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Matthew EbertMechanical EngineeringUK Honors Student Veteran

Matthew Ebert, Junior, Mechanical Engineering

As an aviation electronics technician in the United States Marine Corps, Florence, Ky., native Matthew Ebert experienced two separate deployments to Iraq and the Persian Gulf. He kept the University of Kentucky in his thoughts; in Qatar, he comforted himself that University of Kentucky was only 7,252 miles away. After facing the challenge of serving his country, Matthew says he was ready for a new goal to achieve. That’s why he chose to become a mechanical engineering major in the UK College of Engineering. In January, Matthew, now a junior, was featured in a video telling his story and explaining why earning an engineering degree from UK is so special to him. (Google “UK Matthew Ebert” to see it.) The video was second in a five-part series highlighting student veterans at the UK and Matthew was honored by UK Athletics during a men’s basketball game at Rupp Arena.


Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Director of the First-Year Engineering Program

Janet Lumpp, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the First-Year Engineering program at the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, has been selected to receive one of three Outstanding Materials Engineer (OMSE) Awards from the School of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. The award recognizes Lumpp’s work in the areas of thin lm growth and surface modi cation methods for microelectronics, as well as her efforts in outreach and education through her activity with the Kentucky Space Grant program. Lumpp will visit Purdue later this semester to receive her award from the institution where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in material engineering. Lumpp joined the college in 1993. UK’s brand new First-Year Engineering program launched this past fall.

Dr. Dusan Sekulic

Secat J. G. Morris Aluminum Professor of Mechanical Engineering

An estimated $1.2 million international research project funded by NASA, the European Space Agency and the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities in Russia—a rare feat in itself—is being led by University of Kentucky College of Engineering’s Dusan P. Sekulic. The project, “Brazing Aluminum Alloys in Space,” will study how molten metal behaves in space and could enable manufacturing/assembly and/or repairs of the International Space Station or other spacecraft, and facilitate construction in space and/ or on extraterrestrial objects (like on Mars), as well as other applications. The targeted technological applications involve mitigating the consequences of possible collisions with micro-meteorites and space debris. The project was selected as one of 16 flight proposals for research to be conducted aboard the International Space Station as part of NASA’s MaterialsLab program.