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Left to Right: Lisa Cassis, UK vice president for research; Rudy Buchheit, dean of the UK Pigman College of Engineering; UK Provost Robert S. DiPaola; U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell; and I.S. Jawahir, principal investigator.

UK celebrates opening of engineering lab designed to advance US manufacturing

On May 29, the University of Kentucky’s Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Next Generation Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory (NextGen AMRL), the newest addition to the Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing (ISM).

From left: Asa O'Neal and Harrison Yang. The Wildcats were selected from a pool of 1,353 undergraduates nominated by 446 institutions. Photos provided.

2 UK engineering students awarded 2024-25 Goldwater Scholarship

Asa O’Neal, in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Harrison Yang, in the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering, are 2024-25 recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. 

After receiving his bachelor's degree from UK 40 in 1983, Sujit Sinha returned more than 40 years later to become the first to earn a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.

UK grad ‘soars back’ after 40 years, becoming 1st to earn Ph.D. in aerospace engineering

“When I started at UK almost 45 years ago, I could not have imagined in my mind — nor even in any theoretical parallel universe — that I would be getting an aerospace Ph.D. from here,” Sinha said. “Much less to be the first recipient of the degree with an aerospace major. When you get older, you start to think about legacy, and this is a legacy that will endure.”

Department Spotlights

Chess Necessary

In Chess Necessary’s mind, the University of Kentucky offered the ideal engineering school. Its biggest flaw, however, was that it was too close to home.

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Daniel Kennedy

Mechanical and computer engineering senior Daniel Kennedy, of Villa Hills, Kentucky, recently completed the 2020 Henry Clay Internship at NASA HQ.

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Eric Coleman

Eric Coleman (BSME '92) describes his life as blessed and part of a much bigger plan than even he could have imagined.

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