients out of chairs.
The challenge, industry experts say, will be making the device lighter, cheaper and more versatile than existing products.
"Back injuries are a huge issue, and there are already products out there," said Robert Heppenheimer, chief executive of the Nesconset Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, who isn't associated with the product. "But if this one is cheaper and easier for nursing homes to use, there could be a market."
The bigger potential, however, could be selling the product for seniors to use in their homes, Heppenheimer said.
Purwar designed the device, called the Mobility Assistant, with help from a student, Thomas Galeotafiore. It's powered by a 12-volt battery, weighs about 30 pounds and is equipped with wheels to function also as a regular walker -- a feature Purwar says sets it apart from other products.
Ed Behan, a Biodex vice president, met Purwar last year at a workshop at Stony Brook for aspiring entrepreneurs. The company, founded in the 1950s as Atomic Products Corp. to develop equipment for researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, manufactures a variety of medical devices. Behan hopes to have Purwar's invention on the market within 18 months.
"More and more people want to maintain their independence and mobility," he said.
"And this fits that need perfectly."
Gov. Cuomo's announcement of the device
US Rep. Timothy Bishop remarks about Assistant Professor Lei Zuo's research to Congress on November 27, 2012
Assistant Professor Thomas Cubaud has been awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER award
Stony Brook Team Wins National Award For Technology that Harvests Energy from Railroad Train VibrationsSTONY BROOK, NY, November 15, 2012 – Stony Brook University engineers have won a national award for an innovative energy harvester that has the potential to save millions of dollars in energy costs for railroads while
reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The team’s work, “Mechanical Motion Rectifier (MMR) based Railroad Energy Harvester,” was awarded “Best Application of Energy Harvesting” at the Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2012 conference, held in Washington, DC on November 7-8, 2012.The Stony Brook team, led by Professor Lei Zuo and two graduate students Teng Lin and John Wang from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, developed a new type of energy harvester that converts the irregular, oscillatory motion of train-induced rail track vibrations into regular, unidirectional motion, in the same way that an electric voltage rectifier converts AC voltage into DC. Professor Zuo estimates that the invention could save more than $10 million in trackside power supply costs for railroads in New York State alone, along with a reduction of 3000 tons per year of CO2 and a half million dollars of electricity savings.