YEAR ONE: Jan 2015 - April 2016
The Mechanics at Extreme Temperatures Lab is off to a great start. By the end of our first "year" we had 10 undergraduates and 1 PhD student, earning Prof. Berke recognition as MAE's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. We won the first grant we ever applied for, resulting in an advanced multi-camera system from the U.S. Department of Energy. Three students won EURP's (Jaren, Trevor, and Vox).
Back Row, Left to Right: Wm. Jesse Miller, Ethan Nickerson, Matt Schumann, Robert Hansen, Matthew "Earl" Nelson. Middle Row: Trevor Bird, Vox Voie, Thinh Thai, Prof. Ryan Berke. Front: Emma German.
Not Pictured: Jaren Devey, Awilma Ventura.
YEAR TWO: May 2016 - April 2017
The lab keeps growing. Ethan and Robert both graduated and stayed in the lab for grad school, with Matt close behind. Dr. Berke's Experimental Solid Mechanics class became MAE 5040 and will be offered every Fall. Two more students won EURP's (Bobby and Jackson), and Trevor was recognized as the MAE Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.
Left to Right: Ren "Vox" Voie, Robert Hansen, Thinh Thai, Robert "Bobby" Rowley, Jackson Matsen, Ben Sottilare, Matt Nelson, Weston Craig, Emma German, Trevor Bird, Katie Burn, Prof. Ryan Berke, Ethan Nickerson, Celina Fisher Dodge.
Not Pictured: Shelby Ames, Braden Beckstrom, Jonas Rogers, Colin Schlicher, Awilma Ventura.
YEAR THREE: May 2017 - April 2018
Dr. Berke and Matt worked in AFRL's Turbine Engine Fatigue Facility under a Summer Faculty Fellowship. Robert won an NEUP graduate fellowship. Emma, Daniel, Katie, and Samantha won EURP's. Thinh, Robert, and Ethan all defended their MS theses, with Thinh and Robert staying with the lab for their PhDs. Ethan was recognized as MAE's MS Student Researcher of the Year.
Left to Right: Alisa Dabb, Emma German, Katie Burn, Prof. Berke, Cedale Armstrong, Matt Nelson, Weston Craig, Chris Stolinski, Connor Bell, Jesse Long, Ethan Nickerson, Robert Hansen, Bobby Rowley, Daniel Waldram, Thinh Thai.
Not Pictured: Samantha Burton, J. Jackson Matsen, Adam Smith, Fiona Van Leeuwen.