Modeling neuron traffic jams in the brain Opens in new window
MechE’s Jessica Zhang and Angran Li have developed a new way to model material transport regulation in neurons using cutting-edge parametrization technology and isogeometric analysis. This new, much more detailed modeling will help provide insights on “neural traffic jams,” which contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
Modeling light for solar panel placement in urban settings Opens in new window
Solar panel installation in cities requires setups tailored to the complex geometry of urban spaces that provide the most direct sunlight to each panel. Among the processes for designing the most efficient setup for solar panels is shadow modeling.
A passion for teaching
Nestor Gomez instructs students through hands-on courses that prepare them for real-world problem solving, which he referred to as the “Carnegie Mellon Method.” He has crafted courses that are project heavy, engaging his students to work through problems and find the solutions.
Research on eVTOL aircraft takes flight Opens in new window
Mechanical Engineering researchers are exploring the potential of rechargeable batteries in electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, which could transform transportation in metropolitan areas and battle emissions, congestion, and air pollution.
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